Next Regular Newport Drum Circle
TODAY: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 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!)
Winter schedule starts next month… We return to our regular winter schedule next month, meeting monthly every second Saturday beginning on October 8, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meeting in the afternoon assures that it will be light out, and the gazebo has proved to be warm enough, during the past two winters, even on the coldest days. Although we will only have one scheduled drum circle each month, during the winter, watch for special events and performances that you can be part of.
SEPTEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS
Second Saturday Drum Jam @ Café Mundo, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2:00 – 5:00 PM…(The Last RUMBA?)
Mary-Beth and I (Thunder & Lightness Flute and Drum Duo) will morph into the Thunder & Lightness Percussion Band, Saturday, as Mary-Beth cranks up the keyboard and we are joined again by Rodney Turner on congas and Gary Brooker on the fretless bass, other members of drum circle’s percussion ensemble and (hopefully) by YOU! It is the final weekend of the Nye Beach Second Saturday Stroll summer celebration and the last Second Saturday Drum Jam for the season. We have an exciting performance set planned and we’re leaving plenty of time for open improvisational jamming. Bring your drum or other percussion instrument and don’t miss you last chance to be part of this extraordinary event!
Mary-Beth and I have had a great time anchoring these jams; we hope you have enjoyed them as well. We are grateful to the Nye Beach Merchants Association 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 and other drummers who have participated and our fabulous guest professionals – Gary and Vallorie (as always), Rodney, Sara, Gus, Ellen and Scott from Portland, Doc Slyter from Coos Bay – have helped to elevated the jams from street performance to quality entertainment events worthy of the venue. The crowds have far exceeded our expectations (I would have been happy with a dozen people each month; we have typically drawn 75 to perhaps 90) and they have been appreciative. The other Second Saturday events, including street performances, gallery shows, art demonstrations, and wine tastings also continue this weekend. Café Mundo is at 209 NW Coast St. (541-574-8134). For information about the drum jam, contact email@example.com, or 541-272-4615.
Drumming for Peace!
Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 to 8:00 PM…
We are teaming up again with the Newport Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice to celebrate the United Nations’ International Peace Week and to honor all victims of war. It s the last Tuesday evening drum circle before we go back to our monthly “winter” schedule and it seems a fitting time to embrace gratitude and hope. In the gazebo at Don Davis Park across the street from the Performing Arts Center. Free, family friendly; all ages and skill levels. Bring a drum or percussion instrument (I’ll also have some you can borrow), and any thoughts, songs or drummable rhythms that represent peace to you. Contact Jeanne StJohn, firstname.lastname@example.org, for the full schedule of ICPJ Peace Week events.
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.
Month of Sundays Blues Jam @ the Uptown Pub, every Sunday, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Lozellle Jennings hosts this hard driving electric blues jam with the remarkable Leonard Maxson on the drum set. It’s mostly about guitars, but you will find me there on the 16″ Remo most Sundays and sometimes the drum circle’s Rodney Turner and other drum circle members. The jam regularly features most of the members of the Purple Cats and Rusty Zippers blues bands. At 636 SW Hurbert St. in Newport, 541-265-3369.
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 spectrum of genres. Snug Harbor is at 5001 SW Hwy 101 in the Taft District of Lincoln City, 541-996-4976.
Yachats Drum Circle has moved to every Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. , but there will be NO DRUM CIRCLE ON SEPTEMBER 7. The sessions resume September 14. 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
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, September 15 (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.
Waldport Drum Circle, Thursday, September 1 (first Thursdays), 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., The Waldport Drum Circle has resumed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWPORT COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE, Tuesday, September 6 & 20 (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, September 7 (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 email@example.com
Special Event! NYE BEACH SECOND SATURDAY STROLL DRUM JAM @ CAFÉ MUNDO, Saturday, September 10, from 2:00 to 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 take advantage of this last chance to share this wonderful experience with us.. 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.
Welcome Back! Waldport Ukulele Club, Monday, September 13 & 27 (second and fourth Mondays), 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Waldport Community Center (the red brick building just west of the fire station on Alsea Hwy). The South County club has resumed its regular twice monthly schedule with an enthusiastic group of beginning players and a drum-circle-like atmosphere. A donation of $1 is asked to cover building costs. All ages, beginners welcome (but you will need to bring your own ukulele, no loaners are available). Contact email@example.com
Drum Some Drum Circle, Friday, September 16 (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
WINE101 Third Saturday Drum Jam, Saturday September 17 (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 email@example.com
Special Event: DRUMMING FOR PEACE! Newport Community Drum Circle, Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We are teaming up again with the Newport Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice to celebrate the United Nations’ International Peace Week and to honor all victims of war. It s the last Tuesday evening drum circle before we go back to our monthly “winter” schedule and it seems a fitting time to embrace gratitude and hope. In the gazebo at Don Davis Park across the street from the Performing Arts Center. Free, family friendly; all ages and skill levels. Bring a drum or percussion instrument (I’ll also have some you can borrow), and any thoughts, songs or drummable rhythms that represent peace to you. Contact Jeanne StJohn, firstname.lastname@example.org,for the full schedule of ICPJ Peace Week events.
