Published On: July 22, 2010

Percussion Stars Host Benefit for Little Feat's Ailing Drummer

Published On: July 22, 2010

Percussion Stars Host Benefit for Little Feat's Ailing Drummer

There is a feeling of brotherhood among musicians, which is often evident when one of their number falls ill and others rally round to offer help and support. The latest example is the DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night, which will benefit Little Feat's drummer Richie Hayward.

072210.Richie_Hayward.GIFIt's time to help a legendary drummer during his time of need while savoring the rhythmic talents of three of his peers.

DRUM! Magazine -- the leading magazine for drummers and percussionists worldwide -- has announced the biggest drumming event ever to take place in Northern California. On Friday, August 13, drummers will descend on the San Jose Repertory Theatre in the heart of Silicon Valley to witness three of the world's most exciting drummers -- Tower Of Power funk master David Garibaldi (performing with the TOP rhythm section), extreme drumming sensation Marco Minnemann, and former Mars Volta wunderkind Thomas Pridgen -- for an evening of mind-blowing drum clinics and performances. As a bonus, all attendees will receive free tickets to the George Clinton concert that follows the DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night.

All profits generated from DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night will be donated to Richie Hayward, founding drummer for seminal American roots-rock band Little Feat. In 2009, Hayward announced that he had contracted severe liver disease. Since then he has battled the condition without the benefit of health insurance. In addition to revenue generated by ticket sales, a wide range of drum and percussion companies have contributed percussion gear for a raffle to be drawn at the event, with proceeds also donated to Hayward's fund. The grand prize is a full DW drum set outfitted with Zildjian cymbals.

DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night will help kick off the 21st Annual AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival, one of the largest open-air jazz festivals in the world. SJJF closes off the entire downtown area, erects multiple outdoor stages, and draws up to 100,000 music lovers who converge from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening to enjoy jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, electronica, and many other forms of contemporary music.

Tickets for DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available at drummagazine.com/rhythmnight or by calling 408-971-9794, ex. 210. Cosponsors for DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night include DW, Evans, Remo, Sabian, Vic Firth, Yamaha, Pro-Mark, Zildjian, and KFOG.

DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night
August 13, 2010
6:00-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (drummagazine.com/rhythmnight)
408-971-9794, ex. 210

San Jose Repertory Theater
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

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