Neon Trees Elaine Bradley Signs with LP

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Elaine Bradley, Neon TreesNeon Trees drummer, Elaine Bradley recently became an LP Artist. Elaine is both the drummer and a vocalist for the band Neon Trees. In 2010, the band’s first single, “Animal” reached the #13 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed its way to #1 on the Alternative Rock chart.

“My very first drumming influence was John Bonham. My older brother gave me a couple of Led Zeppelin tapes when I was 7 years old, and I fell in love,” says Ellen. “In high school I got really into William Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate and Jeff Kropp of Hum. I started paying guitar and singing in a band with a great drummer named Ben Kane. I would have to say Ben is the reason I ever became a credible drummer. I would watch him during practices and we would air-drum together to songs we loved.”

Among several LP products Elaine will be playing LP’s all new Twist Shakers. She particularly loved the variety of sound combinations that could be achieved with the multiple-volume shakers.

Neon Trees is currently on the touring the United States supporting their new album, Picture Show. The tour is scheduled to continue throughout the summer. For more information, you can visit the Neon Trees website at

LP Artists Offer a Unique Brand of Music Education at the Brooklyn Charter School

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

(L to R) Chembo Corniel, Victor Rendón, Omigbade EscaygNew York’s Brooklyn Charter School (BCS) has developed an innovative after-school program that focuses on percussion studies based on musical styles from across the globe, putting students at BCS in a better position to succeed in secondary school and beyond. Under the stewardship of Omigbade Escayg, the Latin Percussion artist also known as “Cascadu” takes students in third through fifth grade on a rich musical journey.

The BCS after-school percussion curriculum has also offered instruction from other renowned LP artists like Grammy-nominated recording artist/percussionist Wilson “Chembo“ Corniel, as well as author and educator, Victor Rendón. The program is now in its fourth year.

“In a world where we must compete to focus children’s attention on learning, it is a huge relief to be able to provide a quality experience that draws them in and positively impacts their lives,” said Mr. Escayg. “ Here the effect is immediate and the transformation happens right before our eyes.”

BCS student performances are well-known throughout the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, but the school’s musicians have also performed for the Mayor of New York City and the Chancellor of Education. The school’s Brazilian Percussion ensemble has been featured on the popular Fox morning show “Good Morning New York”.

The Brooklyn Charter School shares space with Carter G. Woodson Public School 23; Mr. Escayg and his colleagues have been working hard to include the public school teachers and students in their percussion programs.“The relationship between many New York City Charter schools and their co-located host public schools is strained,” said Escayg. “BCS and PS 23 have forged a partnership with one intention: to provide the best for the child.”

Latin Percussion’s Director of Marketing, Jeff Ivester, applauds the work Mr. Escayg and his staff have done at the Brooklyn Charter School. “LP takes great pride in its Latin American artists,” said Ivester. “We strive to support them in their educational contributions and admire their passion and dedication to introducing these vibrant and traditional genres of music to a new generation of musicians.”

For more information on The Brooklyn Charter School, visit

Caption: (L to R) Chembo Corniel, Victor Rendón, Omigbade Escayg

Keith Carlock Signs with LP

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Keith CarlockLatin Percussion and Gretsch Drums recently signed renowned Steely Dan drummer Keith Carlock to their respective artist rosters. Carlock, considered by most to be one of the world’s most preeminent players has also toured with Sting, Grover Washington Jr., Wayne Kranz and many other high profile acts.

“I’m proud to be a member of the LP and Gretsch teams,” said Carlock. “The gear sounds fantastic and I’m thrilled to be involved with the new and innovative instruments that are being introduced.”

One of those new and innovative instruments is the all-new Gretsch Brooklyn Drum Series. Gretsch outfitted Carlock with a new Brooklyn kit and he immediately began breaking it in while gigging in New York City with friends Anton Fig and Will Lee. Carlock is also using a range of LP gear on his kit, from a Rock Cowbell, a Micro Snare and the all-new Hi-Hat Chick-Ita.

On March 7, Carlock gave an afternoon clinic hosted by American Music in Seattle, Washington and played to a packed house.

Michael Cotta from American Music said, “This was the first time the store has held a clinic in the middle of the day and it was a big success! Working with Keith was incredibly easy and very much a pleasure. He answered everyone’s questions and made everyone feel comfortable and happy to be there. He’s a great ambassador!”

The clinic at American Music was a tune-up for Carlock’s upcoming 13-city clinic tour that kicks of on Tuesday, April 17 at Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, CA and wraps up on Thursday, May 3 at DiCenso’s Drum Shop in Weymouth, WA.

For more information about Keith Carlock clinic dates, times and locations, visit

LP Official Percussion Sponsor of Napa Valley Opera House

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Napa Valley Opera House
Latin Percussion was recently named the official percussion sponsor of the renowned Napa Valley Opera House. Located in the heart of one of the nations’ top tourist destinations, the Napa Valley Opera House is considered the “crown jewel” of the region. All percussionists performing in the venue will now be using LP gear exclusively.

