Evening Concerts at The Great Rhythm Revival

Enjoy three exhilarating nights of concerts featuring
Tupelo & Noah, The Spiral Rhythms Ecstatic Drum & Dance Experience (Thursday)

Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors (Friday and Saturday)


About Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors


What do they sound like? Think Led Zeppelin meets Mumford & Sons with 2 tons of drums. Sun King Warriors can be best described as a mix of American roots rock, with a strong dose of tribal style drumming.

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Watch on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SKWYouTube

Jim Donovan brings almost three decades of experience to the Sun King Warriors. 
As a member of the popular platinum selling recording Pittsburgh band Rusted Root, the drummer/percussionist helped shaped the group’s sound and toured with artists including Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, and the Allman Brothers. He co-authored the band’s biggest hit, “Send Me On My Way,” which has been played over 100 million times on Spotify and used as the wakeup music for NASA’s Mars rover.

Rusted Root was merely the first act in Donovan’s career. After leaving the band in 2004, he began to explore the therapeutic effects of drumming. Donovan found a new path placing drum circles programs nationally in organizations serving people with disabilities as well as people recovering from substance abuse. 

But, Donovan missed the fellowship that is the byproduct of the group dynamic. In 2013, he started working with Sean McDonald, a Pittsburgh-based producer who has worked with artists including Wynton Marsalis and Patty Griffin. As Donovan honed the songs that would become the eponymous album, Sun King Warriors, he sought musicians who fit his vison and shared his spirit. Guitarist Kevin McDonald, multi-instrumentalist Dan Murphy, and bassist Kent Tonkin were added, as were three percussionists/drummers: Bryan Fazio, Joe Marini and Harry Pepper. 

These veterans of Western Pennsylvania bands helped give Sun King Warriors national traction. The critically acclaimed debut record, released in 2016, made the Billboard Americana charts and earned airplay on radio stations in The US and Canada.


Released early 2016, Donovan’s debut album entitled ‘Sun King Warriors’ gained critical national acclaim and wide non-commercial and AAA radio play. The Washington Times calls it “One of the most eclectic and exciting discs to come out in some time” while Relix magazine says: “Donovan channels unabashed enthusiasm into a series of songs that are both rowdy and rejuvenating”. Sun King Warriors can be best described as a mix of Americana rock, with a strong dose of tribal style drumming. Think Led Zeppelin III & IV mixed with Rusted Root’s “When I Woke” era rhythmic intensity, and the authentic vocal emotion of Mumford & Sons.

Donovan’s single “Olalala” garnered radio play at over 100 stations throughout the US and Canada this past summer and charted for several months on Billboard’s Americana chart. The song reached #1 on two stations for multiple weeks, landed at Top 5 on 13 stations and Top 20 on 22 stations. Donovan & he band plans to record the follow up in early 2017 in Pittsburgh.

Learn more: SunKingWarriors.com


About Spiral Rhythms

An artistic improvisational collective that consciously uses sound and movement for self discovery, transformation, and building authentic community. Spiral Rhythms - people coming together to create music and movement that eases the mind, warms the heart, and heals the soul. Members include Harry Pepper, Rex Bacon and Ed Boas.