RESONATOR GUITAR PLAYERS, SLIDE PRACTITIONERS, DOBRO ENTHUSIASTS, GUITARISTS, STUDENTS AND TRAVELERS OF ALL AGES, SKILL LEVELS, AND INTERESTS ARE WELCOME!

ResoSummit Slide Fest is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

  • Performances every evening by Rob Ickes and members of the all-star faculty
  • Intimate workshops of all levels: from true beginner to very advanced
  • Luthiers Tim Scheerhorn, Paul Beard and Byrl Murdock
  • Camper open mics
  • Exclusive performance and workshop with Jerry Douglas
  • Lunches and dinners every day
  • Located in the heart of Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee

Welcome from Rob Ickes

Hello to all my fellow dobro players and enthusiasts!

It’s been a long time coming but I’d like to invite you to join me at my upcoming ResoSummit, happening November 3-6, once again at the historic Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

It’s hard to believe but this will be my 14th ResoSummit and my first camp presented by Dreamcatcher Events. It just seemed this might be a good time to try something different. When Betty Wheeler and I started this in 2007, we liked the idea an artist-produced teaching weekend. I had taught at most of the bluegrass camps here and in Europe, and I just started thinking, what if I did one on my own? I think we’ve struck a chord. At this point it’s kind of like a family reunion. People bring their partners and their families and they get to spend their day around Nashville. The Scarritt-Bennett Center is very close to Music Row so we’re close to all that fun stuff. We get people coming from all over – Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, literally all over the world – and they all love to come hang out in Nashville.

As always, ResoSummit will feature four days of workshops and concerts by our amazing faculty. There will be performances at Nashville’s famed Station Inn, plus a very special faculty performance on Sunday. We also offer daily optional activities sessions with choices ranging from informal performances and demos to one-on-one opportunities to consult with faculty, plus nightly after-hours jamming, luthier consultations, and a whole lot more!

It’s pretty intense, but we have classes for all levels. We have classes that are super advanced and also for people who are just starting out. There’s a LOT of learning going on, each faculty member brings in several teaching topics. Dobro is very unique, it’s still kind of an obscure instrument, so we can get really specific with our class topics. For example, I’ll do a class focusing on Mike Auldridge, who was one of the greatest players ever, or I’ll do a class that just focuses on right hand technique. Sometimes I think we get almost too intense – Dreamcatcher Events is going to bring a little more fun into our mix, so I’m looking forward to that.

I think we honestly hit on a great format right off the bat, but every year is a little different. There’s a different faculty, a different combination of teachers, different performances at night. All the classes are different every year. We’ve spoken to some of our favorite faculty members and they’re just raring to go, we’ll announce a full list closer to the event. We’re very excited to have the one and only Jerry Douglas join us as a special guest this year; he’s going to teach a master class on Sunday and then treat us to a performance that evening. Jerry has stopped by ResoSummit in the past, but this time he’s going to be a big part of the weekend.

From the beginning, one of our slogans has been ‘Education and Inspiration.’ We work hard during the day, but at night, we have these awesome concerts that feature our faculty members either with their regular band or in some sort of new musical setting. Being in Nashville allows us to call on some great local musicians to join us. People can let their hair down and just get inspired by the music. We’ve all got our noses to the grindstone throughout the weekend and then on Sunday afternoon, we have a faculty concert. Everybody’s saying goodbye, people are very emotional, they’re crying because they’re sad to leave, they love it so much. It always blows me away: the depth of what this weekend means to our attendees. They come from all over the world, they’ve learned a lot and made these great friendships. Nothing brings you together like playing music with another person. It’s a powerful thing.

ResoSummit creates that excitement that I felt when I was a kid in California going to Bluegrass festivals- a spot for like-minded people to gather and get excited about the instrument. People tell me, “It’s so tough because I don’t have anybody near me that plays…” and I’m like, “Dude, nobody has anybody near them that plays Dobro!!” That’s one of the reasons why this event is so special. ResoSummit isn’t about me – it’s about the instrument. This instrument, it reaches out and grabs you. Maybe it doesn’t grab as many people as the basic guitar, but when it does, it grabs you and it will not let you go. That’s the kind of energy and excitement that happens during our event.

You know, I learn a lot as well. I love hearing what the other faculty members are working on or what they bring to it. I’ve been playing forever and I love it because I still get my mind blown. It’s just so much fun to see how somebody else does it, to see what else is possible. We have the best players in the world teaching, some really cutting-edge players, so I get to learn along with everybody else. Good musicians never really stop learning and that gives your music life, it gives it energy. There’s always more to explore.

We’re just so excited to be back. It’s been rough, because we haven’t been able to do it for the last three years, so I think there’s going to be a lot of pent up energy that’s going to happen this fall. To have this event, where we all share our knowledge, where we get to learn and watch concerts and get inspired by great musicians doing their thing, it doesn’t get much better than that. I’m so looking forward to this year’s ResoSummit and I can’t wait to see you all there!

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Artists

Rob Ickes

Jerry Douglas

Trey Hensley

Greg Booth

Billy Cardine

Abbie Gardner

Jimmy Heffernan

Jay Starling

Bobby Ingano

Tim Scheerhorn

Byrl Murdock

Paul Beard

Schedule

We will be announcing a schedule for Reso Summit 2022 later this Summer but in the meantime, here is the schedule for last year’s Summit to give you an idea of how it runs.

