Hey everyone! Jamie here (a Ho Etsu performing member.) Not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s been an increase in Ho Etsu sightings in Chicago this Fall! We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, so we decided to mix it up and do an Autumn series of smaller shows at home. In typical 20 year-old fashion, we kicked this series off with the equivalent of a house party. This year marks the first year Ho Etsu Taiko has participated in SoFar Sounds. For those who haven’t heard of SoFar, it’s a group of volunteers who organize intimate concerts in unique venues, like someone’s living room or, in our case, at a salon – Salon DJ, to be exact. This was a unique show for us, for sure. Our goal was to reach a new audience and continue to spread the joy of drumming. It was definitely a challenge fitting all our drums comfortably in the space, but we got to play in the audience, so I’d call that a win! Judging by the energy of the attendees I’d say everyone had fun. I know we did! We can’t wait for more opportunities to broaden our horizons and meet many more new friends. Thanks to SoFar Sounds and Salon DJ for being such great hosts and putting together these cool events for artists and audiences to enjoy.
Photographer: Todd Harris