Tea Weekly

KindieComm is a biennial national convention for independent musicians that specialize in performing for kids.  Children’s entertainers from across the country gather to celebrate their genre of music which is coined “Kindie Music.”  The organizers of the event selected nine musicians or bands from across the country to feature at their Saturday evening Industry Showcase event.

Local children’s entertainer, Leslie Dolby, [better known as “Rockin’ Red”] has been selected as one of the nine to perform at this national showcase in Philadelphia.  Dolby will be performing a few of her favorite songs at the World Cafe Live venue on April 21, 2018.  “I am so honored to be chosen for this incredible event,” Dolby says of the distinction.  “I love that I can represent South Dakota at this national event among talented performers from all over the country.  It will be fun to bring a taste of Midwest music to Philadelphia.”

Dolby performs her Rockin’ Red musical show at events such as fairs, festivals, libraries and other community events throughout the Midwest.  This year she is bringing her live show to SD, MN, NE, IA, & ND.  To find a performance near you, or book Rockin’ Red for your event, visit her website:  www.rockinredmusic.com.  Her music can also be heard on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and all other digital media sources.  To learn more about KindieComm, visit: https://kindiecomm.org/2018-showcase/.


igrow.org (SDSU Extension) - "Owner of Rockin' Red Music Credits 4-H"

Owner of Rockin’ Red Music Credits 4-H

Categorized: 4-H & YouthSouth Dakota 4-H

By Lura Roti for SDSU Extension

Playing piano, singing and all the while encouraging an audience full of children to dance along with her is no small feat, but it's Leslie (Fischer) Dolby's chosen career and she loves it.

"I love seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids dancing at my shows," explains the singer, songwriter and owner of Rockin' Red Music. "I do it all for the kids and I get so much enjoyment out of it."

Dolby first got a taste performing before crowds as a 4-H Performing Arts Troupe member. As a middle and high school youth, she attended the annual 4-H Performing Arts camp where 4-H members from across the state come together to learn songs, lines and choreographed dance moves. They then spend the summer months traveling the state performing before crowds large and small.

"Those years in the Performing Arts Troupe helped shape my musical and theatrical career," Dolby says, of the experience which motivated her to pursue a Music Business degree from Anderson University.

She got her start in children's entertainment shortly after college, working as a member of the Do Re Let's Play band. When the band dissolved in 2016, Dolby didn't want to quit, so she created her own show - writing music, lyrics and developing fun, kid-friendly programming.

Today, she takes her Rockin' Red Music show on the road performing for children at fairs, libraries and community events across the Midwest.

But, Rockin' Red Music wasn't an overnight success. Launching a small business takes a lot of creativity, management and marketing.

Dolby says her years as a 4-H member participating in activities outside of the Performing Arts Troupe, like serving as a club officer, showing animals and maintaining an annual record book, helped her with the less dramatic side of her business. 

"I remember the judges would provide feedback encouraging me to set goals for my projects that would challenge me to learn new skills and continue to develop myself for next year's project," she explains. "Owning my own business takes a lot of hustling and the ability to be proactive and take the lead on getting things done. I am the only one to do the work and if I don't set my own goals and prioritize to achieve them, no one else will."

To view portions of Dolby's Rockin' Red Music show, link to her YouTube channel by visiting the Rockin' Red website. You can also listen to her music on all digital streaming platforms.

More about South Dakota 4-H

SDSU Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program is a partnership of federal (USDA), state (Land Grant University), and county resources through youth outreach activities of SDSU Extension. Youth learn and experience Leadership, Health and Wellness, Science and Ag-Vocacy through a network of professional staff and volunteers reaching more than 9,000 enrolled members with yearly programming efforts to an additional 35,000 youth participants.

To learn more, contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. A complete listing can be found at iGrow under Field Staff Listing icon.

Courtesy photo. 4-H alumnus, Leslie (Fischer) Dolby is a singer, songwriter and owner of Rockin' Red Music.

Courtesy photo. 4-H alumnus, Leslie (Fischer) Dolby is a singer, songwriter and owner of Rockin' Red Music says she got her start performing before crowds as a 4-H Performing Arts Troupe member.

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Cross Counties Connect

Children’s musical show at Mountain Lake Area Public Library 

ROCKIN’ RED AT the keyboard leading the music and dance of her original songs. (Christina Hanson photo)

Rockin’ Red was rockin’ it from the keyboard – and with her Mountain Lake audience of all ages who were ready to get up and dance – during her children’s musical show at Mountain Lake Public Library.

Rockin’ Red (a.k.a. Leslie Dolby) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was on hand at the library today (Thursday, August 3) for a free morning performance sponsored by the Fulda Area Credit Union.

Leslie has a bachelors degree in music and has been performing her entire life. Her primary instruments are piano and saxophone. With two young children of her own, she finds inspiration for writing her songs from everyday life.

Check her out at http://www.rockinredmusic.com/index/ or on Facebook.

Below are a couple of photos from the high-energy goings-on. The photos are by Christina Hanson.


THERE IS VERY little “down time” for any audience during a Rockin’ Red performance.




The Chamberlain Sun

The Arlington Sun