Think about the number of female drummers you know. Can you count it on one hand? Kiran Gandhi (COL ’11), senior, manager of local record label Rhythm & Culture, and drumming extraordinaire, thinks that’s a problem, and tonight she’s doing something about it.
“I think it is so important to give female drummers a place to shine and be recognized for how unique their craft is, and [for] the type of vibe they bring to something that for so long has been so traditionally masculine,” Gandhi wrote in an email.
So tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., Gandhi is hosting Rad Ladies that Drum, the first all-female drumming showcase that D.C. has ever housed. The event is being held at The Fridge DC, which defines itself on its website as an “art gallery, performance space, music venue, and classroom.” All of the night’s proceeds are going to Tom Tom Magazine, a publication entirely devoted to female percussionists.
For Gandhi, this event is also about a celebration of D.C.’s musical culture, an aspect that often gets overlooked in such a politically-oriented city.
“I think that far too often people say that there aren’t that many musicians in D.C. and furthermore that there aren’t that many female musicians,” Gandhi wrote. “I am also about to leave D.C. after graduating to move to L.A., and so I wanted to have one last amazing celebration before I head out.”
That amazing celebration is not just going to showcase Gandhi’s own drumming talents. Among the others on the lineup are Afro-Brazilian / Samba-Reggae percussion band Batalá Washington, Tini Dinh, drummer for D.C. band The Crash Takeoff, and members of the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project. There will also be live DJ sets, food, and live painting by local artist Peekaso.
The event costs $5, and The Fridge is located at 516 8th Street SE, just two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro stop.