Hillsboro arts hub gets toes tapping
The Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Art Center is back with its yearly musical lineup, including a Grammy winner and old favorites.
The center is known for bringing sought-after acts to Washington County, and this year is no exception, with tickets for all announced performances on sale now.
Kicking off the 2019-20 season, Paula Cole celebrates her 10th album release with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Hailed by Peter Gabriel as an "original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it," the Grammy Award winner's "Revolution" has songs considered autobiographical and personal, and promises to share hits from her previous albums, like her double-platinum "This Fire." Tickets are between $35 to $40 at brownpapertickets.com.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Portland Opera on the Go presents "La Boheme," an adaptation of Italian composer's Giacomo Puccini's classic, romantic opera. Geared for children 12 and up, the story explores love, friendship and coming of age themes. Portland Opera has been around for more than five decades, and coming out to the suburbs is a rare treat for the organization. Tickets are $5 suggested donation and can be purchased at the door.
Just in time for Halloween, Washington County welcomes Portland-based BodyVox's performance of "BloodyVox" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, recommended for ages 10 and up. Called the "city's most popular and internationally renowned dance troupe," choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland are both Emmy Award winners. BodyVox, now in its 22nd season, has traveled internationally and will continue touring in Oregon after Hillsboro. "BloodyVox" takes inspiration from the creepiest pop culture, from Alfred Hitchcock's films to all those vampire movies, and brings its originally prepared dances.
Celtic and Americana styles come to town at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, with the Hanneke Cassel Band. Cassel is a performer and composer, and will be joined by guitarist Keith Murphy and cellist Mike Block. Tickets are $15 in advance at hannekecasselbandatthewalters.bpt.me or $20 the day of the show.
A benefit concert for the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Endowment begins at 5:30 p.m. with "Happy Days Are Here Again" Supper Club on Saturday, Nov. 9, with two musical theater actresses well known in the Portland area. Susannah Mars and Merideth Kaye Clark will help the crowd celebrate the work of actresses Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand through a classic cabaret show. Tickets are $125 per person and include cocktail hour hosted by Hillsboro business Primrose & Tumbleweeds, dinner buffet and the show. To reserve tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com. All proceeds go to the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment, supporting local artists and organizations.
Correo Aereo performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and is described as mixing traditional and modern Latin music. Musicians Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin use a combination of strings and percussion to share a lively set. Tickets are $15 in advance at correoaereoatthewalters.bpt.me and $20 the day of the show.
Gospel, jazz and inspirational artist Marilyn Keller, known for her vocals, will be at the Walters at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. In 2016, the Oregon Jazz Society inducted her in its Hall of Fame and has worked with many of the area's most well-known jazz musicians. Tickets are $20 in advance at marilynkelleratthewalters.bpt.me or $25 at the door.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra will perform a holiday-style set, with a special guest appearance by violinist and vocalist Michelle Alany. Tickets are $22 in advance at omoatthewalters.bpt.me or $26 the day of the show.
Taking pop and indie rock to a new level, Joe Kye plays his violin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. With rave reviews around the West Coast, the Seattleite vocalist loops his violin and takes on a variety of genres, including indie rock, jazz, classical, jazz and pop. Tickets are $18 in advance at joekye.bpt.me or $22 the day of the show.
DJ Prashant and the Ja Ho! Dance Troupe bring "Experience India," with Bollywood-style dancing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. DJ Prashant, with his engineering background, created a group to share high-energy dancing with crowds all over the area. Recommended for ages 6 and up, audiences are encouraged to stick around and learn a move or two at this performance. Tickets are $5 in advance at djprashantandjaihodance.bpt.me or $8 at the show.
Soul and Americana group Stand and Sway, created by artists Beth Wood and Ara Lee James, performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Their vocals are described as the "musical offspring" of Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton. Tickets are $18 at standandsway.bpt.me or $22 the day of the show.
Dia Do Choro, a performance of multiple artists in celebration of Brazilian music, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. The four musicians will show the "interactions between choro and American jazz and other Brazilian musical forms like bossa nova and samba." Tickets are $15 in advance at diadochoro.bpt.me or $18 at the
The Acoustic Guitar Summit returns to the area Friday, March 20. The trio, after making music together for over 20 years, want audiences to see what fingerstyle guitar and Hawaiian slack key sounds like. One of the members is Grammy award winner Doug Smith, and the other is Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Terry Robb. Tickets are $18 in advance at agsatthewalters.bpt.me or $22 at the door.
At 2 p.m Saturday, April 4, country-folk/rock band Micah and Me, also named "Top 5 Kid's Performer in PDX Parent's Annual Picks" for the past three years, comes to Hillsboro to entertain little ones. Created by three fathers, the group plays hits like "Baby Shark," and hosts a 15-minute "instrument petting zoo" after the performance. Tickets are $5 in advance at micahandme.bpt.me or $8 at the door.
To wrap up the season up, Eugenie Jones, a Seattle singer-songwriter with jazz influences, brings her music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. Known as a top 50 Jazz Week Review artist, her performance will pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald's hits. Tickets are $18 at eugeniejones.bpt.me or $22 the day of the show.
All performances are located at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. To learn more, visit the city of Hillsboro website, hillsboro-oregon.gov.
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