Day 1

  • 3pm

    Check-in

  • 5pm

    Get-acquainted dinner

  • 7:00pm

    Performances by Rob Ickes and friends

  • 10pm

    After-hours jamming

Day 2

  • 9:00am

    Opening session

  • 10:35am

    Workshop session #1

  • 12:00pm

    Lunch

  • 1:15pm

    Workshop session #2

  • 2:35pm

    Workshop session #3

  • 4:00pm

    Optional Activities Hour

  • 5:00pm

    Dinner

  • 7:00pm

    Performances with Mike Witcher and friends

  • 10:00

    After-hours jamming

Day 3

  • 9:00am

    Workshop session #4

  • 10:35am

    Workshop session #5

  • 12:00pm

    Lunch

  • 1:00pm

    Workshop session #6

  • 2:35pm

    Workshop session #7

  • 4:00pm

    Optional activities hour

  • 7:00pm

    Performances with Billy Cardine and friends

Day 4

  • 9:00am

    Workshop session #8

  • 10:35am

    Workshop session #9

  • 12:00pm

    Lunch

  • 1:00pm

    Workshop session #10

  • 3:15pm

    Closing faculty performance

Scarritt Bennett Center

There are accommodations available at Scarritt Bennett Center for Reso Summit Slide Fest. All accommodations are suites with a private bathroom, etc. The accommodations, however, are for a retreat center and there is no television, rooms service, etc available. If you are interested, you can book there using this link.

For those who prefer a first-class, 5-star accommodation, we recommend Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. It is a 4-minute walk to Scarritt Bennett and is one of the best hotels in Nashville. They are offering our guests a preferred rate of $229 per night, which is pretty great in Nashville. To book your room at Loews, please use this link.

What is now Scarritt Bennett Center began in 1892 in Kansas City, MO, as Scarritt College for Christian Workers. A school established to train young women missionaries, Scarritt College trained women for global leadership in the church during a time when women were prohibited from other forms of leadership across most denominations.

Scarritt Bennett Center is located in the historic midtown area, right off Music Row and next to Vanderbilt University. The campus, which is listed on the National Historic Registry, is within walking distance to dozens of restaurants, music venues, and famous Nashville attractions. Campus is also a 5-minute walk to a bus stop, easily accessible via a cab/Lyft/Uber, a 5-minute drive from downtown Nashville, and a 15-minute drive from the Nashville International Airport.

Travel Directions

Scarritt Bennett Center

Address
1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

Website
Scarritt Bennett Center

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Pricing and Registration

Please join Rob’s Facebook group just for people attending Reso Summit. We will be using that to post lots of information over the months to come and it’s a great place for you all to share info, video, etc. You will get a link to join the group on your receipt.

Registration and Accommodations

  • Registration
    1,199

    Your registration will include all performances, workshops, concerts, musical activities, goody bags, lunches, and dinners at Scarritt Bennett – it does not, however, include accommodations. We have procured discounted rates at both the Loews Hotel and Scarritt Bennett, but you will need to make your own arrangements.

    If you have a loved one joining you in Nashville, we have a meal plan available for an additional $350 at checkout.

    Accommodations
    • For those who prefer a first-class, 5-star accommodation, we recommend Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. It is a 4-minute walk to Scarritt Bennett and is one of the best hotels in Nashville. They are offering our guests a preferred rate of $229 per night, which is pretty great in Nashville. To book your room at Loews, please use this link.
    • There are also accommodations available at Scarritt Bennett Center for Reso Summit Slide Fest. All accommodations are suites with a private bathroom, etc. The accommodations, however, are for a retreat center and there is no television, room service, etc available. If you are interested, you can book there using this linkand if you have any questions you can call (615) 669-1293.

    Of course, you are welcome to stay wherever you like in Nashville as well!

What's Included

  • All workshops, concerts, activities, and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • Breakfasts
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Personal musical gear

Scholarship Available for ResoSummit Slide Fest

Rob is pleased to announce The Houston Caldwell Scholarship will be available for Reso Summitt 2023. This scholarship provides free registration for participants aged 18 or younger.

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, contact us by email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com. Please include your name, age, email address (or parent’s email address), and mailing address. Also include a short statement about your involvement with the dobro, how you think ResoSummit would benefit you, and also include one or more samples of your playing (e.g., an audio file, YouTube link).

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 9.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plan – Upon checkout, you have the option to pay in full or one 50% installment.
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • The remaining balance will be automatically charged to the credit card on file on September 1, 2022.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.
  • Dreamcatcher Events LLC reserves the right to re-schedule any event if there should be an “Act of God,” pandemic, natural disaster, or any other circumstance which makes an event impossible to hold. In this circumstance, Dreamcatcher may issue full financial credit in the amount paid to all registrants who have paid. These “Credited” funds may be used solely for the specific event to be rescheduled. The financial credit shall last two years from the dates of postponement. Registration refunds will not be distributed in the event that an event has to be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond Dreamcatcher’s control. This also applies to any registrant who may not be able to attend an event due to Covid and/or Force Measure.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy