Music's Edge Summer Rock Camp July 31-August 4 and August 14-18

July 31, 2017 - 9:00am



JULY 31-August 4 and AUGUST 14-18 AT THE WOW HALL


            Registration is now open for the Music's Edge 2015 Summer Rock Camp at the WOW Hall.  Director Tim McLaughlin will host two different weeklong camps: July 31-August 4 and August 14-18.  The program is designed for ages 10-18.

            This will be the WOW Hall's Tenth Anniversary year hosting the very successful Music's Edge Rock Camp.  Each camp goes full-steam all week and ends with a full-blown, rockin' show, with all the lights and sound that would make any rock star proud.  The two “gigs” will be Friday, August 4, and Friday, August 18.

            Music's Edge at the WOW Hall is interested in all skill levels and all instruments.  Tim McLaughlin, bandleader of the acclaimed group Eleven Eyes, heads up a very pro staff that includes Zak Johnson, John Shipe, John Raden, Kurt Catlin, Brian West and daily special guests.  Music's Edge will feature different workshops each day with music industry professionals and performers. 

“This was AWESOME!” - Music’s Edge Student

The Facts:

The camp lasts from Monday through Friday and goes from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  The students will be divided into different bands based on age, ability and interest.  The week will be spent rehearsing a set of rock, metal, funk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and pop tunes to be performed on the WOW Hall stage at the end of each camp, as well as outdoor performances the following day.  Each group plays music that best suits their ability and interest as well as what fits their style. 

“What a great thing you do, man...” - Pete Peterson, KWVA DJ

Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

9:30 - noon:  Warm-up workshops, rehearse in ensembles

noon -12:20 pm: lunch

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm:  Guest artist performance

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Rehearse in ensembles

“Yes Tim, this is a great thing! The kids look so happy!” - Music’s Edge Parent

Payment: Camp Tuition is $299 (includes a Music's Edge tee-shirt and 2 tickets to the Friday WOW Hall performance).  Payment is by check is to Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall.  A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration to secure a spot.  Space is very limited, so please don’t wait to sign up!  

To pay by Visa, Master or Debit card please call the WOW Hall office at 687-2746 noon -- 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.

We are working on possible scholarship options!  Please email for info and possible availability.  We will let you know when and if something becomes available.  


“You guys are amazing! Thanks for giving our kids the rock star experience!” - Amy Parker, parent


The Instructors:

Tim McLaughlin

Tim McLaughlin is a multi-instrumentalist and sought-after musician based in Eugene. He is active in recording, teaching, performing, and composing. Since graduating from the University of Oregon School of Music in 2002, McLaughlin has appeared on numerous recordings and toured the western U.S. multiple times. Tim is bandleader of the award-winning jazz/funk/world-fusion band, Eleven Eyes. He also performs with other notable artists and ensembles such as Medium Troy, NOW! Trio, Son Melao, Hello Dollface, Everyone Orchestra, Emily Jensen, Halie Loren, The Essentials, Reeble Jar, John Shipe, and as a solo artist. As a music educator, McLaughlin hosts a full private teaching studio and directs music programs at Oak Hill School and Marcola Schools. McLaughlin has been a strong advocate for supporting youth in music by developing and directing Music’s Edge Rock Camp at the WOW Hall and working with Lane Arts Council. McLaughlin has also composed, produced and recorded soundtracks to multiple documentaries with award-winning documentary producer, Jerry Joffe.  Recently, McLaughlin collaborated with the Eugene Ballet to bring the world premier of “Tommy - The Ballet” (by The Who) to the Hult Center.  McLaughlin played guitar and sang, and was the musical director of this production.  Tim has dedicated his life to helping make the world a better place through music, and is proud to work with the WOW Hall to bring Music’s Edge to Eugene.

Zak Johnson

Zak Johnson is a singer/songwriter/musician from Eugene who has taught private and group music lessons since 2003. He studied music at Lane Community College as a youth before embarking on an illustrative career as a touring and recording artist. Zak has recorded and toured throughout the world as a bassist and guitarist with various groups including: Mood Area 52, U of O Gospel Ensemble, David Jacobs-Strain, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and his own group, The Dead Americans. He has also recently performed as a singer and guitarist with Music’s Edge camp director Tim McLaughlin in the Eugene Ballet’s production of The Who’s rock opera “Tommy”. In addition to his live performance career, Zak has been on countless studio recording sessions and he has written, arranged and produced three of his own recordings, including two full-length albums.  Zak brings his exuberance and positive attitude to the Music’s Edge Camps to help students broaden their musical perspectives, learn to play as a group, and most important: to have fun and express themselves through music!

