Popular concert series will be held in new space, includes new bands, genres

The completion of the Newberg Cultural District has meant quite a few community events were able to relocate and utilize the new space. Tunes on Tuesday will join the list of activities taking advantage of the forecourt.

“We’re really excited about it and hope to grow into that space in the coming years,” said Vangie Pattison, Tunes committee co-chairperson. “It’s been great to work alongside the cultural district executive board to really work in that space.”

The larger arena means food vendors and vendor booths are returning to the concert series, as well as more seating.

“Given the new space we have a blanket only section, we had requests in the past (for it) then have a chair section set a little further back so families who wanted to bring blankets are welcome to do that,” she said. by: SUBMITTED - he reggae band Sol Seed will make its first appearance at the Tunes on Tuesday concert series, which will be held this year in the forecourt before the Chehalem Cultural Center on Sheridan Street.

The stage will be set up in the corner of the grassy area just northeast of the Masonic Lodge, allowing for plenty of seating and potential expansion in future years.

“We’re doing a site walk next week to get a feel for what we can do,” Pattison said. “All of this is new so it will be a summer of exploration, seeing what we can fit capacity wise. But I think the space will be really great for years to come.”

The first concert, featuring Patrick Lamb, will kick off the series July 8, with some favorites returning as well some new bands.

“This year we had a couple bands from the past that have ... moved on and it was also time to bring in some new styles,” Pattison said. “Sol Seed is new (performing July 22). They’re a reggae band. Sky Bound Blue is new and Sarah Billings Band is new. I feel this year by adding Sol Seed there’s a different vibe for people to attend.”

The free concerts start at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, with food vendors arriving around 6 p.m. The concerts wouldn’t be free, Pattison said, without the series’ sponsors.

“In order for us to offer this event free to the community, our sponsors step up and help cover band costs, fees — we also have minimal food and vendor fees that help us,” she said. “This is a great chance for the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce to give back to the community as well as businesses that are a part of that. It costs a little over $20,000 (to put on the series), but probably closer to $25,000 when everything is said and done.”

To stay up to date with the schedule, and read band highlights, visit the Tunes Facebook page at

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