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At the Pemberton Music Festival in July, Tom Petty called Steve Ferrone, behind the drums, a "freight train." Photo by Mark C. Austin.

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Saturday: Drum Legend Steve Ferrone at EMP

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At the Pemberton Music Festival in July, Tom Petty called Steve Ferrone, behind the drums, a "freight train." Photo by Mark C. Austin.

An Evening with Fred and Dinah Gretsch, featuring drummers Steve Ferrone and TV Jones

When: 7 p.m.

Where: EMP

Cost: $5 for non-members; free for members

Note: Ferrone will also be giving a free drum workshop afrom 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at EMP.

First things first: Gretch is a 125-year-old drum (and guitars, etc.) manufacturer that's outfitted drummers from Louie Bellson (Duke Ellington) and Elvin Jones (John Coltrane) to Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighers). EMP's hosting an evening in which a couple members of the family will chat about the company. Best part, they'll be joined by Mr. Steve "We Don't Leave Home Without Him" Ferrone.

Ferrone is a bear of a man and a giant behind the kit. If you've seen Tom Petty any time over the last decade, you've witnessed his greatness.

However, my favorite Ferrone performance is on the The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux record from 1977, feating the Average White Band (in which he was a member) and monsters like Herbie Mann, Randy Brecker, and Luther Vandross. Try the 20-minute version of "Pick up the Pieces." An unbelievable find, if you can get it.

 
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