Sounds Like Summer 2017

french bulldog dog listening to oldies with headphones or earphones from a retro cassette tape recorder relaxing with eyes closed lying on grass at the park or meadow under umbrella and flip flops

It wouldn’t be summer without Willamalane’s series of free outdoor concerts, movies and theater! Bring your picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions available; proceeds support Willamalane’s Sounds Like Summer series. Sounds Like Summer is presented by Northwest Community Credit Union.


Roving Park Players Present ‘The Rivals’

June 10-11, 6 p.m.
Douglas Gardens Park, 3455 S. Redwood Drive

Can a man be his own worst enemy?  Find out as The Roving Park Players present Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s rowdy satire, “The Rivals.” Thrill to the intrigue, romance, bad syntax and general pandemonium of a theater classic! It’s a summer “must-see.”

The Big Time

Wednesday, July 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
Meadow Park, 851 Mill St.

The Big Time variety band plays today’s family-friendly hits as well as yesterday’s fun favorites. Their styles include pop, swing, disco, country, blues, novelty, classic rock and more. You’ll have a big time with The Big Time!

‘Rogue One’

Friday, July 7
Ruff Park, 1161 66th St.

Rated PG-13, 133 minutes.

7:30 p.m. activities: Create your own miniature glow-in-the-dark light saber, build a “Death Star,” and learn the way of the Jedi. Movie begins at sunset. Camp out with us! See ‘Ruffing It’ Family Campout.

Nate Botsford

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
Willamalane Park, 1276 G St

Popular Portland-based artist Nate Botsford and his band bring big sound and high energy to the stage. As a national songwriting winner, his relatable lyrics are brought to life through his Americana-meets-country rock style.

‘Finding Dory’

Friday, July 14
Douglas Gardens Park, 3455 S. Redwood Drive

PG, 103 minutes. Presented with Spanish subtitles.

7:30 p.m. activities: Visit with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to learn about fish and other aquatic creatures. Try your luck at the fish bowl for your chance to win prizes. Enjoy an Acting Up Theater skit before the movie.  Movie begins at sunset.

The Cheeseburgers

Wednesday, July 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
Island Park 

Based on Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer band, the Cheeseburgers are a breath of tropic wind. A blend of cowboy, calypso and rock, this group’s music will get you dreaming about boats, beaches and just sailing away.

‘While You Were Sleeping’

Friday, July 21
Royal Delle Park, 401 Blackstone St.

Rated PG, 103 minutes.

7:30 p.m. activities: Make it a date night or a girls’ night out! Sample some of Oregon’s local wine, then stop by the concessions stand for treats specially selected to complement your night out. Free wine samples for those 21 and over in designated tasting area. Movie begins at sunset. See Red, White and Wine.

3 Man Slam 

Wednesday, July 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Douglas Gardens Park, 3455 S. Redwood Drive

3 Man Slam delivers crowd-pleasing classic rock and pop from the late ‘50s through the late ‘70s. These three guys bring guitar, bass, drums and vocals along with decades of live performance experience.


Friday, July 28
Meadow Park, 851 Mill St.

2016. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes. With Spanish subtitles.

7:30 p.m. activities: Before the movie, pick up a map (or download one at and navigate your way to hidden ghosts. Make your very own slime to take home. Performance by Reign Dance Company. Movie begins at sunset.

Los Cumbiamberos

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Guy Lee Park, 890 Darlene Ave.

Los Cumbiamberos plays authentic cumbia from Colombia and Mexico, including salsa, timba, merengue, bachata and cha cha.


Friday, Aug. 4
Jesse Maine Park, South 69th Place

Rated PG-13, 128 minutes. Contains sensitive language

7:30 p.m. activities: Make your way through an inflatable obstacle course! Movie begins at sunset.

Jeff K and the OverTones

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 6:30- 8 p.m.
Lively Park

This rhythmic band has appeared on stages with Earth, Wind & Fire, and other headliners.  Bring your family, friends and a blanket.  They’ll bring the beach balls.  Don’t miss their danceable, soulful, energetic, folk rock with an occasional twang.  Fun in the sun…good time music!


Friday, Aug. 11
Island Park, 200 W. B St.

Rated PG, 108 minutes. Presented with Spanish subtitles.

7:30 p.m. activities: The Springfield Police Department bicycle patrol will be on hand. Movie begins at sunset.

Roving Park Players Present
‘Miss Bunny Bunting’s Bonafide Belles’

Aug. 12-13, 6 p.m.
Douglas Gardens Park, 3455 S. Redwood Drive

A daring damsel! A helpful hero! A harried headmistress! And, of course, the vilest of villains!  Throw in some stalwart students and a hidden headpiece as Oregon marches for votes for women! Join The Roving Park Players for the reckless, rollicking fun of this original melodrama.