Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, 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. Major contributors have included, among others, the C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust, Carter Andersen State Farm Insurance, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Ingram Books and Lauren Young Tire Centers. 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 2016 Music in the Park concert series, contact Ted Romas at 541-860-5846.
Performance Schedule for 2016 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 7, Season Opener: Sound Stage Revue, Grants Pass, OR. This 8-10 member group of professional musicians will open our 30th anniversary season with a "Red, White & Blue" patriotic show. You can read more about them and hear samples of their music at: soundstageproductions.org
July 14 Broadway Phil & the Shouters, Murphy, OR. "Broadway" Phil Newton and his Shouters have been rocking concerts and clubs in Southern Oregon since 1994, including performances at our Music in the Park concert series in 2008, 2011 & 2013 and they're back this year. Check them out at: theshouters.org
July 21 SOULPIE, from Coos Bay, OR, is not just a band; it's an "experience". The sound of this group of up to 15 talented musicians is described as "a synthesis of American musical traditions, from clean, precise jazz-influenced sounds to gritty soul and blues and the fusion of soul, funk and R&B." Read more at: soulpie.us
Enjoy the Myrtle Creek Summer Festival all weekend
August 4 Parish Gap, Corvallis, OR, performed at Music in the Park in 2007, the first year that our Chamber of Commerce resumed responsibility for the concert series. They're back to help us celebrate the 30th year of FREE Music. With an endless variety of songs, including timeless hits & some originals, they send an inspiring message through the universal language of music. Check them out at: parishgap.com
August 11 Done Deal, Coos Bay, OR, performs regularly at the Mill Casino and other venues on the Oregon Coast but this will be their first time at our Music in the Park. They will bring you contemporary, danceable rock from the 1960's to present. Watch a few video clips at FaceBook.com/donedeal.musicians/video
August 18 The Michael Fowler Band, Myrtle Creek, OR. Michael, a Myrtle Creek native, began playing the fiddle when he was just a "kid" and has managed his own band for decades, as well as being a successful business owner. You don't want to miss this local favorite who still plays "one mean fiddle"!
August 25, Season Closer: Sound Stage Revue, Grants Pass, OR, will return to Millsite Park to close out our 30th anniversary season with their lively, energetic and fun-filled "Back to the 80's" show.