SANTA BARBARA, Calif .– The 23rd annual Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) benefit returns to the historic Lobero Theater on Saturday, December 11.
TRAP is a play on words. It’s the abbreviation for gear and trap, it’s what some drummers call their drums.
TRAP drummer and founder Eddie Tuduri doesn’t take it for granted.
And he is thankful for his health during the pandemic.
Tuduri, who toured and recorded with the Beach Boys, Rickie Nelson and others for decades, was a throat cancer survivor before his last performance.
This was before COVID became a household word.
He also survived a serious body surfing accident in 1997.
The Carpinteria accident almost left him paralyzed.
During his recovery from a broken neck, Tuderi transformed part of the Santa Barbara Rehabilitation Institute into a rhythm section with participating patients and soon the Rhythmic Arts Project was born.
It has since improved the life skills of people with physical and intellectual challenges.
TRAP methods have been published in specialized journals.
âWe do peer study, it’s reading, writing, arithmetic, creative thinking, abstract concepts that address all kinds of social skills,â Tuduri said.
He quickly learned ZOOM to keep TRAP students and teachers operating globally.
“It was a real box of worms, but we figured it out, and it became a lot of fun. I’m really happy with how it went during what year I taught in Africa, America. South in all states. “
Like concerts, face-to-face lessons are making a comeback.
Past Benefits have featured Michael McDonald, John Densmore and the late Bill Withers and Paul Barrere.
The December 11 show will feature Tata Vega.
âAunty who has been with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elton John and she won an Academy Award with her group ofâ 20 Feet From Stardom, âTuduri said.
Carl Graves, Chris Pinick, Jimmy Calire, Steve Nelson, Bill Bodine and Rick Geragi will also perform with Tuduri.
He calls his group Pockets.
Lin Aubuchon from KTYD will host the event which will start at 7:30 p.m.
TRAP students, including Dion, will also take the stage as special guests.
Tuduri is full of gratitude and hopes word of mouth will help fill the seats.
For more information on general and student tickets, visit www.lobero.org.
For more information on TRAP, visit traplearning.org.