Our Town: Beats & Streets summer drumming program kicks off on May 20th, 2012 at the Children First Ice Cream Social from 2-5 pm at Wolfe Park with a drumming performance by Chico Perez and Stanley Kipper of the New Primitives from 3-4 pm. In an interactive drumming concert, Chico and Stan will share their message of finding common ground and understanding through percussion.
Stanley Kipper returned to Minneapolis in 1989 after nearly 20 years in Los Angeles touring and recording with such artists as Bill Withers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Karla Bonoff. Stanley has composed songs for several films and commercials, and has also won top honors in the Coors Light National Song Contest.
Chico Perez has been an active percussionist for many years, touring with such groups as Crow Cola, Gypsy, Jump Street, and 7th Wave. His professional career includes numerous studio projects, as well as keeping busy as a drum-maker and teaching African and Afro-Cuban percussion at the Minneapolis Drum Center.
When asked about performing, Stan said, "I love knowing that what we are going to be showing people is like letting everyone in on something they forgot along the way but already know deep down. Something that we all share in common. Everyone, everyone can play drums; everyone has rhythm." he added. Chico agreed, "It's a great way to make complete strangers feel better than they did before they came to see us. They may have the blues when they arrive but certainly not after they leave. If they were happy when they got there, they will be feeling really good by the time we finish."
Make sure you stop by the FoTA table before the concert to make your own maraca to play along with Stan and Chico during their performance!
Our Town is a community arts program sponsored by FoTA with a mission of Building Community thru the Arts. This year's drum program, Beats & Streets, was especially designed and programmed by FoTA to promote the concept of One World, One Beat - we can all be part of the rhythm. Together we are more than one. This program is also funded in part by FoTA. Please come be part of the rhythm and see your membership dollars at work. Full summer drumming schedule at www.SLPFriendsoftheArts.org
Our Town is funded in part by the Metro Regional Arts Council, through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additional support was provided by the Harmon Family Foundation and the St. Louis Park Community Foundation.