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Residents and visitors to Round-Up City will be treated to more than just rodeo this week — there’s lots of free music in town.
In addition to the Main Street Cowboys Free Show, Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co. features nightly music and the Wildhorse Sports Bar is extending its regular weekend entertainment. Also, keep your ears open, as live entertainment might pop up in other places throughout the week.
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Billed as “The Greatest Free Show in the West,” a variety of entertainment and vendors can be found in the 100 through 400 blocks of South Main Street. About 50 members strong, the Main Street Cowboys round up everything from clowns and magicians to comedy acts and musicians.
Among the musical acts slated to perform are Brewer’s Grade Band, the Brady Goss Band, Joe Stoddard and more.
Riding high after receiving country band of the year by the International Music and Entertainment Association, Brewer’s Grade kicks off their Main Street shows Wednesday at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and play throughout the week. In mid-May, the group embarked on its 2018 Northwest Country Tour — taking them to across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California.
Based in The Dalles, the band includes Hermiston resident Zac Grooms (guitar, vocals), national flat-picking champion Joe Smart (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro), Nolan Hare (bass), Al Hare (guitar) and Cody Christopherson (drums).
Goss, a Wallowa County native, is bringing the crew with him. The band begins its sets Wednesday at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Featuring Goss’ finesse on the piano, they also offer high-energy shows Thursday through Saturday.
Between solo performances and playing with his full band, Goss has been busy with recent gigs for Cycle Oregon and the Oregon State Fair.
Currently on a fair and casino tour, Stoddard brings a sense of humor and a rich baritone voice. He kicks off his act Tuesday at 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and continues with multiple performances through the weekend
For the Main Street Cowboys’ full schedule, visit www.mainstreetcowboys.org/show.
The first two shows feature local bands — Misty Mouth (Tuesday) and J.D. Kindle & the Eastern Oregon Playboys (Wednesday).
Returning to the Round-Up City for Thursday’s show is James Apollo 5. In describing Apollo’s sound, Kindle said he “borrows from hodgepodge of genres, chiefly soul, cool jazz and indie rock, to craft his style.”
Referred to as a “world-wide adventurer, Apollo has done extensive touring throughout the United States and across the pond.
Friday’s show features Pete Krebs & the Rockin’ K Review. A two-time inductee in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Krebs has been a part of the Portland music scene since the late ’80s.
Offering a mixed bag, Krebs is known for his exploration of everything from punk rock and gypsy jazz to traditional country and western swing.
The Reverend Smith & the Union Soul Orchestra will bring the people to their feet Saturday night — with bluesy soul jams, be prepared to dance.
Fronted by Brent Smith, the La Grande band is said to have crowd-pleasing appeal, complete with a horn section and backup singers.
The all-ages shows begin at 7 p.m. at 403 S. Main St. For more information, visit www.greatpacific.biz.
Hailing from the depths of the Rio Grande Valley near Edinburg, Texas, Matt & The Herdsmen offer a mix of country twang, soft ballads and Texas Red Dirt music. They play Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. at Wildhorse, located off Interstate 84, Exit 216 in Mission.
Forming in 2013, the band, fueled by grit and determination, received radio airplay after release of their 2014 debut album, “Small Town Stories.” They’ve been busy promoting “Still Sane,” which came out late last year.
For more information about the 21-and-older show, call 541-966-1612.
Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-564-4539