By Jojo Soul
Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick has a beautiful layout with multiple playgrounds, grass areas, and wide brick walkways to a large, circular center. Benches and ledges line the perimeter of this area, and extend throughout the entire park. People relax, play chess, buy ices, fruits, and food from vendors. It is a wonderful place to be, and provided a welcome reception for the first of the weekly Sunday afternoon Bushwick Community Drum Circle!
We sat upon benches in the center of the park, and were joined by friends as we all built the sound. Djembes, bongos, cajon, tambourine, banjo, trumpet, cigar-box electric guitar, doumbek, and didgeridoo- a great list of instruments that were traded around and shared throughout the jam. The busy park made for a large audience and many walked over, grooved a bit, and joined right in. A gentleman working at the park asked to join, and had some skills on djembe! The highlight of the gathering was seeing the children give the instruments a try and play along. They were all so excited, and all said thank you, as they were thrilled to get to try the drums out. Really great vibes when jammin’ together, ya know? 🙂
Looking very forward to next week’s! A great first session, and a real privilege to get to play in the park with so many friends on such a beautiful day. Thanks to everyone, and spread the word!
Bushwick Community Drum Circle takes place every Sunday at 1pm at Maria Hernandez Park. Come and join us!