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The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the music scene, but it has picked back up, and plenty of shows fill the schedule.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND PARKS AND RECREATION - Music abounds at outdoor venues during the summer in Portland, including the return of free concerts in Portland Parks and Recreation parks.It's summer outdoor concert season, and free and ticketed concerts abound in Portland Parks and venues from Forest Grove to Ridgefield, Washington, to Bend.

The return of the Waterfront Blues Festival at Waterfront Park, July 1-4, highlights the summer schedule.

Here are listings for that and other outdoor concerts you might want to check out:

Waterfront Blues Festival

The huge festival returns to Waterfront Park, July 1-4, with the likes of Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, The Wood Brothers, Galactic featuring Anjelika, Jelly Joseph, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Lettuce, The War and Treaty and many more (including Portland's Curtis Salgado).

For complete details, see

Concerts in the Park

Portland Parks and Recreation's "Summer Free For All" includes free concerts in city parks, starting from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; see for complete info.

• July 9: East Portland Summer Arts Festival, Aaron Nigel Smith & 1 World Chorus, Sora Shoda

• July 10: East Portland Summer Arts Festival, Esperanza Spalding

• July 14: Mt. Tabor Park, Grupo Masato

• July 15: Alberta Park, Son de Cuba

• July 15: Gateway Discovery Park, Sistahs4Life

• July 16: Oregon Park, Local Heroes

• July 17: Fernhill Park, Tiger Tiger: A Celebration of Our API Community

• July 23: Ventura Park, Melao de Cuba Salsa Orchestra

• July 29: Sellwood Park, Jenny Don't and The Spurs

• July 29: Brentwood Park, Donna Jones and the Delegation

• July 30: Peninsula Park, Smith & Yarn

• July 31: Rose City Golf Center, Norman Sylvester Band and Lenanne Miller

• Aug. 4: Gateway Discovery Park, Randa Z

• Aug. 11: Dawson Park, Tyrone Hendrix & Friends

• Aug. 12: Pendleton Park, Iron Prophecy

• Aug. 13: Laurelhurst Park, DJ Prashant and the Jai Ho! Dance Troupe

• Aug. 18: Essex Park, Sabroso

• Aug. 19: Columbia Park Annex, Eldon T Jones & Friends

• Aug. 20: Gates Park Property, The Jack Maybe Project

• Aug. 25: Khunamokwst Park, King Louie & Sean Holmes

• Aug. 26: George Park, Hip Hop Festival

• Aug. 27: Irving Park, Kimberly Monique

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND PARKS AND RECREATION - A wide array of music and other activities is presented at Portland Parks and Recreation parks during the summer.

Noon Tunes

Free noon Tuesday concerts are set for Pioneer Courthouse Square; see

• July 12: Veteran Cosmic Rockers

• July 19: Laryssa Birdseye

• July 26: Bull Mountain

• Aug. 2: Rae Gordon

• Aug. 9: Machado Mijiga

• Aug. 16: Chasing Ebenezer

• Aug. 23: Stump City Soul

• Aug. 30: Portland Standard Time

PDX Live

This is a new concert series that will be held at Portland Courthouse Square; see

• June 17: Indigo Girls and Neko Case (sold out)

• June 18: Andrew Bird and Iron & White, Allison Russell (sold out)

• June 19: Tenacious D, Puddles Pity Party (sold out)

• July 15: Blind Pilot, Cut Worms

• July 17: Old Crow Medicine Show, Hillstomp

• July 29: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Motet, Fishbone, Pimps of Joytime

• July 30: The Roots, Deena Bee

• July 31: Punch Brothers and Watchhouse featuring Sarah Jarosz

• Aug. 19-20: Modest Mouse

• Aug. 25: Goose

• Aug. 26: Shakey Graves, Jade Bird

• Aug. 27: Father John Misty, Suki Waterhouse

• Sept. 15-16: The Shins

• Sept. 17-18: Spoon & Interpol, The Goon Sax

Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo features some concerts throughout the summer, called Zoo Nights; see

• June 17: Garcia Birthday Band

• July 1: Melao de Cuba

• July 15: Too Loose Cajun Band

• July 29: Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Country Band

• Aug. 12: Jujuba

McMenamins Edgefield

The McMenamins Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn series in Troutdale continue through the summer, with tickets remaining to many shows (see below for shows not sold out). Visit for info and tickets.

