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Time for Tahiti, in Newport

Published on August 7, 2018 12:46PM

The Nye Beach Second Saturday Summer Celebration will continue with a performance from the Thunder & Lightness World Beat Ensemble this Saturday, Aug. 11, in Newport, featuring special guest Lewis Smith.

Smith will perform authentic Tahitian Toere drumming, a traditional form of music throughout the Pacific islands that involves various sizes and tones of log drums and a large bass drum. The style is associated with traditional Hula-style dances.

Smith, who now lives in Lincoln City, studied the form with native musicians while living in Tahiti. He will lead a crowd-pleasing drumming ensemble composed of local high school students.

The Thunder & Lightness ensemble also frequently features the much older African log drums, or Krin, in a mixture of Polynesian and African rhythms.

Together, the performers will fill the historic oceanfront district of Nye Beach with multicultural traditional and indigenous rhythms from noon to 3 pm in the courtyard of Café Mundo, 209 NW Coast Street.

Leader Chandler Davis describes the Second Saturday Summer Celebration as “a combination of street performance, variety show, and neighborhood block party.”

The courtyard has ample seating, some covered, and outdoor food and beverage service is available during the performances. For more information, contact Davis directly at 541-272-4615 or chandler@chandlerdavis.com.

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