Monday, October 8, 2018

Busy Busy Busy!

It's been a while since I updated the site! That's good and bad, I guess. It's good that I've been so busy, but I need to do a better job of keeping up! Anyway, here's the latest news.

We finished recording "Going Home," the Eagle's Wings album that is now available at any of their shows. You could also contact us here at Rock U, and we'll get you a copy. The guys were very happy with the finished product, and so are we!

CrossBorn has been continuing the recording process on their upcoming EP, which is untitled at this point. Three songs are finished, one is about halfway done, and the last one is in the beginning stages. So far, it sounds really good!

The Tuscola site is picking up some steam too. We've been hosting Bluegrass Jams, and the attendance is increasing. Stop by The Vault on October 27th at 2pm to participate in the next one!

Later that night, from 6-11, we will be hosting our Halloween "Metal At The Vault" concert upstairs in the Stage Room. Five bands for $10! Eyes From Above, Primitive Deception, Cause of Ruin, Lights Over Arcadia, and Ending Orion will rock the building like it's never been rocked before! It's an all-ages show, and we will have security on hand so everyone can rock in peace! Extra special thanks to Jim McBride for donating a PA system!!!!

On December 1st, time tba, CrossBorn will be hosting their first ever CrossBorn Christmas in the Stage Room. More details will follow in the near future.

The construction on the walls in the lesson room is all but finished. We just need to paint and mount the wall guitar hanger to finish it up. It's looking good! Thanks to Denny Ellis and Rick Nelson for all the hard work!

Finally, we welcome a new drum instructor to our Neoga location. Mr. Tom Black from Shelbyville started last week and is doing an excellent job! It's never been a better time to learn "the skins" at Rock U!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Would you like to record a song?

Express Recording Package
Special offer for one song!
What do you get?
1 hour tracking
2 hours editing
1 hour mixing and mastering
Master provided as .wav file
Are there restrictions?
Use our drums (Ludwig Centennial)
Record guitars and bass direct
Not responsible for copyright, licensing, or other legalities.
Standard hourly rates apply for overages and/or additional services.

What does it cost?
$100 total. Due at start of session.

Don't delay! Contact us today!

Back To School Offer!

Back to School Special Offer!

Rock U, located downtown Neoga and at The Vault Art Gallery in Tuscola, offers instrument and vocal lessons, as well as occasional classes, camps, and performance opportunities.

New students who mention the code word “hurricane,” and sign up for weekly lessons through December, will receive one free lesson and a Rock U t-shirt.

Rock U is owned and operated by Marty Gibson, long time English teacher at Neoga High School and professional guitarist with decades of stage, studio, and teaching experience. A full roster of excellent instructors is available for a wide variety of instruments.

Offer expires September 1, 2018. Restrictions apply. Contact Marty Gibson for more information.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Recording at Rock U/Draven Studios

Marty just completed another session with the Eagles Wings quartet, successfully passing the halfway mark on completing their first CD recorded at Rock U/Draven Studio. Wait until you hear it! The guys sound incredible!

CrossBorn, Marty's band, is also in the recording process at Rock U/Draven. The band released their first single recorded here recently. "Disconnected" is a rocker, for sure! The band is working on recording an entire album of original Christian rock, and the initial results are awesome!

So, are you in a band? Are you a singer/songwriter? Are you looking for a cool place to record in Central Illinois at a very reasonable rate yet have professional results? Contact Rock U/Draven today! Between Marty and Bo's combined skills, equipment, and location, you're sure to be very pleased with your production.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Summer Rock Band Camp!!!!!!!

Hey Tuscola peeps! And peeps from areas near Tuscola! We’re hosting a ROCK BAND SUMMER CAMP!

July 9-13, from 1-4pm at our Tuscola location, upstairs at The Vault Art Gallery. Enrollment will be limited to 15 musicians total: three vocalists, three bassists, three drummers, and six guitarists. Other instruments such as keyboards or sax will be considered as well. Two years of instrumental experience is strongly suggested as basic competence on the instrument is necessary to perform in a band.

Contact Marty via FB message, text 217-273-2547, or email for more information.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Late April Update

We now have our merch store up and running! Check it out!

Bo Hardiek and I are preparing our combined Rock U and Draven Studios to take over the world! Excellent sound quality, a cool location, and fun people to work with . . . what else could a recording client ask for?

April has been a big month for our DJ service. We've performed at the Neoga PTO Galaxy Bingo, Stew-Stras Prom, Shelbyville Prom, and are scheduled to do Brownstown Post Prom, a Sweet 16 Birthday Party, and a Graduation Party among other events. Busy Busy! Just the way we like it!

May 5 will be our Bluegrass Jam at The Vault Grand Reopening in Tuscola. Be sure to come see us. Bring your guitar, or fiddle, or banjo, or mandolin, or bass, or dobro, or whatever. It'll be a fun afternoon. The jam will be from 2-5 pm.

Denny Ellis and I have been rocking a Beginning Group Guitar Course this month. Are you signed up? Maybe you're ready for private lessons? We have the space, the gear, and the instructors just waiting for you!

Friday, March 30, 2018

April Update

I have updated the website to include pictures and bios for several new instructors! Check them out!

The recording studio collaboration with Bo Hardiek and Draven Studios is in progress, and we're VERY excited to offer this new service.

Let's see . . . what else? Well, it's Prom season, so our DJ service is very busy. If you'd like to book us for graduation parties, please do so ASAP. Dates will fill fast.

Rock U Tuscola is gaining momentum. Be on the lookout for upcoming events, which may include a bluegrass jam night, a blues jam night, and maybe even a summer rock camp for teens!