The 27th Annual Brookings Concert Series fills the southern Oregon coast with tunes all summer long
Posted 8/6/22 11:15 PM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection
(Brookings, Oregon) – A small town on Oregon’s southern coast is about to get bigger every weekend.
Brookings begins its Summer Concerts in the Park series on June 22, with performances every Sunday through September 4 at the city’s famous Azalea Park. It’s a broad mix of genres that appeal to a diverse range of niche tastes and musical inclinations. Classic rock, Cajun, varied pop, country and bluegrass fill this gigantic lawn all season long.
This is the festival’s 27th year, having raged across the southern Oregon coast for nearly three decades. Some of the concerts hold up to 1,200 people, making them one of the area’s most popular tickets for the summer – but they’re all free.
It all kicks off with a special performance on Wednesday, June 22, then continues every Sunday thereafter. This debut show features Beat Frequency, a Vancouver-based party band known for their original songs and mind-blowing covers of classic and modern pop, rock, dance and R&B songs. Their set list includes songs from Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye and singer The Weeknd.
Scott Graves is the series’ promoter with the nonprofit American Music Festival. He credits the series’ success to increased commercial sponsorships from the southern Oregon coastal region and crowd donations that have become more generous over the years. This allows the non-profit group to attract high quality artists who usually only play in major cities.
“It really is the community music series,” Graves said.
He’s particularly proud of this year’s lineup, which features eight different bands throughout the typically almost tropical summer that this section of the southern Oregon coast is known for.
“There are some exciting new artists, as well as the return of fan favorites from years past,” Graves said. “Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to the park and enjoy the great live music.”
Just days after the opening musical volley, June 26 features Portland Styx tribute band Grand Illusion with all the cutting-edge grandeur of Prog in top form.
The free music series is supported this year by presenting sponsors Rogue Credit Union, Travel Curry Coast and Elk Valley Casino. The sound system is provided by sound engineer and local resident Ed Ajimine.
In the park you will find good restaurants. The Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor operates the Snack Shack for all events, providing food such as hot dogs, pizza, and hamburgers, as well as soda and water. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will move indoors to the Gibney Center at Brookings-Harbor High School or the cafeteria at Azalea Middle School, 505 Pacific Ave. at Brookings.
Also on hand is the unique Pacific Coast Trolley – a bus that looks like an antique trolley ride and a favorite of the southern Oregon coast. They will be offering free rides from the lower parking lot on North Bank Chetco River Road to the park bandstand. Pick up times for the Wednesday concert are 5-6pm and 8-9pm. Pick-up times for Sunday concerts are 12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
The 2022 program:
• Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m.: Beat Frequency, original pop, rock and R&B.
• Sunday 26 June, 1 pm: Grand Illusion, homage to the Styx.
• July 10, Sunday, 1 p.m.: Abbey Road Live, tribute to the Beatles.
• July 17, Sunday, 1 p.m.: Rock Bottom Boys, mountain and original rock hits.
• August 7, Sunday, 1 pm: Blonde Ambition, tribute to Madonna.
• August 14, Sunday, 1 p.m.: AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Americana and Indie bluegrass.
• Sunday, August 21, 1 p.m.: Gator Nation, Cajun and Zydeco music.
• Sept. 4, Sunday, 1 p.m.: McKayla Marie Band, country.
Band information and videos are available on the American Music Festival Facebook page at facebook.com/AmericanMusicFestivalBrookingsOregon
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