Newport Community Drum Circle
We’re four, but you don’t look a day over…
Thanks to all of the longtime members who showed up to drum on August 2. It was especially good to see those of you who have not been able to join us as regularly as in the past!. We still have another drum circle this month and a couple of exciting special events, so there’s still time to use the occasion of our anniversary to get back into the drumming habit if you have not drummed with us for awhile. Some of the faces around the circle have changed as we continue – happily – to add dozens of new members and to grow in stature in the community and we have learned some new rhythms, but the spirit of the drum circle remains the same.
Second Saturday Drum Jam @ Café Mundo
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2:00 – 4:00 PM…
This is the next to the last of this summer’s Second Saturday Drum Jams at Café Mundo (before we return to our winter schedule at the gazebo, in October). Mary-Beth and I have lined up some of our best ensemble players to join the Thunder & Lightness Duo for the performance set. If you would like to sit in, let me know right away, or show up and join in during the open drumming segment. It would be a shame to miss the opportunity to play for the appreciative audiences that we have been attracting at this exciting venue. We start at 2:00 p.m. The open drumming usually starts about 3:00 p.m. and we generally play until a little after 5:00 p.m. — which is a good time to catch an awesome Café Mundo dinner before the big Saturday night rush.
Oregon Coast Community College
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2:00 – 4:00 PM…
We’re the main entertainment for the OCCC ribbon cutting celebration for the new Aquarium Science Building, so we need all of our more experienced and disciplined drummers! We’ll be just outside the entrance to the administration building (or inside if it rains). Rogue Ales will be have a beer garden tent nearby, there will be light refreshments and public tours of the new building, maybe a piano player inside, but there are no bands scheduled this year. The dedication starts at 2:00 p.m., shortly after the morning NOAA dedication celebration at the NOAA homeport ends. I plan to set up between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m., before people start arriving. They have added some speakers for the dedication, so we may have to wait until 3:00 p.m. to get started (or at least play softly at first). We will play until at least 4:00 p.m., longer, if we have an audience. Clean Slate is the band for the NOAA celebration (with Rodney Turner on drums) and they will be coming over to OCCC to drum with us afterwards. The organizers expect about 150 people; I’m going to set the drum circle up for about two dozen at a time (same set up as Africa Day). Mary-Beth and I will draw on the Café Mundo Thunder & Lightness set list, but it will be mostly open drumming and getting as many people as possible to participate. The drum Circle we did at OCCC last summer was great fun and this one should be even better!
Anniversary Drum Circle:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 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!)
Feel free to bring picnic-type potluck munchies, non-alcoholic beverages (no glass), balloons, funny hats, lavish gifts for the facilitator, and noise makers. (Oh yeah, we have noisemakers!)
Lincoln City Rehabilitation Center has announced that it is closing its doors at the end of the month, so the August drum circle (scheduled for August 21) has been cancelled. We are sorry to hear this: We’ve enjoyed playing there, have come to appreciate the residents and staff, and Activities Director Lois Norton has been a delight to work with. We’ll miss you all!.
The Yachats Drum Circle has let me know that they are changing their weekly meeting day from Tuesday to Wednesdays at 7 p.m., effective next Wednesday, August 17. This is good news for those of us who have been unable to attend on most Tuesdays because of the Newport workshops and Tuesday drumming here during the summer. I urge everyone to take advantage of the change and to attend the Yachats sessions. They are patient with novices, but they are also polished drummers and you will learn what hand drumming is about in its more challenging traditional forms.
If you have been bitten by the “Latin” rhythm bug, here’s a late entry that missed the Deals on Drums listings this month: Stella Blue has a set of three Latin Percussion Performer Series congas with one stand and two cases for $500 ($600 if she can find the rest of the accessories).. Call her at 541-547-3579.
Rodney will be filling in on drums this weekend with Toledo Bob and The Rusty Zippers Blues Band (Friday and Saturday night, at the Bay Haven) as well as helping us keep it lively at the Second Saturday Drum Jam at Café Mundo (see above). You can catch Clean Slate with Gary and Vallorie and some terrific Italian food at the Green Gables Café, as usual, on Friday from 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. The Thunder & Lightness Duo will also be featuring Gary on the fretless bass guitar at the Saturday Drum at Café Mundo. I will be drumming along with Lozelle Jennings and the gang, on the big Remo, as usual, on Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Uptown Pub blues jam.
In life and in music, everyone has something to contribute to the groove!
For newcomers: Experience community! The Newport Community Drum Circle is an ad hoc rhythm jam session and communal celebration, now in its fourth year at Don Davis Park, in Nye Beach. It’s free and family-friendly (no drugs or alcohol); all ages, skill levels, and acoustic instruments are welcome. There are usually drums or small percussion instruments to borrow for those who don’t have one (please bring extra drums, if you have them). The drum circle is facilitated, but loosely structured; a small portion of each session is reserved for instruction in djembe and other drum basics and for learning new rhythms. We typically attract two to three dozen participants (up to more than 50), both locals and visitors. Regular participants have ranged in age from toddlers to nonagenarians, and represent every social and economic stratum. (Reply to get on or off the e-mail list.)