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Modern Drummer Festival Set For May 28-29

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Modern Drummer, the world's first and most popular magazine for drummers and percussionists, has scheduled its 17th Modern Drummer Festival Weekend 2005 for May 28-29 at Prudential Hall at NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark, NJ. Shows begin at 1:00 p.m. each day.

Special guest artists from the rock, jazz and R&B worlds confirmed to take part in the event include Deep Purple's Ian Paice, Sheila E., Roy Haynes, Tool's Danny Carey, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Shadows Fall's Jason Bittner and many others.

"We are very excited about our festival this year," says Bill Miller, Modern Drummer's editor in chief. "It's by far the most impressive lineup of drumming greats ever assembled. And having our festival at a world-class facility like NJPAC will make it an even better experience for attendees."

Thousands of dollars' worth of drums, cymbals, percussion instruments and accessories will be given away as door prizes. Every audience member will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and a souvenir bag filled with catalogs and fliers from all of the festival's sponsoring manufacturers.
Artists also meet and talk with the attendees and will sign autographs at a booth set up in the lobby.

May 28 schedule:

* Danny Carey (Tool) and Volto featuring Kirk Covington;

* Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers);

* Ian Paice (Deep Purple);

* Keith Carlock (Steely Dan/Sting);

* Rodney Holmes (Steve Kimock/Santana);

* Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall)

May 29 schedule:

* Roy Haynes & His Quartet;

* Sheila E. (Ringo Starr, Prince), Raul Rekow, Alex Acuna (Weather Report) and Karl Perazzo (Santana);

* Zoro (Lenny Kravitz);

* Jojo Mayer & Nerve;

* Chris Adler (Lamb Of God)

One of the highlights of the weekend is the percussion summit planned on May 29 with Sheila E., Raul Rekow, Alex Acuna and Karl Perazzo.

Tickets are $60 for a second-tier seat for one day ($105 for both days), $65 for a standard orchestra seat ($115 for both days) and $70 for a premium orchestra seat ($125 for both days). –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen