The Main Event

DRUMSTRONG 2015 :: Rhythm + Arts Festival

May 16 + 17, 2015 

2014 Musical Line-Up (2015 line-up will announce soon!)


Misty Meadows Farm :: 455 Providence Rd. S. @ Ennis Rd., Weddington, NC 28173 (just 4 miles south of HWY 485 on Providence Rd. near Charlotte) map

Saturday, May 16

:: 10:00am Gates Open ::

:: 2:00pm DrumCircle to BEAT cancer kick-off (24 hours non-stop!) ::

    Music on Stage, *DrumCircle, Art + Food Vendors, Craft Beer Garden, Health Expo, KidZone activities, Belly Dance-A-Thon, YOGA-Thon  (all day/night)

Sunday, May 17

     Music on Stage, *DrumCircle, Art + Food Vendors, Craft Beer Garden, Health Expo, KidZone activities, Belly Dance-A-Thon, YOGA-Thon (till 2:00 PM), Drum Circle Finalé

KidZ Parade in the Pastures (Hardin & Massie Minor, Steve Langley), Puppets, YOGA, Belly Dancin, Hoopin, MayPole Dance, Percussion & Facilitating Instruction

Late Night (All night!) DRUM CIRCLE 

Join celebrity artists and thousands of good people (Globally) in a unique, multicultural, musical charity event showcasing available resources that support people with cancer and those who love them.

We gather in rhythm to BEAT cancer! Featuring a 24 hour non-stop *Drum Circle, full stage with world-class entertainment, quality art + crafts, drums, food and craft beers, with many important cancer health resource exhibiters.

Held in the pastures of Misty Meadows Farm, encouraging people to focus attention on cancer awareness, education, survivorship support and funding for research.

Here’s the Deal :: We (a lot of us) are going to do two things at once ::

We are going to break the planet’s record for the Longest continuous rhythm *Drum Circle* ever held (and possibly the Largest!), drum with people globally (simultaneously) and, at the same time, raise awareness and incredible amounts of money for survivorship assistance, education and research for one of the most nefarious diseases known to man.

We will throw ourselves at eradicating cancer, fortify our friends, families and ourselves, glean useful info about the resources available to address cancer and have a blast doing it!

OK, so that’s like what, five things at once…

In the words of Mason Swimmer, ”cancer just plain sucks” and needs to be made history. Wiped out. Scratched off the “worry if I have it or if I’ll get it” list.

Unfortunately, at some point in your life, the chances are that you will be directly affected by the disease. Cancer is a global issue. It affects 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the US alone.

The cancer health resources exhibited at our events represent both conventional and complementary healthcare entities, together with private practices and cancer societies.

They offer important information about methods of prevention, detection, treatment and care.

It’s a gathering to rhythm. It’s the beat of community, the BEAT of hope. Music truly is universally engaging all ages and stages of health.

The Guinness World Records organization has been informed that we will participate in the planet’s longest continuous rhythm ‘drum•a•thon’ ever held. AND, the MOST Cities drumming simultaneously! AND, possibly the world’s largest Drum Circle! DRUMSTRONG™ raises funds to be distributed among local and national cancer initiatives.

Pre-Registration for DRUMSTRONG 2015 is open. Please remember that the registration fee helps us support worthy causes.  Click Here to go directly to Registration. See our New V•I•P Package!

Get in motion with your ‘per hour drumming’ Sponsorship pledges and/or Form a Team TODAY!

We also have a variety of Corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Raise $2,500 + and DrumsForCures will donate the proceeds to the cancer charity of your choice, in your community, in your name.

:: When and Where ::

May 16 + 17, 2015 at Misty Meadows Farm in Weddington, NC, (just outside of Charlotte), 4 miles south of Hwy 485 on Providence Rd. at the corner of Ennis Rd.  (Get directions.) Please carpool. Festivities begin at 6:30 Fri evening and the 24 hourDrum Circle ‘kick-off’ is noon on Saturday. Drumming continues non-stop till Sunday noon. Rain or SHINE {we have BIG Tents!}.

Come early, stay late! Campers are welcome and are recommended to come early & set up, check out the exhibits and vendors.

Misty Meadows Farm is a privately owned horse farm whose owners have generously donated their pastures for our event. Please respect the property and remain within the distinctly marked boundaries. These are very nice people. The horses are nice. Be nice people and only do nice things. Do not approach, touch, spook or feed the horses. They will like you just the same. And PLEASE keep it clean! Place all trash in receptacles And RECYCLE!!!

Here are our rules.

