Sheila E & Nina Rodriguez Take Austin By Storm

By Andy Doerschuk Published September 29, 2010

Austin, Texas is always hot in the summertime but when Sheila E. and Nina Rodriguez got together to star in a percussion extravaganza at Jeff Ryder’s Drum Shop, things really heated up! This was the case this summer when the two Toca artists performed at Jeff Ryder’s Drum Shop in Austin. The fun started in the afternoon with a tent display of Toca percussion instruments – all available for hands-on examination and purchase by attendees. Later that afternoon drum circle facilitator Nina Rodriguez led a crowd of percussion enthusiasts in an hour of group playing, with support from her ensemble Unlock The Rhythm. By evening it was time to move indoors, where Sheila E. presented her clinic, performing on congas, timbales, and drum set. The event closed with a stunning duet that featured Sheila E. on a Toca Lightweight Drum and Nina Rodriguez on a Bordeaux Wood Cajon.