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Dante’ Pope


Since 2007, Dante’ has worked in education as both a music educator and administrator. He managed the 21st Century Programs at Bethune Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois and taught for several years at Two Rivers Public Charter Schools after moving to the National Capital Region. Through service and education programs, he uses his diverse musical background as a conduit for change through percussive clinics, community events, and partnerships with local performing arts and education institutions. He’s partnered with the Kennedy Center, The Strathmore Center for The Performing Arts, the DC Mayor’s Youth Summer Program, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chicago Public Schools, and DC Public Schools, just to name a few. Currently, he is working with neuroscientist turned playwright Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver on her project, Finding Rhythm, a children’s musical that was featured on the Kennedy Center’s Family Stage.

Dante’ Pope is a GRAMMY-nominated, multi-genre percussionist from the westside of Chicago, based in Washington, DC. Dante’ serves as the newest addition to GRAMMY-winning, Nashville-based group, Old Crow Medicine Show, as the percussionist and featured vocalist. Dante’ was also featured percussionist and vocalist on the 2019 GRAMMY-nominated album Black Cowboys by Dom Flemons and Smithsonian Folkways. After his time with Dom Flemons, Dante’ served as Music Director for soul artist and lyricist Raheem Devaugh and Wes Felton, known as The Crossrhodes. His arranging and musicianship was featured in their NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2017.

From Folk to Funk

Join GRAMMY-nominated percussionist Dante’ Pope for a multigenre percussive experience based on American styles of music. We’ll go on a journey learning about and listening to the various styles of music instructor Dante’ plays throughout his professional touring career. Musical styles include folk, Americana, gospel, blue grass, jazz, soul, funk, and hip hop. We’ll learn the fundamental rhythms, dynamics, and basic theory appropriate in these genres and synthesize their understanding through interactive group performance with the instructor. This high-energy solo performance will feature Dante’ on the drum set, congas, rhythm bones, electronic percussion, and more, accompanied by backing tracks featuring recording artists Dante’ has supported and produced.

Single: $800
Back-to-Back: $1,000

Sound/Backline provided by the artist

Workshop: Rhythms of the African Diaspora Bucket Jam
Sticks/Buckets Provided

Join Dante’ Pope for a workshop exploring the rhythms of the African diaspora. We’ll learn about the influence of the bembe beat, from the continent of Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas. We’ll explore the djembe, cowbell, congas, folk-based percussive instruments, drum set, and more. The musical benefits of participating in an ensemble are innumerable. Through making music together, we’ll hone skills like awareness of blend and balance, accuracy in keeping beat, and attention to detail when reading and playing music. Using provided buckets and sticks, we’ll grow in leadership, self-confidence, and learn how to work as a team. This shared musical experience cuts across language barriers, cultural differences, and socio-economic differences to create community through rhythm!

Please contact us for workshop fees.