By Amanda Milholland
Music and community celebration is what the Second Annual Boise-Eliot Music Festival is all about. May 11th and 12th Port City will host the Second Annual Boise-Eliot Music Festival in North Portland. This community-building event is a fundraiser for Port City’s innovative employment and skills building programs, which empower adults with developmental disabilities and engage Boise and Eliot neighbors and Portland metro residents.
Port City hosted the inaugural Boise-Eliot Music Festival last May. Musicians and music lovers occupied each room and the parking lot of the two-block Port City facility with banjos, guitars, mandolins, and vocalists in full swing. Food carts filled the air with the rich smells of barbecue and waffles. In the evening, square dancers stomped and spun to an old time beat and the caller’s lead. Over 300 people of all ages, with and without disabilities attended the inaugural festival creating an atmosphere of community inclusion and contribution to Port City’s fundraising goals.
Of the inaugural 2011 festival band member Pat Connell from Whistlin’ Rufus reported, “Music never sounds sweeter than when it is played from the heart. The Boise-Eliot Music Festival is all about heart.” This inclusive, all ages event is a fundraiser for Port City’s innovative employment, and skills building programs. Port City programs employ and empower adults with developmental disabilities from the Portland metro area and engage community members through art shows, special events, and urban farming projects.
In partnership with the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, the Eliot Neighborhood Association and the Secret Society, Port City is excited to host the Second Annual Boise-Eliot Music Festival on May 11th and 12th. This community event has a strong focus on bringing neighbors and community members together to enjoy music and experience the richness of our diverse community.
The Second Annual Boise-Eliot Music Festival will start with a gala event at the Secret Society Ballroom on May 11th from 7:00 PM to 11:00 pm. The Gala will feature music by local favorites Swing Papillion and the Daniel Noland Combo as well as a silent auction, and h’orderves.
On May 12th come with your instruments, friends and family members to the all day bluegrass and old time festival on Williams and Tillamook avenues at Port City. Music workshops start at 11:00 am and performances are from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Featured bands include: Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising, Wayward Vessel, Eight Dollar Mountain, the Mighty Lonesomes, Whistlin’ Rufus, Steer Crazy, the Lex Browning Band, and 4 on the Floor. The evening will culminate with bluegrass, old time and square dancing on the main stage as well as rock music performances in the Gallery at Port City.