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Join us for summer's best concerts

Free outdoor concerts with Portland's best bands return to Ecotrust, First Thursdays this summer.

You’re in the heart of the city on a warm, sun-filled evening. It’s First Thursday, and you’ve taken in arts and culture throughout downtown and the Pearl District. The night is yours. Do you grab a bite? Catch a concert? Go to a networking event? Play with your kids? Luckily, you don’t have to choose. You can do it all — at Ecotrust’s annual concert series.

Sundown is quintessential summer in Portland — equal parts indie concert, block party, and classic Portland street fair. Now in its sixth year, for the first time, the concert series will align with First Thursdays, a 31-year-old tradition when downtown art galleries open their doors and the streets come alive with people.

“These outdoor concerts are Ecotrust’s contribution to arts and culture. It’s natural to build on the lively history and cultural spirit of First Thursday.”

Join us this summer on July 2, August 6, and September 3, starting at 5:30 pm, at Ecotrust’s Natural Capital Center.

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The band lineups will be announced in June, and concert-goers can expect the best of the city. Past bands have included: the Portland Cello Project, Magic Mouth, Alela Diane, Radiation City, Genders, Typhoon, Lost Lander, Brainstorm, Wild Ones, Y La Bamba, The Builders and the Butchers, Holcombe Waller, Laura Gibson, Grandparents, AU, The Dimes, Vagabond Opera, Stolen Sweets, and Loveness Wesa and the Bantus.

Loving where you live is understanding where your food, water, wood, and energy come from. Each night will focus on a theme, with 80-plus businesses and organizations, as well as Ecotrust staff, sharing the latest green innovations and approaches in the Innovation Showcase. The showcase creates a friendly, unique setting for the public to talk with some of the most inspiring and groundbreaking people working in our region.

Climate: July 2
Forests and Water: August 6
Food: September 3


Environmental impact is considered in every planning decision: Sundown Concerts feature free tap water drinking stations, a compostable-only policy on food and beverage wares, a free bike valet station, a solar/biodiesel/wind power source, and an aggressive recycling and composting plan.

Plus, the little rockers will find lots to keep them entertained, thanks to a kids’ station run by Metro Parent’s PDX Kids Calendar. And concert-goers will find local eats and frosty beverages from Laughing Planet and Hotlips Pizza.

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Join us on First Thursdays

July 2, August 6, September 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
721 NW 9th Avenue (between Irving St. and Johnson St.)