By Andy Doerschuk Published July 30, 2010
DRUM! Magazine — the leading magazine for drummers and percussionists worldwide — has announced the biggest drumming event ever to take place in Northern California. On Friday, August 13, drummers will descend on the San Jose Repertory Theatre in the heart of Silicon Valley to witness three of the world’s most exciting drummers — extreme drumming sensation Marco Minnemann, Tower Of Power funk master David Garibaldi, and former Mars Volta wunderkind Thomas Pridgen — for an evening of mind-blowing drum clinics and performances. As a bonus, all attendees will receive free tickets to the George Clinton concert that follows the DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night.
DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night will help kick off the 21st Annual AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival, one of the largest open-air jazz festivals in the world. SJJF closes off the entire downtown area, erects multiple outdoor stages, and draws up to 100,000 music lovers who converge from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening to enjoy jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, electronica, and many other forms of contemporary music.
All profits generated from DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night will be donated to Richie Hayward, founding drummer for seminal American roots-rock band Little Feat. In 2009, Hayward announced that he had contracted severe liver disease. Since then he has battled the condition without the benefit of health insurance. In addition to revenue generated by ticket sales, a wide range of drum and percussion companies have contributed percussion gear for a raffle to be drawn at the event, with proceeds also donated to Hayward’s fund.
Tickets for DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available at drummagazine.com/rhythmnight.