About

2022 will be the 13th year of the Portland Roadhouse, which was established as a showcase for contra dance music and calling along the I-5 corridor in the Pacific Northwest. Pre-pandemic we hosted an awesome 10-hour contra dance with volunteer bands and callers playing eight 65-minute slots. Our 2020 event was cancelled with the rise of COVID-19 and in 2021 we hosted an online event with concerts, workshops, and discussions.

In 2022, we launched the Portland Roadhouse Independent Film Festival, which explores traditional music and dance in America. We have five fine films lined up, with Q&A sessions with their directors immediately after each film.

The Portland Roadhouse is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. We supported regional foodbanks in in OR and WA 2021. In 2022, proceeds from the film festival will benefit Northwest Folklife and the Country Dance and Song Society. The Roadhouse board (Sue Songer, Gordy Euler, Mike Richardson, and Dave Hamlin) are joined in 2022 by fellow organizers Doug Plummer, Amy Wimmer, Chris Wright, and Susan Michaels to present the Portland Roadhouse Independent Film Festival.

Pre-pandemic, the Portland Roadhouse has been part of Cascade Promenade festival, a series of back-to-back dances starting mid-week and ranging from Seattle ,Washington to Eugene, Oregon. The Cascade Promenade has culminated with Portland Megaband dance on Saturday night and finally the Portland Roadhouse on Sunday.