(Written between March 2004 to March 2005 enjoy)
Having awaken late from an all-nighter from the party before I would find myself having a bite to eat in the sun and it's almost sunset with my friends who traveled down from Washington for the party. Would receive a phone call about Oregon Park having some people setting up for a variety of performances in the park and for invites to Church(Freak Mt. Ramblers @ Laurelthirst). Then being told about others spending this Saturday morning at Saturday Market it all became clear to me.
I started this adventure in March of last year and found that it was very easy to see shows. To go out and see music to spend my evenings out enjoying what Portland had to offer. But it was this day that made it clear as to why.
In Portland and the Northwest we tend to worship the sun a bit. Ok, A lot! It is a strange thing that I have seen only here. I'm sure other areas of the world that seen the sun seldom as us follow suit. It is this following of the sun, this acknowledging that the seasons have change and our passion for a beverage that drives us out from our winter gloom. To commence this event in Portland we have the Portland Saturday Market. It actually became so big that they have it on Sunday too. None the less it starts the first weekend in March and ends the day before Christmas(yes, I've shopped there that day). The have two stages now and many performers throughout the day. It was that sunny Sunday afternoon in March on the first weekend that I realized that the Saturday Market actually Commences the start of the the " Sunny Season " in Portland. Now, it could rain any day of the year here but it was a bright sunny day for the first weekend and the idea and concept still holds. March is traditionally the first Month of the year where you will most likely see sun. Now this year we never really saw any snow. In the city of in the mountains. We'll see how that pans out for us later this year. I did realize that with the sun brings so many great things to Portland. The music scene being one. Music in the next few months will be popping up every where about the city. All day Saturday and Sunday at the Market, and soon to follow Music on the Lawn at the Grand Lodge, and then my favorite the Portland Park Series. Outdoor music is something I enjoy the most. I have traveled far just to see some of the best and I imagine I'll do more in my life.
So, this sunny afternoon I come to know the reason why seeing music every day for a year in Portland really wasn't so difficult. In fact, it wasn't until January and February that I started to have some disappointment in what was available. Yes, there was still music and I'm sure I missed some good shows but on average the shows stop or drop during the same two months that the Portland Saturday Market takes a break.
I'm now excited again about what is coming and what is to happen this summer in the music scene. Already I have seen 5 new bands this year and have ideas yet to promote the music scene in Portland.
Thank you again to all who play, hear, see, and support the music that is in our backyards.