Hallowed Ground

Hallowed Ground

September 20, 2020
Rain date: September 27

About the Black United Fund of Oregon

For over 35 years, Black United Fund of Oregon has been committed to providing financial support and life-changing programs for low-income communities and communities of color in Oregon. The ultimate goal of the Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) is to increase opportunities for growth by encouraging philanthropic activity in our state and putting funds in the hands of organizations providing resources for underserved communities. 


Join us for an evening of music filled community building and story sharing to move our hearts and hips while amplifying our shared humanity.

On September 20, we’ll present a live performance from some of the most beloved performers in Portland.  Be moved by the celebration of life and the legacy of the land with 75 minutes of music, song and spoken word.  Audiences will connect with the performers in person through a limited number of socially-distanced parking spots at an undisclosed location in NE Portland. The rhythm and beats will be heard far and wide as our broadcast partner X-Ray FM simulcasts the show on the radio and live-streamed audio.


The in-person audience to this event will be very limited. In order to allow fair access to the event, everyone who makes a contribution will be entered to win a parking or social distance seat at the outdoor event.  Winners will be be notified of the location of the concert the week before the event.

Every contribution you make will help bring this event to thousands of peoples across the Portland area and beyond.

All proceeds from the concert will be given to the Black United Fund of Oregon so they may continue their mission to assist the social and economic development of Oregon’s low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of culturally diverse groups.


Hallowed Ground Presents is a series of artist-led, socially-distanced, drive-in performances aimed at building community, sharing stories and amplifying our shared humanity. Supported by a coalition of Portland arts organizations including Portland Playhouse, X-Ray FM, and Oregon ArtsWatch, Hallowed Ground shows bring together members of Portland’s music, theater, dance, spoken word, film and visual art communities to tell the stories and mark the places that continue to tell our complex story as a city and region. 

Following the innovative model of “drive-in” performances, Hallowed Ground concerts will take place in parking lots using vehicles as a means of social distancing. The performances will also be simulcast on X-Ray FM radio and streamed on the internet for a wider audience.


(Jack Malstrom)





Thank you to our Financial Sponsors

Financial sponsors allow us to cover the hard costs of the concert as well as artist fees while giving all raffle proceeds to the Black United Fund. If you are interested in becoming a financial sponsor, please contact sarahbills@portlandplayhouse.org.

Thank you to our Broadcast Sponsor

Thank you to our In-Kind Sponsors

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