On Saturday, April 2nd, the Yachats Commons will “Awake to Rhythm” in a lively and welcoming music-filled fundraiser for My Sisters’ Place. My Sisters’ Place is a nonprofit that uses an anti-oppression framework and provides services for individualsin Lincoln County who have experienced interpersonal violence.
“Awake to Rhythm” is an opportunity to shine a light on this society-wide problem, while also highlighting the significantly higher levels of violence faced by communities of color, including Native Americans. One in five women in Oregon will experience sexual assault in their lifetime, and one in four women will experience domestic violence. For Native American women, one in three will experience sexual assault, and three in five will experience domestic violence. In the face of these sobering facts, My Sisters’ Place invites all communities to support their efforts at “Awake to Rhythm.”
The evening will include a wide array of indigenous music and rhythms from the Americas as well as a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle featuring art, CDs, many spectacular native handcrafted items and more. You can view the silent auction items on line and begin bidding on them at https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=7146 or https://www.facebook.com/events/195988570763698/.
Featured performers at the event (in order of appearance) include:
Jimmy Kasner – a local guitar-pickin’ troubadour, descended from the Illinois Confederacy, whose family was instrumental in helping the Siletz tribe regain their official recognition.
Doc Slyter – a Native American flutist, Tribal Council member and Tribal flutist with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.
Sonidos Del Mexico Antiguo – Prehispanic music that imitates and worships mother nature with natural instruments such as turtle shells, rain sticks water drums, huehuetl drums, clay drums, bamboo scrapers and rattles, Mayan trumpets, stones, clay whistles and bamboo flutes.
Mary Beth Nickel – a talented flutist, Celtic harpist and songstress who will be accompanied by percussionist Rodney Turner.
In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to let their own rhythms flow by playing “Yellow Bear,” Yachat’s two-sided Native American drum before the performances begin.
The event will take place at the Yachats Commons (441 Highway 101 N in Yachats) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $15.00 for individuals or $20.00 for families and includes a tempting array of finger foods and non-alcoholic refreshments. Tickets are available at My Sisters’ Place in Newport, Chuck’s Waldport Video in Waldport, Mari’s Books in Yachats, on-line at
https://www.facebook.com/events/195988570763698/ and at the door.