2 Portland area live music festivals move the groove online this weekend – OregonLive

2 Portland area live music festivals move the groove online this weekend  OregonLive

Two long-running local music festivals, Cathedral Park Jazz and the String Summit, go to virtual events the weekend of July 17-19 due to coronavirus restrictions on gatherings.

The 40th annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival moves online for a live streaming event Friday-Sunday.

Organizers call the festival both the longest-running free annual jazz festival west of the Mississippi and Portland’s longest-running community event. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the outdoor festival has moved online rather than being held in scenic Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge.

Jazz fans can hear music and listen to guests various times Friday-Sunday, July 17-19 at this link: twitch.tv/cathedralparkjazz

Event sponsors include Oregonians Credit Union, and the organizer, the Jazz Society of Oregon.

Featured acts, during the festival offering jazz, blues, R&B, and funk, include pianist and vocalist Steve Kerin and the Bayou Boyz, violinist Eddie Parente, and soulful vocalist Saeeda Wright and her orchestra.

Information on the 40th Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, including specific times of the livestream can be found at jazzoregon.org/2020-festival. The festival is free, as it always is, but those who wish to donate can do so at the jazzoregon.org link.

Northwest String Summit

The picturesque setting of Horning’s Hideout, outside of North Plains, will not host the annual Northwest String Summit for 2020. The event will be held online. Oregonian file photo

Another long-standing outdoor music fest sends the music online for live and recorded events this same weekend. The 19th Northwest String Summit, an annual event that offers fans of contemporary bluegrass, indie, funk, jam rock, normally outdoors at the rustic Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, will be unable to host the regular concerts due to coronavirus restrictions.

Organizers have moved the event entirely online. “Hiding Out at Home: A Virtual String Summit” offers live, remote, and archival sets from festival favorites including Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Del & Dawg, and others.

Fans can purchase 3-day tickets online. Early bird pricing for 3-day tickets at $29.99 continues through Monday, July 13. On Tuesday 3-day ticket prices increase to $39.99. Single-day tickets will be $15.99 beginning Thursday, July 16. Music and other programs will be available for viewing various times July 17-19. Ticket holders will have access to the festival for two weeks following the broadcast. Visit stringsummit.com for ticket sales and band lineup.

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