A roundup of this summer’s free live music in Central Oregon

A Summer Sunday concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater.
A Summer Sunday concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

You can’t wander aimlessly through a Central Oregon summer without stumbling on a free, outdoor concert series.

Years ago, there was the ever-popular Munch & Music series in Drake Park, and not much else. But the Munch’s model — free music in a public place, casual atmosphere, food vendors, stuff to do for kids, etc. — has exploded in recent years, filling spaces both big and small with live music throughout the sunny season. The tunes don’t stop at Bend city limits, either. Redmond has two of these kinds of events, and there’s one each in Prineville and Sunriver. (There may be more that we’ve missed in the list below. If you know of one, leave a comment and we’ll add it.)

BendBroadband is proud to sponsor three free concert series: Summer Sundays at Les Schwab Amphitheater, Music on the Green in Redmond and Turf Tunes in Sunriver. It’s all part of our desire to support a strong, connected community that offers a variety of cultural opportunities to people of all walks of life.

But there’s more out there than just the events we sponsor! Below, find the upcoming schedules for all the free, outdoor concert series in Central Oregon that we could think of, all in one convenient place. Several of these start soon — Summer Sundays this weekend, Music on the Green next Wednesday, for example — so bookmark this list or print it out to make sure you know when it’s time to get outside and soak up some sound and sun!

Summer Sunday Concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater

June 21 — Broken Down Guitars (rock)
June 28 — Tubaluba (funk)
July 5 — Cloverdayle (country)
July 19 — Chiringa! (Latin dance music)
July 26 — Okaidja + Shokoto (African music)
Aug. 2 — Wilderness (rock)

Music on the Green at Sam Johnson Park in Redmond

June 24 — Out of the Blue (dance-rock)
July 8 — Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters (country)
July 22 — Off the Record (rock)
Aug. 5 — Derek Michael Marc & Double AA (blues)
Aug. 19 — TKO (country and rock)
Sept. 2 — Hokulea Dancers (Hawaiian dance)

Turf Tunes at SHARC in Sunriver

July 5 — Calico the Band (roots-pop)
July 12 — The Strange Tones (blues)
July 19 — The Rock Bottom Boys (comedy/roots)
July 26 — Code Red (rock)
Aug. 2 — Moondog Matinee (folk-rock)
Aug. 9 — Tommy Hogan (blues)
Aug. 16 — Briana Renea (country)

Munch & Music at Drake Park
July 9 — Cracker (rock)
July 16 — Jonatha Brooke (folk)
July 23 — High and Mighty Brass Band (jazz/big band)
July 30 — Katt and The Roots Revolution (reggae)
Aug. 6 — Jelly Bread and Redwood Son (rock)
Aug. 13 — Liv Warfield (alt-R&B)

Alive After Five at the Old Mill District
July 8 — Quarterflash (pop-rock)
July 15 — Heart by Heart (Heart without the Wilsons)
July 29 — High Street Band (big band)
Aug. 5 — LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends (rock ‘n’ soul)

Music in the Canyon at American Legion park in Redmond
July 1 — Countryfied (country)
July 15 — High Desert Hustlers (blues)
July 29 — Franchot Tone (pop)
Aug. 12 — Hobbs the Band (space-blues)
Aug. 26 — The Stunt Poets and The Cutmen (rock)

Picnic in the Park at Pioneer Park in Prineville

July 22 — High Street Band (big band)
July 29 — Carrie Cunningham and The Six Shooters (country)
August 5 — Brady Goss Band (pop) (at Crook County Fair)
August 12 — Derik Nelson (pop)
August 19 — Alexis Ebert (country)
August 26 — The Fire Weeds (Americana)

Farmers Market at Northwest Crossing

June 27 — Franchot Tone (pop)
July 4 — 1000 Fuegos (global pop)
July 11 — The Student Loan (Americana)
July 18 — Baduku & Bahuru Marimba (African music)
July 25 — Thomas T and The Blue Chips (blues)
Aug. 1 — Five Pint Mary (Irish folk-rock)
Aug. 8 — Tim Snider Trio (folk)
Aug. 15 — Sam Densmore & Pretty Gritty (Americana)
Aug. 22 — Tony Smiley (rock)
Aug. 29 — Will West and​ Groovy Wallpaper (roots)
Sept. 5 — Viasol (funk/soul)
Sept. 12 — Mosley Wotta and friends (hip-hop)
Sept. 19 — Curtis Salgado (blues)

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