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Annual Street Dance brings music, magic, food, entertainment for all ages to historic Willamette area

PMG FILE PHOTO - A true family-friendly event, the Street Dance is one of West Linn's oldest traditions. While historic Willamette Falls Drive is usually bustling on the weekend with many people at the area's eateries and bars, Saturday, July 13, will be special.

An estimated 2,500-3,000 people will groove to the music at West Linn's annual Street Dance.

Portland band My Happy Pill will take center stagc. The seven-piece band will play funk, rock, R&B and soul hits from the past 40 years.

Local juggler Mag Hughes also will be on hand to provide entertainment for the younger crowd.

"The concept is that everybody who attends knows the music that is played by the band, so they play a wide genre of music. We have hay bale seating, food, beverages, fun and games for the kids," said Ken Warner, City of West Linn Parks and Recreation assistant director.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. when food and drink carts, the bouncy house and face painting open. Youth Music Project will begin its performance shortly after. Hughes' show will start at 6:30 p.m. and My Happy Pill will play 8-11 p.m.

According to Warner, the West Linn Street Dance is an old tradition in the Willamette area that was revitalized in 2008.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Bring the kiddos earlier for the juggler and let 'em stay to dance!"The current form of the Street Dance started in 2008, which was actually brought back to the City by a citizens' group that was working on the centennial for Willamette," he said. "As it turned 100, there were a number of events in 2008 that occurred, and one of those was bringing back the street dance that was done as many as 50 years ago, and they thought it would be great to bring the street dance back to Willamette."

Since it was brought back in 2008, Warner said the event has been a success each year.

Visit https://westlinnoregon.gov/streetdance/2013-pressure-point-signed-rock-streets-west-linn-street-dance.


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