Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang | Constellation | Jazz | Chicago Reader

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When: Sun., Dec. 21, 6 a.m., Mon., Dec. 22, 6 a.m. and Tue., Dec. 23, 6 a.m. 2014

This is the 25th consecutive winter season that percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang have convened to play sunrise concerts on the solstice. Originally conceived as an alternative to conventional holiday festivities, they’ve become a Chicago tradition unto themselves. While the music can change drastically from one concert to the next, ranging from gentle juxtapositions of hand-drumming traditions from around the globe to exhilarating barrages from twinned drum kits, you can be sure that each will start in candlelit darkness and continue until sunlight comes streaming through the windows, thus creating a ceremonial experience perfect for drumming out the old year and ringing in the new. —Bill Meyer

Price: $25

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