Sultry Summer Sounds
Summers in Oregon bring long days and warm nights, the perfect climate for music festivals, both indoors and out. Though Oregon is a state that rocks all year round, the summer fests are not to be missed.
In the Greater Portland region there are no shortage of music festivals to attend throughout the year but the best happen during the summer. Perhaps one of the most well known jazz celebrations in the country takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park at the Waterfront Blues Festival from July 2-5. The lineup is unbeatable: Taj Mahal, Booker T, Bobby Rush just to name a few. This is the largest blues fest west of the Mississippi and attracts more than 100,000 blues fans to Portland’s picturesque waterfront.
The Pickathon is perhaps one of the most fitting manifestations of Greater Portland in a music festival. It combines camping, hiking and sustainability with some of the country’s best indie rockers. With more than 35 bands on five stages, including Bonnie Prince Billie, Red Stick Ramblers and Woody Pines, on 80 acres of Pendarvis Farm in Mt. Scott, this Indie-Roots jamboree is a true music lovers dream.
No summer would be complete in Southern Oregon without the Britt Festival. Now in its 48th year, the Britt fest hosts dozens of summer concerts at one of the most picturesque amphitheaters in the state. Classical, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music bands come to play in historic Jacksonville in the naturally formed amphitheater that is set amongst Ponderosa Pines and Madrones, set atop a hillside.
The Sisters Folk Festival in Central Oregon celebrates the sound of America’s roots. For three days from September 10-12 musical stars and lesser-known talents in the genre of everything from blues to blue grass grace the stage in this quaint town, set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and Three Sisters Wilderness Area. With six stages, catch the likes of John Hammond, Ray Wile Hubbard, Solas and so much more.
From August 10-21 enjoy the melodic sounds of classical music at the 33rd annual Sunriver Music Festival. Throughout the summer, starting in early June, Sunriver host’s classical concerts for the entire family culminating in early August with their two-week long celebration of classical musicians.
Touted as “the sweetest little music festival in Eastern Oregon” the Juniper Jam takes place Labor Day weekend at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds. Families and festival-goers enjoy blues, folk, country, jazz and Americana jams for one full day and only $10.
The 32nd annual Oregon Coast Music Festival in Coos Bay rivals any big city concert. The live orchestra classical music is performed by regional musicians and features a multitude of musical styles including jazz, traditional, Native American, blues, Celtic, chamber, and an 80-piece symphony orchestra, made up of outstanding musicians from all across the country.
The 29th annual Yachats Music Festival on the Coast hosts the California-based Four Seasons concerts. The event opens with world-renowned cellist Troy Stuart and continues with classical music luminaries throughout the three-day event from July 9-11.
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