There’s nothing better than dancing to some great music under the starry night sky on a perfect summer evening. Luckily, Portland provides a few fantastic music events from July to September, bound to satisfy anyone’s desire for some sweet summer tunes.
Noon Tunes at Pioneer Courthouse Square
July 5 – August 18.
Pioneer Courthouse Square has partnered with Muve Music and KINK.fm to feature this annual summer event 21 years strong. Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 1pm, come enjoy a free concert from artists native to Portland or the Northwest. In addition to the free concert, the Portland Farmers Market will set up a special Tast of Portland Farmers Market on the Square, from 11am until 2pm. Local Farmers Market vendors will be cooking up delicious meals to enjoy out on the bricks. For more information, visit http://www.pioneercourthousesquare.org/calendar_july.htm#NT1
Concerts in the Park
July through August
Portland Parks and Recreation is all about providing free entertainment in the gorgeous green spaces around the city. Starting in July, they will host free concerts in various parks around Portland. On Thursdays, the concerts are in the Northwest neighborhood at Wallace Park (in July) and Couch Park (in August). The first show in Wallace Park starts July 7th and features Padam Padam, described as a passionate street cabaret. http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=52644
Waterfront Blues Festival
What could be better than enjoying world-renowned blues musicians along the Willamette river in the scenic Tom McCall Waterfront Park, knowing that a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. Performances by Lucinda Williams, Maceo Parker, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy, just to name a few. Get your tickets early as this event is overwhelmingly popular! http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/
2011 marks the 11th anniversary of Portland’s hip music festival, featuring concerts at Pioneer Square as well as 18 other venues around the city. This years headliners include Band of Horses, Iron and Wine, Explosions in the Sky, and many, many more.