Mar 31, 2016

Japanese drumming is coming to the Redford Theatre


Tickets are on sale now for this unique cultural performance!

The Great Lakes Taiko Center presents its 6th Annual Concert on Sunday, June 12th at 4 p.m. featuring traditional and authentic Taiko drumming. With its elaborate Japanese garden d├ęcor, the historic Redford Theatre, located at 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI 48219, is a fitting venue for this special event.

Tickets are on sale now for this unique entertainment experience through the Redford Theatre website,, or in person at the Great Lakes Taiko Center, 43000 W. Nine Mile Road, Suite 309, Novi, MI 48375. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. All tickets will be $5 more on the day of the concert at the box office. For additional information, email or call 248-773-8899.

Japanese Taiko drumming combines music, communication skills, teamwork and a touch of martial arts to create a fun and unique art form. The annual concert showcases Great Lakes Taiko Center’s two highly-skilled performance groups: Raion Taiko, headed by Great Lakes Taiko Center founder Brian Sole, and Godaiko, an ensemble of accomplished student performers. Both performance groups regularly wow audiences at festivals and other events in the area with amazing musical presentations and visual elements of Taiko drumming. All Great Lakes Taiko Center students will perform in the show.

“This event gives the public an opportunity to enjoy listening to and watching a musical art form representing Japanese culture they may have never known about previously. Doing so at the historic Redford Theatre gives exposure to a local venue that’s doing important work in the community.” said Sole. “In addition, it gives my students a goal to work toward and an opportunity to perform.”

A spectacle in their own right are the Taiko drums which come in a wide variety of shapes and range in size from five pounds to several hundred pounds in weight, with drum heads ranging from 12 inches to nine feet in diameter, each producing a distinctive sound of its own. Attendees at the June 12th concert will be able to experience the powerful sound of the Great Lakes Taiko Center's 3.5 foot diameter drum made from a single tree trunk.

The Great Lakes Taiko Center is the only Taiko school in southeast Michigan. It is committed to sharing authentic Japanese Taiko drumming through education, workshops and performances. The Great Lakes Taiko Center’s instructors are trained by professional Taiko drummers in Japan and teach in a manner that allows musicians and non-musicians alike to enjoy playing together in a group. With a current class age range from 3 to 73, classes are offered to fit all ages, genders and levels of musical ability. For more information, visit or call (248) 773-8899.

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