LailaMurphy at Lakewood September 4, 2021

Summer Sounds Extends into the Fall!
7 PM at Lakewood Center for the Arts under the Pavilion Tent

See below for details and dates

These performances sell out fast, so get your tickets while you still can!


Lakewood Theatre Company invites you to enjoy a summer of music in our 100ft. outdoor performance pavilion.  Bring a low-back lawn chair and snacks & drinks! Each concert will feature different local artists. Beverages will be available to purchase onsite. Please note: masks are required for outdoor events.

Sunday, September 19 at 7:00 PM CLICK HERE for tickets
John Nilsen is a pianist, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter and one of the Pacific Northwest’s most successful performance and recording artists. Magic Wing, the record label Nilsen founded thirty-three ago, has a catalog of twenty titles, all distributed internationally with many being licensed outside the United States in countries, including Germany, Great Britain, The Philippines, Canada, Taiwan, and Singapore. John Nilsen’s record sales far exceed a million copies, a rare accomplishment in the music industry.  230 of his compositions and arrangements receive BMI royalties. Nilsen’s first three titles, all piano solo records, were originally recorded and released with Eagle Records

The late Dan Peek, the founding member of the rock band America, wrote: “Major Kudos on your SWIMFISH CD. The music is superb, the lyrics inspired and the production/arranging is top-notch.  The songwriting hangs together well and the tracks flow, carving out a groove as naturally as a river carves a canyon. You deserve to be heard!”  The Oregonian has written, “John Nilsen’s career is the envy of many musicians,” while Keyboard Magazine added, "The musicianship is flawless." Three of Nilsen’s CDs have charted nationally: Where Rivers Run (1996), As Far As Near (2000), and Across Oregon (2002) which reached #8 nationally.

In 1995, in recognition of his achievements, dedicated efforts, and leadership in the performing arts, Nilsen was honored by his alma mater with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the most prestigious award bestowed by Southern Oregon University on graduates. He was chosen to be a Deering Banjo artist in 2016 in recognition of his musical and songwriting talents. Nilsen speaks and conducts residencies on songwriting and musical performance at schools throughout the country, including every school in his home district outside Portland. He derives particular satisfaction from instructing and encouraging young artists.

Nilsen’s newest release, Foreign Films, released in August 2019, distributed by CD Baby, features 18 original Nilsen pieces written on piano with orchestral backing. It is already being hailed as an instant classic.

John Nilsen has performed select social distance outdoor and livestream performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Michael Allen Harrison
July 3 Saturday, 7 pm
One of Portland’s iconic musical artists, Michael Allen Harrison returns for a live performance to kick off the Summer Sounds series at Lakewood Center for the Arts. Harrison, who famously produces and performs the Ten Grands concert and Christmas at The Old Church said, "It's a nice alternative to use the power of music to help people." Michael began his career as a classical composer, later incorporating other styles and genres such as pop, jazz, new age, musical theater, rock, folk, and world music. Michael was honored with a star on the walk of fame in front of the Portland Performing Arts Center for his artistic and community contributions to his beloved city of Portland, Oregon.

3 Leg Torso
July 10 Saturday, 7 pm
Imagine if Argentinean tango musician Astor Piazzolla and Salvador Dali went for a stroll through an Eastern European village and met up with film composer Henry Mancini (Pink Panther) for a strong coffee, passionately discussing their mutual devotion to music, love for world travel, and hunger for the unexpected. If there were a soundtrack performed for this scene, it would've been composed by 3 Leg Torso Béla Balogh, violin, Courtney Von Drehle, accordion, Bill Athens, bass, and T. J. Arko, percussion!

Cabaret White Does Lakewood!
July 17 Saturday, 7 pm
Join Cabaret White for their Lakewood debut in this intimate evening of story and song—their first live show since February 2020! Produced by award-winning pianist and emcee Darcy White, Cabaret White is a popular monthly music series that has been featuring local artists from all around the Pacific Northwest since 2017. The show re-emerges with a bang right here at Lakewood and features celebrated Portland musical theatre performers Norman Wilson, Susannah Mars, and Meredith Kay Clark. The band includes Amy Roesler on upright bass, TJ Arko on drums, and (of course!) Darcy White on piano. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience some of the best talents our town has to offer! 

Together Again! with Jan Koenig, Lisa Knox, and Friends
July 24 Saturday, 7 pm
Longtime friends Jan Koenig and Lisa Knox present an evening of song in a one-night-only production entitled Together Again! It’s been two long years since their last show at Lakewood and we're so excited to have them back. These two performers laugh, joke, and sing their way through their own lives and their journey together as long-time friends. Their chemistry is undeniable and infectious! They are joined by musicians Bo Ayars, Dennis Caiazza, Brian McDonald, and Tim Paxton.

Andrew Paul Woodworth
August 1 Sunday, 7 pm
Woodworth’s musical style is a mix of Americana, Rock, Soul, and R&B. He’s also admittedly jealous of any Yacht Rock song ever written. Signed to Sony Records in the late ’90s, Andrew Paul Woodworth has toured the world, sharing the stage with Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, Deep Purple, and Beth Hart. His first album, with the band, Elephant Ride, was produced by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. He has released 6 studio albums and his music has been heard on a number of television shows and motion pictures. In 2005, he won the award for Male Vocalist of The Year at the LA Music Awards.

