By Andrew Kilstrom • Andrew Kilstrom • 

Brown Bag hosts an old friend

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The David Cooley Band performs for Thursday s Brown Bag concert in downtown McMinnville.
Marcus Larson / News-Register
The David Cooley Band performs for Thursday's Brown Bag concert in downtown McMinnville.

Performing at the corner of Third and Davis streets downtown, the band played pop, rock, blues, swing and jazz, including some original numbers.

The band is no stranger to McMinnville. It has appeared at Turkey Rama in addition to playing past Brown Bag concerts.

Cooley was introduced to an eager and enthusiastic crowd by retired McMinnville Downtown Association manager Patti Webb. A Mac native, he extending greetings to old-friends.

People lined the sidewalks, then began spilling out into the street. Some took the opportunity to have lunch while others forsook eating for dancing and basking in the sun.

“It’s nice to get out of the office for a bit and enjoy live music,” said Mark Bierly, who lives in Coburg but works in McMinnville.

The concert series, which features a wide variety of music, has become a staple of McMinnville summers. It brings back locals time and time again.

“I’ve been coming for seven or eight years now,” said Karen Hartsock. “If I don’t like the music, I leave. But I’ve probably only left two or three times over all those years.”

Bierly agreed, saying, “I probably go to about 80 percent of them. It’s really a nice variety of music.”

Over the course of the summer, the concert series will features genres ranging from pop to oldies. Everyone has a different preference and everyone gets a sample of that preference at some point.

“Most of it’s pretty good but I like the oldies the best,” Hartsock said.

Though the series is funded primarily through private sponsors, money is also raised through donations. So Webb passed around a “brown bag” for donations Thursday.

Webb said donations typically total about $1,200 over the course of the series.

The next performance is slated for Thursday in the same location. It will feature the Jackalope Saints, a Portland-based indie bluegrass band with Yamhill County natives: Clinton Herrick, John Chap and Lucas Welliver.

The Columbia Classic Jazz Band has been booked for Aug. 1 and Sky Bound Blue for Aug. 15. Mike Strickland is due to close out this year’s series Aug. 22.

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