See You on the Drum Line

A high school drum line is something to see. Straight-backed majorettes in crisp uniforms march in perfect time. Sure, they might not be the most popular kids in school — mocked mercilessly for their epaulets and tasseled boots — but on the field, they are a choreographed ballet of step and sound. While there is beauty in the precision of a disciplined marching band, at the Beat Cup Cafe (660 Linton Blvd., Ste. 110, Delray Beach) the beauty of Drum Line Night is in the chaos. Every Wednesday around 9:15 p.m., café owner Eric Perna leads a free-form symphony made up entirely of percussionists, from bongos to washboards to traditional drum kits, and you are invited to play. Whether you are a novice or an expert, whether you bring your own instrument or grab one off the wall, there’s a spot for you in this drum line. A core group of drummers that clearly knows what it’s doing is at the heart of this coordinated cacophony, but that should not deter anyone with functioning arms from joining in. There are craft beers on hand if you need a little liquid courage, coffee if you need some energy, and the creations of local artists covering the walls to inspire you. There’s no cover and no musical talent required. Visit thebeatcupcafe.com or the café’s Facebook page, or call 561-330-4693. “Florida needs some noise,” says Perna.
Wed., March 28, 9:15 p.m., 2012
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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