Fall music festival will support youth Drum Jam program

Wilton resident and musician Kenny Mercer’s Drum Jam program returns this fall, and a Jam Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, to raise funds for the youth drum circle and percussion education class.

Mercer has held Drum Jam classes —  designed to provide a fun way for children to boost creativity, concentration and motor skills — at Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road, since 2015. He is currently enrolling for his fall session for children ages 7-10.

Drum Jam students use different hand drums to learn the basics of playing drum sets, learn drum and percussion theory, and participate in drum circles — “a unique, experimental activity that promotes multi-cultural learning and builds self-confidence,” according to Mercer.

The Jam Fest will take place in the Wilton Congregational Church courtyard, from noon to 4, and feature free food, open drum circles, live art, and live music by Canyon, Audrey Campbell, Joni Wallace + Friends, and Mercer with Justin Flores.

Jam Fest attendees are asked to make a $12 donation. Children under 10 are free.

Information: 203-943-8197 or kennydrumjam@gmail.com.