Sometimes, a concert is more than an opportunity to hear a beloved band, throw a few back, and socialize with friends. Sometimes it's about spending time with music that moves you—literally. Whether you have moves like Jagger or your go-to is the Carlton, there's a show for every kind of groover and shaker.
The Barefooted Boogier is a common sight around Bend. Frequently spotted close to the stage, wearing loose hemp or linen garments, and generally oblivious to the world around them. The Barefooted Boogier has no regard for what others may think and, as such, not uncommonly attends concerts solo. They instead open themselves up to channel the positive vibes emanating from the stage. You are likely to find the Barefooted Boogier at one or more of Michael Franti and Spearhead's summer shows. (Thursday, August 20, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville; Friday, August 21, Edgefield, Troutdale; Sunday, August 23, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend). The barefooted boogier is also likely to be spotted at Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe's Pickin' and Paddlin' summer concert series. With all those boards and other water toys to test out, it seems silly to wear shoes at all. So far, the lineup includes Polecat (June 24), Brothers Comatose (July 29), Rainbow Girls (August 26), and Renegade String Band (September 19).
Another common "species" is The Swinger (no, not that kind of swinger, though we can't rule out the possibility of some overlap). We're talking about the folks who are serious enough about their dance moves that they've likely taken lessons, have a preferred dancing partner, and actively seek out shows that support their swing habit. Though there are many types of swing, West Coast and Country are two of the most popular varieties. West Coast swingers will feel at home twirling and kicking along to modern swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, made popular in Swingers and still going strong (Friday, July 2, Oregon Zoo). Prefer a little twang with your twirls? Alt country star Kacey Musgraves brings her lively country, millennial take on the old saw; boot stomping encouraged (Thursday, September 3, Britt Pavilion).
Finally, The Club Kid. Some of the most serious concert dancers are typically found in dark nightclubs. But when summer approaches, that big yellow orb in the sky replaces the shimmering disco ball of the club, and these night creatures can be found busting a move out in the open—and often at some of the state's more lively festivals. For starters, Portland's Pride Festival—always a safe bet for crowd-pleasing house, pop, and hip-hop acts—this year features the woman who sang the hook in the 1990 hit "Everybody Dance Now," Martha Wash. She was also one half of The Weather Girls, who brought the similarly epic "It's Raining Men." She will be joined by acts ranging from raunchy rapper Big Dipper to electro-pop artist Jesika Von Rabbit. (Saturday June 13, Waterfront Park, Portland.)
If electronic dance music is more your scene, don't miss Paradiso, featuring big names like Armin Van Buuren and Skrillex, as well as up-and-comers like Mija (Friday, June 26-Sunday, June 28, Gorge Amphitheater). And then there's What the Fest. With a focus on electronic music and a Country Fair-like vibe, this fest is an experience. But one thing is certain—with acts spanning the spectrum from Ning-Nong Sing-a-long and Love Bomb Go-Go Marching Band to Device Grips and Griz—there will be dancing. (ER)