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Picnic in the Park concert series launches next Wednesday evening July 18 at Pioneer Park

ARTWORK COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY FOUNDATION - Picnic in the Park starts Wednesday, July 18.

Whether you are a little bit country, favor pop music, love the oldies or just enjoy live music in a relaxed outdoor setting, Picnic in the Park should have you covered.

The 13th annual concert series returns to its usual July and August venue at Pioneer Park every Wednesday starting next week with a diverse lineup scheduled through the end of next month.

"We are excited about our lineup this year and feel like we raised the bar for quality entertainment and hope that by the end of the season there was something for everyone to have enjoyed," said Lisa Morgan, who is organizing the event for the Crook County Foundation.

The series kicks off July 18 with Nashville recording artists Farewell Angelina. Named after a Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four vocalists, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.

"Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board," says Crook County Foundation Executive Director Brandi Ebner.

The following week, July 25, Pressure Point, a popular Portland/Seattle area cover band, takes the stage. Performing for more than 10 years, the group offers music from the 1940s to present day.

Hook Me Up band will perform Aug. 1.

"Their talented, professionally trained musicians will wow you with a variety of vocal and instrumental musical entertainment," Ebner boasts. "They have something for everyone, whether you like dipping and dancing, dining and fine wining, or getting lost in a memory from a nostalgic melody."

Picnic in the Park will once again move to the Crook County Fairgrounds to present the Aug. 8 performance of Papa Doo Run Run. The group has been performing continuously since 1965, and all their members have performed and recorded with The Beach Boys for three decades. On their own, they've released 10 albums and a dozen singles, along with earning two gold records and a Grammy nomination. 

"PDRR never fails to get the entire audience on their feet, singing along at the top of their lungs," Ebner remarked.

Returning to Pioneer Park the following Wednesday, the concert series will present High Street Band. Featuring eight musicians, the band plays hits from every decade from the 1940s to the 1990s.

Heartache Tonight will close out the concert series on Aug. 22, performing hits from the Eagles.

Ebner stressed that the concert series, which often draws crowds that pack the park, is made possible by generous support of our local community.

"Over the years, nearly 50 businesses, totaling over $215,000 of financial support, have contributed to allow these free concerts to happen," she said. "The top sponsor has been Mid Oregon Credit Union, and they are joined again this year as a Rock Star Sponsor by Oregonians Credit Union and as a Platinum Sponsor the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce."

She went on to note that several businesses provide important in-kind support that help host the performers and promote the shows.

"The series has also had grant support from Facebook and the Crook County Cultural Coalition," Ebner said.

Morgan added that the continued support of the Foundation's Picnic in the Park committee has likewise enabled the concert series to successfully endure since launching in 2005.

"We are super grateful to the committee that hits the pavement making contact with our sponsors to try to pull together a budget to provide this for our community," she said. "It is getting more and more competitive with all that our wonderful community has to offer, so getting the sponsorship or donations to keep this program going is not an easy task."

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