Bob Marley’s famous backing band and Portland’s “little orchestra” highlight the 2014 Half Shell lineup, which was announced Tuesday evening at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
In its 23rd year, Roseburg’s outdoor summer concert series features returnees The Wailers and Pink Martini. Of the eight acts named, three have played the Half Shell before.
Up first, performing June 24, is Los Angeles trio The Record Company. The blues band has been at it since 2011.
Rick Estrin and The Nightcats perform next, on July 1. The long-standing blues act was known as Little Charlie and the Nightcats for most of its history. It now features guitarist Kid Andersen, who played the Half Shell in 2006 with Charlie Musselwhite.
Playing July 8 is street music “family” Playing for Change. The group began in 2002 as a multimedia project recording some of the world’s best street musicians. This date was well received by the audience at the lineup unveiling.
The Wailers perform July 15. The reggae band has toured on its own since Bob Marley’s death in 1981. Its last performance in Roseburg set a Half Shell attendance record with a crowd of close to 10,000, perhaps the largest gathering in the city’s history.
Irish band Dervish performs July 22. Half Shell emcee Rachelle Carter said this band from County Sligo, Ireland, was included in response to calls for Celtic music to return to Stewart Park.
On July 29 is singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and his Royal City Band. The Moscow, Idaho, native plays a style described as a blend of folk, alternative, country and rock.
On Aug. 5, Shemekia Copeland performs. The soulful blues singer played the Half Shell in 2011.
The final act, playing the Half Shell for the fifth time, is Pink Martini. The Portland string act drew the most applause from the audience at the unveiling.
Volunteers spent nearly a full year and approximately $100,000 in donations putting together the 2014 schedule, Carter said.
“It’ll be another good year,” she said. “It always is.”
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