New! The “Month of Sundays” Blues Jam with Lozelle Jennings has moved to Harpoon Hannah’s (formerly the Whale’s Tale) on the Newport Bayfront, and has been extended to four hours, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Sunday. Veteran bluesman Jennings of the Purple Cats 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 “blues djembe” most Sundays and sometimes other drum circle members. At 452 SW Bay Boulevard, just east of Canyon Way, 541-264-8381. Starting October 2. No cover or mininum.
Rodney Turner has become a valuable asset to the drum circle since he moved to Newport last spring, participating faithfully in the regular drum circles and most of our special events. He has also been picking up professional gigs all over the county. Catch him first and third Tuesdays at the Snug Harbor Bar & Grill Jam Session, in Lincoln City, from 9:00 to midnight, on congas and percussion, with Steve Sloan. He also appears with the Steve Sloan Band on Thursdays, 9:00 to midnight, at Roadhouse 101, and Sundays, at Lincoln City’s Nauti Mermaid, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Rodney’s congas have given the band a full percussion section (drum kit plus hand percussion) and the baddest beat in Lincoln County!. Roadhouse 101 is at 4649 SW Hwy 101, 541-994-7729; Snug Harbor is at 5001 SW Hwy 101 in the Taft District; The Nauti Mermaid is at 1343 NW Hwy 101, next to Birkenstock Shoes, 541-614-1001.
New! Belly Dancing with Yemaya, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Dance and All That Jazz, 630 SW Hurbert St., Yemaya (aka Emily Camille) is the remarkable dancer who performed at this year’s BurntWoodsStock Festival. Beginners Classes (ages 16 and up) are underway now, classes for youngsters 6 to 10 and 11 to 15 are scheduled to begin in January. The current 12-week series is $38 per month for one class per week or $65 per month for two classes per week. Contact her at 541-224-3538, email@example.com or visit her website at www.bellydanceyemaya.com
Yachats Drum Circle, every Wednesday, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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 email@example.com .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean Slate Duo & Golden Gate Trio: Catch Gary and Vallorie every Friday, 6:00 to 9:00 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 every 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.
NUTS: Newport Ukulele Tune Strummers, Wednesday, October 5 (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! Project Homeless Connect, Thursday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 227 NW 12th St., Newport. Music by Bill & Dorothy Kucha and local legend Frank Jones starts at 11:30. Drum circle, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Please tell anyone you know or see who may be homeless or in temporary housing about his event – bus service to the event is free all day!
Waldport Drum Circle (first Thursdays) is on hiatus until further notice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Drum Some Drum Circle, Friday, October 7 & 21 (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 email@example.com
New! NEWPORT COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE IS NOW ON THE REGULAR WINTER SCHEDULE, Saturday, October 8, and every second Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Inside the enclosed 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.
Waldport Ukulele Club, Monday, October 10 & 24 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DRUMMING WORKSHOP, Tuesday, October 11 & 25 (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
WINE101 Third Saturday Drum Jam, Saturday October 15 (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
Ken Trueman Recovery Center, Wednesday, October 26 (usually 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
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, fronted the Second Saturday Drum Jams at Café Mundo, during the summer, 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 a more contemporary sound. 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.
Coming in November: Going for the record: Oregon’s Largest Ever Drum Circle! OREGON BIG BEAT 2011, Sunday, November 6, in Portland. All genres and all drum types, including full drum sets. Sponsored by Rhythm Traders, www.rhythmtraders.com
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!
(Thanks to Richard Kennedy for donating a very cool
set of hand carved Australian claves last month!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (see above) and has other drums and African imports. email@example.com 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.
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.)
Mail: 437 NE 1st Street
Newport OR 97365-2839
NEW PHONE: 541-272-4615
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