The countdown to spring is on for the Pacific Northwest. And, as spring comes in with a roar, arts enthusiasts can also expect new sounds. That’s why The Eastside Scene presents the first “Sounds of Spring” roundup of the Spring Arts guide.
Bellevue World Taiko Festival
2-4 p.m., March 3-4
Kicking off the month of March is the fourth annual Bellevue World Taiko Festival featuring group Miyake Geinou Doushikai. Presented by the Japan Creative Arts and The School of Taiko, the performing arts group will stir the senses with colorful garb, traditional Japanese masks and energetic drumming. It will be Miyake Geinou Doushikai’s first performance in the Seattle area. The group is known for instructing their “Miyake” to the KODO, an internationally famous Taiko group. According to the event’s website, the Miyake is recognized as “KODO’s popular repertoire by its sounds, movements and Samurai spirits.”
“This unique style of drumming is simple, yet powerful enough to move audiences,” the festival website states. “With a sophisticated stage performance, Miyake Taiko is a must-see. The intense beats, breathtaking body movements, and their spirits will certainly capture your heart.”
For more information, visit www.worldtaikofestival.org.
Seattle Rock Orchestra: Led Zeppelin I & II
8 p.m., March 31
Kirkland Performance Center
While, yes, the Seattle Rock Orchestra is an orchestra, the group can definitely rock. Their rendition of Led Zeppelin I & II is sure to take Baby Boomers back to the good ol’ days when a Friday night consisted of listening to songs like “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Bring It On Home,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Ramble On,” on repeat so they could write down the lyrics. Except instead of a loud, sweaty concert, the refined generation can enjoy the sounds of their youth in Kirkland Performance Center’s clean concert hall. According to their biography, the Seattle Rock Orchestra utilizes strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and guest vocalists to get the party started.
For ticket prices and more information, visit www.kpcenter.org.
7th Annual North Bend Jazz Walk
6 p.m.- midnight, April 21
Various venues around North Bend
Now in its seventh year, the annual North Bend Jazz Walk is a highly-anticipated music festival nestled at the foot of majestic Mount Si, featuring some of the finest jazz talent in the Pacific Northwest. Scheduled for multiple venues in historic Downtown North Bend, the event is a delightful evening celebrating jazz. Among renowned jazz artists, such as Bernie Jacobs Quartet, Janette West Quartet with Murl Allen Sanders and Kelly Eisenhour + Melanie Shore Trio, the Mount Si High School Jazz Ensemble will also perform. Proceeds of the North Bend Jazz Walk will benefit JazzClubsNW, a member-supported, nonprofit dedicated to supporting life music and education.
For a list of venues and ticket information, visit JazzClubsNW.org.