Performers Schedule

2018 Lineup

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African Dance Workshop by West African Cultural Arts Institute

July 1, 2018 2:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

West African Cultural Arts Institute's mission is to share the joy and passion of West African culture through vibrant educational programs focusing on music and dance, advocating for authentic source artists from Guinea and creating charitable projects in Guinea that promote artistic, emotional and physical health. Join West African Cultural Arts Institute (WACAI) for a hands-on, interactive All-Levels dance class that teaches the basics of traditional and contemporary dance from Guinea, West Africa. The workshop gives a cultural context for the dances presented and has live drumming. No experience necessary; everyone is welcome!

African Drum Workshop by Nii Ardey Allotey

June 30, 2018 6:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

In this workshop, we will bring kpanlogo drums and djembes to teach rhythm and technique. We will also learn the five hand techniques for playing the drum. Nii Ardey will talk about his childhood in Accra, and how he became a dancer and drummer.

Ballet Folklórico by Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 30, 2018 3:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

Belly Dances of the World

June 30, 2018 8:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

Coordinated by Salem's NW Belly Dancing Collective, these exciting groups of Middle Eastern dancers bring us the Egyptian cane dance, shemadan, Turkish skirt dance, debke, plus American tribal and cabaret-style dances and more.

Bhutanese Carvings and Symbolism

June 30, 2018 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

In Bhutan, the traditional arts are known as zorig chusum (zo = the ability to make; rig = science or craft; chusum = thirteen). These practices have been gradually developed through the centuries, often passed down through families with long-standing relations to a particular craft. These traditional crafts represent hundreds of years of knowledge and ability that has been passed down through generations. Artisans from Bhutan will discuss the symbolism of their craft.

Bigfoot Mojo

June 29, 2018 5:00 PM

Amphitheater

Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Josiah and Belinda continue to mesmerize audiences with groove-based melodies and impeccable vocal harmonies - the kind that sound "genetically-blended.” Heavily influenced by Bluegrass and Vintage Swing, they use their diverse backgrounds to set a new standard for original music.

Bridgetown Morris Men

July 1, 2018 3:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

For hundreds of years, Morris Dancers have celebrated the seasons in the Cotswold region of England with music, dance, songs and plays. Decked out in ribbons and bells, they perform athletic dances with handkerchiefs and sticks to encourage good fortune and fertility for the coming season. The Bridgetown Morris Men keep this age-old tradition alive in Portland.

Chayag Andean Flutes

June 30, 2018 2:30 PM

Americas Village

Chayag presents an exciting program of folkloric music and dance from the Andean region.

Cherry City Cloggers

June 30, 2018 1:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Clogging is an American folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance, and traditional Cherokee dance. The dancers use their footwear to create audible percussive rhythms. Clogging was a social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as early as the 1700s. Established in 1989, the Cherry City Cloggers is one of the largest clogging clubs in the Northwest.

Claddagh Irish Dancers

June 30, 2018 2:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Originally known as the Shamrock Steppers, this group has competed and performed on the West Coast and at the World Beat for many years. A mix of three generations of performers, Claddagh dancers enjoy learning and creating original choreography. They perform in hard shoe and soft shoe in competitive and relaxed styles. Their newest addition is “old style” Sean-nós "tap dance."

Cuban Picadillo with Melanie Jimenez Jones

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Cultural Center

Picadillo is a savory beef dish with the sweetness of raisins and the tang of olives. It is a classic staple in every Cuban household, and there are as many versions of it as there are cooks! This is a great dish as is, or it makes a great filling for empanadas or papa rellena.

Czech Seasons of the Year: Customs, Crafts, and Celebrations with Daniela Mahoney

June 30, 2018 4:00 PM

Cultural Center

Enjoy this presentation on traditional arts and celebrations in the Czech Republic. Daniela Mahoney will showcase how Bohemian traditions have made their way into modern day holidays. Daniela is a nationally known artist and has been at her craft since 1983. She has developed numerous educational programs about Czech and Slovak culture and has participated in festivals, workshops and events all over the US.

Céilí of the Valley

June 30, 2018 4:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Pronounced "Kay-lee" of the Valley, this non-profit is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating Irish culture in the Willamette Valley. Members and friends perform traditional Irish and Scottish social dances to live music, along with some original dances. Audience participation is anticipated.

Dances of Bhutan by Drukpa Mila Center

June 30, 2018 5:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Performers from Bhutan will perform the Black Hat Dance and the Tashi Tashi – or, Bhutanese Welcoming Dance.

Danza Azteca by Fuego Nativo de las Americas

June 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Americas Village

This traditional Aztec group of the Chichimecas people will come together and share their ancestral traditions.

Danza Azteca by Fuego Nativo de las Americas

July 1, 2018 1:45 PM

Americas Village

This traditional Aztec group of the Chichimecas people will come together and share their ancestral traditions.

Danza de Los Viejitos by Los Tatas Keris Alegres de Michoacan

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Americas Village

The traditional danza de los viejitos, or " dance of the little old men," has its origins in Pre-Columbian Purepecha culture. The Purepecha Empire was located in Michoacan and rivaled that of the Aztecs (fun fact: the Purepecha were never conquered by their foes, the Aztecs, and defeated them in battle in the late 1400s.) The dance was created as a ritual to honor the god of fire. The four men represent the four directions of the Universe, North, South, East and West, and the four elements: earth, fire, air, and water.

Deaf Culture presented by Chemeketa ASL Program

June 30, 2018 5:45 PM

Cultural Center

Deaf culture, like any other culture, is a set of social beliefs, literature, and art. Most deaf people view deafness as an identity than a disability. Chemeketa Community College's American Sign Language Program invites you to deepen your understanding about the fourth most commonly used language in the United States.

Eastern European Fiddle by Arden the Fiddler

June 30, 2018 11:45 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Arden plays world fiddle music of all ilks, with an emphasis on Ukrainian, Celtic, ballads both bawdy & brave, and Eastern European/Balkan/Roma folk.

Edna Vazquez

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Amphitheater

Edna Vazquez is a fearless singer, songwriter and guitarist whose powerful voice and musical talent embrujan and transcend the boundaries of language to engage and uplift her audience. She is a creative crisol with a vocal range that allows her to paint seamlessly with her original material, an intersection of folk, rock, pop and R&B. Edna’s passion for music and performance grew from her bicultural raíces and, with songs deeply rooted in universal human emotion, she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love and cultural healing. Edna is currently performing with her band in support of her most recent release, Sola Soy, and writing new music for an album to be released in 2018. The Edna Vazquez Band features William Seiji Marsh on lead guitar (Lost Lander, Cherry Poppin Daddies), Gil Assayas on keys (GLASYS), Milo Fultz on electric and upright bass (3 Leg Torso) and Jesse Brooke on drums and percussion (Trio Subtonic).

Egyptian Shamadan Dance

June 30, 2018 10:00 PM

Amphitheater

Originating in Egypt, this candelabra dance was traditionally performed by the bride at her wedding. Join us to experience this unique dance performed by Salem's own local belly dancing troupe.

Escuela de Flamenco Elena Villa

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Elena began her flamenco training in Santa Cruz, California in 1991 after being inspired by live flamenco performances in France and Spain as an exchange student in the late 1980s. Her first teachers, La Linda, Ladisla, and Andrea “la Canela” gave her a strong foundation in traditional flamenco technique and choreography,. Elena has gone on to study with some of the great international artists of today, including Jose Galván, Teo Morca, Belen Maya, La Tania, Jesús Carmona, and many others.

Esperance Kouka & Sakumuna

June 30, 2018 12:00 PM

Amphitheater

Sakumuna means "to bless" in Kikongo - a language spoken in several countries in central Africa. The band was formed by a group of friends with diverse cultural backgrounds and performs a variety of traditional and modern African music as well as Caribbean and Gospel music.They sing in several languages including French, Swahili, Kikongo and English. Sakumuna’s mission is to bless hearts and lives through traditional and modern music with songs mostly inspired by personal life experiences, sharing a spiritual message of peace, harmony, joy and love for their audience.

Fancy Dance Life Dancers

June 30, 2018 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

Led by champion dancers! Get ready for a world-class celebration of inter-tribal Native American dance styles. Colorful regalia changes, heart beating drums, and high steps lead the audience through stories of creation, earthly relationships and life stages. Experience the smooth movements of the traditional styles of the Great Plains, the fast, high-energy style of the fancy dances of the Southwest, and others as demonstrated by members of the Navajo, Apache and Shoshone tribes.

Fandango of Veracruz with Radio Jarocho

July 1, 2018 5:45 PM

Americas

In Veracruz, Mexico, a fandango is a party where people get together to dance, to play and to sing in a community setting. As local musicians perform the Son Jarocho music, people dance "zapateado" atop a large wooden platform known as a Tarima. Radio Jarocho and Casa de la Cultural Tlanese will perform this unique tradition right here in Salem!

Friday Island Fire Dances with Paradise of Samoa

June 29, 2018 9:10 PM

Amphitheater

Fire is an important part of Polynesian culture displayed not only in mythology but also in dance. Perennial favorites Craig and Tasi Keener return with their exciting and colorful group.

Friday Night with Pyrite

June 29, 2018 9:30 PM

Amphitheater

Pyrite performers have been mesmerizing and thrilling audiences with fire performances since 2003. Based in Salem, Oregon, members have performed throughout the Northwest but rarely get to perform in their home town and are excited to share their art.

Gab y Yaz

June 30, 2018 12:15 PM

Americas Village

Gabriel and Yazmin Pizar and their guitars bring us the vibrant sounds of a Mexican Folkloric Duet.

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Gamelan is the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia. Gamelan Sari Pandhawa plays the music of central Java, a region of the most populous island in the Indonesian archipelago. Music is played on sets of tuned chimes, gongs, xylophones and drums.

Golden Flute by Sherry Lanning

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Travel the world with the mystical sounds of Sherry Lanning and her golden flute. Sherry has a unique improvisational style that reflects serenity thru sound. A registered nurse, she has served with the American Red Cross during national disasters and has also volunteered on international medical missions.

Home-Grown Mexican with Pedro Rosales

July 1, 2018 3:30 PM

Cultural Center

Established in 1984, La Margarita was created to bring something different to town in the form of food. At the time, there were only 3 mexican restaurants in all of salem. Owner and founder, Pedro Rosales, built La Margarita into what it is today using cooking techniques he learned from his mother. Join him for a delectable showcase of his timeless cuisine.

Ikebana by Nana Goto Bellerud

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Cultural Center

Simplicity, symmetry, and balance are basic principles in Japanese flower arrangement. The goal is to create a sense of harmony among the materials used, the container, and the setting. Nana Goto Bellerud, of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, is the president of Ikebana International in Portland.

Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO)

June 30, 2018 11:45 AM

Asia/Pacific Village

We are introduced to the richness and beauty of traditional Indonesian dances from Bali, Java and Sumatra as well as their folk songs. Prior to moving to Oregon, Novi Leigh performed with the Balinese orchestra Gamelan Genta Kasturi, as the lead dancer.

Japan Cultural Society (JCS)

July 1, 2018 3:45 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

There are many traditional dances in Japan, but one of the most famous and enjoyable is bon-odori (bon dance). O-bon is a gathering of joy, where respect is paid to our ancestors who came before us. The style of this summer celebration dance varies from region to region. This Buddhist tradition welcomes the spirits of ancestors home for annual visits

Japanese Traditional & Contemporary Koto by Masumi Timson & Friends

July 1, 2018 1:00 PM

Asia/Pacific

Masumi holds a Master’s Degree (Shihan) in Music with specialization in the Koto from Seiha Conservatory of Japanese traditional music in Tokyo. She plays both classical and contemporary Koto music, and also sings Japanese classical songs with Koto and Shamisen accompaniment. She also enjoys collaborating with various western musical instruments to explore a wide range of musical genres. Masumi participated in the recording of several of Pink Martini albums, including 2011 Japan Record Award Winner and iTunes No. 1 Jazz Chart Hit "1969," with Japanese legendary singer Saori Yuki. She has performed with the band at various venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Grand Rex Theatre in Paris, Tokyo Kokusai Forum and Tokyo Billboard Live in Tokyo.

Kalabharathi School of Dance

June 30, 2018 4:15 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Portland’s Kalabharathi School Founder and Director Sivagami Vanka and her talented students share their passion for the classical dance form of south India. Kalabharathi promotes the values of Indian culture, preserves an ancient art form, and forges links among Indian, US and other cultures.

Karate for Kids

June 30, 2018 11:00 AM

Martial Arts Court

Karate for Kids Presents the Korean art of Taekwondo. See how traditional martial arts teach children & young adults confidence, self-discipline, courtesy, communication skills, physical strength and courage through fun and positive encouragement.

Ke Alaula

June 30, 2018 1:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Ke Alaula (New Dawn) is based in Eugene and directed by Leilani Beymer. The school's purpose is "to share our Aloha through our cultural mele (songs) and hula (dance). For it is through this that we learn about our Kupuna's (ancestors') way of life. We are committed to teach not just hula, but Olelo (Hawaiian language), respsect of others, self and the land." Classes are offered in Eugene, Albany and Sherwood. Find them on Facebook under Hula Halau O Ke Alaula.

Keizer ATA

June 30, 2018 3:15 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

We are proud members of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and teach many different martial arts, but specialize in Taekwondo.

Los Colores de America Orchestra

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Amphitheater

The orchestra brings the concept of the diversity of America as a continent through music. This program will embrace different musical projects doing community performances: educating, inspiring children, youth and adults about the importance of diversity, unity and respect through music.

Mariachi Los Palmeros

July 1, 2018 4:00 PM

Americas Village

For more than a decade, local band Mariachi Los Palmeros,has performed at weddings, quinceañeras and cultural festivals, as well as other social events and occasions of all sorts. They have performed all over Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and North California and are well known in the Latino community. Over the years they have accompanied Latin American celebrities including Yolanda del Rio, Maribel Guardia, Federico Villa, Beatriz Adriana, Rosenda Bernal, Juan Valentin, and many others.

Mbrascatu

June 29, 2018 7:30 PM

Amphitheater

A musical product of the creative melting pot of Portland, Oregon, this indie rock band draws from diverse American and European roots. They have blended dynamics ranging from delicate to explosive, expressive Italian lyrics, hook-laden melodies, inventive arrangement, and energetic rhythms delighting audiences at the hottest music venues in the Pacific NW.

Molly Malone Irish Dancers

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Showcasing hundreds of years of history and tradition, the Molly Malone Irish Dancers offer many forms of Irish dancing for the audience to enjoy. From graceful softshoe to rhythmic hardshoe, dancers perform traditional and modern steps in an upbeat and exciting show.

Monmouth Taiko

July 1, 2018 12:15 PM

Amphitheater

Monmouth Taiko performs traditional Japanese drumming on large drums called taiko. The playing of taiko is dynamic with traditional and modern rhythms, and choreographed movements. Monmouth Taiko has performed throughout the state for over twenty years.

Muay Thai with Brandon Pelkey

June 30, 2018 1:45 PM

Asia/Pacific East

Experience the traditional art of Muay Thai!

Mythobolus Mask Theater

June 30, 2018 11:15 AM

Africa and Middle East Village

Mythobolus Mask Theatre performs folk tales from many cultures. Performers are dancers and dance teachers who enjoy performing for festivals and school children. The African show will include a tale told in North Africa.

Nigerian Fashion Show by Sandals on my Feet

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Africa and Middle East Village

Enjoy the vibrant clothing styles of Nigeria.

Nigerian Hair Wrapping by Florish Beauty Palace

June 30, 2018 3:45 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

The gele is an African head wrap or head tie that has its roots in the Yoruba Tribe in the western African country of Nigeria. African women wear the gele as a sign of cultural reverence and respect at African events. Demonstrated by local business owner, Ola Elkanah, a native of Nigeria.

Nigerian Jollof with Ola Elkanah

July 1, 2018 2:00 PM

Cultural Center

Rice Jollof is one of the most popular dishes in Nigeria. A party wouldn’t be a party without Jollof! Join Flourish Beauty Palace owner and Nigerian native, Ola Elkanah, and learn how to create this timeless West-African dish.

Nii Ardey Altoey + Ekome

June 30, 2018 3:00 PM

Amphitheater

Nii Ardey Allotey, a native of Ghana, began studying traditional dance and drumming at the tender age of 3. He has performed all over the world, from Russia to Japan. His group Ekome has performed at World Beat many times, most recently in 2015. Get ready to dance!

Nupuram Dance Group Children's Bollywood

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Diwali is the biggest festival in India, but India can also be called a country of festivals with numerous festivals across diverse cultures taking place year-round. These festivals are celebrated equally in some form or the other throughout the country by people of all ages with fun activities, vibrant costumes, prayers, folk dances. Today the group will show you a glimpse of celebrations of 4 of these festivals: Makar Sankranti, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri.

Nupuram Dance Group Performs Indian Kathak Dance

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Kathak is one of the major forms of classical dances in India that express stories through dance movements using facial expressions, foot movement and gestures of arms and upper body movements. Contemporary music combined with Kathak brings the best of two worlds together in this semi-classical presentation.

Opening with Ballet Folklórico by Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 30, 2018 7:45 PM

Amphitheater

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

Paradise of Samoa

June 30, 2018 6:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

This non-profit group based in Keizer is comprised of thirty-five members and performs numerous Pacific Islands' dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand. Their costumes are authentic and hand-made and their show takes you on a very colorful dance tour of the Pacific!

Pasefika: Dances of Polynesia and Micronesia

July 1, 2018 3:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Pasefika’s mission is to introduce island dance to the younger generation and keep the spirit of dance alive. They are from different backgrounds but all share a common passion for dance.

Philippine (Cebuano) Dancers

July 1, 2018 2:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Multiculturalism is alive and well in the Philippines. Muslim and indigenous influenced dances are showcased by this group of Filipino friends and families.

Possibly Irish

June 30, 2018 6:15 PM

Amphitheater

Possibly Irish is an Irish pub band known for energetic performances, humor, and rich vocal harmonies. Clap, stomp your feet, dance and sing along to songs rich in the Irish, Scottish and Celtic traditions.

Radio Jarocho

June 30, 2018 8:15 PM

Amphitheater

Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino play the rowdy, upbeat, and (at times) melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, and mix it with the sounds of New York’s urban life. Together, they deliver performances that are passionate, energetic, and true to the roots of the genre. They are gearing up to release "Rios de Norte y Sur", their first studio production together. In their 2018 tour, Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino celebrate the music that unites Veracruz and the United States through original songs and new arrangements for old jarocho tunes.

Rainbow Dance Theatre

July 1, 2018 1:00 PM

African Village

A perennial World Beat favorite, Darryl Thomas, professor of dance at Western Oregon University, and members of the Rainbow Dance Theatre ensemble will lead festival-goers in learning traditional African drum rhythms and dance steps following a high-powered performance of traditional African dance and drumming.

Renegade Rose Morris Dancers

July 1, 2018 2:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Renegade Rose performs old and new folk dances in high energy fashion, based on the English Morris tradition. This talented team includes skilled singers, so the sets are often a combination of song and dance. Their motto: fun dances to good music ensure an entertaining time for all as we dance, sing, and perform our way through life.

Romancé

June 30, 2018 5:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

This quartet plays traditional Latino music and revives the romantic and classical boleros from the past. They steal hearts with their music and revive the essence of Latino romanticism by playing the musical jewels of this genre.

Salem Rueda de Casino

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

Rueda de Casino is a style of salsa dancing danced in a wheel (rueda) with a caller (cantante) telling the dancers which move to do next. It is a fun social dance done in the streets of Cuba. Come and watch Salem Rueda de Casino to see a few examples and learn a few moves with them!!

Salem Swingin' Stars Square Dance + Workshop

June 30, 2018 4:30 PM

Americas Village

It's time to erase the old image you might have of square dancing from your school days or TV. Today's dancing is done to great music from the best of modern music, including Country, Rock, Disco, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and Bluegrass! There are new dance steps -exciting new patterns to learn. And you can dance any where in the world you might travel - 18 different countries including the Far East and Europe! Best of all, there are new people to meet, friends to make, events to attend. Square dancing is "Friendship set to music." This is one of the best kept secrets in town. Salem Swingin' Stars dance at the Salem Square Dance Center.

Saturday Island Fire Dances with Paradise of Samoa

June 30, 2018 10:15 PM

Ampitheater

Fire is an important part of Polynesian culture displayed not only in mythology but also in dance. Perennial favorites Craig and Tasi Keener return with their exciting and colorful group.

Saturday Night with Pyrite

June 30, 2018 10:40 PM

Amphitheater

Pyrite performers have been mesmerizing and thrilling audiences with fire performances since 2003. Based in Salem, Oregon, members have performed throughout the Northwest but rarely get to perform in their home town and are excited to share their art.

Sundari Bollywood Dance Group

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Asia/Pacific Village

Bollywood Dance originated in Indian films and are a synthesis of formal and folk Indian traditional music and dance, with Middle Eastern techniques and western influences. It has evolved as a unique, joyful and energetic style. Dances performed by Miz Lafontaine and the Sundari Bollywood Dance Group of Salem.

