Playing Reggae, Calypso, R &B, and Afro-Latin Jazz, World music percussionist Nate Brown is well known  as a Steel pan player as well as a Djembe and conga drum artist.

Originally from NYC, Nate has been playing drums most of his life.  From playing drums as a youngster with the "Travelers Drum and Bugle Corp" under the direction of his uncle George Brown, to playing steel pan with "The Harlem Maestros Steel Band" under the direction of pan master Kim Loy Wong, Nate has been trained in many styles of percussion, from traditional marching band to African and Caribbean drumming. 

When reaching college age Nate went to Binghamton University and joined "The Afro-Caribbean Dance Theater" Under the direction of Dr. Percival Borde and his wife Dr. Pearl Primus, who are well known in the theater and performance world as dancers and anthropologists.  With Dr Borde, Nate traveled to Nigeria in 1977 to play at "Festac" and study 3rd world music culture and dance as a language at the University Of IFE there.  Returning to the states, Nate became musical director for Kuumba, a cultural arts resource center founded by dancers Louis and Veleria Ramos. For over 30 years, Nate has been a teaching artist, and performer, recording with many well known musicians throughout the industry.  As the percussionist for "Unity Group", a world music  fusion ensemble, and "Sonando", a Latin Jazz orchestra, Nate Brown has covered a wide range of stylistic pecussion.
Now living in Charlotte for the past 20 years, Nate has been making a name for himself here as a teaching artist and performer. He has done programs for Blumenthal center for the arts as well as visiting many schools around NC. You may find him playing pan at one of many restaurants, Marinas, Schools, or festivals, around town. Or perfoming at many weddings and church events throughtout the Carolinas and abroad. If you listen closely, you may recognize a song or two. If you do, let him know. He loves when that happens.

Performance Times

Levine Ave Stage

Friday Sept. 15

9:15 pm

Thursday Sept. 21

7 pm

Thursday Sept. 28

7 pm

Friday Sept. 29

6 pm


Ballantyne's Backyard Stage

Saturday Sept. 23

2:30 pm

Saturday Sept. 30

2:30 pm

Sunday Oct. 1

1 pm

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