Music of Summer
Whether you march to the beat of a marching band or an electronic one, prefer classical to classic or take your blues without the grass, Oregon has a music festival for you. Summer concerts across the state will help you get your groove on.
Astoria Music Festival (June 14-30, 2013)
With more than 90 musicians performing opera, symphonic and chamber music, the Astoria Music Festival this year celebrates the bicentennials of classical greats Verdi and Wagner. Anyone who appreciates Astoria’s small town elegance can imagine listening to first-rate classical musicians in the art deco grandeur of the historic Liberty Theater.
Britt Festivals (June 15-September 14, 2013)
Southern Oregon likes to throw its outdoor music party all summer long at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville. This year, the natural amphitheater on the estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt will host superstars like Cyndi Lauper, Michael Franti, Chris Isaak and the Doobie Brothers.
4 Peaks Music Festival (June 21-23, 2013)
For a down-home outdoor music party, there’s 4 Peaks Music Festival at the Rocking A Ranch near Bend. Headliners include troubadours Greensky Bluegrass, Portland’s beloved MarchFourth Marching Band and northern California’s Poor Man’s Whiskey, offering what they call “high-octane hootenanny.” Fewer than 500 tickets are available for this intimate, family-friendly event.
What the Festival (July 26-28, 2013)
NBC News wonders if this relatively new festival is the Woodstock of the Millennial Generation. Last year 3,000 people showed up for the inaugural electronic dance party in a meadow under starry skies. Expect hoola hoops, belly dancers, feathered headdresses, light shows, a pool party, interactive art (but please leave your fire-spinning tools at home, organizers ask). For 18-and-older only.
Bronze Blues & Brews (Aug. 9-10, 2013)
The mountain town of Joseph will get the blues for the 17th year in a row with the return of the Bronze Blues & Brews Festival. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly event held at the base of the stunning Wallowa Mountains. Sugaray Rayford, Albert Castiglia and Zac Harmon are among those rocking the stage, and Oregon craft brewers will do their part.
Willamette Country Music Festival (Aug. 16-18, 2013)
The little town of Brownsville will host some big names in country music for the Willamette Country Music Festival. Powerhouse Carrie Underwood will grace the stage over the weekend along with singer songwriter Brad Paisley, named Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist five years running, and hit-maker Darius Rucker.
MusicfestNW (Sept. 3-8, 2013)
Multiple venues across the city of Portland get indie-rockin’ with the 13th annual MusicfestNW, which Time Magazine included in its list of “50 Authentic American Experiences.” Past years have seen the likes of The Decemberists, Smashing Pumpkins and Iron and Wine. Experience the thriving indie-music scene in this city-wide festival.
about author Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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