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PH cafe celebrating two years of drum circles

Suncoast News staff report

— Downtown’s eclectic cafe, The Witch’s Brew, is celebrating two years of its weekly drum circles with a public event tonight.

More than 50 patrons regularly attend the drum Thursday night circles, owner Lesley Klein said in a news release. To show her appreciation, tonight’s celebration, to take place 7-10 p.m., will include free Jell-O shots and samples of hemp seed cookies.

Baaba Ray Herod leads The Witch’s Brew drum circles and non-drummers frequently attend just to enjoy the “primal beat,” Klein said.

The owner added that the weekly gatherings, which have grown from about 10 to 50 people since 2012, tend to be welcomed by the community.

“Neighboring residents have told me they enjoy the soothing drumbeat that travels out several blocks beyond the store,” Klein wrote. “We stop at 10 p.m. to make sure we’re good neighbors.”

Thursday night’s drum circles are just one of the whimsical cafe’s recurring social gatherings.

Open Mic Nights is featured 7-10 p.m. Fridays and live entertainment is featured on an outside stage 8-11 p.m. every Saturday. The Witch’s Brew has a courtyard area adjacent to its 600-square-foot cafe.

The shop at 1219 Florida Ave. is open seven days a week. Call (727) 483-9210 for more information.