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Fall 2017 & Beyond
Here is how our membership works
$50/month - MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP: Paid before the 1st of the month. Attend any or all classes, playshops, & workshops with Barbara or Jeff at The Rhythm Inlet that month.

$15-20 - ONE CLASS OR WORKSHOP: Paid at least 24 hours before. Attend one class, playshop or workshop with Barbara or Jeff at The Rhythm Inlet.

$20-25 - DROP IN: Pay at the door for one class, playshop or workshop with Barbara or Jeff at The Rhythm Inlet. Only if we can accommodate you; space is limited.

~ Special Events, Other Teachers, and Other Venues will have their own pricing.

~ Generally there are no Memberships in December, August, and September.

~ Click on any of the titles below, to view a page with inspiring pictures, descriptive text, and testimonials. All are held at The Rhythm Inlet, north end Nokomis, unless noted otherwise. For directions please see "Where We're Located". PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for most listings, so please check! Register early for guaranteed success! See "Registration" for our Policies and Printable Form. Questions? Call (941) 966-5800. We look forward to drummin' n strummin', movin' n groovin' with you!

 
Tip:
HOW TO READ OUR CALENDAR
All current & upcoming WEEKLY CLASSES are listed first, starting with Ukulele, then Drumming, then Kids Yoga.

Then you'll see a chronological listing of all current & upcoming PLAYSHOPS, WORKSHOPS, EVENTS, & PRIVATE bookings.

Just scroll, baby scroll, & you'll see it all.

 
WEEKLY CLASS: October - December
Ukulele Level 1: Raw Beginner
8 Thursdays: October 12 thru December 14 (no class December 2 or 23); 5-6pm. Jeff Hanna combines his masterful teaching style, a background in singing & performing in small a-cappella groups, & a love of strumming, singing & humming a tune on the ukulele, making this class fun & super accessible to even the rawest of beginners. Promise! Jeff shares easy, familiar, really great popular songs for you to learn to strum & sing along to. You'll learn & review a few simple chords, & by hour's end you're making music with your classmates, & humming a happy tune on your ride home. "I love the ukulele. It's held near your heart, & you carry in your hands the cheerful, sunny sounds of a beachside fair wherever you go." ~ Barbara Gail. We've been told the ukulele is on its 3rd renaissance. We don't know if the first 2 were global, but this one sure is. Catch ukulele fever! It's one bug that'll make you smile. Ukuleles provided in class, available for purchase, or BYO. $100 for 2-month commitment, includes 2-month Membership.
 
WEEKLY CLASS: October - December
Ukulele Level 2: Beyond Beginner
8 Wednesdays: October 11 thru December 6 (no class November 22); 5-6:30pm. Jeff Hanna combines his masterful teaching style, a background in singing & performing in small a-cappella groups, & a love of strumming, singing & humming a tune on the ukulele, making this class fun & super accessible to his beyond beginners. Promise! Jeff continues sharing his playlist of easy, popular, songs of various genres for you to learn to strum & sing along to. Learn & review your chords, & by hour's end you'll be making more music with your classmates, & humming a happy tune on your ride home. Ukuleles provided in class, available for purchase, or BYO. $100 for 2-months of class & includes Monthly Membership during that time.
 
WEEKLY CLASS: October - November
Ukulele Level 3: More Solid on the FUNdamentals
Tuesdays: October 10 thru November 28; 5:30-7pm. In Level 3, you'll learn plenty of new chord structures & strums. Jeff Hanna, co-owner of The Rhythm Inlet, & Steward of the Ukuleles at The Ukulele Place, combines his masterful teaching style, a background in singing & performing in small a-cappella groups, & a love of strumming a tune on the ukulele, making this class fun & super accessible. For students who have taken his Weekly Beginner & Beyond Beginner Classes & are ready to move to the next level. Jeff continues sharing familiar, fun songs for you to learn to strum & sing along to, with new challenges. And as always, you'll be making MORE music with your classmates, & singing a happy tune on your ride home. It's best for students to have their own ukulele to enjoy this class level. Monthly Membership.
 
WEEKLY CLASS: October - December
Ukulele Level 4: Songs, Songs & More Songs
Fridays: October 13 - December 8 (no class November 24); 1-2:30pm. Enjoy songs & strums from all genres & eras. Jeff Hanna, co-owner of The Rhythm Inlet, & Steward of the Ukuleles at The Ukulele Place, combines his masterful teaching style, a background in singing & performing in small a-cappella groups, & a love of strumming a tune on the ukulele, to inspire & stretch his ongoing intermediate students. Jeff continues to share familiar, fun songs for you to learn to strum & sing along to, with new & challenging chord structures & strums. Keep those happy tunes going on your ride home, & feed your ukulele fever. Monthly Membership.
 
WEEKLY CLASS: October - December
Ukulele Level 5: Old Romantic Standards
Wednesdays: October 11 - December 6 (no class November 22); 2-3:30pm. Come revel in the glorious melodies & jazzy chords of the standards from the first half of the 1900's. New strumming challenges found here. Keep those happy tunes going on your ride home, & feed your ukulele fever. Jeff Hanna, co-owner of The Rhythm Inlet, & Steward of the Ukuleles at The Ukulele Place, combines his masterful teaching style, a background in singing & performing in small a-cappella groups, & a love of strumming a tune on the ukulele, to inspire & stretch his ongoing advanced students. Monthly Membership.
 
CHILDREN WEEKLY CLASS: October - December
Kidding Around Yoga with Miss Barbara: Englewood
8 Saturdays: October 7 thru December 2 (no class November 25); 11am-12pm. Welcome ages 4-9 (5-8 benefit most). Children's yoga classes with Miss Barbara are music-based, silly & energetic, with inspired movement, songs, fun props, & magic yoga-mat rides! While learning yoga postures, deep breathing & relaxation techniques, together we'll develop coordination, flexibility, focus, strength & balance, while cultivating creativity, cooperation, kindness, an attitude of gratitude, clear minds & joyful hearts. Enjoy happy, healthy fun, playfully singing & dancing our way through yoga, blossoming into inspired & peaceful children! Barbara Gail, B.A. Education, is Certified & Licensed in Kidding Around Yoga™, is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor, & Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year, & Woman of the Year. Held at Lemon Bay Yoga Studio, located at The Open Studio on Old Englewood Rd. $40/month/one child; $30 siblings. FMI & to register online, use the link in the above class title; registration month-to-month basis.

 
WEEKLY CLASS: Begins October 24
Your First Voice Lessons, with Mary Jane Ayers, DMA
6 Tuesdays: October 24 thru December 5 (no 11/21); 3-5pm. From interesting YouTube videos that use state-of-the-art visuals to demonstrate how our vocal chords work, to enjoyable stretching, breathing & singing exercises that are energizing & freeing, to discovering your vocal range & singing beautiful songs, Mary Jane applies her wealth of musical knowledge & teaching experience to utilize different learning modalities that are fun & fascinating. Learn to sing using vocal techniques & exercises that explore vocal anatomy, body posture, breath management, mouth position, phonation, resonance, tonal quality, tuning, articulation, style, song interpretation, memorization, & presentation. Exercises for home practice will be shared, so you'll need a recording device (either a smart phone, or a small digital or cassette recorder.) Also please bring a pencil with an eraser, & a one-inch binder to hold music & other handouts.

$105 for 6 weeks.

