Steel Drums, Days of Percussion, Zakir Hussain?

I have some fun shows coming up in the next few weeks!  Today at the University of Washington’s Meany Hall is the Day of Percussion.  I will be leading an all star percussion jam from 4pm to 5pm, and we may have one of the most famous percussionists and musicians in the world today, Zakir Hussain, stopping by to join us!!  What an incredible honor that will be if he is able to come by.  But even if he can’t make it the jam will be a blast!

Next Saturday I have another fun family show at Crossroads Bellevue.  To celebrate I will be releasing my Crossroads Recycalypso Remix.  Last time I performed at Crossroads I did my Recycalypso Workshop where kids invented their own unique musical instruments out of recycled materials.  I recorded their instruments and am creating a fun remix from them!  Keep your eyes and ears out for that, especially if you attended that Recycalypso Workshop, so that you can hear your (or your children’s) musical contribution to the remix!

One more family/kid-friendly public performance will take place the following Saturday at the Seattle Center.

All the details are below!

**Today, Saturday, May 3rd, 4pm to 5pm, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, George Washington Lane Northeast, Seattle, WA, United States
Ian Dobson's All Star Latin/Caribbean Jam

Ian’s event is part of the larger Day of Percussion which lasts from 10am to 9pm or so.  This Day of Percussion is a great event for drum or percussion students and other people who are generally percussion nerds!!  In the All Star Latin/Caribbean Jam top Latin and Caribbean percussionists from around the Puget Sound area will break down and explain various rhythmical genres from the Caribbean and South America.  They will then expertly perform those genres as an ensemble.  Come prepared for some irresistible percussion playing, valuable learning, and audience participation!

There is a very good chance that Zakir Hussain, one of the most well respected percussionists and musicians in the world will stop by and play with us!!!

More Information:


Ian Dobson, Ernesto Pediangco, Tor Dietrichson, Nonda Trimis, Arturo Rodriguez, and other top Latin/Caribbean percussionists from the Pacific Northwest.  Possibly the living legend Zakir Hussain.

How to Get to Meany Hall, Room #268:

Driving Directions to UW Meany Hall: The Meany Hall is located on the University of Washington Campus, near the intersection of 15th Ave NE and NE 40th Street. From North/South bound I-5: Take the NE 45th street exit. Proceed East on NE 45th St. Turn right at 15th Ave NE and proceed South. Turn left at NE 41st St, into the Central Parking Garage (CPG). Once inside the parking garage look for white and purple signs directing you to Meany Hall. I suggest entering Meany Hall on the West side and then take the stairs all the way up to the top floor.  Room 268 will be right at the top of the stairs.

**Saturday, May 10th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 NE 8th Street Bellevue, WA 98008
Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party at Crossroads Bellevue 2nd Saturdays

Age Limit:
All Ages, Geared to Kids!

Link for Further Information:

Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party Trio with Christian Krehbiel, Ernesto Pediangco, and Ian Dobson

This is part of Crossroads new-and-very-successful Family First events.  If you haven’t been to Crossroads it is probably the coolest “mall” around.  They have a great stage in the middle of the building and have many live music and cultural events there.  Ian, Ernesto, and Christian will perform one hour of family friendly fun!

Translated from Caribbean English, Pan Leggo means “steel drum party.”  In the program Ian shares the joy of exploring other cultures through music by recounting his quirky musical journey from Seattle grunge kid to Steel Drum musician.  In the process audiences learn some music and cultural history and gain insight into being resourceful and creative.  Ian’s interactive web site provides learning opportunities before and after the show.

**Saturday, May 17th, 12noon to 2pm, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle,WA 98109
Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party at Seattle Center

Ian will be performing his very interactive kids show at this wonderful event which is in support of public education.  There will be free books in partnership with a nationally recognized non-profit organization, First Book, to give the gift of reading to each child by providing new books at no cost.  There will also be a community Resource Fair with organizations like Washington Bus, Literacy Source, United Way, Faith Action Network, Vietnamese Friends Association, Friends of the Seattle Public Library, and more.  Besides entertainment there will be food, and reading circles. Attend the Children’s Museum for free with a Medicaid or EBT card.
For info, call 206-242-4777 or email

Age Limit
All ages and kid friendly

Ticket Details

Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party-Solo

I hope you can make it to one or more of these shows!

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