Head Outdoors All Summer Long For Great Blues Music

Summers in the Northwest means sunshine and that sunshine means the summer outdoor  concert schedule will be heating up in parks throughout the region.. Here is a list of some of the blues performances, many of which are free, coming soon to a park near you.

A musical tradition over 110 years in the making, the City of Portland’s Concerts in the Park offers something for everyone, from classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues, entrancing audiences in parks since 1901. Last year, crowds flock to Portland parks citywide for the revelry, with over forty thousand people attending 61 concerts. There is always plenty of blues music offered at the Concerts in the Park events all summer long. All are Free! Concerts begin at 6:30 pm. This year welcomes the following acts that may appeal to blues listeners. (For a complete listing of all Concerts in the Park, go to the website: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/69555)

Monday, July 10  – Redray Frazier – Sellwood Riverfront Park, SE Spokane and Oaks Pkwy

Wednesday, July 12 – The New Iberians –  Willamette Park, SW Macadam and Nebraska St

Thursday, July 13 – Mary Flower – George Park, N Burr and Fessenden St

Saturday, July 15  – King Louie & LaRhonda Steele – Dickinson Park, SW 55th and Alfred Ct

Wednesday, July 19 – Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager Duo – Dawson Park, N Stanton and Williams Ave

Wednesday, July 26 – Ocean 503 – Dawson Park, N Stanton and Williams Ave

Thursday, July 27 – Norman Sylvester Band – Kenton Park, N Kilpatrick and Delaware Ave

Monday, July 31 – Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps – Sellwood Riverfront Park, SE Spokane and Oaks Pkwy

Friday, August 11 – Ken DeRouchie Band – Lovejoy Fountain Park, SW 3rd and Harrison St

Friday, August 11 – King Louie & LaRhonda Steele – Denorval Unthank Park, 510 N Shaver St

Thursday, August 24 – Jellyroll Society – Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody Ave

The City of Gresham’s Center for the Arts will once again be presenting their popular summer concert series, Music Mondays, beginning in July. Taking place at the Gresham Art Plaza at NE Hood between 2nd and 3rd Streets, the events are free, for all ages and accessible to all. Starting at 6:30 each week. This year’s entertainment will offer several blues acts in the line-up. (For a complete listing of all upcoming shows, visit www.GreshamCenterforthe Arts.org)

July 10 – Sister Mercy
July 24 – Thunder Brothers
August 7 – Franco Paletta & The Stingers
August 28 – Beacon Street Titans

Kathken Vineyards Summer Concerts will also return for their 16th season of summer music in the park, so pack up your blanket, pull out the camp chair, put on your parka while you relax next to a bon fire sipping wine and enjoying food from local eateries. All shows begin @ 7 pm and end @ 10 pm. All shows $10 per person. Cover collected @ gate. Gate open 6:15pm. Ty Curtis shows gates open 5:45pm. All gate proceeds given to band. Food & beverages, including our awesome wines, available for purchase @ each event. Dress casually, bring a jacket & a camp chair (for your comfort if not reserving a table) as this is an outdoor event. These shows are 21 & over only, so no children, dogs or ice chests please. Call 503-316-3911 for information, tickets and reservations. Blues events at Kathken Vineyards this year will include:

Saturday, July 1 – Ellen Whyte Trio
Saturday, July 8 – Karen Lovely & Ben Rice
Friday, July 14 –  Jake Blair Band
Saturday, July 15 – NW Women Blues (Sonny Hess & Joanne Broh & Co)
Friday, July 28 – Hank Shreve Band
Saturday, July 29 –  Ty Curtis Band
Friday, August 11 – The Flextones
Satuday, August 12 – Rae Gordon & Garry Meziere
Monday, August 21 –  GABE COX  (Eclipse Party 10am to noon)
Saturday, September 2 – TY CURTIS BAND

Sunday, Sept 10th  – 4th Annual St Thomas Jazz Festival-a fun filled family event that uses 100% of raised funds to support non profit social service organizations CASA, Sable House, Dallas/Salem Free Clinic. Noon – 5pm. $10 advanced ticket (sold here) or $15 at gate. Music starts @ 1pm with La Ronda Steel & Louis Pain! Food, wine, beer, soft drinks, silent auction, 50/50 raffle & bake sale. Family friendly event!