July 21–24, 2016, Central Oregon’s 4th 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 NEWBERRY EVENT is an approved charitable fundraiser benefiting the Oregon Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This ticketed private festival is well-known as a good time for a good cause.
How about LIL’ SMOKIES, from Montana, winner of the Telluride, CO 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 L.A., 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. Then, 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, NV brings heavy horn funk and soul music. Local band UBUNTU, a groove-heavy afro-roots rhythm band brings 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 too, from SLC, Utah, with his beloved piccolo fretless bass. His talent has produced several CDs, like “Falling Awake”, allowing listeners to detach and find their spiritual core. He’ll start the mornings with mellow jazz tones.
Newberry Event Sponsors provide food and drink. Again, Deschutes Brewery and Cascade Lakes Spirits will host the bars. A variety of food vendors provide yummy meals, including breakfasts, from 9 am to 11 pm for hungry attendees and campers. Camping is free with a 4Day ticket and RV sites are available.
Located between Sunriver and La Pine, DIAMONDSTONE’s lawns, shady aspens & pines create an unforgettable venue in So Deschutes County for this family friendly experience (kids <10 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.
With over 9000 MS patients just in the Pacific Northwest, many of us know friends or family with MS, a neurological and auto-immune disease, not to be faced alone. Research is needed as we don’t even know the cause, and must work toward a cure. The Multiple Sclerosis Society addresses the challenges of people affected by MS, funding cutting edge research, and professional education, with services to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. They want to do something about MS now, dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.
Tickets and attendance is limited to just 500 people/day, so don’t miss this magical time. Watch the website and Facebook page for complete line up and scheduling to plan your visit. Buy early bird tickets on the website now – www.newberryevent.com. See pictures from prior years and you’ll want to be there!