Summertime and the music is easy

There’s no better time to be living in Portland. Besides being reliably beautiful––and only occasionally too damn hot––July and August are jam-packed with outdoor music. Best of all, plenty of it is free.


When my thoughts turn to picnics and dancing on the grass, I check out Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Concerts in the Park schedule. The series offers free, live music at parks throughout the city and a feel-good, kid-friendly vibe. Check out the schedule and get thee to a neighborhood park with your friends, family or neighbors. I’m starting my summer tunes season this Friday, July 11, at Fernhill Park, when Trixy & the Nasties get the ‘hood movin’ with irresistable funk & Motown.

In West Linn––the quiet town south of Lake Oswego––Marylhurst University kicks off its Summer on the Green series on July 12. Besides performances by 5 Guys Named MoePatrick Lamb Band and Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, the lineup includes three perfect-for-summer Shakespearean plays.

And out on bucolic Sauvie Island, Kruger Farm is luring city dwellers across the bridge for Farm Tunes. Through August 28, it’s the place to be on warm Thursday nights. Leave the office early, grab a blanket and load the kids into the car. Before you know it, you’ll be in an island state of mind, feeling the farm tunes beat and feasting on a freshly roasted ear of Kruger Farm corn. If you have a hankerin’ for bluegrass, get on down to the farm on July 24 for Jackstraw. Save me a dance. I’ll keep my eye out for you.

What outdoor music is getting your summer groove going?