Call of The Drum Start Tomorrow: Complete Schedule Here! - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Call of The Drum Start Tomorrow: Complete Schedule Here!

Call of the drum

11 AM - 9 PM DAILY • FREE ADMISSION!

This weekend, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, celebrates humanity's ubiquitous cultural instrument by hosting Call of The Drum, an exciting, outdoor, cross-cultural musical festival.

This FREE 2-day family-friendly event includes interactive drumming circles, workshops, children's activities, food trucks, and live performances representing cultures all around the world. Feel, hear, and dance to the sounds of Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean and MORE!!! Headlining performers include AfroHORN with Francisco Mora (July 25) and Bill Summers (July 26).

Lawn seating only. Please bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs for your comfort and enjoyment.

Saturday, July 25th

MAIN STAGE
11:45 am Dan Schmatz Percussion Orchestra (American Drumline)
12 pm Steelworks Steeldrum Band (Caribbean)
1 pm Vencedores Band (Brazilian Samba)
3 pm Godaiko Drummers (Japanese)
4 pm Percussion Sumkali (Indian Percussion)
5 pm Amen-Ra (African)
7 PM: AfroHorn featuring Francisco Mora (Afro Cuban)

ON THE GROUNDS 
11:05 am Invocation Drumline Procession led by Dan Schmatz Percussion Orchestra
To join the procession, meet by the Warren entrance to the museum at 10:30 am 
12 - 2 pm Drumline procession 
12 - 6 pm Arts & Scraps Children’s Workshops
1 - 5 pm BombaRica Interactive Drum Circle/Dance Performance 
2 - 5 pm Aisha Ellis Drum Circle 
2:15 pm Steelworks Steeldrum Band (Caribbean)
4 pm Godaiko Drummers (Japanese)
4 pm Ogichidaa Kwe Singers (Native American)
4 pm Francisco Mora Drum Clinic (Afro Cuban) 
5 pm Ogichidaa Kwe Drum Clinic (Native American)
5 pm Percussion Sumkali Drum Clinic (Indian)

Sunday, July 26th

MAIN STAGE
11:45 am Red Percussion Orchestra (American Drumline)
12 pm Percussion Jugalbandi (Indian Percussion)
1 pm Amen-Ra (African)
2 pm The Michigan Center for Capoeira Team (Brazilian Batukada + Capoeira)
3 pm Godaiko Drummers (Japanese)
4 pm Southpaw (Caribbean Steeldrum) 
5 pm Marquis Johnson (American)
6 pm Drum Competition*
7 PM: Bill Summers featuring Detroit Artists (Afro Fusion)

ON THE GROUNDS
11:05 am Invocation Drumline Procession led by Red Percussion Orchestra
To join the procession, meet by the Warren entrance to the museum at 10:30 am
12 - 6 pm Arts & Scraps Children’s Workshops
1 pm Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions
1 pm Percussion Jugalbandi Drum Clinic (Indian)
1:30 - 3 pm Bill Summers Drum Clinic (Afro Fusion)
2 pm Drum Circle presented by Drummunity
2:30 pm Steeldrum Drum Clinic with Mark Stone (Caribbean)
3:30 – 5 pm Aisha Ellis Drum Circle 
4 pm Godaiko Drummers (Japanese)

*Onsite registration for the Drum Competition begins at 5 PM Sunday; competition to begin at 6 PM. Free to enter. Not all entrants will have the opportunity to compete due to time constraints.

“Whenever people gather to play the drum, the world is a better place…”
Babatunnde Olatunji


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
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Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
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