"Singing is good for you physically & mentally, & it's a socially rich experience as well,"says Mary Jane Ayers, DMA, who moved to Sarasota in September 2015 after many years as an educator, musician, administrator, composer, & writer. She was Chair of Vocal Music at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, where she taught Vocal Techniques & Introduction to Acting, & was founder & director of the Duke Ellington Opera Workshop. Previously she was on the faculties of Catawba College & Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Ayers has performed extensively as a vocal soloist, recitalist, & conductor. In 2013-14 she was the choral music director & choral arranger for Ellington productions of The 40th Anniversary Concert, 3 Mo' Tenors, & the fundraising Legends series: Sting & Paul Simon.

Mary Jane is also a stage producer & director for opera & other theater productions & music recitals. In 2009 she won the Yale University Distinguished Music Educator Award. Her novel "Helen: Mystery in a Small Town" is available on Amazon.

 
WEEKLY CLASS: Begins November 6
Pickin on Christmas: Ukulele Finger Picking Holiday Songs with Mike Lehner
4 Mondays: November 6 thru 27; 6-8pm. Learn to finger-pick melodies on familiar holiday tunes with Mike, facilitator of the local ukulele Meetup group, The Suncoast Sand Fleas. Mike uses musical tablature (tab) for the ukulele, so reading music is unnecessary. Each class will begin with a simple basic melody of a song for students to learn. When you get some proficiency, we can look at ways of adding notes or chords to the basic melody to fill out the sound. Week one begins with a brief review of the three-finger style of picking. Some songs include Deck the Halls, Up on the Rooftop, & Jingle Bells. Pre-requisite: Completion of my Single Note Melodies class or the ability to read musical tab & fingerpick. $70/4 classes. Mike Lehner has been a teacher for over 25 years both in the U.S. & abroad. He began playing the ukulele 6 years ago & has been teaching ukulele classes for 5 years. FMI & to register, call Jeff at 941-966-5800.
 
EVENT: October 20
Strum-Along with the Suncoast Sand Fleas
Friday evening, 6:30-8:30pm. The Rhythm Inlet hosts The Suncoast Sand Fleas, a monthly ukulele Meetup group for players of all levels, for a strum-along. Everyone's welcome! Come strum, sing, or simply relax & enjoy the music & merriment. View or join the Sand Fleas on the web using the above link to our Meetup page. **ABOUT THE OPEN MIC** Our sound system awaits, whether a work-in-progress or polished piece, we welcome you to present your latest inspiration! So that he knows what to set up, & how much time to reserve for open mic at the end of the strum along session, you must let Jeff know only by calling 941-966-5800, or by posting your intentions via the Meetup.com's Event RSVP Communication. Visit the Suncoast Sand Fleas Facebook page for fun. Cost is a buck or few in the tip bucket, thanks!
 
PRIVATE EVENT: November 1
Rhythmic Wisdom Meditation: Spiritual Renewal & Empowerment for Women
Barbara Gail presents a special, tailor-made presentation to include Kidding Around Yoga, along with a Rhythmic Meditation & Spiritual Empowerment experience for the women of the Jewish Congregation of Venice Retreat. To learn what Barbara Gail can do for your special gathering, call her at 941-223-0180.
 
WORKSHOP & CONCERT: November 2
Del Rey, Special Guest Ukulele Artist in the House!
Thursday, November 2. Ukulele Blues Party Workshop & Concert, with Del Rey from Seattle.
5-6:30pm Workshop; 7:30pm Concert. Join us for a special day with Del Rey! Refreshments served post-concert.

Del's Ukulele Blues Party Workshop accommodates various playing levels, from advanced beginner to advanced, with both strumming & picking parts.

Del's Intimate Evening Concert promises to be a treat. "Del Rey is one of the Ukulele's Most Important Players & Teachers" ~ Ukulele Magazine 2016

Meet Del: Rags, blues & tunes of the early 20th century are her specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the tradition. She also has fashion sense that would make Minnie Pearl smile. Del has taught & played all over the world, & brings her distinctive finger-style approach to guitar & ukulele to her teaching DVDs on Homespun "Boogie-Woogie Guitar", "The Music Of Memphis Minnie", "Memphis Uke Party" & “Blue Uke.

Workshop: $20 advance, $25 day of
Concert: $15 advance, $18 day of
Workshop & Concert: $30 advance, $38 day of

 
WORKSHOP & CONCERT: November 5
Fred Sokolow, Special Guest Ukulele Artist in the House!
Sunday, November 5. Ukulele Workshops (2) & Concert, with Fred Sokolow from Santa Monica.

1-2:30pm Blues Workshop
3:30-5pm Progressions Workshop
7pm Concert.
Join us for a special day with Fred Sokolow! Refreshments served post-concert.

Blues Uke Workshop 1-2:30pm (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate):
Everybody gets the blues sometimes (to quote Merle Haggard) & the best way to lose the blues is to play the blues. Fred will teach some classic blues tunes, how to strum moveable chords to a 12-bar blues in any key, & give you some classic licks & scales for jamming with other people. Bring a slide or bottleneck, because you'll also learn a slide blues tune. Tab will be handed out so you can practice in the days & weeks to come after the session. Bring your phone to record a video of some of the songs & licks he'll present.

Understanding Chord Progressions Workshop 3:30-5pm (All Levels):
It's easier to learn new songs, pop, rock, jazz or whatever, if you understand progressions. Yes, there is sense to it all & Fred will explain chord movement & song structure, the circle of 5ths, scale-wise patterns & more! We'll look at lots of songs, including your suggestions, & see how they work.

Meet Fred: Best known as the author of a library of instructional books and DVDs for guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, lap steel & ukulele, Fred currently has over 120 of his books or DVDs in print, sold all over the world. He's long been a well-known, West Coast multi-string performer & recording artist, particularly on the acoustic music scene. The diverse musical genres covered in his books & DVDs, along with his several bluegrass, jazz & rock CDs, demonstrate his mastery of many musical styles. Whether he's playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, Hawaiian lap steel, 30s swing guitar or screaming rock solos, he does it with authenticity & passion.

1 Workshop: $20 advance, $25 day of
Concert: $15 advance, $18 day of
1 Workshop & Concert: $30 advance, $38 day of
2 Workshops: $35 advance, $40 day of
2 Workshops & Concert: $45 advance, $55 day of

 
EVENT CHILDREN: November 24
Kidding Around Yoga for the Whole Family: Maryland
Friday, 2-3pm. Free & open to the public at your local library! A family-style yoga experience for ages 5-8 & their families (older & younger are welcome, too!), with Miss Barbara, Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga Instructor. Children's yoga classes the KAY way are music-based, with creative movement, songs, fun props, & magic yoga-mat rides! Together we'll develop coordination, balance, gratitude, relaxation, cooperative & kind attitudes, clear minds & joyful hearts. Barbara is a Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year & Woman of the Year. Cockeysville Public Library, 9833 Greenside Dr., Cockeysville, MD 21030. Registration required, limited space. Visit www.bcpl.info, go to Calendar, & reserve there. Or call 410-887-7750.
 
EVENT: December 16, 2017
Rehearsal for DrumRise! Winter Solstice
Saturday: December 16, 2:30-5pm. All women drummers are welcome to join Barbara Gail for "DrumRise! The Art of Womens Drumming" rehearsal for the Winter Solstice Ceremony, planned for tomorrow, Sunday, December 17. Any woman, of any playing level, who wishes to participate in our drum & percussion ensemble for this beautiful & moving ritual event, will be welcome & have a place. Rehearsal is absolutely required, no exceptions, sorry. Call Barbara at 941-223-0180 FMI.
 
