Guitar Center's Drum Off finals, the culmination of the world's largest drum competition, has announced a lineup of special performances by music's most legendary drummers, hosted by Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION). Headlining the show — which will take place on Saturday, January 8 at The Music Box, Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California — with an eclectic, jazz-infused project is Steve Smith (VITAL INFORMATION, JOURNEY), whom Rolling Stone magazine named one of the greatest drummers of all time. Other performers include SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, who will take the stage with PHILM as his backing band plus two special guests to play a percussive ensemble music set, and a rare collaboration by Gavin Harrison (of British prog-rockers PORCUPINE TREE) and Simon Phillips (who has played with and alongside artists including Mick Jagger, Brian Eno and Jeff Beck, among others). Kicking off the evening will be a special collaborative performance from two of Guitar Center's Drum-Off alumni — Cora Coleman-Dunham (PRINCE) and Tony Royster Jr. (JAY Z) — alongside hip-hop/R&B drum icons Nisan Stewart (50 CENT, JAMIE FOXX) and Trevor Lawrence Jr. (EMINEM, DR. DRE, HERBIE HANCOCK) before the five finalists take stage to compete for the title of Guitar Center's Drum-Off champion.
Continuing its support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center, the world's largest musical instrument retailer, is on the hunt to select America's next great undiscovered drummer in a nationwide competition: Guitar Center's Drum-Off. The live competitions, consisting of more than 4,000 drummers spanning more than 850 competitions nationwide, culminates in this final event. Five of the country's best are competing for the coveted title of Guitar Center Drum-Off Champion and a grand prize package valued at over $40,000.
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