• June 14: Primus

• June 18: Bright Eyes

• June 22: Third Eye Blind

• June 26: Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett

• July 3: Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown

• July 12: Fleet Foxes

• July 14: Caamp

• July 21: Michael Franti & Spearhead

• July 24: Goo Goo Dolls

• July 27: David Gray

• Aug. 2: Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Julien Baker

• Aug. 6: The Decemberists

• Aug. 9: Mitski

• Aug. 12: Billy Strings

• Aug. 16: The Head and the Heart

• Aug. 17: Coheed and Cambria

• Aug. 19: Cake

• Aug. 20: Courtney Barnett, Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee, Fred Armisen

• Aug. 25: Phoebe Bridgers

• Aug. 28: Maren Morris

• Sept. 8: Ziggy Marley

• Sept. 14: Jackson Browne

• Sept. 16: Pavement

• Sept. 17: Lane 8

• Sept. 22: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

• Sept. 26: Jack Johnson

• Oct. 7: Lake Street Dive

McMenamins Grand Lodge

A new concert series, Concerts in the Grove, will be held in Forest Grove. For more:

• June 16: She & Him

• June 26: Bleachers

• July 8: King Princess

• July 17: Tash Sultana

• Aug. 5: Amos Lee

• Aug. 8: The Psychedelic Furs

• Aug. 20: Iration with The Grouch with DJ Fresh and Passafire

• Aug. 23: Fitz & The Tantrums, Andy Grammer

• Aug. 27: Franz Ferdinand

• Sept. 2: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness & Dashboard Confessional

• Sept. 11: Michael Allen Harrison's Ten Grands (canceled)

RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

It's a short drive to the venue in Ridgefield, Washington, that attracts top acts. See

• June 14: Slipknot, Cypress Hill, HO99O9

• June 15: AJR

• June 18: Halsey

• June 24: Santana, Earth Wind & Fire

• July 13: Reo Speedwagon, Styx

• July 18: "Encanto": The Sing Along Film Concert

• July 30: Morgan Wallen

• Aug. 19: Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, The Hu

• Sept. 1: Incubus, Sublime with Rome

• Sept. 2: Alice & Chains, Breaking Benjamin

• Sept. 3: Sammy Hagar and the Circle, George Thorogood

• Sept. 16: Korn, Evanescence

• Sept. 22: Odesza

Vancouver concerts

• Waterfront Park Concert Series, 6 p.m. Fridays, Vancouver Waterfront Park: Bobby Torres Ensemble, July 8; Pride of the Northbank, July 15; Conjunto Alegre, July 22; Curtis Salgado, July 29; Mbrascatu, Aug. 12; LaRhonda Steele, Aug. 12.

• Sunday Sounds Concert Series, 6 p.m. Columbia Tech Center Park: Hit Machine, July 10; Prom Date Mixtape, July 17; Dancehall Days, July 24; Jessie Leigh, July 31; Kalimba, Aug. 7; 5 Guys Named Moe, Aug. 14.

Check out concert info at

Rose Quarter

And, although they are inside, check out some of the following events at the Moda Center or Veterans Memorial Coliseum through September:

• June 27: Shawn Mendes

• July 14: The Lumineers

• July 21: Machine Gun Kelly

• July 30: Maroon 5 (canceled)

• Aug. 21: The Killers

• Aug. 22: Backstreet Boys

• Aug. 26: Kendrick Lamar

• Aug. 29: Leon Bridges

• Aug. 31: Alicia Keys

• Sept. 10: Roger Waters

• Sept. 22: Twenty One Pilots

• Sept. 24: The Doobie Brothers

• Sept. 25: Demi Lovato

• Sept. 25: Jack Harlow

• Sept. 27: Michael Buble

For more:

This and that

• Word is Portland'5 will once again host the Music on Main at Southwest Main Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue; for more, see See the website for the latest information on Music on Main, as well as possibly Noontime Showcase.

• If you're up for a road trip, you won't be disappointed with the impressive lineup at Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend. It's a virtual who's who in touring music this year. Too many great acts to list. Check out the lineup at

• Many tribute bands make up the lineup at Harefest, July 8-9, in Canby. For more:

• The Northwest String Summit attracts national acts and will take place for the final time, July 21-24, at Horning's Hideout in North Plains. For more:

• The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival takes place in a scenic setting under the historic St. Johns Bridge, July 15-17. For more:

• The Northwest World Reggae Festival has been moved to Beavercreek Meadows, July 29-30. For more:

• The Clark County Fair includes Daughtry (Aug. 5), Cheap Trick (Aug. 6), Martina McBride (Aug. 7), Blood Sweat & Tears (Aug. 8). For more:

• The Washington Park Summer Festival is at the Rose Garden Amphitheater, 410 S.W. Kingston Ave., with the following acts: Aug. 5, Espacio Flamenco; Aug. 6, "Time Sound: Albina's Jazz Reimagined"; Aug. 7, Opera in the Park. For more:

• The famous Pickathon takes place Aug. 4-7 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. For more:

• Our street fairs have live music. So, make plans to attend them, including Fremont Fest, Aug. 6, Northeast Fremont/42nd-50th,; Multnomah Days Street Fair, Aug. 20, Southwest Capitol Highway/Garden Home-31st,; Hawthorne Street Fair, Aug. 28, Southeast Hawthorne,

• Across the Columbia River, the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival features plenty of music, Aug. 26-28 at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, Wash. For more:

• The musical lineup for the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Aug. 26-Sept. 5, includes: Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts lead singer), Aug. 29; Shaggy, Aug. 30; Bethel Music, Aug. 31; TLC, Sept. 1; Scotty McCreery, Sept. 2; The Beach Boys, Sept. 3; Nelly, Sept 5. For fair and ticket info:

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