John Raden

John Raden has been a performing musician in the Eugene area for the past eight years.  John has established himself as an accomplished drummer with  The Dead Americans, Candy Apple Blue, David Jacobs-Strain, Reverend Brimstone, and various other sit-in gigs.  John has also been a local music teacher for the past eight years.  Expanding his abilities from drums to guitar and bass guitar, he can teach an array of styles on multiple instruments.  He specializes in group lessons and has vast experience in youth rock camps.  " I love taking a bunch of ragtag beginner musicians and transforming them into a powerful rock band."

John Shipe

John Shipe has an original 200-plus song repertoire, 15 years of touring and nine recording projects.  He's played all kinds of stages -- coffee houses, performance halls, amphitheaters, festivals and arenas --  sharing the bill with Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos, Tony Furtado and many others.  Thirty Shipe tunes have played on 100 radio stations.  Shipe combines his massive experience into a great teaching style that is fun and like no other.

Roving Instructors:

Kurt Catlin - Born and raised Eugene guitar shredder, performer, and general rockstar
Brian West - Master drummer, percussionist, and multi-instrumentalist as well as an excellent teacher.

“I want you to know how important this camp is to my kids. They talk about it and look forward to it all year. Seriously, you are making an incredibly positive impact on so many young people's lives. Thank you so much!” - Cindy Ingram - parent and local promoter

Music's Edge History

Music's Edge began as a unique music program that was created by Tim McLaughlin in 2004.  The camp resides at the WOW Hall and this is mutually beneficial to McLaughlin and the venue.  The WOW Hall values hosting educational programs, and Music's Edge thrives in a home that has a community feel, an awesome performance space, and some real rock n roll grime to it!  2012 was the 6th year that the WOW Hall has hosted Music's Edge, and before that the program existed at the She'd for three years.  Tim's main motivation with Music's Edge is to offer a music program like no other and give up-and-coming musicians opportunities he only dreamed of when he was that age.

There are many music camps that teach musicians how to play better music, but Tim wanted to go beyond that.  Creating a full set of non-stop music, and performing with confidence and charisma on a big stage with huge sound and lights was one opportunity Tim wanted to offer.  To be able to play a "festival-style" set on an outdoor stage is also an important experience to have, and the Saturday Market, Whiteaker Block Party, and Lane County Fair have have all been excellent outdoor venues that give that break to the Music's Edge musicians.

There is an immense amount of behind-the-scenes work that has to be done by any successful musician, and it is really hard to figure that stuff out because it is not often explained.  For example…
-  How do you develop a press kit and talk to booking agents in order to book gigs and generate interest in your band?
-  How do you get on the radio?
-  How do you communicate with sound engineers and understand what to listen for with stage sound?
-  How do you get fans?
-  How do you prepare for a recoding session?
-  How do you craft lyrics to a song, and vice versa?

The hardest part to answering all these questions is that there is no one answer to any of them.

So from the beginning Tim reached out to the music community and hand picked special guests to come everyday to Music's Edge and spend 45 minutes or more with discussions and performances to really give an education in being a street-smart musician from a variety of vantage points.  This has been a very valuable aspect to the program and Tim is very grateful to all the Music's Edge special guests.

Music's Edge has also benefited from having some amazing instructors tat are not only music educators, but also world-class performers and recording artists.  This has included Zak Johnson, John Shipe, Brian West, Ehren Ebbage, John Raden, Larry Wayte, Josh Britten, Steve Weems, and Kurt Catlin.  

Music's Edge shows no signs of stopping as it continues to grow every year.  It has been amazing to see some of the older Music's Edge students go on to great college music programs, have successful bands, and continue with having music in their lives.

If Music's Edge helped even just a little bit with those achievements, then Tim couldn't be happier.  Sometimes just keeping your focus and never quitting really pays off.  And just remember the Music's Edge motto…
"Be cool to people and play good music."