Local Rochester New York Drummers in Action This weekend 1/27-1/29 – Rochester drums | Examiner.com

Local Rochester New York Drummers in Action This weekend 1/27-1/29 – Rochester drums | Examiner.com.


Check out the bands below, featuring local drummers.


10:00 PM

30 Village Landing, Fairport,

Mama Hart Band

Self described as “Vagabond Blues”, the MHB features many of the areas hottest blues musicians.. The smooth vocal styling’s of Sylvia Hart are backed by smoking fretwork of Jimmy Gondoli on guitar and vocals, steady Chuck Gondoli on bass and vocals, and John Cianciola on keyboards and vocals. Rock solid Joe Galusha, lays down the foundation on drums and vocals and really keeps the Mama Hart Band locked in.


9:00 PM

7281 W. Main St., Lima, 624-2080
Steve Grills & The Roadmasters

Steve Grills & The Roadmasters is a blues band of local and regional renown. Steve Grills’s, despite the thick glasses and wispy hair, really shreds on the guitar, with a rare command of the blues. His band includes Michael Plouffe behind the drum kit. He is as smooth as they come and plays with wonderful taste.


9:30 PM


153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY.


The Soul  and R&B sounds of “BITCHIN’ KITCHEN” can be seen and heard on

1 lead singer, 3 back-up singers, 5 horns and a 4 piece rhythm section = 13 Eastman-trained cats ready to funk it up to the best of  James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power and more!!.  John Fatum, on drums, anchors a groovin’ rhythm section that’ll cook all night.


7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

689 South Ave, 271-4650
Open Blues Jam w/ Nate Coffey

If you are a drummer, why not head to The Beale I for an open blues jam? No football = no excuses. Get out there and play, or watch as others jump up on stage and show what they have.


A Different Type of Dutch Master: The Enigmatic Han Bennink A True Solo Artist – Rochester drums | Examiner.com

Han Bennink

Hans Bennick - Image by invisible city photography via Flickr

A Different Type of Dutch Master: The Enigmatic Han Bennink A True Solo Artist – Rochester drums | Examiner.com.

In honor of his 70th birthday, Han Bennink is celebrating with a world tour. Who is Han Bennink, you ask? Well, Han is an improvisational musician and artist. His primary instrument is the drum set. However, to call him a drummer would be very misleading.

Bennink was born near Amsterdam in 1942. His first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. Later his father, an orchestra percussionist, supplied him with a more Han Benninkconventional drum set, but Han never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects, according to his biography,

In the 1960s, Bennink was quickly recognized as an uncommonly versatile drummer. As a hard swinger in the tradition of his hero, Kenny Clarke, he accompanied such American stars as Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon. He is heard with Dolphy on the 1964 classic “Last Date” (PolyGram).

Bennink participated in the creation of a European improvised music scene, and with fellow Dutch pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he founded the still-active musicians collective “Instant Composers Pool” in 1967.

Bennink anchored various bands led by Mengelberg or Breuker, and appeared in their comic music-theater productions.
Bennink attended art school in the 1960s, and is also a successful visual artist in several media, often constructing sculpture from found objects, which may include broken drum heads and sticks. He has designed the covers for many LPs and CDs on which he appears.

Over the years, Bennink has toured tirelessly and appeared on hundreds of recordings with the likes of South African bassist Harry Miller, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonists Roswell Rudd and Ray Anderson, and big-band leaders Sean Bergin and Andy Sheppard.

It is nearly impossible to describe Bennink’s style. However this quote sums it up:

“…few drummers can seem as convincingly unhinged as Mr. Bennink. … is a pillar of the European free-improvising scene, and a touchstone for the rambunctious wing of the contemporary avant-garde.” -New York Times 2006

Bennink is not scheduled to appear in Rochester, NY. However, he played a free concert at The Bop Shop, in Rochester on January 21st, 2009. A blurb on their website, they said this about Hans:

“Bennink’s solo music is something all together unique. He can make music with a snare and a chair or a full kit. He’ll play the floor, the walls, furniture, virtually anything. One never knows what to expect from Bennink. But whatever it is, we think we’re all going to be in for a real treat.”

To learn more about Bennink, please follow the link to his biography on his website. There are also lots of videos on his site and on YouTube.

Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney Blames Rock & Rolls State on Nickelback – Rochester drums | Examiner.com

Chad Kroeger on stage with Nickelback in Dubli...

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Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney Blames Rock & Rolls State on Nickelback – Rochester drums | Examiner.com.

It isn’t everyday that a member of one major rock band jumps ugly with another major rock band. Well, this is not everyday.

In the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, Patrick Carney, drummer for the Black Keys, did just that.

“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with

Patrick Carney, playing at SXSW in 2010

Patrick Carney Image via Wikipedia

Nickelback being the biggest band in the world…”

It appears that Carney is not a fan of  Chad Kroeger and his fellow Canadians. Carney goes on to say that because Nickelback is the biggest band around these days, and they are “watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit”, people now feel inferior music is acceptable from the most popular acts.

“When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it’s like, ‘Fuck you,’ honestly.”

Both bands have played in the Rochester, NY area. The Black Keys opened for the Flaming Lips in 2010 at the CMAC. Nickelback was here in 2010 as well, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
It will be interesting to see if Nickelback has some type of response. If they do, I’ll do my best to bring it to you.

