Nation Beat

“Dangerously funky!” – The Village Voice

“Just a fantastic group. I was overwhelmed!” – Willie Nelson

“Percussion and a mighty brass sound.” – World Music Central

On Saturday, May 13, Flushing Town Hall will present Nation Beat in a funky, explosive concert, preceded by an interactive percussion & movement workshop.

Nation Beat’s live shows have taken on an almost mythological aura for their ability to lift the souls, and the feet, of their growing cross-cultural audience. Band leader, drummer/percussionist Scott Kettner, has long been at the forefront of merging different musical elements together, from the earliest days of Nation Beat’s Brazil meets North American music. Nation Beat, where maracatu, Big Easy’s funk, forró, and swinging jazz all dance together. Nation Beat exemplifies how music crosses borders and that similarities, more often than not, outweigh differences, not just in music but in life.

In 2017, Kettner connected with arranger and tenor sax player Paul Carlon, and the band entered a new phase in its cross-cultural exploration, generating a funkified, New Orleans-meets-Brazil, jazzy carnival sound.

“Past albums have leaned heavily on Brazilian music,” Kettner says. “While that is ever present in Nation Beat’s sound, our latest groove is jazz-tinged. This is a beat that moves your feet!”

“Flushing Town Hall is known as a venue for global music and outstanding jazz, and Nation Beat perfectly embodies both,” says Ellen Kodadek, Artistic and Executive Director of Flushing Town Hall. “Nation Beat takes off with be-bop-via-Brazil drumming; propelled by percussive bursts of New Orleans-flavored brass – Bring your dancing shoes!”

Watch this preview to see what to expect from Nation Beat’s fun and energetic performance!

Members of Nation Beat include Scott Kettner (Drums), Paul Carlon (Tenor Sax/Arrangements), Mark Collins (Trumpet), Tom McHugh (Trombone) and Joe Correia (Sousaphone).

The evening at Flushing Town Hall will kick off at 7 PM with an interactive workshop, introducing audiences to body percussion and movement rhythm techniques and continues with a lively concert at 8 PM. In-Person Tickets are $18 for General Admission / $12 for Members, Seniors, & Students w/ID and include the 7 PM workshop (no RSVP required). 

Patrons are invited to participate in a food drive and bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to a local food pantry.

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COVID Policy: 

Flushing Town Hall no longer requires visitors or performers to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19; wearing a mask is optional but recommended. For more details, please visit

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Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization and receives major support in 2022 from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; The City of New York, Mayor Eric Adams; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Laurie Cumbo; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; The New York City Council, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams and New York City Council Members Sandra Ung, Tiffany Caban, Shekar Krishnan, Linda Lee, Vickie Paladino, Lynn Schulman, and Jessica Won; Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

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About Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

Flushing Town Hall is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a collective of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens across all five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with the City of New York and a commitment to serving all New Yorkers.

Land Acknowledgement:

Flushing Town Hall acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York, and the first people of Flushing, Queens, who continue to live and work on this land to this day; and we honor their elders who have stewarded this land throughout generations.