Rock Bottom Boys, Sister Mercy featured in concerts this week
Get that picnic basket packed and load up the sand chairs — there are free concerts and movies to attend this week in Lake Oswego and West Linn parks. Here's this week's lineup:
Sunday, July 21 (6-7:30 p.m.): Moonlight and Music concert series features THE ROCK BOTTOM BOYS playing rock n' roll with hillbilly soul at Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First St., Lake Oswego. Lucky (vocals, banjo, guitar and lead humorist), Red (vocals, banjo, guitar, mandolin, sharp witted humor) and Henk (vocals, bass, guitar, mandolin, understated humor) present "tantalizing three-part harmonies, superior musicianship and incredible showmanship" in a show that tickles the memories, makes you laugh and leaves you smiling.
Wednesday, July 24 (7 to 9 p.m.): Sounds of Summer concert series features Big Night Out, a high-energy, 10-piece rock, pop, funk show and dance band playing songs from the 1960s to the present at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Drive, Lake Oswego. The band boasts a horn section led by former KC and The Sunshine Band lead trumpet player Conte Bennett. This vibrant band delivers a dynamite punch and a sizzle sound that appeals to audiences of all ages.
Big Night Out has added Jeff Beatty, formerly of Metro and longtime lead singer of 5 Guys Named Moe, to the vocal lineup. His rich R&B voice, combined with his engaging stage presence is an exciting addition to the band's appeal.
Thursday, July 25 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m): West Linn's Music in the Park concerts kick off with Sister Mercy at Tanner Creek Park, 3456 Parker Road in West Linn. Sister Mercy is led by April Brown, a Los Angeles native who has been obsessed with Portland since 1990. She began singing in church and to this day singing gospel blues is her favorite. In fact is was church that brought her together with her Sister Mercy bandmates and where Debby Espinor asked her to front a blues band she was starting. Sister Mercy has given Brown a platform to fully realize her musical dreams.
Movies in the Park begin at dusk (between 8:30 and 9 p.m.), regardless of location. This week's screenings include:
July 18: "Kung Fu Panda 3" at Millennium Plaza Park in Lake Oswego.
July 25: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" at Millennium Plaza Park.
July 26: "Mary Poppins Returns" at Tanner Creek Park, 3456 Parker Road, West Linn.
— For The Review, Tidings
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