Sometimes to make a dream come true, you must signal your “in-tent.” That’s exactly what the planners of the future Lincoln City Cultural Plaza are doing in the month of July. They are installing a large tent on the site of the plaza improvement project and filling it with live music, children’s theater, great food and plenty of community celebration.
It’s called The Plaza Party Tent, and it will open with a concert by jazz-pop songstress Halie Loren on July 1. Tickets are on sale now at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.
“We’ve been planning the Lincoln City Cultural Plaza improvements for the last three years, and this project has seen its share of challenges. But now, with the pandemic receding and our fundraising renewed, the plaza is moving forward quickly,” said Dorcas Holzapfel, president of the Lincoln City Cultural Center Board of Directors.
The Plaza Party Tent, which will be erected in the east parking lot of the cultural center, is about twice the size of the LCCC’s auditorium. It will feature 13-foot walls and a raised stage surrounded by ground level seating. Along with the entertainment, patrons can see the latest plans for the Lincoln City Cultural Plaza, talk to an LCCC board member about the capital campaign, and purchase a commemorative brick, conifer or bench.
The LCCC staff and volunteers will be applying all current Lincoln County health guidelines at the time of the concert. All event patrons should be prepared to wear a face covering, or show their proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
There will be five marquee concerts in the Plaza Party Tent. Each one will feature a different hot food vendor, as well as sales of beer, wine, sodas, water and other concessions. Seating is general admission. Doors will open at 6 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $20 for youth, $32 for seniors and students, and $35 general. LCCC Membership discounts, complimentary tickets and two for one coupons will apply. To purchase using a discount coupon call the LCCC office, 541-994-9994.
• Thursday, July 1 — The Halie Loren Quartet. A multi-genre, multi-lingual, multi-era celebration of summertime and the return of live music. Featured food vendor: Stoopid Veganz.
• Thursday, July 8 — Son de Cuba. A quintet of musicians from Chile, Mexico, Cuba and the USA, playing classic and modern tunes with energy and happiness. Featured food vendor: TBD.
• Thursday, July 15 — “Songs of Wonder” with The Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Holly Pyle. Jazz artists Matheny and Pyle join forces for one night only, with an all-star celebration of Stevie Wonder. Featured food vendor: Phill’s Smokin’ Grill.
• Monday, July 26 — The Gothard Sisters. Three sisters, many instruments and a singular style of Northwest Celtic music. Back by popular demand! Featured food vendor: Calle (tacos, tortes, etc.)
• Thursday, July 29 — Men of Worth. The folk music duo of James Keigher (Ireland) and Donnie Macdonald (Scotland) will infuse this tent adventure with some serious fun. Featured food vendor: Olde Line Lanes’ Wood Fired Pizza.