It’s starting to feel like an almost normal summer season with plenty of live entertainment in and around Portland. Choose from live jazz or punk music, or from indoor and outdoor theater options. Additionally, the Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival wraps up its final week with in-person concerts at Reed College.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
The local jazz, blues and soul festival, over 40 years old, returns to St. Johns for 2021. Enjoy three days of live music in the shadow of Cathedral Park under the historic St. Johns Bridge. The free festival lineup includes Sonny Hess, Lloyd Jones with The Atlas Horns, Melao from Cuba and Julianne Johnson with the Ron Steen Quartet. The weekend ends with Soul Vaccination – a staple of the North West music scene for over 20 years. COVID-19 policies will be posted. The first indications are that people will have to wear masks when they line up to enter the festival. Masks will not be compulsory in the lounge area. Social distancing between groups is recommended.
Festival hours: Friday 4:30 pm to 10 pm, Saturday 1 pm to 10 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 8 pm, Cathedral Park, St. Johns; donations requested; jazzoregon.org
Shakespeare in the parks
Experience Theater Project launches its outdoor theater series with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)”. It’s a comedy of debauchery that travels at lightning speed through some of the bard’s most beloved works. Performances take place on the lawn in front of the Beaverton Public Library this weekend; then the troop will appear in other metro locations. Food and drinks are available for pre-purchase through the company’s website. Ideal for ages 12 and up.
7:30 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16-18, Beaverton Public Library Lawn, 12375 SW Fifth St., Beaverton; Suggested donation of $ 12. Reservations strongly suggested. VIP seats are available for $ 10 to $ 25; experiencetheatreproject.org
“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash”
Stoller Family Estate hosts a Stumptown Stages selection of the Broadway musical selections featuring Tony Award winner and original “Ring of Fire” actor Jarrod Emick. The hit musical features the vintage country, rockabilly and sizzling ballads that made Cash’s music so popular.
7:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, July 16-18, Stoller Family Estate Amphitheater, 16161 NE McDougall Road, Dayton; $ 47; stumptownstages.org
A burlesque review on the roof
Burlesque performers from across the Pacific Northwest gather on the roof of the Botanist for premier shows. Lacy Productions hosted speakeasies online during the COVID pandemic, but now the shows are live in Northwest Portland. 21 years and over only.
9:30 p.m. Friday July 16, The Botanist, 910 NW 14th Ave .; $ 18 to $ 25; eventbrite.com/e/the-cabaret-society-
Gresham Arts Festival
The city’s annual celebration of the arts features more than 100 artists in a variety of media, including painting, ceramics, and the metal arts. Vendors will offer prepared meals and children can get creative in the Kids Corner.
9 am to 5 pm Saturday, July 17, downtown at 401 NE Second St., Gresham; free; GreshamOregon.gov/Gresham-Arts-Festival
Live music is making a comeback for in-person concerts. This punk and ska festival takes place on a farm outside of Salem. Bands include The Bandulus, Jeshua Marshall (of Larry and His Flask), Fake News and Hot Sheets. 21 years and over only.
3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17, Minto Island Growers, 3394 Brown Island Road S., Salem; $ 20; bit.ly/migfest
“Analogue and vinyl”
The Broadway Rose Theater is in the midst of its first stage production in over a year. This romantic comedy features an original score influenced by The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Stephen Sondheim and Brian Wilson. Music and lyrics are by Paul Gordon. Meet a vintage record store owner trying to stay afloat in a changing world when a mysterious stranger arrives to offer him a deal.
The room opened in early July when COVID protocols still called for remote headquarters. With the lifting of capacity limits, some performances will be in packed venues with no masks required. A streaming version of the show will also be available until August 1. Check the website for details.
Continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through August 1, Broadway Rose Theater, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard; $ 20 to $ 40; www.broadwayrose.org, or 503-620-5262.
Northwestern Chamber Music Summer Festival Finale
The final week of the four-week Chamber Music Northwest Festival features concerts by artist-in-residence from the Brentano Quartet and the Chein-Kim-Watkins Trio in a program by Haydn, Schubert and Brahms. The festival finale features bass-baritone Devone Tines performing selections from an original work entitled âMesseâ which combines the works of Bach with spirituals. He will also perform Schubert’s cello quintet. Yes you missed the live performances and still want to listen, CMNW has a home version with concerts streaming through August 31st. The live concerts, held at the Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College campus, have a limited number of seats. Check the website for available tickets.
Final live performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Friday July 22-23 and festival finale at 7:30 p.m. afternoon. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday July 24-25, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd; tickets start at $ 47.50. Home broadcast pass $ 150; cmnw.org
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