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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.

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.

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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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 June 24th 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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Magic Carpet, World Rhythms

When: Saturday, April 22
Where: Veteran's Memorial Building, Santa Cruz
Fee: ?

Hanamatsuri

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Where: Watsonville Buddhist Temple
Fee: ?

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Saturday, April 29
Where: Memorial Park, Cupertino
Fee: ?

Big Sur International Marathon

When: Sunday, April 30
Where: Big Sur
Fee: ?

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

Kuumbwa Jazz

Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All–Stars

Juan de Marcos Gonzalez played a key role in the renewed popularity of Afro-Cuban music in the ’90s with the release of Dundunbanza.

Band of Afro-Cuban musicians posing with their instruments

When: Monday, April 17
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $35 advance/$45 day of show

Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma

The finest tabla player in the world, Zakir Hussain teams up with son of legendary Shivkumar Sharam, Rahul Sharma for a night of classical Indian music and divine rhythm.

Tabla player and santoor player with their instruments

When: Sunday, April 30
Where: Rio Theater, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $35 - $55


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

Moe's Alley

SambaDá

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,

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When: Saturday, May 20
Where: Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $15 Adv. - $20 Day of

Broken English & Flor De Cana

Flor de Caña means Sweet Sugar Cane Flower, a symbol of life, love, and all that the Carribean has to offer. We play high energy dance music, with our own take on Cuban Son, a precursor of modern "salsa."

Group of musicians posing.

When: Friday, May 26
Where: Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $9 Adv. - $12 Day of

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