More Great Music Than You Can Shake a Stick At: Free Sunday concerts are back at Les Schwab Amphitheater for 2012 | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

More Great Music Than You Can Shake a Stick At: Free Sunday concerts are back at Les Schwab Amphitheater for 2012

This year's line up for the St. Charles Free Summer Sunday Concerts.

If you’ve lived in Bend for any length of time, you’ve gotten to know the Free Summer Sunday concert series at the Les Schwab Amphitheater quite well. And if you’re new in town, the series is a chance to experience Bend by throwing a blanket on the grass and seeing some great live music for free, during a family-friendly afternoon.

While past performers have included emerging local talent along with a few top notch national and regional performers, the 2012 lineup takes the event to a level we’ve not seen in the past and will delight both long term residents and newcomers alike. All of the bands taking the stage this year could easily warrant $10 to $20 ticket prices at other venues, which makes the “free” nature of these concerts  special.

Here’s a look at this year’s list of performers:

June 17- Harley Bourbon

This local punk and Americana band has been getting some great press for a while now and are perfectly positioned for that “I saw them when” concert experience.

June 24- Y La Bamba

Fronted by lead singer Luz Elena Mendoza and supported by a group of ultra-talented musicians, Y La Bamba have carved out a unique niche in the Portland music scene with their sometimes bilingual and always beautiful folk music.

July 1- MOsley WOtta

Here’s where the rubber meets the road. Longtime Bend residents are going to turn out to this show because they know to expect an energetic and creative performance from this hip-hip infused rock band and 2010 Last Band Standing winner. Those unfamiliar with the eclectic style of MOsley WOtta, simply need to mark their calendars for July 1 so they can experience something truly Central Oregon… a High Desert dance party.

July 8- The Portland Cello Project

Forget what you know about classical string music. In fact, be prepared to have your understanding of it turned on its head and spun around till you’re dizzy.

July 22- The Farewell Drifters

From Nashville Tennessee, The Farewell Drifters will bring clap-your-hands-and-sing-along worthy country-infused bluegrass with them to Central Oregon.

July 29- Paul Thorn

This Wisconsin-born singer-songwriter was a boxer before becoming a heavy weight in the genre of traditional American rock. He’s been at it for 15 years now and just keeps getting better.

August 12- The Features

Guitar is king as the Free Summer Sunday Concert series closes out the season with the sometimes pop and sometimes psychedelic rock of this high energy Tennessee band. Think Kings of Leon.

St. Charles Free Summer Sunday Concerts


June 10 to August 12


Les Schwab Amphitheater

344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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