Set to what the New York Post called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by Time magazine, the explosive Billy Elliot: The Musical, presented by Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, fills the stage with inspiring songs and high-energy dance. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. Just try not to cheer along as his talent and ambition become symbols of hope for a town that's enduring more than its fair share of hardship, when Billy Elliot: The Musical takes to the stage of Portland's Newmark Theatre.
Saturday September 16, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 7:30pm
After a long week of work, why wait until Friday to kick start your weekend? With the Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise on the Portland Spirit, you can take a much-needed break from the week with some good friends, good food and good tunes ready to take you back to the best music of days gone by. This two-hour party cruise down the Willamette River has everything you need for a fun time: There's a bistro plate available for purchase, along with refreshing selections from three full bars and live music from some of the best tribute bands around.
Thursday August 24, 2017 / 3:00pm (Glass of Hearts (Blondie Tribute))Thursday August 31, 2017 / 3:00pm (Petty Fever (Tom Petty Tribute))Thursday September 7, 2017 / 3:00pm (Candy-O (The Cars Tribute))Thursday September 14, 2017 / 3:00pm (Echoes of Yasgurs (Woodstock/Folk Rock Tribute))Thursday September 21, 2017 / 3:00pm (Ramble On (Led Zeppelin Tribute))Thursday September 28, 2017 / 3:00pm (Gerle Haggard (All Girl Merle Haggard Tribute))
Say what you will about the last millennium, but those last few decades knew how to par-tay. Now you can party like it's 1999 (and even earlier) at this fun Flashback Dance Cruise featuring the best dance hits from the '80s, '90s and more. This two-hour cruise aboard the Portland Spirit provides everything you need for a rockin' late night on the river, with a live DJ on deck spinning the biggest hits of the three greatest party music decades ever. Retro outfits are encouraged, so break out those leisure suits, neon leg warmers and Members Only jackets and have a blast.
Saturday August 26, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 16, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 11:00pm
If there were a major league for magicians, Masters of Illusion would be its all-star game. Based on the award-winning TV series, this touring stage show features the world's most mystifying mystifiers, including sleight-of-hand experts, escape artists, comedy magicians and much more. Women will levitate, beautiful dancers will enchant and hypnotize, and the best illusionists from Las Vegas to London will work modern-day miracles. Free of fancy camera tricks and digital fakery, spend a day at the fair and prepare to be amazed when Masters of Illusion brings pure magic to the Washington State Fair. This show is part of the Colombia Bank Concert Series.
When the I Love The 90's tour rolls into Puyallup, you'll be in the presence of Grammy-winning hip-hop royalty -- none other than Salt-N-Pepa and DJ Spinderella. They'll headline this ultimate Flashback Friday party, busting out classic tracks like "Push It," "Whatta Man" and "Shoop." Joining rap's landmark ladies is none other than Mr. "Ice Ice Baby" himself, Vanilla Ice. Plus, Color Me Badd joins the party with guilty pleasure pop hits "I Wanna Sex You Up" and "I Adore Mi Amor" and Tone Loc rounds out the bill with some "Funky Cold Madina" and a little "Wild Thing." Your concert ticket includes general admission to the fair. This show is part of the Colombia Bank Concert Series.
Blending the sensual melodies of flamenco with modern influences from rock, pop and jazz, renowned nouveau flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert has created a sound with a wide appeal. A true romantic, Liebert never fails to win over the crowd with his passionate playing and memorable melodies. His engaging mix of flamenco guitar, South American percussion and other musical genres has earned Liebert five Grammy nominations and 38 gold and platinum record certifications in the USA, plus more awards around the world. He and his band, Luna Negra, perform live at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, showcasing his philosophy that flamenco is as much an attitude as a genre of music.
