Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba to kick off upcoming concert series in September.

Luz Elena Mendoza performs at Hillsboro's Walters Cultural Arts Center Sept. 21, launching the Walters 2018-19 concert series.Tickets are now on sale for this season's lineup of concerts at the Greg & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in downtown Hillsboro.

The center, located at 527 E. Main St., began selling tickets this month for its 2018-19 concert series, which kicks off Sept. 21 with a performance by Luz Elena Mendoza, the celebrated frontwoman of Y La Bamba.

Mendoza is one of more than a dozen performers planned at the 200-seat theater this season. The series includes plenty of genres, including Americana, folk, AfroCaribbean, classical, neosoul, opera, Celtic, Spanish flamenco, fingerstyle guitar and reggae performances by emerging and world-renowned musicians.

The eclectic season includes several returning favorites, including Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, who will perform two shows highlighting his talent as a classical pianist in November. Ticket proceeds from Lauderdale's performance will benefit the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment.

Other returning artists this season include Skybound Blue, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas and Craig Carothers. New performers to the Walters include the rising powerhouse Saeeda Wright, the Mediterranean- and Middle Eastern-influenced Seffarine and the life-affirming performance of Painted Sky Northstar Dancers.

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Tickets can be purchased at the Walters, online at, or by calling 503-615-3485.

2018-19 concert series schedule

  • Luz Elena Mendoza, Sept. 21
  • Skybound Blue, Oct. 5
  • Portland Opera presents "The Barber of Seville," Oct. 13
  • Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Nov. 9
  • Thomas Lauderdale, Nov. 16, 17
  • Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, Dec. 7
  • Saeeda Wright, Dec. 14
  • Aaron Nigel Smith, Jan. 26
  • Craig Carothers, Feb. 8
  • Seffarine, Feb. 22
  • Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company, March 9
  • Robbie Fulks, March 22
  • Hanneke Cassel Band, April 5
  • Neftali Rivera & Grupo Borikuas, April 19
  • Acoustic Guitar Summit, May 3
  • Portland Youth Philharmonic Saturday, May 18

  • By Geoff Pursinger
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