EVENT: December 17, 2017
Winter Solstice Ceremony: Enter the Darkness, Return to Light
Sunday; circle opens 5pm, service begins promptly at 5:30pm. Welcome men, women & interested teens. Join Barbara Gail & "DrumRise! The Art of Women's Drumming" in a memorable & meaningful participatory ritual & journey to honor the the longest night of the year, & the return of the light as days now grow longer. We clear away the old & that which no longer serves, preparing fresh ground for the garden of new intentions. Bless the past, gift ourselves the present, envision the future. This ceremonial passage led by Barbara Gail, Ordained Minister & Priestess of the Drum, includes ritual, journey, meditation, candlelight, SongChant, symbolic movement, drumming accompaniment, & LightDancers. We'll bury the past in the deep & compassionate earth, then descend into & sit in silent darkness, like seeds planted in soil, where dreams are born. Then we bring forth the light, joining hearts & hands in ceremony & celebration of life! What to Bring: A battery operated tea light for yourself & each person coming with you. Some will be provided; extras are welcome. Everyone needs to have one! Dress for being outdoors in a 2-hour ceremony, that ends when it's dark & temperatures have dropped. Bring a chair &/or blanket to sit. Optional: camera, flashlight, water. Nokomis Beach.
 
EVENT: December 21, 2017
Winter Solstice on Lido Beach
The Women's Meditation Group of SW Florida organizes a collective of powerful spiritual leaders to guide the community into the return of the sun! Barbara Gail & "DrumRise! The Art of Women's Drumming" will be there to add their ceremonial drumming, for the 3rd year in a row.
 
CONCERT: December 29
Rhythm & Song, with Faerie Elaine, James Alexander, & Barbara Gail
Friday, ?pm. Delight in the uplifting music of guitar songstress Faerie Elaine Silver, accompanied by percussionist Barbara Gail. Includes some sing-a-long tunes, as well as a few ukulele strum-along tunes, too! Come out & enjoy the music & spirit of our music! Refreshments served.
 
CHILDREN PRIVATE: School Year 2018
Kidding Around Yoga at New Gate School
An after school program for the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd graders at Sarasota's New Gate Montessori School. Children's yoga classes with Miss Barbara are music-based, silly & energetic, with inspired movement, songs, fun props, & magic yoga-mat rides! While learning yoga postures, deep breathing & relaxation techniques, together we'll develop coordination, flexibility, focus, strength & balance, while cultivating creativity, cooperation, kindness, an attitude of gratitude, clear minds & joyful hearts. Enjoy happy, healthy fun, playfully singing & dancing our way through yoga, blossoming into inspired & peaceful children! Barbara Gail, B.A. Education, is Certified & Licensed in Kidding Around Yoga™, is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher, & Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year, & Woman of the Year. To learn about bringing this program to your school, please call 941-223-0180.
 
EVENT CHILDREN: Next one TBA
Family Yoga: Jacaranda Library
Free & open to the public at your local library! Attend one or both. A family-style yoga experience for ages 5-8 & their families (older & younger are welcome, too!), with Miss Barbara, Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga Instructor. Children's yoga classes the KAY way are music-based, with creative movement, songs, fun props, & magic yoga-mat rides! Together we'll develop coordination, balance, gratitude, relaxation, cooperative & kind attitudes, clear minds & joyful hearts. Barbara is a Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year & Woman of the Year. Find & 'Like' her page on Facebook! Jacaranda Public Library, call to reserve: 941-861-1260.
 
EVENT: February 2, 2018
Full Moon Rhythmic Wisdom Meditation for Women
Friday, 6:30pm. Join a room full of women for this unique & rare opportunity to experience a Full Moon Rhythmic Wisdom Meditation, DrumJourney, & Empowering Drum Circle, all led by Drumming Priestess Barbara Gail. The first named female drummer known was Lipushiau, the highest ranking Priestess in the city-state of Ur, in Mesopotamia, around 2380 B.C.E. Throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World, the drummers were predominantly women. Sacred drumming was one of the primary skills of Priestesses, who used the beats of their frame drums to rouse community consciousness & attain spiritual awareness for healing & divination. In keeping with that tradition, Barbara Gail, Ordained Minister & Drumming Priestess, facilitates a unique & different type of meditation experience, as the group is enlivened in a shared ritual of sound, vibration, rhythm & altered consciousness. With the beat of her drum, her voice, heart & spirit as your guides, you'll experience a rhythmic meditation, visual inner journey, & an empowering rhythm & drumming circle. Please bring any drums or percussion instruments you might have. Not to worry if you don't, she'll bring extras. Looking forward to seeing you, as we release The Power of the Women Drummers! This is a free event. Contributions for room rental will be collected, & tips are graciously accepted. Doors open at 6:30pm & are locked at 7pm when the meditation begins. Parking is limited; carpooling suggested. Held at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota.
 
WEEKLY CLASS: Next one TBA
Learning to Play Single Note Melodies on the Uke, with Mike Lehner
5 Mondays, February 20 - March 20; 6-8pm. Mike's first 10-hour, 5-week series teaches students how to play single note melodies & incorporate them into song arrangements. Learn melodies via tablature (a simple system that tells you where to fret & which string to pick). Then play melodies from sheet music in "The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living" by Jim Beloff (available on Amazon). Although not a beginner-oriented class, you don't need to play by ear or read music (not much) to begin playing single-note melodies. Mike's 2nd series is "Chord Melodies on the Ukulele". Mike Lehner has been a teacher for over 25 years both in the U.S. & overseas. He started playing the ukulele 5 years ago, has been teaching uke classes for 4 years, & for a year at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet. Price is $100 pre-paid to The Rhythm Inlet, & is separate from our Membership Program.
 
WEEKLY CLASS: Next one TBA
Learn to Play Chord Melodies on the Ukulele, with Mike Lehner
An introduction to chord melody playing on the re-entrant tuned ukulele, covering 3 different methods of chord melody arranging. Emphasis will also be placed on right & left-hand techniques needed. By completion, students will have sufficient skill & knowledge to create their own chord melodies. ** You will need to bring to class: paper & pencil, "The Daily Ukulele Songbook (Yellow Edition)", & a chord book that contains moveable chords up the neck (suggested: "Treasury of Ukulele Chords" by Roy Sakuma). ** Pre-requisite: Completion of Mike's first series, "Learning to Play Single-Note Melodies on the Uke", or the ability to read music sufficiently to pick out single note melodies from sheet music. If you haven’t taken the first class, you should have a short phone conversation with the instructor first. FMI & to register, call The Rhythm Inlet in Nokomis: 941-966-5800. Mike Lehner has been a teacher for over 25 years both in the U.S. & abroad. He began playing the ukulele 5 years ago & has been teaching ukulele classes for 4 years. The UKULELE Place at The Rhythm Inlet continues to enjoy hosting his classes. Questions regarding class content? Mike can be contacted at 941-365-1073.
 
