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Passionate percussionist Charlie Hall to appear at Philly Drum Project’s “Beats, Brews, and Banter”

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Charlie Hall | photo courtesy of the artist

Percussion collective Philly Drum Project announced this months Beats, Brews, and Banter, a free event with the goal of connecting Philly musicians in a safe environment to share ideas and network. Set to take place this Friday (November 4th) at the grand opening of Philly’s brand new drum shop Philadelphia Drum & Percussion, the event’s special guest is none other than The War on Drugs’ own beat machine Charlie Hall.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Philly Drum Project open drum at Boot & Saddle

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Philly Drum Project | photo via Facebook

The Philly Drum Project kicks off its 2015 season with an OpenDrum session at Boot & Saddle tonight. The biannual event invites percussionists of all backgrounds, levels and styles to sign up for a ten-minute presentation slot and show off their skills, while fellow drummers and non-drummers enjoy some Beats, Brews and Banter in the bar and venue. More information for the free event can be found on the Facebook event page here. PDP hosted Brian Frasier-Moore’s homecoming drum clinic at UArts last month – check out a clip from 2007 of Brian talking about his kit below. Continue reading →

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Philly Drum Project announces 2014 / 2015 schedule, including clinics with Chris Powell, Brian Frasier Moore and more

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Chris Powell of Man Man | photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Philly Drum Project has announced its 2014 / 2015 season, expanding its musician-friendly seminars to include nine Beats, Brews, & Banter events, two OpenDrum meet-ups, a fundraising effort called ReDrum to support community center workshops and a third annual DrumPhil summer program.

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Soaking up the sounds of Summer and lots of sunshine: Photo recap of Make Music Philly

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Photo by Rich McKie

The 2nd annual Make Music Philly took place this past Saturday. Under mostly sunny, blue skies, and gorgeous first day of Summer weather, the City of Philadelphia was the stage for several hundred music performances. The day started off at Love Park with a percussion play along with the Philly Drum Project and ended with a harmonica play along led bu John Colgen-Davis of the Dukes of Destiny followed by a concert featuring Ted Leo and Lee Fields & The Expressions.

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Today’s Concert Picks: Make Music Philly, Make Music Philly, Make Music Philly (and a few other cool things)

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There’s no doubt that the big event this Saturday is Make Music Philly. Free concerts all over the city all day — what else could you ask for? Join XPN and kick off the day 10 a.m. at Love Park with A Play Along Percussion Party with Philly Drum Project. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own percussion instrument to join PDP in the party. There are a ton of shows around the city that you can catch from dawn till dusk, but make sure to see XPN Presents Ted Leo, Lee Fields & the Expressions & Play Along Harmonica Event w/ John Colgan-Davis at 6:30 p.m. at Penn’s Landing. Bring along a harmonica to join in on Colgan-Davis’ set. For a full list of events and showtimes today, check out the Make Music Philly website here.

Also playing tonight:

Jolie Holland at Milkboy Philadelphia ($12-$15, 21+, 8:30 p.m.)

Robert Francis at Boot & Saddle ($10, 21+, 8 p.m.)

Real Estate and San Fermin at Verizon Hall ($30, all ages, 8 p.m.)

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Make Music Philly: Ryan Crump of the Philly Drum Project on the kick off play along percussion event at Love Park

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Tomorrow is Make Music Philly, a day long of free musical performances all over the city. The kick off event is happening at Love Park in Center City where members of the Philly Drum Project will lead a “play along” improvisational performance by a drum ensemble curated by them that includes noted Philly players Chuck Treece (G. Love, King Britt, McRad), Spanky McCurdy (Lady Gaga, Jill Scott), Josh Aaron (The Lawsuits), Ricardo Lagomasino (Deleted Scenes, Buried Beds, Many Arms), and Keaton Thandi (Ali Wadsworth, Satellite Hearts). Bring a percussion instrument of your choice and join in on the performance. Below, Ryan Crump, the founder and director of the Philly Drum Project, talks about the event.

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Philly Drum Project to kick off Make Music Philly on June 21st and encourages others to join in

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Philly Drum Project | via facebook.com/PhillyDrumProject

Get ready to hear the pounding beat of the drums when Philly Drum Project kicks off this year’s Make Music Philly on June 21st. The local organization will perform “A Play-Along Percussion Party” presented by XPN. The party features a few of the PDP members, but you don’t have to be a member to play in June. PDP is encouraging community members to bring along a drum of their choice and join in on the improvisational performance. Some suggestions include tom tom, cymbal, djembe, cowbell, or you can even create your own makeshift percussion instrument. For more information about the event, visit the Facebook event page.

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Lee Fields & The Expressions (and you) to cap off the second annual Make Music Philly on 6/21

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Photo courtesy of the artist

On June 21st, Make Music Philly presents a full day of free genre-spanning musical performances all throughout the city to ring in summer solstice. The festivities will commence at Love Park where the date will be declared Make Music Philly Day followed by Philly Drum Project‘s “percussion party” where all local drummers can bring their equipment and join the group jam session.

The day will end with a performance by R&B singer Lee Fields & The Expressions at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Fields releases a new album, Emma Jean on June 3rd. Additionally, harmonica players will have a chance to shine as they are invited to join others who play the instrument for a harmonica jam session. Other events represent music across genres in different parts of town including performances from over 150 artists in neighborhoods and venues all around the city of Philadelphia.

Stay up-to-date on all the events happening near you by visiting Make Music Philly’s website beginning May 15th where you can search by neighborhood, genre, and time of day. Below, listen to Fields’ cover of JJ Cale’s “Magnolia” from Fields’ forthcoming record.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Philly Drum Project’s Beats, Brews and Banter at Rbar UPDATE: Snowed out!

Photo via moderndrummer.com
Photo via moderndrummer.com

Tonight at Rbar, Philly rock drummer Patrick Berkery (The War on Drugs) will make an appearance at this month’s Beats, Brews, and Banter event presented by Philly Drum Project. The monthly series aims to create a space for local musicians, music teachers, and music lovers to discuss their work, experiences, and where music falls on their priority spectra. Berkery will also share his experiences playing and recording with acts such as Wesley Stace, The War on Drugs, Danielson, and The Bigger Lovers. Get more details on the event here and watch vintage footage of Patrick Berkery playing with The Bigger Lovers on NBC’s “The 10! Show” below.