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The Outback, Australia

Aboriginal family social grounds.

Also from Will:
Album cover for 'Native Lands'
CD+DVD Album: "Native Lands"
Order from

Living Colour's
Latest Release:
Album cover for 'Shade'
CD Album: "Shade"
Also from
Living Colour
Album cover for 'The Chair In The Doorway'
CD Album: "The Chair in the Doorway"
Order from Amazon.com
or iTunes

New! - August 19, 2016
Album cover for 'Celebrating Elvin Jones'
CD Album: "Cele-brating
Elvin Jones
Order from
Amazon.com and iTunes
May 14, 2013
Album cover for 'Life in This World'
CD Album: "Life in This World"
Order from
Amazon.com and iTunes
As always, please make sure to check with the local venues to confirm show dates and details!

2018 Living Colour "Shade" Tour Dates
Thu 5/3/18 - West Palm Beach, FL @ SunFest: tickets
Fri 5/11/18 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Tropical Butanta: tickets
Sat, 5/12/18 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove: tickets
Sun 5/13/18 - Rosario, Argentina @ Teatro Vorterix: tickets
Tue 5/15/18 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro La Cupula: tickets
Fri, 8/3/18 - Newport, RI @ Newport Jazz Festival: tickets

Friday & Saturday, March 23 & 24, 2018

Stone Raiders Live: Jean-Paul Bourelly, Darryl Jones, and Will Calhoun. March 23 & 24, 2018. The World Stage - Leimert Park, 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008 * www.theworldstage.org
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Stone Raiders Live in LA

A rock trio with muscular grooves and provocative lyrics, Stone Raiders infuses sonic innovation and social commentary into rock and roll through the vortex of the blues.

Stone Raiders are:

Jean-Paul Bourelly - Guitar and Vocals
Darryl Jones - Bass
Will Calhoun - Drums
First Set: 9:00 p.m., Second Set: 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20

The World Stage - Leimert Park
4321 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Telephone: (323) 293-2451

Visit Tockify for more info: Friday, March 23, 2018 and Saturday, March 24, 2018

Also check out the Stone Raiders Facebook page.

Check out this review:
The Los Angeles Beat, "Truth! Stone Raiders at Leimert Park," April 3, 2018

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

WesFest 13 * March 8, 2018 * Doors open 7PM, show at 7:30PM * Location: Studio Instrument Rentals (S.I.R.), Featuring HEAD>>FAKE with Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun, WesFest All-Stars: Bryan Beller, Mike Keneally, Joe Travers, Rick Musallam, Griff Peters, Colin Kenan, The CC Ellis Band: 2017 Wes Wehmiller Scholar * $30 Online pre-sale weswehmiller.net, $35 D.O.S. at S.I.R.
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HEAD>>FAKE plays WesFest 13 in LA, a Berklee College of Music benefit

HEAD>>FAKE, composed of Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun, will headline WesFest — an annual fundraising event to support the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship Fund at Berklee College of Music.

Doors open 7PM, Show 7:30 PM to 11:55 PM
general admission is $30

Studio Instrument Rentals (S.I.R.)
6465 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Telehone: (323) 957-5460

Check out the WesFest page for more information, and purchase tickets.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Living Colour will be a featured performer at "The Music of Led Zeppelin", the 15th annual tribute concert held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The series benefits music education for underprivileged youth while celebrating the oeuvre of a legendary artist. This year's event focuses on rock n' roll pioneers Led Zeppelin and features 21 performers playing tribute to the group. Showtime is 8pm and ticket costs range from $48 to $175, with special VIP packages also available.

For more information and tickets, please visit:

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

03.03.18 * Zig Zag Power Trigh: Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Will Calhoun -- with Stephon Alexander
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Zig Zag Power Trio in RI

The Zig Zag Power Trio members are:
Will Calhoun - Drums
Vernon Reid - Guitar
Melvin Gibbs - Bass

The Trio will be joined on saxophone by special guest, Stephon Alexander.

8pm to 10pm
Tickets: advanced $15, at the door $18

Fête Lounge at Fête Music Hall
103 Dike St.
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 383-1112

Visit the Fête Music Hall Website for further information and tickets.

Check out this review:
Something Else Reviews, "Zig Zag Power Trio, Aaron Comess, Sofia Trio + Others: Five for the Road," March 5, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Will and Friends in an Evening of Performance and Poetry in CA

Experience a vibrant, inspiring evening of poetry and performance with two-time Grammy winning musician and co-founding member of the genre-busting rock band Living Colour, Will Calhoun; acclaimed poets and performers Monica Sok, Danez Smith, and Julian Talamantez Brolaski. These artists use words and music to break boundaries and erase stereotypes; express painful histories and contemporary injustices; and shape new ways for us to see and be seen.

