International Rhythm Fest Set for Sat., Sept. 15

The Baltimore International Rhythm and Drumming Society will hold its 7th annual Baltimore International Rhythm Festival on September 15. Hours are 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Events will take place inside and outside St. Johns Church at 27th Street and St. Paul Streets. Rhythm-based music from around the globe will be showcased. Drumming and dance workshops will be offered, open drum circles will be available, and vendors selling international food, clothing, crafts, and percussion instruments will be on hand.

New additions to the day’s activities include a healing drum circle that revolves around the perpetual beat of the mother drum, a drum procession at 11:30 a.m. from Charles and 27th Streets down to the stage area, and a children's percussion-making table from 1 to 4 p.m.

The public is advised to bring drums, maracas, shekeres, bells, whistles, jingles and jangles and join in making music.

A concert at 7:30 pm., emceed by Maria Broom, includes Linda Joy Burke with the “The People's Recycled Drum Jam,” Egyptian folkoric percussion and dance with El Raks Sai'd and Layali Derbeki, noted drum song performer Ubaka Hill, and Orquesta La Romana. a nine-person Salsa band.

The festival will conclude with a “Drum Jam for Peace.”

The cost of the concert is $10 in advance and $12 atdoor. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Record and Tape Traders 3003 N. Charles St. and at a ticket booth during the afternoon.

Questions? Call 410-532-0654.






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This story was published on September 5, 2001.