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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

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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 June 24th 7:30pm
Where: East West Bookstore Mountain View, CA
Fee: ?

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Watsonville Taiko

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JACL Community Picnic

When: Saturday, June 24
Where: Aptos Village Park
Fee: ?

Medicine Buddha Festival

When: Saturday, July 1
Where: Big Sur
Fee: ?

Summer Concert : New Brighton State Beach

When: Saturday, July 1
Where: New Brighton State Beach
Fee: ?

Watsonville Relay for Life

When: Saturday, July 15
Where: Watsonville High School
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

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

He is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge his Accordion Soul sounds with blues, r&b, jazz, latin and rock.

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


AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization,

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When: Friday, June 30
Location: 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA
Fee: $15 Adv. - $15 Door


Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xo¨o¨mei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music.

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When: Wednesday, July 12
Location: 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA
Fee: $15 Adv. - $15 Door

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Kuumbwa Jazz

Caminos Flamencos presents “Solo Flamenco”

Caminos Flamencos blends the most beloved flamenco traditions with contemporary elements, creating what has become known as nuevo flamenco.

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When: July 28, 2017
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $25 - $30

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Moe's Alley


Six-time Austin Music Award winners for Best World Music Band, Atash, will return to California in June, bringing with them their colleagues and collaborators Fareed Haque, Elias Lammam, and Abbos Kosimov

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When: Sunday, July 2
Where: Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $10 Adv. - $15 Day of

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