Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concert Series features diverse lineup
Wilsonville citizens can lay back in lawn chairs, get up and shimmy or say hello to an old friend — all while listening to live music ranging from blues to pop. And while they're there, they can support an admirable cause.
The annual Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concert Series, which will take place four nights throughout the summer in Town Center Park, is back.
This year's slate features tribute band Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts July 19, Blues artist Ty Curtis and his band July 26, multi-genre band Hit Machine Aug. 2 and country band Cloverdayle Aug. 9. Featured acts will perform at 6:30 p.m. while openers are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The event is free but attendees can donate to End Polio Now, a Rotary International initiative to eradicate polio. Food, ice cream and shaved ice will also be available during the performances.
"We are quite excited about this lineup of performers," Rotary Club of Wilsonville President Laura LaJoie-Bishop said in a press release. "All four have performed in Wilsonville in the past and have really engaged our audience. The Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concerts are where people get together to relax, enjoy great music, maybe dance a little bit and reconnect with other members of the community."
While booking the lineup, Rotary Club of Wilsonville member Curt Kipp said the group tried to identify artists that were both popular and engaging. And he thinks it has assembled an enticing slate.
"We're just trying to deliver what people would enjoy and find enriching," Kipp said.
Playing music ranging from The Supremes to The Beach Boys, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts has performed at the concert series every year since 2005. And for Kipp, the tribute band is an ideal fit for the series due to its engaging personalities, crowd involvement, humor and because it plays familiar and pleasing tunes. The band performs rock and roll songs originating from the 1950s to early 1970s.
"This is a band that has been doing what they do for 40 years and has been one of the most popular bands in the area for that time," Kipp said. "It's fun; it's music everyone knows and can dance to."
Curtis, who performed at last year's summer concert series, is a Salem-based artist who fuses blues and rock and roll and has released two albums with Steve Miller Band guitarist Jacob Petersen.
"He's the total package in terms of the guitar ability and the vocal ability and injecting soul and authenticity into what he does," Kipp said. "He's exceedingly talented."
Like Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, Hit Machine performs covers of popular songs. But, instead of rock and roll, the band plays more contemporary music — ranging from the 1980s until now.
"He (Hit Machine vocalist Bart Hafeman) goes into the crowd and is just constantly in motion. You don't get bored watching him at all," Kipp said. "We expect a big crowd for Hit Machine."
Lastly, Cloverdayle performs American-style country music.
"They interact with the crowd and kids get up and dance with them," Kipp said.
Opening acts include rocker Bryan Flannery July 19, Wilsonville-based duo The Whiskey Darlings July 26, local singer songwriter Christina Cooper Aug. 2 and Canby artist Briana Renea Aug. 9.
"We try to work with local acts," Kipp said. "We're giv-
ing exposure to local performers."
The concert series has raised over $65,000 for End Polio Now since 2007. Donations are matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
"Of all the decades of effort, we're down to three countries where polio is still endemic and right now when we have it on the ropes, it's our opportunity to do what we did with smallpox, which is to eradicate it," Kipp said. "It's something that can be vaccinated for and if enough people get vaccinated it goes away."
For more information on the concert series, visit http://wilsonvilleconcerts.com/.