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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 DrTom@DrumDr.com, calling or texting us at +1 (831) 428-6626 or filling out a contact form.

In the meantime, please stay safe and take good care of those around you.

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: Contact Jim
Fee: ?

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: Contact Jim
Fee: ?

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

Global Drum Circles

An instructor surrounded by many drummers.

David DiLullo founded Global Drum Circles in 2005 to bring the joy and power of drumming to as many people as possible. He leads custom drumming events for companies and groups of all kinds

More info for Dave Dillulo's events at https://globaldrumcircles.com/event-schedule

Watsonville Taiko

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Japanese Cultural Fair

When: Saturday, June 8, 2024
Where: Mission Plaza Park
Fee: ?

Felton Library

When: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Where: Felton Library Community Room
Fee: ?

Watsonville Obon

When: Sunday, July 21, 2024
Where: Watsonville Buddhist Temple
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/

Michael's on Main

Sadly, Michael's on Main suffered major fire damage overnight around 4am in the morning on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 and will be closed for an indefinite period of time. All shows are cancelled. If you'd like to help, contact info below.

More info for Michael's on Main events at http://www.michaelsonmainmusic.com/

Kuumbwa Jazz

Hot Club of San Francisco

This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. The Hot Club of San Francisco borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Featuring the silken violin of twice GRAMMY® Award-winning Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine, and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight.

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When: Thursday, April 18
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Fee: $36.75 Adv./$42 Door

Old Blind Dogs

The musical evolution of Old Blind Dogs began in Aberdeen in 1992 with roots that grew from the eclectic music scene that flourished in the Granite City during the early 90’s. Four musicians from very different musical backgrounds came together to create a full-time professional touring band with the aim of showcasing the rich tradition of songs and tunes of the North East of Scotland on an international stage.

Scottish band playing on stage.

When: Friday, May 3
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Fee: $28 Adv./$30 Door


Beaming in from the sizzling Addis Ababa nightlife scene, QWANQWA shines an experimentalism based in the virtuosity of rooted traditions. With swirling masinko (one-stringed fiddle), wah-wah violin, bass krar grooves, the heavy riffs of goat skin kebero beats, and powerful mellismatic lead African diva vocals, QWANQWA keeps audiences rapt in celebratory attention.

Ethiopian band of musicians posing with their instruments.

When: Thursday, May 16
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Fee: $31.50 Adv./$36.75 Door

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

Moe's Alley


From Afro-Mexican to Americana, from Soul to Son Jarocho, from Roots to Rock and Hip Hop, Las Cafeteras take folk music to the future.

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When: Tuesday, July 9
Where: Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: $25 in advance / $30 day of

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

Woodhouse Blending & Brewing

Samurai Gypsies

The Samurai Gypsies get their unforgettable sound from the band's core string virtuosos, Gary Carpenter on guitar and Elijjah Mcullar on violin. Taking music with african, flamenco, latin and jazz roots into some deliciously sexy and cerebral places.

Seated guitar player.

When: Thursday, February 29, 2024
Where: Woodhouse, Santa Cruz, CA
Fee: Free!

More info for Woodhouse's events at https://www.woodhousebrews.com/events