November 7, 2010–Attendees of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce‘s 15th Annual Crush Festival got a lot more than just a taste of local cuisine and wine from 25 local restaurants and caterers, and 25 local wineries. Thanks to DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder and facilitator Jeni Swerdlow, MA, ATR–and with the help of the Grasshopper Ensemble on drums–festival guests were treated to a Taste of Rhythm during the event.
After a short drumming performance in the banquet hall at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in downtown Berkeley, unsuspecting guests were given Boomwhacker percussion tubes to play. Swerdlow helped the crowd find their beat while the Grasshopper Ensemble held down the groove for everyone to play along. Dancing and cheering ensued.
Berkeley Chamber Communications and Event Director, Shiloh Alexis Elias, told Swerdlow, “You guys were wonderful! Thank you so much for bringing such talented drummers, along with your amazing talent, enthusiasm, and stage presence! It was amazing! I got so much positive feedback from so many people.”
One guest responded, “It was so nice to have something so upbeat to liven up the day–especially after I ate and drank so much! It felt great to get the body moving!”
This year’s non-profit beneficiary was “Through The Looking Glass,” which has been serving families with disabilities since 1982. Proceeds from the Silent Auction went towards the Chamber’s Scholarship Program.
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