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Bluegrass and brews in the park celebrate Wednesday Sounds

Summer Sounds events continue with Brewgrass and keep on coming

The annual Sandy Summer Sounds series includes Wednesday performances as well. The kickoff to these midweek concerts will be celebrated with beer and bluegrass.

Sandy’s Brewgrass Festival returns to Meinig Park on Wednesday, July 30.

The festival will run from 5-9 p.m. at the Dale Nichols Main Stage at Meinig Memorial Park, 17670 Meinig Ave. The Main Stage is at the north end of the park just behind Joe’s Donuts and City Hall.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to share an evening out with the family that offers something for everyone,” said Katie Murphy, Sandy Summer Sounds coordinator.

The festival features the Beer Den, a Sandy alehouse, which will have 10 taps available representing a variety of local and regional brewpubs. Beer and cider will be on tap. Mugs with the Brewgrass logo will be available for purchase.

As a complement to the beer choices, Lujon Winery will sell hand-crafted wines.

Food will be provided by vendors such as Skyway Bar and Grill in Rhododendron, Busy Bee Catering and Jays Custom BBQ.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Western Spirit will perform at the Brewgrass Festival on July 30.

Western Spirit, a trio playing roots-oriented Americana, starts the show at 5 p.m. The band features Scott Law on guitar, Luke Price on fiddle and Jack Dwyer on mandolin. The three will draw on Law’s latest album, "Black Mountain," released in October 2013.

The second band of the night, Great Northern Planes, gets going at 7 p.m. The four instrumentalists, Rob Hakanson on mandolin, Jim Hancock on banjo, Doug Hancock on guitar and Steve Bond on bass, will play a mixture of traditional and contemporary bluegrass that they call a “bluegrass free-for-all.”

“What better way to enjoy a summer evening than with good food, quality brew and happy tunes in a beautiful setting?” Murphy said.

This is a family friendly festival, Murphy added. “There is a playground nearby,” she said. “And the music appeals to all ages.”

The event is free and made possible by the city of Sandy and donations from community partners.

For more information, call the Sandy Community Center at 503-668-5569 or visit the website at www.sandysummersounds.com.

Sunday Sounds

These performances start at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at the Theater in the Woods stage in the back of Meinig Park near the McCormack Street entrance.

n July 27, St. Even, lyrical folk

n Aug. 3, Brady Goss, honky-tonk piano and vocals

n Aug. 10, 3 Leg Torso, eclectic chamber band

Wednesday Sounds

Performed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Dale Nichols Main Stage in front of Meinig Park’s City Hall entrance.

n Aug. 6, Ben Rice and the Illamatics, vintage blues

n Aug. 13, The Aaron Meyer Band, rock concert violinist and six-piece band

n Aug. 20, Ages and Ages, indie rock

n Aug. 27, On the Rocks, University of Oregon’s male a cappella group

Starlight Cinema

Family movies are played at 6 p.m. Saturdays at Meinig Park’s Dale Nichols Main Stage. Viewers should bring blankets or lawn chairs.

n Aug. 2, "Adventures of Milo and Otis," rated G

n Aug. 9, "Despicable Me 2," rated PG

n Aug. 16, "The Lego Movie," rated PG

n Aug. 23, "Frozen," sing-along version, rated PG

n Aug. 30, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," rated PG-13