Newport Drum Circle celebrates eighth birthday
During August, the non-profit Newport Community Drum Circle will celebrate the start of its eighth year of providing free, year-round, family friendly rhythm events in Lincoln County.
The group’s regularly scheduled all-ages, drug and alcohol free drum circles in the enclosed gazebo at Don Davis Park, across from the Newport Performing Arts Center, are held twice a month, on first and third Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., from May through September. From October through April, the drum circles are on second Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the gazebo. This month’s drum circles at the park are on Tuesday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 18.
Drum Circle coordinator Chandler Davis says the events at the park typically attract two to three dozen participants (up to more than 50), including locals and many Newport visitors from around the region and the world. Regular participants range in age from toddlers to nonagenarians, and represent every social and economic stratum. The drum circle has more than 700 members who are active subscribers to the drum circle newsletter.
“The free drum circles at the park are open to everyone, absolutely no musical experience is necessary, and we always have extra drums and other percussion instruments to lend to anyone who doesn’t have one. We believe that music and all of the arts should be for everyone.” Davis said, “Music breaks down the artificial barriers that divide us and it’s a powerful tool for creating and encouraging healthy communities.”