Here are all the dates when Pittsburgh Taiko will be playing at the Asian Lantern Festival:
Sunday, August 22
Thursday, August 26
Saturday, August 28 – at the zoo entrance gate
Saturday, September 4 – at the zoo entrance gate
Friday, September 17
Sunday, September 19
Saturday, September 25
Saturday, October 9 – at the zoo entrance gate
Sunday, October 10
Saturday, October 24
Friday, October 29
We’ll be presenting several performance sets between 6:30 and about 9:30.
Most nights we’ll be in the village at the top of the escalators, but for a few nights we’ll be down by the parking lot outside the zoo entrance. You can see us those nights without buying a ticket – but the lanterns are wonderful and we highly recommend going to see them!
Pittsburgh Taiko is happy to join the performing lineup for the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Asian Lantern Festival, which runs from mid-August to the end of October.
(We aren’t performing every night – we’re a small group! But we’ll add the dates to our calendar in a few days.)
We’ll also be there to welcome you to the kickoff event, Wild Illuminations, on August 13. This festival preview party includes food, drink, music, activities, and entertainment for guests 21 and up. Tickets and details are available here: https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/wild-illuminations/
Not sure what to expect? Here’s a preview of some of the sights!
Since most of our core group has been fully vaccinated, we’re gradually coming out of isolation and returning to regular practice!
We have a lot of fun events on the schedule for later this year – but we need more taiko players to make them awesome! Would you like to join us?
If you haven’t played taiko before, we can teach you. We’re running some casual, socially distanced outdoor lessons over the next several weeks – check the Beginner Sessions page for details!
Make sure you get on our email list to find out when the practices are. Since we’re holding these outdoors we have to work around the weather and other park users, so we can’t always schedule more than a few days in advance. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto link) to learn more.
If you have played taiko before, that’s awesome and we’d love to have you play with us. Come join a practice and meet us – we’re a community group where everyone can participate. Use the email above to get in touch.
We probably should have noticed this last year, but until 2020 we were always pretty busy around this time of year….
So now it’s the 11th anniversary of our first public performances!
The first two performances happened back to back. We performed at a Pitt departmental event, Celebration of World Music, on Saturday December 5. On Sunday the 6th we joined with another taiko group from the region to represent the Japanese Classroom at the Nationality Rooms Open House.
The Open House performance was our first time on real drums!