2018 Summer Concert Series
The community of La Pine has just completed the inaugural season of the Music in the Pines Summer Concert Series. Our first concert was June 14th, 2018 with two concerts a month from June – August and there was an average of 500 in attendance at each show. The community really showed much support for the series. Kyle Frick, with Mid Oregon Credit Union (the Title Sponsor), said this was by far the largest turn-out to the first “music in the park” type series that he has ever seen. This is significant because Mid Oregon Credit Union sponsors Picnic in the Park (Prineville), Music on the Greens (Redmond) and Munch n Music (Bend). Needless to say, they were more than pleased with the response from the community. People seemed quite excited and there was certainly a “buzz” in the air throughout the summer. Sunriver Brewing ran out of beer and food vendors ran out of food at the first concert as the turn-out was much more than expected, setting a wonderful tone for the rest of the summer. The music was great and the bands were all a lot of fun, especially in the way they engaged with the audience week after week. The sound system we purchased the previous year with grant funds from the Ford Family Foundation served the event well, and will do so for a long time to come. Saving the expense (probably a few thousand dollars over the summer) of having to hire out a professional sound company will help make this event more sustainable for years to come.
More than those things, however, several people commented on the fact that they were able to spend time with friends and/or connect with people whom they have not seen in quite a while. Many people told event organizers that La Pine needed something like this, where people can come together. Everyone loves music, but the larger goal for this series was to create space for the community to be together and enjoy one another. Comments such as these encapsulate the larger vision the organizers pictured in creating community.