Playing drum set with Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble at Venice’s Abbot Kinney Festival on Sunday, October 7 at 4pm. Ethio Cali is one of my favorite bands to accompany. We fuse the music of Mulatu Astatqe and other innovative Ethiopian jazz composers with original material and our own Southern California flavor. The all-star band features tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, percussionist Steve Haney, steel panisto Alan Lightner, guitarist Itai Shapira, bassist Pat Bailey, keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe all under the direction of trumpeter and arranger Todd Simon. It’s a must-see, must-hear show. We play 45 minutes at 4pm on the Dublab stage.