Folk music from the Andes. String music and clogging in the tradition of Appalachia. Narrated dances from Samoa and Hawaii. Modern originals by a Filipino-American singer-songwriter. Danza Azteca from the heart of ancient Mexico. You can take this tour, getting a taste of culture from around the world, at the Market Main Stage this summer. The Lincoln City Cultural Center will present this 8-week outdoor music series, in conjunction with the Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market, every Sunday from July 8 to Aug. 29. Concerts will start at 1 pm in the food court, 540 NE Hwy. 101.

This free cultural series will begin on July 8 with the Matt and Amy White Duo, offering jazz vocals, keyboard and saxophone, and will end on August 26 with the fun, interactive children’s show by 3 Hand Stephen. In between, you’ll see locally-grown singer-songwriter Pat Magada, the Celtic duo Pipedance, the new Foulweather String Band, Chayag En Familia, Paradise of Samoa, and more. This program is sponsored by Rusty Truck Brewing Company and supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, through the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.

July and August are great times to visit the market, which features a wide variety of produce, plants and other agricultural products plus arts and crafts made my local and regional vendors. The market is open from 9 am to 3 pm every Sunday at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The public is invited to shop, grab some lunch or a treat, and enjoy these family-friendly Market Main Stage Performances. For more information, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994.

July 8 – The Matt and Amy White Duo

The Matt and Amy White Duo perform jazz, soul and singer-songwriter music.  Featuring Amy’s sultry vocals, Matt’s jazz saxophone, both musicians on keyboards and live sequencing and mixing via Ableton Live they have a sound that is unique and fun for audiences of all ages.  Listen to the duo put their unique soul-jazz twist on favorite songs by artists Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Bill Withers and more.

July 15 – Chayag en Familia (Chayag Family)

Let young Andrés be your guide as you ride the wind down the Andes to take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of many countries. Alex Llumiquinga, wife Ireen, and daughter Korayma weave lyrics in Spanish, Quichua, Quechua and Aymara into sweet harmonies, while daughters Ameli, and Kelpi alternate between playing traditional instruments (charango, zampoña, bombo, cajón) and presenting colorful dances both interpretive and traditional. The audience will be invited to clap, sing, and dance through the indigenous, African, and European roots of the folk music of Latin America.

July 22 – Foulweather String Band

The Foulweather String Band is a newly formed band composed of local musicians from Lincoln and Tillamook County.  The band members are: Bobbie Stirling (standup bass and bodhran); Karen Johnson (fiddle); Steve Johnson (guitar and banjo); and Kurt Dugan (fiddle, mandolin and washboard). They specialize in early and contemporary Southern Appalachian tunes along with Celtic music. In addition, Karen is a talented Appalachian clogger and if you are lucky you may get an opportunity to see her in action!  So come and get some "Music for the Sole" and have a toe-tapping good time!

July 29 – Pipedance

Pipedance is husband-and-wife team Gary Burman and Nora Sherwood. They’re all about Irish tunes and songs, featuring uilleann pipes, flutes, whistles, bodhrán and percussive sean-nós step dance.

August 5 – Paradise of Samoa Dance Troupe

Enjoy narrated dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, with handcrafted costumes, under the direction of Tasi Tuaopepe Keener. This nonprofit educational group from Keizer performs traditional Polynesian dance throughout Oregon and receives grants from the Oregon Community Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission and other charities. Dancers are not charged tuition to learn the art. Paradise of Samoa also hosts an annual lua’u in Keizer on Labor Day weekend to further support its activities.

August 12 – Pat Magada

Singer-songwriter Pat Magada is a Taft High School graduate who is constantly creating: from videos and re-imaginings to blogs, vlogs and straight up recording. He relies upon his Filipino heritage, his “weird sense of humor” and a whole lot of coffee as he performs his original songs up and down the West Coast.

August 19 – Ritual Azteca Huitzilopochtli

This Grupo Ritual Azteca, based in Woodburn, relives the ancient practices of the indigenous peoples of Anáhuac with authentic drums, instruments and regalia. They embrace the new and the old “recognizing both our indigenous and Christian ancestors, whom created a tradition of prayer and humility through music and dance.” Learn about the traditions, and get an introduction to Nahuatl, the original dialect of the Aztec people which is still spoken by nearly a million people in Mexico today.

August 26 – CHILDREN’S DAY with 3 Hand Stephen

Stephen Cohen, aka 3 Hand Stephen, doesn't bring a band when he does his interactive performances for children. Instead he brings his collection of homemade instruments (like a cigar box guitar and instruments made from wood, nails, bamboo and brass) and invites members of the audience to become the band. From children’s museums all over the country, to coffee houses and libraries and galleries, and from the Old Church to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 3 Hand Stephen knows how to make music fun.

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