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Cajun band gets em dancing at Sellwood Riverfront Park concert

by: David F. Ashton The “TooLoose” Cajun/Zydeco Band gets both young and old up dancing.

Some say it was simply good fortune that chased away the rainclouds on July 11th, when the 'TooLoose' Cajun-Zydeco Band took the stage as the July Monday Sellwood Riverfront Park Concert series began for the year - a series delayed by the previous Monday having been the Fourth of July.

Others insist that what drove away this summer's persistent overcast was instead the lively music that inspired folks to get up and dance.

Whatever the reason, as many as one thousand folks came out on that late Monday afternoon to see and hear the vivacious Portland-based dance band.

Many families brought picnic dinners. Others bought food from the vendors at the park. But everyone there appeared to be in a light mood as the music played.

'Music has a power that transcends other forms of communication,' smiled the concert series' associate concert producer for Portland Parks and Recreation, Jen Bernard - herself a 'multi-instrumentalist' with the local group Stolen Sweets.

The fact that we can offer the public something this good in the summer for free, because it's sponsored entirely by local businesses in the area, speaks well of the community-mindedness of Portlanders in general.'

Bernard introduced Patty Brockman, Broker from the Windermere Cronin and Caplan Realty Group office in Westmoreland, which has been a long-time sponsor of the concert.

'I'm also a member of the concert committee,' Brockman pointed out. 'I've been on the committee for - oh my gosh - eight-plus years now.'

Brockman said she takes time away from helping clients at the Sellwood office to work on the concert series, because she and her family have enjoyed the musical programs since the very beginning. 'I've lived in the neighborhood, and raised my kids here, and I've seen what a great community event this is. It really brings people together.'

Both Bernard and Brockman smiled as even more people got up to dance to the beat of the 'TooLoose' Cajun/Zydeco Band. 'It's just kind of the thing that we do in the summer, in July, in Sellwood,' Brockman grinned.

The concerts are arranged each year jointly by the Portland Parks Bureau and SMILE, the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association, with financial assistance from many businesses in the area, among which are Windermere, and THE BEE.