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The Sounds of Summer

Posted on: June 30th, 2012 by Guest Blogger No Comments

Summer 2012 is shaping up with an outstanding line-up of concerts–free concerts–offered in spots around the towns. Entertainment, eating and enjoyment are the focus, so plan which performances you’ll be able to catch. Flamenco or the Journey cover band?

Here’s the rundown, sorted by recurring dates:

Beaverton Last Tuesday Concert Series
This series features live music, arts and craft vendors and fine dining, all from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Beaverton Round Plaza at 12600 SW Crescent St.

June 26: Toque Libre – This melodic group pairs pop music with Flamenco Rumba rhythms. Also enjoy a performance by Portland Flamenco Events.
July 31: Patrick Lamb – Enjoy music steeped in southern blues and jazz. Painted Sky/Northstar Dance Company will perform a Native American dance.
August 28: Michael Allen Harrison – Known for his solo piano performances.

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Concerts in the Park
Assorted parks in the area set the stage for these performances, which are from 6 to 8 p.m.
July 5: Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band, plays Garden Home Park
July 12: Flexor-T, this unique band is equal parts country, rock and Vegas–and plays at Arnold Park.
July 19: The Thad Beckman Band plays folk and blues music at Greenway Park.
August 16: 5 Guys Named Moe, a 12-piece horn-driven ensemble, plays a danceable concert at Cedar Mill Park.
August 23: Freak Mountain Ramblers play rock & roll, bluegrass and more at Raleigh Park.
Saturdays & Sunday
July 8: Bobby Torres Ensemble provides a high-energy Latin salsa show at Center Street Park.
August 4: The Twangshifters play their rock & roll, roots and rockabilly at Autumn Ridge Park.
August 11: Renowned band Los Lobos plays the HMT Complex, with opener Pepe & The Bottle Blondes. This headline show is recommended for adults and alcohol will be for sale; concert time is 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Beatniks bring their high-energy sound to a concert at Bridgeport Village this summer. Photo courtesy of The Beatniks.

Bridgeport Village Summer Concert Series – Thursdays
Meet at Center Court to watch these free performances from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
July 12: Hit Explosion – This group performs ’70s disco and funk dance classics
July 19: Radical Revolution – Enjoy this ’80s tribute band
July 26: Petty Fever – A Tom Petty tribute band, playing all his & the Heartbreakers classics
August 2: Quarterflash – Portland’s classic rock with a saxophone twist band
August 9: Apple Jam – Seattle’s premier Beatles tribute band
August 16: Stone in Love – The Journey tribute band
August 23: Cool-Ade – Seattle’s party band, playing disco and other hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s
August 30: The Beatniks – A charismatic band focusing on ’60s, ’70s and ’80s rock

Toast to the Tunes: Every other Thursday
Oak Knoll Winery in Hillsboro provides entertainment as well as wine and barbecue food for sale. Gates open at 5 p.m. and entertainment is from 6 to 9 p.m.
June 28: Anything Goes – This band plays a variety of classic rock tunes from the ’50s through the ’90s
July 12: The Rock Hounds – Play classic cover songs
July 26: Old Elbows – Group plays rock and blues, acoustic and electric
August 9: Rock Residue – Classic cover songs
August 23: The Rust – Features keyboards and acoustic guitars to play melodic rock

Neighbors Night Every Friday
Cooper Mountain Vineyards in Beaverton provides local music on its lawn from 5 to 8 p.m., with wine available and picnics encouraged.
June 29: Nos Tres – Brazilian music
July 6: Nos Dois – Brazilian music
July 13: Tim Uecker – Guitarist and singer/songwriter who blends folk, rock and jazz
July 20: Sunny’s band – Three-piece cover band
July 27: Nancy’s Brazilian Band
August 3: Nos Dois – Brazilian
August 10: Skip Farmer Duet – Folksy music, past and present
August 17: Sunny’s Band – Covers
August 24: Tim Uecker – Guitarist and singer/songwriter who blends folk, rock and jazz
August 31: The Noted – Soft rock
September 7: Tim Uecker – Guitarist and singer/songwriter who blends folk, rock and jazz

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