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This is the fourth annual musical gathering



SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Headlining Rox in Sox will be the OzoKidz, the percussive, world-beat family band of Ozomatli.

For the fourth year in a row, Rox in Sox will host a free festival of children’s music and reading from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Headlining this year’s festival will be OzoKidz, the percussive, world-beat family band of Ozomatli, which will be in town for a show for adults at the Aladdin on July 29. The Portland shows are part of Ozomatli’s national concert tour.

For the second year, the festival takes place at King School Park at 4906 N.E. Sixth St. in Portland (just off of Northeast Alberta Street). Other performers on the main stage will include Aaron Nigel Smith and his 1 World Chorus, plus popular songsters Mo Phillips and Mr. Ben. The lineup of live music, author readings (presented by Green Bean Books) and other festivities is growing.

Admission to Rox in Sox is free with a donation of new shoes, socks or books for kids in need. Local and touring family music artists, plus several authors, will join the day of fun in the park. Various community partners will offer free hands-on crafts and activities for kids.

Rox in Sox regularly attracts thousands of kids and their grownups to enjoy a summer day filled with music and reading fun. Over the past three years, festival volunteers in Portland and Las Vegas have collected 3,205 pairs of socks, 1,519 books and 220 pairs of shoes for children who need them in Portland, Kenya and Jamaica. Recipients include clients of Salem Hospital neonatal intensive care unit, The Children’s Book Bank, Cura Rotary Home and School in Kenya, Haile Selassie High School in Jamaica and the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas.

Supported by the Oregon Community Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention, and presented by 1 World Chorus, Rox in Sox will offer kids and parents a day of family-friendly entertainment, activities and summery refreshments.

Also performing will be Aaron Nigel Smith and his 1 World Chorus, made up of young area singers.

Rox in Sox founder Aaron Nigel Smith is a musician and educator whom KGW-TV calls “a Portland treasure.” Smith’s simple mission is to inspire families to sing, dance and play together. He’s been featured on PBS-TV’s “Between the Lions,” and has won numerous awards and tours nationally. His 1 World Chorus blends the voices of hundreds of young singers from Portland, New York, Los Angeles, Kenya and Jamaica.

“We’re thrilled to present this free all-day and all-ages festival at a Portland park again this year. It always rocks,” he says.

There are still a few spaces for Rox in Sox vendors and sponsors. The complete Portland event lineup and more information about the festival is available at www.roxinsox.org.

— Barb Randall

Contract Publishing

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