Musician Andy Stermer, of Montevideo, Minn., will travel to Montevideo, Uruguay, this Jan.

Musician Andy Stermer, of Montevideo, Minn., will travel to Montevideo, Uruguay, this Jan. to study Uruguayan Candombe drumming, music and culture – and he wants to bring what he learns back to Minnesota.

Stermer is hosting the “Yes We Candombe!” concert Dec. 21 to raise funds for purchasing and shipping three artisan-made Candombe drums from Uruguay. After his return from Uruguay in late March, Stermer will use the drums in a number of performance- and education-based projects to share Candombe music with Minnesotan musicians.

“Yes We Candombe!” is Saturday, Dec. 21 at Java River café in Montevideo. Starting at 7:30 p.m., Stermer’s jazz trio, Tre Leche, will perform as well as local accordianista Malena Handeen. Admission is free, and the group will take up a free-will donation for the drums. The fundraising goal is $700.

Check out the Dec. 19 edition of the American-News for more information about Stermer's upcoming trip.