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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, calling us at +1 (831) 428-6626 or filling out a contact form.

Jim Greiner's Hands-On Drumming

Poster with images of performers and spectators at a music event.

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.

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

Dave leading a drum circle.

East West Drum Circle

Join Dave for an immersive musical experience to energize the mind, body, and spirit. Connect with the power and healing potential of drumming. Includes an open jam, facilitated drumming, and a guided meditation.

When: Saturday January 28th 7:30pm
Where: East West Bookstore Mountain View, CA
Fee: ?

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Watsonville Taiko

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Cultura Caliente

When: Friday, February 24
Where: Mello Center, Watsonville
Fee: ?

UCSC Porter College

When: Saturday, March 4
Where: UCSC Porter College
Fee: ?


When: Sunday, April 2
Where: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family JCC
Fee: ?

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 17 year Anniversary Celebration

Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm.

Musicians performing on stage.

When: Fri. March 17 at 8pm
Location: 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA
Fee: $17 Adv. - $30 Door

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

Built upon two sturdy pillars — the hauntingly charismatic vocals of Cathy Jordan and the dazzling virtuosity of award-winning instrumentalists like Tom Morrow on fiddle, Liam Kelly on flute, and Shane Mitchell on accordion, Dervish is a solid structure of a band, its foundation in legendary pub sessions, its shape the result of years of international touring.

Band of Celtic musicians with their instruments.

When: Wednesday, March 15
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $25 advance/$30 door

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Moe's Alley

La Misa Negra

La Misa Negra (Black Mass or Black Ritual) is an 8-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music.

Group of musicians posing.

When: Saturday, February 25
Where: Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $9 Adv. - $12 Day of

Brazilian Carnaval 2017

With Samba Do Rio Project, Grupo Cupim Do Samba, Pato Banton, Samba Dancers & More

Samba dancer in her outfit.

When: Saturday, March 4
Where: Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $22 Adv. - $22 Day of

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