Music & Dance

An incredibly diverse line-up of artists with work that speaks on the ocean from a multiplicity of cultural experiences, brought to you in-person and livestreamed from the Foss Waterway Seaport at Tacoma Ocean Fest, 10am – 5pm June 6.


Deanna Riley, aerial

She floats in the air, green and blue hair swirling. With water as her backdrop, she creates aerial magic. Deanna Riley, of Vuelta la Luna circus, has been a favorite at Tacoma Ocean Fest since 2018.

Trio Guadalevin

Named for the ancient river gorge that divides the city of Ronda in Andalusia. Trío Guadalevín explores the deep roots that stretch across the ocean and intermingle Indigenous, African, Arabic and European cultural expressions.

cellist Gretchen Yanover

Gretchen Yanover, cello

Aaahh…feel those silvery waves of looping electric cello wash over you….We love Gretchen Yanover, and we’re thrilled she’s back for Tacoma Ocean Fest 2021.

Emily Pinckney

Emily Pinckney, dance video

Part of the Barefoot Collective, Emily Pinckney is a dancer, marine biologist and activist. In “We’re Drowning,” Emily expresses how planet and people are connected, and the deep need for environmental justice.

hula dancers

Hula Halau

Our Hawaiian dance troupe from 2019 is back with more island joy and traditional music, dancing in open air outside the museum.

two percussionists

Miho + Diego

This dynamic percussion duo is back for more spellbinding rhythms that cross the ocean from Japan to South America and back again, with love.

Brass Band Northwest

Sail away, sail away, sail away…over the ocean, with Brass Band Northwest! Live for the first time in over a year, spaced outside, they’ll play ocean favorites to wrap up the festival. Hear the band here in their own arrangement of the hypnotic Enya classic, “Orinoco Flow,” with film by Annie Crawley.