Plant Riverside District and Thomas Claxton’s “Me, Myself & Us” Productions to Host Drum Clinic Featuring Legendary Drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie on May 28
This special drum clinic will offer attendees of all ages the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the “Purdie Shuffle” from the creator of this signature drum pattern, which consists of a distinctive combination of bass, high-hat and snare rhythms.
Plant Riverside District and Thomas Claxton’s “Me, Myself & Us” Productions are pleased to host the Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Drum Clinic at District Live, located at 400 W. River St., featuring instruction from Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, one of the most acclaimed drummers in rock, soul and R&B history, on Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m.
This special drum clinic will offer attendees of all ages the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the “Purdie Shuffle” from the creator of this signature drum pattern, which consists of a distinctive combination of bass, high-hat and snare rhythms. The memorable “Purdie Shuffle” rhythm can be heard on a variety of hit songs, including Toto’s “Rosanna,” The Police’s “Walking on the Moon,” Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain” and Steely Dan’s “Babylon Sisters” and “Home at Last.”
“We’re thrilled to have a living legend teach a drum clinic at District Live,” said Scotty Henley, Director of Entertainment at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. “We encourage drummers of all ages and experience levels to come out and learn from the best at the Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie Drum Clinic.”
Named one of the “greatest drummers of all time” by Rolling Stone, Purdie is a member of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame who has recorded drum tracks for more than 4,000 albums and has worked with more than 2,500 artists. Over the years, he has collaborated with The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Ray Charles, Hall & Oates, Peter Frampton, Bob Marley, Simon & Garfunkel, Otis Redding, Miles Davis and B.B. King.
“This clinic is about learning how to play the drums, but it’s also about having fun,” said Purdie. “I love helping people find their groove and making music that brings joy.”
Also in attendance will be all-star performers including Muscle Shoals rhythm guitarist Will McFarlane, David Bowie’s bassist Carmine Rojas and accomplished singer Roberta Freeman, who has worked with Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd and Mary Wilson’s Supremes.
General admission is $50 per person. Student admission is $25 per person (purchased on the day of the clinic with a valid ID presented at the door). Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by clicking HERE.
The first 50 student attendees will receive signature Bernard “Pretty” Purdie drumsticks by Drum Limousine. This premier event for drummers will also include three giveaways courtesy of Trinity Cymbals.
A Kessler Collection property, Plant Riverside District is an award-winning destination in Savannah, Ga. developed by visionary and hotelier Richard C. Kessler, the Chairman and CEO of Kessler Enterprise, Inc. Plant Riverside District originally opened in 2020 and attracts visitors from across the country and around the world.
ABOUT DISTRICT LIVE:
District Live, an exciting live music venue at Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Ga., marks a landmark partnership between The Kessler Collection and Live Nation,featuring national and regional artists live in concert at a state-of-the-art venue located in the new Atlantic Building at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. Powered by Live Nation, District Live brings world-class artists to Savannah’s Entertainment District. In addition to concerts, District Live also features That Great Gretsch Sound!, presented through a special partnership between the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music at Georgia Southern University and The Kessler Collection. This permanent display of music memorabilia, highlighting 135 years of Gretsch instruments, is featured in District Live’s lobby and performance space. For more information, please visit www.plantriverside.com and follow @districtlivesavannah on Instagram.
ABOUT PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT:
Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River Street, is a vibrant entertainment destination and Savannah’s Entertainment District. From incredible dining and high-end shopping to live music and spectacular performances, Plant Riverside District creates elegantly curated experiences, stripping away the unnecessary to reveal the exceptional. Once an iconic power plant in Georgia, Plant Riverside District now represents the beauty of progress. Whether seeking a romantic getaway or a work hard/play hard business trip, Plant Riverside District provides a setting suited to your needs, blending timeless sophistication with eye-catching details. Experience three unique buildings for a customized atmosphere to match your style: bold, contemporary maritime details in the Atlantic; romantic, elegant styling in the Three Muses; and chic historic architecture in the Power Plant. Complete your experience with numerous dining options, rooftop bars, a concert venue, art gallery, riverfront park and even natural science exhibits to spark your imagination. For more information, please visit plantriverside.com and follow @plantriversidedistrict on Facebook and Instagram.
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The Kessler Collection‘s portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boasts chic design, luxurious accommodations, enriching ambiance and intuitive service. Whether visiting properties in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina or South Carolina, each hotel’s exquisite art, music and cultural influences are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire mystique and to encourage unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are immersed in redefined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel and a cutting-edge downtown icon to a premier luxury lodge, high-design Southern mansion and elite ski lodge. The Kessler Collection was the founding member of the Marriott Autograph Collection, introduced with seven Autograph Collection branded hotels. Each property is a bold, original hotel carefully created with style and the individualist traveler in mind. For more information about The Kessler Collection, please visit kesslercollection.com or call 888.472.6312.