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Drinks & Drums & What Dreams are Made of

by Jennifer Gastelum | April 10, 2017

It’s a Sunday evening, a time to recharge and prepare for the week ahead. You decide to venture out of the routine and attend Drinks & Drums at Mesa Arts Center. Set on top of the south studios building, there is an array of instruments, a bar, snacks, a sign-in sheet, and friendly faces waiting to meet you. The weather is nothing short of perfection, and the energy of the attendees tells you that this workshop will not disappoint.  

And you guessed it, we had a MAGICAL evening learning how to use some beautiful instruments, how to communicate with rhythm, and how to bond with strangers over a shared beat. This was out of the box for us. The comfort and ease of trying something new in the visual art realm often drives what we choose to do next. Printmaking, watercolor, ceramics… all things we jump at the chance to try. But DRUMS!? Do I even have rhythm? I barely know how to spell rhythm! Well shy away from performance and music no more, because with the right teacher (Samuel Pena and Joe Goglia were AWESOME), the right energy, and a little bit of beer, you might just have a life changing experience. So what’s next? Improv, dance, singing? The options are endless, so let’s be just a little adventurous and see what hidden talents lay beneath the surface.

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