Yesterday, I drove to Jamestown with Jeff and Joan to participate in a Rhythm Renewal Drum Circle.
After talking through our exit and getting into town the long way, we parked the car and went to The Pub for a quick dinner. That's where we saw these beautiful fish.
From there, we went back to the car and picked up our drums.
It was a short walk to the Reg Lenna Civic Center.
When I was a kid (and lived on Chautauqua Lake) this was Dipson's Palace...a movie theatre.
It has obviously been restored and is positively gorgeous.
When we arrived, there were about 30 people already into a rhythm on the stage...a great sound with the superb acoustics.
We set ourselves up and joined in.... I'd say there were nearly 70 drummers. The stage was packed with people from Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo and many other places.
This is Jim Donovan. He was a founding member of Rusted Root and is now a full time instructor at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. He offers workshops all over the United States and Europe and really knows how to work any size group. Very motivational and articulate. "Rhythmic Motivation" is his thing. It can be very powerful.
Here's are some short samples of what we were doing. Don't forget to turn off my radio.
We did not get home until 1:30am! Pretty late, but worth it.