Have you ever been to a Taiko drumming concert? If you have not, then this is your chance to go to one! I believe you will find the unique, cultural appeal of this concert very interesting. Ho Etsu Taiko is a Chicago-based Japanese drum ensemble that brings a passionate energy and lively spirit to the rich tradition of Taiko drumming. Ho Etsu means ‘a way to spread joy’, and this idea centers their philosophy. They bring a bright, energizing sound to the stage to infuse taiko’s cultural legacy with new vitality, bridging the tradition through fresh experiences and influences. Ho Etsu formed in 1997 at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood. The original Midwest Buddhist Temple taiko group was the first ensemble in Chicago, born in the 1970s during the earliest wave of Japanese-American taiko. From these deep roots, Ho Etsu blossomed into one of the most dynamic and exciting taiko ensembles in the city.
This July 28, Ho Etsu Taiko is inviting us to help them celebrate their 15th Anniversary. Appropriately named HANABI (‘fireworks’), this concert will introduce us to their explosive sound and striking compositions. In addition, they will be joined on stage by one of their earliest mentors – Kiyoshi Nagata – and his Toronto-based professional taiko and music ensemble, Nagata Shachu. As they continue to build upon their unique Taiko foundation stemming from both Japanese and American influences, this group aspires to bring a youthful and energizing sound to the stage.
Ho Etsu Taiko wants Chicago Urbanite followers to join their 15th Anniversary concert. And for that, they are giving away free tickets to the first 20 people that subscribe to my blog. Are you a subscriber already? Then leave a comment on this post to count you in.
$15 Discount Price
If you are not able to get a free ticket, you can still get a great deal for this show. Just call to reserve tickets at a special price of $15 with the phrase “Ho Etsu Loves Chicago Urbanites.” You will be able to pick up your ticket at the box office on the day of the show with an ID. The number to call is 312 725 8225 (Midwest Buddhist Temple)
Check Ho Etsu in action in this video: