Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

A group of Oregon musicians paying tribute to country music legend Loretta Lynn will make a stop during their Oregon Coast tour Friday, Oct. 14, at the Dori Randall Performing Arts Center in Harbor.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $15 and available at the Curry Coastal Pilot office, 507 Chetco Ave., and at the hall starting at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show. Cash or check only. The theater is located at 97900 Shopping Center Ave.

The band

Fronted by the popular Portland folk-country songstress Mary Rondthaler, the five-piece band will perform two 45-minute sets featuring Lynn’s iconic music.

Known as the Coal Miner’s Daughter, Lynn wrote many of her own songs and has been dubbed the Queen of Country Music throughout her five-decade career. In 1972, she was the first woman to be nominated and named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association.

Rondthaler has spent many years honing her craft around the Portland music scene. She has performed and recorded with George Chudacoff, Succotash, The Sagebrush Sisters and The Rocky Butte Wranglers. She can be seen regularly singing country and western songs with the Wranglers at nightclubs around the Northwest, as well as with The Sagebrush Sisters, a three-piece cowgirl swing band.

Rondthaler is well known for her knack of picking great unknown songs from the repertoires of many legendary country music artists.

On this tour, her band features three graduates of Oregon State University: Justin Schepige on bass, Tommy Brownson on drums, and Erik Crew on lead guitar. They  studied music under Professor Neal Grandstaff, widely known for his lifelong contribution to music performance and education.

Joining them on pedal steel guitar will be veteran Nashville touring pro and session player Gary Thorsen, who toured with Loretta’s twin daughters, The Lynns. He has worked for many other country music greats, including Tanya Tucker. Gary is known for his inspiring work in the musical show Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? and with the Opry West at The Little Theater by The Bay in North Bend.

More information and videos of the band can be found at

The concert is sponsored by Stagelights Musical Arts Community, a Brookings-based nonprofit organization that focuses on music education and events. The theater’s snack bar will be operated by members of the Brookings-Harbor Community Theater, with proceeds benefiting its programs.

The band will donate a portion of it’s proceeds to the Children’s Theater in Florence Oregon.

For more information about the concert or Stagelights call 541-373-3727.



Dustbowl Revival: A joyous, youthful twist on traditional Americana!

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Known for its roaring live sets, Dustbowl Revival will perform its energetic mix of old-school bluegrass, gospel, pre-ward blues and hot swing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Chetco Grange Community Center in Harbor.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Curry Coastal Pilot office, 507 Chetco Ave., and at the hall starting at 7 p.m. the night of the show. For more information visit

“Seeing such a barnstorming band in such an intimate venue is going to set the audience on fire,” said Scott Graves, event organizer and board member of Stagelights Musical Arts Community.

Making a surprise stop in Harbor during their big-city tour, Dustbowl Revival is a Southern California-base collective of eight musicians who play a variety of instruments including standup bass, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukelele, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, harmonica and washboard.

According to the band’s website (, the band “bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938.”

Band founder Z. Lupetin came west from Chicago in 2007 and placed a humble Craigslist ad to get the circus started. The group has grown steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast, into a traveling mini orchestra of top-notch musicians playing top festivals and opening for bands like Rebirth Brass Band and Trombone Shorty.

The band has placed several songs in television shows for ABC and Fox, and in independent films such as “Made In China.”

More information and videos of the band can be found at the band’s website or

The concert is sponsored by Stagelights Musical Arts Community, a Brookings-based nonprofit organization that focuses on music education and events. Light refreshments will be for sale during the event and donations for Stagelights’s programs will be accepted.

Annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 19!

The Accidentals in Concert

The Accidentals, a Michigan-based indie folk-rock trio, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Chetco Grange Community Center in Harbor.

Singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer will open the show with a 30-minute set of acoustic blend of folk, pop and soul music.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Curry Coastal Pilot office, 507 Chetco Ave., and at the hall, located at the corner of Highway 101 and Zimmerman Lane.

The Accidentals is known for performances that are interspersed with light-hearted banter with audience members. They often switch instruments and go from one genre of music to another. The style and dramatic storytelling of some songs are reminisent of Norah Jones, while other songs offer a bit of jazz icon Django Reinhardt and indie-rock bands such as Sufjan Stevens, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers and Bon Iver, according to the band’s publicist.

In the last two years The Accidentals have recorded three original albums, were guest artists on 15 others, scored two films, landed song placements in commercials and documentaries, and played more than 700 live shows — and then they graduated high school.

