Brandon Draper was born to keep the beat. “Before I could walk I was thumping my leg in the crib, so my mom called me Thumper,” he said.
The critically acclaimed drummer grew up in Little Sweden, teaches percussion at Kansas University in Lawrence and loves traveling around the region with his interactive music program for elementary kids: Drum Safari.
Friday night Draper will again supply his suped-up beat to the 3rd Annual Jazz Walk downtown. The event is part of the Landmark Concert Series that highlights the calendar with a number of musical styles and tastes.
Producer, singer-songwriter and trumpeter Miles Bonny will join Draper and the band on this year’s musical journey. Bonny’s hip hop influence should give the crowd a new fusion of jazz at the JO.
The live music will cap off a busy evening in Lindsborg as the new Photo Art Gallery opens up Friday at 120 W. Lincoln and businesses stay open late for another Makers Street Collectors’ edition.
Draper and the gang will split the band up to play at Connected 7pm and Blacksmith at 7:30pm for a set before leading a musical march down Main to the JO Sundstrom Conference Center for a night of live jazz from 8:30pm to close. Admission is free and open to the public.
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