Past events

Here are highlights of Stagelights’ many events, programs and activities over the years.

Nashville duo performs Saturday

Stagelights welcomes Nashville guitar and fiddle duo Tim and Myles Thompson for a concert at the Harbor Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Playing together for nearly 20 years, the father-and-son duo performs an eclectic mix of original and cover songs ranging from jazz to Celtic to bluegrass.

A video of the duo can also be seen on YouTube at
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Don’t miss this fantastic, family-friendly music event for all ages!


Learn to play Latin and Native American drums with professional percussionists Mombo Hernandez and Michael Penney. Make your own percussion instrument. Join in a group drum circle and enjoy a barbecue lunch for just $10!


Stagelights Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 21!

(Free, but donations gladly accepted)

Karaoke 4 Kids on Saturday, Nov. 30!


Stagelights does Karaoke!

In addition to DJ services and live sound for bands, Stagelights now offers professional karaoke service for private and public events.

For more info click here.



Day of Drums set for Saturday, July 13!

To register for Day of Drums click here

Stagelights Musical Arts Community presents the second annual “Day of Drums,” a four-hour percussion workshop for all ages in Brookings on Saturday, July 13.

The event, sponsored by Lucky 7 Casino, features professional percussion teachers, a drum-making project, barbecue lunch and a drum circle.

“It was so much fun the first time, we’re doing it again,” said organizer Scott Graves.

Pre-registration is a must for the event,  which filled up quickly last year. The deadline to register is Monday, July 8.

Space is limited to the first 60 people and registration forms may be picked up at the Curry Coastal Pilot, 507 Chetco Ave., and the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., in Brookings. Forms can also be downloaded from Stagelights Facebook page and its website at

The event, led by professional percussionists Mombo Hernandez and Michael Penny, is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harris Beach Rest Area (off Highway 101 across from Harris Beach State Park). Check-in time is 9:45 a.m.

Participants will learn about Latin and Native American hand drums, play a variety of percussion instruments, and make an African-based drum called a shakere. The event will culminate with a barbecue hot dog lunch and a group drum circle.

Successful fundraising has allowed Stagelights to reduce the cost of the workshop to $10, which covers instruction, drum-making materials and lunch (courtesy of the Harbor Grocery Outlet.)

For more information, call Scott Graves at 541-469-3123 or



Five musical acts will perform two hours of holiday favorites at the Harbor Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 15, as part of Stagelights’ third annual community Christmas concert.

The family-friendly event begins at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with a suggested donation of $5 per person. All proceeds will benefit Stagelights’ music education and outreach programs.

The featured artists will perform secular and non-secular holiday songs such as “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”

The artists are:

•Resonance – a 12-member a cappella group;

•Coastal Tones – women’s barbershop quartet;

•The Perry Russell Band, country rock;

• Stephanie La Torre, pop vocalist.

• Nobody’s Business, acoustic pop and rock.

In addition to being a fundraiser for Stagelights, sales from the snack bar will benefit the Brookings-Harbor Community Theater. Everyone is invited to bring canned food items, which will be donated to the local food bank.

The Harbor Performing Arts Center is located is located at 97900 Shopping Center Avenue in Harbor.

This is the third annual holiday music concert hosted by Stagelights Musical Arts Community, a Brookings-bases nonprofit group that promotes live music events and music education in local schools.





Caravan of Thieves rocks Brookings on Sunday, Nov. 4



Caravan of Thieves played a fantastic sold out show at the Brookings-Harbor Performing Arts Center Sunday. On Monday – on one of their rare days off between gigs – the band participated in Stagelights’ “Music in the Classroom” program by performing for an hour at the local elementary school.  What a great band!

Caravan of Thieves performs for more than 200 elementary school students Monday, Nov. 5.




Magical summer evening with the Ian McFeron Band at Salmon Run golf course.

Ian McFeron Band at Salmon Run golf course


Ian McFeron and his stellar band played a wonderful mix of acoustic rock and folk for the crowd at Salmon Run on Thursday, Aug. 16. Fans filled the fairway with lawn chairs and blankets and enjoyed the music until nearly dark.

Stagelights extends a big “Thank You” to Ian and fiddler and vocalist Alisa Milner, bassist Norman Baker and drummer Mark Bateman.


Stagelights receives two grants!

