You have tunes in LG?
Blog post by Jeff D Clark, Realtor – La Grande Oregon Real Estate and Lifestyle
Actually, it turns out we do.... Read on!
La Grande is a fun place for live music. Being positioned roughly halfway between Portland and Boise, we have a lot of great bands of all genres moving thru town on Interstate 84 – and many of them stop and play! Locally, we have a number of excellent bands that frequently play at one of our local venues.
Once you begin to plug into life in town, you will find the locations that host music. Following the various restaurants and music venues and theaters on Facebook is the best way to stay up to date on shows, but we also have a small insert in the local newspaper called Go! Northeast Oregon, which features music and culture articles and a schedule of local events.
Where to find live music:
HQ – 112 Depot Street - HQ is run by local creative mind Chris Jennings. He is very well connected in the Boise and Portland film, music and culture scenes, as well as one of the founders of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival www.eofilmfest.com. HQ is a great space in the heart of the downtown with a true stage, a bar and lots of space for dancing and hanging out. Often times they fence off half the street in front of the space and fire up the burn barrels for an evening of musical revelry. lagrandehq.com/
10 Depot Street Restaurant – A long time La Grande music venue fixture, this little bar and restaurant packs a punch. They host music twice a week nearly year round, with Tuesday evening typically being your lighter scene, say a solo artist or an open mic, and Thursday being a full band. You can check out their schedule at www.tendepotstreet.com You’ll find everything at 10 Depot from jazz bands, rock shows, electronic, singer song writers and more.
McKenzie Theater, EOU – Of course, our university is often the host of various musical talent, and for now McKenzie Theater is the standing location for the Grande Ronde Symphony. www.granderondesymphony.org
Side A Brewing – 1219 Washington Avenue – Our local brewery really stepped into the music scene when they opened with an aggressive policy to bring more great music to town. And like true small town heroes, they reached out to the other bars and restaurants and did their best to not conflict with schedules or step on toes. They have a nice patio out back for outdoor music in the warm season. www.sideabeer.com
La Grande Farmers Market – Adams Avenue and Fourth Street – Our local farmers market has live music every Saturday morning (during market season) on a covered stage with plenty of space for listeners on the tiered seating area. It’s a great family-friends scene with kids running all over the place and a packed house of happy shoppers. Well worth a stop by! www.lagrandefarmersmarket.org
Joe Beans Coffee – 1009 Adams Avenue – This cozy, down-home space hosts a great live music tribute night called “The First Tuesday Concert Series” where they cover an artist of the month as performed by the house band “The Adams Avenue Irregulars”. www.joebeans.cool
Benchwarmers Pub and Grill – 210 Depot Street – A warm and inviting sports bar in downtown La Grande, Benchwarmers has a large covered outdoor parking lot, recently built, which transforms into a great open air music space when they pull in their large flatbed trailer. BW is well connected with EOU and hosts numerous student events, such as homecoming and graduation parties. www.benchwarmerspubandgrill.com
Liberty Theatre – 1010 Adams Avenue – Look for this exciting downtown venue to open in 2020. Funding is in, contractors being scheduled and architectural plans are being finalized for the restoration of La Grande’s historic theatre. This venue will feature a bar and restaurant and will be host to music, theater, lectures and more. Keep checking the website and Facebook page for updates. www.libertyonadams.org
This post should give any new-to-town music lover the ability to find some entertaining music for an evening out in our fine little town. There are lots of other spaces around where you’ll find tunes, including some underground locations. Ask around or feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see if I can get you connected with the right people.
Jeff D. Clark
Realtor, GRI, RPCV
Blue Summit Realty Group
102 Greenwood La Grande OR 97850
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