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Live musicWorkshop

Percussion Workshops & Concert

When: March 20, 6:00 PM - April 18, 6:00 PM
Where: 260 Washington St., Dorchester, MA
Ages allowed: All Ages
Cost: Free
Percussion Workshops & Concert

FREE Percussion Workshops & Concert in Dorchester with Acclaimed Musician & Teaching Artist Cornell Coley

 Families Creating Together Sponsors Unique Musical Experience

Children, youth and family members have the opportunity to join well-known percussion musician and Mattapan resident Cornell Coley for a free musical experience in Dorchester that explores exciting rhythms and songs from the Caribbean, Africa and Brazil. The workshops and concert take place at The Guild, an accessible, healing, arts-centered venue at 260 Washington Street, Dorchester, The workshops are on March 20 and April 3 from 6 – 7:30 pm with a light dinner at 5:30. The concert is on April 18 at 3 pm.

This program is provided in collaboration with Families Creating Together, a local organization offering multicultural, multilingual, intergenerational programs in the arts for children of all abilities and their families.

In a two-workshop, interactive program, Coley will use drums and percussion for storytelling and guided imagery, highlighting themes that include famous Afro-Latin artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mongo Santamaria, reflecting the cultures of many participating families who are second-generation immigrants. The workshops are presented in English, Spanish and ASL.

He has organized a follow-up live concert of music and dance for the friends and families of participants as well as the public, featuring a six-piece band, two highly skilled dancers and music from the workshops, including jazz, Latin, Brazilian, pop and soul. The audience will recognize many songs and be encouraged to sing along, sit in on drums and dance!

To register for this outstanding FREE musical experience, go to or call 857-919-3314. FCT is a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition in Jamaica Plain.

This program is supported by The City of Boston Opportunity Fund, The Lenny Zakim Fund and Liberty Mutual Foundation.