This month Stagelights received a $500 grant from America Wild Rivers Foundation and $1,000 for the Curry County Cultural Coalition! We offer a big THANK YOU to both organizations for their financial support. The $500 grant will help fund two Saturday drum workshops, one in Brookings in July and the other in Crescent City in August. The 3-hour outdoor drum workshops, led by professional percussionist Mombo Hernandez and his assistants, are for all ages. No drumming experience necessary! Stay tuned for more details. The $1,000 grant will be used to purchase additional sound equipment and goes a long way toward achieving our goal of having a complete system serving all of our small and large community music events.

New Stagelights promotional video:


May 2012 group music lessons

Register now for affordable evening group music lessons starting May 7 for the following instruments: •Guitar   •Banjo   •Bass guitar   •Fiddle   •Accordion   •Harmonica  •Hand drums/percussion. More information at

Caravan of Thieves House Concert!

Caravan of Thieves and their freaks!

Wow! Thursday’s House Concert featuring Caravan of Thieves was awesome! We filled the house with 60-plus people, great food and music from one of the most exciting bands touring this great country of ours. Here are some snapshots of the concert. Click our House Concert link above to learn more about these great events and who’s playing next. Thank you Fuzz, Carrie, Ben and Brian. You guys ROCK!

Caravan of Thieves rock the house – unplugged!
Opening act: Local teen musicians McAlla Murdock and Ben Bowers perform two songs.
Caravan of Thieves rock the house


Stevie Coyle performs at the Stagelights Clubhouse

We had a packed house for the very first house concert at the Stagelights Clubhouse with guitarist Stevie Coyle! Wow! Thanks everybody for the great response (and the great potluck dishes!). Thank you Stevie for a wonderful show. See you at the next house concert!   See complete 2012 House Concert schedule here We have our sound system! Feb. 26, 2012 Thanks to several generous donations, and some fundraising efforts of our own, Stagelights have purchased the foundation for our sound system: an 800-watt, 16 channel Behringer mixer and two PA speakers. Next on our list is two stage monitors, a snake and at least 5 mike/stand/cord combos. If you’d like to donate money to the cause, please send a message to Thanks!

FUNDING FOR SOUND SYSTEM Jan. 24, 2012: Stagelights has a limited-time opportunity to purchase a used sound system that will help the nonprofit continue to host music events, classroom and youth music activities in 2012. A generous person has already donated $250, but we need another $750. If you or anyone you know can help, please ask them to send an email to or call Scott Graves at 541-551-1276. Thank you!


2011/2012 Highlights:

Open Mic Saturday, Jan. 21, in Brookings The public and musicians of all levels and musical styles enjoyed some great music at  Stagelights Musical Arts Community monthly Open Mic in Brookings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Event Center, 800 Chetco Ave. The open mics happen the third Saturday of every month and musicians are welcome to perform original and cover songs.


As part of Stagelights’ “Music in the Classroom” program, professional percussionist Mombo Hernandez visited Kalmiopsis Elementary School on Jan. 18, 2012, for a drum workshop. Mombo lead third graders as they played on a variety of hand drums and learned about various percussion instruments and their uses in concerts, TV and movies. Here are two videos:


Tickets are now on sale for the “Rock the Redwood New Year’s Eve Concert” Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Redwood Theater in Brookings.The major rock show, a fundraiser for Stagelights Musical Arts Community, is for all ages. It will feature two bands, special effects and some high-priced raffle prizes.The event, scheduled for 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., will feature the Eugene-based Eastman Band, winner of this year’s Last Band Standing competition. The opening act is South Coast’s up-and-coming rock band Tsunamic.Tickets are $5 for young people; $8 for those 18 and older. The event is presented by the nonprofit Stagelights Musical Arts Community.Tickets are available at the Redwood Theater, Fred Meyer, Ray’s Food Place, Shop Smart, the Curry Coastal Pilot, Chetco Music Co., and Earl E. Books. “The idea was to provide a professional rock show at a great price for people of all ages,” said Graves. “We hope to draw a huge crowd of teenagers, families and adults.”No alcohol is allowed at the event, Graves said.“Typically, the only place to enjoy live music on New Year’s Eve is at a local bar, but not everybody is old enough to get into a bar or, if they are, wants to hang out in one,” he said.The Eastman Band has agreed to travel from the fertile college music scene in Eugene to play one show on the coast at a discounted fee, Graves said. Proceeds, after costs, will benefit Stagelights’ music education and outreach programs in Curry County, he said.Tsunamic, a five-piece band consisting of musicians from Brookings, Gold Beach and Crescent City, will open the night, playing a mix of old and new rock cover songs.“We’re really excited about this concert; we’re going to put on a rock show that Brookings has never seen before,” said Tsunamic’s lead vocalist, Steve Racham.A number of local businesses have donated prizes that will be awarded during the event. The prizes include a Cal-Ore $500 helicopter ride for three people, a $100 pizza party at Zola’s Pizzeria, and a $75 gift card for Fred Meyer. “We expect to sell out the Redwood Theater so buy your tickets now,” Graves said.Stagelights Musical Arts Community is a Brookings-based nonprofit that focuses on music education and outreach in the schools and community. For more information about Stagelights and events, visit its Facebook page or

