Music on Main Street, presented for free by what was then known as the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. This group, Pancake Breakfast, took the stage and entertained an nice-sized audience happy to enjoy live music from 5 to 7 p.m. The building to their right is Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, to their left it's the Antoinette Hatfield Hall. There's one stage in the Schnitz and three stages in the Hatfield. They are four of the five stages now known collectively as the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts. The other stage is blocks away inside Keller Auditorium. I used to be a volunteer usher at the Hatfield and a volunteer tour guide at it and the Schnitz. Quite a lot of responsibility and some great times witnessing shows at the Hatfield and leading interested folks on tour in both buildings. Having the keys to the Schnitz in your hand is such a rush! It's an awesome vintage beauty to experience.
Folks of all ages come out for these events, year after year.
I'll bet these ladies are smiling at how the crowd reacted to the song that had just been performed.
A wider view of the crowd.
One of my favorite signs and marquees in Portland, at the Schnitz.
From the Portland'5 Web site:
Music on Main Street
The Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and ArtBar & Bistro are proud to present the 10th Annual Music on Main Street outdoor concert series.
The free concerts are held in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway & Park Ave., next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
On Wednesday evenings starting in July, Portland’5 takes advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present Music on Main Street, our free outdoor concert series. The concerts feature popular local musicians playing a diverse collection of music.
The 2015 season features jazz, salsa and world music with tributes to the Stevie Wonder and the Allman Brothers. The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar & Bistro will be serving seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30 p.m.
Music on Main Street 2015 Schedule
July 8 - The Minus 5
July 15 - Joey Porter’s Tribute to Stevie Wonder
Ah, I see a goal for my recovery here! Have folding aluminum lawn chair, will travel!
July 22 - The Shanghai Woolies
July 29 - 3 Leg Torso
August 5 - Melao de Cuba
August 12 - Freak Mountain Ramblers
No show on August 19th due to private event
August 26 - Brothers and Sister
September 2 - Jujuba
This group makes great music and puts on an energetic show! I hope I'm able to see them again. We'll have to see what my treatment schedule dictates.
*In case of rain or extreme heat, Music on Main Street concerts will be held in the rotunda lobby of Antoinette Hatfield Hall, located next to Main Street at 1111 SW Broadway.