Portland Center for the Performing Arts “Music on main street”

Portland Center for the Performing Arts “Music on main street”

On our way out of the Portland Art Museum (see prior blog post) my husband and I noticed the side street was blocked off and we heard some sound equipment being set up so we thought we’d check it out.  We had nicely stumbled upon the last night of the “Music on main street” free concerts put on by the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA).  There were tables with food and beverages being served from the PCPA restaurant and also rows of chairs.

Tonight, Wednesday  7.29 5-7 PM was Jujuba who performs Nigerian Afrobeat music.  There was a dancer with a shaker, drumbs, vocals, etc.

Jujuba

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One of the sponsors was the winemaker Thorny Rose handing out samples and selling glasses of their wine.  I tried the Thorny Rose red blend expecting it to be mostly cabernet sauvignon and merlot and not particularly delicious.  I was pleasantly surprised that in addition to the cabernet sauvignon and merlot it also had malbec in it!  That gave it a nice bite of flavor at the end.  The tasting notes from their website are as follows:  Black cherry cherry, quite contrary. Raspberry and blackberry marry. Graham crackers and sassafras get to know vanilla and cocoa.

It was sure a nice way to close the day with an hour of good music and wine after a couple of hours of great art. 🙂

Pink Martini at the Oregon zoo!

Pink Martini at the Oregon zoo!

In an earlier post I mentioned that this is the first year I’ve gone to the Oregon zoo and I’ve been hearing about how popular the concerts are at the Oregon zoo.  Pink Martini happened to be playing this summer.  Of course, you HAVE to see Pink Martini when they are in town!  Thomas (the pianist and originator of the band) is a Portland native and they are now internationally known and loved.  Our friends introduced us to them about 8 years ago and we have been hooked since. 🙂  They perform quite an eclectic range of songs.  China sings in many languages including French, Portuguese, Spanish, English, Turkish, Greek, Arabic, etc.  Thomas is quite an amazing pianist who also conducts from the piano and the rest of their band are amazing as well.

Click the “media” link on the homepage of their website and check out the video of “The story of Pink Martini with Thomas Lauderdale.”

Also, click the “audio” link on their homepage and listen to #2 “Hang on little tomato,” #12 “Sympathique,” and #13 “Lilly” which are a few of my favorites along with “Brazil” which is not available on this list.  You can access it by clicking on “discography” on the homepage and clicking on the album “Sympathique” and scrolling down to #10.

It was quite a packed venue with no rhyme or reason to how you got a seat even 2 hours before the concert started so we stuck to the concrete wall on the edge so we could easily spot our friends when they arrived.

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pink martini concert

During the concert they took the time to sing “Let’s never stop falling in love” to assist in a pre-arranged marriage proposal. 🙂

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