Show at 7PM. Gates open one hour prior to showtime. Seating 30 minutes prior.

$10 general public / free for kides under 12, students with ID, and Montalvo Members

Members: RSVP to Chris Wilcox: cwilcox@montalvoarts.org or 408-961-5849

Claire Loftus Carriage House Theatre
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

For more information and tickets, please visit the Montalvo Arts Center Website, or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858.

Thursday, February 15, 2017

Will plays San Jose Jazz Winterfest on the "Sonic Runway"

6PM to 7PM
This event is free and open to the public

Sonic Runway, on the San Jose Town Hall Plaza
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA

Check out Will's San Jose Jazz page for more information.

2017 Living Colour Tour Dates
Thu, 5/11/17 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Powerstation: tickets
Fri, 5/12/17 - Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell: tickets
Sat, 5/13/17 - Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre: tickets
Sun, 5/14/17 - Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid: tickets
Wed, 5/17/17 - Adelaide, Australia @ The Gov: tickets
Fri, 5/19/17 - Perth, Australia @ Astor Theatre: tickets
Wed, 5/24/17 - Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke: tickets
Thu, 5/25/17 - Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club: tickets
Fri, 5/26/17 - Scottsdale, AZ @ BLK LIVE, Aqua Lounge: tickets
5/28 to 5/30/17 - Honolulu, HI @ Blue Note Hawaii: tickets
Sun, 7/30/17 - Rochester, MN @ Down by the Riverside Concert Series at Mayo Park: tickets
Wed, 8/16/17 - New York, NY @ The Cutting Room NYC: tickets
Sat, 8/19/17 - Hampton, VA @ Downtown Hampton Block Party: tickets
Sat, 9/2/17 - New Lenox, IL @ Triple Play Concert Series: tickets
Sun, 9/3/17 - Chicago, IL @ City Winery: 6 p.m. tickets and 9 p.m. tickets
Fri, 9/8/17 - Eindhoven, NL @ City Rock Festival: tickets
Sat, 9/9/17 - Leeuwarden, NL @ City Rock Festival: tickets
Tue, 9/12/17 - New York, NY @ Apollo Theatre w/ Prophets of Rage: tickets
Tue, 9/26/17 - Glasgow, UK @ The Garage: tickets
Wed, 9/27/17 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Robin2: tickets
Thu, 9/28/17 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club: tickets
Fri, 9/29/17 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms: tickets
Sat, 9/30/17 - Manchester, UK @ Club Academy: tickets
Sun, 10/1/17 - London, UK @ ULU: tickets
Tue, 10/3/17 - Milton Keynes, UK @ The Craufurd Arms: tickets
Wed, 10/4/17 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront: tickets
Fri, 10/6/17 - Liverpool, UK @ Hangar34: tickets
Sat, 10/7/17 - Newcastle, UK @ Riverside: tickets
Thu, 10/12/17 - New Hope, PA @ Havana: tickets
Fri, 10/13/17 - Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn's Peak: tickets
Tue, 10/17/17 - New Haven, CT @ Toads Place: tickets
Thu, 10/19/17 - Charlottesville, VA @ Benefit for Heal C'ville @ Jefferson Theater: tickets
Fri, 10/20/17 - Leesburg, VA @ Tally Ho Theater: tickets
Sat, 10/21/17 - Dayton, OH @ Oddbody's: tickets
Mon, 10/23/17 - Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag: tickets
Tue, 10/24/17 - West Dundee, IL @ RocHaus: tickets
Wed, 10/25/17 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre: tickets
Fri, 10/27/17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room: tickets
Sat, 10/28/17 - Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall: tickets
Sun, 10/29/17 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater: tickets
Tue, 10/31/17 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre : tickets
Wed, 11/1/17 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel: tickets
Thu, 11/2/17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft: tickets
Sat, 11/4/17 - Orlando, FL @ Epcot Int'l Food & Wine Festival
Sun, 11/5/17 - Orlando, FL @ Epcot Int'l Food & Wine Festival
Tue, 11/7/17 - Destin, FL @ Club L.A.: tickets
Wed, 11/8/17 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City: tickets
Thu, 11/9/17 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery Nashville: tickets
Fri, 11/10/17 - Savannah, GA @ The Stage on Bay: tickets

Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2017

Poster: Will Calhoun Quartet in Washington, DC - Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Will Calhoun Quartet in Washington, DC

Join the Will Calhoun Quartet as they perform in celebration of Will's new Celebrating Elvin Jones CD.

Will Calhoun - Drums
Antoine Roney - Saxophone
Donald Vega - Piano
Gerald Cannon - Bass

Shows are at 8PM and 10PM (on both days)
Tickets are $37.75 general admission + $5 fee

Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tickets: (202) 337-4141

Check out the Blues Alley Website to learn more about the event, and to purchase tickets.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sabian Education Network, Live in Chicago - Friday, August 4, 2017
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Will Speaks in Sabian Education Network Panel, Chicago

Join Will, other drummers, and teachers for an informative Sabian Education Network (SEN) panel discussion.

