Special Guests

The Institute of Production and Recording often hosts special guests and visiting artists throughout the year. These may include guest lecturers, industry veterans, artists, entrepreneurs and experienced technicians.

Past special guests

Boyz II Men, T.I., Alex Buono (Director of Photography for SNL), Michael Pink, Tom Kenny (Editor, Mix Magazine), Soul Asylum, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Aronoff (Drummer, John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Puddle of Mudd, Avril Lavigne, Joe Cocker, B. B. King, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Branch, Vince Gill, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood, Patti LaBelle, George Jones, Conway Tritty, The Buddy Rich Big Band), Slug and Ant (Atmosphere), Eyedea (Rhymesayers Entertainment), Brother Ali (Rhymesayers Entertainment), Saddiq Sayers (Rhymesayers Entertainment), Ashanti Abdullah (Rhymesayers Entertainment), Skye Rossi (Rhymesayers Entertainment), Andrew Sheps (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Steve Bush (Norah Jones, Three Dog Night, Keiko Matsu), Buford Jones (Pink Floyd, ZZ-Top, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Wonder, Three Dog Night, Prince, Jackson Browne, David Bowie), Red Bull Music Academy & Last of The Record Buyers (the seven emcees: Abstract Rude, Manifest, St. Paul Slim, Carnage, New MC, Sims of Doomtree, and Felipe Cuauhtli of Los Nativos; the seven producers: Blueprint, Medium Zach of Big Quarters, O-D, Katrah-Quey, Benzilla, X:144 and Big Cats), Destineer Studios (Console Gaming Developer), Gregory Taylor (Cycling74), TPT – Twin Cities Public Telivision (Panelists: Keith Parker, Director of Special Partnerships; Bob Sturm, Sr. Manager Production Operations; Joe Demko, Audio Engineer) Shure, ESPN – VP Remote Operations Rick Abbott, Best Buy, Microtech Gefell, Neumann Berlin, Sennheiser, Minnesota Public Radio – The Current, Waves Audio Ltd., Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, M-Audio, Digidesign/Avid, Nickelodeon Universe, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Melodyne, Ableton.


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