Performances around town

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

THE DJEMBABES have some exciting performances coming up at the end of Summer and into Fall 2013 and we would love to have you all there with us dancin' and singin' along! The Fall is a busy time for us and hopefully if you can't make ALL of these shows you can at least make a few! Just know that YOU, our loyal, enthusiastic, supportive and AMAZING
fans, are our inspiration and our joy at these shows and we thank-you deeply for your being a part of our musical journey! THANK-YOU!!!! Axe! Axe!

AUGUST 10th, Saturday, at Barton Springs for an SOS ( Save our Springs) Fest that takes place from 4-pm-7pm that day. We will be closing the show from 6-7pm. We are excited to be playing at Austin's most amazing water hole, Barton Springs ( where I swam as a small girl AND where my Mom also swam as a small girl!!!)in Zilker Park! These concerts at Barton Springs in support of SOS are among our all time favorites! Put on your bathing suit and come listen from the pool ( and dance in the pool!) or bring a quilt to spread out on the grassy hillside ( inside the pool area) and listen to the beat! The Djembabes will of course all be wearing itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis for this concert! ( LOL!!!)We would love to see you there on Saturday the 10th of August!

October 5th, Saturday, at Central Market North! We play from 6:30pm-9pm on the decks! Always a guaranteed full house and a most wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening on the decks of Central Market under the beautiful Texas night skies with a community of AWESOME Austin folks ready to dance and have share a great evening with the Djembabes, Austin's favorite All Women's West African DrumSong Ensemble led by Sherry Gingras.  The rhythms seem to really come alive at these Central Market concerts, and I am sure that is in part because of YOU, our fans, who show up en mass and ROCK the house with your singing and dancing along with us! And this Favorite Family Friendly venue has the most adorable, enthusiastic, lovable kids in the world out there dancing til they can hardly stand up! They LOVE those rhythms and drums and have no inhibitions, which tends to help the adults let go and let flow! We love this venue and look forward to another magical night at Central Market on October 5th! Hope you can come! The music is always FREE and the food from the cafe is great so plan an evening out with the whole family and lots of friends! Just like a real VILLAGE!

October 26, Saturday, at the Sahara Club. This is a fundraiser and our stellar African performer from Guinea, West Africa, Abu Sylla, is putting together a great night! The Djembabes and Abu's own band will be sharing the stage and if you haven't been to this one-of-a-kind unique and downhome Austin venue, this is the perfect night to come check it out! The cover is always low and the drinks flow! Come enjoy the music of West Africa in Austin, Texas and support the people of Guinea at the same time. We play around 9pm at the Sahara Club.

November 2, Saturday, The Djembabes at Radiance. From 7-9pm More Details to follow! Put it on the is going to be great!

Monday, April 23, 2012

APRIL 30th-Private Party/Benefit for Nature Concervancy in San Antonio

MAY 19th THE DJEMBABES will be performing at RUTA MAYA on MAY 19th at 9pm followed by LANNAYA!
Enjoy the casual, comfy ambience of Ruta Maya, an Austin tradition, while dancing to the mesmerizing harmonies and exciting tribal rhythms of Austin.s favorite All Women's West African-Style DrumSong Ensemble, The Djembabes.

MAY 20th- Private Party San Antonio

JUNE 9th-  The Djembabes will be playing at Central Market at West 38th and Lamar Blvd. North from 6:30pm-9pm on Saturday night, 6/09! This is one of our very favorite Austin Venues! Bring the kids, bring your family and friends and enjoy the expansive decks under the Texas stars while listening and dancing to the beautiful and exhilarating music of THE DJEMBABES, An All Women's Drumsong Ensemble specializing in the music of West Africa. Djembabes leader and founder, Sherry Gingras, owns DRUMZ, a World Percussion Paradise on Kerbey LAne and has been teaching hand drumming in Austin since 1997. The Djembabes have been together and performing in Austin since 2004. Current members: Sherry Gingras, director, Vocalists: Leigh Wise, lead singer, Sheri Lane, Patricia Jacobs, Erica Heroy, and Mia Pem. Drummers/percussionists: Jody Martin Emerson, Patricia Jacobs, Betty Duff, Jen Lord, Deborah Peyton, and special guest, Dave White.

