Set for July 21–24 Central Oregon’s Fourth Annual Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival-Fundraiser offers a jaw-dropping variety of renowned musicians from outside Oregon. The theme of this outdoor festival is Variety, with two stages and over 25 bands. The event is an approved charitable fundraiser benefiting the Oregon Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Enjoy Lil’ Smokies, from Montana, winner of the Telluride, Colorado bluegrass competition. With roots in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, this band has blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new melody-driven sound of their own.
From Los Angeles, California, Andy Frasco and The Un is feel-good music, whose performances have been described as a barefoot boisterous blend of R&B-flavored harmonic funk and jazz, topped with boundless energy, fueled by reckless abandonment and a disregard for rules, with witty lyrics to back it up.
Other socially conscious music you won’t want to miss is Canadian performing artist, Zahira, an internationally known musician who lights up any stage. Her electronic Soul/Pop/Reggae compositions are infused with lyrics of truth and positivity inspiring people to be strong amongst troubling times in the world today.
Satsang from Red Lodge, Montana performs their unique blend of Reggae, Folk and Hip-Hop, with something for every musical palate. Their lyrics are rooted in change, growth and awareness, used as a mission statement for reflection and activation. The rhythms put forth by this band keep everyone on their feet.
Mojo Green from Reno, Nevada brings heavy horn funk and soul music. Local band Ubuntu, a groove-heavy afro-roots rhythm band adds fun dance party music to the festival. Back for another year is Melody Guy, Nashville singer-songwriter, with her Rock/Country/Americana/R&B. Jeff Dodd returns from Salt Lake City, Utah with his beloved piccolo fretless bass. He’ll start the mornings with mellow jazz tones.
Deschutes Brewery and Cascade Lakes Spirits will host the bars. A variety of food vendors provide yummy meals, including breakfasts from 9am to 11am for hungry attendees and campers. Camping is free with a four-day ticket and RV sites are available.
Located between Sunriver and La Pine, Diamondstone’s lawns, shady aspens and pines create an unforgettable venue in South Deschutes County for this family friendly experience (kids under ten free). Come see many vendor booths of handmade crafts and fine art from talented sculptors, photographers and painters like Mark Goheen, Dori Kite, Paul Thomson and others who have donated beautiful creations to the silent auction to raise funds for the cause.