The Oregon Beat
Oregon’s music scene is brimming with jazz greats, hot indie newcomers and time-honored classics this spring. Hop on the MAX or embark on a short road trip to begin your musical journey through Oregon.
Spring music season kicks off with the Portland Jazz Festival, February 18-27. This year’s theme, “Bridges and Boundaries,” celebrates the collaboration of Jewish and African-American artists with jazz luminaries like Esperanza Spalding, Maceo Parker, Randy Weston, Joshua Redman, Regina Carter and more, performing at venues all over the city. The nationally renowned festival has a lineup that draws visitors from all over the country. Visit Travel Portland for information on tickets and hotel deals.
The Willamette Valley Music Festival (May 6-7) features local and regional artists on three stages at the University of Oregon campus. While you’re there, check out Beall Concert Hall, where there are classical music performances throughout the spring and the Oregon Bach Festival in late June.
Head out to the Oregon Coast, where in the midst of their many seafood festivals, they’re mixing in some music. In February (19-20) the Confluence: A Wine, Beer, Seafood & Music Festival is happening in Gardiner. And in Coos Bay and North Bend, listen to the sounds of Dixieland, Doo-wop, Blues, Zydeco and more while slurping down a fresh bounty of clams at the Southcoast Clambake Jazz Festival, March 11-13.
Central Oregon kicks off its spring with two music festivals in April. The NW Crossing Bend Spring Festival, April 15-17, celebrates local artists, musicians and Bend’s vibrant downtown. And down the road in Sisters is My Own Two Hands Celebration (April 15-16), celebrating a community of art and music.
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