Music by Blue Lake returns this summer with free concerts on Friday evenings, Aug. 18 and 25, at Blue Lake Regional Park. Bands will perform from 6 to 8 p.m.
Blue Lake Regional Park is a wonderful venue for an evening of music with family or friends. Bring a blanket and spread out under leafy shade or pick a spot to enjoy the breeze off the lake, views of Mt. Hood and the warmth of the setting sun.
On Friday, Aug. 18, Moondance will keep park visitors on their feet with their high-energy dance music. Pulling from a wide range of popular classics from the 1950s through the 1980s, these veterans of rock-and-roll always entertain. Take a break or dance your socks off to the familiar sounds of The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Van Morrison and more. Additional band information can be found at www.moon-dance.org.
The show on Friday, Aug. 25, will feature Fools in Paradise. This eclectic six-person group brings a variety of African music and instruments to the park. The selections include traditional Zimbabwean mbira (thumb piano) songs and rousing marimba music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and Guinea.
Inspired by the beautiful music they've learned, their original material combines African melodies with moving and thought-provoking lyrics. Saxophone, congas, djembe, electric bass kalimba, shakers and vocal harmonies round out the sound. Additional band information can be found at www.foolsinparadise.com.
Purchase dinner at the park or bring a picnic. Food concessions including yakisoba noodles, espresso, Italian sodas, sno-cones and more will be offered for sale each evening. No alcohol is allowed at Blue Lake Regional Park without an alcohol permit. All concerts are free with a $4 park vehicle entry fee. For more information, visit www.metro-region.org/bluelake or call 503-797-1850.
Blue Lake Regional Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to legal sunset. Most of the park facilities are wheelchair accessible including parking areas, restrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, park paths, the wetlands observation deck and trail loop. Pets are not permitted at Blue Lake Regional Park.
Blue Lake Regional Park is between Northeast Marine Drive and Sandy Boulevard off Northeast 223rd Avenue.
From Interstate 84, take the Fairview exit (14) and go north on 207th Avenue to Sandy Boulevard. Turn right onto Sandy and travel east to 223rd and turn left. Proceed north to Blue Lake Road and the park.