Minidoka Swing Band Concert

Free and open to the public

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
12PM – 1PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: ConcertAudience(s): Family-friendlyLocation: Portland

The Minidoka Swing Band remembers the Japanese Americans who were interned behind barbed wire during World War II. The band consists of 17 musicians and two vocalists, three of whom were incarcerated during WWII. Relatives of several bandmembers were also incarcerated. The Minidoka Swing Band was formed in 2007 by the late Roberta (Robbie) Tsuboi for a 2008 pilgrimage to the Minidoka Internment Camp. The band connects audiences to the time when all internees needed something to uplift them and help them feel typically American. The Minidoka Swing Band continues to play the music of The Harmonaires, a Seattle-based band formally known as the Mikados of Swing, as a tribute to Minidoka and all the internees who suffered a great loss during those difficult years. This performance will include narration between songs by Nola Sugai Bogle, who was incarcerated with her family at Minidoka.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Nola Sugai Bogle recently retired as Minidoka Swing Band’s lead female vocalist and has been with the band since its inception in 2007. Her son, Andy Streich, has been the lead male vocalist since 2015 and her daughter, Ericka Turay, joined as lead female vocalist after Bogles’s retirement a year ago. Bogle was incarcerated with her family as young child at the Minidoka Internment Camp near Twin Falls, Idaho. She has had a lengthy career as a professional jazz vocalist since the age of 20 and was married to Portland jazz musician and nightclub owner, Sidney Porter. After Porter’s passing, Bogle met and married Richard “Dick” Bogle, a jazz DJ, Portland policeman, and KATU news anchor.

Nola Sugai Bogle performing with the Minidoka Swing Band. Courtesy of the Minidoka Swing Band.

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