Norman Sylvester, guitarist Jennifer Batten present free concerts
Get the picnic basket packed and load up the sand chairs — there are free concerts and movies to attend this week in Lake Oswego and West Linn parks. Here is this week's lineup:
THURSDAY, AUG. 15 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) — West Linn's Music in the Park concert is Ants in the Kitchen featuring LaRhonda Steele playing at Tanner Creek Park, 3456 Parker Road, West Linn. Ants in the Kitchen is NOT your typical rock and roll cover band. They're an 8-piece horn band that plays a mix of classic '70s era funk, blues and soul ... a danceable mix, but with the tone and force of a rock band. To add a whole new dimension to the band's prowess, they also feature "Portland's First Lady of Blues" LaRhonda Steele as one of the band's primary vocalists. You don't want to miss this.
SUNDAY, AUG. 18 (6 to 7:30 p.m.) — The Moonlight and Music concert features Norman Sylvester at Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First St., Lake Oswego. The Norman Sylvester Band is one of the main ingredients in the Northwest music "soul stew." The band started in 1987, and performed at the first Waterfront Blues Festival that year. Two weeks later the band was the opening act for BB King at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall. Since then the band has shared with stage with James Cotton, Tower of Power, Buddy Guy, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Peter Frampton and more. The band has been nominated best R&B band for the past 10 years by Cascade Blues Association. Its mission in music is to bring the healing force of music to fans and to heal their souls by performing music. The band is currently in the studio working on new material for "Songs in the Key of Soul."
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) — The Sounds of Summer concert features Jennifer Batten and Full Steam playing at Westlake Park, 14165 Bunick Drive, Lake Oswego. The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar. A major turning point came when she was selected from more than 100 guitarists to play in Michael Jackson's band which toured the world for more than 18 months playing for more than 4 1/2 million people. In spring of 1998 Jeff Beck asked her to join his band; they joined forces for three years on two CDs, which were both supported by world tours. During 2011, she did a guitar residency for the Cirque du Soleil show "Zumanity" in Las Vegas. She received the She Rocks Icon Award in 2016, and recently also was inducted into Guitar Player Magazine's "Gallery of the Greats."
THURSDAY, AUG. 22 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) — The Music in the Park concert features Girl Can't Help It at Tanner Creek Park, 3456 Parker Road, West Linn.
Portland based Journey tribute band Girl Can't Help It will have you captured from arrival to departure, staying true to the original recordings with lead singer Miaya Shambry's gritty powerhouse vocals, Dan Johnson slayin' the guitar solos, Natasha Flynn's timeless piano/synth hooks, Dianna Hnatiw driving deep on drums, and April Krubel bringin' it, backing up the signature three-part female harmonies that make this band's unique take on old Journey favorites.
Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park begin at dusk (between 8:30 and 9 p.m.) regardless of location, but festivities such as face painting and lawn games begin at 7:30 p.m. This week's screenings include:
Aug. 16 — "Bumblebee" at Hammerle Park, 1505 Lewis St., West Linn.
Aug. 23 — "A Dog's Way Home" at Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive, West Linn. This is the final movie in the series.
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