Wednesdays in the Park tunes up with weekly entertainment

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on July 8, 2017 12:01AM

Holiday Friends, an Astoria-based band, opens the Wednesdays in the Park series July 19 at Roy Raley Park in Pendleton.

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Holiday Friends, an Astoria-based band, opens the Wednesdays in the Park series July 19 at Roy Raley Park in Pendleton.


Wednesdays in the Park is cranking up the sound for its third season of weekly summer concerts.

The free shows begin Wednesday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Roy Raley Park, 1205 S.W. Court Ave., Pendleton. Showcasing local and regional artists, the lineup includes musicians from Seattle to San Francisco, as well as Astoria, Boise and Pendleton. People are encouraged to grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free music. Also, bring some cash as local food vendors and a beer/wine garden will be available each week.

Presented by Pendleton Parks & Recreation and Sounds Like Entertainment, the all-ages concert series kicks off with Holiday Friends. The Astoria-based band includes a core trio of musicians who have been performing together since 2008. The alternative rock group has gathered momentum in recent years and its latest album, “Night Terrors,” was recently released. Popular on Oregon’s north coast, the indie group hopes to ride a wave to wider audiences.

The July 26 show features Foxtails Brigade, who recently released a self-titled album. Hailing from San Francisco, the band’s front-girl, Laura Weinbach, is the daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult comedian. Growing up in a home that embraced eccentricity, Weinbach voice is described as soothing and hypnotic. She’s also trained in classical guitar. The band’s live shows feature junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics and Weinbach’s trademark voice.

A recent Seattle transplant, Lincoln Barr is no stranger to Eastern Oregon. The musician has performed in the area previously with his band Red Jacket Mine. Also, he’s been making the rounds in the region’s music scene since acquiring a Pendleton zip code in support of his debut solo album “Trembling Frames.” A deeply personal album, its inspiration comes from Barr confronting his abusive childhood. Barr will take the stage Aug. 2.

Ian Moore & the Lossy Coils will perform Aug. 9. Growing up in the Texas music scene, Ian Moore has been on a journey of forward motion and change — channeling influences over the years. Now based in the Seattle area, Moore straddles genres — offering his unique soulful, bluesy rock sound, mixed with psychedelic power pop.

Over the years, Moore has toured with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and ZZ Top. He recently released “Strange Days,” an EP.

Closing out the season Aug. 16 will be New Transit. Founded in 2009, an original “Northwest Rock” group, the Boise-based band plays original alternative country rock music — citing such influences as The Beatles, The Band, Wilco, the Grateful Dead, Gram Parsons, Brian Wilson and the Rolling Stones. In addition to performing previously in Pendleton, guitarist Thomas Paul also has been a frequent performer in the Round-Up City. They recently dropped their third studio album, the self-titled “New Transit.”

For more information, call 541-276-8100 or search Facebook for “Wednesdays in the Park.”

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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