Ken Trueman Recovery Center, Wednesday, September 21 (third Wednesdays), 7:30 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
Vallorie Hodges, Friday, September 23: “Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium,” Yachats Commons. Presented by the Yachats Academy of Arts & Sciences. (Details to come.) The pretty half of Clean Slate dons her other professional hat (plus diving tank and flippers) to talk about the Oregon Coast Aquarium the rest of us don’t get to see.
DRUMMING WORKSHOP, Tuesday, September 27 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CANCELLED: Lincoln City Rehabilitation has announced that it is unfortunately its doors. We have enjoyed playing for the residents, during the past year, and working with Activities Director Lois Norton and the exceptional staff there. We will miss them.
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 $5 if you’re in a rush.) Send your check or m.o.to the address at the bottom of this letter. The 54 minute professionally engineered and manufactured CD, produced for us by Oregon Coast Recording, in Waldport, features the Newport Community Drum Circle Percussion Ensemble with Mary-Beth Nickel on the Native American flutes. The entire album was recorded live in Gary and Vallorie’s Waldport studio and features nine traditional and original song selections, reflecting African, Native American, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Celtic influences. THE DUO: As the main performance unit of the drum circle ensemble, Chandler and Mary-Beth, front the Second Saturday Drum Jam at Café Mundo, and provide a musical foundation for many of our other community outreach events. Their combination of haunting flute melodies, lively (but subdued) percussion, and globally influenced traditional and improvisational arrangements is suitable for benefits, community events, private gatherings, and dinner club venues. The duo can be expanded for larger venues and more contemporary emphasis. Contact Chandler at 541-272-4615 or email@example.com.
RHYTHM CONNECTIONS, Therapeutic Drum Circles is a non-profit organization, incorporating members of the Newport, Waldport, Yachats, and Lincoln City Drum Circles and other volunteers • Therapeutic and recreational drum circles for residential care facilities, treatment and wellness centers, schools, church groups, businesses, and other organizations. • Individualized small-group therapeutic drumming to complement treatment for physical and behavioral disorders or to address common barriers to personal growth and development. • Group drumming focused on team building and communications for all ages. • Community drumming events for promotion, fund raising, or just for the fun of it. firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-272-4615.
DEAL$ ON DRUMS
If you have a used or new hand drum or other percussion to sell that is suitable for a drum circle, send one jpeg photo (if you wish), a brief description, and your contact information. There’s no charge, but commercial/retail offerings must be discounted for drum circle participants. We would also very much appreciate donations of drums or other percussion instruments that we could use as loaners!
Stella Blue has a set of three lightly used Latin Percussion Performer Series congas with one stand and two cases for $500 ($600 if she can find the rest of the accessories), down in Yachats. Call her at 541-547-3579.
Jan Weathers, of the Waldport Drum Circle, made a bulk purchase of drums as a humanitarian gesture after a tsunami wiped out the drum making industry in Indonesia several years ago. She is selling them at near cost: Small djembes priced at $90, medium at $169. Larger djembes, $225. (These are handsome, good quality drums at a great price.) Contact email@example.com or 541-547-4545.
Master Drummer Mamadou Thioub, local teacher, performer, and drum builder, from Senegal, has agreed to offer a 10% DISCOUNT on his authentic handmade African djembes to drum circle members/participants! You can buy a good quality drum for less, but Mamadou’s drums, available in a range of sizes and designs, are at the pinnacle of quality and craft. I’ve played one for years and the pleasure of owning it and looking at it almost equals the pleasure of playing it. Mamadou also does classes (below) and has other drums and African imports. firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-765-2830.
Buy Local! We also encourage everyone to support our local retail outlets that support and endorse the drum circle. In particular, we highly recommend RED LOTUS MUSIC. It’s the Newport shop that professional musicians trust, a serious music store run by a serious musician. Evans has been a supporter of the drum circle since it began and, as many of our members will attest, he carries a line of high quality, reasonably priced traditional djembes and a good rotating selection of smaller drums and exotic world percussion instruments. He can special-order, offer reliable professional advice and expertise, and often match or beat online deals. JAMBO WORLD CRAFTS, on the Bayfront, has also been supportive of the drum circle. They carry imported traditional djembes in various sizes and there is a rotating selection of exotic world percussion. Quality is uneven, but prices are often well below online.