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Backbeats - Woodstick Groove 2016

Backbeats – Woodstick Groove 2016

This past April, Groove Music for Youth and the Emerald Queen Casino held their annual nonprofit drumming charity event, Woodstick Groove, in Tacoma, Washington. Check out our highlight reel of the event below!

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Boston Hosting Third Annual Drum-Off Competition

Blue Man Group Boston is hosting their third annual drum-off competition to find the most creative, talented drummers in the greater Boston area. This year’s finals will be held July 16 at 1 pm on the main stage as part of the Outside the Box Festival on Boston Common.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert on Mike Portnoy

Guitarist Paul Gilbert on Mike Portnoy

Mr. Big founder and ex-Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert is releasing his seventeenth solo album today, ‘I Can Destroy’, featuring Thomas Lang on drums. Gilbert has performed in a number of musical projects over the years with Mike Portnoy, including the drummer’s Beatles tribute group Yellow Matter Custard, which played the Modern Drummer Festival in 2003. Gilbert talks about those gigs in the brand-new Episode 18 of his “Scarified” video series; we asked him to expand on the subject here.

Dick DiCenso

Dick DiCenso Passes

We at Modern Drummer were saddened to hear of the passing of Dick DiCenso, the father of renowned drummer Dave DiCenso and the founder of Dick DiCenso’s Drum Shop, which was founded in 1982 and for twenty-three years served the Quincy, Massachusetts, area.

Asheville Rhythm Presents Percussion Festival

Asheville Rhythm Presents Percussion Festival

This year’s festival will feature teaching artists from around the globe, including NYC-based drummer and composer Allison Miller, Portuguese world music hand pan artist Kabeção, Vicki Genfan, multi-percussionist David Kuckhermann, Mo’Rhythm Percussion School owner and innovator Monette Marino, West African dancer and choreographer Barakissa Coulibaly, and the founder of the festival, Asheville’s rhythm ambassador River Guerguerian….