Main Street

Obo Addy's Okropong

Obo Addy's Okropong performs traditional Ghanaian dance and music chosen from the various ethnic cultures in Ghana. Using a variety of hand and stick drums, talking drums, bells and shakers, the musicians build layers of driving rhythms while the dancers, clad in colorful West African garments, engage in an energetic physical “conversation” with the drummers. The musicians bring rich harmonies and complicated rhythms to represent the Ghanaian traditions.

Established in 1986, Homowo African Arts and Cultures celebrates its 26th anniversary with a new name and a more focused direction for the organization. Hereafter known as The Obo Addy Legacy Project, the non-profit will carry forth the work begun by Homowo African Arts & Cultures while focusing on creating, performing and teaching African Arts following the vision of Obo Addy. Obo passed away on September 13, 2012 leaving this rich legacy for the Obo Addy Legacy Project to continue.

Addy was renowned as a leader, a teacher, an entertainer and an artist of numerous genres. Under his leadership and vision, the Obo Addy Legacy Project concentrated its efforts on producing major artistic performances, teaching in both K-12 schools and at the college level, and writing compositions.

“Through his music and teaching, Obo has affected hundreds of thousands of lives in the Pacific Northwest and beyond,” said Susan Addy, executive director of The Obo Addy Legacy Project. “His legacy is being written through his commitment to share his talent with young people around the country.”

Founded by Obo and Susan Addy in 1986, Homowo African Arts & Cultures originally existed as a virtual cultural center with offerings in schools, parks, community centers and performance venues all over the country. The Obo Addy Legacy Project will continue Homowo’s valuable work of adding to the quality of life, the diversity and the creativity of the Northwest.

“The organization’s name has changed, but the vision of Homowo remains the same,” stated Susan Addy. “We will bring meaningful programs to communities encouraging cultural connections, providing a different view of the world and growing as a music and dance professional company as we reach world class status.”

Music on Main Street 2014

On Wednesday evenings during July and August, Portland’5 takes advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present Music on Main Street, our free outdoor concert series. The concerts feature popular local musicians playing a diverse collection of music. The 2014 season features jazz, salsa, tributes to the Beatles and the Allman Brothers, Ghanaian drummers, power pop, songwriters, and bohemian caberet.  The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar & Bistro will be serving seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30pm. The free concerts are held in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway & Park Ave., next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Music on Main Street is made possible through the generous support of these fine sponsors: Jack Daniel’s, Bacardi USA, Hidden Crush Wines, Trinchero Family Estates, Bridgeport Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Crispin Cider, Young’s Market Company, Columbia Distributing, OnPoint Community Credit Union, and Willamette Week.

: Upcoming Events

Newmark

Pixie Dust Productions presents La Cage Aux Folles, performing at the Portland'5 Newmark Theatre...

Showing: 09/20 - 10/05
Arlene

Oregon Symphony welcomes Ben Folds, playing with the symphony, to the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert...

Showing: 09/20
Brunish

Staged! presents Jason Robert Brown's Tony Award winning musical, Parade, September 20 through...

Showing: 09/20 - 10/12
Keller

Steve Litman Presents welcomes The Australian Pink Floyd Show to the Portland'5 Keller Auditorium on...

Showing: 09/20
Arlene

Oregon Symphony welcomes 14-time Grammy winner Herbie Hancock to the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert...

Showing: 09/21
Arlene

True West welcomes Old Crow Medicine Show to the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday,...

Showing: 09/24