Talking Drum by Nojeem Lasisi

June 30, 2018 1:30 PM

African and Middle East Village

The Nigerian talking drum has its roots in the Old Oyo Empire. The hourglass-shaped drums are made of wood and goat skin. The drummer is able to produce sounds that mimic the human voice and can alter the tone by applying pressure to leather bands that run between the two drum heads.

The Kemtone Quartet

June 30, 2018 7:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Salem’s own Jazz quartet featuring Cassio Vianna on Piano, Casey Younger on Bass, Jason Carter on Drums

The Klezmonauts

July 1, 2018 12:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Klezmer is the exuberant music from the Jewish villages of Eastern Europe, with diverse roots from ancient Hebrew melodies to fiery Hungarian dances. The Klezmonauts add influences from their own backgrounds in jazz, bluegrass, Indian, African, and Celtic music. Add a healthy dose of spirited improvisation, and the resulting sound is intricate and exhilarating. The Klezmonauts are: Jeremy Wegner, guitar and mandolin; Chip Cohen, fiddle; Michael Rubinstein, bass; and Ken Sokolov, percussion.

The Mighty Dreadful String Band

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Clayton Kaiser and the band hail from Seattle and bring their own brand of bluegrass and country music. Steeped in rockabilly, blues, country, and with a hint of music originating in countryside hills of Britain and Ireland, The Mighty Dreadful Stringband brings a Cascadian edge to traditional bluegrass tunes. These four down-to-earth musicians enjoy belittling themselves and have a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.

The Oregon Valley Boys

July 1, 2018 3:30 PM

Amphitheater

Together since 2006, The Oregon Valley Boys have nurtured a passionate following in the Pacific Northwest. Western swing was once a vital component of the region’s music scene, and national touring acts barnstormed grange and dance halls, such as Portland’s “The Drum” (later “The Flower Drum”) and “Division Street Corral.”

The Severin Sisters

June 30, 2018 4:30 PM

Amphitheater

The Severin Sisters have been dazzling audiences with their Americana music for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of opening for such renowned acts as Rascal Flatts, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Del McCoury Band, and The John Cowan Band. Twin sisters Amy and Heidi front the band and are now joined by their younger sister, Haley. Their bluegrass instrumentals and three-part harmonies are sure to wow audiences of all ages!

The World Beat Children's Parade

June 30, 2018 9:45 AM

Amphitheater

Children and families gather for this delightful parade to open the 21st World Beat Festival. Casa de la Cultural Tlanese lead children in traditional costumes from all over the world and parade through the festival grounds to the amphitheater.

The World Beat Parade of Lights

June 30, 2016 9:45 PM

Americas Village

Start with a parade in the americas and join a Middle Eastern dance party in the amphitheater! Performance presented by Jody Beckwith.

The World Beat Parade of Nations

July 1, 2018 4:45 PM

African Village

The parade originates at the African Village and proceeds through the festival grounds to the Amphitheater, where represented countries and their flags are introduced. Wear the national dress of your birth, your forefathers’ land or your adopted country, and join us for this colorful and upbeat parade that embodies the spirit of the festival!

Tokyo International University of America

June 30, 2018 2:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

The American Studies Program (ASP) students of Willamette University are excited to showcase their talents and Japanese culture. Their performances will include dances and songs. The students are currently enrolled at Willamette University's sister school, Tokyo International University, in Kawagoe, Japan, and are spending a year studying here in Salem.

Traditions of Día de los Muertos By Alfonso Muñoz

June 30, 2018 2:15 PM

Cultural Center

This well-known holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico - particularly in the Central and South regions - and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Alfonso Muñoz will break down the meaning and symbolism of the altar and other aspects of the holiday.

Trio de Son de Cuba

July 1, 2018 2:00 PM

Amphitheater

Son de Cuba has roots in Latin, African, and jazz rhythms. They blend this vast knowledge of different beats together in classic and modern Latin songs that exude energy and encourage you to dance!

Ukranian Pierogi with Yuriy Chira

July 1, 2018 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

Yuriy Chira, Chef/Owner of Chira’s Restaurant & Catering at the Reed Opera House, surprises us with one of his favorite traditional recipes from his home country, Ukraine. Pierogis are filled dumplings made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water. These dumplings are popular in West Slavic (Polish, Slovak, and Czech), Hungarian, East Slavic (Belarusian and western Ukrainian), some Baltic (Latvian and Lithuanian) and other Central and Eastern European cuisines. Typical fillings include potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, and fruits.

World Beat Social Pow Wow Dancers

June 30, 2018 10:30 AM

Americas Village

The heart and soul of Native people are demonstrated with every song and dance. It is extremely important to drum only with good feelings, because those feelings are not just given to the dancers, who feed off of those feelings, but to all people. The dancers honor veterans, those who can no longer dance and those who have passed away.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 1

June 30, 2018 12:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 2

June 30, 2018 6:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 3

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

Yoga + Beer®

July 1, 2018 10:30 AM

Amphitheater

We like to talk about Yoga + Beer® as the combination of things that make us feel good. Feel-good, non-intimidating, all-levels, fun yoga. Local craft brews, enjoyed in the breweries that passionately make them and a welcoming community to gather with friends, new and old. Come experience the ancient art of yoga in the Salem World Beat Festival's Beer Garden. Class will be taught by local Yogi Jaime Lawrence, RYT.

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Belly Dances of the World

June 30, 2018 8:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

Coordinated by Salem's NW Belly Dancing Collective, these exciting groups of Middle Eastern dancers bring us the Egyptian cane dance, shemadan, Turkish skirt dance, debke, plus American tribal and cabaret-style dances and more.

Nigerian Hair Wrapping by Florish Beauty Palace

June 30, 2018 3:45 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

The gele is an African head wrap or head tie that has its roots in the Yoruba Tribe in the western African country of Nigeria. African women wear the gele as a sign of cultural reverence and respect at African events. Demonstrated by local business owner, Ola Elkanah, a native of Nigeria.

African Drum Workshop by Nii Ardey Allotey

June 30, 2018 6:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

In this workshop, we will bring kpanlogo drums and djembes to teach rhythm and technique. We will also learn the five hand techniques for playing the drum. Nii Ardey will talk about his childhood in Accra, and how he became a dancer and drummer.

Nigerian Fashion Show by Sandals on my Feet

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Africa and Middle East Village

Enjoy the vibrant clothing styles of Nigeria.

African Dance Workshop by West African Cultural Arts Institute

July 1, 2018 2:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

West African Cultural Arts Institute's mission is to share the joy and passion of West African culture through vibrant educational programs focusing on music and dance, advocating for authentic source artists from Guinea and creating charitable projects in Guinea that promote artistic, emotional and physical health. Join West African Cultural Arts Institute (WACAI) for a hands-on, interactive All-Levels dance class that teaches the basics of traditional and contemporary dance from Guinea, West Africa. The workshop gives a cultural context for the dances presented and has live drumming. No experience necessary; everyone is welcome!

Mythobolus Mask Theater

June 30, 2018 11:15 AM

Africa and Middle East Village

Mythobolus Mask Theatre performs folk tales from many cultures. Performers are dancers and dance teachers who enjoy performing for festivals and school children. The African show will include a tale told in North Africa.

The World Beat Parade of Nations

July 1, 2018 4:45 PM

African Village

The parade originates at the African Village and proceeds through the festival grounds to the Amphitheater, where represented countries and their flags are introduced. Wear the national dress of your birth, your forefathers’ land or your adopted country, and join us for this colorful and upbeat parade that embodies the spirit of the festival!

Rainbow Dance Theatre

July 1, 2018 1:00 PM

African Village

A perennial World Beat favorite, Darryl Thomas, professor of dance at Western Oregon University, and members of the Rainbow Dance Theatre ensemble will lead festival-goers in learning traditional African drum rhythms and dance steps following a high-powered performance of traditional African dance and drumming.

Talking Drum by Nojeem Lasisi

June 30, 2018 1:30 PM

African and Middle East Village

The Nigerian talking drum has its roots in the Old Oyo Empire. The hourglass-shaped drums are made of wood and goat skin. The drummer is able to produce sounds that mimic the human voice and can alter the tone by applying pressure to leather bands that run between the two drum heads.

Fandango of Veracruz with Radio Jarocho

July 1, 2018 5:45 PM

Americas

In Veracruz, Mexico, a fandango is a party where people get together to dance, to play and to sing in a community setting. As local musicians perform the Son Jarocho music, people dance "zapateado" atop a large wooden platform known as a Tarima. Radio Jarocho and Casa de la Cultural Tlanese will perform this unique tradition right here in Salem!

The World Beat Parade of Lights

June 30, 2016 9:45 PM

Americas Village

Start with a parade in the americas and join a Middle Eastern dance party in the amphitheater! Performance presented by Jody Beckwith.

Gab y Yaz

June 30, 2018 12:15 PM

Americas Village

Gabriel and Yazmin Pizar and their guitars bring us the vibrant sounds of a Mexican Folkloric Duet.

World Beat Social Pow Wow Dancers

June 30, 2018 10:30 AM

Americas Village

The heart and soul of Native people are demonstrated with every song and dance. It is extremely important to drum only with good feelings, because those feelings are not just given to the dancers, who feed off of those feelings, but to all people. The dancers honor veterans, those who can no longer dance and those who have passed away.

Chayag Andean Flutes

June 30, 2018 2:30 PM

Americas Village

Chayag presents an exciting program of folkloric music and dance from the Andean region.

Salem Swingin' Stars Square Dance + Workshop

June 30, 2018 4:30 PM

Americas Village

It's time to erase the old image you might have of square dancing from your school days or TV. Today's dancing is done to great music from the best of modern music, including Country, Rock, Disco, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and Bluegrass! There are new dance steps -exciting new patterns to learn. And you can dance any where in the world you might travel - 18 different countries including the Far East and Europe! Best of all, there are new people to meet, friends to make, events to attend. Square dancing is "Friendship set to music." This is one of the best kept secrets in town. Salem Swingin' Stars dance at the Salem Square Dance Center.

Danza Azteca by Fuego Nativo de las Americas

June 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Americas Village

This traditional Aztec group of the Chichimecas people will come together and share their ancestral traditions.

Danza de Los Viejitos by Los Tatas Keris Alegres de Michoacan

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Americas Village

The traditional danza de los viejitos, or " dance of the little old men," has its origins in Pre-Columbian Purepecha culture. The Purepecha Empire was located in Michoacan and rivaled that of the Aztecs (fun fact: the Purepecha were never conquered by their foes, the Aztecs, and defeated them in battle in the late 1400s.) The dance was created as a ritual to honor the god of fire. The four men represent the four directions of the Universe, North, South, East and West, and the four elements: earth, fire, air, and water.