The band was formed in 2012 by singers and multi-intrumentalists Savannah Buist and Katie Larson, who both graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. They have since added percussionist Michael Dause, who plays cajon and various percussion instruments.

The group, whose members’ ages range from 19 to 22, performs a blend of pop, jazz, bluegrass, folk, country, classical and other genres using a variety of instruments such as guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, ukelele, mandolin and upright bass.

The band has peformed at a variety of music festivals across the U.S. and has opened for artists such as  Andrew Bird, Brandi Carlile, Dar Williams, SHEL, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ben Solee, Seth Glier, Rusted Root, The Wailers, Keller Williams, and Arlo Guthrie.

More information and videos of the band can be found at

The concert is sponsored by Stagelights Musical Arts Community, a Brookings-based nonprofit organization that focuses on music education and events. Light refreshments will be for sale during the event and donations for Stagelights will be accepted.


Stagelights in the news!

Story in the Curry Coastal Pilot newspaper about Stagelights’ recent purchase of stringed instruments for Azalea Middle School in Brookings.

Azalea Middle School student Evelyn Behunin had never played the cello, but after watching “If I Stay,” a movie about a young cellist, she knew it was the instrument for her.

“I really liked the cello and the sound it makes,” said Behunin, 11, who had never played any instrument before.

Her classmate Avery Sandusky, 11, is playing violin for the first time.

“It’s fun to do and I like the sound,” she said.

Both girls signed up for a beginning string class at the middle school this fall and, with about 18 other students, found a room full of new violins, violas, cellos and a bass — about $25,000 worth of new instruments and music supplies obtained by the Brookings nonprofit Stagelights Musical Arts Community.

“We were able to outfit every single student with an instrument this semester,” said Azalea Middle School music teacher John Webster, who is also a board member for Stagelights.

“Normally, kids would have to share instruments, which can get tricky and is not ideal. This way, the kids get to keep and use their own instruments,” Webster said.

Those statements are music to Stagelights board members, who have been bringing music education and outreach to Brookings public schools and the community since 2009.

The $25,000 grant, awarded by the Oregon Community Foundation in November 2014, is the largest grant that Stagelights has received since its inception.

“We were all thrilled to get that grant; it allowed us to really do something big for our community,” said Stagelights chairman Scott Graves. “We put the money in the bank and said ‘Merry Christmas, John. Now go out and buy some instruments for the kids.’”

Enrollment in music classes at both the middle school and Brookings-Harbor High School have increased dramatically this fall, Webster said.

“Without the grant we wouldn’t have been able to accommodate all the students,” he said. “We even have instruments to spare, plus money left over to buy additional supplies like sheet music, strings and accessories.”

Stagelights used about $18,000 in grant money to purchase 42 instruments, cases, a cello rack and 40 pieces of music, Graves said.

The remaining funds, about $6,000, are being held in reserve for the anticipated growth in the school district’s music programs, he said.

For the 2015-16 school year, the school district expanded its string music program to three classes to accommodate various skill levels of students.

“Last year we had two classes; two years ago we had only one,” Webster said.

His ultimate goal, and that of Stagelights, is to help bring back music to Kalmiopsis Elementary School, which hasn’t had a music program for several years because of budget cuts.

“We really need to start children playing music as early as possible, even kindergarten,” Webster said. “Studies show that learning music at a young age can make a huge difference in how well kids do in all aspects of their education.”

Stagelights’ donation is only the latest of several instruments donated to the middle school by groups and individuals in the community.

“The Friends of Music donated $2,000 or $3,000 in 2011 that we used to purchase 10 new instruments.” Webster said. “We also received donation of instruments from individuals, including Charles Harmon, a local luthier who donated seven instruments. Other individuals have donated one or two instruments over the years.”

To donate instruments to the schools, call John Webster at Azalea Middle School at 541-469-7427. Donations to Stagelights can be made by calling 541-373-3727. More information is also available at



First Annual Wild Rivers Music Festival a hit with fans!

Hot Buttered Rum performs during the Wild Rivers Music Festival on Aug. 15, 2015

The dust has settled after the Aug. 15-16 music festival at Brookings Azalea Park and we are proud to announce that we did well enough to start planning for the second annual festival tentatively scheduled for July, 2016! We’d like to thank the sponsors, volunteers, vendors and music fans who helped launch our festival this year. We couldn’t have done it without you! Please check this website frequently for updates on next year’s festival, including the exact dates and artists. You can also visit the official festival website at or follow us on Facebook.

Meanwhile, click here to watch a highlight video of the festival.


Click HERE for festival information.



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