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Sat, Jun 24


Takoma Station Tavern

Kweku Sumbry and the ROOT


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Kweku Sumbry and the ROOT
Kweku Sumbry and the ROOT

Time & Location

Jun 24, 2023, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Takoma Station Tavern, 6914 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012, USA

About the Event

Doors open: 6:30pm

Show 7-10 pm (2 sets)

Advance tickets: $20

Day of show: $25

Parties of 4 or more can reserve a table for an additional $25. Send a request to

Minors welcome but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Kweku Sumbry brings an all-star band to Takoma Station, featuring Elijah Easton (sax), Brandon Woody (trumpet),  Max Light (guitar), Diandre Dukes (guitar) and Jeremiah Edwards (bass).

Kweku is a drummer, percussionist, and composer from Washington, D.C. with deep roots in the world of West African drumming. Sumbry comes from a family of musicians and knows his craft from the ground up. He literally built his own djembe drums. That solid foundation, combined with practice and commitment, have made Sumbry an in-demand drummer in New York and DC.

Kweku graduated from the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in DC and went on to the School of Jazz at The New School in New York. While in college, he met saxophonist and now Blue Note recording artist Immanuel Wilkins and has played in Immanuel’s ensembles ever since. Kweku describes his own playing as “Think Fela Kuti meets Steve Coleman meets Mamady Keita meets Mahiri Fadjimba Keita meets John Coltrane meets James Brown.”

“Wherever Sumbry plays, he brings to the kit an astonishing and virtuosic array of polyrhythms (i.e., contrasting rhythms played simultaneously) that are directly connected to West Africa.” - Mike West, Washington City Paper


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