“We are thrilled to be part of the LP family,” said Peter Williams, Executive Director of Napa Valley Opera House. “We look forward to many shows with Latin Percussion’s excellent gear on stage.”

The Napa Valley Opera House is nestled among world-class restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Originally constructed in 1879, the Napa Valley Opera House is a National Historic Landmark and its Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre underwent an extensive and lavish renovation in 2002.

“It’s an honor for LP to be partners with such a prestigious and impressive venue,” said Arturo Riera, Special Events Coordinator – West Coast, Latin Percussion, who coordinated placement of LP products at the Napa Valley Opera House. “Our instruments have found a happy home here and will be used by some of the world’s finest musicians while they perform for some of the world’s most discerning audiences.”

Included in the donation are a wide assortment of LP congas, bongos, timbales, cowbells and many other hand percussion instruments.

Jen Lowe Joins LP Artist Roster

Posted on March 11th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

Multi-faceted singer/songwriter, guitarist and percussionist Jen Lowe recently accepted an offer to join the LP Artist Roster. Lowe is quickly becoming a staple on the Indie American/Folk scene and has been busy supporting her first solo effort, “From the End of this Hallway.”

Lowe will be primarily be playing LP cajons, djembes and assorted hand percussion. “I’m happy to be part of the LP roster,” said Lowe. “There’s such a great heritage of legendary players that have played LP. I’m proud to be a part of that group of performers.”

Having toured with prestigious national and international artists throughout her career, Jen Lowe is no stranger to some of the world’s most influential songwriters. She has most recently been working with Ed Roland from Collective Soul, Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra, Ed Kowalczyk from Live and Emerson Hart from Tonic. She is also working on her second solo record.

“We’re thrilled to have Jen as a member of the LP family,” said Director of Marketing, Jeff Ivester. “She brings a broad range of talent to the table and having her perform on stage playing LP instruments is tribute to our brand.”
Jen recently recorded several how to videos at LP, click here to view.


Latin Music Radio Host Vicki Sola Writes Fantasy Book

Posted on February 29th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP friend and radio program producer Vicki Sola has written a new book called The Getaway That Got Away (Full Court Press). Her novel is a fantasy detailing the adventures of twenty-something workaholic Nicki Rodriguez. It is available in paperback and Kindle and Nook versions at and

Vicki has long been a supporter of Latin Music, and is known for her long-running Salsa and Latin jazz radio program Que Viva La Música, heard on 89.1 WFDU-FM and, in the New York City metro community.

LP Making Noise at NAMM 2012

Posted on January 20th, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP returns to Winter NAMM in Anaheim this week with a treasure trove of new products. Take a look at our NAMM videos and see what’s in store for drummers and percussionists in 2012.

Day 3 Video:

Day 2 Video:

Day 1 Video:

Jamming on the LP Classic Model Congas:

Jamming on the LP Drum Set:

LP Adds New Mini Merengue Guira to its Lineup

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP Mini Merengue Guira Following the success of its original, full-size Merengue Guira, LP is now introducing a smaller version that features and open-ended design and a tightly textured surface for a unique scraping sound that is higher in pitch than its predecessor.

The LP Mini Merengue Guira (LP303) is made in the U.S.A. from durable stainless steel and measures 9.75 inches in length and 3 inches in diameter. Its attached metal handle makes it easy and comfortable to hold. The instrument includes an LP333 Pro Scraper and carries and MSRP of $75.99.

LP Releases Single and Double Row Professional Tambourines

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP Pro TambourinesLatin Percussion now carries single and double row version of its Professional 10-inch Tambourine. Both versions have sonically matched, American-made nickel silver alloy jingles that produce a vintage sound reminiscent of the tambourines used throughout the Sixties and Seventies.

The Single Row version (LP380A) has eight pairs of jingles and the Double Row (LP380B) has 16 pairs of jingles. Each has a natural finished 10” Asian Oak shell with rounded edges for continuous comfort. The double row model has a finger hole allowing a secure grip.

The result is an outstanding quality instrument that produces bright, crisp tone, spectacular dynamics and unmatched resonance. When tested with LP Artists, both models became instant favorites. MSRP for the LP380A is $119.00 and $169.00 for the LP380B.

LP Releases Remarkable New Jingle Qube

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 by marcia.stevenson

LP Jingle CubeLP has taken the technology used in its wildly successful and award-winning Qube Shaker and created a jingle version that sounds like nothing else you’ve ever played. Inside the durable and easy-to-hold Jingle Qube is a combination of flat and dimpled brass jingles. This mix delivers a stunning combination of both crisp, articulate highs balanced with full-bodied, resonating mid-tones.

Like the Qube Shaker, the Jingle Qube can be played a variety of ways to produce a myriad of distinctive and captivating sounds. Front-to-back, side-to-side and circular patterns all produce distinctive sounds that add a unique, tambouric flair to any performance.

MSRP for the LP Jingle Qube (LP460-J) is $55.99.