Mariachi Los Palmeros

July 1, 2018 4:00 PM

Americas Village

For more than a decade, local band Mariachi Los Palmeros,has performed at weddings, quinceañeras and cultural festivals, as well as other social events and occasions of all sorts. They have performed all over Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and North California and are well known in the Latino community. Over the years they have accompanied Latin American celebrities including Yolanda del Rio, Maribel Guardia, Federico Villa, Beatriz Adriana, Rosenda Bernal, Juan Valentin, and many others.

Danza Azteca by Fuego Nativo de las Americas

July 1, 2018 1:45 PM

Americas Village

This traditional Aztec group of the Chichimecas people will come together and share their ancestral traditions.

Los Colores de America Orchestra

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Amphitheater

The orchestra brings the concept of the diversity of America as a continent through music. This program will embrace different musical projects doing community performances: educating, inspiring children, youth and adults about the importance of diversity, unity and respect through music.

The Severin Sisters

June 30, 2018 4:30 PM

Amphitheater

The Severin Sisters have been dazzling audiences with their Americana music for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of opening for such renowned acts as Rascal Flatts, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Del McCoury Band, and The John Cowan Band. Twin sisters Amy and Heidi front the band and are now joined by their younger sister, Haley. Their bluegrass instrumentals and three-part harmonies are sure to wow audiences of all ages!

Mbrascatu

June 29, 2018 7:30 PM

Amphitheater

A musical product of the creative melting pot of Portland, Oregon, this indie rock band draws from diverse American and European roots. They have blended dynamics ranging from delicate to explosive, expressive Italian lyrics, hook-laden melodies, inventive arrangement, and energetic rhythms delighting audiences at the hottest music venues in the Pacific NW.

Monmouth Taiko

July 1, 2018 12:15 PM

Amphitheater

Monmouth Taiko performs traditional Japanese drumming on large drums called taiko. The playing of taiko is dynamic with traditional and modern rhythms, and choreographed movements. Monmouth Taiko has performed throughout the state for over twenty years.

Possibly Irish

June 30, 2018 6:15 PM

Amphitheater

Possibly Irish is an Irish pub band known for energetic performances, humor, and rich vocal harmonies. Clap, stomp your feet, dance and sing along to songs rich in the Irish, Scottish and Celtic traditions.

Friday Island Fire Dances with Paradise of Samoa

June 29, 2018 9:10 PM

Amphitheater

Fire is an important part of Polynesian culture displayed not only in mythology but also in dance. Perennial favorites Craig and Tasi Keener return with their exciting and colorful group.

Yoga + Beer®

July 1, 2018 10:30 AM

Amphitheater

We like to talk about Yoga + Beer® as the combination of things that make us feel good. Feel-good, non-intimidating, all-levels, fun yoga. Local craft brews, enjoyed in the breweries that passionately make them and a welcoming community to gather with friends, new and old. Come experience the ancient art of yoga in the Salem World Beat Festival's Beer Garden. Class will be taught by local Yogi Jaime Lawrence, RYT.

Radio Jarocho

June 30, 2018 8:15 PM

Amphitheater

Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino play the rowdy, upbeat, and (at times) melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, and mix it with the sounds of New York’s urban life. Together, they deliver performances that are passionate, energetic, and true to the roots of the genre. They are gearing up to release "Rios de Norte y Sur", their first studio production together. In their 2018 tour, Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino celebrate the music that unites Veracruz and the United States through original songs and new arrangements for old jarocho tunes.

Bigfoot Mojo

June 29, 2018 5:00 PM

Amphitheater

Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Josiah and Belinda continue to mesmerize audiences with groove-based melodies and impeccable vocal harmonies - the kind that sound "genetically-blended.” Heavily influenced by Bluegrass and Vintage Swing, they use their diverse backgrounds to set a new standard for original music.

Nii Ardey Altoey + Ekome

June 30, 2018 3:00 PM

Amphitheater

Nii Ardey Allotey, a native of Ghana, began studying traditional dance and drumming at the tender age of 3. He has performed all over the world, from Russia to Japan. His group Ekome has performed at World Beat many times, most recently in 2015. Get ready to dance!

Salem Rueda de Casino

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

Rueda de Casino is a style of salsa dancing danced in a wheel (rueda) with a caller (cantante) telling the dancers which move to do next. It is a fun social dance done in the streets of Cuba. Come and watch Salem Rueda de Casino to see a few examples and learn a few moves with them!!

The Oregon Valley Boys

July 1, 2018 3:30 PM

Amphitheater

Together since 2006, The Oregon Valley Boys have nurtured a passionate following in the Pacific Northwest. Western swing was once a vital component of the region’s music scene, and national touring acts barnstormed grange and dance halls, such as Portland’s “The Drum” (later “The Flower Drum”) and “Division Street Corral.”

Edna Vazquez

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Amphitheater

Edna Vazquez is a fearless singer, songwriter and guitarist whose powerful voice and musical talent embrujan and transcend the boundaries of language to engage and uplift her audience. She is a creative crisol with a vocal range that allows her to paint seamlessly with her original material, an intersection of folk, rock, pop and R&B. Edna’s passion for music and performance grew from her bicultural raíces and, with songs deeply rooted in universal human emotion, she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love and cultural healing. Edna is currently performing with her band in support of her most recent release, Sola Soy, and writing new music for an album to be released in 2018. The Edna Vazquez Band features William Seiji Marsh on lead guitar (Lost Lander, Cherry Poppin Daddies), Gil Assayas on keys (GLASYS), Milo Fultz on electric and upright bass (3 Leg Torso) and Jesse Brooke on drums and percussion (Trio Subtonic).

Fancy Dance Life Dancers

June 30, 2018 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

Led by champion dancers! Get ready for a world-class celebration of inter-tribal Native American dance styles. Colorful regalia changes, heart beating drums, and high steps lead the audience through stories of creation, earthly relationships and life stages. Experience the smooth movements of the traditional styles of the Great Plains, the fast, high-energy style of the fancy dances of the Southwest, and others as demonstrated by members of the Navajo, Apache and Shoshone tribes.

Opening with Ballet Folklórico by Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 30, 2018 7:45 PM

Amphitheater

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

Esperance Kouka & Sakumuna

June 30, 2018 12:00 PM

Amphitheater

Sakumuna means "to bless" in Kikongo - a language spoken in several countries in central Africa. The band was formed by a group of friends with diverse cultural backgrounds and performs a variety of traditional and modern African music as well as Caribbean and Gospel music.They sing in several languages including French, Swahili, Kikongo and English. Sakumuna’s mission is to bless hearts and lives through traditional and modern music with songs mostly inspired by personal life experiences, sharing a spiritual message of peace, harmony, joy and love for their audience.

The World Beat Children's Parade

June 30, 2018 9:45 AM

Amphitheater

Children and families gather for this delightful parade to open the 21st World Beat Festival. Casa de la Cultural Tlanese lead children in traditional costumes from all over the world and parade through the festival grounds to the amphitheater.

Friday Night with Pyrite

June 29, 2018 9:30 PM

Amphitheater

Pyrite performers have been mesmerizing and thrilling audiences with fire performances since 2003. Based in Salem, Oregon, members have performed throughout the Northwest but rarely get to perform in their home town and are excited to share their art.

Trio de Son de Cuba

July 1, 2018 2:00 PM

Amphitheater

Son de Cuba has roots in Latin, African, and jazz rhythms. They blend this vast knowledge of different beats together in classic and modern Latin songs that exude energy and encourage you to dance!

Saturday Night with Pyrite

June 30, 2018 10:40 PM

Amphitheater

Pyrite performers have been mesmerizing and thrilling audiences with fire performances since 2003. Based in Salem, Oregon, members have performed throughout the Northwest but rarely get to perform in their home town and are excited to share their art.

Egyptian Shamadan Dance

June 30, 2018 10:00 PM

Amphitheater

Originating in Egypt, this candelabra dance was traditionally performed by the bride at her wedding. Join us to experience this unique dance performed by Salem's own local belly dancing troupe.

Saturday Island Fire Dances with Paradise of Samoa

June 30, 2018 10:15 PM

Ampitheater

Fire is an important part of Polynesian culture displayed not only in mythology but also in dance. Perennial favorites Craig and Tasi Keener return with their exciting and colorful group.

Japanese Traditional & Contemporary Koto by Masumi Timson & Friends

July 1, 2018 1:00 PM

Asia/Pacific

Masumi holds a Master’s Degree (Shihan) in Music with specialization in the Koto from Seiha Conservatory of Japanese traditional music in Tokyo. She plays both classical and contemporary Koto music, and also sings Japanese classical songs with Koto and Shamisen accompaniment. She also enjoys collaborating with various western musical instruments to explore a wide range of musical genres. Masumi participated in the recording of several of Pink Martini albums, including 2011 Japan Record Award Winner and iTunes No. 1 Jazz Chart Hit "1969," with Japanese legendary singer Saori Yuki. She has performed with the band at various venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Grand Rex Theatre in Paris, Tokyo Kokusai Forum and Tokyo Billboard Live in Tokyo.

Muay Thai with Brandon Pelkey

June 30, 2018 1:45 PM

Asia/Pacific East

Experience the traditional art of Muay Thai!

Dances of Bhutan by Drukpa Mila Center

June 30, 2018 5:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Performers from Bhutan will perform the Black Hat Dance and the Tashi Tashi – or, Bhutanese Welcoming Dance.

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Gamelan is the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia. Gamelan Sari Pandhawa plays the music of central Java, a region of the most populous island in the Indonesian archipelago. Music is played on sets of tuned chimes, gongs, xylophones and drums.

Keizer ATA

June 30, 2018 3:15 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

We are proud members of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and teach many different martial arts, but specialize in Taekwondo.

Tokyo International University of America

June 30, 2018 2:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

The American Studies Program (ASP) students of Willamette University are excited to showcase their talents and Japanese culture. Their performances will include dances and songs. The students are currently enrolled at Willamette University's sister school, Tokyo International University, in Kawagoe, Japan, and are spending a year studying here in Salem.

Nupuram Dance Group Performs Indian Kathak Dance

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Kathak is one of the major forms of classical dances in India that express stories through dance movements using facial expressions, foot movement and gestures of arms and upper body movements. Contemporary music combined with Kathak brings the best of two worlds together in this semi-classical presentation.

Nupuram Dance Group Children's Bollywood

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Diwali is the biggest festival in India, but India can also be called a country of festivals with numerous festivals across diverse cultures taking place year-round. These festivals are celebrated equally in some form or the other throughout the country by people of all ages with fun activities, vibrant costumes, prayers, folk dances. Today the group will show you a glimpse of celebrations of 4 of these festivals: Makar Sankranti, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri.

Sundari Bollywood Dance Group

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Asia/Pacific Village

Bollywood Dance originated in Indian films and are a synthesis of formal and folk Indian traditional music and dance, with Middle Eastern techniques and western influences. It has evolved as a unique, joyful and energetic style. Dances performed by Miz Lafontaine and the Sundari Bollywood Dance Group of Salem.

