Olivia Newton-John

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 28

Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway

Cost: $39-$80.50, available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges

Olivia Newton-John captured America's attention playing the lead role in the movie 'Grease' opposite John Travolta. Everyone's favorite good girl gone bad then went on to fame as a pop star with her hit single, 'Physical,' in 1981. Her songs range from rock to folk and ballads. On this tour she will run the gamut accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra.

What they say

'The concert began with an overture: film going back to her popette days on '60s Australian TV while a 25-piece orchestra played Mantovani versions of her hits to oohs and ahs of recognition. In the concert proper, while we did have to accept quite a few of the songs from her most recent album of duets called '2,' those hits were never more than one song away and kept coming for two hours.'

Ñ The Sydney Morning Herald


When: 2 p.m. Aug. 24

Where: Columbia Meadows, U.S. Highway 30, St. Helens

Cost: $55, available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges

The alt-rock summer fest returns after a four-year hiatus. Rain or shine, electric guitars and men in eyeliner will rock two stages. Speaking of makeup, the all-girl band the Donnas shares the main stage with Jane's Addiction, Audioslave and more. Catch the Mooney Suzuki, 30 Seconds to Mars and Steve O from 'Jackass' on the second stage.

What they say

'The magical alchemy that was present during the first few tours in the early '90s rarely raised its head for this go-round. The midway, which once had a more homegrown, organic feel with its exotic food and unique clothing and jewelry vendors, now seemed more corporate and predictable. Similarly, the show itself felt more like a standard multiband concert than a true music festival.'