Win Tickets + Interview: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder @ Goodfoot Lounge | Former Santana Kit Drummer

You already know Michael Shrieve. Michael was Santana’s kit drummer on their first 8 albums and was present during their groundbreaking performance at Woodstock which has been immortalized in film. He now has his own group actively touring under the name Spellbinder.

Pipeline is giving away a pair of tickets to see Michael Shrieve and Spellbinder at The Goodfoot on Saturday, June 11. To win, comment on this post why you think you should attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed on Friday, June 10.

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By Nathalie Weinstein
Michael ShrievePDX Pipeline: How long have you played drums?

Michael Shrieve: I started in 8th grade. I was asked to leave class for banging on the desk. They sent me to the principal. On the way back, I passed the band room and at the door was the percussion section. It fascinated me seeing the drums. I stayed and watched them and got in trouble again for being late. That day I went and bought my first pair of drum sticks and started playing on the carpet.

PDX: Do you have any crazy stories from touring with Santana?

Michael: Santana was one of the first American bands to play South and Central America. We went to Chile when it was a very political hotspot in the early 70s. There were thousands of people protesting with signs. We got up one morning to receive keys to city from the mayor, then were escorted to a police station and interrogated all day. Finally they took us down these stairs; it was dark. They put us in these cars and took us to the airport. No luggage, no equipment, nothing. They literally kicked us out of the country because they feared we would cause a student uprising. We were not political, but to them we represented that. We never even played.

PDX: Have you been to PDX before?

Michael: This will be my first time playing in Portland, but I was there just last week. I stayed right by the Pearl and went to the galleries and restaurants. I have been going there for years because I live in Seattle. I have been hoping to play in Portland for quite a while so I am really excited.

PDX: What is spellbinder like?

Michael: The band is an instrumental group, there are a few scattered vocals. It has John Fricke on trumpet, Danny Godinez on guitar, Farko Dosumov on electric bass, and Joe Doria on the organ. The band is very rhythmic but also melodic.  I try to play as percussively as possible. The name Spellbinder reminds me my role is to create a spell, keep the audience in the rhythm and have the melody and music on top of that.

PDX: Is it true the girls always go for the drummer?

Michael: I always thought they preferred the guitar players and the singers. That's been my experience.

See Spellbinder on Saturday, June 11 at 9 p.m. at The Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark Street for $10.

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9 Responses to Win Tickets + Interview: Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder @ Goodfoot Lounge | Former Santana Kit Drummer

  1. Matt June 9, 2011 at 10:51 #

    Yeah , I have been looking forward to this band coming down and playing PDX. At a great venue too. I hope I can get to see the show!!!

  2. Amy June 9, 2011 at 15:16 #

    WOO! Sounds like a great show at a great venue! Would be amazing to get to be a part of this!

  3. Elie June 9, 2011 at 17:26 #

    Would love to see this band! The Goodfoot is always tons of fun.

  4. Matt June 9, 2011 at 17:28 #

    I’ve been a Shrieve fan since the 60s and heard Danny Godinez play at a party in Seattle and was blown away. Together? MIght be the show of the year!

  5. Kelly June 9, 2011 at 17:51 #

    need it want gotta get it

  6. Jessica I June 9, 2011 at 18:10 #

    I’ve always had a thing for drummers – and Santana ;) Pick me!

  7. Lori June 9, 2011 at 23:45 #

    Guitars and singers
    can be sweet,
    but the drummer boys
    just cant be beat!

  8. Scott June 10, 2011 at 09:24 #

    What a killer venue to see these guys. Long time Santana follower and always loved Michael’s style. This would be a real treat.

  9. April June 10, 2011 at 11:01 #

    Please pick me!

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