World Rhythm returns to the Lincoln County Fair
Newport’s World Beat Thunder & Lightness Ensemble will celebrate its eighth year of performing at the Lincoln County Fair on Saturday July 7, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, kicking off the Saturday Main Stage music schedule with an expanded version of their high energy multicultural stage show.
Thunder & Lightness combines the dynamic traditional and indigenous rhythms of multiple authentic hand instruments by well-known Coast percussionists Chandler Davis, Skip Floraday, and Rodney Turner with the sharply contrasting sweet harmonies of the Native American wooden flutes played by Osage Nation tribal member Terry Filer.
The global range encompasses their unique multipart arrangements of complex traditional song rhythms from West Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere, alongside Filer’s traditional and original compositions on the flutes.
They’ll be joined for the fair by the Ocean Thunder Ensemble percussion section with regular guest drummers Sandra Surber (on the dununs), Sara Heimlich (djembe), Donna Hill (djembe), Steven Ridley (doumbek), and surprise Special Guests.
In keeping with the fair’s recent tradition of presenting a variety of musical styles and emphasizing local Lincoln County talent, they will be followed Saturday by well-known Lincoln County acts Unplugged, with Steve Mason and Bruce Moore, at 1:00 pm; Donnie MacFarlane, at 2:00 pm; Lisha & The Outlaws, with the irrepressible Lisha Rose, at 4:00 pm; and Green Achers, bringing country back to the fair, at 6:00 pm; along with headliner country-rock singer Briana Renea, from Portland, at 7:45 pm.
The fair dates are July 6, 7 and 8 with local live music, family-oriented attractions, and free admission every day. Full schedule at TheLincolnCountyFair.com.