PORTLAND – It’s a music festival like no other. On Friday, Portland streetcar riders were treated to live music from local bands during the Streetcar Mobile Music Fest.
Transit riders were treated to jazz, opera, even a New Orleans brass band. And the admission was just $1 – the price of a streetcar ride.
It’s the fourth year the festival has taken place in Portland. Eight local musical acts squeezed onto eight street cars, and riders loved it.
“My iPhone battery died before I got onto the streetcar tonight, and I was really disappointed that I wasn’t going to be able to listen to music,” said one rider. “And here, the streetcar is providing it for me tonight.”
One act that got a huge round of applause was a rendition of the Barber of Seville by Portland Opera singers.
“I loved it, loved it,” said a rider. “It was fantastic, and I don’t even like opera!”
Opera singer Alex Elliott said he wasn’t sure the show would be a hit.
“With an impromptu performance like this, you don’t know how people are going to react. Luckily, they seemed to be enjoying it,” he said.
Usually, the mobile music fest only happens once a year. But this year, the group behind the fest decided to put on two performances.
The second one is scheduled for the fall.
KGW Reporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report.