MAY 5th / THE DJEMBABES will be performing at JAX Neighborhood  Cafe on May 5th~new ownership, still great food and great music located near the UT campus! Fun place to eat, hang out, and enjoy fabulus mostly local Austin music! Come on down and check out the DJEMBABES on Saturday night, May 5th! CINCO DE MAYO!
2828 Rio Grande Street  Austin, TX 78705

(512) 382-1570   

Sunday, December 04, 2011



The DJEMBABES are playing at 9pm at Ruta Maya , our favorite South Austin venue, on December 10th, Saturday night! Join us for this Holiday Show with Ivory Ghost and Suns ov Orpheus! The schedule follows:

9pm Djembabes
10:15 Ivory Ghost
11:30 Suns Ov Orpheus

Ruta Maya always has a friendly, welcoming , inclusive ambiance and there is plenty of room on the dance floor so come prepaed to enjoy an evening of music and dance and the warmth of a REAL Austin community! We look forward to seeing you there!

Then on December 17th at Central Market, The Djembabes will be playing their final show of 2011! Central Market is our very favorite Central Austin venue and these show are very family friendly! Lots of children join us at the early show and they give their parents a lesson in how to move to the groove without limitations and self judgement! They let these rhythms in and they FEEL the music and they MOVE....beautifully illustrating what these magical rhythms are designed to do! Come join us and bring your family and friends and relieve any holiday stress that might be building on the dance floor or just in your seats listening and enjoying the beautiful and mesmerizing music of West Africa performed Austin-style by Austin's favorite all-womens Drumsong ensemble, The Djembabes.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

THE DJEMBABES have a relatively BUSY Fall Schedule in the days ahead! So many worthy causes to support and such beautiful, perfect weather to perform in for these many outdoors events! This is what remains on our schedule going forward from now! We hope to see many of you at these upcoming events and we believe they represent intentions to come together and create a healthier, more sustainable, equitable, compassionate and peaceful world for all beings and for the generations to come!I believe that truly GRACE happens when we come together with a shared intention on behalf of our world, and I believe that these upcoming events will be just such occassions! Thank-you for your continued appreciation and support for our music and these opportunities to share what we love with our community! In peace, love, and gratitude, Sherry and the Djembabes

PS You may consider the following text about our Nov. 4th Gig at Occupy Austin to be my "op-ed" for the month. Thank-you for listening.
Nov. 4th- Occupy Austin at City Hall- play from 9pm-10pm

Nov. 11th- Thrive Austin by Sustainable Living Tour folks- we play at MIDNIGHT (Can you believe it? 12am!!)

Nov. 12th- Central Market "race for the Cure Benefit"- we play from 8pm-9pm AFTER Suzanna Choffel's set.

Dec. 10th- Ruta Maya - I think we play the middle set this time 9pm-ish

Dec. 17th- Central Market- 6:30-9pm- our regular two one hour sets

Nov. 4th- Occupy Austin at City Hall Editorial Commentary by Sherry
We support the Occupations across our Nation and our world and believe they are valuable, important, and inevitable events taking place on behalf of the 99%. We see this as being part of our Conscious Evolution and the beginning of a powerful and exciting shifting of the old paradigms ...moving from an Industrial Growth Society, that is not viable on this precious planet, to a Life-Sustaining Society. The 1% has destroyed, for huge profit and outrageous personal wealth, vast amounts of our planet's finite natural systems that support all life on earth( our oceans, our rain forrests, the soil, the grasslands, and all other living things) with little or no regard for the consequences to the other 99% of us and to all of life as we know it. The ramifications of such lack of conscience is too vast to imagine, for most, and yet it is essential that we face this potentially morbid reality if we are going to effect change before it is too late. In our own Nation we can not close our eyes to the staggering unemployment, the lack of health care, the plight of the homeless, the slashing of the budgets for our children's educations, the "selling out" of our political candidates and our leaders to corporate interests, the travesty that occurred with the Wall Street bail outs using OUR MONEY, the billions of dollars spent to wage wars on foreign soils( much of it borrowed from China), and the now multi-trillion dollar debt we face.

