Artist of the day: Tampa Taiko
Tampa Taiko is two drummers, Ron Collins (above) and Julius Mendoza. But it's also much more than that.
Collins and Mendoza perform all over town as Tampa Taiko, educating others on the performance art of traditional Japanese drumming, using martial arts-like movements and shouts to boost energy. They perform all over Tampa Bay at VIP events, businesses, schools and festivals, and they also offer extensive lessons. They even offer classes for you to build your own taiko drum out of old wine barrels.
On Friday, Tampa Taiko drummers will perform at Ribfest 2011 in Vinoy Park. They'll be on the Water Side Stage, alongside Sound Parlor, Talk To Mark and the Trop Rock Junkies. The night's headliners are John Fogerty and Lukas Nelson. Click here for all the details on Ribfest 2011.
-- Will Vragovic, tbt*