Smart Bets: Asheville Percussion Festival

The inaugural Asheville Percussion Festival taps, slaps, kicks and rolls its way into the Odyssey School's Creative Technology and Art Center for a weekend of performance and instruction. The festival's theme is "Tradition to Innovation" and the mission, say organizers, "is to provide a creative environment where percussionists of all traditions gather to explore, create and innovate." Local percussionist River Guerguerian hosts; workshops are lead by master teachers including jazz percussionist Jamey Haddad, pictured (Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding) and experimental music composer David Cossin (Sting). Local drummers Jeff Sipe and Adama Dembele are also on the roster. The festival runs Friday through Sunday, June 8-10 with concerts both Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Full festival is $250, individual workshops are $35, individual concerts are $15. Register at


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