Hey y’all. The Back Alley String Band has two free outdoor gigs coming up fast.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, we will play at a music festival in Milwaukie. The Thiessen Hill Community Festival will feature live music, food, games, fun and neighborhood connection. The festival happens from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Oak Hills Presbyterian Church, 5101 S.E. Thiessen Road, Milwaukie, OR 97267. We’ll be out on the church lawn. The band starts at 1 p.m. and will play two sets, ending about 3 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the band will play a reprise performance at Portland’s Laurelhurst Park. We played last year for the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association, and they liked it so much they asked us to come on back this year. It’s free and open to the public. We’ll start our first set around 5:30 p.m. and will play two hour-long sets. Park on Southeast Ankeny Street and look for the stage set up in the fir grove somewhere between Southeast Laurelhurst Place and Southeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard.
The band plays outdoors in beautiful Laurelhurst Park from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1. That’s Laurelhurst resident and fiddler fantastic Juliana Trivers.
We played a benefit gig on July 21 for the Edwards Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting independence for adults with developmental disabilities. The center’s director said they raised $30,000 that night. Wahoo!
We’re playing at the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association’s annual picnic in Laurelhurst Park on Tuesday, Aug. 1.
The picnic is 5-8 p.m.
When we find out more details on the exact location and performance time, we’ll post it here.
That’s Juliana because, hey, she lives in the ‘hood!
We’re pleased as pie to be the main musical entertainment for the Edwards Center’s “Raise the Barn” event!
Edwards Center is a non-profit with a mission of improving the lives of people with disabilities to reach their highest potential through training, education, employment, housing and social opportunities in safe, healthy and stimulating environments.
Friday, July 21st, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Edwards Community Center: 4375 SW Edwards Place Aloha, OR 97078
Enjoy Reverend’s Barbecue dinner: BBQ Pork, Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese with all the sides and moonshine (lemonade).
No Host Bar (beer and wine available).
Cost: $40 per person.
Buy a ticket and RSVP here.
Photo credit: Michelle Walch
Thanks to everyone who came out to the benefit for the SPOON Foundation on May 31!
The folks at SPOON put on a great event to raise funds for their mission to ensure healthy nutrition for orphaned children around the world.
And a shout-out to the people at Lagunitas for supplying their awesome community room, as well as all the folks who donated food and goodies.
We’ve got several gigs on the calendar for the summer already. Look for us at the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 1. (Details to come.) We would love to play Willamette Park again for the Portland Parks concert series! Looks like we’ll skip Ross Island Grocery in July and August due to summer vacation schedule conflicts.
There is so much music in the summer in Portland. Enjoy!
The sponsors of Wednesday’s benefit show for SPOON asked us to ask you to please RSVP if you plan to come.
Background/reminder: The band is playing Wednesday, May 30 from 6-8 p.m. as a benefit for SPOON, a non-profit foundation dedicated to feeding hungry kids.
The event is at the Lagunitas Community Room at 237 N.E. Broadway, Suite 300.
This fun, informal event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at the Lagunitas Community Room, 237 N.E. Broadway in Portland. Beer and food provided by Lagunitas, Sizzle Pie, Yeti, New Seasons Market and Por Que No.
It’s open to anyone and is free. (Of course, it’s a fundraiser, so please think about the need and give according to your means and your wishes.)
Here’s a link for more about the program.
Hope to see you there!
Soldier on, soldier on. Gareth is out after knee surgery. But is that gonna stop us? No freakin’ way. (OK, we did think about not doing it, since he sings half the songs.) But we can’t let y’all down. The show must go on.
So be there, or be rare.
Friday, April 7. 6:30-8:30.
Ross Island Grocery. Look ‘er up on yer Google-ometer.