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    Happy 30th,
Jazz & Oysters
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In Ocean Park, Washington, it’s party hearty and all that jazz
“Can you believe it? We’re celebrating 30
years of Jazz & Oyster’s remarkable music,”
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on three decades of the Water Music Festival’s
annual music-and-food event. “The performanc-
es, the verve, the people: It’s all a little bit mag-
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a big party.”
Saturday, Aug. 15, this 30-year gem opens its
gates around 11 a.m., and the joint — in this case
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On an afternoon devoted to jazz, the scene is
set on the Long Beach Peninsula: Wilson Field,
located at 25600 Sandridge Road in Ocean Park,
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deliver a couple hundred dozen local oysters.
(Aptly, the 30th anniversary gemstone is the
pearl.) More than 80 volunteers, many of them
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tents, and liquid refreshment booths — for adults
and kids.
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of food, including the
event’s legendary des-
serts. The all-volunteer
staff make this day hap-
pen — remember to be
extra nice to them.
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the great and ongoing music programs in Long
Beach Peninsula schools, a rarity today.
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chairs, slather on the sunscreen and adjust your
visors. Syncopated drum roll please. Catch the
rhythm. Tap your toes. Clap your hands. And if
the spirit moves you, get up and dance.
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‘The performances,
the verve, the
people: It’s all a
little bit magical.’
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Geno Michaels & Soul City is a Pacifi c Northwest group that performs classic and neo-soul, R&B, funk and jazz, covering everything
from Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Prince to Alicia Keys, Soulive, Ledisi and more. The group will perform
during Jazz & Oysters.
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The Water Music Festival’s Jazz & Oysters event serves up Willapa
Bay oysters as well as fruit and cheese plates and desserts.
ducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame
and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame.
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George Mitchell is on keyboards, and it’s Mi-
The Dan Balmer Trio will perform at Jazz & Oysters. A versatile John Adams, who has been involved with Jazz & Oysters for 15 chael Raynor setting the pace on drums.
performer, Balmber has done recording sessions in jazz, coun- years, runs the oyster cooking group. The music event serves up
Tickets for Jazz & Oysters are $25 for adults
try, rock and blues.
Willapa Bay oysters as well as fruit and cheese plates and desserts. and $13 for ages 6 to 18. Budding jazz lovers 6
and under are free. A combination ticket for both
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on the Portland scene.
“If one had to choose a single musician to
For tickets and further information go the watermusicfestival.com/jazz-and-oysters
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Lynn Darroch in The Oregon Encyclopedia, part
of the Oregon Historical Society’s Digital Histo-
ry Projects.
Next up: Geno Michaels and Soul City. This
Portland group pours on the neo-soul, R&B,
funk and, of course, jazz.
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Soul City,” said Anthony Jones, drummer for
Pink Martini. “With band-leader Geno Michaels
at the helm on keys, an outstanding rhythm sec-
tion, a killer horn section and lead singers Gigi
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you’ll be on your feet all night.”
Story by MARILYN GILBAUGH
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