Release Date: 06-08-2015
Local favorites Portland Cello Project, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, and Horse Feathers headline three free outdoor concerts on First Thursdays this summer
Ecotrust announces the line-up for the sixth edition of the Sundown Concerts, showcasing some of Portland’s most outstanding bands playing free, public shows in the heart of the city. Portland Cello Project kicks off the series on July 2 with its All Ages Dance Party—an invitation for the little rockers, and all rockers, to wind up and wind down to their string-filled renditions of pop dance hits. On August 6, Mimicking Birds kicks off the night, followed by Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, which drives crowds to the dance floor with their frenetic beats and psychedelic guitar inspired by 50s, 60s and 70s cumbias from Colombia to Peru. The final concert, September 3, launches with School of Rock—a group of knockout kid musicians—and features Horse Feathers’ graceful chamber folk, rocking the series to bed with their distinct lullabies.
Sundown is quintessential summer in Portland—equal parts indie concert, block party, and classic Portland street fair. Each evening, the musical performances will be complemented by a street fair-style Showcase focused on a theme—climate (July), forests and water (August), and food (September). Each Showcase will feature over 40 interactive booths that connect attendees with inspiring organizations working in the Pacific Northwest to deliver inventive solutions within conservation and environmentally-responsible enterprise.
For the first time the series will also line-up with First Thursdays, a 31-year-old tradition when the whole neighborhood comes to life with arts and culture. Ecotrust is inviting a host of creative performers to expand and deepen the series’ cultural engagement, from the Joy Now Project’s kids marching band, which will kick-off the first concert with a Pearl District romp (July) to the Heidi Duckler Company, taking inspiration from and making full utilization of the Ecotrust building for a unique performance (August.) At every show, ice cream bombast and visionary Morgan Street Theatre will dish up one-of-a-kind desserts. Expect the unexpected.
These family-friendly events also include the “Sundown Kid’s Corner” hosted by Metro Portland’s Kids Calendar, with art and educational activities to keep the little rockers happy. Frosty beverages and tasty local fare will be provided by Hot Lips Pizza and Laughing Planet. The series will be powered by a green power source.
First Thursdays this summer (7/2, 8/6, 9/3)
5:30 pm – 8:30pm
Ecotrust’s Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Parking Lot
721 NW 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
JULY 2 | CLIMATE
Music: Portland Cello Project
A whole evening of the famed “All Ages Dance Party”
https://portlandcelloproject.com | Twitter: @PdxCelloProject
AUGUST 6 | FORESTS AND WATER
Music: Orquestra Pacifico Tropical & Mimicking Birds
http://www.mimickingbirds.com | Twitter: @MimickingBirds
SEPTEMBER 3 | FOOD
Music: Horse Feathers & School of Rock
http://horsefeatherstheband.com | Twitter: @krshorsenews https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horse-Feathers/38877626075 http://portland.schoolofrock.com | Twitter: @SchoolofRockUSA
Ecotrust, a regional organization that has been leading restoration-based economic development since 1991, works to create more resilient communities, economies and ecosystems here and around the world. Ecotrust’s many innovations include cofounding an environmental bank, starting the world’s first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and indigenous affairs, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision making. Learn more at www.ecotrust.org or connect with @ecotrust.