As the days warm and the sun sets late in the evenings, Central Oregon’s music scene steps outside. By Renee Patrick
From Prineville to Madras and Metolius to Bend, the high desert is bursting with opportunities to break out your lawn chair, pack a picnic and soak in the sun with some fantastic tunes.
If you haven’t ventured to House on Metolius yet, the scenic venue will feature the sounds of Portland’s top piano composers, Michael Allen Harrison and Tom Grant on July 13.
Madras heats up on Friday nights with their weekly MusicFEST starting July 12. A free concert in Sahalee Park, the family friendly event starts at 6pm.
Music on the Green and Music in the Canyon both offer a fun outlet for the warm summer evenings in Redmond. Music in the Canyon takes place on Wednesday nights in the American Legion Park at 5:30pm and Music on the Green takes over Sam Johnson Park with the Pitchtones playing on July 10 and Jacob Merlin Band on July 24.
Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards between Sisters and Redmond hosts their weekly Thirsty Thursdays which includes music, food and of course wine with an amazing view of the Three Sisters.
Prineville offers Picnic in the Park on Wednesdays in Pioneer Park beginning on July 17 with Stoddard and Cole.
Heading up Cascades Lakes Highway? Check out Elk Lake’s music series on Saturday nights after a day on the water.
Looking for music in Bend? The free summer concerts on Sunday afternoons at the Les Schwab Amphitheater are always a hit, as well as the free Alive after Five concerts in the Old Mill District on Wednesdays. Country Catering has their Party on the Patio on Fridays, Goodlife Brewing hosts shows in their beer garden all summer long and Pickin’ & Paddlin’ takes to the banks of the Deschutes River on the last Wednesday of the month.
All these events and more can be found in our events calendar (pgs. 38-39 in the magazine) and online at www.cascadeae.com. No summer boredom allowed!