10 AM to Noon
Admission is free
Please RSVP by Monday, July 31 to SENEvents@sabian.com with "Chicago" in the subject line.

SEN members will also receive a special discount to the Drum Fantasy Camp, and VIP access to the opening concert with ticket purchase. The concert will be held the evening of August 4, and will mark the opening of Drum Fantasy Camp.

Vic's Drum Shop in the Music Garage
345 N. Loomis St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Contact joeb@sabian.com for more information.

July 19 to 21, 2017

Will Teaches Percussion and Performs in Fundraiser (Gloster, Mississippi)

Will Calhoun will be a special guest at the Gloster Arts Project, teaching percussion to student campers and performing in a special fundraiser with Cassandra Wilson, Kelvyn Bell, Quincy Troupe and others.

Please visit The Gloster Arts Project Website for more information including how to purchase tickets for the Friday, July 21, 2017 special fundraiser performance, which is open to the public.

Will tours with Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band
Thu, 4/20/17 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Fallsview Casino: tickets
Fri, 4/21/17 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater: tickets
Sat, 4/22/17 - Westbury, NY @ Westbury Theater: tickets
Thu, 6/29/17 - Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium: tickets
Fri, 6/30/17 - St Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater: tickets
Sat, 7/1/17 - Minneapolis/St Paul, MN @ Ames Center: tickets

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Will's Zig Zag Power Trio Workshop and Recording Session (Saugerties, NY)
(rescheduled from Oct 22, 2016)
The Zig Zag Power Trio - Will Calhoun, Vernon Reid, and Melvin Gibbs  - Saturday, June 17, 2017
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The Zig Zag Power Trio members are:
Will Calhoun - Drums
Vernon Reid - Guitar
Melvin Gibbs - Bass

Will joins fellow Living Colour member Vernon Reid, and Melvin Gibbs, in a series of both collective and individual workshops to discuss genre history, collaboration and the creative process, and finding ones own creative voice.

The workshop will be followed by a catered dinner where attendees will hang out with the players and producers on the studio/farm grounds. After dinner, the band will record their debut album for Woodstock Sessions. In addition to the workshops and meet & greet, all attendees will receive all digital media and video, limited edition signed event poster, 180 gram vinyl of the release and there will be a very special raffle offering personal signed instruments from the players.

2:00 PM to 11 PM

Tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets

Woodstock Sessions At Applehead Recording
1835 Route 212
Saugerties, NY 12477
United States

Visit the Woodstock Sessions Website, or e-mail Woodstock Sessions for further information.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Will with Adejoke Tugbiyele in Freedom Dance II (NYC)

Will collaborates in Adejoke Tugbiyele's Freedom Dance II, an improvised/experimental movement towards reclaiming the female body in personal and political dimensions — undoing false historical narratives and breaking free from boundaries/limitations through dynamic collaborative performance and story-telling.

3 p.m.

Prince Street Project Space
127-B Prince Street (At Prince & Wooster)
New York, NY 10012

Visit the Leslie-Lohman Museum Website or telephone (212) 431-2609 for more information, and to confirm times.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Will Plays San Jose Jazz Fest/International Jazz Day 2017

3-8 p.m.
free event

Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo de San Antonio
between 2nd and 3rd Streets
San Jose, CA 95192

Visit the San Jose Jazz Fest Website or telephone (408) 924-8501 for more information, and to confirm times.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Will Plays National Sawdust Percussion Festival in Brooklyn, NY

Will performs a new project inspired by African drumming in the evening's event. The National Sawdust Percussion Festival is a day-long showcase of contemporary music's leaders and innovators from all over the world. It draws together many different groups and genres within the percussion community, gives artists a platform to share their latest work and hear other trailblazers in the field.

Event at 8 PM
tickets are $15 - $25, and $30 at the door

National Sawdust
80 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Visit the National Sawdust Website or telephone (646) 779-8455 for more information, and to confirm times.

Will Calhoun
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Will at Gnaoua Festival Tour 2017 in Brooklyn, NY

Will Calhoun directs and performs in an evening of collaborations between pioneering jazz artists and Gnaoua musicians, for the Gnaoua Festival Tour 2017.

7 PM
Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Featured Musicians: Maalem Hamid El Kasri & Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane
Musical Director: Will Calhoun
Guests: Karim Ziad, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Marc Cary, and Marcus Strickland

Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St.
881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Telephone: (718) 596-3001

For further information, please visit the Pioneer Works Website for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Will Calhoun
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Living Colour in Annual Aretha Franklin Tribute and Benefit, NYC

Living Colour will perform among 20 artists in The Music of Aretha, a 14th annual tribute which features music from the Aretha Franklin songbook. Proceeds of this concert will benefit music education for underprivileged youth.

