Ever since Portlandia hit TV screens around the country people perceive our town as being a place where, “the dream of the 90’s is alive.” No matter how one may feel about that stereotype, the music of the 90’s is alive and well, and on the summer calendar at the Sleep County Amphitheater.
The 2016 calendar offers such 90’s standbys as folk influenced feminist diatribes to, moaning angst filled ballads of self-examination and even gangsta rap. Technically, the amphitheater is in Washington, but fans are certain to find the music and the venue worth the trip across the bridge. The Portland summer music calendar runs from May 28 to September 20th, and contains a few major stars of the 90’s.
The Dixie Chicks – Best of 90’s Music
This country rock band first became famous in the late 1990’s. With songs like Wide Open Spaces and Ready to Run their lyrics were often about the women breaking free of convention and having adventures of their own. In March of 2003, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines came out as opposed to Operation Desert Storm when she told an English audience, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States s is from Texas.”
The statement did not go over very well and Ms. Maines ended up apologizing. In spite of the apology the bands songs toppled in the charts, people started boycotting their shows and radio stations were even refusing to play them. There was an event where former fans were encouraged to bring their old CD’s to a place where they would be crushed by a bulldozer and the band lost an advertising deal with Lipton. Over the years the girls continued to oppose the conflict in musical form.
The tour is the group’s first since 2013 and contains many a political song. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and ticket prices range from $77.00 to $107.00.
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa The High Road Summer Tour Presented by Merry Jane
When his album Doggystyle came out in 1993 Snoop Dog was catapulted to stardom. His rap Gin and Juice was nominated for a Grammy and was listed as number eight on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The former Crips gang member is as well known for his business ventures as he is for his music. He has his very own line of cannabis products and he is the chief creative chairman for Priority Records.
Wiz Khalifa recent album Blacc Hollywood featured many odes to the evil weed and many collaborations with other artist including Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj. The air should be thick with smoke on the night of the concert.
Mr. Dogg has been nominated for no less than 17 Grammy awards. The Rastafarian, Ron Paul supporter is sure to put on a great show. There will certainly be plenty of unique merchandize for sale as well.
The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $30.75 to $70.75.
The Counting Crows and Rob Thomas
If you’re in the mood for a little moaning and musical introspection you will want to check out a Counting Crows concert. No one navel- gazes in a more poetic fashion than the brilliant band leader and lyricist Adam Duritz. The band first gained popularity after the album August and Everything After came out and the song Mr. Jones was released.
The band has only released a total of seven albums, but each one has a unique sound. Rob Thomas was the lead singer for Matchbox 20. He has also written songs for Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony and Willie Nelson.
The show starts at 6:45 p.m. and tickets are $60.95 to $80.95.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.