We have been approached about participating in the First Annual “Art of the Heart” event for kids without housing and their families that the Lincoln County School District is putting on Sunday November 14 (1:00 to 4:00 PM) at the old Yaquina View School, in Newport. It is part of the new HELP Homeless Education & Literacy Project.
Sandy Post wrote: “It’s an art sale, open mic stage, bake sale, and tours of the HELP center…The art work for sale will be donated by artists and will be in a more affordable price range….we are looking for poets, musicians, etc. who would be interested in signing up for a time to perform…I’m sending you this info in hope that you or some of the drummers might like to perform at this event…”
I talked with Sandy about it today and suggested that we do an ongoing participatory drum circle (as opposed to a performance) somewhere at a distance from the stage so that it could run concurrently with the stage entertainment so folks (especially kids) could just drop in and out more or less whenever they feel like over the three hours of the event; pretty much the same as we did at the OCCC benefit during the summer.
I’ll try to get some more details tomorrow, but I would definitely like to do it if there is any interest. I will need at least two or three other drummers to help me. Please let me know right away if you are interested.
In life and in music, everyone has something to contribute to the groove!
For newcomers: Experience community! The Newport Community Drum Circle is an ad hoc rhythm jam session and communal celebration, now in its third year at Don Davis Park, in Nye Beach. It’s free and family-friendly (no drugs or alcohol); all ages, skill levels, and acoustic instruments are welcome. There are usually drums or small percussion instruments to borrow for those who don’t have one (please bring extra drums, if you have them). The drum circle is facilitated, but loosely structured; a small portion of each session is reserved for instruction in djembe and other drum basics and for learning new rhythms. We typically attract from one dozen to three dozen participants – both locals and visitors — along with lots of beach strollers who stop to enjoy the music. Regular participants have ranged in age from toddlers to nonagenarians, and represent every socio-economic stratum. (Reply to get on or off the e-mail list.)
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