12 Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Oregon Coast Music Festival

Posted by TravelCoosBay on June 9, 2016

Do you hear that beautiful sound? Listen closely.

That’s the sound of of the Oregon Coast Music Festival (OCMF) coming our way. This year’s festival will take place July 21st-30th, 2016. We are thrilled welcome back the many music fans and acclaimed musicians who travel from all over the country to be a part of the magic every year.

OCMFIs this is your first time hearing about it? Plan to join us! Here’s what you need to know.

1. The Oregon Coast Music Festival (OCMF), now in it’s 38th season, is the longest running music festival on the Oregon Coast.

2. The OCMF features a range of concerts (many of them free), in a variety of settings around our beautiful area July 21st-30th, 2016.

3. The event attracts an estimated 5000+ music lovers annually to our area.

4. The festival has grown wildly popular and recently made TravelMag.com’s list of Best Festivals in Oregon this Summer and was also featured on Travel Oregon.

5. Week One of OCMF presents variety of concerts (many of them free) from some of our regions premiere musicians that range from big band, blues, barbershop, folk and jazz among others. Click here to see the full schedule.

6. Week Two of OCMF presents classical music concerts presented by an 80 piece symphony orchestra made up of elite musicians from all over the country. Click here to see the full schedule.

7. OCMF always features two free outdoor concerts. If you go, pack a picnic, plan to kick of your shoes and dance. Click here to see the full schedule.

8. If you plan to go, book your hotel early! Like we said, it’s a really popular festival.

9. James Paul, Conductor and Music Director of the Festival Orchestra for 25 years, is widely acclaimed as one of North America’s most distinguished conductors.

10. Music goers also enjoy the many sites and rustic beauty of Oregon’s South Coast. Take a look at some of our itinerary ideas.

11. The festival would not be possible without an army of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly every year to organize these concerts in addition to providing housing, transportation and food for the musicians. Some of these musicians have been same family for over 20 years!

12. Classical week is a special opportunity for South Coast residents and visitors to experience classical music as it was intended to be heard. “Of course, we can’t say enough about our classical concerts,” said Gail Virgili, vice president of the Oregon Coast Music Association, to The World Link. “You’d have to go to Eugene or Portland, or elsewhere. I’ll put our classical orchestra up against anyone anywhere in the country.”

Want to know who’s playing when? Here’s the current rundown. It’s subject to change, so make sure that you visit their site to see the most current schedule.

2016 OCMF Schedule

The Evening Shades – 7:30PM, July 21 2016

The Lil Smokies – 6PM,  July 22,  2016

The Klemonauts – 12PM, July 23, 2016

The Sugar Beets – 7PM, July 23, 2016

Asculta – 1PM, July 24, 2016

General Dischord – 7PM, July 24, 2016

Orchestra I – 7:30PM, July 26, 2016

The 234th Army Band – 7PM, July 27, 2016

POPS – 7:30PM, July 28, 2016

Left Coast Jazz – 7PM, July 29, 2016

Orchestra II –  7:30PM, July 30, 2016

Click here to see the current schedule.Tickets for the orchestral concerts range from $15-$25.

Need to know more? Visit www.oregoncoastmusic.com for concert details and to purchase tickets to select concerts. Visit their Facebook page to keep up with their updates and news. You can also find them at the Coos Bay Farmers Market through July 27th, 2016.