Beat by beat, you can't stop the rhythms during Tao's upcoming performance at Knight Theater. This Japanese group of martial arts drummers has received stellar success across the globe in its ability to blend ancient traditions of taiko drumming and choreographed martial arts. During the show, 16 drummers pound on huge wadaiko drums (these are up to six feet and weigh around 880 pounds) with astounding mastery of the art. $23 and up. 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.