One of our community’s favorite events is ready to launch – the Picnic in the Park (PIP) concert series. For 14 years this program, produced by the Crook County Foundation, has brought a variety of bands and individual musicians to downtown Prineville.
Started in 2005 to bring performing arts to residents, there have been over 50 bands to grace the stage at Pioneer Park, ranging in genres and uniqueness. This popular annual event series could not be possible without the 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. 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. There are also several businesses who 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. Please visit our website and peruse a PIP program to learn about all the incredible 2018 sponsors.
The line-up for this summer is sure to raise the bar for local entertainment! PIP kicks off on Wednesday, July 18 with Nashville recording artists Farewell Angelina. Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board.
Next on July 25 will be Pressure Point, one of Portland/Seattle area’s most asked for cover band over the past ten years. They will be performing music from the 40’s to now! Then we welcome the Hook Me Up band on August 1. Their talented, professionally trained musicians will wow you with a variety of vocal and instrumental musical entertainment. 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.
PIP is excited to continue our great partnership with the Crook County Fair, where on August 8 Papa Doo Run Run will hit the stage in the big tent at the fairgrounds. They have been performing continuously since 1965 and all their members have performed and recorded with The Beach Boys for 3 decades. On their own they’ve released 10 albums and a dozen singles, along with earning 2 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.
We head back to Pioneer Park on August 15 with the return of the High Street Band. This phenomenal show band of 8 talented musicians play top hits from every decade from the 40’s to the 90’s. Lastly, we wrap up this year’s concerts with Heartache Tonight on August 22, performing all the great music of The Eagles.
So, dig out those dancing shoes, fill a cooler with a picnic dinner, and grab your favorite lawn chair! We will see you on gorgeous Wednesday nights July 18-August 25 from 6-8 pm, catching up with friends, enjoying amazing entertainment, and appreciating our great community.