Drum Road Trip, Upstate New York’s most popular drumming event, is back for its third year! Previous shows have drawn avid drumming fans not only from the New York region, but also from across the US as well as from several foreign countries. This year’s event will be held at Harmony House in the Village of Webster, just outside of Rochester, New York on August 7th and 8th.
Saturday, August 7th will be highlighted by clinics from studio legend Bernard Purdie and rising drum star Derek Roddy. Each clinic will be held in an intimate setting that allows for direct and immediate interaction between artists and attendees. Previous years’ presentations by Jason Bittner, Rod Morgenstein, Zoro, Johnny Rabb, and Rick Van Horn established a new standard for combined inspirational and educational value, and this year’s presentations are sure to do the same.
Both Saturday August 7th and Sunday August 8th will offer on-site lessons from noted L.A. studio drummer and online teacher Tom Coyne, as well as lessons by other skilled drum tutors. Other activities will include contests, giveaways, and vendor exhibits.
Advance tickets will go on sale at www.drumroadtrip.com on May 15. Online advance tickets for both days will be $35. Saturday-only tickets will be $30; Sunday-only tickets will be $10. Tickets will also be available at the door at slightly higher prices.
For more information, go to www.drumroadtrip.com.
Bernard Purdie Bio Information
Bernard Purdie was born to play the drums. As a six-year-old he banged out rhythms on improvised equipment. At fourteen he purchased his first real drumset and began to play professionally with country and carnival bands. This "schooling" enabled Purdie to feel his way into nearly every kind of music, because, as he says, "'I had to know all styles, and I was never afraid to try something new."
After finishing high school Purdie gigged around New York before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to an engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970-and the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a regular figure on stage and in the studio with the stars of jazz, soul, and rock. Just a highlight list of his credits includes The Brecker Brothers, Paul Butterfield, Joe Cocker, Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Isaac Hayes, B.B. King, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, and Cat Stevens. With over 3,000 albums to his credit, as well as regularly producing projects under his own name, Bernard Purdie can legitimately lay claim to the title of "the world's most recorded drummer."
And let's not forget that Purdie can also lay claim to a beat that he created, and that bears his name to this day. "The Purdie Shuffle" has laid the groove for hundreds of successful tunes...many of which were played by Purdie himself, but most of which featured other drummers "borrowing" from the master. (No less a drum great than Jeff Porcaro admitted that his legendary "Rosanna" beat was simply a variation on the Purdie Shuffle.)
Known as one of, if not the, funkiest drummers alive, Purdie has decidedly never limited his talents to any one musical realm. Rather, he has consistently sought out new musical experiences. He's anchored sessions with the Rolling Stones, James Brown, and Tom Jones with equal ease, proving that he can comfortably combine precision playing with an unshakable groove.
It's rare to be in the presence of genuine greatness. It's rarer still to be able to interact with such greatness in an intimate setting. We encourage you to take full advantage of the unique opportunity afforded by Bernard Purdie's appearance at Drum Road Trip 2010.
Derek Roddy Bio Information
The sign of a great musician is the ability to progress, adapt, innovate, and explore as many avenues as possible in order to express his or her message. Add to this a drive to better one's self, the will to control one's playing, and an eagerness to expand the boundaries of music, and you have Derek Roddy.
Derek Roddy is most widely known as a premier drummer in the death metal community. His blazing hand technique and almost superhuman foot-speed has brought him to the fore with such bands as Hate Eternal, Malevolent Creation, Nile, Divine Empire, Aurora Borealis, and Council Of The Fallen. This is, however, nowhere near the extent of his talent.
Derek developed an interest in music at an early age, becoming a dedicated fan before diving headlong into the musical world as a performer. In addition to his phenomenal drumming skills Derek is capable of playing many other instruments. And beyond the speed, thrash, and death metal music that has made him famous, he's equally at home performing jazz, blues, rock, and a variety of other styles.
Derek has also carved a niche for himself as an educator. To that end he's released his own book (The Evolution Of Blast Beats) and DVD (Blast Beats Evolved), and he shares tips and lessons on his own web site (www.derekroddy.com). And who can forget the way he wowed everyone with his performance at the 2008 Modern Drummer Festival Weekend.
Get ready to be wowed again, as we welcome Derek Roddy to Drum Road Trip 2010.