SPECIAL EVENT: March 2018
HOUSE CONCERT with Hawk Henries
HOUSE CONCERT with Hawk Henries
Saturday, 7:30pm. Native American Flute Player, Creator, Musician, Artist, & Storyteller, Hawk Henries, is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now Southern New England. He 's been composing original music & making Eastern Woodlands flutes using hand tools & fire for more than 26 years. Hawk has presented at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Harvard Medical School Graduation, & in the U.K. with the London Mozart Players. He enjoys educational settings from kindergarten to university, & small venues like ours, engaging the audience in dialogue. Hawk serenades with his gift of music & stories, taking us on a journey while he plays a variety of native flutes & shares his perspectives about Life. His warm, thoughtful presence literally fills the room as he creates a calming yet engaging, contemplative space, still maintaining a note of humor. His music reflects his belief that we each have the capacity to make change in the world, & you will love him. You may also hear the Didgeridoo & the Mbira! Flutes Hawk has made with his hands from his woodlands in DownEast Maine, will be available. All seats will fill, must call ahead to reserve yours! 941-966-5800. NOTE: In addition, Private Native American Flute lessons with Hawk are available at a private location Saturday & Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. Call 941-223-0180 to reserve; see below listing FMI.

 
SPECIAL LESSONS: March 2018
Private Native American Flute Lessons with Hawk Henries
Private Native American Flute Lessons with Hawk Henries
Saturday & Sunday, one-hour time slots are available from 11am-4pm. Native American Flute Player, Creator, Musician, Artist, & Storyteller, Hawk Henries, is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now Southern New England. He 's been composing original music & making Eastern Woodlands flutes using hand tools & fire for more than 26 years. Hawk has presented at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Harvard Medical School Graduation, & in the U.K. with the London Mozart Players. He enjoys sharing tips & techniques with folks who wish to make meditative &/or musical sounds with their flutes (or his, which will be available for use & for sale). His music reflects his belief that we each have the capacity to make change in the world, & you will love him. Flutes Hawk has made with his hands from his woodlands in DownEast Maine, will be available. NOTE: In addition, Hawk will be serenading us in a Concert Saturday evening; see above listing FMI.

 
SPECIAL EVENTS: March 2018
Lil Rev: Ukulele Workshop, Harmonica Workshop, House Concert
Harmonica From Scratch Workshop; 3:30-5pm
Inexpensive harmonicas will be available for sale
Join award-winning ukulele & harmonica whiz Lil Rev, for his sensational intro level harmonica class. Guaranteed to get everyone playing, or your money back! This class teaches major scale, blues riffs, train sounds, simple folk songs, intro to bending, lip position, hand techniques & much more! Open to all levels.

Leadbelly Ukulele Workshop; 6:30-8pm
Lil Rev will also be offering a brand new ukulele class on the music, life & techniques of Blues & Boogie Legend Huddle Leadbetter (a.k.a. Leadbelly), all arranged for ukulele. Learn 12 of his best songs, boogie on the ukulele, blues licks, great repertoire building & much more for all levels. If you don't remember Leadbelly, think Goodnight Irene, Midnight Special, Rock Island Line & Cotton Fields Back Home... He brought us all these & many more!

Concert with Lil' Rev, immediately following workshop
Lil Rev will also be presenting a concert at The Rhythm Inlet, featuring tunes performed on Baritone, Banjo-Uke, Soprano, Resonator Tenor, Concert & more. His repertoire includes blues, folk, old time, tin pan alley, originals, ragtime, instruments, sing-alongs & world-class storytelling!


Harmonica workshop only: $20 advance or $25 day of
Ukulele workshop only: $20 advance or $25 day of
Concert only: $15 advance or $18 day of

1 workshop & concert: $30 advance or $38 day of
2 workshops: $35 advance or $40 day of
2 workshops & concert: $45 advance or $55 day of

Please enjoy www.lilrev.com
Join the Facebook Event Page using the link in the title.

Meet Lil Rev: Teacher, music historian, lecturer, touring musician throughout the US, & has written over 8 instructional ukulele books for Hal Leonard. Well known for his ukulele & harmonica stylings, he's also a seasoned multi-instrumentalist equally adept at old time banjo, flat-pick guitar & blues mandolin. He performs for kids, seniors, veterans, developmentally disabled & anyone who is willing to listen! Rev has over 24 years of music experience, working throughout the community, uplifting, empowering & entertaining all.

 
PRIESTESS EVENT: June 22, 2018
Women, Rhythm & Ritual: Summer Solstice Ceremony & Celebration
Friday, begins at 7:15pm promptly, until around 10pm. Join Drum Priestess Barbara Gail, & friends, for Ceremonial Drumming, Sacred Dance, & SongChant at this mid-way, highpoint of the year. Gather in a circle of women for a participatory, experiential, flowing ritual of music & movement that assists in healing, clearing, & re-emergence. DRESS in SOLID WHITE, & BE PREPARED TO GET WET in your clothing! All women & teen girls welcome. NORTH end of Nokomis Public Beach, near the DUNES. Albee Rd. at Casey Key. An important "What to Bring" list & all other details are provided on the Event Page on Facebook; please use the link in the above title to get you there. It's a long evening, please be prepared! Barbara Gail, B. A. Education, & co-owner of The Rhythm Inlet in Nokomis, embraces her ancestral lineage as a descendant of Kohains (High Priests) & Rabbis, & is an Ordained Minister & Drum Priestess. She’s been a teacher, dancer, drummer, percussionist, spirit-singer, facili-guide of ceremony & women’s sacred space in rhythm & movement circles, professionally since 1994, & is certified in JourneyDance™ & Yoga. Questions: 941-223-0180. Cost: Love Donation.
 
RELIGIOUS EVENT: High Holy-Days at Selby Botanical Gardens
Barbara Gail Accompanies Ceremony with Drums & Percussion
September. 2018. Beautiful, meaningful & musical, open-to-all services honoring The Jewish New Year / Rosh Hashanah, & Days of Attune-ment / Yom Kippur, are held in Sarasota at Selby Botanical Gardens. These ceremonies are organized by Jews Without Borders, spiritually guided by "Kirtan Rabbi" Rabbi Andrew Hahn of NY, with Cantorial Soloist Ariella Forstein of MN, & local musicians Cheryl & Dwight Smith, & Barbara Gail. Deeply moving, inspiring & transcendent, you'll find traditional elements with a progressive inclination that is refreshing to the modern Jewish seeker. No one is turned away due to lack of funds, at this open door service. Held at the beautiful Selby Botanical Gardens. FMI: SRQJewsWithoutBorders@gmail.com.
 
SARASOTA DRUM WEEKLY CLASS: Next one TBA
Beginner Djembe Hand-drumming: Learn to Play the W. African Drum
8 Wednesdays: January 18 thru March 8; 7-8:30pm. Learn to play the most popular hand-drum! Barbara Gail is a teacher's teacher, & has been instructing djembe students ages pre-teens to eighty-somethings, since 1996. With a focus on hand technique & teaching rhythm patterns sequentially, she masterfully helps you to find your place in the beat & play as a polyrhythmic ensemble. Perfect for raw beginners, drum circle enthusiasts, & folks with some exposure to drumming who seek instruction with a solid foundation. Welcome adults, motivated teens, & youth ages 10 & up with instructor permission. No musical experience needed, a positive experience for all! Half price for full-time college students! Cost is $120 & includes 8-Week Class Series, & play-along 2-CD set. Bring $3 each week for your in-class drum rental, or BYO appropriate & tuned drum. A minimum of 12 people are necessary in order to fly! NOTE: Wanna check it out first, to see if this class right for you? Register & pay $20 in advance or $25 the day of, for the first day, which goes toward your total tuition price. Your total price remains the same. Your balance is due before you leave after the first day. Held at WSLR's Fogartyville Community, Media & Art Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, 34236.
 
