Concerts on the Commons free fun for everyone
- MEGHAN McCLOSKEY
- The Times - News
Friday-evening entertainment begins this week with Mel Brown's B3 Organ Quartet
TUALATIN - Tualatin is about ready to kick off the 12th season of its Concerts on the Commons series.
Starting tomorrow, a different artist or band will perform every Friday near the Lake of the Commons. The outdoor concerts are free and last about two hours.
The fist act of the summer is Mel Brown's B3 Organ Quartet on Friday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. The Oregon-based foursome has years of professional experience, and drummer Mel Brown has toured with the Temptations, the Supremes and Smokey Robinson.
'We try to cover a wide range of country, pop, rhythm and blues music - a little bit of everything so it attracts a wide variety of listeners,' said Becky Savino of Tualatin's Community Service Department. Other acts perform groove jazz, salsa, reggae and Cuban dance party music.
The events are family-oriented and fun for all ages, Savino said. This year's family night, scheduled for August 18, will include a unicycle and juggling act as well as steel drum calypso music.
'We always have new and fresh entertainers each year,' Savino said.
A large grassy area on the Commons provides a place for people to sit and relax while listening to the music, a dancing space is open for those who want to dance and an assortment of local restaurants around the lake is available to concertgoers.
The fountains on the Commons are often turned on before and after the shows and during intermissions, providing a fun way for dancers and children to cool off in the summer heat.
The atmosphere of the concerts creates a fun, relaxing way to end the week, Savino said. 'It's a beautiful venue on the lake.'
To check out the official lineup for this summer's Concerts on the Commons, go to www.ci.tualatin.or.us/living/Arts/Concerts_on_the_Commons.htm.