Philippine (Cebuano) Dancers

July 1, 2018 2:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Multiculturalism is alive and well in the Philippines. Muslim and indigenous influenced dances are showcased by this group of Filipino friends and families.

Ke Alaula

June 30, 2018 1:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Ke Alaula (New Dawn) is based in Eugene and directed by Leilani Beymer. The school's purpose is "to share our Aloha through our cultural mele (songs) and hula (dance). For it is through this that we learn about our Kupuna's (ancestors') way of life. We are committed to teach not just hula, but Olelo (Hawaiian language), respsect of others, self and the land." Classes are offered in Eugene, Albany and Sherwood. Find them on Facebook under Hula Halau O Ke Alaula.

Paradise of Samoa

June 30, 2018 6:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

This non-profit group based in Keizer is comprised of thirty-five members and performs numerous Pacific Islands' dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand. Their costumes are authentic and hand-made and their show takes you on a very colorful dance tour of the Pacific!

Kalabharathi School of Dance

June 30, 2018 4:15 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Portland’s Kalabharathi School Founder and Director Sivagami Vanka and her talented students share their passion for the classical dance form of south India. Kalabharathi promotes the values of Indian culture, preserves an ancient art form, and forges links among Indian, US and other cultures.

Pasefika: Dances of Polynesia and Micronesia

July 1, 2018 3:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Pasefika’s mission is to introduce island dance to the younger generation and keep the spirit of dance alive. They are from different backgrounds but all share a common passion for dance.

Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO)

June 30, 2018 11:45 AM

Asia/Pacific Village

We are introduced to the richness and beauty of traditional Indonesian dances from Bali, Java and Sumatra as well as their folk songs. Prior to moving to Oregon, Novi Leigh performed with the Balinese orchestra Gamelan Genta Kasturi, as the lead dancer.

Japan Cultural Society (JCS)

July 1, 2018 3:45 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

There are many traditional dances in Japan, but one of the most famous and enjoyable is bon-odori (bon dance). O-bon is a gathering of joy, where respect is paid to our ancestors who came before us. The style of this summer celebration dance varies from region to region. This Buddhist tradition welcomes the spirits of ancestors home for annual visits

Ikebana by Nana Goto Bellerud

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Cultural Center

Simplicity, symmetry, and balance are basic principles in Japanese flower arrangement. The goal is to create a sense of harmony among the materials used, the container, and the setting. Nana Goto Bellerud, of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, is the president of Ikebana International in Portland.

Czech Seasons of the Year: Customs, Crafts, and Celebrations with Daniela Mahoney

June 30, 2018 4:00 PM

Cultural Center

Enjoy this presentation on traditional arts and celebrations in the Czech Republic. Daniela Mahoney will showcase how Bohemian traditions have made their way into modern day holidays. Daniela is a nationally known artist and has been at her craft since 1983. She has developed numerous educational programs about Czech and Slovak culture and has participated in festivals, workshops and events all over the US.

Traditions of Día de los Muertos By Alfonso Muñoz

June 30, 2018 2:15 PM

Cultural Center

This well-known holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico - particularly in the Central and South regions - and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Alfonso Muñoz will break down the meaning and symbolism of the altar and other aspects of the holiday.

Cuban Picadillo with Melanie Jimenez Jones

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Cultural Center

Picadillo is a savory beef dish with the sweetness of raisins and the tang of olives. It is a classic staple in every Cuban household, and there are as many versions of it as there are cooks! This is a great dish as is, or it makes a great filling for empanadas or papa rellena.

Ukranian Pierogi with Yuriy Chira

July 1, 2018 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

Yuriy Chira, Chef/Owner of Chira’s Restaurant & Catering at the Reed Opera House, surprises us with one of his favorite traditional recipes from his home country, Ukraine. Pierogis are filled dumplings made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water. These dumplings are popular in West Slavic (Polish, Slovak, and Czech), Hungarian, East Slavic (Belarusian and western Ukrainian), some Baltic (Latvian and Lithuanian) and other Central and Eastern European cuisines. Typical fillings include potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, and fruits.

Nigerian Jollof with Ola Elkanah

July 1, 2018 2:00 PM

Cultural Center

Rice Jollof is one of the most popular dishes in Nigeria. A party wouldn’t be a party without Jollof! Join Flourish Beauty Palace owner and Nigerian native, Ola Elkanah, and learn how to create this timeless West-African dish.

Bhutanese Carvings and Symbolism

June 30, 2018 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

In Bhutan, the traditional arts are known as zorig chusum (zo = the ability to make; rig = science or craft; chusum = thirteen). These practices have been gradually developed through the centuries, often passed down through families with long-standing relations to a particular craft. These traditional crafts represent hundreds of years of knowledge and ability that has been passed down through generations. Artisans from Bhutan will discuss the symbolism of their craft.

Deaf Culture presented by Chemeketa ASL Program

June 30, 2018 5:45 PM

Cultural Center

Deaf culture, like any other culture, is a set of social beliefs, literature, and art. Most deaf people view deafness as an identity than a disability. Chemeketa Community College's American Sign Language Program invites you to deepen your understanding about the fourth most commonly used language in the United States.

Home-Grown Mexican with Pedro Rosales

July 1, 2018 3:30 PM

Cultural Center

Established in 1984, La Margarita was created to bring something different to town in the form of food. At the time, there were only 3 mexican restaurants in all of salem. Owner and founder, Pedro Rosales, built La Margarita into what it is today using cooking techniques he learned from his mother. Join him for a delectable showcase of his timeless cuisine.

Karate for Kids

June 30, 2018 11:00 AM

Martial Arts Court

Karate for Kids Presents the Korean art of Taekwondo. See how traditional martial arts teach children & young adults confidence, self-discipline, courtesy, communication skills, physical strength and courage through fun and positive encouragement.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 1

June 30, 2018 12:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 2

June 30, 2018 6:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 3

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

Ballet Folklórico by Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 30, 2018 3:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

The Kemtone Quartet

June 30, 2018 7:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Salem’s own Jazz quartet featuring Cassio Vianna on Piano, Casey Younger on Bass, Jason Carter on Drums

Claddagh Irish Dancers

June 30, 2018 2:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Originally known as the Shamrock Steppers, this group has competed and performed on the West Coast and at the World Beat for many years. A mix of three generations of performers, Claddagh dancers enjoy learning and creating original choreography. They perform in hard shoe and soft shoe in competitive and relaxed styles. Their newest addition is “old style” Sean-nós "tap dance."

Golden Flute by Sherry Lanning

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Travel the world with the mystical sounds of Sherry Lanning and her golden flute. Sherry has a unique improvisational style that reflects serenity thru sound. A registered nurse, she has served with the American Red Cross during national disasters and has also volunteered on international medical missions.

Bridgetown Morris Men

July 1, 2018 3:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

For hundreds of years, Morris Dancers have celebrated the seasons in the Cotswold region of England with music, dance, songs and plays. Decked out in ribbons and bells, they perform athletic dances with handkerchiefs and sticks to encourage good fortune and fertility for the coming season. The Bridgetown Morris Men keep this age-old tradition alive in Portland.

Céilí of the Valley

June 30, 2018 4:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Pronounced "Kay-lee" of the Valley, this non-profit is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating Irish culture in the Willamette Valley. Members and friends perform traditional Irish and Scottish social dances to live music, along with some original dances. Audience participation is anticipated.

Cherry City Cloggers

June 30, 2018 1:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Clogging is an American folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance, and traditional Cherokee dance. The dancers use their footwear to create audible percussive rhythms. Clogging was a social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as early as the 1700s. Established in 1989, the Cherry City Cloggers is one of the largest clogging clubs in the Northwest.

Molly Malone Irish Dancers

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Showcasing hundreds of years of history and tradition, the Molly Malone Irish Dancers offer many forms of Irish dancing for the audience to enjoy. From graceful softshoe to rhythmic hardshoe, dancers perform traditional and modern steps in an upbeat and exciting show.

Romancé

June 30, 2018 5:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

This quartet plays traditional Latino music and revives the romantic and classical boleros from the past. They steal hearts with their music and revive the essence of Latino romanticism by playing the musical jewels of this genre.

Eastern European Fiddle by Arden the Fiddler

June 30, 2018 11:45 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Arden plays world fiddle music of all ilks, with an emphasis on Ukrainian, Celtic, ballads both bawdy & brave, and Eastern European/Balkan/Roma folk.

Renegade Rose Morris Dancers

July 1, 2018 2:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Renegade Rose performs old and new folk dances in high energy fashion, based on the English Morris tradition. This talented team includes skilled singers, so the sets are often a combination of song and dance. Their motto: fun dances to good music ensure an entertaining time for all as we dance, sing, and perform our way through life.

The Mighty Dreadful String Band

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Clayton Kaiser and the band hail from Seattle and bring their own brand of bluegrass and country music. Steeped in rockabilly, blues, country, and with a hint of music originating in countryside hills of Britain and Ireland, The Mighty Dreadful Stringband brings a Cascadian edge to traditional bluegrass tunes. These four down-to-earth musicians enjoy belittling themselves and have a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.

The Klezmonauts

July 1, 2018 12:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Klezmer is the exuberant music from the Jewish villages of Eastern Europe, with diverse roots from ancient Hebrew melodies to fiery Hungarian dances. The Klezmonauts add influences from their own backgrounds in jazz, bluegrass, Indian, African, and Celtic music. Add a healthy dose of spirited improvisation, and the resulting sound is intricate and exhilarating. The Klezmonauts are: Jeremy Wegner, guitar and mandolin; Chip Cohen, fiddle; Michael Rubinstein, bass; and Ken Sokolov, percussion.

Escuela de Flamenco Elena Villa

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Elena began her flamenco training in Santa Cruz, California in 1991 after being inspired by live flamenco performances in France and Spain as an exchange student in the late 1980s. Her first teachers, La Linda, Ladisla, and Andrea “la Canela” gave her a strong foundation in traditional flamenco technique and choreography,. Elena has gone on to study with some of the great international artists of today, including Jose Galván, Teo Morca, Belen Maya, La Tania, Jesús Carmona, and many others.

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The World Beat Parade of Lights

June 30, 2016 9:45 PM

Americas Village

Start with a parade in the americas and join a Middle Eastern dance party in the amphitheater! Performance presented by Jody Beckwith.

Bigfoot Mojo

June 29, 2018 5:00 PM

Amphitheater

Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Josiah and Belinda continue to mesmerize audiences with groove-based melodies and impeccable vocal harmonies - the kind that sound "genetically-blended.” Heavily influenced by Bluegrass and Vintage Swing, they use their diverse backgrounds to set a new standard for original music.