NOKOMIS DRUM WEEKLY CLASS: Next one TBA
Beyond Beginner Djembe: Level 2
Learn to play the most popular hand-drum! Barbara Gail is a teacher's teacher, & has been instructing djembe students ages pre-teens to eighty-somethings, since 1996. With a focus on hand technique & teaching rhythm patterns sequentially, she masterfully helps you to find your place in the beat & play as a polyrhythmic ensemble. Perfect for raw beginners, drum circle enthusiasts, & folks with some exposure to drumming who seek instruction with a solid foundation. Welcome adults, motivated teens, & youth ages 10 & up with instructor permission. No musical experience needed, a positive experience for all! Half price for full-time college students! Cost is $120 & includes 8-Week Class Series, & play-along 2-CD set. Bring $3 each week for your in-class drum rental, or BYO appropriate & tuned drum. A minimum of 12 people are necessary in order to fly! NOTE: Wanna check it out first, to see if this class right for you? Register & pay $20 in advance or $25 the day of, for the first day, which goes toward your total tuition price. Your total price remains the same. Your balance is due before you leave after the first day. Held at WSLR's Fogartyville Community, Media & Art Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, 34236.
 
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Intro to Djembe Hand-drumming Playshop
Learn to play the most popular hand-drum! Barbara Gail is a teacher's teacher, & has been instructing djembe students ages pre-teens to eighty-somethings, since 1996. With a focus on hand technique & teaching rhythm patterns sequentially, she masterfully helps you to find your place in the beat & play as a polyrhythmic ensemble. Perfect for the raw beginner, drum circle enthusiasts, & folks with some exposure to drumming who seek instruction with a solid foundation. Welcome adults, motivated teens, & youth ages 10 & up with instructor permission. No musical experience needed, a positive experience for all! $20 in advance or $25 the day of (applied to your Weekly Class fee if you continue). Or included in your Monthly Membership! Add $3 for in-class drum rental, or BYO appropriate drum. ** Note: This Playshop can stand alone as a single experience, & also kicks off our Weekly Beginner Djembe Series (see Weekly Classes section). If you're taking the Playshop to try it out before committing to the Series, you may register & pre-pay for today only. If you plan to continue the Series, your payment for the Series is due before you leave the Playshop. Your final total remains the same either way. Please bring your payment, just in case you decide, "Yeah! I wanna keep on drumming with the wonderful folks in this class!".
 
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Jonesin Jembes
With Jeff Hanna & Barbara Gail, & your fellow drummers! Welcome ALL of our students, from past & present classes, only those who once learned the Drumsong of the evening. Even if you don't "remember" it, I'll get you back up on that bike for your ride into rhythm! Each session focuses on a Drumsong from your classes. We'll review each rhythm thoroughly, adding variations when applicable. Then we divide the circle into our rotating parts, & enjoy a 30 minute jam session! In low-level lighting, you'll groove in the zone, your hands inspired to dance freely through the rhythms. You're not the drummer drumming, you ARE the DRUM! Here's your chance to revisit, internalize, naturalize, & enjoy playing the music you've worked so hard to learn (even if it's been a while). Take a break from navigating that learning curve of new material's peaks & valleys! Bring your music chart for this DrumSong. Dun-duns, percussion instruments (& guidance) provided. Please RSVP by 4pm by calling 941-966-5800. Donation: $10-20. Feel free to bring refreshments to share afterwards.
 
CHILDREN
Kidding Around Yoga for the Whole Family: North Sarasota
Free & open to the public at your local library! A family-style yoga experience for ages 5-8 & their families, with Miss Barbara, Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga Instructor. Children's yoga classes the KAY way are music-based, with creative movement, songs, fun props, & magic yoga-mat rides! Together we'll develop coordination, balance, gratitude, relaxation, cooperative & kind attitudes, clear minds & joyful hearts. Barbara is a Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year & Woman of the Year. North Sarasota Public Library, call to reserve: 941-861-1360.
 
CHILDREN
Kidding Around Yoga for the Whole Family: North Port
Free & open to the public at your local library! A family-style yoga experience for ages 5-8 & their families, with Miss Barbara, Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga Instructor. Children's yoga classes the KAY way are music-based, with creative movement, songs, fun props, & magic yoga-mat rides! Together we'll develop coordination, balance, gratitude, relaxation, cooperative & kind attitudes, clear minds & joyful hearts. Barbara is a Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year & Woman of the Year. North Port Public Library, call to reserve: 941-861-1300.
 
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Kidding Around Yoga for the Whole Family: Englewood
Tuesday, 10:30am. Free & open to the public at your local library! A family-style yoga experience for ages 5-8 & their families, with Miss Barbara, Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga Instructor. Children's yoga classes the KAY way are music-based, with creative movement, songs, fun props, & magic yoga-mat rides! Together we'll develop coordination, balance, gratitude, relaxation, cooperative & kind attitudes, clear minds & joyful hearts. Barbara is a Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year & Woman of the Year. Elsie Quirk Public Library, call to reserve: 941-861-1200.
 
CHILDREN
Kidding Around Yoga for the Whole Family: Gulf Gate
Wednesday, 2pm. Free & open to the public at your local library! A family-style yoga experience for ages 5-8 & their families, with Miss Barbara, Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga Instructor. Children's yoga classes the KAY way are music-based, with creative movement, songs, fun props, & magic yoga-mat rides! Together we'll develop coordination, balance, gratitude, relaxation, cooperative & kind attitudes, clear minds & joyful hearts. Barbara is a Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year & Woman of the Year. Gulf Gate Public Library, call to reserve: 941-861-1230.
 
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Women, Rhythm & Ritual: Out of State, with Barbara Gail
The tambourine is much more than what we see & hear in popular music, which simply hits it to make the cymbals ring. But this jingled frame drum is actually a powerful, trance-inducing instrument, steeped in a rich, spiritual women's history for use in ceremonial procession, & unifying the community in celebration. From cool jingle rolls to mesmerizing rhythms, there's so much sound from one small drum! A contemporary twist on an ancient women's tradition, this beginner drum class is infused with rhythm, ritual, sacred feminine space, sisterhood, beauty, & meditative, healing drum magic. Appropriate for inspired teen girls & women of all ages. No musical experience needed. Participants have the option to offer a public procession in a special event. Hosted by --.
 
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Introduction to the Afro-Cuban Rhythm Circle
With Jeff Hanna. Jeff will share how simple rhythms on exotic folkloric hand-drums and percussion, together create powerful "polymetric 4-against-6" trancy grooves that hail from the African traditions of Cuba. Bembe is an Afro-Cuban rhythm form of Yoruban heritage. Beginners will appreciate the simplicity in the rhythms. A great place to start if you're interested in learning to play the Cuban Conga, or if you want African rooted rhythms as they're expressed in the African rooted cultures of the Caribbean world. No experience needed, suitable for all levels. Welcome adults and motivated teens. This Intro is the pre-requisite to join us for the Afro-Cuban Bembe Sessions. Bougarabous, congas, kpanlogos (djembes are okay), then claves, bells, woodblocks, and shakers fill out the sounds of this ensemble. All are provided, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
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Afro-Cuban Rhythm Circle: Bembe Sessions for Everyone
With Jeff Hanna. Bembe is an Afro-Cuban rhythm form of Yoruban heritage. You'll learn relatively simple parts that interlock, creating powerful, polymetric 6/8 aspects of this "4 against 6 trance-like" music. Bougarabous, congas, kpanlogos (djembes are okay), then claves, bells, woodblocks, and shakers fill out the sounds of this ensemble. Suitable for all levels; welcome beginners (it helps if you've taken the Intro Playshop first), and those who've experienced these trancy rhythms in Jeff's Bembe Sessions, and want more! Instruments provided, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
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Learn to Play the Cuban Conga Drums: Part 1
With Jeff Hanna. Welcome all adults and motivated teens. This is an Intro Workshop; Part 2 is TBA. The conga is a direct descendant of W. African drums, has a rich, warm tone, and its own style of playing techniques, much different than djembe. Made popular in this country by Desi Arnaz, the conga is the heartbeat of Latin music, and has found its way into jazz and rock as well. Basic hand technique and rhythms will be taught. Let's Babalooooo! Beginner adults and motivated teens welcome. No experience needed. Bring conga and stand if you have one; otherwise provided, and available for purchase.
 
