Doors open at 7pm for silent auction and Tamarack Hollow Trading craft marketplace
Show starts at 7:30pm
This year’s drum and dance fest theme will be: Carnivale! (pronounced car-knee-vaal – in reference to the festive Caribbean street parades) and will highlight celebratory music from around the world!
2014 Berkshire Drum and Dance performance artists:
(Not in order of appearance)
~Iroko Nuevo Cuban/Puerto Rican Drum&Dance Ensemble: celebratory music from the Caribbean
~Youth Alive Step DANCE Team & DRUM Corps: led by Shirley & Jerome Edgerton
~Berkshire Pulse Drummers & Dancers: Haitian/New Orleans style drum/dance
~Aimee Gelinas & members of Gaia Roots w/ dancer Marie Georgefils: West African Drum & Dance
~Wood Brothers Presents - Tommy “Two-Step” Brown: Metal & Hardcore style Drum Set
~Joel Moodie from Funk Box Studios: Capoeira Drum and Dance from Angola, Africa & Brazil
~Jim Weber of the Berkshire Bateria: Samba drumming from Brazil
~Marafanyi: drum & dance from Guinea, West Africa
~Michael Morse: Marching Snare drum & stick tricks
~Fidel Moreno: Native American Drum & Song
~Derek Boateng and his beatboxing crew!
~Operation Unite: Haitian Drum & Dance from Hudson, NY
~Christopher Hairston: jazz drum set , West African doundoun & drum corps styles
~Beat Mob: West African & bucket Drum Funk Fusion featuring Garret Caesar & guests
~Offbeat Women Drummers: Akiwowo “chant for the trainman” performed Flash Mob style!
~Sifer: Hard rock style drum set featuring Naim Mayer, Dan Cohen, Harold Crews, Aimee Gelinas
~Satya Ferreira & Williams College Kusika Drum & Dance: E. African Mbira & Ghanaian Kpan Logo
*Finale Intergenerational Community Drum Jam led by Aimee Gelinas & the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers performing Samba de la Selva "Jungle Samba"
BRING YOUR DRUM!!!!!!
Suggested donations at the door $10-20+
Fest supported in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council and our official fest sponsors: Hillcrest Educational Centers & Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development
2014 Fest Photography by Peter Scherff
2014 Fest Video by Janie Ray of Sun Ray Video
The fest is a fundraiser for the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center’s “Raise the Roof” fund to build a sustainable nature and education center and to conserve 32 acres of highland Boreal forest in Windsor, MA. Tamarack Hollow is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to "Inspiring cultural and environmental awareness, appreciation & stewardship" and conservation of natural resources and land.
Additional help needed for the event, let us know if you can help!
~Front lobby volunteers
~Food donations for musicians backstage
~Silent auction items
We will be holding a SILENT AUCTION in the lobby before, during and after the event to support Tamarack Hollow – please consider donating a silent auction item that aligns with the mission of the organization (conservation and stewardship of natural and cultural resources) or music, drumming or dance oriented items (CD’s, gift certs to local music stores, concert tickets, dance or yoga classes, dance or drum gear, instruments etc….)
Email: email@example.com if you would like to volunteer, donate food, funds or a silent auction item.
Thank you for keeping the rhythm~
Festival organizer: Aimee Gelinas
*Donations for the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center are welcome - please visit our website for our paypal link!
EVENT SPONSORS: Pittsfield Cultural Council, Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development, Hillcrest Educational Centers, Wood Brothers Music, Tamarack Hollow Trading, Stagg Percussion, Canyon Ranch Spa, Gaia Roots World Music, Rainbow Restaurant and Pizza.....more to come. Please let us know if you can help sponsor this event-all sponsors will be listed in the event program!