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And the beat goes on...

Those of us with the karma points to live in the space in time called Santa Cruz wallow in an ocean of talent. Our small oasis, cradled within the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Salinas Valley and the Monterey Bay, affords that talent ample opportunity for creative self expression. On this page, we 'beat the drums' for these celebrations, and we encourage you to share with us your knowledge of such events.

Our focus is on local drumming, but we do not discriminate.

Please let us know of any noteworthy events coming up by dropping us a line at [email protected], calling us at +1 (831) 428-6626 or filling out a contact form.

A Drumming Event Not To Be Missed

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Jim Greiner's Hands-On Drumming

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Interactive Drumming Sessions locally and worldwide for Corporate Team Building, Conferences & Meetings, Community Groups & Events, Schools & Youth Groups, and Private Celebrations of all types and sizes. Meditation Drumming Sessions for individuals and Groups.

Rhythm Power Playshop

This hands-on Playshop is a fun exploration of universal rhythmic principles that are found in cultures worldwide. We will cover groove, pulse, downbeats, upbeats, patterns, cycles, savoring the space between notes, tempo, volume, and creating your own variations of common rhythms.

In addition to these fundamental rhythmic principles, we will use rhythm as a vehicle to reinforce down-to-earth life skills, and to internalize positive, powerful Life Rhythms.

When: Saturday, July 15, 1PM - 3PM
Where: Soquel Village, just outside the city of Santa Cruz, California
Fee: ?

4-Week Rhythm Power Hand Drumming Class

Beginning to intermediate hand drumming techniques and rhythms, customized for each member's level of experience. We will focus mostly on the African Djembe, but I will also integrate other instruments into the class, depending upon your area of interest. Other instrument options are: Congas, Bongos, Doumbek/Darabouka, Frame Drums, Shekere and other hand-held percussion instruments..

When: Tuesdays, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Where: Soquel Village, just outside the city of Santa Cruz, California
Fee: $75 for the four sessions. Advanced registration required

Conga Class - Beginning to Intermediate levels

We cover traditional and contemporary Caribbean rhythms and techniques, staying relaxed while playing, and playing with other people.

When: Wednesdays, 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Where: Soquel Village, just outside the city of Santa Cruz, California

More info for Jim's events at www.handsondrum.com

Dave DiLullo's Global Drum Circles

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Public Drum Circle

When: Sept 17, 1:30pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Family Wellness Festival, Santa Clara CA
Fee: ?

East West Drum Circle

Join David DiLullo for an immersive musical experience to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Connect with the healing power of drumming in a 3-part format, which includes an open jam, facilitated drumming, and a guided meditation. Open to beginners regardless of experience; ages 16 and up welcome. Drums are provided.

When: Saturday, Sept 23, 7:30pm
Where: East West Bookstore Mountain View, CA
Fee: ?

More info for Dave's events at www.globaldrumcircles.com/eventschedule.cfm

Watsonville Taiko

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Asian Night

When: Saturday, Septmber 16
Where: Scotts Valley
Fee: ?

Jacob's Heart

When: Sunday, September 24
Where: Watsonville Plaza
Fee: Free!

Taiko Classes

Watsonville Taiko offer classes and worksops for children of all ages and at a variety of locations. Please visit http://www.watsonvilletaiko.org/classes.html to learn how to get in on the fun!

When: Varies
Where: Varies
Fee: Varies

More info for Watsonville Taiko's events at www.watsonvilletaiko.org/upcoming-events/

Don Quixotes's International Music Hall

Ruaile Buaile

High energy ground thumping celtic beats with a little irish charm and flare.

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When: Sunday, August 22
Location: 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA
Fee: $15 Adv. - $15 Door

Lee Benoit Family Band

Cajun Music Hall Of Famer from South Louisiana.

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When: Thursday, September 14
Location: 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA
Fee: $12 Adv. - $15 Door


More info for Don Quxote's events at http://www.donquixotesmusic.info/

Kuumbwa Jazz

Café Musique

Café Musique lives up to its name with a musical palate that includes gypsy, swing, tango, folk and their self-defined genre, “wild classical”.

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When: September 10, 2017
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $25 - $32

More info for Kuumbwa Jazz's events at http://kuumbwajazz.org/calendar/

Moe's Alley

Antibalas

First Time Back At Moe's In 12 Years! Saturday Night On Halloween Weekend!

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When: Saturday, October 28
Where: Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $25 Adv. / $30

More info for Moe's Alley's events at http://www.moesalley.com/calendar.php