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Coconut groove – Florentino Plaza drum circle recording

We had a lot of fun last night. It’s my intention to keep recording and archiving all the drum circle in South Florida and Miami beach.
Check out the audio from last night!

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Halloween drum circle and

Hey there,
Have you picked up your costume yet?

I wanted to share with all of you another video I’ve produced for, This time the percussion instrument reviewed is the Meinl Earth Djembe.

There are also some electric guitar reviews and an electroacoustic guitar review as well, worth check it out if you like guitar gear!

This weekend Drum church takes over Halloween. Drum circles and costumes ? You bet…
Drum churchh at the same time and location:
AD Barnes Park 3401 SW 72 Avenue, Miami right inside the north gate to the forest – 11AM – noon
Broward drum circle 201 Lyons Road South Coconut Creek, Florida.

Take care and have fun this weekend!

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Bagua drum circle tonight May 22nd 2009

Bagua Drum circleTonight at Bagua address: 4736 NE 2nd Ave – Miami, FL – 305-757-9857 . Starts around 8 PM
Open drum circle in the backyard garden. Parking on the street.
This drum circle keeps growing more and more… I won’t be able to make it tonight, but it’s definitely worth giving it a try if you haven’t checked it out yet.

Then Delou is teaching drum and dance class this weekend at its usual location.

Tomorrow Saibou Ba is teaching at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
on Saturday May 23, 2009 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 6161 NW 22 Ave Miami, FL 33142 – 305-721-8934

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Virginia Key Beach Drum Circle is this Sunday – Jan 18th 2009
16 January 2009, 1:28 PM
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Virginia beach drum circle
The Virginia Key Beach Drum Circle is this Sunday.

Bring your drum, bring your dancing feet, and bring hydration. Dress
appropriately for the weather at the time. This is a wonderful venue: covered, light, near the ocean, bathrooms available, some seating (you still may want to bring your own , though).
Once you see the site and play there, you’ll agree that this is one of THE perfect places for a drum circle in Miami.

The Dec 26th drum circle there was great, attended by some of the best drummers in Miami and Broward, as well as the very best dancers (all of those under 5 years old) in the world! Date: Sunday January 18, 2009
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Repeats: This event repeats every month on the third Sunday.
Location: Virginia Key Beach Park – Dance Floor Street: 4020 Virginia Beach. Virginia Key, Miami, FL
Phone: 305-960-4600 / 305-632-7514 / 305-960-4618
Drums and other acoustic instruments welcome! Every 3rd Sunday at Virginia Beach on Virginia Key.

NOT the park entrance that is used to get to Jimbo’s. AFTER the Seaquarium (right before the bridge to Key Biscayne) turn left at 2nd traffic light. There will be a small green sign in the median displaying Virginia Key Beach Park. NOAA building and SE Fisheries are on opposite sides of the entrance road to the park

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Miamidrum – Full moon drum circle + Delou resume its classes

Full moon tonightFull moon tonight at – Check the Miami beach full moon page for info

Also, this weekend Delou African Ensemble resumes its community classes:
Traditional Balafon Drum & Dance workshops Instructed by Ibrahima Dioubate/Guinea
Professional Djembe Djun Djun/ Percussion Mory Fofana Guinean/formerly from Wofa
Professional Dance Instructed by Aboudalaye Diallo/Mali

SUNDAY November 16,2008 3000 NE 151 St. Miami Fl. FIU Biscayne Campus Academic 2 Bldg. Rm. 220
(305) 978-3866 (305) 807-0398

BALAFON: 1:30PM-2:30PM ($25.00)..
DRUM: 2:30-4:00PM ($15.00)..
DANCE: 4:00-5:30PM ($12.00)..

The core vision is inspired by the West African folklore tradition, but we
are open to other folkloric art forms, such as Caribbean folklore, Haitian
folklore, Cuban Folklore, and other regions in Africa.

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Saturday and Sunday – Drum, drum and drum some more on South Florida
6 November 2008, 11:28 AM
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Mad hatter art festivalI hope you guys had a great Halloween…
Here we go again, lots of things to do this weekend. Delou African ensemble classes are resuming next weekend, I’ll post more info later next week.
If you’re around Miami-Dade:
Sidewalk Drum Circles in Coconut Grove this Saturday & Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 Pm on Grand Ave across from the bookstore.
These drum circles are sanctioned by the Mad Hatter people, who will also be providing some extra seating.

On Sunday late afternoon/evening, drum at The Great Grove Picnic in Peacock Park.

Then if you’re around Broward:
Hollywood Drum Circle/Picnic Sunday November 9 – 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Holland Park – Main Level of Waterfront Tower – 801 Johnson Street Hollywood, FL 33019
The broward drum circle at fern forest park click here for info…

Hope to see you at any of the drum circles!

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October weekend – South Florida drum & percussion activities
9 October 2008, 9:58 AM
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Img via FlickrGarden of Eatin’ Drum Circle – Saturday October 11, 2008 – 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Garden of Eatin’ Vegetarian Restaurant: 136 NW 62nd St. Miami, FL 33150 (305) 754-8050
Sean Dibble will lead the circle.Bring your drum.Get there early & bring your appetite – the food is great!

