Summer concert series begin

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Brokentop will share its bluegrass and Americana music at the Moonlight Music concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Millennium Plaza Park.

The summer outdoor concerts in the park have begun. Pack a picnic and your lawn chair or blanket and meet the gang for an evening of free entertainment. Here is the lineup of this week’s concerts in the parks.

Marylhurst University’s Summer on the Green entertainment series opens July 12 with the annual Twilight and Tragedy performance. “Anthony and Cleopatra” is the selected play, performed by Portland Actors Ensemble.

The free performance begins at 6 p.m. in the Lajos Balogh Performance Shell on campus.

Marylhurst University is located at 17600 SW Pacific Highway between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

The Moonlight Music concert series continues with a performance by Brokentop at 6 p.m. July 13 at Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First St., Lake Oswego.

Hailing from forested hills and urban landscapes of Western Oregon, Brokentop has snuck into the verdant Northwest acoustic music scene with nary a whisper. But make no mistake; the result is pure acoustic magic.

Brokentop may be a new band with a new name, but its members are seasoned musicians, performers and songwriters with long and impressive resumes, who have teamed up to form this Northwest acoustic supergroup. The instrumental virtuosity and spine tingling harmonies of Brokentop’s stage shows are a joy to behold while at the same time inviting the audience into their living room.

Brokentop beautifully blends the traditions of American music with a fusion of old time, bluegrass and classic country combined with original songs, high caliber-high energy instrumentation and tight vocals.

The Sounds of Summer concert series continues at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Road in Lake Oswego, at

7 p.m. July 16 with Shelly Rudolph and Her Big Band. Rudolph is a maker of soul music, as a fine and sultry singer and songwriter with a sense of adventure and a desire for emotional truth. Inspired by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin, Rudolph quickly went from listener to performer sharing the stage with local favorites Don Latarski, Emmett Williams and Warren Rand and soon had her own weekly gig at Jo Federigo’s, the hottest jazz club in town.

She followed musical pursuits to New York City, Portland and Los Angeles where she began to write and perform her own material as well as unfold her interpretations of favorite jazz standards and soul ballads. Her classic yet fresh sound — sweet and sultry, subtle and rich — has garnered invitations to tour Japan, Korea and the West Indies and made her a feature in jazz venues on both coasts of the U.S. Since moving back home to the Northwest, Rudolph has received the warmest of welcomes and has been thrilled to play regularly with some of Portland’s great musical talents including Tom Grant, Ron Steen, Ramsey Embick, Scott Steed of Diane Schurr and Phil Baker of Pink Martini as well as New Orleans native and recent Oregonian, Devin Phillips.

Shelly Rudolph and Her Big Band, with special guest Diana Blue, will entertain at the Sounds of Summer concert starting at 7 p.m. July 16 at Foothills Park.

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