Sunday September 17, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
It's hard to imagine summer without the songs of the Beach Boys, and now you can hear those legendary tunes live from the guys themselves at the Washington State Fair in Puyallaup. One of rock music's most influential bands, the Beach Boys brought lush, complex harmonies to countless hits even before adding revolutionary orchestral arrangements to the mix, laying the groundwork for groups like the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper's. Led by founding lead singer Mike Love and Beach Boy vet Bruce Johnston, this classic SoCal surf band is set to perform hits from their ocean-deep catalog, which includes "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Good Vibrations," "God Only Knows," "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "I Get Around" and many more. Concert tickets also includes same-day admission to all the fun and food at the fair. This show is part of the Colombia Bank Concert Series.
Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera has inspired numerous works for the stage and screen, but few are as authentic as Yeston & Kopit's Phantom. This rarely-produced adaptation explores the depths of the Phantom's character and illuminates his humanity in ways that create an intimate, deeply moving theater experience. Composer Maury Yeston's lush and elegant music echoes an earlier, classic age, evoking "musical theater's golden past" (The New York Times). This production at the Brunish Theatre at Antoinette Hatfield Hall in Portland will transport you to 1890s Paris to meet the Phantom few have ever known.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (Preview)Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pm
The closest thing to a Las Vegas show venue in Portland, the Tony Starlight Showroom hosts a variety of acts on an intimate stage. Tony Starlight himself stars in a number of regular events at the club, performing as Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and more, plus you can catch his variety act featuring music, comedy and other surprises. The venue offers a top-notch sound system and lighting to provide the ultimate Vegas show experience in the Pacific Northwest. Dinner-theater tickets are available, or just enjoy the act and have a few drinks.
Saturday August 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tony's Neil Diamond Experience)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tony Starlight's Rat Pack Tribute)
Hot off the release of her latest studio album, Memphis Rock & Soul, multiplatinum-selling singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge hits the stage at the Washington State Fair. Belting out hit songs like "I'm the Only One," "Come to My Window," "Ain't It Heavy" and more with her trademark raspy voice and fierce guitar skills, Etheridge stands out as an iconic performer. In 1988, she released her debut single, "Bring Me Some Water," which earned the singer her first Grammy nomination. Since then, she's been nominated 15 times, winning twice, in addition to taking home an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2007. Her latest album finds the veteran songwriter branching out into new directions while delivering the insightful lyrics and strong melodies she's known for. Your ticket includes same-day admission to the fair. This show is part of the Colombia Bank Concert Series.
Steven Tyler has one of rock's most recognizable voices. It inspired Rolling Stone to call him "one of the greatest singers of all time" and propelled Aerosmith to a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame spot. Not content to just dominate the rock scene, Tyler branched out into country music, topping the Billboard Country Albums chart with last year's We're All Somebody from Somewhere. The ever-evolving music legend teams up with his Nashville-based group The Loving Mary Band for a performance at the Washington State Fair. Expect to hear recent hit singles "Love Is Your Name" and "Red, White & You," as well as some re-worked Aerosmith classics. Plus, your concert ticket includes general admission to the fair. This show is part of the Colombia Bank Concert Series.
Part of the Wayans family dynasty, Marlon Wayans staked his claim to success thanks to his amazing versatility in acting, writing, producing and directing. The man behind the Scary Movie and A Haunted House franchises returns to his stand-up roots with a show at the Washington State Fair. From In Living Color to White Chicks and The Heat, Wayans has been making audiences crack up for years, and now's your chance to spend a day at the fair and catch this comedy veteran and Hollywood star live on stage. This show is part of the Colombia Bank Concert Series.
T2 play in the United Soccer League, the highest-level U.S. men's professional soccer league below and in support of Major League Soccer. 2016 T2 players Rennico Clarke, Victor Arboleda and Marco Farfan were signed this offseason to first-team contracts. Take the family for a fun outing, grab some snacks and watch an exciting soccer match while cheering with the crowd at Providence Park.
