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Newport/Oregon Coast Community Drum Circle resumes live activities

Chandler Davis
Pied Piper of Drumming on the Oregon Coast

Newport/Oregon Coast Community Drum Circle resumes live activities

The iconic Newport/Oregon Coast Community Drum Circle will return to its usual summer program of free live community performance events and free and family friendly all-ages open community drum circles beginning Summer Solstice weekend.

The private non-profit will present its first public “live-in-person” event Saturday, June 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, outside (rain or shine) in the picnic area at the east end of Yaquina Bay State Park.

Drum Circle Coordinator Chandler Davis said, “This will be our first live public outing in 15 months and Summer Solstice weekend seemed like the perfect time to come out of our COVID caves and launch our 14th Season of free participatory community rhythm events in Lincoln County.”

Everyone is welcome to join in, participants are encouraged to bring their own drums or light “found” percussion from around the house, and light portable chairs or stools. (For health and safety reasons, loaner drums will not be available.)

Davis said, “Saturday’s event also launches the 11th Season of the free monthly outdoor Summer Celebration performances that we previously did in the Courtyard at the late, lamented Café Mundo in Newport’s Nye Beach neighborhood. We’ll be coming with a full performance set list Saturday and there’s plenty of room for audience at the park if folks just want to come listen to the music without joining in.”

Davis said he is looking for a new permanent location for the summer performance series and for a new larger venue for the regular monthly year-round drum circles that will allow for better air circulation and social distancing than the small glass-enclosed gazebo at Don and Ann Davis Park in Nye Beach where the rhythm gatherings were held for many years.

“For now, we will be presenting both events – separately or combined at least once month — as moveable feasts at different locations and venues in various parts of Lincoln County through September or until we find a permanent venue.” Davis said.

Current recommended COVID-19 protocols for masking and social distancing will be followed. Drugs, alcohol, smoking and disruptive activity of any kind are strictly prohibited at this family-oriented event.

The drum circle’s popular weekly World Beat Rhythm Celebration and Virtual Global Drum Circle, USA online program – streaming simultaneously on Facebook Live and Zoom from Davis’s Facebook page since May 2020 – continues in a new 90-minute summer format most Saturdays from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm with the drum circle’s Thunder & Lightness Trio featuring Terry Filer on the Native American flutes and Special Guests.

For more information or to host or sponsor a drum circle or performance contact Davis at 541-272-4615, via email at chandler@chandlerdavis.com or on Facebook Messenger.

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