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Tunes on Tuesday slowly adjusting to a new space


Music — Popular concert series improving with each week, looking forward to future seasons in new venue

It’s been an adjustment for Tunes on Tuesday in the new space outside of the Chehalem Cultural Center, but Tunes co-chairperson Vangie Pattison said they are enjoying the change of venue.Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Moving along -- With the season half over, Tunes on Tuesday is adjusting to its new space. Sol Seed performed for the first time in July and was one of the most popular concerts yet.

“I think we’ve worked out the few adjustments that needed to be made to just make better use of the space,” Pattison said. “It seems to be working out really well for the concert and our attendance.”

Adjustments included moving the food carts to one section instead of spread throughout and angling the stage to provide more seating and decreasing bad visibility from the plaza.

“(July 22) I think was probably the largest concert ever,” she said. “We brought in Sol Seed and they played all the way up until 9 p.m. People didn’t want to go home.”

There had been some concerns with moving the stage from the grassy area adjacent to Rotary Centennial Park — primarily losing easy access to the play equipment for families with children — but Pattison said she thinks it’s something that will be better in the long run.

“I think that adjusting to change is not easy to anyone, with the addition of the splash pad we didn’t have any option to stay in that location, so we’re making the best of it,” she said. “But I think the splash pad will be beneficial to everyone.”

She added that families seem to be adjusting to splitting time between the playground and the stage. The new space has also meant more people can attend the concerts, booting average attendance to between 800 and 1,000 visitors as compared to 700 and 900 in years past.

“I think with this area there’s more room for people to be spread out and actually listen to the music and have conversations,” Pattison said. “I think we have a lot of people just coming to get food and are then there for half a concert. (The space) offers flexibility for families and people passing through town.”

With each concert, she said any quirks are fine-tuned, making each better than the last.

“We would really love to continue to work with the cultural district on the location,” she said. “Ideally we’re looking at ways we can continue to grow and adapt the space and learn from this year.”

Even with the rescheduling of the July 15 concert due to severe heat, Pattison said the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I think it’s a good position for us to become a staple in our summer again,” she said.

Next up on the schedule is the Sarah Billings band Aug. 12, with three concerts remaining in the season. As for the rescheduled concert, Ben Rice will now take the stage Sept. 2.

“It will be really fun to have that as our final concert,” Pattison said.

For more information about Tunes on Tuesday, visit www.tunesontuesday.com.