Newport Community Drum Circle
Since it was started in August of 2008 by Kit O’Carra, as the Cape Foulweather Drum Circle (Kit was then living in Depoe Bay), the Newport Community Drum Circle has become a recognized and vital part of the social and cultural life of Newport and even – thanks to the talented people who have gathered around it – an increasingly significant part of the Lincoln County arts and entertainment community. The drum circle flourished during its first few months, but suspended operations briefly during that first winter due to the difficulty of finding a winter indoor venue that would not necessitate charging a fee to cover rental costs. Kit eventually asked to be relieved of the responsibility for coordinating. When I took over as coordinator in April 2009, there were two people (Jan Weathers and I) at the drum circle. With the help of a handful of diehards (including Jan, Barbara Wilson, and Richard Sherlock, among those still involved), the drum circle recovered and began attracting new participants during the spring.
The somewhat risky decision to try to do the drum circles in the gazebo in the winter by moving the winter sessions to second Saturday afternoons (when it would be warmer and lighter) was gradually accepted and it has been successful for two winters. (Even in the coldest months, the gazebo has been warm and cozy once we have gathered a crowd and started drumming, and moving to Saturdays opened up the circle to many new participants who couldn’t come on Tuesday evenings.)
We now have about 400 members receiving the newsletter and hundreds more have visited once or twice or joined us while vacationing in Newport. We usually have from two dozen to more than three dozen participants at the regular drum circles. During the past two and a half years, we have done 18 drum circles a year at the gazebo without a missed session and this year we added the Second Saturday Drum Jam at Café Mundo to the summer schedule for a total of nearly two dozen regular drum circles. We did more than two dozen additional free drum circles around Lincoln County last year and we’re on track to do more than 30 community outreach events during 2011. Organizations that have sponsored these special drum circle events range from church organizations to residential care and treatment centers to the Lincoln County School District, Oregon Coast Community College, and Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.
Happy anniversary to all of you who have volunteered your time and talent to help make this miracle happen; please give yourselves a standing ovation!
Next Regular Newport Drum Circle is TOMORROW
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM…
in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport.
(Regular “summer” schedule –every first and third Tuesday, 6 to 8:00 p.m. – through September!)
Also next week…
I’m giving the drums and myself a much needed rest next week, but you can catch some of our other members at various local venues: Catch Rodney Turner Tuesday night in Lincoln City, after the drum circle, at the Snug Harbor Bar & Grill (8:00 p.m. till at least 11:00 pm, but frequently till 1:00 a.m. or so) on congas and percussion, with the Steve Sloan band. Danny Norton is at the Green Gables Italian Café (5:30 -7:30 p.m.) with Lozelle Jennings, every Wednesday evening. Gary and Vallorie are at the Drift Inn, in Yachats, Thursday (6:30 to 9:00 p.m.) as the Golden Gate Trio, with Danny, and at the Green Gables Italian Café, as usual, on Friday (5:30 to 8 p.m.) as the Clean Slate Duo. You can also usually catch Rodney, me, and occasionally Danny, at the Month of Sundays Blues Jam with Lozelle Jennings at the Uptown Pub (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.).
If you want to try doing something with your hands besides banging on things, you might consider going NUTS with the Newport Ukulele Tune Strummers club, Wednesday night (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.) at, Red Lotus Music. It’s a little bit like a drum circle, beginners are welcome (there are even ukes you can borrow), and Tash Wesp and Evans Longstreet do their best to explain what to do with all those extra notes and pitches and stuff. If nothing else, the calluses you get from the strings are handy for drumming too.
On Thursday, you can also head down/up to Waldport to welcome Jan Weathers back to the surface, as she resumes the regular Waldport Drum Circle schedule (first Thursdays, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.), at the Waldport Community Center (the red brick building just west of the fire station on Alsea Hwy). All ages, $1 donation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST SPECIAL EVENTS
Second Saturday Drum Jam @ Café Mundo, SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2:00 – 4:00 PM… Last month we took to the new outdoor stage with half a dozen seasoned guest drummers, Mary-Beth on the keyboards as well as flutes; and professional help from Rodney on the full conga set, Gary on the fretless bass, and Vallorie “brushing” her Remo. A surprise guest, flute maker and master player, Doc Slyter, who is an elder and the cultural chair of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, in Coos Bay, did a couple of solos and joined Mary-Beth for an encore flute session at the end of the jam. There are just two more Second Saturday jams before we return to our winter second Saturday drum circles at the park, so I if you want to be part of this exciting change of pace, get in touch with me about sitting in. (Details below…see attachment for video clip of July drum jam!)
