The Paralounge Drum Gathering is a celebration of the human spirit. Paralounge Inc. is dedicated to building a community utilizing drum and dance from around the world. Each indigenous culture has developed unique styles and techniques involving drum and dance. This indigenous music has become the building blocks of our modern music. So there is a very educational aspect to the practice we call “drum circle”. We can learn the intricate foundations of our music and learn about world culture as well.
The Paralounge Mission:
Create an environment where these ingredients are present:
We are dedicated to creating a community through multi cultural interaction and musical understanding. The Paralounge is a place where you can learn about cultures from around the world and understand the basics of rhythm.
Spend your day learning about all kinds of exotic instruments created by indigenous tribes. Learn how they were made and what they were made for. Many rhythms can be crossed over between other percussion instruments.
Get your body moving and learn traditional dances practiced by your ancestors. The workshops are full of all kinds of educational facts. Many teachers have enjoyed the Paralounge Drum Gathering and received Continuing Education Hours (approved by their district).
This is a celebration of the human spirit with drum and dance. The Paralounge Drum Gathering is a Music Retreat for families and community. This is an atmosphere where families may enjoy an outdoor adventure together, while also receiving an educational and bonding experience. Paralounge is a place where you may find your family! The warm welcome and open minded community offers a strong bonding experience.
The first Paralounge Drum Gathering was in July 2002 at the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Each event since, has grown and evolved as the community becomes more engaged and unified.
Many life long friendships have been made. Many community drum circles have been created because of the relationships created here. Many participants learn techniques and rhythms at the Paralounge Drum Gathering, then share them with their community drum circles.
Here is a list of the amazing artist and instructors we have been honored to have at the Paralounge Drum Gathering.
Jerrod’s Door Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
The Melbourne Drum Tribe Melbourne Fl.
Kusun Ensemble Ghana Africa
Rhythm Festival Jacksonville Fl.
Didge Revolution Tampa Fl.
Tocamos Tallahassee Fl.
SHREDD Orlando Fl.
Lost Safari Drummers
Tam Tam Congo Congo Africa
Pond Fort Meyers Fl.
Lucid Druid St. Pete Fl.
Dragon Fly Rhythms Tampa Fl.
Buddy Helm Santa Monica California
Jana Broder Tampa Fl.
Ken Anoff Jacksonville Fl.
Balantami Sun Guinea Africa
World Collision St. Petersburg Fl.
Tampa Taiko Tampa Fl.
Ritmo Blu Atlanta Georgia
Shorty Palmer Seymour Tennessee
Kevin Locke North Dakota
Fire By Riz Tampa Fl.
Arthur Hull Santa Cruz California
Nuclear Umbrella Melbourne Fl.
Beat Bombers Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Akangana Orlando Fl.
Didges Christ SuperDrum St. Petersburg Fl.
Midnight Caravan Orlando Fl.
Sambrando Raices Orlando Fl.
Jessica Hope Orlando Fl.
Iyabakoso Orlando Fl.
Brevard Busking Coalition Melbourne Fl.
World Beatniks Orlando Fl.
Tuatha Dea Gatlinburg Tennessee
Orlando Sanchez Puerto Rico
Juka Tribe Birmingham Alabama
Caribbean Steel Orlando Fl.