Kodiak Island Drummers held a free concert on the St. Paul Harbor spit today
(Tuesday). The performance was a practice run for this Saturday’s concert at
the fairgrounds, where the drummers will open up for North Carolina’s Toubab
Krewe. The African influenced group is playing a KMXT sponsored set. Casey
Kelly stopped by the drummers’ show and has more.
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around in a circle at the gazebo on the St. Paul Harbor spit, about 10 of the
Kodiak Island Drummers pound away on their instruments, ranging from bongos to
your average snare. At the center of it all is Michael Daquioag (Dah-KEY-wah),
known simply as Michael D. He says this is just a chance for the group to gear
up for Saturday’s performance with Toubab Krewe at the fairgrounds.
D 1 :05s “…half
of our drummers are here.”)
Bennett has been a drummer for four years. He says he likes traveling around
and playing concerts.
1 :06s “…a
bunch of other places.”)
he’ll be staying in Kodiak for Saturday’s show, Bennett says he’s excited about
it and says the audience should expect to hear some kickin’ grooves.
2 :04s “…Latin
and African music.”)
just so there’s no doubt about it, he explains why he likes being a drummer.
3 :03s “…fans
and playing with Mr. D.”)
Michael D says he
can’t wait for his kids to see Toubab Krewe and possibly sit in on a few songs
with them during Saturday’s concert.
(Mike D 2 :09s “…so
it’ll be a good thing.”)
The drummers are
the opening act for Saturday’s show, which starts at 7 p.m. The gates to the
fairgrounds open at five and KMXT will be providing free shuttle service to and
from the show.
I’m Casey Kelly.
TAG: Tickets for Toubab Krewe and the Kodiak Island Drummers are on sale at
the KMXT studios, both Treasury locations, and from any of the drummers
themselves. The free shuttle to the concert leaves the high school parking lot
at 5:00 and 6:15 p.m. Saturday and from Fisherman’s Hall at 5:10 and 6:25.
Shuttles return to town at 10:15.