Sunday, June 30, 2019
Waterfront Blues Festival (July 4 -7) ... still the best bargain for a festival this summer! You can't beat music at four stages on the waterfront. And it's not just blues. There's plenty of Cajun, zydeco, swing, funk, Americana ... the vibe is easygoing and there's music from noon until 11 pm. Single day tickets are just $20 in advance and $25 at the door. And there are different levels of passes that get you lots more. Though no longer affiliated with the Oregon Food Bank, there is a opportunity to contribute canned food and donations to The Sunshine Division.
Other festivals of note in and around Portland/NW Oregon include:
Northwest String Summit (July 18-21)
PDX Pop Now! (July 20-21)
Wildwood Music Festival (July 19-21)
Pickathon (August 2-4)
Vanport Jazz Festival (Aug 3)
Willing to travel a bit further, check out:
Vancouver Folk Music Festival - Vancouver, BC (July 19-21)
Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival - Winthrop, WA (July 19-21)
Jazz in the Valley - Ellensburg, WA (July 26-28)
Bumbershoot - Seattle (Aug 30-Sept 1)
Sisters Folk Festival - Sisters (Sept 6-8)
Though not confined to one weekend, the Britt Festival runs all summer at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, OR.
Ticketed outdoor venue shows include:
Oregon Zoo Concerts
Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
And you can always take a trip to Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island for the Thursday night concerts ... they charge by the carload ($20), so pile in and head to Sauvie Island! Or, even better, it's free if you walk in or ride your bike.
But, Jim, I don't like sitting outside for music (too hot! too cold! it might rain! sitting on the ground! not paying $85 to listen to folks loudly nattering on about their vacations or their kid's orthodontics!) ... so how about summer music in comfy theaters or clubs? That will be in another post coming soon ...
See ya out and about .... and have a great summer!
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
So here is the 2019 version of my annual post about the many, many summer outdoor music options we have in Portland. It's going to sound a lot like (in fact, pretty much exactly like) the previous years, as there's a lot of text recycling with refreshed links.
I'll do a separate post on the summer shows for which you'll actually need to purchase a ticket. But first the free ...
Pioneer Square has another year of Noon Tunes - every Tuesday at noon - July 9 to August 27.
Then there are street fairs - for instance, Mississippi Street Fair (Saturday, July 13), the Alberta Street Fair (Saturday, Aug 10), and the Hawthorne Street Fair (Sunday, Aug 25) ... and of course, Last Thursday on Alberta.
There's the annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival - three days of great music ... free in St John's - July 19-21.
Also in Portland you can find cool music at a number of places like this - Market of Choice on SE Belmont & 11th is having music every other Friday night. Next show is on July 14 (also at Cedar Mill and Bend stores).
Milwaukie has a huge slate of outdoor shows in a variety of locations. Our neighbor to the south continues to up its game ... nice!
Oregon City also has a Thursday night series at the End of the Oregon Trail starting on July 11.
Also, a good event calendar to check for more:
PDX Pipeline - links to different categories of events and they send out a weekly post with things to do. This link will bring up events in their calendar tagged "music."
I'm sure there's even more free outdoor music out there for you to discover.
Go for it and have a great summer 2019!
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