Percussionist Sal Ferreras brings together some of our province’s most outstanding world music and jazz artists for Drum Heat (Apr 27). All for a worthy cause, here are five reasons we think you should go:

1The Cause

Net proceeds of Drum Heat directly supports Arts Umbrella, the Vancouver education centre offering visual, media & performing-art programs to children and teens. Funding from this concert will help Arts Umbrella reach more than 12,000 young people each year.

2The Host

As a passionate proponent of artistic collaboration and education, Sal Ferreras staged the first Drum Heat concert in 1986. Ferreras will lead the evening performing on percussion, vibes, and vocals.

3The Cast

Drum Heat will feature an impressive list of British Columbia musicians, many of whom are Grammy and Juno award-winning, and in-demand internationally: Celso Machado (guitar, percussion, vocals), Miles Black (piano), Jodi Proznick (bass), Toto Berriel (percussion and vocals), Cassius Khan (tabla and vocals), Paul Bray (percussion), Liam MacDonald (percussion), John Korsrud (trumpet), Tom Keenlyside (saxophone), John Reischman (mandolin), Raphael Geronimo (drum set and timbales), and Niho Takase (piano).

4The Collaborators

For the first time, the program will include the voices of the 20-member Sarabande, the Vancouver Bach Choir’s chamber choir for young adults.

5The Music

Taking place downtown for first time since 2010, Vancouver audiences will be treated to a program filled with music in the rich traditions of Brazillian samba, son cubano, Indian tabla, and much more.