On Sunday, July 11th from 5:30-7pm, the legendary Norman Sylvester performs a free concert in Cannon Beach’s downtown city park.
Known as the “Boogie Cat,” Sylvester was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011. He’s shared stages with a who’s-who of the blues, including BB King, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples and more.
After an unprecedented year off, Sylvester and his band are thrilled to be playing live again. The performance will be Sylvester’s second since the pandemic layoff (his first, scheduled for a week earlier, is at the renown Portland Waterfront Blues Festival).
The “Boogie Cat” was born in Bonita, Louisiana, where he began singing gospel in church. At the age of 12, the Sylvester family boarded the Union Pacific train for a new life in the Pacific Northwest.
As legend has it, a twenty-something Norman attended a concert of Buddy Guy and talked his way on stage. After Norman’s performance, Guy encouraged him to devote himself to a career in music.
Besides performing regularly, Sylvester and his band teaches blues history in local schools and mentors young artists.
This free, family friendly concert begins at 5:30PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, low-backed chairs and fully stocked picnic baskets.
The park is located in downtown Cannon Beach, northeast of the Chamber of Commerce at 2nd & Spruce.
The concert is produced by the Tolovana Arts Colony and made possible by a Community Grant from the City of Cannon Beach.
For more information, visit tolovanaartscolony.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-215-4445.