SHERMAN - Award winning teacher and founding member of the multi platinum selling band Rusted Root Jim Donovan returns to Sherman, N.Y., to host the third annual Great Rhythm Revival Retreat on Labor Day weekend Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 on the site of the popular Great Blue Heron Music Festival, 2361 Wait Corners Rd., Panama, N.Y. The Great Rhythm Revival is being co-hosted by Julie and Steve Rockcastle of the Great Blue Heron and Green Heron Growers.
The Great Rhythm Revival is a conscious learning and celebratory retreat where Donovan and a host of world-class musicians, teachers and wellness practitioners will lead participants in learning how to use the power of rhythm, drumming and dance as way to relieve stress, stimulate creativity and enrich their lives. Participants will enjoy learning to play vibrant world rhythms, songs, chants and dances through a variety of workshops and interactive concert experiences. Attendees will also learn how to create and express themselves musically with other people in a friendly, supportive environment. Beginners are warmly welcomed and drums are provided. Donovan's popular percussive based band The Sun King Warriors performs on Saturday night, Sept. 1.
Participants can choose from three ways to attend the Great Rhythm Revival:
The third annual Great Rhythm Revival Retreat will take place over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, on the site of the popular Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Panama. Participants can choose from three ways to attend the Great Rhythm Revival.
Full weekend pass, which includes all workshops and concerts for the entire event, for $189
One day pass, which includes all workshops and concerts for the day chosen, for $89 per day
Saturday evening concert, drum circle and "Night Lights at the Heron" experience, $15 at the gate after 7 p.m. The Saturday night concert event is all ages.
A full listing of workshop offerings, instructor bios, a schedule of events and additional details about each workshop can be found at the Great Rhythm Revival website, www.greatrhythmrevival.com.
Donovan provides a large selection of authentic African drums called djembes for participants to use during the workshops.
The event is open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of prior musical experience and advance registration is recommended. The Saturday night concert event is all ages.
Anyone wishing to register for this event are asked register online at www.greatrhythmrevival.com/registration.htm. To register by phone, call 761-7190. Advance registration for the retreat is recommended.
Donovan is an award winning musician, teacher, motivator and founding member of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root from 1990-2005. He was recently voted "Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine. In addition to being a full time instructor at Saint Francis University, Donovan also regularly offers workshops in the US and Europe focused on using the power of rhythm, drumming and the voice to assist in consciousness transformation, healing, personal growth, wellness, and creating community.
Donovan's work with Rusted Root has been featured in major motion films such as Ice Age, Twister, Mathilda as well as on various network television shows such as American Idol, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Party of Five and the PBS "Web of Life" documentary. His touring work with Rusted Root provided ample opportunity to share the stage with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sting, and The Allman Brothers among others.
As a solo artist and teacher, Donovan has released 6 highly acclaimed solo CD's as well as several popular instructional drumming audio and video products. He received his BA in music from the University of Pittsburgh where he had the opportunity to study African Music with noted scholar Kwabena Nketia from Ghana. Currently Donovan is on faculty, doing graduate studies and is involved in research involving with using percussion interventions for special needs children at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.