These Occupations are peaceful resistance movements searching for ways to heal our Nation ,and ultimately our world, and evolve our governments policies to reflect the needs of the vast majority and the highest good of all. Our inter-connectedness can no longer be a minor issue in our world embraced by the few! Our future is dependent on the recognition, acknowledgement, and honoring of this reality. We are truly all in this together! The Occupations are in support of peace, environmental, economic and social justice, and the resurgence of true Democracy that, as intended by our forefathers, is of the people, by the people, and for the people. We hope that this movement and the shared intent of the Occupations to create a saner, healthier,more harmonious, more equitable, life-sustaining society continues to gain support and momentum across the land. Please lend your expertise and your help to these groups as many of the members are young and could use the input of those with more life experience and wisdom. We encourage the Austin Community to be open to this Occupation at our City Hall and to all Occupations across the Nation and the world. Check out our local Occupation personally to make your own educated decision about your involvement. We hope that in recognition of the original intentions of our founding fathers, we not only tolerate dissent by the people when it becomes necessary, but we honor and respect it! If representing the 1% over the 99% does not constitute just cause for dissent, I don't know what would!Please come down to City Hall Friday evening, Nov. 4th, enjoy the music and rhythms of the Djembabes, and experience for yourself a taste of our local Occupation.
Sherry Gingras
Director, founder of the Djembabes

Sunday, April 24, 2011

THE DJEMBABES , Austin's best-loved all-womens drumsong ensemble , PLAY AT CENTRAL MARKET on Saturday night ,MAY 7th, from 6:30-:30pm and a second set from 8-9pm! PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF MESMERIZING RHYTHMS AND VOCAL HARMONIES ON THE DECKS OF CENTRAL MARKET AT N. LAMAR AND 38th STREET! Bring your family and friends and relax under the Texas stars as we celebrate the joy of being alive and in community in AUSTIN, TEXAS! Come dance the night away with your children and your friends and loved ones as the irresistible drum beats and rhythms move through your body and rock your soul! THIS IS AUSTIN AND COMMUNITY AT IT"S FINEST! Feel the barriers we construct around our differences melt away as we find our common ground through the music, rhythms, songs, and dances of AFRICA! Visit the Djembabes website at: for more information about the Djembabes! Buy Sara Hickman's ( TEXAS MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR this year!) latest CD, THE BEST OF TIMES exclusively at Waterloo Records and online at Theater Action Project's website, and hear the Djembabes newest beautiful song , their interpretation/re-creation of Sara's song,In the Water!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

HILDEGIRL/DRUMSISTA CONCERT SATURDAY APRIL 16th at 7:30pm! Tickets available at Unity Church of the Hills website and at the door! ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE GLOBAL YOUTH PEACE SUMMIT this summer in Wimberly, Texas sponsored by the Amala Foundation. Please join us for an evening of community and celebration through song, rhythm and dance with music and song by the Hildegirls , led by Susan Lincoln, with the deeply moving and beautiful music of Hildegarde de Bingen, a 13th century mystic and composer, and MORE, followed in the second set by Sherry Gingras and her all women's student performance class, THE DRUMSISTAS, with drumming, rhythms and dance from West Africa and South Africa! Wear your dancin' shoes, bring your open heart, family and friends, and join us for this amazing musical extravaganza with 90 Austin women sharing their spirit and love through music!