Oregon Coast Community College, SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2:00 – 4:00 PM… August 20 is a big day for Newport with the ribbon cutting celebration for the NOAA facility in the morning and the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Aquarium Science Building at OCCC in the afternoon. But we’ve got it covered: Our Clean Slate Duo/Golden Gate Trio friends Gary and Vallorie, along with the drum circle’s own Rodney Turner on drums and percussion will be the entertainment for the morning event; we will present a special drum circle in the afternoon to kick of the OCCC celebration, with Gary, Vallorie, and Rodney joining us at OCCC when they wrap up at NOAA. Clean Slate played for the opening dedication celebration at the NOAA site last year and we did a special drum circle at OCCC about this time last year for a fund raising event for the new building. It all has a nice symmetry to it, with the drum circle and its members once again showing their willingness to be involved in positive ways in the community.(Details below.)
Oceanview Senior Living, Annual Luau, FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1:30 – 2:30 PM… This is the big annual event at this luxurious Newport assisted living facility and residential development, when the public is invited to feast (at no cost) on tropical goodies, enjoy Hawaiian music and dance, visit the residents and their families, and see the facility. Jan Weathers and I did an opening drum circle to kick the event off last year and they have invited us back (we even have a couple of Hawaiian drum rhythms). We expect from 20 to 60 residents, plus guests (we had more than 100 people in the audience last year), but we will probably set up the actual drum circle for about 12. If you are interested in participating, contact me soon. (Details below.).
If you have a drumming or drumming-related event, drum circle, or drumming class, send me your information by the second Tuesday of the prior month and I will pass it along at no charge to our large and rapidly growing mailing list and to key media outlets.
Yachats Drum Circle, every Tuesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Yachats Commons, Room 8 (north side entrance) or Room 3 (west side entrance). Lincoln County’s oldest drum circle. Members of the group also perform as The Rhythm Weavers. Free. Will Williams, email@example.com
Rodney Turner: Rodney has become a valuable asset to the drum circle since he moved to Newport last spring, participating faithfully in the regular drum circles, the Second Saturday drum jams and in most of our recent special events. He has also been sitting in with several local bands and picking up more professional gigs, lately. You can catch him every Tuesday at the Snug Harbor Bar & Grill Jam Session, “8:00 p.m. till ?” (at least 11:00 p.m, but often later) on congas and percussion, with Steve Sloan and an assortment of local musicians representing a full spectrum of roadhouse genres. He will be sitting in with Clean Slate at the NOAA ribbon cutting, Saturday, August 20, and joining the drum circle later the same day for the ribbon cutting for the new Aquarium Science Building at OCCC. You can catch him (and me) most weekends at the Month of Sundays Blues Jam with Lozelle Jennings at the Uptown Pub (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.). Snug Harbor is at 5001 SW Hwy 101 in the Taft District of Lincoln City, 541-996-4976; the Uptown is at 636 SW Hurbert St. in Newport, 541-265-3369.
Danny Norton: Catch drum circle and drum circle ensemble member Danny Norton on drum kit with the Golden Gate Trio at various venues, and with Lozelle Jennings every Wednesday night (5:30 -7:30 p.m.) at the Green Gables Italian Café and, occasionally, at the Uptown Pub Sunday Blues Jam (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.). Also watch for this busy musician on bass with the Purple Cats blues band.
Advanced West African Drumming Class with Mamadou Thioub, every Thursday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., South Beach Community Center (little yellow building across from Pirate’s Plunder and Fishtails). Master Drummer in the Griot tradition, from Senegal. Serious drumming focused on traditional West African rhythms, songs, and culture. $20 per session, 541-765-2830 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Beginners’ West African Drumming Class with Mamadou & Abdoulaye Thioub, every Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., South Beach Community Center (3024 SE Ferry Slip Road). Master Drummers and local performers, from Senegal. Traditional West African drumming in a cultural context and done in the traditional way. I studied with Mamadou and strongly recommend these classes if you’re ready to make a serious commitment and want to focus on traditional African drumming. Beginning classes are $10, plus $5 to rent a drum. Call first, especially if you will need a drum. 541-765-2830 or email@example.com
Clean Slate Duo & Golden Gate Trio: Catch Gary and Vallorie every Friday, 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 pm, at Green Gables Italian Café, 156 SW Coast Street, at the Green Gable Bed & Breakfast. in Nye Beach (use the 2nd Street Café entrance, call 541-574-0986). Catch the trio Thursday, August 4 & 18 (every other Thursday), 6:30 to 9;00 p.m. at the Drift Inn, in Yachats (call 541-547-4477). These long time drum circle members and supporters are all over the place, so also watch for them in the local listings. See the Clean Slate website at www.bluesic.com with a special page donated to the drum circle. See our video, by Gary and Vallorie’s full-service Oregon Coast Recording, at YouTube.com (enter “Drum Circle Newport Oregon”) and pick up the drum circle’s new album, Thunder & Lightness, recorded live at Oregon Coast Recording, at any drum circle event.
