Jazz/World Music Ensemble Drumplay Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with a Pair of Free Shows


Fri 4/14 @ 7-9PM

Sat 4/29 @ 8PM

Drumplay has been performing its distinctive brand of world music/jazz/spoken word for a quarter century now. Prior to his death in 2004, the ensemble include Cuyahoga County Poet Laureate Daniel Thompson, whose work combined a highly educated literary sensibility with that of a street poet and who was known for the work he did in the homeless community. Currently members include founder/percussionist James Onysko, bassist George Lee, horn player/vocalist J. Scott Franklin and drummer John Stebal.

Informally, the group is celebrating its 25th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of Thompson’s appointment as county poet laureate (4/1/92) with a couple of area shows. The first takes place at the Lakewood Public Library Fri 4/14. The second is at one of their regular stomping grounds, the Sandy Chanty in Geneva-on-the-Lake Sat 4/29 when they help the C

hanty kick off its 14th summer season.

Both shows are free, but in Thompson’s honor, Drumplay will be donating the proceeds from their merchandise sales to the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH). Stay tuned; the band will be releasing a new album, called 2.5, later this summer.



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