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Summer drummin’

Published on May 9, 2017 1:41PM

Chandler Davis

Chandler Davis

Terry Flier

Terry Flier

The sounds of drums and flutes in Newport’s Nye Beach district can mean only one thing, the return of the annual, summer-long Second Saturday Summer Celebration.

The party kicks off its seventh year at noon this Saturday, May 13, starting the season with traditional and indigenous World Beat rhythms and Native American flutes on the large outdoor theater stage in the courtyard at Café Mundo.

The free, family-friendly, community event is sponsored by the Newport Community Drum Circle and welcomes all ages.

The Thunder & Lightness drum and flute ensemble will again serve as musical hosts, featuring Terry Filer on the Native American flutes; the Ocean Thunder Percussion Ensemble, led by the drum circle’s Chandler Davis; and special musical guests.

The event has been described as part street performance, part jam session, and part neighborhood block party. There is light percussion available to encourage audience participation, dancers of all skill levels are welcome on the big stage, and local drummers and other traditional musicians whose style fits the multicultural world beat format often sit in by invitation.

There is ample seating (some covered) in the courtyard and outdoor food and beverage service is available during the performances.

Second Saturdays through September, rain or shine, from noon to 3 pm, 209 NW Coast Street, in Nye Beach. For more information or to arrange to sit in, contact Davis directly at chandler@chandlerdavis.com or 541-272-4615.

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