By Nastacia Voisin • Of the News-Register • 

No shortage of music this summer

News-Register file photoThe David Cooley Band performs for a lunchtime crowd during last year’s Brown Bag music series.
News-Register file photo
The David Cooley Band performs for a lunchtime crowd during last year’s Brown Bag music series.

The U.S. Bank Plaza on Third Street will soon become a magnet for lunchtime music-lovers, as McMinnville’s summer Brown Bag concert series is slated to open Thursday June 12.

A performance by pianist Michael Allen Harrison, set to run noon to 3:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, First and Cowls streets, will kick off the weekly Thursday series.

The following week’s concert, set for the Thursday of June 19, will feature another pianist — Mike Strickland. It is slated to run noon to 1:30 at the church.

Subsequent concerts are scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in the bank plaza, between Third and Fourth on Davis Street. Admission is free.

Here’s how the lineup shapes up:

June 26: The New Iberians, a Portland sextet that performs a blend of original and traditional zydeco, rockabilly, blues and rock and roll.

July 3: Ad Lib with Dana Libonati, a group playing jazz compositions under the direction of the Mac High music instructor.

July 10: Sky Bound Blue, featuring the local Americana duo of Jenny and Matt Behnke playing slow, sweet tunes with a pinch of Nashville-inspired bluegrass.

July 17: Maraval Road, an authentic Trinidad-style steel band performing calypso, soca and panorama under the leadership of steel pan artist Tom Berich.

July 24: Golden Bough, a traditional Celtic group performing three-part harmony to the accompaniment of violin, guitar, harp, recorder, mandolin and Celtic hand drum.

July 31: Black and Blue, a Northwest acoustic group featuring vocalist/guitarist Mike Fite with percussionist Garrett Ewing.

Aug. 7: The Wild Wood, a fusion group combining mandolin, fiddle, bass, percussion and voice on simple, dynamic compositions.

Aug. 14: Countryside Ride, a honky-tonk quintet playing a mix of country, western, hillbilly and western swing covering original compositions and standards.

Additional live music will be hosted Tuesdays on the Linfield Green by McMinnville Parks & Recreation. The free performances start at 7 p.m.

Listeners are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the events, but alcohol, tobacco and pets are prohibited. The schedule unfolds as follows:

July 8: Randy Linder’s Tribute to the Creedence Clearwater Revival.

July 15: Incendio.

July 22: No concert.

July 29: The New Iberians.

Aug. 5: Trixy & The Nasties.

Aug. 12: The Ben Rice Band.

In Newberg, the annual Tunes on Tuesday series will present 6 p.m. concerts at the Chehalem Valley Cultural Center. This series features:

July 8: Patrick Lamb.

July 15: Ben Rice.

July 22: Soul Seed.

July 29: Jack Quinby.

Aug. 5: Sky Bound Blue.

Aug. 12: Sarah Billings Band.

Aug. 19: Pagan Jug Band.

Aug. 26: Hit Machine.

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