Shabang Steel Drum Band

Why book Shabang Steel Drum Band?

You'll feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy the authentic Caribbean steel drum music of Harry Best and Shabang, the premier Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area steel drum band.Their engaging melodies and infectious rhythms of Calypso and Reggae, highlighted with steel drums or steelpans, will take you to the islands. Shabang has been the darling of the corporate party scene in Northern California, Tahoe and Reno for over a decade. Silicon Valley and Napa Valley choose Shabang for their music entertainment. You'll be happy you did when your guests compliment you for choosing Shabang.

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  • Fee: $300.00-3000.00

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Shabang Steel Drum Band

Ask any Caribbean musician in the San Francisco Bay Area if he's heard of Harry Best.The answer is a resounding "Yes."

In fact, Harry is a true Caribbean steel drum music pioneer in the area. Yet some have the mistaken impression that his steel drum band Shabang is something new on the scene?

Well, for many years, Harry was content to remain in the obscure but lucrative circuit of corporate events and private parties. But the "dot-com" crash together with the 9/11 cataclysm changed all of that.

Like a phoenix, Harry Best and Shabang have arisen from the ashes of these fiascos with a tight fresh steel drum pan sound that has people asking: "Who are these guys?" "Where are they from?"

A native of St. Lucia, Harry is a seasoned songwriter whose music has had more notoriety than his steel drum band. For years, he's written hit songs for artists such as the Caribbean international star, ‘Arrow'.

His lyrics are arresting, his melodies sweet, and the rhythms infectious. He is just as comfortable being the romantic, the rebel or the mystic. Add to that his accomplished skills on the steel drum pan and you have the foundation of Shabang's music.

But ask Harry and he'll tell you that the real secret to Shabang's charm is their fun-loving approach to their performances.

"We go out to have fun with each other, first of all," Harry says, "and we project that in our music. For the audience, the contagion is hard to resist."

A feature of Shabang's music is the enchanting sound of their steel drums. Affectionately known as "pans", steeldrums are handcrafted and finely tuned from 55-gallon oil barrels.

Dexter Bruce, a native of Trinidad and Tobago and a veteran steel drum pan player, formerly of Our Boys Steel Orchestra brings that special radiance to the Shabang steel drum sound.

Bass player Ed (Mac) McCarver is the pillar of the band. Says Harry: "Most of my compositions are written off bass lines...and I know I can depend on Mac to be in the pocket with an almost digital precision."

Mac's versatility and facility with the different Caribbean music genres give that consistent pulse that is the special trademark of Shabang's steel drum music.

Drummer Tyrone Gray is also another veteran musician from the Our Boys corral of talent that's spread all over the Bay Area. He creates that pocket for Mac that translates into a tight groove.

The team providing the talent:

Ed McCarver

Harry Best

Peter Best

Double Seconds Steel Drum

Sharon Baird

Lead Steel Drum

Testimonials

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you again for playing at my Mom's party. Your music definitely took the party to a different level of festivity! Should you ever have need of a reference, please feel free to use my name. I will galdly sing your praises.

– Renee Richard Alexander

Thank you for the wonderful appearance you made at the Celebrity Reception prior to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation's (ARF) recent celebrities FORE! ARF golf tournament...Your music is just perfect for the event.

– Roberta Kahn - Animal Rescue Founda

"AWESOME!!!!! Excellent duo and great smiles. Their performance was wonderful."

– Manager - Tommy Bahama - Carmel

Your music was GREAT. We're all still dancing!

– Selina Garcia - SRI International

Thank you for coming and sharing in our (wedding) celebration. May our paths soon cross again.

– Bianca & Joe Rowden

All of us at Alameda Alliance for Health enjoyed your music and sincerely appreciate your making our event today so festive. You guys are fabulous, organized, and professional. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and associates.
I'm enjoying your CD right now and staying in the island mood... :)
Best regards and many thanks!

– Laura Burr - Alameda Alliance for H

On behalf of Point Richmond Music, I'd like to thank you for your performance Friday evening. It was a wonderful event, and your music was perfect for the evening. Steel drums at an outdoor concert on a warm summer evening lent just the right free and festive feeling we were looking for.
Please thank the whole band for a great performance.

– Sydney Metrick - Point Richmond Mus

You were wonderful last night!!! The gift of your music was very much appreciated by all last night!

I’ve gotten many phone calls today acknowledging what a fun night it was and what a fabulous band you were!
I wanted to take a moment to let you know again what a blessing all of you were to the community last night and me.

– Carol Ann Wentworth

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