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Music offerings expand as new series opens

Area music enthusiasts can enjoy a free concert just about every night this week as a new series begin.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - The LaRhonda Steele Band will open Marylhursts Summer on the Green performance series tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Friday: Marylhurst University’s Summer on the Green performance series begins July 12 with LaRhonda Steele and Company at the Lajos Balogh Performance Shell on campus. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Steele began her musical journey in Jones, Okla., at age 13 singing her first solo in church one Sunday morning. Over the years she has worked with local, national and international artists like Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins, Paul Delay, Obo Addy and Thara Memory. She has had recorded with Obo Addy, Janice Scroggins, Norman Sylvester and Ken DaRouchie. Performing at the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy in 2005 and her yearly appearances at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festivals are just a couple of the highlights of her career.

The LaRhonda Steele Band includes Steele’s husband, Mark, on keyboard.

Saturday: Tryon Creek’s Forest Music Concert Series opens with Da Boogie Band from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ian McFeron will share this Americana folk rock Sunday at Millennium Plaza Park at 6 p.m.

Sunday: Moonlight Music series will feature Ian McFeron from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park.

McFeron, whose writing has been compared to Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and John Lennon, started out in Seattle where his debut album was picked up by a commercial radio station. Early hometown success drew McFeron into a full-time recording and touring career and he spent the next decade performing in the U.S. and Europe. He currently tours in support of his seventh album, “Time Will Take You,” recorded in Nashville.

The Patrick Lamb Band will perform Wednesday at Foothills Park beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Patrick Lamb Band will perform at Foothills Park as the Sounds of Summer concert.

His focus as a songwriter and performing artist is old-school R&B and soul. He combines the influences of funk, soul, R&B and jazz to create his own unique sound as a performer and a songwriter.

Born in Jackson, Miss., Lamb began playing roadhouse music as a teenager in the rural south. He immersed himself in the evocative sounds of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Wilton Felder of the Crusaders.

In the ’80s his father, a high school science teacher, moved the family to Portland, where Lamb’s playing and singing were developing into a formidable career. Lamb found a way to infuse his Southern roots and influences into his development as a musician, songwriter and performer.

West Linn’s Music in the Park concert series begins July 25 with Hit Machine at Tanner Creek Park.



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