Britt Festivals has announced its summer lineup of outdoor concerts.
The lineup includes pop singer Cyndi Lauper, country singer Billy Currington, reggae artists Rebelution and Matisyahu, the Steve Miller Band, indie artists Tegan and Sara, comedian Dennis Miller, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, contemporary Christian artists Amy Grant and Brandon Heath, gospel/RandB performer Mavis Staples, singer/songwriter John Hiatt and guitarist Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Britt Festivals is a member-supported non-profit organization and the Pacific Northwest's oldest outdoor music and performing arts festival. Set amid ponderosa pines and native madrones, the vast hillside estate of Gold Rush-era pioneer Peter Britt forms a natural amphitheater where artists perform every summer.
"We are once again excited about the 'sound of summer,' on the Britt hill -a place where you can bring your picnic, meet up with your family and friends, and have a memorable time," says Britt Executive Director Donna Briggs. "We've got stars on the stage and stars in the sky. I can't think of a better way to start the summer than a night out with Cyndi Lauper."
More highlights of the 2013 season include ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, swing favorites Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, country queen Martina McBride, folk singer John Prine, Britt favorite Michael Franti, rockabilly artist Chris Isaak and Oregon's own Pink Martini with singer Storm Large. A full season lineup is available at www.brittfest.org.
The season kicks off with the annual "Taste of Summer" celebration in Jacksonville, on Saturday, June 8. The city-wide celebration will be in downtown Jacksonville and feature a variety of activities including live music, food, street performers, the artists of Art Presence, a wine walk, a beer garden, children's activities, classic car displays and hot air balloon rides.
Britt's summer season will include a "Best of Britt" benefit Thursday, July 18. The evening will include music, food by local restaurants, wine from 25 wineries of the Southern Oregon Wine Association, beer from Western Beverage, and a returning headline performance by boogie woogie jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Britt's education programs.
The season is currently comprised of 33 performances running June 15-Sept. 14. More shows may be added.
Britt's Classical Festival was previously announced in January. The Classical Festival runs for three weeks (Aug. 3-19), and each year, more than 90 musicians journey to Southern Oregon for three weeks as they come together to form the 2012 Britt Festival Orchestra.
This season also features the return of the popular symphony pops night, with all tickets just $5.
Tickets for Britt's 2013 season go on sale today to Britt members and on May 16 to the general public. For more information, visit www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077 or 1-800-882-7488.
In addition to presenting concerts, Britt Festivals maintains a formal education program through the Britt Institute. Established in 1985, the institute hosts a variety of learning opportunities through summer camps, workshops, grade school programs, lectures and adult learning opportunities.