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'Floatsam! River Circus' will bring its vaudeville performance to Rogers Landing on July 26

SUBMITED PHOTO - 'Floatsam! River Circus' bills itself as a troupe of musicians, circus performers and puppeteers.

Most bands talk about hitting the road for a tour. But one group coming to Newberg this summer can brag about hitting the river.

Titled "Floatsam! River Circus," the group will dock in Newberg from 7 to 9:30 p.m. July 26 at Rogers Landing. The show starts at 7 p.m., although the group will participate in a river clean up party at 5 p.m.

Members of the vaudeville-based Floatsam did not respond to interview requests, but the group appears on a hand-built barge that floats down the Willamette River.

According to the group's website, Floatsam is "a troupe of musicians, circus performers and puppeteers traveling from town to town on a handmade raft, giving free performances in every town along the way. During the tour, the raft will be our mode of transit, our stage and our home. Our primary objective is to inject the summer with a bit of whimsy and wonder, but we are also hoping to collaborate with local individuals and organizations to work on river clean up and to spread awareness about environmental and social issues."

Outside of their river tour – which features stops not only in Newberg but in Corvallis, Albany, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Portland and other locations – the nine-person group will perform at the Oregon County Fair as the Stage Left Show.

If the river tours goes well, Floatsam hopes to do a similar kind of show on the Mississippi River and beyond going forward.

The group is made up of Sari Breznau, Ira Echo, Nayana Fielkov, Drea Lusion, Matthew McCorckle, Sadye Osterloh, Kalan Shh, Justin Therrien, and Jason Webley.

The group will perform into August at various stops in Oregon. For more information, visit www.rivercircus.com.

According to Stage Left, Floatsam will bring its unique performance to those who can't otherwise see the show. The organization also said Floatsam will stage free shows to help fundraise in different cities.


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