Stagelights Holiday Music Showcase set for Saturday, Dec. 17 Nearly three hours of live music performed by a celtic/jazz trio, a barbershop quartet, a pop rock band and a world music duo will fill the Harbor Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 17, as part of Stagelights’ Holiday Music Showcase.“As with past showcases, we always aim to make it new and different each time,” said event coordinator and Stagelights board member Gordon Later. “This event is going to be one of our most eclectic ones to date!”The free event starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A local group of musicians will lead the audience in Christmas carol singalongs between acts. Song books will be available. Everyone is invited to bring canned food for the local food bank.The theater is located is located at 97900 Shopping Center Avenue in Harbor.Artists schedule to perform are the Pistol River Trio (bass, guitar and keyboard), the Coastal Tones (all-female barbershop quartet), and Snapshot (pop/rock originals). Playing prelude music starting at 6:45 p.m. is Hither, Thither and Yon, a duo consisting of Michael Mavris and Cheryl Simon, who will play traditional Greek and Spanish music on guitar and bouzouki.The nonprofit Stagelights Musical Arts Community has been hosting its popular community music showcase for several years, offering something different every time. Donations are welcome and will help Stagelights fund music outreach and education projects in local schools and the community. The goal of the showcase is to bring together many different combinations of musicians, of different ages, to demonstrate the talent and versatility that exists in the community.For  information about Stagelights, its programs, sponsorships or to make a donation call Scott Graves at 541-412-3404 or visit

ROCK THE PARK – Sunday, Sept. 25 Stagelights Presents “Rock the Park,” a free three-hour rock concert featuring two bands on stage at Azalea Park at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25. The 5-piece rock band Point Taken will perform a mix of cover songs by artists such as Santana, Tom Petty, Eagles, Beatles, Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Bad Company. The band, with members from Brookings and Crescent City, have entertained crowds at various festivals and public events in both cities. The Joint Chiefs, from Crescent City, is known regionwide for its funk-driven psychedelic jams with a touch of blues, rock and even rap. The four-piece band features two guitarists, a drummer and bass player who often break into spacey, extended improvisational versions of originals and cover songs. Concert-goers should bring their own seating or blankets. Low-priced refreshments will be available, with all proceeds benefit Stagelights Musical Arts Community. All city park rules must be observed, including that dogs must be on leashes and no alcoholic beverages. In case of bad weather, the concert will move indoors to The Rink, at the corner of Railroad and Center streets in Brookings. Stagelights Musical Arts Community is a nonprofit organization operated by a volunteer board  focused on music outreach and education programs as well as presenting live music events. For more information visit, or call 541-469-8832.

Music Festival: July 2/3 Stagelights will sponsor two days of live, local music from 11 a.m. to dark on Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, on the boardwalk at the Port of Brookings Harbor. The music festival is part of the “Party at the Port American Style” event happening from July 1-4. There will be a beer garden, vendors, food, helicopter rides, a kids bouncy and more! Here is the current list of the bands scheduled to play: Saturday, July 2 11 to noon – Toni Land (vocal teacher) and Stagelights students 12 to 1 pm – Gil Kirk (piano pop) 1 to 3 pm – Slow Children (rock) 3 to 5 pm – Mudsharks (surf and blues) 5 to 6 pm – SnapShot (jazzy soft pop/rock) 6 pm to dark  – Hot Mess & Trouble Acting Normal (alternative rock) Sunday, July 31 1 to 12 noon – Giraffes on a Raft (swing/standards of the 1940s and 50s) 12 to 1pm – Marshal Thompson/Scott Graves (acoustic rock/folk) 1 to 2 pm – Jurassic Country (traditional country) 2 to 3 pm – SnapShot (Jazzy soft pop/rock) 3 to 5 pm – Spectrum Sound (classic rock/pop) 5 to 6 pm – Joint Chiefs of Stash (alternaitve jam rock) 6 to closing – The Spence Brothers & Friends (Texas-style blues rock)


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