Holly Sorenson of The Wasteland Kings, sings during a March event at Maxwell Siding Event Center in Hermiston. The acoustic version of La Grande-based group will perform Thursday at the Maxwell Farmers Market in Hermiston, and the full band will play at Music in the Parks, Monday, June 17 at Irrigon Marina Park.

With influences from Tom Petty and Muddy Waters to the Beatles and Rolling Stones, The Wasteland Kings stirs up the genre with their own unique twist. To hear the La Grande-based band, head to the upcoming Music in the Parks.

The free concert is Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at Irrigon Marina Park. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to Stokes Landing Senior Center, 150 Columbia Lane, Irrigon.

Packing bars, clubs and festivals across the Pacific Northwest, The Wasteland Kings have been rockin’ together since 2008. Known for the gritty blues vocals of Kris Mallory and Holly Sorensen, the band also features Mike Mallory, Mark Emerson and Al “Too Loud” Macleod. The group also “tones it down” a bit as The Acoustic Kings (including a Thursday performance from 5-8 p.m. at the Maxwell Farmers Market, at Maxwell Siding Pavilion, 255 N. First St. in Hermiston).

Sponsored by the North Morrow Community Foundation, Music in the Parks is funded by the Morrow County Unified Recreation District and Portland General Electric. It alternates weekly on Mondays between Irrigon and Boardman marina parks through Aug. 12.

People are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the music. For more information, contact Jackie McCauley at 541-720-1289 or

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