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The Rock Bottom Boys kicked off this year's Picnic in the Park concert series July 21.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The high energy trio hit the stage with a "do rock n' roll with a hillbilly soul" style of performance. Picnic in The Park concert series kicked off Wednesday, July 21 with the return of The Rock Bottom Boys. The high energy trio hit the stage with a "do rock n' roll with a hillbilly soul" style of performance. They were a hit with the crowd and drew a large audience on opening night.

All of the concerts will be from 6 to 8 p.m., every Wednesday through August 18. Over 60 bands have come from all over the West Coast to play in the beautiful backdrop at the Pioneer Park in Prineville. Tomorrow, July 28, brings a new band to Central Oregon – The Band Fresh, who hail from Los Angeles, California. Known as the West Coast's No. 1 Selena tribute band, they play a mix of popular Latin songs with today's country and top 40.

The Aug. 4 concert will be held at the Crook County Fairgrounds. The Diamonds will be playing the opening day of the Crook County Fair, where the Merritt Barbeque will also kick off the fair. The quartet features your favorite doo-wap and classic rock and roll songs from their 16 hit records.

Returning to Pioneer Park on Aug. 11, the High Street Band will be performing the best songs from the '70s, '80s, '90s and today. With a mix of lead singers, they bring to you the most popular top 40, Motown, jazz, blues, and funk.

The concert series concludes on August 18 with first time PIP performer Olivia Harms. Olivia is the daughter of country singer Joni Harms, and will be accompanied by our local Moss Brothers Band to play some classic country, current hits, and some of Olivia's own originals.

Over the years, over $260,000 of sponsor support from businesses and grants have allowed these free concerts to happen. Our presenting sponsors again this year are Mid Oregon Credit Union and Oregonians Credit Union. Gold Record sponsor support is provided by Amerititle, The Associated Real Estate, Bigfoot Beverages, Endura Products, Erickson's Thriftway, Loan Depot, Meadow Lakes Golf Course, Medicare Benefits NW – Shellie Davis, Mid Oregon Personnel, and Pacific Source.

Picnic in the Park is also provided by grant support from the Crook County Cultural Coalition, our local administrative program of the Oregon Cultural Trust, and in-kind support from the Crook County Parks and Recreation District.


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