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Percussion Course Drums up Support

What: Ka Boom Ba

IN case you hadn't noticed, the popularity of drumming has dramatically risen in Newcastle.

Since local percussion school Ka Boom Ba opened its doors this year, tutor Kai Tipping has seen 60 students graduate from the Global Percussion course.

The course has been run through the Palais Royale and WEA and plans are already underway for another series of courses to start up.

Three new courses will be introduced next month including All Girls Batucada, African Drumming and Rhythmic Body.

New courses will start up on July 22 and be held at venues including the Palais, WEA, Newcastle Performing Arts Centre and Octopod. For more information on the courses contact The Drum Shop or any of the workshop venues.

Fresh and funky beats

IF you like your beats thick, funky and fresh, then the Lucky Country Hotel has just the thing for you this weekend.

Making its second appearance at the hotel since moving from the Hunter On Hunter, Artificial Intelligence is back for its next installment.

Following a heady night of first birthday celebrations last month, Friday night's show will offer a new mix of MCs and DJs.

Bringing together the best in hip hop, funky breaks and jungle beats will be DJs Kato, Patsan, Jay J and Skooby. Lyrics will be provided by MCs Tru-One, Mr Fontaine Justice and event organiser Jahmunji. Doors open at 9pm and entry is $5 on the door.

Music to your ears

SOME things just seem too good to be true and one of those is the announcement of a new festival dubbed M-One. The one-day event is in the same vein of the Big Day Out and will feature three shows.

Novocastrians will have the best chance to check out the action when M-One hits the Sydney Cricket Ground on October 7.

The bill includes 14 of the biggest names in music including Garbage, Billy Idol, Goo Goo Dolls, Midnight Oil, Nickleback, Lifehouse, The Whitlams and Default. On the local front, the New Music Stage will host Simple Plan, Another Race, Crash Palace, Noogle and Antiskeptic. And for those who could do with a good laugh, the Comedy Room will feature Puppetry of the Penis, Lano and Woodley, Guido Hatzis and Fat Pizza. Tickets go on sale on July 4 from Ticketek.

Charity concerts

LAST week, promising rock four piece Mickyfin pumped up the crowd at St Pius High School all in the name of charity.

The lads are performing a series of shows around local schools in an effort to raise funds for a new Leukaemia Foundation House for children at the Mater Hospital.

All money raised at the lunchtime concerts will stay in the Hunter and schools are encouraged to show their support.

Mickyfin plans to perform at schools until the end of the year in the lead-up to a huge final gig.

Upcoming gigs include concerts at West Wallsend High on July 1 and Newcastle Grammar on July 25.

If your school is interested in hosting a fundraiser concert, contact Kate Bowyer on 4954-0485 or 0414-495-678.

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