Late Summer at DrumFace

Time running out on summer?  No way!

Here are some dates you may want to add to your calendar:

Thursday, 25th of August, 7-9pm.  Veggie potluck, DrumFace open house, and Aissawa Kbir (big Aissawa) drumming session.  3231 W. Armitage Ave.  Free; donations welcome.

Sunday 28th of August, 3:30pm & 4:30pm.  DrumFace presents Chicago Aissawa plus Middle Eastern dumbek drumming performance at Rumble Arts Center’s Back to School Event; 3413 W. North Ave.

Doumbek Drumming session, Wednesday September 7th, 7-8pm at DrumFace.  Free; donations welcome.  All levels.  Practice and learn techniques & rhythms on the goblet-shaped darbooka (doumbek) drum.  Have fun, no pressure!  Bring your own drum or try one of the DrumFace instruments.

Once again, last Thursday in September (that’s the 29th), 7-9pm Open House, Aissawa Kbir, Veggie Potluck.  Hang out in the studio, chat with some really nice people, and do a little Aissawa drumming!  What a nice way to spend a Thursday.

New on the DrumFace site, we’ve added a page called “Getto Gnome Records”, our in-house record label.  2011 marks the first crop of CDs by Getto Gnome in several years, with the release of 5 albums of Moroccan field recordings, new work by Chicago Aissawa, and the current hot seller, the “2011 Morocco Sampler: Folkloric Music of Meknes”  (get it for $5!  email us: info @  All of this work is self-funded, recorded and released by Quentin & Heather, and with the approval of the musicians.  As our part to save the environment and well, because we’re Getto Gnome, track lists and printable album art from all 5 CDs are on the new page.  Someday soon it will get updated with a full catalog of our past work.

If you didn’t get to read through our Morocco blog posts back in March, you’ll find the postings all together on the Morocco 2011 page.  Enjoy!  If you’re interested in joining the contact list for possible future trips, give us a shout.

Drum Care Cards.  If you need help caring for your natural skin drum, download this card!  We’re giving them out with all of our new drums, because more and more people are choosing to play real skins rather than plastic.  (Do we need to post a picture of the mass of plastic debris floating in the Pacific Ocean?) They need a little more specialized care, but the rewards of natural skins can be great.

Plus, check out these new photos by our pal and photographer extraordinaire, Dan (!

By DrumFace