Pamplin Media Group – Summer concerts 2021: Let the good times roll


Musicians have hit outdoor and indoor stages after a long absence due to a pandemic.

Government restrictions eased, most people were vaccinated, groups began to hit the road, and the community tried to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

So now is the time to let you know where and when to watch and listen to live music – mainly outdoors, during the summer and fall at The Lot at Zidell Yards, McMenamins Edgefield, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Rose Quarter and elsewhere. Unfortunately, many events had to be canceled in 2021, including Pickathon.

Please check our Metro Life section each week for updates and additions to the summer concert lineup.

Here are a few shows you might want to check out:

The Lot at Zidell Yards

Portland’s new, socially remote location – people sit in ‘pods’ – successfully hosted the Waterfront Blues Festival July 1-5 (see cover on page B2), and concerts continue in September. See for details and tickets.

July 14: Liv Warfield

July 16: Ural Thomas and The Pain

July 17: Y La Bamba (two shows)

July 18: Portland Cello Project, Saeeda Wright, JANE, Steven Bak

July 20: Kyle Craft (and screening of “Labyrinth”)

July 23-24: Joseph

July 25: Produce Organic Records Showcase

July 27: 1939 Ensemble (and screening of “The Muppet Movie”)

July 28: Onry (and screening of “Casablanca”)

August 3: Night Heron (and screening of “Wall-E”)

August 9: The Shivas (and screening of “Stand By Me”)

August 12: Diver

August 14-15: Le Lot Summer Music Festival (four shows)

August 19: Kishi Bashi with Strings Live

August 20: Moorea Masa and the Mood

August 21: low bar choir

September 11: The Dandy Warhols

McMenamins Edgefield

The McMenamins Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn in Troutdale series begins this summer, with tickets remaining for many shows (see below). Many shows are sold out. See for information and tickets.

August 15: Sheryl Crow

August 17: Primus “A tribute to kings”

August 18: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile

August 22: Fitz and the temper tantrums

August 27-28: Modest mouse

August 31: Counting the crows

September 18: Pink Martini

September 22: Herbie Hancock

September 24: Lord Huron

October 15: Portugal The Man

Sunlight supply amphitheater

It’s a short drive to the Ridgefield, Washington venue, which typically attracts top performers, with tickets to the shows (listed below). See for information and tickets.

August 25: The Black Crows

September 1: The Jonas Brothers

September 17: KISS “End of the Road World Tour”

September 18: Jason Aldean

September 25: Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Liz Phair

October 2: Luke Bryan

October 3: Kings of Leon

October 5: the Doobie brothers


The Cowlitz Ballroom at the Ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, Wash. Features live music. For more information: Line-up: Rick Springfield, Loverboy (August 12); The Beach Boys (September 5); Boyz II Men (October 7); Miranda Lambert (November 14); Old Dominion (November 20-21); Gladys Knight (December 5).

The Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde will feature: George Thorogood and the Destroyers (July 31); Tesla (August 6); ZZ Top (August 15); Bret Michaels (August 27); Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (September 3); The Oak Ridge Boys (September 11). To find out more:

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• The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival takes place in a picturesque setting under the historic St. Johns Bridge, July 16-18. For more information:

• The Washington County Fair will feature live music, July 23 through August 1, in Hillsboro. For more information:

• There will be music programming for the Oregon State Fair in Salem, August 27 through September 7. 6: Chicago, August 27; Seether, August 28; Jon Pardi, August 30; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, August 31; Zach Williams, September 1; Flo Rida, September 2; Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles Jr., September 3; Collective soul, September 4; Ezra Ray Hart, September 5. For more information:

• The Les Schwab amphitheater in Bend has a full program planned. For more information: Highlights: August 8, Brantley Gilbert; August 15, Dierks Bentley; August 20, Cypress Hill; August 21, Old Dominion; August 29, modest mouse; September 4-5, Brandi Carlile; September 6, Death Cab for Cutie; September 8, Dave Matthews Band; September 12, John Legend; September 19, Pink Martini; September 21, foreign; September 26, Lord Huron; Sep 30-Oct 1, Luke Bryan; October 3, my morning jacket; October 15, Flogging Molly, Violent Women; October 16, Jimmy Eat World, Resume Sunday.

Rose Quarter

And, while they’re indoors, check out the following concerts scheduled at the Moda Center or Veterans Memorial Coliseum through the end of the year:

August 18, Harry Styles; August 22, Guns N Roses; August 24, Celine Dion; September 4; Megadeth, Lamb of God; September 6, Lindsey Stirling; September 19, Maluma; September 22, Deftones; October 3, Judas Priest; October 20, Osborne brothers; October 25, James Taylor; October 28, Dan & Shay; November 4, Andrea Bocelli; November 5, Evanescence, Halestorm; November 19, Florida Georgia Line. For more information:

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