Mbrascatu

June 29, 2018 7:30 PM

Amphitheater

A musical product of the creative melting pot of Portland, Oregon, this indie rock band draws from diverse American and European roots. They have blended dynamics ranging from delicate to explosive, expressive Italian lyrics, hook-laden melodies, inventive arrangement, and energetic rhythms delighting audiences at the hottest music venues in the Pacific NW.

Friday Island Fire Dances with Paradise of Samoa

June 29, 2018 9:10 PM

Amphitheater

Fire is an important part of Polynesian culture displayed not only in mythology but also in dance. Perennial favorites Craig and Tasi Keener return with their exciting and colorful group.

Friday Night with Pyrite

June 29, 2018 9:30 PM

Amphitheater

Pyrite performers have been mesmerizing and thrilling audiences with fire performances since 2003. Based in Salem, Oregon, members have performed throughout the Northwest but rarely get to perform in their home town and are excited to share their art.

The World Beat Children's Parade

June 30, 2018 9:45 AM

Amphitheater

Children and families gather for this delightful parade to open the 21st World Beat Festival. Casa de la Cultural Tlanese lead children in traditional costumes from all over the world and parade through the festival grounds to the amphitheater.

World Beat Social Pow Wow Dancers

June 30, 2018 10:30 AM

Americas Village

The heart and soul of Native people are demonstrated with every song and dance. It is extremely important to drum only with good feelings, because those feelings are not just given to the dancers, who feed off of those feelings, but to all people. The dancers honor veterans, those who can no longer dance and those who have passed away.

Los Colores de America Orchestra

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Amphitheater

The orchestra brings the concept of the diversity of America as a continent through music. This program will embrace different musical projects doing community performances: educating, inspiring children, youth and adults about the importance of diversity, unity and respect through music.

Ikebana by Nana Goto Bellerud

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Cultural Center

Simplicity, symmetry, and balance are basic principles in Japanese flower arrangement. The goal is to create a sense of harmony among the materials used, the container, and the setting. Nana Goto Bellerud, of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, is the president of Ikebana International in Portland.

Molly Malone Irish Dancers

June 30, 2018 10:45 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Showcasing hundreds of years of history and tradition, the Molly Malone Irish Dancers offer many forms of Irish dancing for the audience to enjoy. From graceful softshoe to rhythmic hardshoe, dancers perform traditional and modern steps in an upbeat and exciting show.

Karate for Kids

June 30, 2018 11:00 AM

Martial Arts Court

Karate for Kids Presents the Korean art of Taekwondo. See how traditional martial arts teach children & young adults confidence, self-discipline, courtesy, communication skills, physical strength and courage through fun and positive encouragement.

Mythobolus Mask Theater

June 30, 2018 11:15 AM

Africa and Middle East Village

Mythobolus Mask Theatre performs folk tales from many cultures. Performers are dancers and dance teachers who enjoy performing for festivals and school children. The African show will include a tale told in North Africa.

Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO)

June 30, 2018 11:45 AM

Asia/Pacific Village

We are introduced to the richness and beauty of traditional Indonesian dances from Bali, Java and Sumatra as well as their folk songs. Prior to moving to Oregon, Novi Leigh performed with the Balinese orchestra Gamelan Genta Kasturi, as the lead dancer.

Eastern European Fiddle by Arden the Fiddler

June 30, 2018 11:45 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Arden plays world fiddle music of all ilks, with an emphasis on Ukrainian, Celtic, ballads both bawdy & brave, and Eastern European/Balkan/Roma folk.

Esperance Kouka & Sakumuna

June 30, 2018 12:00 PM

Amphitheater

Sakumuna means "to bless" in Kikongo - a language spoken in several countries in central Africa. The band was formed by a group of friends with diverse cultural backgrounds and performs a variety of traditional and modern African music as well as Caribbean and Gospel music.They sing in several languages including French, Swahili, Kikongo and English. Sakumuna’s mission is to bless hearts and lives through traditional and modern music with songs mostly inspired by personal life experiences, sharing a spiritual message of peace, harmony, joy and love for their audience.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 1

June 30, 2018 12:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

Gab y Yaz

June 30, 2018 12:15 PM

Americas Village

Gabriel and Yazmin Pizar and their guitars bring us the vibrant sounds of a Mexican Folkloric Duet.

Bhutanese Carvings and Symbolism

June 30, 2018 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

In Bhutan, the traditional arts are known as zorig chusum (zo = the ability to make; rig = science or craft; chusum = thirteen). These practices have been gradually developed through the centuries, often passed down through families with long-standing relations to a particular craft. These traditional crafts represent hundreds of years of knowledge and ability that has been passed down through generations. Artisans from Bhutan will discuss the symbolism of their craft.

Ke Alaula

June 30, 2018 1:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Ke Alaula (New Dawn) is based in Eugene and directed by Leilani Beymer. The school's purpose is "to share our Aloha through our cultural mele (songs) and hula (dance). For it is through this that we learn about our Kupuna's (ancestors') way of life. We are committed to teach not just hula, but Olelo (Hawaiian language), respsect of others, self and the land." Classes are offered in Eugene, Albany and Sherwood. Find them on Facebook under Hula Halau O Ke Alaula.

Cherry City Cloggers

June 30, 2018 1:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Clogging is an American folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance, and traditional Cherokee dance. The dancers use their footwear to create audible percussive rhythms. Clogging was a social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as early as the 1700s. Established in 1989, the Cherry City Cloggers is one of the largest clogging clubs in the Northwest.

Talking Drum by Nojeem Lasisi

June 30, 2018 1:30 PM

African and Middle East Village

The Nigerian talking drum has its roots in the Old Oyo Empire. The hourglass-shaped drums are made of wood and goat skin. The drummer is able to produce sounds that mimic the human voice and can alter the tone by applying pressure to leather bands that run between the two drum heads.

Fancy Dance Life Dancers

June 30, 2018 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

Led by champion dancers! Get ready for a world-class celebration of inter-tribal Native American dance styles. Colorful regalia changes, heart beating drums, and high steps lead the audience through stories of creation, earthly relationships and life stages. Experience the smooth movements of the traditional styles of the Great Plains, the fast, high-energy style of the fancy dances of the Southwest, and others as demonstrated by members of the Navajo, Apache and Shoshone tribes.

Muay Thai with Brandon Pelkey

June 30, 2018 1:45 PM

Asia/Pacific East

Experience the traditional art of Muay Thai!

Claddagh Irish Dancers

June 30, 2018 2:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Originally known as the Shamrock Steppers, this group has competed and performed on the West Coast and at the World Beat for many years. A mix of three generations of performers, Claddagh dancers enjoy learning and creating original choreography. They perform in hard shoe and soft shoe in competitive and relaxed styles. Their newest addition is “old style” Sean-nós "tap dance."

Traditions of Día de los Muertos By Alfonso Muñoz

June 30, 2018 2:15 PM

Cultural Center

This well-known holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico - particularly in the Central and South regions - and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Alfonso Muñoz will break down the meaning and symbolism of the altar and other aspects of the holiday.

Tokyo International University of America

June 30, 2018 2:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

The American Studies Program (ASP) students of Willamette University are excited to showcase their talents and Japanese culture. Their performances will include dances and songs. The students are currently enrolled at Willamette University's sister school, Tokyo International University, in Kawagoe, Japan, and are spending a year studying here in Salem.

Chayag Andean Flutes

June 30, 2018 2:30 PM

Americas Village

Chayag presents an exciting program of folkloric music and dance from the Andean region.

Ballet Folklórico by Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 30, 2018 3:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

Nii Ardey Altoey + Ekome

June 30, 2018 3:00 PM

Amphitheater

Nii Ardey Allotey, a native of Ghana, began studying traditional dance and drumming at the tender age of 3. He has performed all over the world, from Russia to Japan. His group Ekome has performed at World Beat many times, most recently in 2015. Get ready to dance!

Keizer ATA

June 30, 2018 3:15 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

We are proud members of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and teach many different martial arts, but specialize in Taekwondo.

Nigerian Hair Wrapping by Florish Beauty Palace

June 30, 2018 3:45 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

The gele is an African head wrap or head tie that has its roots in the Yoruba Tribe in the western African country of Nigeria. African women wear the gele as a sign of cultural reverence and respect at African events. Demonstrated by local business owner, Ola Elkanah, a native of Nigeria.

Czech Seasons of the Year: Customs, Crafts, and Celebrations with Daniela Mahoney

June 30, 2018 4:00 PM

Cultural Center

Enjoy this presentation on traditional arts and celebrations in the Czech Republic. Daniela Mahoney will showcase how Bohemian traditions have made their way into modern day holidays. Daniela is a nationally known artist and has been at her craft since 1983. She has developed numerous educational programs about Czech and Slovak culture and has participated in festivals, workshops and events all over the US.

Kalabharathi School of Dance

June 30, 2018 4:15 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Portland’s Kalabharathi School Founder and Director Sivagami Vanka and her talented students share their passion for the classical dance form of south India. Kalabharathi promotes the values of Indian culture, preserves an ancient art form, and forges links among Indian, US and other cultures.

Céilí of the Valley

June 30, 2018 4:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Pronounced "Kay-lee" of the Valley, this non-profit is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating Irish culture in the Willamette Valley. Members and friends perform traditional Irish and Scottish social dances to live music, along with some original dances. Audience participation is anticipated.

The Severin Sisters

June 30, 2018 4:30 PM

Amphitheater

The Severin Sisters have been dazzling audiences with their Americana music for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of opening for such renowned acts as Rascal Flatts, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Del McCoury Band, and The John Cowan Band. Twin sisters Amy and Heidi front the band and are now joined by their younger sister, Haley. Their bluegrass instrumentals and three-part harmonies are sure to wow audiences of all ages!

Salem Swingin' Stars Square Dance + Workshop

June 30, 2018 4:30 PM

Americas Village

It's time to erase the old image you might have of square dancing from your school days or TV. Today's dancing is done to great music from the best of modern music, including Country, Rock, Disco, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and Bluegrass! There are new dance steps -exciting new patterns to learn. And you can dance any where in the world you might travel - 18 different countries including the Far East and Europe! Best of all, there are new people to meet, friends to make, events to attend. Square dancing is "Friendship set to music." This is one of the best kept secrets in town. Salem Swingin' Stars dance at the Salem Square Dance Center.

Dances of Bhutan by Drukpa Mila Center

June 30, 2018 5:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Performers from Bhutan will perform the Black Hat Dance and the Tashi Tashi – or, Bhutanese Welcoming Dance.

Romancé

June 30, 2018 5:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

This quartet plays traditional Latino music and revives the romantic and classical boleros from the past. They steal hearts with their music and revive the essence of Latino romanticism by playing the musical jewels of this genre.

