May 15, 2019 4:40 a.m.
Music on the Half Shell has announced its lineup of outdoor concerts for 2019.
Started in 1992, the Tuesday night series in Roseburg’s Stewart Park, has grown to become one of the premier summer music events in the Pacific Northwest.
Longtime organizer Clint Newell talked why they produce the shows:
Tuesday night organizers gathered at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to share the list of who will be playing, with a group of sponsors and supporters.
The diverse lineup includes:
*Orquesta Akokan on June 18th. They are described as a blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo, straight out of Havana, Cuba.
*Bill Frisell Trio on June 25th. Frisell’s career has spanned more than 40 years in the world of jazz.
*Scotland group Skerryvore July 2nd, playing celtic and rock music.
*John Jorgenson Quintet July 9th. The Grammy award winning guitarist has worked with a varied list of artists like Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Bob Dylan and more.
*Rio Mira July 16th. The group plays world music that is rooted in Ecuador and Columbia.
*Patrick Lamb Band July 23rd. Based in Portland, Lamb is known as the “saxophonist to the stars” and tours the world with people like Bobby Caldwell, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Diane Shuur, and Smokey Robinson.
*Eugene Symphony Orchestra performs July 30th. They will be joined by players from the Douglas County Youth Orchestra.
*The Waifs wrap up the series August 6th. The Australian folk rock band returns to Roseburg after playing the Half Shell in 2015.
Newell paid tribute to Dick Nichols, the man whose idea led to the Half Shell getting started:
Nichols recently passed away at age 89.
More information about the concerts is posted at www.halfshell.org