6th Annual Sons of Steel @ Kaiso Blues Cafe
Feb 24 @ 8:30 pm

The 6th Annual One Evolution featuring Olujimi La Pierre, Noel La Pierre, Earl La Pierre jr., and Duvone Stewart.

Gregory Boyd to give concert in Minsk @ Belarusian State Philharmonic Society
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm

Gregory Boyd, a jazz musician from Denmark, will give a concert in the Belarusian State Philharmonic. “The concert of Gregory Boyd is a unique opportunity to hear unusual world-class music performed by a sincere, charismatic, and talented musician. He will play his own hit songs composed in the best traditions of the Afro-American jazz, funk, blues and soul, and also classics of the American jazz while interacting with the audience and inviting them to sing along and become co-authors of his music,” the philharmonic representatives noted. Gregory Boyd possesses a low voice typical of Afro-American jazzmen, but he can also hit high notes using vocal techniques which are more characteristic of the blues manner. He changes the manner of singing several times in one song giving it a sense of improvisation. Gregory Boyd is also a multi-instrumentalist. He plays the piano and the steelpan which looks like a big steel pan but sounds like a soft tune of an electric piano. One can only listen to such a combination of archaic classics, exotic ethnic music, and modern electronics at rare avant-garde concerts. The music which the jazzman writes himself resembles the classic New Orleans jazz. “Gregory Boys stresses the rhythm section. Sometimes we may hear only his voice and a steelpan as a percussion. But starting from this minimalism he often develops the composition, involving more and more musicians. Such a manner allows him to combine the early orchestral New Orleans jazz and the late ‘hot’ jazz which is characterized by a solo improvisation,” the philharmonic representatives said.

Iowa Days of Percussion Mass Steel Band Concert @ Central College
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Iowa Days of Percussion Mass Steel Band Concert at Central Hall.

Andy Narell @ Oakland University - Varner Studio Theatre
Apr 3 @ 7:30 am

Legendary steel-pan artist Andy Narell brings his unique blend of jazz, Latin and calypso music to OU. Narell is the pioneer of bringing the steel pan into the world of jazz with his imaginative improvisation and acclaimed original compositions. He will be joined by OU jazz and world music faculty. Doors open 7pm.

Childrens Concert with Andy Narell @ Oakland University Theatre - Varner Recital Hall
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am

This children’s concert will feature OU’s Pan Jumbies (Steel Band) with guest artist Andy Narell, who has composed many classic pieces for steel band and is one of the pioneering musicians of this instrument and art form, which was invented using recycled oil barrels on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Patrick Fitzgibbon, Ensemble director. Doors open 9:30am.

Steely Pan Steel Band @ Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center Educational Complex
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will present a dinner concert by Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Band. The public is invited to experience Steely Pan’s energetic and innovative compositions at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex. Audience members will enjoy a buffet meal before Steely Pan’s performance of steel drum music ranging from contemporary, classical, and popular music set to pan.

World Music Concert with Andy Narell @ Oakland University Theatre - Varner Recital Hall
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm

OU’s World Music Ensembles’ annual winter concert featuring legendary steel pan artist Andy Narell. This concert will feature Narell’s stirring and beautiful compositions, which are revered classics in the steel band world and have become standards of the jazz repertoire. Patrick Fitzgibbon and Mark Stone, ensemble directors. Doors open 7:30pm.

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival @ Creekside Middle School
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm

Local Chicago Music Award winner welcomes acclaimed international performers to Woodstock. Steelpan artists will be traveling from Virginia (Dave Longfellow) and as far as London (Sterling Betancourt) to perform along side Chicago Music Award Winner Potts & Pans Steelband. In addition, this year honors some of the legends of the Caribbean instrument often called the Steel Drum. These legends include Sterling Betancourt, Cliff Alexis, and Ellie Mannette. There is no other festival of this nature and magnitude in the area, and it only comes once a year.

The festival is open to all music lovers and culminates in an evening concert at 7:00 PM.

The 2019 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival (GLSF19) is the only music festival in Chicagoland specializing in the steelpan, the musical instrument from the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago, also commonly called the steel drum. This annual event is hosted by the Woodstock based 501(c)(3) organization, Culture, Arts & Music (

GLSF19 will feature local and guest musicians from Wisconsin and Minnesota along with guest artists coming from as far as London. Guest artists include Sterling Betancourt, Dave Longfellow, and Potts & Pans Steelband. This is a very special year for the festival as GLSF19 honors some of the legends of the steelpan community. One of the guests, Sterling Betancourt, is one of the original members of the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra that traveled to London in 1951 to introduce the world to the steelpan. GLSF19 will also be honoring the memory of Dr. Clifford “Cliff” Alexis and Dr. Elliott “Ellie” Mannette. Ellie Mannette is regarded as the father of the modern-day steelpan and has been a frequent guest of the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival going back to the inaugural year of 2013. Cliff helped to shape the NIU Steelband into one of the most respected steelbands in the world. GLSF19 is a full day of incredible music culminating in an amazing concert at 7:00 PM that features all participating musicians and guest artists.

From steelpan aficionados to casual music lovers alike, GLSF19 is sure to deliver lasting memories and leave attendees yearning for next year. No matter what prior exposure audience members have had to the steelpan, GLSF19 will make every person in the room think a little differently about the instrument and what it is capable of. For more information about the festival, contact information or to purchase tickets at a reduced price.

About Great Lakes Steelpan Festival

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival was created to fill the void in top-level steelpan performances and educational events in the Midwest. Imagined by two Midwest pannists, that decided to start GLSF in order to create a closer option for bands like theirs, after meeting in Virginia for a different festival. The festival is run by local charitable organization, Culture, Arts & Music. Culture, Arts & Music celebrates world diversity, transporting people to different countries through immersive learning experiences.

Steelband Spring Concert @ Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Steel Band Spring Concert, led by director Adam Rappel.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary, seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

This event will be live streamed. Visit for more information.

Convenient parking is available at the University’s 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps.

NIU Steelband Concert @ Music Building, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

NIU Steelband under the direction of Liam Teague and Yuko Asada.