The 27th season of Brookings’ free “Summer Concerts in the Park” series at Azalea Park launches with a special Wednesday, June 22, evening concert and continues on various Sundays through Sept. 4 featuring classic rock, country, bluegrass, pop and cajun music.
“We have an awesome lineup with eight bands that promises something for nearly every music fan,” said series spokesman Scott Graves. “There are some exciting new artists, plus the return of fan favorites from years past. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to the park and enjoy quality live music!
Graves credited the series’ success to an increase in business sponsorships and generous crowd donations in recent years that has allowed the nonprofit organization to book higher quality artists that typically play only larger cities. “This truly is the community’s music series,” he said.
The first concert is 6-8 pm Wednesday, June 22, featuring Beat Frequency, a Vancouver-based party band known for its original songs and fantastic covers of classic and modern pop, rock, dance and R&B songs. Their set list includes songs by Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye and The Weeknd.
The second concert is a few days later at 1 pm Sunday, June 26, featuring Grand Illusion, a Portland-based tribute band to the classic rock band Styx. All the remaining Sunday concerts will begin at 1 pm (see full lineup below).
The free music series — supported by presenting sponsors Rogue Credit Union, Travel Curry Coast and Elk Valley Casino — attracts 500 to 1,200 music fans. The Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor operates the Snack Shack for all the concerts, providing food such as hot dogs and burgers, and sodas and water. In case of bad weather, the concerts will move indoors to the Gibney Center at Brookings-Harbor High School or Azalea Middle School cafeteria, 505 Pacific Ave.
The Pacific Coast Trolley will provide free rides from the lower parking field on North Bank Chetco River Road to the park’s bandshell. The pickup times for the Wednesday concert are 5-6 pm and 8-9 pm. The pickup times for the Sunday concerts are 12-1 pm and 3-4 pm.
The 2022 lineup:
• June 22, Wednesday, 6 pm: Beat Frequency, original pop, rock and R&B
• June 26, Sunday, 1 pm: Grand Illusion, Styx tribute band
• July 10, Sunday, 1 pm: Abbey Road Live, Beatles tribute band
• July 17, Sunday, 1 pm: Rock Bottom Boys, hillbilly rock hits and originals
• Aug. 7, Sunday, 1 pm: Blonde Ambition, Madonna tribute band
• Aug. 14, Sunday, 1 pm: A.J. Lee and Blue Summit, Americana and Indie bluegrass
• Aug. 21, Sunday, 1 pm: Gator Nation, Cajun and zydeco music
• Sept. 4, Sunday, 1 pm: McKayla Marie Band, country
Information and videos about the bands can be found at the American Music Festival’s Facebook page at facebook.com/AmericanMusicFestivalBrookingsOregon
Additional community sponsors include Wild Rivers Motorlodge, Elk Valley Rancheria, Hearing Health Care, Nature’s Coastal Holiday, Peggy O’Connor of MORE Realty, Brookings Signs and Graphics, Oregon Community Foundation and Three Rivers Foundation.