The Essence of Bacharach
August 7 Saturday, 7 pm
Burt Bacharach is known for his quirky melodies and rhythms, and for melding them with the brilliant lyrics of the late Hal David, among other fine lyricists. His music was at the forefront of the sophisticated but playful pop sound of the 1960s, but he has extended his career far beyond those early hits. Six of Portland’s finest present the elements of the Bacharach sound – the horn (Paul Mazzio), the piano (Bo Ayars), and the voices (Barbara Ayars, Julie Hoodenpyl, Dan Murphy, and Dirk Foley) in an evening of familiar and lesser-known songs. "The Look of Love” will make an appearance, along with “Alfie,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” “Casino Royale,” and other Bacharach favorites. There will be solos, duets, instrumentals, and some great sing-alongs, so warm up those vocal cords!

PIN and the HORN-ITS
August 14 Saturday, 7 pm
Classic R&B big band sound. PIN and the HORN-ITS are back and better (and bigger) than ever. PIN and the HORN-ITS bring you danceable, funky, soulful, gritty-but-polished, unabashed, real-deal blues and soul music from decades past and present. Featuring Larry Pindar, Mike Cross, and Chris Mercer!

TV Tunes and Tales: Favorite TV Theme Songs and Stories Behind Them
August 21 Saturday, 7 pm
Part cabaret, part storytelling, and all fun! This evening promises to bring back a rush of nostalgia as we perform some of your all-time favorite television theme songs. While you'll recognize the tunes, you may be surprised by the lyrics and the stories behind them. Join us for this hilarious trip down memory lane in this fascinating show. Hosted by actress and singer Joan Freed, the show features Lakewood's star performers Norman Wilson (Rocky Horror), Jennifer Goldsmith (Mame), Darius Pierce (1776), and Catherine Olson (Singing in the Rain), with music direction and accompaniment by the Darcy White Trio.

Goodtime Charley a concert version of the Broadway musical
August 27 & 28, Friday & Saturday, 7pm
About the Show
Putting a comic spin on history, Goodtime Charley re-tells the story of Joan of Arc and a fun-loving, self-indulgent Dauphin of France. Charley meets his match in the Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc. With her prodding and inspiration, Charley grows from a fun-loving woman-chaser into Charles the VII, King of France, while Joan follows her voices to a greater fate as martyr and saint. The book is by Sidney Michaels, the music is by Larry Grossman, and the lyrics are by Hal Hackady. The production is part of Lakewood Theatre Company's Lost Treasure’s Series, directed by Dennis Corwin with musical direction by Jeffrey Kauffman.


A Feast For Your Ears
Saturday, September 4 at 7:00 PM  CLICK HERE to order tickets
Come enjoy an evening of delightful music from your favorite musicals, movies, television shows, and beyond! This versatile trio, Laila Murphy, Yohannes Murphy, and Sharon Gan create an engaging and interactive environment! A harmonious feast for the heart!


Laila Murphy (vocals and flute) has performed here at Lakewood both on stage in Show Boat (Julie LaVerne—OTAS award), The Spitfire Grill, and as a flutist in several productions. She has also performed with The Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Artists’ Repertory Theater. Portland Playhouse, Broadway Rose, and Anonymous Theater. Favorite roles include “Eponine” in Les Miserables, “Marcy Park” in Spelling Bee, and “Signora Naccarelli” in Light in the Piazza, to name a few. She is a vocal teacher for Spotlight Musical Theatre Academy which meets here every Saturday, has performed, and also has many private students in her own studio. She is married to the handsome and talented Yohannes Murphy and has 3 children! A proud graduate of Northwestern University.


Sharon Gan (piano) made her Lakewood debut last summer during the "Concerts on the Lawn." She is a sought-after accompanist, a music therapist, and a prolific composer. She also runs a piano studio in Lake Oswego teaching students of all ages. In 2013, Sharon founded an early childhood music and movement program called Heart Strings Mandarin (HSM). With HSM, Sharon uses music to introduce and teach children Mandarin and music education. These virtual classes are open to both native and non-native Mandarin speakers and are filled with original songs, live music accompaniment, stories, instrument-playing, and puppetry.


Yohannes Murphy (vocals and guitar) has performed here at Lakewood in Jamaica and also in the "Behind the Mask" series. Yohannes has had the privilege of performing with The Portland Opera, Broadway Rose, Stumptown Stages, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater. He is the music teacher at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School, has his own private music studio teaching guitar and voice, and is the personal family chef according to his wife. His vocals have been described as “smooth as glass”. Yohannes has traveled all around the United States performing and leading music workshops on unity, diversity, and justice. He also has traveled extensively as a youth around South and Southern Africa which influenced a lot of his music.


Title Sponsors
Directors Mortgage  &  LUXE Christie’s International Real Estate

Added Support
Lake Oswego Rotary Foundation

Music Sponsor
Samantha Richardson

Artist Sponsors
Don Plumb
Jay & Char Woodworth

Lost Treasures Series Sponsors
Fritz Camp
Jack’s Overhead Door

Ed & Judy McKenney