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City program kicks off 22nd season of family friendly, summer entertainment with a jazzy start

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Event coordinator Katie Murphy hopes the Junebigs sound will lend 'something familiar' to the Wine in the Woods musical line-up.
There seems to be no end in sight for summer fun in Sandy. The city announced its lineup for the 22nd season of Sandy Summer Sounds and Starlight Cinema last week, which will provide free weekly family-friendly entertainment from July 16 to Aug. 30 in Meinig Memorial Park, 17670 Meinig Ave.

Kicking off the program this year will be the Wine in the Woods event Sunday, July 16. This year's event will feature two Northwest bands: Blue Orchid and Junebugs from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wine and food will be available for purchase from Busy Bee Catering.

Gideon Freudmann, front man of Blue Orchid, "Can really carry a show himself," event coordinator Katie Murphy says. "We're very lucky to have him."

She adds that the folk-pop quality of the Junebugs should lend "something familiar" stylistically to the evening's show, which she hopes people will enjoy.

"If you're not going to miss something, don't miss 3 Leg Torso," Murphy advises.

The "eclectic chamber band" from Portland will be playing at Meinig Park from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30, and are one of Murphy's personal favorites.

Also playing the Sunday Sounds program at the Birdcage Theater are The Jackalope Saints on July 23, and The Talbott Brothers on Aug. 6.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Gideon Freudmann is a well-known cellist, and front man of 'Blue Orchid,' which will play at Wine in the Woods. The Wednesday Sounds portion of the program will begin on Aug. 2, with the Sandy Hops and Blues Festival on the Dale Nichols Main Stage at Meinig Park. This event will run from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and feature two Oregon-native blues bands: Hillstomp and Too Slim and the Taildraggers. There will also be a beer garden and food available for purchase.

Following this opening event, Kory Quinn & The Quintessentials will play on Aug. 9, Scott Pemberton on Aug. 16, Ages & Ages on Aug. 23, and Pura Vida Orquesta on Aug. 30.

The Starlight Cinema on the Dale Nichols Main Stage is set to show multiple hit kid-friendly flicks, such as Disney's "Moana," "Pete's Dragon" and "A Dog's Purpose."

For a schedule of movies, concerts and events, visit www.sandysummersounds.com or call 503-668-5569.

"My goal has always been to bring a diversity of styles so people get to experience something they might not always get," Murphy says. "(The program is) nice, family friendly, free and local."

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