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: Modern Drummer Festival 2000: Saturday

Now that scientists have named a dinosaur after Mark Knopfler, they should also consider honoring Don Brewer. Brewer is the stickman behind legendary Jurassic-rock band Grand Funk Railroad. Thus, it was surprising to see him featured on this latest collection from Modern Drummer magazine’s annual festival.

Because Brewer humbly, if accurately, describes himself as a “garage drummer,” and his basic, straight-ahead backbeat style is in sharp contrast to the impossibly rhythmaniacal thwackery of his fellow percussionists at this weekend event. Of course, it was undoubtedly Brewer’s thunderous beats that first drew many of those same panelists and audience members into begging mom and dad for a drumset.

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