What You'll Get
- $10 for two general-admission tickets (up to $16 value)
- $16 for four general-admission tickets (up to $32 value)
Taiko Drum Concert
- What it is: a form of Japanese drumming with martial arts movements
- Where it’s traditionally done: everywhere from Japanese celebrations to Shinto and Buddhist rituals
- What it represents: the voice and spirit of the Japanese, the various sounds of nature, human heartbeats
- What it does: unites listeners by transcending religion, age, gender, class, and the use of cymbals
- Who’s drumming: members of Odaiko New England, a Japanese drumming group that formed in 1994, and ShinDaiko, an ensemble based in the Greater Boston area
- What they’re wearing: colorful Japanese garb, which swirls through the air and catches the eye during bone-shaking thumps with intricate choreography
Black Ships Festival
The Black Ships Festival is more than a yearly event—it’s a commemoration. Specifically, it celebrates the end of Japan’s isolationism from the United States, which became official after Newport’s own Commodore Perry negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854. The treaty allowed foreign ships, or “Black Ships,” to traverse between the two nations for trading purposes. During the annual four-day festival, this global friendship comes to life in the form of calligraphy demonstrations, tea ceremonies, memorial ceremonies, a Sushi Sake Sail, and the stirring taiko drum concert.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 17, 2016. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on day of event for a ticket at the venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed; contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.