Friday, June 28, 2024 from 7:00-10:00 PM

This one-night-only showcase features 25 of Kansas City’s most talented and diverse drummers, representing a wide range of styles and backgrounds, each bringing their unique flair and expertise to the drum kit. From Free Jazz to Bop, Latin to Afro-Beat, and Fusion to Rock, the audience can expect a mesmerizing display of rhythmic creativity and skill.

“Give the Drummer Some” references the musical term in Funk and Jazz music where the entire band stops playing so that all focus will be on the drummer during their extended solo. One of the highlights of the showcase is the multi-generational aspect of the drum kit techniques on display. Kansas City drummers from different generations will come together to share their knowledge, experiences, and passion for music.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Seating is first come, first serve.

Co-curated by:
Brandon Draper; Drummer/Producer/Educator and Patrick Alexander; Charlotte Street Programming and Residency Manager

Drummers featured:
Arnold Young, Doug Auwarter, Lisa McKenzie, John Kizilarmut, Tyree Johnson, Ryan Lee, Evan Verplough, Alaudin Ottinger, Doug Hitchcock, Duck McClane, and more… With a special tribute to Mr. Leon Brady!

Event Details

Friday, June 28 from 7:30-9:00 PM


Charlotte Street Stern Theater (3333 Wyoming St)


Brandon Draper has enjoyed a celebrated career as drummer, percussionist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and educator. In addition to freelancing and teaching, he currently performs as a solo artist, multi-instrumentalist. As an educator, Draper has taught at the University of New Mexico, University of Missouri-Kansas City, East Mountain High School, and multiple high schools throughout the Midwest and Southwest as a clinician and as world and marching percussion consultant. Currently Draper is on music faculty at the University of Kansas where he leads jazz drums and world percussion studio, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, sound design in Film and Media Studies, a First Year Fellowship professor, and is the director of Music Enterprise certificate combining music business and entrepreneurship.


In(SITE) is a multidisciplinary performance series curated by Patrick Alexander that highlights local,regional, and national acts at pivotal points in their practices. Each performance showcases contemporary works that push boundaries, take risks, and demonstrate excellence in performing arts.

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