A free summer outdoor music festival kicks off its 10-concert season with entertainment by Dallin Puzey of Hermiston.
The homegrown musician will perform during the 2016 season opener of Music in the Parks Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at Boardman Marina Park. The concert venue alternates each week between Boardman and Irrigon marina parks. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music with the Columbia River as a backdrop.
“We have a really exciting lineup with lots of new faces,” said Tami Sherer, one of the event organizers. “All of our performances are family-friendly and they are free — so that’s another plus.”
Puzey plays familiar folk and classic country songs by the likes of Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Hank Williams and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as his own original tunes. Mostly self-taught, Puzey hopes to record a full-length album by June 2017.
During performances Puzey plays acoustic guitar, as well as strapping on a harmonica. He’s been known to bust out nice renditions of “Stand By Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Midnight Special.”
Everyone from senior citizens to young children gather to enjoy the free shows, Sherer said. The parks provide large shade trees that help shield concert-goers from the sun. In addition, Sherer said both parks have play areas that provide space for children to enjoy themselves.
“It’s a great place for the parents to come and listen to music and let their kids play,” she said.
Also, Judy’s Chuckwagon will be on hand each week at both venues. People can purchase hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks. In addition, they are trying to secure a snow-cone machine, Sherer said.
The concert series continues each Monday — except July 4 — through Aug. 22.
The first concert of the season in Irrigon — Monday, June 20 — features 98% Angels. The duo of Marie Rose and Renate Meakins began singing together in 1998 while attending Blue Mountain Community College. They perform everything from 1930s standards and Big Band music to hits of the 1950s and ’60s and popular contemporary and country tunes.
An “early bird” show prior to the July 11 performance in Irrigon will highlight education birds from Blue Mountain Wildlife at 6 p.m. Then Bram Brata, a steel drum band from the Tri-Cities will take the stage.
The following week — on July 18 in Boardman — a juggling workshop will be offered at 6 p.m. for people that are interested in learning how to toss a few items around. That night’s entertainment features JuggleMania, with Rhys Thomas’ clean comedy, amazing tricks and interactive shenanigans.
For more information, call Tami Sherer at 541-571-0844 or Renee Couchman at 922-1560.