Music Expo Downtown this weekend

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April 12, 2004 // UPDATED 1:14 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

A speed-drumming competition and a "Digital Petting Zoo" are among the highlights planned for the Music and Sound Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center Friday-Sunday, April 16-18.

Organizers expect more than 65,000 to attend the trade show sponsored by the International Music Products Association and the National Association for Music Education.

The instrument petting zoo will allow aspiring musicians the chance to try their hand at a range of symphony instruments. The speed-drumming contest will give participants the opportunity to break the world record of 1,000 drum strokes in a minute, according to event organizers.

There will also be two benefit concerts for musical education programs Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. Comedian Wayne Brady of ABC's "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" will host Friday's concert. The lineup of musicians includes Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald, Brian McKnight, rhythm and blues artist James Ingram, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and Peter Cox.

Saturday's concert will showcase Latin Jazz music and include a performance by Eddie Palmieri and the Caribbean Jazz Project. Tickets are $25 and $35 and can be purchased online at

Tickets for the Music and Sound Expo are $12. Seniors, children, students and groups are eligible for discounts.

Show hours are as follows: Friday, 3-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit or call 800-767-6266.