On Wednesday I posted my list of free summer outdoor music in and around Portland, but there are also lots of great ticketed outdoor music shows that bring top acts to the region. Here are a few of this summer's highlights for me.
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!