Portland’s artistic culture bleeds into the Tualatin Valley’s agricultural landscape. Such is the case with one of our favorite Greater Portland Acts: Farmhouse Performances. Here, the Lawless Family Farm in Beaverton opens its six-acre property and 1868 farmhouse for a great summer lineup of shows.
Farmhouse Performances is the loving creation of its owners, Reba Lawless-Berdakin and Damian Berdakin. The duo has some serious art chops. Reba’s own art education took her to the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. Damian studied conducting and was an artist teacher with the LA Philharmonic. In addition to their musical talents, Reba and Damian both have deep connections to farming as Reba grew up on the Lawless Family Farm and Damian tends to a robust vegetable garden. The combination of their two loves—the arts and farming—is Farmhouse Performances. Accordingly, guests can take in the pastoral bliss of the farm and its food while simultaneously enjoying great music from great local artists.
Greater Portland Arts: Farmhouse Performances
Fear No Music
The violin and viola duo of the Oregon Symphony, Inés Voglar Belgique and Joël Belgique, showcase their new compositions. The night also includes a farm dinner, pours from Erath Winery and an exhibit from Portland photographer Rachel Wolf.
Portland Story Theater
An evening of enraptured storytelling pairs nicely with Caribbean cuisine and wines from the nearby Fullerton Wines.
Cellato Cello Trio
Odetta’s Kitchen whips up a farm-fresh dinner. While enjoying the music, take in the music of the Portland Cello trio, Cellato. After the performance, peruse the art exhibit on the farm.
The revered guitarist and Portland Classic Guitar founder performs works by Heitor Villa Lobos, Agustin Barrios, Francisco Tarrega, Handel and Ravel. Additionally, guests enjoy a farm dinner from Portland’s Heritage Supperclub.
After the show, talk about your favorite moments over a Moscow mule at Beaverton’s Watson Hall. If the night calls for extra shot of whiskey, then the Westgate Bourbon Bar & Taphouse is your next stop with its floor to ceiling collection of bourbons, malts and ryes. Nearby, the Embassy Suites at Washington Square beckons you to a night of dreams with cello strings reverberating through crisp farm air.