Celebrating its 31st consecutive year in 2017, there will be plenty of jazz, blues and swing music, combined with a mix of ballads, standards, originals and Americana.
It's all being offered at Millsite Park most Thursday evenings during July and August from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. There is no admission charge and parking is free. Several local businesses may remain open late to accommodate those attending the concerts. A limited amount of RV parking is available at Millsite Park. There is a new 69 space RV park in nearby Tri-City.
According to Ted Romas, Event Coordinator, this is the longest running free concert series in Douglas County. Articles appearing in July 1987 issues of the Umpqua Free Press (now the Douglas County Mail) report that the Myrtle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce presented the first performances of Music in the Park that summer. For 12 years the concerts were successfully organized and coordinated by Bill and Marilyn West, both well-known residents of Myrtle Creek. Since 2007 the summer concerts have been presented by the Myrtle Creek~Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce.
In 2007, for the first time in the history of the concert series, corporate sponsorship was sought. Frontier Communications was our Overall Event Sponsor for ten years. This year Lauren Young Tire Centers will be our new Overall Event Sponsor. Major contributors have included, among others, Carter Andersen State Farm Insurance, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Del's/MSK True Value Stores, Ingram Books, Pacific Power and Seven Feathers Casino Resort. Additionally, over 50 local businesses, organizations and individuals contribute annually to help keep the summer concerts FREE.
Millsite Park is an excellent location for Music in the Park. The band shell includes a stage and a concrete dance area. The grassy area is large enough to accommodate hundreds of spectators who bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. Restroom facilities are located nearby. Pets are welcome, if kept under control and cleaned up after.
For more information about Myrtle Creek's 2017 Music in the Park concert series, contact Ted Romas at 541-860-5846.
Performance Schedule for 2017 Summer Season of Music in the Park
Music in the Park is a FREE community event held in Millsite Park.
All dates/times are Thursday evenings beginning at 6 PM
- July 6, Season Opener:
- Kelly Thibodeaux & The Etouffee Band, Grants Pass, OR. Led by fiddler Kelly Thibodeaux of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Etouffee combines red hot fiddle, shuffling' rhythm & blues & kickin' Southern rock to create the exciting sounds of "Swamp Rock". Read about them at: www.etouffee.com
- July 13
- Kenny Holmes & The Blues Daddys, , Roseburg, OR. This Chicago-style blues band is led by veteran singer, song writer & guitarist Kenny Holmes who started the Blues Daddys six years ago and has played the Greater Roseburg area since then. See more at Facebook: Kenny Holmes and the Blues Daddys.
- July 20
- Skyline Drive, Myrtle Creek, OR. This new rock and blues band, formed by Myrtle Creek resident and guitar craftsman Steve O'Connor, plays various genres, but their favorites are classic rock covers. They have been getting good reviews at recent bookings so come on out and listen to what they have to offer.
- July 27~30
- Enjoy the Myrtle Creek Summer Festival all weekend
- August 3
- The Young Bucs, Coos Bay, OR. This 9-member band will bring two solid hours of "doo wop" and 50's/60's style rock & roll to Millsite Park. We'll be putting out a dance floor. There might even be a dance contest for those who show up dressed to the 50's & 60's! Check them out at: www.theyoungbucs.com
- August 10
- The Jive Masters, Eugene, OR. These seasoned musicians play an eclectic mix of soul, R&B and "jump blues" with emphasis on strong harmony and vocals. Some members have toured with well-known acts like Elvin Bishop, The Drifters and The Platters. See photos & listen to clips at: www.thejivemasters.com
- August 17
- Hat Trick, Roseburg/Sutherlin, OR. This versatile quartet plays blues, classic covers and soft rock. Their influences include The Beatles, Billy Joel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Doors, Journey, Joe Cocker, Steely Dan, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Check them out on their FaceBook page: Hat Trick.
- August 24, Season Closer:
- The Tim Hall Band, , Gig Harbor, WA. Tim "Too Tall" Hall and his band will return to Millsite Park to close out our 31st consecutive year of Music in the Park. This band plays lots of rockin' down home blues for your enjoyment. Read more about them on FaceBook at: Tim Hall Band.