Performance: 8 PM
Tickets: $48 to $160

Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Telephone: (212) 247-7800

For further information, please visit the Carnegie Hall Website for additional information and to purchase tickets.

February 28th thru March 5th, 2017

Will plays with the Mike Stern Band in Melbourne, Australia

The Mike Stern Band features
Mike Stern: Guitar
Bob Malach: Sax
Teymur Phell: Bass
Will Calhoun: Drums

Shows at 8 and 10:30 PM
Tickets start at $55

Telephone: 1300BBJAZZ

Bird's Basement
11 Singers Lane
Melbourne, 3000, Australia

Visit the Bird's Basement Website for more information and to confirm times.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Will plays with the Mike Stern Band in NYC

Mike Stern: Guitar
Teymur Phell: Bass
Will Calhoun: Drums

Event at 10 PM

55 Bar
55 Christopher St. (Sixth/Seventh Avenue)
New York, New York

Visit the 55 Bar Website or telephone (212) 929-9883 for more information and to confirm times.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Meet Will Calhoun with Libaña Maraza and the Legacy Women in Bronx, NY

Event at 7 pm

Atlixco Barber Shop & Beauty Salon
837 Intervale Avenue
Bronx, New York 10459

Visit the Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education Website or telephone (718) 589-2230 for more information and to confirm times.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 -
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Will Calhoun's CD release "Celebrating Elvin Jones" at The Blue Note NYC

Will performs at the Blue Note in New York City to celebrate his new Album

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Sets at 8 PM and 10:30 PM

Tickets are $20 at the bar, $35 at a table

Will Calhoun - Drums
Carlos McKinney - Piano
Gerald Cannon - Bass
Antoine Roney - Sax

plus Special Guests:
January 24: Ravi Coltrane - Sax
January 25: Randy Brecker - Trumpet
January 26: Russell Malone - Guitar

Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W. 3rd St. (Greenwich Village)
New York, NY 10012

Telephone: (212) 475-8592

Check out the Blue Note calendar page for additional details.

January 3, 9 and 11, 2017

Will Calhoun with Jazz guitar great Mike Stern in Greenwich Village, NYC

Will performs with six-time Grammy nominee, former Miles Davis bandmate, and Jazz guitar great Mike Stern at the historic 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, New York.

55 Bar
55 Christopher St. (Sixth/Seventh Avenue)
New York, New York

Telephone: (212) 929-9883

Check out the 55 Bar Website for additional details.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Living Colour joins NYC David Bowie Tribute

To honor David Bowie's 70th birthday, Bowie band members, friends, and an ensemble of top recording & touring musicians from around the world perform for a one-time only series of global goodwill concerts, in aid of local charities, called Celebrating David Bowie.

Doors open at 7 PM, show begins at 8 PM
Tickets: $65 - $125

Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019

Please visit the Terminal 5 Website for additional information and tickets.

e-mail for more info: info@bowerypresents.com

Friday, January 6, 2017

Will part of Zig Zag Power Trio for 2017 Winter Jazzfest NYC

Will joins fellow Living Colour member Vernon Reid, and Melvin Gibbs, for the 2017 Winter Jazzfest in New York City.

The Zig Zag Power Trio members are:
Will Calhoun - Drums
Vernon Reid - Guitar
Melvin Gibbs - Bass

Show time is 12:20 AM

204 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014

Telephone: (212) 243-4940

Check out the Websites for Winter Jazzfest and SOBs for tickets and additional details.


Clinic Tour Schedule
As always, please make sure to check with the local venues to confirm show dates and details!

2017 Drum Fantasy Camp (Chicago, IL)
2017 Drum Fantasy Camp (Chicago, IL) with Will Calhoun, Simon Phillips, Steve Smith, and Todd Sucherman
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August 4-8, 2017 (Fri to Tue)

Get education and inspiration from the world's greatest drummers in a four-day package with Will Calhoun, Simon Phillips, Steve Smith, and Todd Sucherman. In addition to world-class instructors, attendees get to jam with world-class musicians James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Brecker Brothers), Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling), Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), and Chrissi Poland (Sam Moore/Bette Midler.)

  • Full day with each instructor
  • Just 15 students to a class
  • Nightly jams
  • Two concerts
  • Endless inspiration

All ages! All playing levels!

In addition to the four-day package plan, two and one-day packages are also available. Will is the instructor on August 7 and 8, 2017.

Vic's Drum Shop
345 N Loomis St,
Chicago, IL 60607

For more information and to confirm details, visit the Drum Fantasy Camp Website, or e-mail questions@drumfantasycamp.com.

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