June 5 free music three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre, one of the hottest Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages and dance venues, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms.
June 18 Slightly Stoopid is a seven piece Southern California based band known for their multi-instrumental cross-genre blend and describe their music as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.” Stoopid released their eighth studio album titled Meanwhile…Back at the Lab in 2015. Bringing the rhythms and the sounds far more to the forefront than before and driven by methodized chorus sections and outstanding vocal performances from both frontmen.
June 19 free music Bel Mizik is a seven member band consisting of musicians who come together to create a unique sound, while striving to tell the story of their diverse backgrounds and collective experience. With instrumental roots in rock, jazz and the Blues, the group adds in a Hip Hop front end along with Caribbean and Latin breaks. Inspirational and soulful lyrics in English and French Creole broaden the colorful canvas of sound the band brings to the table.
June 25 Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals are back. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will follow up their triumphant reunion tour last summer with Call It What It Is, their first new studio album in over eight years released in April. “Making music again with the Innocent Criminals has been a priority for a while now,” Harper told Rolling Stone last year. “It was time.
June 26 free music Five Pint Mary
July 2-3 Widespread Panic is a southern rock jam band from Athens, Georgia. The band draw influences from blues-rock, progressive rock, funk, jazz fusion and neo-psychedelia. Making music for over 30 years Widespread Panic has broken attendance records at major venues throughout the country, including a staggering almost 50 sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Philips Arena in Atlanta and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival where Panic has headlined numerous times, breaking the single day attendance record.
July 10 free music Kinzel & Hyde
July 17 free music Taking Dixieland Jazz to New Heights is a fitting slogan for this high energy band from Bend. All of these versatile musicians are equally at home in the Symphony playing Beethoven as they are on the street corner playing Louis Armstrong. The magic with this group exists in the way they interact with the audience. Humor and the unexpected play a big part in the show. No one plays Folsom Prison Blues like this band.
July 24 free music Kitchen Dwellers
August 5 Brandi Carlile’s music is a mix of alt-country, Americana, rock and folk. It is her stunning voice that has captivated listeners since her debut in 2005. The most well-known Brandi Carlile tunes, The Story and That Wasn’t Me, are dynamic journeys in themselves, encompassing myriad emotions and varied stylistic touches.
August 9 Jackson Browne’s lyrics and melody made him one of the 70s most iconic singer/songwriters. Get ready to enjoy classic songs including Running on Empty, Doctor My Eyes, For Everyman, Before the Deluge, The Pretender, Here Come Those Tears Again, You Love the Thunder, Somebody’s Baby and many more.
August 11 Summer just wouldn’t be complete without a love-filled night with Michael Franti & Spearhead who bring their blend of hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz and rock back to Bend for the fourth straight year for a fun summer night of jumping and dancing on the grass at the Amphitheater.
August 12 Huey Lewis & the News is a San Francisco-based group that has been playing pop rock for three decades. Huey Lewis & the News have a contagious brand of straight-ahead rock n’ roll that has outlasted countless trends, selling over 20 million albums worldwide. The band has a driving, party-hearty spirit with hit songs Workin’ for a Livin, I Want a New Drug, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Hip to Be Square and The Power of Love.
August 31 One of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound made him one of the key artists in classic rock radio. His songs include Take the Money and Run, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner, Jungle Love, Abracadabra and many more.
September 3 NEEDTOBREATHE is a South Carolina-based band playing classic rock, Americana, folk-pop, and acoustic sound. “Described as a little bit woodsy and alarmingly catchy Bear Rinehart’s sincerity is unmistakable in his vocals, and the bluegrass backing culminates in something sweetly rich.”
The band received their first Grammy nomination in 2015 for their song Multiplied featured on Rivers in the Wasteland album. The band has also won several Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards drawing from the musical traditions growing up in the Deep South. The band will release their sixth studio album Hard Love in July.