June 11, 2021 11:30 a.m.
Music on the Half Shell is “alive and well” for 2021.
That’s the word from organizer Clint Newell. He was joined by several committee members and the media in a Friday morning presentation at the Nichols band shell in Roseburg’s Stewart Park.
Newell said he feels like the shows will provide a healing effect as many things are starting to return to normal. This year six concerts will be presented. Newell said while there are normally eight shows, there simply wasn’t time to plan that many. The lineup includes:
*July 6th: MarchForth, a group of 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world. They first appeared at the Half Shell in 2017
*July 13th: Leroy Bell, who is based in the Seattle area, will make a return appearance. Newell said that Bell has been one of the most requested performers over the years.
*July 20th: 4-part vocal jazz group The Four Freshman will perform. They first performed at the Half Shell in 2002.
*July 27th: Blues musician Curtis Salgado will play in Roseburg for the second time. His new release is called Damage Control, his first full band album in four years.
*August 3rd: Tony Coleman’s Tribute to the Three Kings will take the stage. Newell said the Portland blues drummer will lead a group honoring the music of blues guitarists BB King, Albert King, and Freddie King.
*August 10th: The Portland Jazz Allstars will feature some of the best jazz musicians in the region. The group will be centered around Tom Grant, Ron Steen and Dave Captein. A female vocalist and horn players will perform as well.
Newell thanked the sponsors who have returned to back the series. He said their support this year is very much appreciated.
The Douglas County Tiger Team will be administering COVID-19 vaccines at Music on the Half Shell. Newell said details on how many weeks that will take place is still being worked out.
More details are available at www.halfshell.org.