Nashville Drummer’s Lunch featuring Will Kennedy
Following the success of the first Drummer’s Lunch and Gear Preview in 2016, Pearl once again invited all members of the Nashville Drummer’s Facebook group to the Hard Rock Café’s Reverb Room to eat, play, and be inspired.
The event, hosted by Pearl artist Tom Hurst (Nashville sideman and session player,) gave the 125+ local players in attendance the chance to test all five Sonic-Select Shell Recipe kits (recent additions to Pearl’s custom Masterworks high-end drum series,) before each could be seen by the general public.
“We are grateful to the drummers in this remarkable community,” says Pearl Director of Marketing Steve Armstrong. “By networking with them at the monthly Nashville Drummer’s Lunch, we’ve gotten a lot of input on what they look for in gear for every playing environment, which has had a direct effect on the products we have introduced this year.”
In additition to providing lunch, Pearl gave four lucky attendees snare drums from their new Modern Utility line, and upped the ante with a surprise appearance by Pearl drumset artist Will Kennedy (drummer for Jazz giants The Yellowjackets.)
Kennedy showcased Masters Maple Reserve drums (a new addition to Pearl’s Music City Custom offering,) with a dazzling array of chops and groove in a variety of styles. He then engaged players by trading fours and playing time with drummers across alll five drum kits in the testing area.
“The Nashville Drummer’s Lunch has been part of this community since the 80’s,” stated group moderator George Lawrence, who helped organize the event. “Everyone is welcome, regardless of the size of your gig. We meet the first Wednesday of every month just to talk shop, eat, and network. We are grateful that Pearl has not only become a regular part of our crew, but went to the trouble and expense of recognizing us with these events.”
Product testing continued well into the afternoon, with Pearl staff and management on-hand to answer questions from each drummer.