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Moonrise, Daughters of an Ancient Pulse: Priestess Tambourine Circle for Women
Friday, 6:30-8:30pm. With Barbara Gail. Many have seen Barbara's demonstration on the powerful, trance-inducing tambourine. From cool jingle rolls to mesmerizing rhythms, there's so much sound from one small drum! A contemporary twist on an ancient women's tradition, this women's beginner drum class is infused with rhythm, ritual, sacred feminine space, & sisterhood. Appropriate for newcomers, those who took Barbara's recent Intro Workshop, & those who took the Intro long ago & wish to refresh. Drums provided & available for purchase, or BYO. $20 advance or $25 door, or included in your Full Monthly Membership.
 
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Everyone Can Play the Frame Drum!
With Jeff Hanna. Welcome all adults, motivated teens, and youth ages 10 and up with instructor permission. Learn to play the oldest known, and most universal hand-drum, found in indigenous cultures worldwide. Many folkloric traditions include some sort of frame drum, often played with the bare, whole hand, a style suitable for beginners and all levels. We'll focus on some cool Arabic, Nubian and Brazilian techniques and rhythms. No musical experience needed. This is a drum EVERYONE can play! Drums provided, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
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Learn to Play the Cuban Conga Drums: Part 2
With Jeff Hanna. Welcome students who, at any time, have taken the Intro Workshop. The conga is a direct descendant of W. African drums, has a different hand technique from the djembe, with a richer, warmer tone. And today you'll be playing on 2 drums! Includes use of a 2-conga set on stands, or BYO.
 
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Middle Eastern Finger-style Frame Drumming
With Jeff Hanna. Welcome all adults and motivated teens. Learn to play the oldest known, and most universal hand-drum, the non-jingled frame drum, often called the Tar. This is the more intricate, sophisticated, Arabic style, versus the folkloric, whole hand style, offered recently. It's rhythms and sound are hypnotic! Drums provided, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
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Taking Your Frame Drumming to the Next Level
With Jeff Hanna and Barbara Gail. Welcome all who've taken Jeff's Whole Hand and Finger-style Frame Drum Workshops. It's the oldest known, and most universal hand-drum, the non-jingled frame drum, often called the Tar. We will continue to explore playing both the folkloric, whole-hand style, and the more intricate, sophisticated, Arabic finger-technique. Now we add a new form, the "Cybele" or "knee position". We will also cover snaps, brush strokes, and kititakas! It's rhythms and sound are hypnotic! Drums provided, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
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Bells, Shakers, Scrapers, Woodblocks! A Circle of Rhythm Toys
With Jeff Hanna. A fun introduction to a diverse assortment of exotic, folkloric hand-percussion & sound-making toys, from Ghana, Brasil, Dominican Republic, Cameroon, Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, Bolivia, and other countries. These instruments can enhance the sound and energy of a drum circle, hand-drum ensemble, and multi-instrumental band. Even a group of friends and family members who don't think of themselves as musically inclined, can gather 'round and make music playing basic rhythms on these colorful instruments. Everyone gets their own cool collection of hand-percussion to play in this hands-on playshop. You'll learn techniques to get the best sounds, and find yourself quickly playing groovy, interlocking rhythms on all the toys, creating an instant ensemble with a full range of sound! Jeff has been developing his knowledge and proficiency with folkloric percussion since 1991, when his non-profit, fair trade, 3rd and 4th world craft store, Meridian Arts, Inc., began carrying all these unique, interesting and artistic instruments of sound. Welcome all levels, no experience needed, adults, motivated teens, youth ages 9 and up. Instruments provided, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
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The Bass Drums of West Africa
With Jeff Hanna. Learn about the heartbeat of West African drumming, the bass drum family known as Dunduns, or Djundjuns. Jeff will cover the basics, backbone, elements, techniques, & of course some fun 'n' funky rhythms that drive the hand-drummers & dancers into high energy. Welcome returnees, & folks with at least a leeetle drum experience if you're new to these boombooms. Limited to the first 6 pre-paid registrants. Instruments provided, available for purchase, or BYO. $20 advance, or $25 door, or included in your Monthly Membership.
 
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Brasilian Drums and Percussion: Samba Rhythms for Everyone!
With Jeff Hanna. Welcome adults, motivated teens, youth 10 and up with permission. All levels, including newbies, beginners, sambistas, and Workshop returnees wanting more of these lively grooves. An Introduction to the Brasilian Samba Batucada, the all-percussion-style ensemble unique to Brasil, where everyone participates, from grandparents to children. No matter their social status or race, it's the music of the people, a communal expression of the joy of life. Come learn all the elements of this exciting style, and try your hand at playing its variety of fun rhythm instruments. This is our favorite kind of percussion music, and we look forward to when we can bring a group of students to Brasil to experience it there! Drums and percussion instruments provided, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
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W. African Ensemble: Djembe, Dunduns, & Percussion
With Jeff Hanna. Open to students who have completed Intermediate Djembe; or instructor permission. With a focus on djembe, learn non-traditional and traditional W. African pieces, & expand your experience into the full W. African drum and percussion sound with bass drums (dunduns), shakers, bells, & claves. We'll create an exciting blend of interlocking patterns & passionate music! Dunduns & percussion instruments provided in class, yours are welcome, too. Students should bring their djembes/bougarabous, a recording device, & plan to practice at home.
 
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Dance Your Soul Free
With Barbara Gail, JourneyDance Certified Facili-Guide at the highest level. Welcome men, women, and inspired teens. This is a moving vision quest into your heart - your well of wisdom. Its guided dance pilgrimages are an invitation for your soul's unique story to unravel into a life-dance along the transformative path of sweat, breath, and commUNITY. An intentional flow of consciously chosen, evocative music, combined with powerful guided imagery, inspires your authentic, freeform movement to emerge, awakening your innate awareness, intuition, clarity, creativity, focus, power, and peace. This hypnotic container can be used for transformation to align with your highest self, catalyzing emotional release, exuberance, and manifestation on the dancefloor! You'll find passionate expression, shamanic visualization, celebration, funkiness, wildness, silly playfulness, and deep prayer, all wrapped up in one! Dress in layers, dance bare-foot or in very thin socks, and bring your water bottle. Fall in love with your life again! No experience needed; if you can walk, you can dance! Location and cost TBD.
 