NEWPORT COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE, Tuesday, August 2 & 16 (first and third Tuesdays), 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. In the gazebo at Don Davis Park, at the foot of Olive Street, across the street from the Performing Arts Center. Free, family friendly; all ages and skill levels. Bring a drum or borrow one of ours.
NUTS: Newport Ukulele Tune Strummers, Wednesday, August 3 (first Wednesdays), 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Red Lotus Music, 425 SW Coast Hwy Ukulele clubs, like drum circles, encourage community and provide access to participation for people without extensive musical training. Newport fabric artist (and professional clown) Tash Wesp and Evans Longstreet, multi-instrumentalist and owner of Newport’s Red Lotus Music, facilitate the meetings and the music store, on the east side of Hwy 10l in downtown Newport, offers convenient parking and plenty of room. Beginners are welcome, loaner ukuleles are available, Free (donations accepted). Contact Red Lotus at 541-574-0406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome back Jan! Waldport Drum Circle, Thursday, August 4 (first Thursdays), 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., The Waldport Drum Circle is resuming its regular schedule. “Bring a friend and your drums, shakers, bells, and whatever you want to make rhythm with. If you don’t have a drum, I will have several available. Hope to see you there, Jan.” Waldport Community Center (the red brick building just west of the fire station on Alsea Hwy). All ages, $1 donation. Contact email@example.com
Drum Some Drum Circle, Friday, August 5 & 19 (first and third Fridays), 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in Florence. “…our gatherings are free. People of all ages and levels of musical experience are welcome. Bring drums, rattles, flutes, and percussion toys and join the fun. We have extra drums to loan to visitors and those new to drumming.” Locations change frequently, check with them first. Contact Key Krecker, facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
DRUMMING WORKSHOP, Tuesday, August 9 & 23 (second and fourth Tuesdays), 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Informal beginner’s workshops cover basic hand drum techniques and common drum circle rhythms and can be tailored to the individual participants’ experience and interest. More advanced participants learn performance skills and gain performance experience in a variety of venues. Cost is $20 for two 2-hour sessions, loaner drums are available at no extra charge Please contact me at least a week in advance at 541-272-4615 or email@example.com
Special Event! NYE BEACH SECOND SATURDAY STROLL DRUM JAM @ CAFÉ MUNDO, Saturday, August 13 & September 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. The Nye Beach Merchants Association’s Second Saturday Stoll summer celebration ends in September and we return to our regular second Saturday winter drum circles at the park in October. Mary-Beth and I have had a blast anchoring these jams. We are grateful to the Nye Beach merchants for supporting the jams and to Greg and Laurie Card of Cafe Mundo for hosting them in the beautiful and weather protected Café Mundo Courtyard. The drum circle ensemble members who have participated, the other drummers who have turned out, and our fabulous guest professionals – Gary and Vallorie (as always), Rodney, Sara, Gus, Ellen and Scott from Portland, Doc Slyter from Coos Bay – have elevated the jams from street performance to quality entertainment events worthy of the venue. We have been drawing good crowds and the audiences have been appreciative. We hope you will all continue to share this wonderful experience with us during August and September. The other Second Saturday events, including street performances, gallery shows, art demonstrations, and wine tastings continue, as well, throughout the neighborhood all day and the original banners by local artists are hanging from the antique lampposts. Café Mundo is at 209 NW Coast St. (541-574-8134). For information about the drum jam, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 541-272-4615.
Ken Trueman Recovery Center, Wednesday, August 17 (third Wednesdays), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monthly therapeutic drum circle/recovery group geared to both mental health and addiction clients at the Lincoln County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse treatment facility in Newport. Call me in advance to volunteer. (You will be asked to sign a confidentiality oath for the protection of the clients.) 541-272-4615 or email@example.com
Special Event! NOAA Grand Opening, Saturday, August 20 : The official ribbon cutting celebration for the new headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Coast marine research headquarters is Saturday morning, August 20 (check local papers for exact times). Entertainment will be provided by our Clean Slate/Golden Gate Trio friends Gary and Vallorie, with the drum circle’s own Rodney Turner on drums and percussion.
