An Apparent TRAP

The cause itself would be reason enough to attend the fifth annual TRAP concert in Carpinteria on Sunday afternoon.

The Rhythmic Arts Project, or TRAP, was founded in 1997 by Eddie Tuduri shortly after he broke his neck in a body surfing accident. A professional drummer since 14, Tuduri successfully used rhythm therapy in his own speedy recovery and soon realized just how useful the approach could be to others with traumatic injuries and, even more importantly, developmental disabilities and other physical and emotional issues.

TRAP employs drums and percussion to teach basic life skills – everything from working with numbers to following instructions and developing spatial awareness and motor skills – in a non-threatening environment that is downright fun. The project aims to empower people with varying disabilities to succeed in their lives via percussion as a creative learning tool. The program has proven successful here in Santa Barbara and is being modeled around the country in recovery centers, therapeutic environments, special education classes and is being modified to adapt to typical classrooms including preschool.

But even if one wasn’t aware just how well the funds collected on Sunday will be used, the TRAP concert is also just a darn good musical event. Hosted by Tuduri –whose résumé includes stints as diverse as Delaney & Bonnie, Del Shannon, the Beach Boys, Dr. John, Brenda Russell, Steve Perry, Engelbert Humperdinck, Dwight Yoakam and Marianne Faithfull – the show also includes some of the finest drummers and percussionists of the Southland performing in a variety of musical settings.

This year that also includes drummer Ralph Humphrey and percussionist Luis Conte, both of whom are in the orchestra for the top-rated TV series “Dancing with the Stars” (Conte also serves as orchestrator). They’ll perform as part of David Garfield & Friends, led by the Los Angeles-based keyboardist whose musical career has veered from scoring and recording films (“Annie,” “Always”), TV (“Fame”) and TV commercials, touring (with the likes of Earl Klugh, Michael McDonald and Nancy Wilson), serving as music director (for George Benson and Dianne Reeves), and playing in bands (Los Lobotomys with Steve Lukather of Toto). Also in the group: Middle Eastern percussionist and oud player Hani Naser, singer Tata Vega and bassist Alphonso Johnson (Santana, Weather Report, Crusaders).

Other musicians of note include Santa Barbara-connected world music favorites Airto & Flora Purim, and the great Cuban drummer Walfredo Reyes, Sr. (Tito Puente, Cachao, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Winwood and a slew of Vegas acts); Flip Diggity, featuring Jimmy Calire, Buddy Sklar and Tuduri, and Crane School’s own L M N O Ps.

Participants and workshop leaders from TRAP classes in Ojai, Pasadena and Carpinteria will also participate in drumming sessions, and you can too! Just bring along a hand drum or percussion, or borrow something when you’re there.

The fifth annual benefit for TRAP takes place Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm at Girls Inc., 5315 Foothill Road, in Carpinteria. Tickets are $10 in advance (online only at or $15 at the door.

TRAP Benefit Concert

When: Sunday, June 3

Where: Girls Inc., 5315 Foothill Road, Carpinteria

Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door


Femme Fatales

It’s a source of civic pride that just about every act that ever comes to town and stays longer than the period between sound check and load out always has something nice to say about Santa Barbara. Usually, they marvel at how beautiful it is, how majestic the mountains, how stunning the beaches, how magnificent the sunsets. Often the performers talk of being charmed by State Street, or gush about the weather, or the people on the street, or the venue they’re playing (SOhO and the Lobero get most of the kudos on that score).

Not Po’ Girl.

When the quirky Canadian band returned to Santa Barbara for a headlining gig last week, the members took a full five minutes to laud – are you ready – our bowling alley.

Seems the quintet took a post-sound check trip out to Zodo’s on Rock ‘n’ Bowl Thursday and were blown away by the lasers, and the fact that it was so crowded they couldn’t even find a free lane.

Ah, just one more spoil of living in paradise.