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The Pan Wizards Steel Orchestra, a 32-piece steelband from the Seattle area, will perform at Coast Park in Newport on Monday, June 27, as part of an event called “Beats and Eats,” hosted by Newport Parks and Recreation.

Newport Parks and Recreation will be hosting a unique musical and food experience — “Beats and Eats” — on Monday, June 27. Eats begin at 5 p.m. with Lady Bird’s BBQ, and Beats start at 6 p.m. with Pan Wizards Steel Orchestra, a 32-piece steelband from the Seattle area.

Pan Wizards is the flagship ensemble of Steel Magic Northwest, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded and directed by internationally known steelpan specialist Gary Gibson. The concert is free and open to the public. 

This event will be held at Coast Park, 100 SW Coast St., just south of the Newport Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to try delicious food, play in the park and enjoy great music.

The Pan Wizards, recognized as one of the top high-school-level steelband groups in the U.S., will perform a widely varied repertoire of classical, pop, samba, salsa, calypso and soca music while on tour, including music by the Beatles, Lord Kitchener (of Trinidad), Georges Bizet, Earth Wind & Fire, and others. The program is generation-neutral and family friendly.

The group is comprised of high-school aged musicians in the Edmonds and Kent suburban regions of Seattle, most of whom have been playing the steelpan since fifth or sixth grade, while climbing the ladder of ranked bands that the organization provides.

“You’d have to travel several hours to find another group like ours, with bands large enough to sound orchestral while performing music of this artistic level,” Gibson said. “Those who witness a good, tight, 30-plus piece steel orchestra don’t soon forget it.”

Their 2022 tour of Oregon revives a tour that the group had put together for June of 2020, until COVID derailed their plans. The group will also be performing in concert at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 25, at Lincoln City’s Regatta Park.

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