Special Event! OCCC Aquarium Science Building Dedication, Saturday, August 20: August 20 is a big day for Newport with the NOAA dedication in the morning and the ribbon cutting for the new building for the Oregon Coast Community College’s unique Aquarium Science program in the afternoon, and we’ve got it all covered. As soon as the speeches are over at OCCC, about 2:30 p.m., we will be presenting a special drum circle on the lawn in front of the main administration building to welcome the community to the celebration. As soon as Gary, Vallorie, and Rodney finish helping the community celebrate the NOAA ribbon cutting, they will be coming over to OCCC’s South Beach campus to join the drum circle and help everyone celebrate the new aquarium building!. The campus is at 400 College Way, east of Hwy 101, south of the Yaquina Bay bridge and the turn offs to the aquarium.
WINE101 Third Saturday Drum Jam, Saturday August 20 (every third Saturday), 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Lincoln City. The venue, a combination gourmet wine shop, restaurant, and art gallery offers the added bonus of wild harvest cuisine by internationally known chef Lee Gray (aka. The Wild Gourmet). Outdoor area for summer drumming. Part drum circle, part drum jam (bring your own drum or other percussion instrument). Host Mary Zeman is also a member of the Newport Drum Circle ensemble. At 220 SE Hwy 101, near the D-River Wayside (just south of Lee’s Restaurant). Contact Mary at 541-205-1571 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Date – Lincoln City Rehabilitation, Sunday, August 21 (usually fourth Sundays) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. We will be doing the drum circle a week earlier than usual, this month only, because of other commitments. We’ve had a great reception from residents and great staff cooperation here. I’m counting on our north county friends to help me keep these public drum circles lively, diverse, and fun. L.C. Rehab is located at 3011 NE 28th Street, near Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Contact me for details. 541-272-4615 or email@example.com.
Annual Oceanview Senior Living Luau, Friday, August 26, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The luau is the big annual event at this luxurious Newport assisted living facility and residential development. The public is invited to feast (at no cost0 on tropical goodies, enjoy Hawaiian music and dancing, visit with the residents and their families, and see the facility. Jan Weathers and I did an opening drum circle to kick the event off last year and they have invited us back We expect from 20 to 60 residents plus guests (we had more than 100 people in the audience last year), but we will set up the actual drum circle for about 24 at a time. If you are interested in participating, contact me for details.
Special Event! BURNTWOODSSTOCK III, Friday, Saturday & Sunday August 26, 27 & 28. Although I did an informal Saturday afternoon drum circle last year, I decided against trying to do one at BWS this year (the logistics are complicated and it’s way too much to try to do alone). But, I will be there and I will be taking my drum. If you are coming, bring a drum and we can at least get together and jam in the meadow!! A free event the past two years, it is anything but, this year. Get tickets and register for camping in advance. Prices and ticket information at http://store.burntwoodsstock.com/index.html
Mary-Beth Nickel, Sunday, August 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Café Mundo. Mary-Beth will be joined by Portland guitarist Scott Allen, a longtime collaborator (who sat in for a couple of numbers during the June drum jam), for this melodic flute presentation for the Mundo Sunday Brunch bunch. Call 541-574-8134.
Thunder & Lightness, THE ALBUM: available at Red Lotus Music, in Newport, or at any drum circle event! If you live out of the area, I will mail you a CD at the regular $15 price well within the usual “please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.” (Add $5 if you’re in a rush.) Send your check or m.o.to the address at the bottom of this letter. The 54 minute professionally engineered and manufactured CD, produced for us by Oregon Coast Recording, in Waldport, features the Newport Community Drum Circle Percussion Ensemble with Mary-Beth Nickel on the Native American flutes. The entire album was recorded live in Gary and Vallorie’s Waldport studio and features nine traditional and original song selections, reflecting African, Native American, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Celtic influences. THE DUO: As the main performance unit of the drum circle ensemble, Chandler and Mary-Beth, front the Second Saturday Drum Jam at Café Mundo, and provide a musical foundation for many of our other community outreach events. Their combination of haunting flute melodies, lively (but subdued) percussion, and globally influenced traditional and improvisational arrangements is suitable for benefits, community events, private gatherings, and dinner club venues. The duo can be expanded for larger venues. Contact Chandler at 541-272-4615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RHYTHM CONNECTIONS, Therapeutic Drum Circles is a non-profit organization, incorporating members of the Newport, Waldport, Yachats, and Lincoln City Drum Circles and other volunteers • Therapeutic and recreational drum circles for residential care facilities, treatment and wellness centers, schools, church groups, businesses, and other organizations. • Individualized small-group therapeutic drumming to complement treatment for physical and behavioral disorders or to address common barriers to personal growth and development. • Group drumming focused on team building and communications for all ages. • Community drumming events for promotion, fund raising, or just for the fun of it. email@example.com or 541-272-4615.