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Drumming Events

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.

Meditation Drumming Classes

Meditation Drumming sessions use drumming and rhythm-play as a vehicle to help us reinforce positive Life Rhythms. Jim will provide Frame Drums, and you are welcome to bring your own. Please come and join us for tranquil and uplifting meditation rhythms!

When: Thursdays, 5PM - 8PM
Where: Breath + Oneness, Capitola
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

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Dave DiLullo's Global Drum Circles

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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, Nov 4, 7:30pm
Where: East West Bookstore Mountain View, CA
Fee: ?

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Watsonville Taiko

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Monterey Bay Half Marathon

When: Sunday, November 12
Where: Sunset Drive Pacific Grove,
Fee: Free!

Watsonville Taiko Holiday Boutique

When: Sunday, November 19
Where: Kizuka Hall, Watsonville
Fee: Free!

Multicultural Celebration

When: Sunday, December 3
Where: Watsonville City Plaza
Fee: Free!

Taiko Classes

Watsonville Taiko offer classes and worksops for children of all ages and at a variety of locations. Please visit to learn how to get in on the fun!

When: Varies
Where: Varies
Fee: Varies

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Don Quixotes's International Music Hall


Molly's Revenge, Christa Burch, The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers. Join Molly's Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song, and dance associated with the festive season.

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When: Thursday, December 7
Location: 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA
Fee: $18 Adv. - $22 Door

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Kuumbwa Jazz

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal

The duo of Malian kora virtuoso Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal effortlessly crosses genres and is a true collaboration that combines West African troubadour songs with the rich history of Baroque classical music. The folksy elements and lilting melodies are combined with bold improvisation and dense musical phrasing – the songs having undeniable narrative qualities.

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When: Monday, October 30 2017
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $25 Adv. - $30 Door

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Moe's Alley

Elito Revé Y Su Charangón

Founded in 1956 by Master Elio Reve Matos, relevant figure of Cuban music, the orchestra "Elio Reve y su Charangón '' is one of the musical groups of greater prestige in Cuba and elsewhere in the world.

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When: Tuesday, October 24
Where: Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $25 Adv. / $30


Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. \

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When: Sunday, October 27
Where: Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $15 Adv. / $20


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

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