The 19th Annual Montreal Drum Fest took place at the Pierre-Mercure Hall this past weekend. On the first day of the show, Zildjian artist Lucas Van Merwijk performed with some of the members of Drums United. They did a great job of demonstrating the different percussion instruments played throughout the world. Following Lucas's performance, Billy Rymer provided the audience with an advanced listen to some new Dillinger Escape Plan songs as he played along to the tracks. During the question and answer time, Billy explained the breathing techniques that he has developed to help him retain the stamina required to play a Dillinger concert. To close out the show, Teddy Campbell and Larnell Lewis played in the Yamaha Groove Hour and brought the crowd to their feet!
Day two of the festival saw Danny Seraphine, founding member of the legendary group Chicago, performing some of his greatest hits to an audience full of fans who gave him an enthusiastic standing ovation. The weekend of drumming concluded with Thomas Pridgen (pictured above), who not only wowed the audience with his energy and unique playing style, but with his stories about how his career got started, and his message about how hard work pays off. It sure was a fantastic weekend of drumming!
Congratulations to Ralph Angelillo and the entire MDF staff on another successful weekend!
Stay tuned for photos and videos from the weekend coming soon...