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Britt Gala

It’s been 50 years and Britt still wows

music fans of Southern Oregon!

Article by Reilly Owen


Every year, I join thousands of Britt followers as we await the summer lineup. Pen and calendar at the ready, I’m only too happy to fill my summer schedule with live shows from world-renowned recording artists and performers. From the positive vibrations that Michael Franti produces in his soul satisfying performances to the rich three-part harmonies of Crosby, Stills & Nash, I’ve been fortunate to experience many magical moments sitting under the stars at Britt.

After years of eagerly filling my calendar with Britt events, I was lucky enough to land an internship with Britt, right here in southern Oregon – a dream job for me – on this, Britt Festivals’ 50th season. Spending time in the music-saturated environment of Britt Festivals is now a happy requisite, and I’m learning more than ever the positive impact Britt has on southern Oregon.

I’ve always thought that we were lucky in the Rogue Valley to be privy to such exhilarating summer concerts. With names like B.B. King, Melissa Etheridge, Al Green, Emanuel Ax, Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett, and so many more, it’s no wonder that Britt Festivals is the oldest outdoor music festival in Oregon. This summer, Britt is hard at work on its 50th year of enriching the lives of southern Oregonians with the gift of music. I can’t think of a better reason than this – 50 years of Britt Festivals – to celebrate, and as it turns out, all of us in southern Oregon have the opportunity for such a celebration.

On Thursday, July 19th, Britt Festivals is hosting a gala on the hill. With the purchase of a ticket, Britt provides food from 10 restaurants, wine from 25 wineries, and beer from Western Beverage and Caldera Tap House. Oh, and did I mention the evening’s entertainment? Jazz singer Michael Kaeshammer will provide the guests with an energetic performance with his band, for what is sure to be an all-around fantastic evening of revelry. For those who are unfamiliar with Michael Kaeshammer, he is a world class jazz singer, pianist, band leader, showman, and all-around electrifying entertainer Additionally, Britt has decided to make this gala as accessible as possible. With the purchase of a ticket, you get another ticket for a friend for free.

I’m expecting this soirée to be an evening for the books, and now this gala, along with so many Britt concerts, has an important spot in my summer calendar. I would advise all of my southern Oregon compatriots to make sure this party finds its way into their summer calendars as well. I know I’m not going to miss it, and I hope to see you there!


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