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Scalzo To Headline Drum-Heavy Rock Performance In September



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Raymond B. Scalzo is a drummer, singer-songwriter, and producer who has been playing drums since the age of four. While he took music theory during high school, the self-taught drummer picked up most of his musical training by playing in nightclubs.

The Newtown resident will take his live rock concert production to Edmond Town Hall on Friday, September 24. The performance in the Alexandria Room will begin at 7:30 pm; doors open at 5.

Scalzo has worked with many bands and artists through the years. An innovative, aggressive drummer, Scalzo has more recently journeyed into the world of electronics. He describes the learning curve on the electronics as “very difficult, you can never learn everything.”

Scalzo’s current project will include the groove electronics mixed with his acoustic set.

Scalzo showed an affinity for the drums early, beginning with a toy drum kit at age four, moving on to a snare and cymbal set at six, and by age 12, he was performing and recording with other musicians.

Early in his career, Scalzo’s style of playing was deeply rooted in hard rock. He was largely inspired by Keith Moon and John Bonham, players at the forefront of the British rock scene.

Over time, he began to absorb the influence of jazz and Big Band musicians such as Louie Bellson, Gene Krupa, and, more recently, Buddy Rich.

Scalzo is also a prolific writer and the author of several original compositions.

The September 24 show will be a full night of rock classics, everyone from Neil Young and Bad Company to the Who, ZZ Top, Pink Floyd, and more. Scalzo also plans to include a unique drum solo in the program.

Tickets are $10 and available at raygne.ticketleap.com. Partial proceeds “always go to children’s hospitals and veterans,” Scalzo said.

Wine, beer, and food will be available for purchase.

Raymond B. Scalzo — a drummer, singer-songwriter, and producer who has been playing drums since the age of four — will take his drum-centric rock show to Edmond Town Hall in late Septemver. —photo courtesy Raymond B. Scalzo
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