Jo Sallins to perform,

WESTPORT - Multi-instrumentalist Jo Sallins will lead two drumming workshops for people of all ages Friday, July 23.

A seasoned performer and touring musician from Western Massachusetts, Sallins is also a popular teaching artist whose workshops incorporate rhythms from Africa, Europe and the Americas and bring smiles to participants young and not-so-young alike. Sallins will be joined by drummer Matt Garstka, a student at Berkeley School of Music and a runner-up in auditions for Lady Gaga's touring band. Making a special guest appearance with Sallins is multi-instrumentalist Abimael Robles, just back from a Latin America tour.

Drumming Workshop 1 will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. for all ages. An adult must accompany children age 8 and under. The cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Drumming Workshop 2, for ages 13 and up, will run from noon-2:30 p.m. and cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. A reduced rate of $23 in advance is offered for both workshops.

Westport's Me and My Girls Restaurant, the Inn Ice Cream Parlor, and The Galley at the Marina will provide free ice cream and strawberry shortcake to early bird registrants.

No prior drumming or music experience is necessary. Drums and other percussion instruments will be provided. In the event of inclement weather, the workshops will be help at Westport's Heritage House.

Don't miss Jo Sallins' Amazing Two Man Trio in concert on Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. in Westport's Ballard Park.

Talking Drums Under Summer Skies is co-sponsored by John Brown Lives!, the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, Essex County Youth Commission, and Arts in Education Partnership. For information and to register, please call 962-4758.

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