Deaf Culture presented by Chemeketa ASL Program

June 30, 2018 5:45 PM

Cultural Center

Deaf culture, like any other culture, is a set of social beliefs, literature, and art. Most deaf people view deafness as an identity than a disability. Chemeketa Community College's American Sign Language Program invites you to deepen your understanding about the fourth most commonly used language in the United States.

African Drum Workshop by Nii Ardey Allotey

June 30, 2018 6:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

In this workshop, we will bring kpanlogo drums and djembes to teach rhythm and technique. We will also learn the five hand techniques for playing the drum. Nii Ardey will talk about his childhood in Accra, and how he became a dancer and drummer.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 2

June 30, 2018 6:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

Possibly Irish

June 30, 2018 6:15 PM

Amphitheater

Possibly Irish is an Irish pub band known for energetic performances, humor, and rich vocal harmonies. Clap, stomp your feet, dance and sing along to songs rich in the Irish, Scottish and Celtic traditions.

Paradise of Samoa

June 30, 2018 6:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

This non-profit group based in Keizer is comprised of thirty-five members and performs numerous Pacific Islands' dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand. Their costumes are authentic and hand-made and their show takes you on a very colorful dance tour of the Pacific!

Danza Azteca by Fuego Nativo de las Americas

June 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Americas Village

This traditional Aztec group of the Chichimecas people will come together and share their ancestral traditions.

The Kemtone Quartet

June 30, 2018 7:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Salem’s own Jazz quartet featuring Cassio Vianna on Piano, Casey Younger on Bass, Jason Carter on Drums

Opening with Ballet Folklórico by Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 30, 2018 7:45 PM

Amphitheater

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

Belly Dances of the World

June 30, 2018 8:00 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

Coordinated by Salem's NW Belly Dancing Collective, these exciting groups of Middle Eastern dancers bring us the Egyptian cane dance, shemadan, Turkish skirt dance, debke, plus American tribal and cabaret-style dances and more.

Radio Jarocho

June 30, 2018 8:15 PM

Amphitheater

Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino play the rowdy, upbeat, and (at times) melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, and mix it with the sounds of New York’s urban life. Together, they deliver performances that are passionate, energetic, and true to the roots of the genre. They are gearing up to release "Rios de Norte y Sur", their first studio production together. In their 2018 tour, Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino celebrate the music that unites Veracruz and the United States through original songs and new arrangements for old jarocho tunes.

Egyptian Shamadan Dance

June 30, 2018 10:00 PM

Amphitheater

Originating in Egypt, this candelabra dance was traditionally performed by the bride at her wedding. Join us to experience this unique dance performed by Salem's own local belly dancing troupe.

Saturday Island Fire Dances with Paradise of Samoa

June 30, 2018 10:15 PM

Ampitheater

Fire is an important part of Polynesian culture displayed not only in mythology but also in dance. Perennial favorites Craig and Tasi Keener return with their exciting and colorful group.

Saturday Night with Pyrite

June 30, 2018 10:40 PM

Amphitheater

Pyrite performers have been mesmerizing and thrilling audiences with fire performances since 2003. Based in Salem, Oregon, members have performed throughout the Northwest but rarely get to perform in their home town and are excited to share their art.

Yoga + Beer®

July 1, 2018 10:30 AM

Amphitheater

We like to talk about Yoga + Beer® as the combination of things that make us feel good. Feel-good, non-intimidating, all-levels, fun yoga. Local craft brews, enjoyed in the breweries that passionately make them and a welcoming community to gather with friends, new and old. Come experience the ancient art of yoga in the Salem World Beat Festival's Beer Garden. Class will be taught by local Yogi Jaime Lawrence, RYT.

Sundari Bollywood Dance Group

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Asia/Pacific Village

Bollywood Dance originated in Indian films and are a synthesis of formal and folk Indian traditional music and dance, with Middle Eastern techniques and western influences. It has evolved as a unique, joyful and energetic style. Dances performed by Miz Lafontaine and the Sundari Bollywood Dance Group of Salem.

Golden Flute by Sherry Lanning

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Travel the world with the mystical sounds of Sherry Lanning and her golden flute. Sherry has a unique improvisational style that reflects serenity thru sound. A registered nurse, she has served with the American Red Cross during national disasters and has also volunteered on international medical missions.

Nigerian Fashion Show by Sandals on my Feet

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Africa and Middle East Village

Enjoy the vibrant clothing styles of Nigeria.

Cuban Picadillo with Melanie Jimenez Jones

July 1, 2018 11:15 AM

Cultural Center

Picadillo is a savory beef dish with the sweetness of raisins and the tang of olives. It is a classic staple in every Cuban household, and there are as many versions of it as there are cooks! This is a great dish as is, or it makes a great filling for empanadas or papa rellena.

World Beat Social Pow Wow: Session 3

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Pow Wow

A Pow-wow is a gathering of Native American people from all tribes. It is a celebration of our existence and culture; a time to come together to drum, sing, dance and pray. Because it is a mix of all tribes, it takes on a culture of its own – not just the culture of one tribe or another. It is not a presentation, but an experience. A pow-wow is a mix of traditional and contemporary Native dances and drumming.

Nupuram Dance Group Children's Bollywood

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Diwali is the biggest festival in India, but India can also be called a country of festivals with numerous festivals across diverse cultures taking place year-round. These festivals are celebrated equally in some form or the other throughout the country by people of all ages with fun activities, vibrant costumes, prayers, folk dances. Today the group will show you a glimpse of celebrations of 4 of these festivals: Makar Sankranti, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri.

Danza de Los Viejitos by Los Tatas Keris Alegres de Michoacan

July 1, 2018 12:00 PM

Americas Village

The traditional danza de los viejitos, or " dance of the little old men," has its origins in Pre-Columbian Purepecha culture. The Purepecha Empire was located in Michoacan and rivaled that of the Aztecs (fun fact: the Purepecha were never conquered by their foes, the Aztecs, and defeated them in battle in the late 1400s.) The dance was created as a ritual to honor the god of fire. The four men represent the four directions of the Universe, North, South, East and West, and the four elements: earth, fire, air, and water.

Monmouth Taiko

July 1, 2018 12:15 PM

Amphitheater

Monmouth Taiko performs traditional Japanese drumming on large drums called taiko. The playing of taiko is dynamic with traditional and modern rhythms, and choreographed movements. Monmouth Taiko has performed throughout the state for over twenty years.

The Klezmonauts

July 1, 2018 12:15 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Klezmer is the exuberant music from the Jewish villages of Eastern Europe, with diverse roots from ancient Hebrew melodies to fiery Hungarian dances. The Klezmonauts add influences from their own backgrounds in jazz, bluegrass, Indian, African, and Celtic music. Add a healthy dose of spirited improvisation, and the resulting sound is intricate and exhilarating. The Klezmonauts are: Jeremy Wegner, guitar and mandolin; Chip Cohen, fiddle; Michael Rubinstein, bass; and Ken Sokolov, percussion.

Ukranian Pierogi with Yuriy Chira

July 1, 2018 12:30 PM

Cultural Center

Yuriy Chira, Chef/Owner of Chira’s Restaurant & Catering at the Reed Opera House, surprises us with one of his favorite traditional recipes from his home country, Ukraine. Pierogis are filled dumplings made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water. These dumplings are popular in West Slavic (Polish, Slovak, and Czech), Hungarian, East Slavic (Belarusian and western Ukrainian), some Baltic (Latvian and Lithuanian) and other Central and Eastern European cuisines. Typical fillings include potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, and fruits.

Rainbow Dance Theatre

July 1, 2018 1:00 PM

African Village

A perennial World Beat favorite, Darryl Thomas, professor of dance at Western Oregon University, and members of the Rainbow Dance Theatre ensemble will lead festival-goers in learning traditional African drum rhythms and dance steps following a high-powered performance of traditional African dance and drumming.

Japanese Traditional & Contemporary Koto by Masumi Timson & Friends

July 1, 2018 1:00 PM

Asia/Pacific

Masumi holds a Master’s Degree (Shihan) in Music with specialization in the Koto from Seiha Conservatory of Japanese traditional music in Tokyo. She plays both classical and contemporary Koto music, and also sings Japanese classical songs with Koto and Shamisen accompaniment. She also enjoys collaborating with various western musical instruments to explore a wide range of musical genres. Masumi participated in the recording of several of Pink Martini albums, including 2011 Japan Record Award Winner and iTunes No. 1 Jazz Chart Hit "1969," with Japanese legendary singer Saori Yuki. She has performed with the band at various venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Grand Rex Theatre in Paris, Tokyo Kokusai Forum and Tokyo Billboard Live in Tokyo.

Escuela de Flamenco Elena Villa

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Elena began her flamenco training in Santa Cruz, California in 1991 after being inspired by live flamenco performances in France and Spain as an exchange student in the late 1980s. Her first teachers, La Linda, Ladisla, and Andrea “la Canela” gave her a strong foundation in traditional flamenco technique and choreography,. Elena has gone on to study with some of the great international artists of today, including Jose Galván, Teo Morca, Belen Maya, La Tania, Jesús Carmona, and many others.

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Gamelan is the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia. Gamelan Sari Pandhawa plays the music of central Java, a region of the most populous island in the Indonesian archipelago. Music is played on sets of tuned chimes, gongs, xylophones and drums.

Salem Rueda de Casino

July 1, 2018 1:30 PM

Amphitheater

Rueda de Casino is a style of salsa dancing danced in a wheel (rueda) with a caller (cantante) telling the dancers which move to do next. It is a fun social dance done in the streets of Cuba. Come and watch Salem Rueda de Casino to see a few examples and learn a few moves with them!!

Danza Azteca by Fuego Nativo de las Americas

July 1, 2018 1:45 PM

Americas Village

This traditional Aztec group of the Chichimecas people will come together and share their ancestral traditions.

Trio de Son de Cuba

July 1, 2018 2:00 PM

Amphitheater

Son de Cuba has roots in Latin, African, and jazz rhythms. They blend this vast knowledge of different beats together in classic and modern Latin songs that exude energy and encourage you to dance!

Nigerian Jollof with Ola Elkanah

July 1, 2018 2:00 PM

Cultural Center

Rice Jollof is one of the most popular dishes in Nigeria. A party wouldn’t be a party without Jollof! Join Flourish Beauty Palace owner and Nigerian native, Ola Elkanah, and learn how to create this timeless West-African dish.

Philippine (Cebuano) Dancers

July 1, 2018 2:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Multiculturalism is alive and well in the Philippines. Muslim and indigenous influenced dances are showcased by this group of Filipino friends and families.

