Street festivals are some of the best places to get a true sense of the culture that makes Central Oregon such a wonderful place to live. This year, the NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo is coming back for the fourth time to bring a street festival of uproarious proportions to kick off the summer season. Friday, June 24, Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Mark Cohn his full b will headline the Hullabaloo Mainstage, presented by The Garner Group, for a truly magical musical evening, which will include such classics as Walking In Memphis, Silver Thunderbird the lovely True Companion. Cohn will bring to the stage some favorites from his newest album, Listening Booth: 1970, which transforms songs from such artists as Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson Creedence Clearwater Revival into tracks that are warm, soulful, more than a little sexy full of easy-going charm.
Cohn’s act will be preceded by the Oregon-based singer/songwriter/producer Franchot Tone, who has worked in the past with such names as Jack Johnson, Bend Harper Michael Franti. Visitors will also enjoy the hip hop sounds of MOsley WOtta, a group that encourages unity through music the celebration of human commonalities.
These spectacular musical acts will be playing to a whole street full of fun activities, such as eating, drinking, shopping bike riding! Each year, the Hullabaloo hosts the NWX Criterium, presented by BendBroadb the Umpqua Bank Kids Crit. This fast-paced race is a fun spectator sport, especially when it involves streamers, tricycles a mad rush of little helmets pedals.
The Hullabaloo will take place in the heart of the neighborhood, along a corridor of popular restaurants locally owned shops that make up the NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood Center. The street will be closed, a stage set up, food placed on the grill a bike course mapped out for a whole afternoon evening of non-stop action. The next day, June 25, features the kick off of the NorthWest Crossing Farmer’s Market, which will run every Saturday, 10am-2pm through the end of September.