On Thursday, November 19, it will be a night of dueling drummers at the Drum Festival at the Hard Rock Cafe, Boston, hosted by Joey Scrima, with partial proceeds going to the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund. Comedienne, Niki Luparelli will be the MC along with a panel of celebrity judges including Charlie Farren, Rick Larrimore and this atombash.com journalist, Amy Nachbar.
The Jimmy Fund was founded in 1948 and has raised millions of dollars for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Scrima is a well know drummer who has performed with the late Brad Delp of BOSTON, speed metal guitarist David Martone, SANTANA, the legendary Rick Derringer, Dave Brown from Billy Joel’s band, Don Felder from the Eagles and so many others. He’s been a drum and percussion instructor at Berklee College of Music and has been endorsed by Paiste Cymbals “Modern Essentials” Formula 602, Istanbul Cymbals, and the BOSE Corporation for the PAS System with the Thaddeus Hogarth Band.
Examiner met with Scrima to find out more about this event.
Amy Nachbar: How did this event come together?
Joe Scrima: This event was inspired by the thought of creating an event for the Boston drummer community. It’s not just for professional drummers, it’s for whatever reason they haven’t been able to pursue their dream to play in front of a packed house. Maybe they have stage fright or maybe they have family responsibilities, but they can do it here. We include hand drummers as well as drum set drummers.
Also, I’ll be performing with my Power Trio, some songs written by drummers which honor some of the great drummers and songs like John Bonham of Led Zepplin or Alex Van Halen. It’s not just drumming, we invite Boston area singers to impromptu get up and sing with my band as most of the songs we perform have vocals.
AN: Can you tell us about the new book you have written?
JS: My new drum book about to be released is entitled “STICKINTOIT,” It’s a drummers guide to go out and gig, to making a good living as a drummer. It also covers the in depth knowledge of the technical aspects of drumming.
AN: Can you give us some details about your drum fest?
JS: It’s a super fun evening packed with fun, world class entertainment, musicianship, laughs, and most of all creative expressive drumming. There really is no competition and everyone learns from the experience.
Some of our judges this year are Boston legend, singer and song writer Charlie Farren (Farrenheit, The Joe Perry Project, FBI), Rick Larrimore, a tremendous act paying tribute to Rod Stewart, and Ada Pasternak, a Moscow born Berklee vocal/violin artist selling shows out in NYC.
AN: What advice can you give to a young drummer just starting out?
JS: No matter what, never stop playing.