African Dance Workshop by West African Cultural Arts Institute

July 1, 2018 2:30 PM

Africa and Middle East Village

West African Cultural Arts Institute's mission is to share the joy and passion of West African culture through vibrant educational programs focusing on music and dance, advocating for authentic source artists from Guinea and creating charitable projects in Guinea that promote artistic, emotional and physical health. Join West African Cultural Arts Institute (WACAI) for a hands-on, interactive All-Levels dance class that teaches the basics of traditional and contemporary dance from Guinea, West Africa. The workshop gives a cultural context for the dances presented and has live drumming. No experience necessary; everyone is welcome!

Renegade Rose Morris Dancers

July 1, 2018 2:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Renegade Rose performs old and new folk dances in high energy fashion, based on the English Morris tradition. This talented team includes skilled singers, so the sets are often a combination of song and dance. Their motto: fun dances to good music ensure an entertaining time for all as we dance, sing, and perform our way through life.

Pasefika: Dances of Polynesia and Micronesia

July 1, 2018 3:00 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Pasefika’s mission is to introduce island dance to the younger generation and keep the spirit of dance alive. They are from different backgrounds but all share a common passion for dance.

The Oregon Valley Boys

July 1, 2018 3:30 PM

Amphitheater

Together since 2006, The Oregon Valley Boys have nurtured a passionate following in the Pacific Northwest. Western swing was once a vital component of the region’s music scene, and national touring acts barnstormed grange and dance halls, such as Portland’s “The Drum” (later “The Flower Drum”) and “Division Street Corral.”

Home-Grown Mexican with Pedro Rosales

July 1, 2018 3:30 PM

Cultural Center

Established in 1984, La Margarita was created to bring something different to town in the form of food. At the time, there were only 3 mexican restaurants in all of salem. Owner and founder, Pedro Rosales, built La Margarita into what it is today using cooking techniques he learned from his mother. Join him for a delectable showcase of his timeless cuisine.

Bridgetown Morris Men

July 1, 2018 3:45 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

For hundreds of years, Morris Dancers have celebrated the seasons in the Cotswold region of England with music, dance, songs and plays. Decked out in ribbons and bells, they perform athletic dances with handkerchiefs and sticks to encourage good fortune and fertility for the coming season. The Bridgetown Morris Men keep this age-old tradition alive in Portland.

Japan Cultural Society (JCS)

July 1, 2018 3:45 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

There are many traditional dances in Japan, but one of the most famous and enjoyable is bon-odori (bon dance). O-bon is a gathering of joy, where respect is paid to our ancestors who came before us. The style of this summer celebration dance varies from region to region. This Buddhist tradition welcomes the spirits of ancestors home for annual visits

Mariachi Los Palmeros

July 1, 2018 4:00 PM

Americas Village

For more than a decade, local band Mariachi Los Palmeros,has performed at weddings, quinceañeras and cultural festivals, as well as other social events and occasions of all sorts. They have performed all over Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and North California and are well known in the Latino community. Over the years they have accompanied Latin American celebrities including Yolanda del Rio, Maribel Guardia, Federico Villa, Beatriz Adriana, Rosenda Bernal, Juan Valentin, and many others.

The World Beat Parade of Nations

July 1, 2018 4:45 PM

African Village

The parade originates at the African Village and proceeds through the festival grounds to the Amphitheater, where represented countries and their flags are introduced. Wear the national dress of your birth, your forefathers’ land or your adopted country, and join us for this colorful and upbeat parade that embodies the spirit of the festival!

Nupuram Dance Group Performs Indian Kathak Dance

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Asia/Pacific Village

Kathak is one of the major forms of classical dances in India that express stories through dance movements using facial expressions, foot movement and gestures of arms and upper body movements. Contemporary music combined with Kathak brings the best of two worlds together in this semi-classical presentation.

The Mighty Dreadful String Band

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

Clayton Kaiser and the band hail from Seattle and bring their own brand of bluegrass and country music. Steeped in rockabilly, blues, country, and with a hint of music originating in countryside hills of Britain and Ireland, The Mighty Dreadful Stringband brings a Cascadian edge to traditional bluegrass tunes. These four down-to-earth musicians enjoy belittling themselves and have a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.

Edna Vazquez

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Amphitheater

Edna Vazquez is a fearless singer, songwriter and guitarist whose powerful voice and musical talent embrujan and transcend the boundaries of language to engage and uplift her audience. She is a creative crisol with a vocal range that allows her to paint seamlessly with her original material, an intersection of folk, rock, pop and R&B. Edna’s passion for music and performance grew from her bicultural raíces and, with songs deeply rooted in universal human emotion, she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love and cultural healing. Edna is currently performing with her band in support of her most recent release, Sola Soy, and writing new music for an album to be released in 2018. The Edna Vazquez Band features William Seiji Marsh on lead guitar (Lost Lander, Cherry Poppin Daddies), Gil Assayas on keys (GLASYS), Milo Fultz on electric and upright bass (3 Leg Torso) and Jesse Brooke on drums and percussion (Trio Subtonic).

Fandango of Veracruz with Radio Jarocho

July 1, 2018 5:45 PM

Americas

In Veracruz, Mexico, a fandango is a party where people get together to dance, to play and to sing in a community setting. As local musicians perform the Son Jarocho music, people dance "zapateado" atop a large wooden platform known as a Tarima. Radio Jarocho and Casa de la Cultural Tlanese will perform this unique tradition right here in Salem!

The World Beat Parade of Lights

June 30, 2016 9:45 PM

Americas Village

Start with a parade in the americas and join a Middle Eastern dance party in the amphitheater! Performance presented by Jody Beckwith.

Bigfoot Mojo

June 29, 2018 5:00 PM

Amphitheater

Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Josiah and Belinda continue to mesmerize audiences with groove-based melodies and impeccable vocal harmonies - the kind that sound "genetically-blended.” Heavily influenced by Bluegrass and Vintage Swing, they use their diverse backgrounds to set a new standard for original music.

Mbrascatu

June 29, 2018 7:30 PM

Amphitheater

A musical product of the creative melting pot of Portland, Oregon, this indie rock band draws from diverse American and European roots. They have blended dynamics ranging from delicate to explosive, expressive Italian lyrics, hook-laden melodies, inventive arrangement, and energetic rhythms delighting audiences at the hottest music venues in the Pacific NW.

Friday Island Fire Dances with Paradise of Samoa

June 29, 2018 9:10 PM

Amphitheater

Fire is an important part of Polynesian culture displayed not only in mythology but also in dance. Perennial favorites Craig and Tasi Keener return with their exciting and colorful group.

Friday Night with Pyrite

June 29, 2018 9:30 PM

Amphitheater

Pyrite performers have been mesmerizing and thrilling audiences with fire performances since 2003. Based in Salem, Oregon, members have performed throughout the Northwest but rarely get to perform in their home town and are excited to share their art.

The World Beat Children's Parade

June 30, 2018 9:45 AM

Amphitheater

Children and families gather for this delightful parade to open the 21st World Beat Festival. Casa de la Cultural Tlanese lead children in traditional costumes from all over the world and parade through the festival grounds to the amphitheater.

Gab y Yaz

June 30, 2018 12:15 PM

Americas Village

Gabriel and Yazmin Pizar and their guitars bring us the vibrant sounds of a Mexican Folkloric Duet.

Traditions of Día de los Muertos By Alfonso Muñoz

June 30, 2018 2:15 PM

Cultural Center

This well-known holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico - particularly in the Central and South regions - and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Alfonso Muñoz will break down the meaning and symbolism of the altar and other aspects of the holiday.

Ballet Folklórico by Casa de la Cultura Tlanese

June 30, 2018 3:00 PM

Spirit Mountain Stepping Stage

A non-profit group, Tlanese was established in 2004 to share Mexican culture through dance and to keep traditions alive in the hearts of youth. It has grown and is officially known as Casa de la Cultural Tlanese. The group specializes in traditional dances from different states of Mexico such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco. ¡Viva México!

The Severin Sisters

June 30, 2018 4:30 PM

Amphitheater

The Severin Sisters have been dazzling audiences with their Americana music for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of opening for such renowned acts as Rascal Flatts, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Del McCoury Band, and The John Cowan Band. Twin sisters Amy and Heidi front the band and are now joined by their younger sister, Haley. Their bluegrass instrumentals and three-part harmonies are sure to wow audiences of all ages!

Radio Jarocho

June 30, 2018 8:15 PM

Amphitheater

Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino play the rowdy, upbeat, and (at times) melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, and mix it with the sounds of New York’s urban life. Together, they deliver performances that are passionate, energetic, and true to the roots of the genre. They are gearing up to release "Rios de Norte y Sur", their first studio production together. In their 2018 tour, Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino celebrate the music that unites Veracruz and the United States through original songs and new arrangements for old jarocho tunes.

Mariachi Los Palmeros

July 1, 2018 4:00 PM

Americas Village

For more than a decade, local band Mariachi Los Palmeros,has performed at weddings, quinceañeras and cultural festivals, as well as other social events and occasions of all sorts. They have performed all over Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and North California and are well known in the Latino community. Over the years they have accompanied Latin American celebrities including Yolanda del Rio, Maribel Guardia, Federico Villa, Beatriz Adriana, Rosenda Bernal, Juan Valentin, and many others.

The World Beat Parade of Nations

July 1, 2018 4:45 PM

African Village

The parade originates at the African Village and proceeds through the festival grounds to the Amphitheater, where represented countries and their flags are introduced. Wear the national dress of your birth, your forefathers’ land or your adopted country, and join us for this colorful and upbeat parade that embodies the spirit of the festival!

Edna Vazquez

July 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Amphitheater

Edna Vazquez is a fearless singer, songwriter and guitarist whose powerful voice and musical talent embrujan and transcend the boundaries of language to engage and uplift her audience. She is a creative crisol with a vocal range that allows her to paint seamlessly with her original material, an intersection of folk, rock, pop and R&B. Edna’s passion for music and performance grew from her bicultural raíces and, with songs deeply rooted in universal human emotion, she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love and cultural healing. Edna is currently performing with her band in support of her most recent release, Sola Soy, and writing new music for an album to be released in 2018. The Edna Vazquez Band features William Seiji Marsh on lead guitar (Lost Lander, Cherry Poppin Daddies), Gil Assayas on keys (GLASYS), Milo Fultz on electric and upright bass (3 Leg Torso) and Jesse Brooke on drums and percussion (Trio Subtonic).

Fandango of Veracruz with Radio Jarocho

July 1, 2018 5:45 PM

Americas

In Veracruz, Mexico, a fandango is a party where people get together to dance, to play and to sing in a community setting. As local musicians perform the Son Jarocho music, people dance "zapateado" atop a large wooden platform known as a Tarima. Radio Jarocho and Casa de la Cultural Tlanese will perform this unique tradition right here in Salem!

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