Tonight: PDX Bridge Festival Kick-off Party | Art, Music, Performance, Mayor Sam Adams & More

One of the more interesting Portland events this weekend is tonight's PDX Bridge Festival Kick-off at Olympic Mills Commerce Center. It has it all: music, art, beer, wine, performance, Mayor Adams.

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PDX Bridge Festival Kick-off Party
July 23 from 6-11pm
Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 SE Washington Street

PDX Bridge Festival organizers will combine three of their favorite things in one kick-off event at Olympic Mills Commerce Center: ART + MUSIC + PERFORMANCE!  Join PDX Bridge Festival and curatorial art partner Portland City Art, as they begin two weeks of art, music, culture, and fun celebrating the bridges that connect us all.

In keeping with the theme of bridging cultures, the opening event of PDX Bridge Festival will showcase the 2-D and 3-D art works of over 50 Portlanders, feature performance by a number of established and newcomer troupes, and involve our elected officials in sanctioning the fun and freaky side of our creative city! From massive sculpture to individual performance, this event—co-produced with Portland City Art—sets the tone for the weeks to come. The event is free and open to the public.

At 7pm, Mayor Sam Adams will officially open the festival with brief remarks about the importance of art and culture in our city. Outlining his plan for arts and culture in the coming years and how an event such as PDX Bridge Festival fits into that vision, Mayor Adams will also speak about his role in the festival from its inception to its launch.

Music and Performance:
Following the mayor's remarks, the event will feature a performance by the AMAZIN' JERKS — an up and coming teen dance troupe from Northeast Portland with a very unique street dancing style. You can see their work here: DANNY CORN will be spinning music all night long on Scion's customized xB DJ Booth Car, which converts from a road-ready city cruiser into a mobile sound stage. Later in the evening, from 9-11pm, the event presents additional performances by:

  • DEVIANT DANCE COMPANY, a bellydance fusion troupe devoted to storytelling and the deep spirit of dance.
  • WANDERLUST CIRCUS, the proudest circus family in Free Cascadia, will preview some of their bits from their special PDX Bridge Festival production, “Battle for the Bridge”
  • BRIDGETOWN REVUE TRIO will close out the night with acts of acrobalance and vaudeville from their repertoire.

Roving performers will roam the gallery and entertain guests as they peruse the art and enjoy the space and music.

About the Art:
Ever wondered how many nuts, bolts, shims, slabs of steel, cables, contractors and pounds of concrete are poured into a bridge like our very own Fremont? And is it a Howe Truss, and X-Truss, Burer Arche, Town Lattice, Partridge Truss, Whippel Trapeziodal or just a plain Suspension design? If these questions leave you confounded, clouded or curious, the answer might be standing, laying, hanging and swinging from the walls, floors and scores of seams of  Olympic Mills Beam Bridge Gallery. 7′ bronze sculptures and 10′ steel renditions of the St. Johns Bridge Cathedral Spires—surrounded by 75+ paintings, collages, photographs, prints and posters from stellar Portland artists—fill the Beam Bridge Gallery at Olympic Mills.

Beer will be provided by PDXBF sponsor Lagunitas Brewing Company, and delicious wine graciously donated by Barefoot Wine. Come on down to the Beam Bridge gallery and see what a celebration and homage the artists are cooking up for PDX Bridge festival!

PDX Bridge Festival is a citywide cultural arts festival that celebrates the Willamette River Bridges while harnessing the power of Portland's creative capacity. This summer, the festival is presenting 16 days of art, music and events on and around the bridges of Portland, with the goal of producing an amazing new showcase for Portland artists, musicians and performers. For more information, visit

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One Response to Tonight: PDX Bridge Festival Kick-off Party | Art, Music, Performance, Mayor Sam Adams & More

  1. Kevin Balmer July 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Watch the PDX Bridge Festival production team stop center lane traffic on Multnomah County’s 100-year old Hawthorne Bridge to install tension fabric and motion triggered lighting in preparation for the ‘Hit the Lights’ event tonight (Saturday July 24th) at 9:30pm. Best full pan viewing for the show is likely to be on the Morrison, one bridge to the north. Come and bear witness to a ‘first’ in our city’s history.

    For more information on PDX Bridge Festival, to go:

    Kinetic Sculpture Concept: Tucker Teutsch 3.0

    Installation Team:
    Guildworks – Mar Ricketts, Architect of the Air

    SmarthTech AV – Chris Herring, Jean Margaret Thomas, Lila Stanphil

    Heavy Equipment – Star Rentals

    Camera and editing by Kevin Balmer
    Video production Diggable Monkey Pictures

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