Military concert to salute Eagle Creek firefighters
Enjoy a few tunes from the Navy Northwest Funk Band when the ensemble graces Corbett Fire District's station this weekend.
The free jazz concert will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Corbett Fire Hall, 36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, as part of a recognition performance for the first responders who fought the Eagle Creek Fire approximately one year ago.
"(The concert) is kind of a thanks to all the fireman who helped get people out of the area, move the horses out and get away from the potential fire threat," said Gary Purvine of Corbett who helped arrange the concert. Northeast Multnomah County Community Association is hosting the concert in conjunction with the fire district.
Corbett volunteer firefighters were called to the Eagle Creek Fire when it broke out on Sept. 2, 2017, and spent weeks fighting the conflagration. A portion of Corbett was evacuated during the blaze.
The Eagle Creek Fire was caused by a then 15-year-old Washington boy throwing fireworks into the Eagle Creek Canyon. The blaze eventually consumed more than 48,000 acres in the Gorge.
The fire was declared 100 percent contained on Nov. 30, 2017. Corbett Fire District Chief Dave Flood will give a recap of fire events at 6:45 p.m. before the band takes the stage at 7 p.m.
Purvine wanted to find a way to thank volunteer firefighters and snagged a performance by persistently asking the Navy band to come to Corbett. He contacted the group in March, and after a bit of a back and forth, the musicians are heading to the village for an evening performance after playing a daytime concert in Eugene.
"It's just a gathering to meet people, listen to music and tell stories," Purvine said.
If you go
What: Concert by the Navy Jazz Funk Bank
When: 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
Where: Corbett Fire Hall, 36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway