March 12th, 2017 will be the 8th year for the Portland Roadhouse event — a 10-hour contra dance with different bands and callers playing eight 65-minute slots. The calling and music is all volunteer (unpaid) except for travel expenses for those coming from out of town. In addition to serving as a showcase for contra dance music and calling along the I-5 corridor, the Roadhouse is a benefit for the Northwest Folklife Festival.
The organizing committee members range from Roseburg, OR to Anacortes, WA. We are part of the larger Cascade Promenade weekend — a series of back-to-back dance events beginning with Newberg Contra Dance on Wednesday, March 8th, continuing with many dance events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and culminating with the Portland Roadhouse on Sunday.
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The 2017 Portland Roadhouse Dance will be held at the Milwaukie Community Center, 10666 SE 42nd, Milwaukie, OR 97222