Bring the lawn chairs, grab a blanket and join the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB for free live music beginning June 28 as it hosts the 22nd year of Music on the Green, presented by Bank of the Cascades and Eberhard’s Dairy Products.
One of Central Oregon’s longest-running free community concert series, Music on the Green will kick off the 2017 season at Sam Johnson Park on Wednesday, June 28 with music by Todd Haaby & Solo Via, who are back by popular demand. Their Nuevo Flamenco stylings are sure to please! Performances are scheduled from 6 to 7:30pm each evening.
Music on the Green will then continue every other Wednesday throughout the summer with five additional performances. The series will feature a diverse mix of music from Country, Big Band, “Palm Tree Rock ’n Roll” and Rock/Dance.
“Each year, we strive to book a range of local musical acts that offer families and music lovers a good mix of genres,” said Redmond Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator Karen Sande. “We succeeded in doing that again this year. I’m thrilled to offer our community a lineup of top-notch music from established local bands.”
Other musical performers at this year’s Music on the Green include, Countryfied (July 12), The Notables Swing Band (July 26), Mango Stew (Aug. 9), and Precious Byrd (Aug. 23). Per annual tradition, a performance by Redmond’s own Hokulea Dancers, a troop featuring traditional Hawaiian Island dance and drumming, will round out the 2017 season on Wednesday, September 6.
“The Hokulea Dancers have quite a following in Central Oregon, and their performances never disappoint,” Sande said. “Their show is musical, it’s colorful and it’s interactive. We find it’s the perfect way to end the summer season — Hawaiian style.”
Along with free musical entertainment, Music on the Green will feature a variety of food, art and craft vendors in booths throughout Sam Johnson Park. Kids will also love the bounce houses on site as well as games and activities provided by the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District (RAPRD).
Music on the Green is made possible thanks to a number of community sponsors, starting with presenting sponsors Bank of the Cascades and Eberhard’s Dairy Products. Other sponsors include Fred Meyer, Pacific Power, Redmond Municipal Airport, Horizon Broadcasting Group, The Bulletin, The Redmond Spokesman, and The Source Weekly.
Music on the Green – 2017 Schedule
Todd Haaby & Solo Via
Wed., June 28 – 6 p.m.
Over the past several years nuevo flamenco guitarist Todd Haaby and his Latin group Sola Via have gone from playing small cafés and upscale restaurants, to becoming one of the most sought after talents on the West Coast, performing to sold out shows at some of the most prestigious resorts and wineries, booking a year in advance as the headlining act for numerous summer music festivals, theaters and concert halls.
Wed., July 12 – 6 p.m.
Celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a band, Countryfied is a 5 piece, energetic, enthusiastic, endearing, eccentric, eclectic, exceptional Band! The group features Mark Mobley Walkin and talkin, guitarin and generally having a good time; His Brother, Ron Mobley on the drums using both hands and feet! Watching him play is a tantalizing treat; John Hite on those 88 keys playing anything you please; Cousin Tim Fenderson on the lead guitar & oh man can he play! and Yancey Fall on the long neck bass. They all sing which creates some imaginative and intricate harmonies! Mark and Ron, along with good friend Charlie Walker started Countryfied in 1986 right in the heartland of Central Oregon.
The Notables Swing Band
Wed., July 26 – 6 p.m.
The Notables Swing Band brings back the “golden oldies” from the Big Band era when swing ruled the dance floors. Many of their band members remember those full sounds and infectious rhythms and in 2010 the band was formed to recreate this great music. Swing has been enjoying a resurgence and they are excited to be part of that in Central Oregon. They play to renew the memories of that music for those who used to dance to swing and, importantly, to draw in completely new generations. And we want those who come to our events to have as much fun as we do playing for them!
Wed., Aug. 9 – 6 p.m.
Mango Stew coined the phrase “Palm Tree Rock n Roll” to describe the type of music they play. About half of the songs they perform are Mango Stew originals, many with a “tropical” flair. They also play popular tunes by the Zach Brown Band, The Eagles….and yes, you can definitely count on a few Jimmy Buffet tunes! Local, seasoned musicians make up the band, which focuses as much on exquisite vocal harmonies as well as presenting a quality instrumental performance. Blues, ballads, jazz and rock n roll are all done in a delightfully tasteful concoction they call Mango Stew. Get out on the dance floor…or pull up a chair and enjoy a full helping of the Stew.
Wed., Aug. 23 – 6 p.m.
This funky band will make any event take flight! Expect the guys to show up in shirt and tie playing funky covers and originals that will bring people to the dance floor. Precious Byrd is a high-energy dance/rock band from beautiful Bend, OR. Featuring Corey Parnell on vocals, Casey Parnell on lead guitar, Michael Summers on drums, and Grammy award winning artist Lonnie Chapin on bass. Their fantastic renditions of modern and classic hits, along with a number of high-energy originals, are sure to get you on your feet.
Wed., Sept. 6 – 6 p.m.
Redmond’s very own traditional Hawaiian Dancers are back and are always a crowd favorite! This high energy troop will showcase traditional Hawaiian Island dance and drumming. Lead by Hawaiian Natives Novelen and Joey Tavita, they bring a true taste of the Islands with many generations of their family and friends. Come join us as we say Aloha to summer in the true Hawaiian style.
Redmond Chamber of Commerce and CVB