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The eight-week musical extravaganza will feature fan favorites and a new closer

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Rock and blues guitarist and vocalist Ty Curtis will return for another performance at Tunes on Tuesday on July 30.

Music fans can expect to see some familiar faces as well as some new acts at the 2019 Tunes on Tuesday concert series in Newberg.

The event is put on the Young Professionals of Yamhill County. Shannon Buckmaster, co-chairperson for the concert series and the chief executive officer for the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, said vendor applications for the concert series haven't been released yet, but anticipates a "strong crew" of merchants.

In addition to food, there will be wine, beer and cocktail offerings, but the event will still feel family friendly.

Buckmaster added that several bands from the previous year will return to the concert series. The event will kick off July 9 when High Street band will perform. Other repeat performers include Ty Curtis, the June Bugs and Dancehall Days.

High Street, based in Idaho but whose founder is from Yamhill County, kicked off the annual event last year as well. The group is made up of a horn section, guitars, percussion and drums. They perform covers from the 1970s to the 1990s.GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Newberg native and blues guitar afficionado Ben Rice will take the Tunes on Tuesday stage on Aug. 13 in the plaza before the Chehalem Cultural Center.

The eight-week concert series takes place in the plaza before the Chehalem Cultural Center, near the library annex. Beginning in early July, it runs through August and music will emanate from the area from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Buckmaster characterized the event is very popular, with a crowd of more than 3,100 people attending one show last year.

To close out the season on Aug. 27, the series will welcome a new band, Radical Revolution, a 1980s cover band.

Repeat performers the June Bugs will be the second act of the series, performing on July 16.  Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, they played the circuit before returning home to Portland and will bring their pop/rock act back to Newberg.

The following week, Portland-based Dancehall Days will perform, followed by Ty Curtis on July 30.

On Aug. 6, Skybound Blue will perform. Ben Rice will take the stage on Aug. 13, followed by the Rae Gordon Band on Aug. 20.

Rice, a blues guitarist and singer, is a Newberg native and has garnered awards at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis with his slant on the song "Key to the Highway" and was awarded the St. Blues Guitarist award for best guitarist in 2014.

Gordon started her band in 2016 and has won the Cascade Blues Association Journey to Memphis competition at the Waterfront Blues Festival.

With a strong line-up, Buckmaster was confident good numbers of music fans will show up to listen to music.

"On some weeks we pull more than 10 percent of the (Newberg) population," Buckmaster said of the concert series.

She added the average attendance is around 1,500 people and usually no less than 800 show up on a given Tuesday.

There are typically around 20 to 25 vendors selling food, alcohol and other goods.

Buckmaster said this is the first year the concert series has generated enough revenue for the Young Professionals of Yamhill County to offer a scholarship for a Newberg graduate pursuing fine arts.

"We've been talking about the scholarship for about two years and we we're finally able to get the infrastructure in place this year," she said.

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