Drumming in the summer season…
The weather doesn’t always cooperate, but you can always tell when Newport is ready for summertime fun to begin by the sounds of drums and flutes emanating in early May from the historic oceanfront Nye Beach district.
The annual summer-long Nye Beach Second Saturday Summer Celebration will begin its seventh year on Saturday, May 13, at noon, kicking off the season once again with traditional and indigenous World Beat drumming, Native American flutes, and other traditional instruments on the outdoor theater stage in the Courtyard at Café Mundo.
The free, family friendly community-wide event is sponsored by the Newport Community Drum Circle and welcomes all ages.
Musical hosts again this year are the Thunder & Lightness drum and flute ensemble, featuring Terry Filer on the Native American flutes; the Ocean Thunder Percussion Ensemble, led by the drum circle’s Chandler Davis; and special musical guests.
The event has been described as part street performance, part jam session, and part neighborhood block party. There is light percussion available to encourage audience participation and dancers of all skill levels are welcome on the big outdoor stage.
Local hand drummers and other traditional musicians whose style fits the multicultural World Beat format often sit in by invitation, and well-known local professional musicians whose styles are compatible with the format are regularly featured.
There is ample seating (some covered) in the courtyard and outdoor food and beverage service is available during the performances.
Second Saturdays through September, rain or shine, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., 209 NW Coast Street, in Nye Beach. For more information or to arrange to sit in, contact Davis directly at email@example.com or 541-272-4615.