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Picnic in the Park series will launch on Wednesday at Pioneer Park and continue into late August

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Picnic in the Park concert series returns to Pioneer Park this Wednesday.

It's that time of the summer when neighbors, family and friends gather to listen to good music in the beautiful Pioneer Park in downtown Prineville.

Grab your blankets, lawn chairs, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages and head for the park. There is a great lineup of music, including renditions of modern and classic hits, country, Rock 'N Roll, Harmonic vocals, big band music, and a unique mix of classic rock, blues, and R&B.

This will mark the 15th anniversary of Picnic in the Park, brought to the community by Crook County Foundation. It is also made possible by a generous grant from Crook County Cultural Coalition through the Oregon Cultural Trust, and funds from this grant went directly towards hiring bands for the 2019 concert series. 

Sponsors also include; the Central Oregonian; Mid Oregon Credit Union; Oregonians Credit union; Prineville-Crook County Chamber and Visitor Center; Amerititle; Outwest Insurance Services; Bend Broadband; Prineville Funeral Home; Endura; Meadow Lakes Golf Course; Mid Oregon Personnel; Evans, Bartlett and Higbe, CPAs, LLP; Les Schwab Tires; BigFoot Beverages; Loan Depot; Proline; The Associates Real Estate; Evergreen Home Loans; Studio Jay; Ericksons Thriftway; PacificSource; 95.7 fm Bend; KRCO; and the Roundup.

"People are welcome to bring their meals and things and non-alcoholic beverages. We really appreciate our main sponsors—Mid-Oregon Credit Union and Oregonians Credit Union," indicated Crook County Foundation Executive Director Brandi Ebner.

The free concert lineup takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Prineville. The August performance by Modern Gentlemen will be held at the Crook County Fair.

Concert series lineup

July 17—Precious Byrd

Precious Byrd is voted number one party band in Oregon, and they have played for brands like Nike, Deschutes Brewery, and Pendleton Whiskey. Their renditions of modern and classic hits, along with a number of high energy originals are sure to fill the dance floor and get people on their feet!

July 24—Joe Shinkle & 99West

Joe Shinkle & 99West is a country dance band that will have you on your feet with the best of country classics and today's country western.

July 31—the Rock Bottom Boys

The Rock Bottom Boys are Rock 'N Roll with Hillbilly Soul!  Lucky, Red and Henk will be "Twisting and warping rock and roll hits" for fans during their performance.  "Tantalizing three part harmonies, superior musicianship and incredible showmanship" will make you laugh, and leave you smiling.

August 7—Modern Gentlemen—Held at the crook County Fair

The Modern Gentlemen have worked alongside many of the artists they celebrate. They bring charm, high energy, and spot-on vocals with harmonic perfection. They are the voices behind Frankie Valli, with classic hits and modern style.

August 14—The Scott Brockett Band

This local favorite grew up singing his way through Crook County High School and all over Prineville. Making a name for himself on the Portland and regional music scene, his unique mix of classic rock, blues, R&B, and originals will surely be a concert you will enjoy!

August 21—The Notables Swing Band

The big band era comes alive whenever the Notables Swing Band plays the great swing music of the 1930s-50s. As a 17-member band in Central Oregon, they provide rousing, live, big band music for dancing and entertainment. Their playlist includes the classic swing music popularized by musicians such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, but also a big variety of more recent favorites, all played with the traditional full sounds of a classic big band.  They play to renew the memories of that music for those who used to dance to swing, and to draw in completely new generations.

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