Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Celebrates 36 Years Of Presenting Free Music To Portland – July 15-17

As the longest-running free Jazz Festival west of the Mississippi River, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival celebrates its 36th year with three days of world-class music. The Festival begins Friday night, July 15, with dynamic Blues, R&B, and Soul. Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 will feature all the multiple styles of Jazz in all its glory.

The stage is situated in a natural amphitheater with a backdrop of the beautiful Willamette River to the west and the mighty St Johns Bridge overhead.  The lush, green, and beautifully maintained festival grounds are the perfect place to bring a picnic or to purchase delicious offerings available from our food vendors. You are welcome to spread a blanket or set up low-profile beach chairs in the grassy bowl in front of the stage. City regulations prohibit alcohol in the park. However, alcohol may be enjoyed by adults, 21 & over in our shady Beer Garden with full view of the stage.

Celebrating the Cathedral Park and St Johns Community is a major focus of this Festival.  Neighborhood groups will have information booths promoting local businesses and philanthropic organizations. The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival also recognizes the growing hunger problem in our area and has added a Food Drive to benefit area food banks. Barrels to collect donated non-perishable food items will be placed throughout the grounds.

Friday, July 15: Blues, R&B, and Soul 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
5:00  United By Music North America
6:15  Bottleneck Blues Band
7:30  Sister Mercy
9:15  Ken Emerson

Saturday, July 16: Jazz 1:00 PM – 9:45 PM
1:00  American Music Program
2:30  Dan Balmer’s Go By Train
4:00  Dina Y Los Rumberos
5:30  High Water Jazz Band
7:00  Joe Manis Trio
8:30  Errick Lewis & Expressive Vibe – Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire

Sunday, July 17: Jazz 1:00 PM – 8:30 PM
1:00  NOPO Big Band
2:30  Tim Willcox/Charlie Doggett Quartet
4:00  Mel Brown Trio
5:30  Portland Vocal Summit
7:00  TBA

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