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Kid Millions’ Man Forever to project percussion session into Columbus

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One local artist will have the opportunity to beat on one snare drum for one song in one repetitive stroke roll for 30 minutes, out of sync.

John Colpitts, known by his stage name Kid Millions and drummer for Brooklyn rock band Oneida, is scheduled to bring his Man Forever project to Columbus 9 p.m. Friday at Double Happiness, located at 482 S. Front St.

Man Forever is a 40-day project that picks up local artists with each stop, Colpitts said. The show consists of one continuous 30-minute drum performance per tour stop.

It is a multi-drummer, meditative rhythm project featuring a collaboration of bass, organ and guitar in a piece called “Surface Pattern,” Colpitts said.

“Man Forever is a person who believes in the infinite resourcefulness and creativity of humanity,” Colpitts said. “To play the same thing for so long takes efficiency and sustainability, you regulate every drum stroke to maximize articulation and minimize the expense of energy.”

Man Forever’s sophomore album, Pansophical Cataract, was released May 15. It began as a live project in 2010 and has since expanded beyond the tidal wave of percussion.

“It is supposed to be a meditation for the audience and the players, it is supposed to be a way to kind of immerse yourself in the sound without expectations,” Colpitts said. “It is not going to really sound like anything, not pop music, nothing predictable about it. It is more of a way to immerse yourself in something that is both comforting in a way, because it is a static sound, and unpredictable in a way.”

“There is a snare drum and a couple of electrical instruments, you don’t need a van to travel, it is simple,” Colpitts said. “The piece, and doing this every day, is physically demanding in more ways than one, but playing music is a great joy for me, and is important for me on a deep level to make it a priority in my life and for it to speak deeply to those that hear it.”

Mary Noakes, a third-year in human nutrition, was excited to hear about the opportunity to join the project.

“This sounds like it is right up my alley,” Noakes said. “Music has vibrational quality, and the different vibrations and sequences effect different emotions and energy sources in the body that allow you to get to that meditational state, if you let it.”

Yalan Papillons, the booking agent for Double Happiness, agreed.

“I think that the project will bring about a sense of enlightenment to the audience,” Papillons said. “If you come in there with an open mind, you will be lured into the energy.”

Tickets for the show are $6 at the door.

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