About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

How to turn your kid into a Rock Star!

Brian Tompkins



I grew up in Bend, went to Mt. View High School, then moved to California to go to College, one B.A. Degree, MBA, 2 start ups, and 18 years of Internet Marketing later, ... I'm back in Bend. I moved back to ski, Mtn Bike, go to the lakes, and enjoy Bend with my Daughter. I have been back for 6 years. I work at G5 Search Marketing downtown. My parents and sister and entire family live here. It's awesome. My daughter and I have been learning how to play the guitar, which is the funnest thing in the world to do with a 9 year old!

I got tired of saying, "Go Practice your guitar for 20 minutes". So, My daughter and I formed a Band. My 5 Min. is about how to make learning an instrument fun, raising self esteem, and turning your child into a Rock Star! You get killer instruments, form a band with your child, order stickers & Guitar pics, build a web site, dress up in costume when you have "Band Practice", and promote the band in town. You learn ACDC, Ted Nugent, Oasis, Goo Goo dolls, and Joan Jett. You play the music in the car, you crank it up like your both teenagers. It's awesome!! You record your band practice on Video, and create YouTube Videos of your best songs. You put the Videos on the web site. You put banners up at the school, (Look at the fence at High Lakes!) and hand out stickers to your friends. We play in drake park sometimes, and we set up on the Les Schwab Ampetheater once and did our own show! You take your kid to concerts and push to the front row and rock out! You learn the lyrics to what you play! Learning how to play the guitar could never be any funner. We have a blast. Anyone can do this. Visit www.BlueEyedManiacs.com to see what we are ALL about! If your child doesn't actually become a real Rock Star, they will become one in thier own mind! and yours!



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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