DRUMSTRONG™ is a Familiy Friendly event protected and enforced by security services provided by Union County Sheriff’s Dept. and ShowPros.

:: Venue / Vittles / MUSIC! / Camping ::

There are beautiful pastures designated for camping (relatively flat!). If you plan to stay the duration of the event, bring a tent, sleeping bag, camp chair, etc. There are no shelters or running water. You are encouraged to bring any special food and drink items but campfires will NOT be permitted due to the fire hazards. There are GREAT vendors with a variety of reasonably priced foods including vegetarian & vegan. Port-o-Potty facilities and hand-wash stations available. And there is handicap accessibility. Sun, wind and rain protection recommended. First Aid on site. Spring in South Charlotte is beautiful :: warm days, cool evenings. This is a rain or SHINE event.

:: Traffic / Parking ::

Please carpool whenever possible. Just follow signs (and be nice to the parking/traffic control folks). Driving directions are here.

:: Health EXPO ::

We feature exhibiters that include both conventional and complementary cancer healthcare entities, together with private practices and cancer societies.

People receive guidance from the exhibitors and familiarize themselves with some of the cancer health resources available regionally and nationally that help address cancer concerns.

DrumsForCures does not endorse or promote any particular treatment or facility; we simply want you to know of the available resources; allowing you to make educated decisions about who will help you (link to exhibiters) and who you support (link to charities).Vendors of quality food, drums and souvenirs and lots of kids activities create a festive environment.

Tai chi, Reiki, Massage and Yoga practices will be on-going throughout the weekend.

:: STAGE ::

See who’s Playing! MUSIC :: ARTISTS Schedule

:: Vendors ::

LOTS of beautiful Art, really nice drums and cool percussion toys for sale.

GREAT New DRUMSTRONG drums and Tee-Shirts + Merchandise!

JURIED art, glass, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, prints, clothing, candles, gifts, books and music.

GOOD FOOD and snacks. There will be vendors providing great “hydration” and “fuel” on site very reasonably priced.

Craft Beer Garden! Local, domestic and imports available.

Percentage of proceeds from all sales are donated to DrumsForCures, Inc. charities.

:: Instruments ::

If you don’t have a drum, we sell a variety of great percussion (including :: djembes, tambourines, claves, shakers and other fun percussion instruments) very reasonably proced. There will also be fine craftspeople on site in our artisan fair area with quality instruments for sale. We have stuff to bang on…

Serious drummers :: watch the weather; you might want to bring synthetic skins in case of inclement weather/drumming conditions.

Drum Instruction :: Learn to Play :: There will be on-site, in-motion hand drum instruction throughout the weekend.

:: Children’s Activities ::

Face painting, shaker-maker station, Hardin Minor, Steve Langley, Big Puppets, Parades, Inner-active Art Projects, Bamboo Dome Weave, Bouncy Fun Inflatables, and other children’s activities will be on site.

:: ALL People Activities ::

Yoga & TaiChi :: 24 hour Yoga•Thon! :: Belly•Dancing :: Hooping :: All day, all night practice with the area’s BEST instructors. Reiki & Massage on-going throughout the weekend.

:: Drum Circle Facilitators ::

We have World Class, professional, outrageously phenomenal DrumCircle Facilitators present to play with us and direct our rhythmical interchange.

They will keep our rhythm in motion non-stop (for over 24 hours) :: Join in at your leisure or make it your Goal to DRUM LONG. Hand drum instruction on site.

:: Global connections ::

DRUMSTRONG events are held in cities all over the world. Folks all playing together simultaneously; drumming via webcast with the same intentions :: to BEAT cancer.

see ::  Home Page “Where in the World are We?” for your Global connection.

If you can’t make it out to the pastures, join or organize a DRUMSTRONG DRUMCircle in your village. See the drumSTRONG handBOOK

Check the list of cities participating this year. Talk to for details.

And TUNE IN to our Drum•A•Thon and drum with us.

:: Accommodations & Local Restaurants ::

If you’re a guest from out of town or just need a nice place to stay, contact for assistance with finding accommodations and local eateries, etc.

:: Media ::

The Great Powers will be listening – (including the Guinness World Record folk). TV and radio personalities, newspaper and magazine reporters will be present during the course of the event. The entire event will be web-cast, film and photo documented.

*drum circle* multiple and varied percussion instruments rhythmically struck to create a harmonic vibration by multiple and varied human instruments sharing their rhythmical spirit while creating community–not necessarily ‘in the round’ (or in that order…).

Please contact Scott Swimmer at or call 704.375.7177 if your company is interested in being a Sponsor, Exhibitor or a Vendor at our events.