Mo' Jo Boogie-1

Members of Mo’ Jo Boogie from left to right Michael Mendenhall, Jeff Chastain, Michael Aponte, Michael Paul and Mickey Beach.

MYRTLE CREEK — Billed as Douglas County’s first-ever concert series, Music in the Park, has returned to Millsite Park, 231 Volunteer Way, Myrtle Creek, for its 32nd season. This first concert begins at 6 p.m. Thursday with an eclectic performance from Roseburg’s own Mo’ Jo Boogie.

Mo’ Jo Boogie is a five-person band with a unique selection of dance music, funk, R&B, soul, jazz, blues, surf and rockin’ blues.

“They have a wide range of music and amazing vocals,” said event coordinator Ted Romas.

The band formed in 2014 as a “project band,” created to play at a nonprofit event. Four years later, Michael Paul, Mickey Beach, Jeff Chastain, Michael Mendenhall and Michael Aponte have played at venues across Oregon.

“All of us have been friends for many years, decades,” Beach said. “We got together to just do this thing ... it felt so good that we just decided to stick with it and see where it went.”

Music in the Park concerts play from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights until Aug. 30, taking a break for the Myrtle Creek Summer Festival on July 26.

“There will be plenty of blues, rock and big band music, combined with a mix of ballads, standards, originals and classic country,” Romas said.

All concerts are free, including parking. Pets are permitted if kept under control and cleaned up after.

Several local businesses may remain open late to accommodate those attending the concerts. A limited amount of RV parking is available at Millsite Park, with more RV park available in nearby Tri City.

Vendors will be present for food purchase and this first performance will host Umpqua Bank’s ice cream cart and balloon designs from Bob’s Looney Balloons.

The Spence Brothers Blues Band from Brookings will play July 19.

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Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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