Asheville Drum Circle
Watercolor of the Asheville Drum Circle
The original painting was a commissioned piece from Summer of 2018
Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse community.
The Drum Circle is a free event all about creating harmony, both in music and with one another. The weekly ritual draws hundreds of people together outside during the warm weather months (generally April through October). It’s a tradition that began in Asheville in 2001 with just about 10 drummers.
Anybody is welcome to join in the music by bringing their own drum. Drummers begin showing up in the early evening (between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.). They continue with brief breaks until about 10 p.m.
Some drummers stand in the circular brick courtyard, while other drummers fill in the rows of ascending concrete steps behind. Hundreds of enthralled onlookers make up the rest of the circle.
There is no one leader but rather the rhythm comes together as the group feels the momentum of the beat. In the courtyard, belly dancers, hula-hoopers and other dancers with cowbells and triangles add to the symphony of sounds and variety of visuals. Everyone from toddlers to the more seasoned share their moves with the crowd.