The Twelve Drum Solos Of Christmas

Don’t say I never gave you anything. I present my gift to you:  The Twelve Drum Solos of The Christmas. In reality, it is in honor of the holiday season, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day and any other holiday that falls around this time.   Actually, there were supposed to be 12 solos, but I didn’t want to leave any of these out, so there are 13. Well, in fact, if you count them up, there are 15 drummers because there are two group solo videos.  These are not in any order at all and this is not to say these are the best drummers in the world. Well, some of them are, but these are my

favorite drum solos.  I did save the best for last. It is a three-part video of John Bonham‘s famous Moby Dick solo, from the Earl’s Court concert in 1985.  Bonham was the reason I took up the drums way back when, so I had to put him last.

Happy Holidays from 4DrummersOnly. Enjoy!

Neil Peart

Thomas Lang

Sheila E

Terry Bozzio with Chad Wackerman

Buddy Rich

Carmine Appice

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4DrummersOnly Follow Up: Sean Quigley, Canada’s Little Drummer Boy, Is Going Hollywood

Sean Quigley, Winnipeg‘s Little Drummer Boy, has earned the attention of an L.A. talent agent, MacRay Artist Management .

Quigley played all the instruments, sang the vocals, recorded everything and shot, directed and edited the video.

Within 24 hours of being posted it had been viewed over 4,000 times and started getting a social media buzz, with people posting it on Facebook and Twitter.

It has now earned nearly one million hits.

Quigley’s dad Bill told CBC News that talent manager Jason MacRay contacted him and said he wants to help make Sean a star.

“[He’s] trying to get him some more exposure in the United States, number one, because we’re going great here in Canada. And number two, if he could land a record deal for Sean that would be on the top of his list, too.”

Bill said he’s always been aware of his son’s talent but the sudden surge in attention is taking some getting used to.

“He’s always had a real gift for that and we’ve certainly supported that over the years so, am I totally surprised this has happened? No. But we are surprised, you know what I mean?” Bill said.

He noted there was a chance his son would be on the Rosie O’Donnel talk show but the producers ran out of space for the Christmas season.

No More Off-The-Cuff Walk-On Songs For Jimmy Fallon’s Drummer, Questlove


The Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drummer, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, will no longer be able to select songs for the show without first clearing them with three NBC execs. Questlove, the drummer for Fallon’s house band, The Roots, chose the song ”Lyin’ Ass Bitch” when Rep.  Michele Bachmann (R), a Republican presidential nominee hopeful, appeared on the late night talk show recently.

According to an interview with Rolling Stone, Talking to Rolling Stone before the incident, Questlove  admitted he was planning the number.

“I’m gunning for Bachmann,” he said. “I want to try and do Fishbone’s ‘Lyin’ Ass Bitch.’ I just don’t know if I’m going to tell Jimmy.”

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

While Bachmann didn’t object on camera, the song’s lyrics caused a huge stir and NBC had to apologize. Questlove told the magazine he was awakened by a 9 a.m. call the next morning summoning him to 30 Rock. He was told he must clear every song with three different NBC execs, and he was forbidden to tweet about the incident.

“It was a real bummer,” adds Fallon. “We don’t want to censor anyone, but … I don’t know. Maybe Questlove is a Romney guy.”

This was not the first time the show’s musical director has run afoul with his selections. Fallon had to censor Questlove’s previous choices of intro music when he wanted to use “She Blinded Me With Science” to introduce Katie Holmes, a prominent follower of Scientology. The New York Post reported his reaction to Fallon nixing the Thomas Dolby 80’s hit “That would have been good,” Questlove laughed.

Sixteen year-old Sean Quigley racks up 800,000 views in 1st week, Goes Viral with ‘Little Drummer Boy’ Video!

(Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 12, 2011) Sixteen year-old Sean Quigley, of Winnipeg Canada, posted his video version of the classic Christmas carol ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and a week later (at the time of this release) hit 800,000 views. Having played every featured instrument, sung every word, mixed every note, directed every shot, and edited every cut, the video is proving to the world that Quigley is (as Simon Cowell would say) “the complete package.”

Sean had no idea the video would be so popular, but as fans sprung up from all over the globe the newly minted overnight success scrambled to launch his official web-site, Twitter and Facebook pages this morning (Monday). After getting a call from a Los Angeles talent manager who signed Quigley on the spot, Sean seems to have everything going in the right direction. But don’t be fooled. All the attention hasn’t blinded Sean from the true reason he ever picked up a guitar or sat behind a set of drums: he is here to inspire and influence through his art.

Sean is currently available for interviews and will be in the Los Angeles area in the coming week.

More information:
Twitter: @SeanQuigley204

If You Want To Drum, Drum On A Drum

“If You Want To Drum, Drum On A Drum”

I heard that practically all my life. When I was a kid, I banged on everything. Pots, pans, doors, little sister, couches, everything. My mom was fond of saying “Wally,  if you want to drum, drum on a drum.” Even though I had a practice pad or snare drum when I was younger, or a drum set as I got older, I still found the need to tap out rhythms that were in my head. I also felt compelled to drum along to just about any song I heard on the radio. Once I started driving, I was in my glory. I loved steering wheel drumming. All the sounds you could make in one, compact place.  However, the constant refrain I heard was ” if you want to drum, drum on a drum.”

Now, all these years later, I still do it, much to my wife’s dismay. She hates it with a passion, especially the great sounds I can get out of modern-day airbags. They really rock. I still get so engrossed in the music when I drive, sometimes I forget that certain passengers find it annoying. Then I’ll catch myself and give a sheepish grin, a raise of my eyebrows and a shrug of my shoulders.  Then I start to whistle!

I’d love to hear your non-drum, drumming stories. Feel free to post them here.