by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Summer Splash concerts continue Friday with The Darren Johnson Effort from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park This week’s concerts and movies

Watch a movie in the park

West Linn

Aug. 17– “The Perfect Game” (PG) at Fields Bridge Park, 821 Willamette Falls Drive

Lake Oswego

Aug. 16– “How to Train Your Dragon (PG)” at Millennium Plaza Park

Aug. 19 – “The Goonies” and “Super Bad” at Maher’s Irish Pub, 5 and 7 p.m.

Catch a summer concert

Marylhurst University – Lake Oswego

Aug. 16 – 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Summer Youth Symphony with conductor Lajos Balogh.

Aug. 16 – West Linn’s Music in the Park concert series presents David Gerald Band form 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tanner Creek Park. Next week: Aaron Meyer

Aug. 17 – Summer Splash concerts continue with The Darren Johnson Effort. Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park

Darren Johnson Effort

Darren Johnson thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, but this ordinary guy is quickly becoming known for his extraordinary talent. The Darren Johnson Effort is a band with a contemporary message that is offered through a finely crafted brand of original pop rock tunes that appeal to audiences of all ages and are highlighted by Johnson’s outstanding, crystal clear vocal style. The Darren Johnson Effort has been featured at clubs, festivals and concert series throughout the Pacific NW. New Year’s eve will be this band’s final Oregon performance before Johnson heads to Nashville in January for the next exciting step in his promising musical future.

Aug. 18– Forest Music Series at Tryon Creek State Park, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Innisfree will perform traditional Irish music in the covered Jackson Shelter. Chairs are provided.

 The Quadraphonnes saxophone quartet will provide  funky grooves Sunday during the Moonlight Music series from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 19 – Moonlight Music series continues with Quadraphonnes – 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Millenium Plaza Park.

The Quadraphonnes saxophone quartet provides a tantalizing sound filled with funky grooves and soaring solos.

These four women, sometimes six with bass and drums, come to the stage with a powerful sound and a rare show including musical arrangements ranging from Tower of Power to Eric Dolphy to Philip Glass. Not your average band!

The Quadraphonnes, based in Portland, perform in many styles. Their shows often blend traditional and modern jazz, with arrangements of rock/pop/funk songs and a splash of classical quartet music. The quartet has a wide classical repertoire ranging from the baroque to contemporary. The Quadraphonnes have commissioned new works for saxophone quartet and have created a multi-media show including film, live painting, cellos, marimba, and dancers. All members continue to work on new arrangements and original music for saxophone ensemble in all styles.

 The Andy Stokes Band will entertain the crowd during hte Sounds of Summer concert next Wednesday at West Lake Park from 6:30 t0 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 22 – West Lake Park - The Sounds of Summer continues with Andy Stokes Band at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Andy has performed over the years with local Portland icons like Cool’R (his own band), Curtis Salgado, Linda Hornbuckle, and New Shooz as well as nationally known musicians such as Michael Bolton, George Clinton, Connie Stevens, Temptations and the Stylistics, to name a few. Additionally, he was voice for one of the famous California Raisin characters, developed at Will Vinton Studios. It was a CBS special in 1989, called “Meet the Raisins.” Now, how many artists can say they have been able to interpret the voice of a piece of fruit?

Andy’s heart and soul are worn on his sleeve as he sings everything from soulful power ballads to upbeat funk tunes that make your whole body want to move. His voice and his emotion are certainly powerful and positive musical forces to be reckoned with and you will be singing the songs long after the lights of the stage have gone down.

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