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FREE Drum Student Recital Presentation & Beach Par-tay! All welcome!
Please join us and our students in celebrating their music! -- , --pm 'til the --pm sunset's afterglow fades. We invite students, their friends and families, & The Rhythm Inlet support community, to this festive event featuring potluck goodies, shmoozing, sunset, sand, & of course drumming & strumming! Our students will play for you the fun pieces they've been learning & working on. Guests are invited to join in the samba parade at the end! Those instruments are provided, or BYO. A fun way to check out, support, & be a part of The Rhythm Inlet Community! Bring: chair or beach towel, potluck food (in a cooler), your own dish ware & utensils for eating and serving/cutting your dish (no throwaways, puh-leeze, this is a green event!). Have a Rhythm Inlet t-shirt? Please wear it to show your support! Also consider: sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, camera, & smiles! Provided: serving tables, paper cups, napkins (a few plates & utensils for those who forgot), & drinking water. Students, bring your drum, chair, Slider Strap or sash. Dress for weather. If rain, wind or lightning, notice will be posted right here & on our voice mail by --pm. Set up begins at --pm. Nokomis Public Beach, Casey Key. From Rt. 41, turn west at the traffic light at Albee Rd., across from Matthews-Currie Ford. Cross the Intracoastal Bridge, & you're facing the Public Beach & pavilion. Enter the parking lot just to the left of the pavilion, go to the south end of the parking lot. Find us on that end of the beach, or among the sea-grape trees picnic area at that end if there is wind, or under the north pavilion if there's weather. Questions? 941-966-5800.
 
CHILDREN
Wiggle Wiggle Boom Boom!
With Barbara Gail, B.A. Education. A "mommy 'n' me" drum & dance class for the young child & the adults who love them. Play drums, rattles, bells, move your body, dance a beat! Miss Barbara has been skillfully teaching & developing this original program (Formerly "The Magic of Drum & Dance for the Young Child") since 1994, & welcomes ages 1 thru 5. Ages 2-&-a-half & up may benefit most, but all children learn, blossom, & grow in our circle! "Welcome Cheer" opens the hour, art-making at the end integrates the experience. A child-centered class, joyfully exploring expressive rhythm & dance activities that emphasize listening, sharing, respect, leading, following, & other cooperative social skills; while developing body awareness, spatial orientation, & sense of self within a group, all in a positive style. Enjoy quality time with your child! Instruments provided. Limited to 12 children & one participating adult per family. Infant siblings are delightfully welcomed at no charge. Pre-registration required. $--/1st child & one adult. $--/siblings. Newcomers may try the first class to see if it's right for you & your child: $15 includes you & your child. If you choose to continue, this deposit goes toward your total amount, due before you leave class. Location TBD.
 
KIDS WEEKLY CLASS: Next Series TBA
Cool Kids Create: A Rainbow of Drumming, Yoga, & Crafts!
With Barbara Gail, BA Education, Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga Instructor, & RYT200. Natural Choice Award winner for Higher Calling, Favorite Children's Program, Business of the Year & Woman of the Year. Welcome boys & girls ages 5-9. In this dynamic Kids in Music n Motion Program, we'll: move, groove, 'n' soothe through musical yoga; beat rhythms on African drums & rhythm instruments from around the world; journey in our "Fire-y Ceremony" (using your very own REAL drum that YOU decorate & KEEP!); shake, jump 'n' jive, & go joggin' through the jungle. We'll also make beautiful & cool things to take home, like Peace and Gratitude Bead Necklaces & Talking Sticks. Cultivate healthy bodies, imaginative minds, creative hands, cooperative spirits, attitudes of positivity, & peaceful hearts! $-- first child; $-- siblings. Pre-paid registration required; includes all craft materials & a drum to keep! Location TBD.
 
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Rubonia Annual Mardi Gras Parade!
We've paraded for 2 years in this festive event that put Rubonia on the map, & it was a total blast! You'd think you were in New Orleans or somewhere in Central or South America. The entire Rhythm Inlet Community is invited to parade with us! Join us in the parade wearing your Rhythm Inlet t-shirt, & shake a shaker & a tail feather. Seriously, you don't wanna miss this opportunity! This is how it's done Brasilian Carnival style! Rubonia, Florida.
 
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Introduction to the Celtic Bodhran Drum
Saturday, 4-5:30pm. With Jeff Hanna. Get your Irish groove on, just in time for St. Patty's day!! Welcome all adults, motivated teens, & youth ages 10 & up w/ instructor permission. No musical experience needed. Learn how to properly swing the double-knobbed stick, called a tipper, to play exciting "jiggity jig" rhythms on the "Bao-rahn", "Boh-rahn" (both are correct), the flat, round frame drum of the British Isles. $20 advance, or $25 the day of, or FREE with your Monthly Membership. Instruments provided, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
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Learn to Play the Didjeridoo: Music meditation for health, wellness & personal empowerment
An improvisation workshop with Stuart Fuchs, multi instrumentalist & touring artist visiting from New Hampshire! Join us in an exploration of the didjeridoo & it's many benefits for cardiovascular health. Learn breathing exercises & meditations specific to the didjeridoo, techniques for playing rhythms, & a step-by-step process for learning to circular breathe. The benefits of circular breathing include lowered blood pressure, higher blood oxygen levels, stress reduction & the correction of sleep apnea. For over six years Stu has worked as an artist in residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY, joining patients, families & hospital staff in the creative process for well-being & emotional release. He has been a featured TedX speaker & was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for composing healing music for & with cancer patients. Didjeridoos & Dinkeridoos will be available for purchase or BYO Didj. $15 advance, or $20 at the door. Early registration is very much appreciated!
 
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When the Drummers Were Women: Performance & Slide Show Presentation
Saturday, 8pm. The first named female drummer known was Lipushiau, the highest ranking Priestess in the city-state of Ur, in Mesopotamia, around 2380 B.C.E. Throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World, the drummers were predominantly women. Sacred drumming was one of the primary skills of Priestesses, who used the beats of their frame drums to rouse community consciousness & attain spiritual awareness for healing & divination. This art history presentation & drum ritual performance with Barbara Gail, presents the slide show that was the basis of the book "When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm", both authored by friend & teacher, the late Layne Redmond. The lost but not forgotten her-story of women as primary percussionists in Ancient Times, comes alive in over 60 images from temples & museums of actual artifacts, photographs that Layne herself took. Named Goddesses, Priestesses, & Unnamed Women are depicted playing the frame drum, the oldest known, most universal drum, dating as far back as 5600 BCE. Barbara will perform ritual drumming featuring frame drums & voice. $10 in advance, $15 the day of.
 
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Introduction to the Ukulele Playshop
Jeff Hanna combines his masterful teaching style, a background in singing & performing in small a-cappella groups, & a love of strumming, singing & humming a tune on the ukulele, making this class fun & super accessible to even the rawest of beginners. Promise! Jeff chooses easy, familiar, great popular songs for you to learn to strum & sing along to. We'll learn & review a few simple chords, & by hour's end you'll be making music with your classmates, & humming a happy tune on your ride home. "I love the ukulele. It's held near your heart, & you carry in your hands the cheerful, sunny sounds of a beachside fair wherever you go." ~ Barbara Gail. I've been told the ukulele is on its 3rd renaissance. I don't know if the first 2 were global, but this one sure is. Catch ukulele fever! It's one bug that'll make you smile. Ukuleles provided in class, available for purchase, or BYO.
 
PRIVATE
Drum Circle Joy! Rhythm Music for Seniors
Barbara Gail skillfully creates a joyful, recreational & therapeutic community musical experience, in this private program for the residents who are living Independently, Assisted, or in Memory Care. Click on the above title for more on this program. To learn how you can bring The Rhythm Inlet's Programs, appropriate for all ages, to your facility, group gathering or community, please call us at 941-966-5800.
 
