A one of a kind style of music filled the streets of downtown Roanoke Monday.
It's called “Taiko”, a Japanese word that means drum. A group called “The Taiko Project” from Los Angeles created a feast for the eyes and ears in front of the downtown library. Kai Perkins said the performance was amazing. “How they do the spins—it’s really cool,” he said.
Taiko is the name of a genre of music as well as a drum. Taiko goes back thousands of years, but in recent decades , hip hop, rock and jazz have all been infused.
David Wells is one of the performers. “"It combines a lot of dancing martial arts type movements,” he said.
People of all ages were in a trance like state as they enjoyed sounds and moves they've never experienced before.
Carl Neal couldn’t believe his eyes. “It's got more of a flavor to it a taste to it, makes you feel better,” he said.
If you missed Monday’s performance, don't worrry. You can catch the Taiko performers at the Taubman Museum Tuesday morning at eleven.