Michael Allen Harrison to perform at Oak Hills July 4 celebration
One of Washington County's best-known July 4 celebrations will feature one of Washington County's best-known musicians this year.
On July 4, the Michael Allen Harrison Superband will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oak Hills Park. The concert in the park takes the place of Oak Hills' traditional Independence Day fireworks show this year, according to the Oak Hills Homeowners Association.
Michael Allen Harrison, a pianist and songwriter, lives in the Oak Hills neighborhood north of U.S. Highway 26.
He will be accompanied on Independence Day by vocalist Julianne Johnson-Weiss, who is also a professor and director of music at Portland Community College and a longtime Harrison collaborator; guitarist Dan Balmer, who is director of jazz combos at Lewis and Clark College in Southwest Portland; bassist Phil Baker, a longtime member of the Michael Allen Harrison Super Band and member of Portland jazz band Pink Martini; drummer and percussionist Israel Annoh, another longtime band member who is originally from Ghana; and saxophonist Renato Caranto, who performs with the Mel Brown Quartet and other musical acts.
Additionally, Harrison will host a community concert before the concert, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This show will feature local talent and musical performances.
Food carts and tents will be set up for the community concert. Beer and wine will also be available for sale, according to the HOA.
Oak Hills Park has been hosting a July 4 celebration for many years. All are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, low chairs, and food for a picnic if desired.
Additionally, there will be midday parades starting from Oak Hills Elementary School. A bike parade will begin at noon, with a main parade including decorated motor vehicles and trailers following at 12:30 p.m. Lights, streamers, ribbons and other patriotic-themed decorations are encouraged.
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