Summer is the Season for Outdoor Music

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, June 3, 2019

More summers ago than I care to admit, I was riding in a car that was being followed by a rather erratically driven Porsche, as if the driver were way more important than we were and had somewhere prestigious to be. I finally glanced back to get a good enough look at the rascal, who turned out to be Steve Perry of Journey. In defense of his driving at the time, he probably was way more important than most of the other drivers on that road.

I never got to see Journey live (though I didn't stop believing) but can come close to the experience by seeing Stone in Love, the Journey tribute band playing Saturday, June 8, at the second installment of the Salishan Summer Concert Series

Though heavy on the tribute bands, including nods to Earth, Wind & Fire and the Eagles, the series will also include bands playing soul, country, folk and even the popular rock violinist Aaron Meyer.

Held on the event lawn at the Salishan Resort and Spa just south of Lincoln City, the free series also includes some vendor booths and the “Music Is Instrumental Food Pavilion,” where some of the proceeds will go to Music is Instrumental, a nonprofit seeking to increase music education, live performances and access to instruments for kids on the Central Coast. 

The family-friendly concerts are also pet friendly (leashes required). 

The music will start at 7 p.m. in June and July and at 6 p.m. in August; food will be available one hour earlier.

Another opportunity to enjoy music outside this summer is courtesy of the Nelscott Concert Series, happening every Saturday at 1 p.m. until the end of August. It's worth noting that these shows are earlier in the day than most music performances, and there's a reason for it.

“The main reason I do this is for the young people or the adults with babies who don’t get to hear live music as often because it’s always late or in bars,” Bryan Nichols said, series organizer and guitar player for the band Zuhg, who will perform on June 15. 

The series, with bands that will perform reggae, rock, folk, soul and “jazzy fusion funk,”  takes place on the deck that sits between Nichols’ surf shop, Zuhg Life, and a coffee shop. Other businesses along the Nelscott business strip include a cafe and a Mexican restaurant. 

“People can get coffee or food to go and enjoy some live music while they eat,” Bryan said.

Mookatite will be heating up the Nelscott strip this summer. Photo by Bryon Nichols.

And while you are on the deck, you can pop in to Zugh Life not just to check out their surf gear and apparel but also to pick up tickets for the inaugural Otis Music Festival, a weekend-long event happening from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29.

At the open, grassy event site in Otis, eight bands will perform rock, soul, blues and, in case you are still looking for another tribute, there's also Erotic City, the nod to Prince from Portland.

“We’re calling it the 'party on the pasture',” Tim Gallineau, event organizer, said. “The field is perfect, the weather should be perfect, and the town of Otis is perfect for this event. We just wanted to bring in some music you wouldn’t normally get here.”

Make a full weekend out of it with RV and tent camping in the very large field. Sites are available for $25 for tents and $40 to $50 for RV’s.

Some will win, some will lose, some are born to sing the blues. And then others are born to listen, and it's hard to beat listening to the blues at a Central Coast's outdoor concert series this summer.

Had a brush with fame? Share it in the comments section below; we'd love to here about it. And for other things to do on the Central Coast before or after enjoying some live music, be sure to check out our Daytime Events calendar. For evening entertainment our Nightlife page guides you to the best places to be.

About the Author Gretchen Ammerman
Gretchen Ammerman received an Environmental Science degree from Humboldt State University and was soon running a state environmental agency in Hawaii. She gave it up for the glamorous life of the freelance writer. This led to steady employment as a newspaper editor in Lincoln City, OR, where she knew she was doing well when the paper was threatened with a lawsuit within a week. Though the work was rewarding, she returned to freelance writing to have more freedom to explore the beautiful state of Oregon with her adopted dog, Scout.