Celebrating its 28th consecutive year in 2014, 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 offered to make a substantial contribution to the event and, as a result, has been the Overall Event Sponsor since then. Other major contributors have included the C.Giles Hunt Charitable Trust, C&D Lumber of Riddle, the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and South Umpqua Disposal of Myrtle Creek/Tri-City. Additionally, over 50 local businesses and individuals have contributed to help keep the concert series free to all.
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 2014 Music in the Park concert series, contact Ted Romas at 541-860-5846.
Performance Schedule for 2014 Summer Season of Music in the Park
All dates/times are Thursday evenings beginning at 6 PM
- Season Opener: July 10
- Two components of the 234th Army Band, Oregon National Guard. View some of their performances on YouTube
- July 17
- Gretchen Owens, Glendale, OR, is a "truly country" girl who, at 23 years old, is captivating the hearts of all her fans. Learn more about 'Gert' at: gretchenowens.com
- July 25,26,27
- Enjoy the Myrtle Creek Summer Festival All Weekend
- July 31
- MERCY featuring Lynda Morrison, Medford, OR. This band of four seasoned musicians specialize in rock, soul and blues, performing both cover songs and originals. Check them out at: www.myspace.com/lyndawithay3175
- August 7
- The Spence Brothers "Blazin Bluz" Band, Brookings, OR. Featuring Betty on lead vocals, the byline of this band is: "Lite It an Run Rock 'N' Rollz". Look them up on FaceBook!
- August 14
- Helmet Pony, Roseburg, OR. Take "A Rockin' Ride" with this local group that played at the Seven Feathers Cabaret Lounge in December 2013. They're on FaceBook!
- August 21
- The Cee Cee James Band with Special Guest 'Broadway Phil' Newton, Rogue Valley, OR. Cee Cee and Phil will "knock it out of the park" with their roots rock & blues. To read Cee Cee's bio and listen to her raw & real music visit: ceeceejames.com
- Closing Performance: August 28
- SOULPIE, Coos Bay, OR. This 13-member powerhouse group opened our 2012 season and they're coming back to close us out for 2014. You can see and hear what they'll be bringing by visiting: www.soulpie.us