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Portland Taiko comes to Sandy

Bring the kids; bring a picnic meal; or buy some catered food; and sit back and enjoy


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Portland Taiko Ensemble will bring its signature rhythmic beat to the Dale Nicholls Main Stage next Wednesday, Aug. 21. Avoid regrets; dont miss this powerful performance.People in front of Meinig Park’s Main Stage next Wednesday, Aug. 21, who aren’t tapping their feet, moving their bodies, dancing in the aisles or at least bobbing their heads should have their pulse checked.

If they aren’t moving to the rhythmic beat of the Portland Taiko drummers, they probably don’t have a pulse.

This addictive and inspirational style of Asian music is coming to Sandy as a highlight of the city’s concert series in Meinig Memorial Park.

But attendees should expect more than just music. The group members try to educate audiences about Asian culture and their heritage. Taiko is their way of showing Asian-American pride.

The percussion group, established in 1994, performs for more than 70,000 people each year with flawless drumming, original rhythms and traditional Asian theme music. It occasionally adds other instruments to enhance the overall effect.

The ensemble’s performances are always evolving; they’re dynamic; and they inspire audiences by artistically merging rhythm, movement, energy and Asian culture.

Taiko, meaning “great drum” in the Japanese language, is a centuries-old art form that originated as an effective means of communication.

During the 1900s, taiko drumming evolved into a musical art form that involved a music ensemble and tightly choreographed movements. This is taiko as it is known today.

Rhythm, melody and movement are woven together into an exhilarating musical experience. By combining traditional and contemporary compositions and choreography, Portland Taiko takes Asian-American music into unexplored territory with its innovative and provocative creations.

Those who do not attend at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, will find on Aug. 22 they have missed a rare opportunity in Sandy.

The show is free and family friendly. Meinig Park is at 17670 Meinig Ave. The Dale Nicholls Main Stage is the larger of the two stages in the park, just behind City Hall.

In case of rain, the show will move to the Sandy Community Center at 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information, call 503-668-5569 or visit sandysummersounds.com.