Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to see a taiko drum concert at the Black Ships Festival at Cardines Field. For $14, you get four tickets for general-admission seating on Sunday, July 22, at noon (up to a $28 value). Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Formed in 1994, Odaiko New England brings the thundering sounds of taiko drumming to festival, concert, and school audiences across the East Coast. The group dons colorful Japanese garb before combining bone-shaking thumps with intricate choreography, their sticks and mallets reigning down on drum skins. The creative rhythms intertwine with primal yawps as the show gains momentum, culminating in intense fits of drumming as the performers climb to a roaring climax that writes "hello" on every seismograph in the county. This concert comes at the tail end of the Black Ships Festival, a four-day celebration of Japanese culture with calligraphy demonstrations, tea ceremonies, and memorial ceremonies to celebrate Newport's own Commodore Perry and his treaty that ended Japan's isolationism from the United States.