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Batucalele: Brasilian Drums & Ukulele Strums
Thursdays, 6-7pm. With Jeff Hanna. Starting with everybody's favorite, the Brasilian bass drums (Surdos) & the super popular American version of the Brasilian cavaquinho (the original ukulele), we'll develop the essential bottom & top ends of Samba! Other Brasilian percussion will be available for those who want to branch out. Performance opportunities as TRIBE, The Rhythm Inlet Beats Ensemble. For anyone who wants to play drums or anyone with just a little ukulele experience, this stuff is IRRESISTIBLE! Click on the class title to hear music with the sound we're excited about creating.
 
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Flash Mob: Ukulele-Batucalele-Drum-Chorus-Violin Rehearsal... & GO!
Sunday, rehearsal begins 12noon sharp; mob hits the scene afterwards. Our first Flash Mob was so much fun we couldn't wait to do another. Same music, so we'll get better n better, embodying the feel for the music & its rhythmic strum, & get our musical & spatial arrangements tighter. In true flashmob form, we'll rehearse the music & the "choreography" of how our mob magically forms out of nowhere, gives a spectacular musical experience, & then dissolves into nothing. Did it really happen, or was it just a dream??... In true flashmob style, the location of our appearance won't be pre-announced. Attend the rehearsal, & plan to go directly to the nearby location afterwards. After your mission is complete, you must eat this paper with your instructions... Please RSVP on this Suncoast Sand Fleas Ukulele Club's Meetup page, linked to the title. End time? Determined by how efficient our rehearsal is, so please do come prepared. The Meetup page will have those details when Jeff posts. Excited!!!! And it's only a whim away! ;)
 
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Ta Bueno Returns Again! Conga & Cajon Workshops with Hernando Bueno
The African Roots of Music in this country are profound & prolific, & evident in both the Afro Cuban Conga Drums & the Afro Peruvian Cajon Drums. While slaves in the Americas were forbidden to practice their religion, they kept their traditions alive by disguising them in their music & dance.

Classically trained musician Hernando Bueno, has studied both of these instruments in-depth, & in the Conga's case, including from masters in Cuba. He's a musician & teacher both by profession, & coupled by his enthusiasm & energy you'll learn so much & have fun in these 2 workshops! Hernando resides in Gainesville, FL, & visits the Sarasota area periodically. We're excited to have him return to The Rhythm Inlet this year! All levels are welcome to these Workshops.

AFRO CUBAN MELODIC & HARMONIC CONGA RHYTHMS
Saturday, 1-2:30pm. Learn Changuito's Secret Hand Techniques for learning, playing, & memorizing conga's melodic rhythms. Hand-techniques as well as rhythms, will be taught, for 1 to 5 congas. Using Rumba concepts, & Conjunto Folklorico Nacional Cuba & Los Chinitos influences, this Workshop will focus on Guaguanco & Kolumbia, Habana & Matanzas styles, with an introduction to Bembe & Advanced Masacote exercises. Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, Son Montuno, Guajira, Guaguanco, Songo, Timba, Kolumbia, Guaracha, Dengue, Pachanga are all rhythms Hernando is able to share! Modern concepts are also sometimes explored. The material he covers often depends on the group's needs. Bring your congas, or use ours. Please specify on your Registration Form!

CAJON WORKSHOP: WORLD BEATS
Saturday, 2:30-4pm. The Cajon Box Drum is an Afro-Peruvian instrument, found in Flamenco music & other styles. It's a drum you sit upon, & play fun & funky rhythms! It's double-portable in that you have with you both your drum & your drum stool, wherever you go! A limited number of cajones are available for in-class use! Please specify on your Registration Form!

PRICES:
One Workshop: $15 in advance, or $20 the day of.
Both Workshops: $25 in advance, or $35 the day of.
Call The Rhythm Inlet: 941-966-5800 form more info, & to register. Have your credit card ready; however please bring cash or check with you when you come. Your credit card will only be charged if you don't show (non-refundable).

 
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Women, Rhythm & Ritual: Frame Drum Sister Circle
Friday, 7pm. With Barbara Gail. A women's spiritual connection through rhythm experience. Imagine yourself in a meditative state of awareness, naturally elicited by the tones of the frame drum. Conducive to sacred space & feminine spirituality, discover its mesmerizing rhythms in the context of a sister's circle, your catalyst for connecting with self, others, & the pulse of life. The rhythms you'll learn & play are simple, profound, elementally aligning. Once played primarily by female communal leaders in the Ancient World to promote healing, awaken divination, & rouse higher consciousness, it became a forbidden instrument as other forces rose to power. Through Barbara Gail's ceremonial rhythm weavings, the moon of the frame drum rises once more! In this place we find ourselves grounded, calm & energized. In magical delight, we awaken to the deep spiritual knowing that we are truly daughters of an Ancient Pulse! $15 in advance, $20 day of, or free with your Monthly Membership. Frame drums provided, available for purchase, or BYO. Please specify when registering.
 
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Get Singing! (With your Uke or Without it -- But Get Singing!) With Master Vocal Teacher & Coach Deborah Berioli
Coax your inner singer out of the shower & out of the car, & bring it to The Rhythm Inlet. An invitation for all levels -- from the newbie to the singer in the choir, from the timid or reserved to the bold yet unskilled -- you'll learn tips & techniques for enhancing your inner singer. Deborah offers exercises & methods that will teach you how to breathe well, sing well, build confidence & ability. Discover the joys of singing out loud -- whether alone, with others, or to accompany your ukulele, guitar, piano, drum... C'mon, friends, let's get singing! Just bring yourself; you can leave your other instruments at home. Call 941-966-5800 to pay $20 in advance; or $25 the day of.

Deborah Berioli is a performing soprano, seasoned voice teacher & coach, & masterful music director. She resides on a mountainside in Colorado (where it snows in May!), with her husband Roger, & their 3 kitties named after Indian food dishes. Barbara & Jeff have known Deborah for 10 years. While she lived in Sarasota we collaborated with her on numerous musical projects, & worked with her recently in Colorado. We are consistently impressed by her visionary productions, & ability to bring out the best in everyone she directs.

 
WEEKLY CLASS: Next one TBA
Beyond the Beyond Beginner Djembe: Level 2+, Nokomis
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. March 23 thru April 13. With Barbara Gail. Welcome students who have taken the Beyond Beginner Series, wanting more of the same, & more! This is "Djembe Level 2, Enhanced", where you solidify & get more comfortable with the Level 2 exercises & material you've been learning for the past 8 weeks. Plus, we'll add some well-earned bonus rhythms to increase the challenge & excitement a bit. Your classes from now on will be on a Month-to-Month Membership. Highly recommended that you bring a recording device to class every week, to record whatever you'd like to bring to your home practice. Next up for you guys -- Advanced Beginner: Level 3!
 
WEEKLY CLASS: Next one TBA, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018
Advanced Beginner Djembe: Level 3
With Barbara Gail. Welcome graduates of her Beyond Beginner Djembe: Level 2+ Class. Continue deepening your relationship to the pulse, the drum, & learning to learn Drumsongs that stretch & inspire your abilities & musical understanding of rhythm. Refine your technique, meet the challenge of new material, & enjoy being a Djembe 3 student! Students should have their own drum, bring a recording device to class, & play at home between classes. We'll now go onto a month-to-month curriculum & membership style. Welcome to the rest of your life as a drummer!
 

 
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