The Pritchard Park drum circle is well underway this season, but tonight’s Friday-night thundering will get an extra boost from the Asheville Downtown Association.
The ADA is donating several drums, including a 55-gallon dun dun, to the already-strong showing of rhythm instruments at the park.
The move marks an endorsement of an event that has sometimes found itself on uncertain ground. Originally loosely organized, the circle found itself contending with events pre-booked through the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. And in 2006, the drum circle was dispersed by police after noise complaints. But drumming soon resumed after a dialog between organizers and police. A year later, the drum circle was identified by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department as one of the city’s “anchor events.”
Now, the ADA has joined in the drum love, donating instruments for those who want to participate but don’t have drums.
“We are so fortunate to have this group of people who create this music in Pritchard Park,” said ADA President Byron Greiner in a press release. “The circle encourages participation, and we are donating instruments to support their activities.”
The ADA’s presentation of drums will happen tonight at 7 p.m. in Pritchard Park.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer