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Drumming up some rhythmic delights….

Drumming up the music….

Newport/Oregon Coast Drum Circle continues free concerts

The Newport/Oregon Coast Community Drum Circle will continue its recently revived Summer Celebration performance series Saturday (July 31) with a free outdoor concert and family-friendly, all-ages facilitated drum circle from Noon to 2:00 pm at Newport’s Literacy Park Amphitheater on Olive Street just west of the Newport Public Library.

The combined performance and participatory drum circle — with musical host and drum circle facilitator Chandler Davis, percussionist Sandra Surber, and Special Musical Guests providing the multicultural traditional and indigenous World Beat rhythms — is the second such event since the group resumed live performing after a year and a half of COVID imposed online-only events with a similar event late last month at Yaquina Bay State Park, in Newport.

It’s the private non-profit group’s 14th season of free monthly community drum circles, according to Davis. The performance series, previously presented every summer on the outdoor theater stage at Newport’s now-closed Café Mundo in the Historic Nye Beach neighborhood, is in its 11th year (counting last year’s online version).

Everyone is welcome and kids and pets are encouraged at Saturday’s event. There is bleacher type seating and space on the grass to throw down a blanket and a picnic lunch. Spectators are encouraged to come to just watch and listen. Drummers of all skill levels are encouraged to bring their drums or acoustic handheld percussion and no musical experience is necessary to join in.

Please follow current COVID-19 protocols for masking and social distancing. Recreational drugs, alcohol, and smoking are prohibited in Newport parks as is disruptive activity of any kind at this family-oriented event. Dogs need to be on a leash.

Davis said he is looking for a permanent location for both events. The regular year-round drum circles were previously held in the small glass-enclosed gazebo at Don and Ann Davis Park in Nye Beach, but Davis said “I don’t think anyone is going to feel comfortable anymore with the shoulder-to-shoulder seating in the gazebo. We need to find a space for the winter that allows for better air circulation and social distancing.”  

For now, he said, both events will continue – either separately or combined – at least once every month at various locations around the county depending on the availability of venues and sponsors in each area.

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 directly via email at chandler@chandlerdavis.com or on Facebook Messenger.

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