Saturday September 9, 2017 / 7:00pm (vs. Real Monarchs SLC)
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses -- Master Quest is a grandiose four-movement symphony that tells the story of the classic video game franchise through its unforgettable music. This moving concert experience, with an 80-piece orchestra and a 24-person choir, is back for its latest global tour, featuring all-new musical selections from the latest Legend of Zelda game, Tri Force Heroes. This concert at Keller Auditorium at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts includes all of the show's now-classic repertoire from previous seasons, incorporating themes from the entire saga of the land of Hyrule. Fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters from this groundbreaking and beloved video game franchise.
Tigers Be Still -- a ferociously funny play from New Girl writer Kim Rosenstock -- centers around Sherry Wickman, who's recently earned a degree in art therapy, only to find herself moving back in with her family. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope. Tigers Be Still is a sincere and sweet study of post-grad ennui that'll appeal to anyone who's ever stumbled off their own path. The play's comedic take on arrested development hits the stage at Clackamas Repertory Theatre in Oregon City.
Friday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pm (Opening Night)Saturday September 9, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 10, 2017 / 2:30pmThursday September 14, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 15, 2017 / 7:30pm (With Post-Show Talk Back)Saturday September 16, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 2:30pmThursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pm
Whether you've got a baby on the way or just babies on the brain, BabyFest! will prep you with everything you need to welcome your little one into the world. During this one-day event at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, new and expecting parents can discover the latest in childcare tips, products and services. The expo also features informative workshops, celebrity guest appearances and The Big Baby Shower, a fun-filled hour packed with games, exclusive prizes and more. Get ready to pamper yourself into parenthood when BabyFest! arrives.
Grammy winners for their 2006 pop-contemporary gospel album Lifesong, the seven-piece group Casting Crowns continues to inspire crowds with their refreshingly modern take on contemporary Christian music. Electric guitar, piano and even violin figure into the mix that's topped by frontman and songwriter Mark Hall's powerful, passionate vocals. Since their formation, the band's cracked Billboard's Christian Top 10 charts 18 times, with nine of those singles -- including "Praise You in This Storm," "Who Am I" and "Voice of Truth" -- rising to No. 1. They've also been honored with four American Music Awards and 15 Dove Awards. They'll bring songs from their seventh studio album and latest disc, The Very Next Thing, to this outdoor concert at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, with opener Matthew West. Tickets include admission to all the fun of the fair. This show is part of the Colombia Bank Concert Series.
The hardcore punk band known as Reagan Youth came out of the same '80s New York scene that produced the Dead Kennedys and the Beastie Boys. But after losing their lead singer to suicide in '93, the group faded away until 2006 when founding guitarist Paul Bakija restarted the band, with the same aggressively anarchist message. Also on this all-ages bill at Portland's Bossanova Ballroom are Cliterati, Nokmim and 13 Scars.
As one of the pioneering street punk groups, U.S. Bombs has been delivering sonic blows for more than 20 years. Now, after a brief hiatus, the group is back on stage and as punk as ever. Led by Duane Peters, the group features a few new members but the same hardcore sound. This concert at Tonic Lounge also features Chartbusters and Lost Bombers.
Famine Fest NW brings the black-metal band Inquisition to Portland's Bossanova Ballroom. The stripped-down duo of Dagon (vocals, guitar) and Incubus (drums), originally out of Colombia, produce driving hard rock filled with Satanic themes and have released seven studio discs, including their latest, Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith. Uada, Volahn and Vitriol are also on the bill.
Monday September 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
I Do! I Do! is an intimate, nostalgic musical that tells the story of a marriage. As the show opens, you'll be introduced to Michael and Agnes on their wedding day, excitedly looking forward to beginning their new life together. The story then follows their relationship through wedding night jitters, raising a family, mid-life crises and even an affair. Find out if the power of their love can weather all storms when this romantic story lights up the stage of the Rose Villa Performing Arts Center in Milwaukie.
Friday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 10, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday September 14, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 16, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 7:30pm