Lake Oswego’s Summer Concert Series kicks off this week in two of its three locations. Local country rock duo Cloverdayle, featuring Chad and Rachel Hamar, start things off July 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Foothills Park followed by the acoustic Latin jazz sound of Key of Dreams on July 8 from noon to 1:30 at Millennium Plaza Park. There will be 24 performances by the time the September Symphony wraps things up September 4.
There are four different series as part of Lake Oswego’s summer musical lineup, each one having its own personality, according to events coordinator, Kathy Kern-Schilling. The Summer Splash Concerts, held from noon to 1:30 pm on Fridays at Millennium Plaza Park tend to be more casual, featuring smaller groups and drawing an eclectic mix of listeners from businessmen grabbing lunch-to-go from St. Honore, to moms packing a picnic.
Moonlight and Music Concerts from 6 to 7:30 pm on Sundays at Millennium Plaza cater to a more sophisticated sound from jazz to opera. Vendors sell food, beer and wine to a packed crowd that reaches upwards of 1,000 people who prefer listening to the sounds rather than dancing.
The Sounds of Summer Concerts on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Foothills Park in July and Westlake Park in August cater to all age groups with a lineup from rock to swing that gets people up and dancing. The Foothills Park venue, located on the Willamette River, enables fans to come by land and by water, with boats docked on the river listening to the tunes.
For the fourth year in a row, the Summer Concert Series will draw to a close with the September Symphony from 4 to 6 pm in Foothills Park.
Summer is a time to kick back and enjoy the things we don’t make time for the rest of the year. With its Summer Concert Series, Lake Oswego has done its best to accommodate all musical tastes and schedules to ensure that everyone has a chance to listen to their favorite tunes in beautiful outdoor settings around town. Check out the Summer Concerts schedule and make plans to attend.
Photo: provided by Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department