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A Pretty Purdie



NBCT Encore Series

National Event

Dec. 15 & 16 at 7:30pm

Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie is the most recorded drummer in the world. Chances are any hit songs you've fallen in love with or have heard over the past 60 plus years - he's the drummer playing your favorite song! Bernard has played and recorded hit songs for and with artists such as: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, Al Green, Cissy Houston, BB King, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Louis Armstrong, King Curtis, Nina Simone, and more. The originator of the heavily sampled, world renowned The Purdie Shuffle is bringing a Christmas event to New Bern like no other. Come experience an unforgettable encounter and musical magic of the season with one of Popular Music's most dynamic AND IMPACTFUL Legends of all time here on The Athens main stage.

Buy tickets here for A Pretty Purdie Christmas

Don't miss the chance to attend a special workshop happening this same weekend with Bernard Purdie. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal time with Mr. Purdie as he teaches a drum clinic Saturday, December 16th at 11AM in NBCT’s Studio Theatre. Enrollment is required for the drum clinic. Fee payment and enrollment available through this link or scan QR code:


Drum Clinic with Bernard Purdie!

                    (A seperate event)

Buy Tickets here for the Drum Clinic