Guitars go silent: This year’s Rock Camp canceled to ‘take breath’

Daily Mining Gazette file photo Members of the band Covered in Plastic play during last year’s PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp finale on Aug. 5 at the Rosza Center.

HOUGHTON — The 2018 session of PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp has been canceled, according to a Monday post on its Facebook page.

“We hope to see the Rock Camp continue to thrill and delight for many generations to come,” the camp’s program director Todd Brassard said in the post, “but for 2018 we have decided to take a breath.

“We cannot thank enough all of the people and organization that make Rock Camp possible and sincerely hope that love and support will be there in the future.”

The program mentors budding musicians for two weeks on all facets of the music creation and production business before performing live in a grand finale concert. It will return in 2019, the post said.

The camp’s roots lie in a 2009 performance by Olsson, who included local youth musicians in a performance on Shelden Avenue during the reconstruction work. That led to the first Rock Camp, which was held the next year.

A native of Houghton, Olsson is the lead singer for the Alan Parsons Live Project who has returned each year since to oversee Rock Camp.

Last year’s concert included 30 performances, concluding with guest accompaniment by alumni of Michigan Technological University’s Husky Pep Band.

This year’s practices had been planned for July 22-Aug.3, with a final concert on Aug. 4.

The camp had begun taking applications in April.

Brassard could not be reached for comment Monday.