If you’re up in Broward, check the Fern forest drum circle:
Fern Forest Nature Park (in the picnic area) – 4PM – Saturday 11 -201 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek West side of Lyons Road just south of Atlantic Blvd.) The park closes at 6pm. We will be drumming about 1 1/2 hours in the pavilion on the right just before the first parking lot. Listen for the drums. Park your car. Walk to the pavilion.

Img via FlickrMore drums up in Broward:
Hollywood Drum Circle/Picnic – Sunday October 12, 2008 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Holland Park – Main Level of Waterfront Tower – 801 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL 33019
For more info, contact Kirsten: 954-889-8615

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Tequesta Drum Circle – September 22, 2008
19 September 2008, 9:35 AM
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tequesta drum circleThe Tequesta Drum Circle celebrating The Autumn Equinox 2008 – MONDAY, September 22, 2008
At Hugh Taylor Birch State Park 3109 E Sunrise Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304 from 7pm – 12am
Huge Bonfire, Belly Dancers, Fire Spinners, Community Altar (?), Short ceremony – around 10pm.
Beautiful Florida Autumn Night!

Come PICNIC style. Bring water, snacks, citronella, your bright smiles and good energy.
The seasonal altar will be placed for all to collectively charge their items (be sure to take your items home!) Environmentalist and holistic information welcome at entrance table. There will be a SHORT ceremony around 9pm or so conducted by Live Oak Kindred, Asatru group.

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Drum circle – Southampton Town article and South Florida drum events

East Hampton drum circle

I came across this interesting article from the East Hampton Star online edition, apparently drum circle gatherings are not only problematic in this part of the country but over there as well.
I’ve collected a couple of quotes that I’d like to post here, and I’d love you to leave me a comment with your opinion:

He said he had known for some time that the beach was being used for drumming. “It’s allowed to go on between 6 to 9 without permits. It’s not amplified music. It has not required permits. It was not a problem.”
“What happened last night was a lot of people, open fires, alcohol. It was a huge crowd, not boisterous and out of control, but I can’t condone it.”
Informed by the town police that he would need a permit, he said on Tuesday, “this is not an event — it’s just 15 to 20 drummers meeting up on the beach playing acoustical instruments.”

If you want to read the full article, follow this link.Full article link

I got the remainder for this weekend Oak Park drum circle:
Oak Grove Park Drum Circle Sunday August 24, 2008 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm –  690 NE 159 Street Miami, FL
FREE EVENT. This is a young circle with a distinctly Haitian flavor. Come ready to pick up some sweet island grooves. The circle does not take place in exactly the same place in the park every week; but it’s not a big place. Just look around for Penny or Haiti Blues. There are more good (really good) drummers than there are drums, so bring extras if you have them. There is some seating; but you may want to bring your own. If you want to bring kids, the playground is great.

Also this Saturday and Monday at the African Heritage center at Liberty town:
If you know Kuku, djole you’re welcome to join the drum activities. There’s also a dance class Saturday 26 at 3 Pm 6161 NW 22nd Ave Miami, FL 33142 (305) 638-6771

breaking news:
Come join us for another exciting shekere workshop with Sheila Alexander. You don’t want to miss the superb experience as she takes you through a toe-tapping, upbeat musical adventure.
Sunday, August 25, 2008, FIU Biscayne Campus, Academic II bldg, 2nd floor. Cost: $10
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Donations are appreciated. For more info, call 954-309-3619 or 305-807-0398.

When the full is moon over South Florida…

Red Full moon eclipseDade:
75th St and Collins @ the beach:
Full moon eve, one half hour after dark. Until…
Full Moon Drum Circle – On the Beach – Rain or Shine – Friday, Jul 18, 2008
North side of Pompano Beach Pier 8 PM or Moon Rise to 1 AM –
If there is rain then we drum in the Pavilion near the street north of the Pier
Pompano Beach Pier 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd. (Two blocks north of Atlantic Blvd)

In addition to the Miami Beach gatherings, Michael from the SFDCC Newsletter reports:
Unity on the Bay – Full Moon Drum Circle FRIDAY, JULY 18th from 7 to 9PM – fee $10
Coordinated by Carlos Manuel Planas and Jude Byrne.
We meet in a church, have a spiritually-flavored drum circle, and therefore have a zero tolerance drug and alcohol scene. We want to create a non-threatening safe space, a family atmosphere. We believe that the music on its own creates a healing, natural high, so artificial ingredients are not needed in this environment. All instruments are welcome. People show up with djembes, doumbeks, congas,
etc. Latin rhythms may predominate, but all rhythms are welcome.
Held at: Unity on the Bay Church, 411 NE 21st St., Miami FL, near Biscayne Bay
Info:, 305-812-5473,

Moonchine Full Moon Party (with Drum Circle) – new event
FRIDAY, JULY 18th – 8PM till ?? FREE Monthly on the night of the full Moon
Inside: sushi, drink specials, kareoke Outside: drum circle around the fire on the back patio
Held at: Moonchine Asian Bistro, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL

Don’t forget that Matthew Hill is having his Sunday Class at the FIU North Campus – not sure if time is still 3 PM.
I’ve also been told about the class/drum circle at the African Heritage center Saturday’s event – from 3pm to 6pm. I’m going to check it out this weekend!

Hope to see you drumming under the silver moon!

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