Photo by Justin Briggs

Britt Announces 2015 Summer Season

The Northwest’s premier outdoor summer music festival presents performances by artists in pop, bluegrass, rock, country and classical music and more.

April 9, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, OR — The roots and jam band John Butler Trio, country artist Easton Corbin, pop flamenco act The Gipsy Kings, pop/rockers NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot, the alt-rock band The Decemberists, prolific songwriter Randy Newman, progressive bluegrass act Punch Brothers, the classic rock act Chicago, pop pianist Ben Folds, and legendary artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss are among the acts coming to Britt in the 2015 season.

Britt Music & Arts Festival is a member-supported non-profit organization and the Pacific Northwest’s oldest outdoor music and performing arts festival. Set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones, the vast hillside estate of gold rush era pioneer Peter Britt forms a natural amphitheater of unparalleled beauty, where internationally renowned artists perform every summer. For more than 50 years, Britt’s world-class performances, spectacular views, and casual, relaxingatmosphere have attracted thousands of music lovers from all over the West.

Britt President and CEO Donna Briggs says, “Britt’s season is setting itself apart this year through its diverse line-up featuring bluegrass, country, classic rock, pop and more.  The 2015 season promises to present a sound experience that will make an impression and leave wonderful summertime memories in the hearts and minds of our many concertgoers.”

The current lineup is:

June 6: Taste of Summer (celebration in downtown Jacksonville)
June 20: Brit Floyd – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show
June 21: Smash Mouth / Toad the Wet Sprocket / Tonic
June 23: Chicago
June 24: Willie Nelson / Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
July 2: Best of Britt benefit featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
July 2: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
July 5: Ben Folds
July 6: Boz Scaggs
July 14: The Decemberists / Calexico
July 16: NEEDTOBREATHE presents Tour de Compadres featuring NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Colony House
July 23: Under the Sun Tour: Sugar Ray / Better than Ezra / Uncle Kracker / Eve 6
July 24: Easton Corbin
July 25: John Butler Trio
July 26: G. Love & Special Sauce / Big Head Todd & the Monsters
July 31: Britt Orchestra / Opening Night – Carmina Burana
August 1: Britt Orchestra / Dover Quartet
August 7: Britt Orchestra / Aoife O’Donovan & Jeremy Kittel
August 8: Britt Orchestra / Sixth Floor Trio
August 9: Britt Orchestra / Symphony Pops / Morgan James
August 14: Britt Orchestra / James Ehnes
August 15: Britt Orchestra / Closing Night
August 18: The Devil Makes Three / Trampled by Turtles
August 20: Michael Franti & Spearhead
August 21: Chris Isaak
August 22: Dwight Yoakam
August 27: Randy Newman
August 30: Vince Gill
August 31: The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonio Ballardo
September 1: Rebelution
September 2: “Weird Al” Yankovic
September 3: Kacey Musgraves
September 4: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
September 5: Punch Brothers
September 11: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
September 12: Last Comic Standing
September 13: Brandi Carlile
September 16: Primus & The Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble

More shows may be added

The 2015 season kicks off with the annual Taste of Summer celebration in Jacksonville, on Saturday, June 6. The city-wide celebration is co-sponsored by Britt, the Jacksonville Chamber and the Jacksonville Oregon Business Association. The day includes a wine walk, live music, food booths, artisan crafters, classic car displays and more.

Britt’s summer season also includes the annual Best of Britt benefit on Thursday, July 2. The evening includes food from local restaurants and tastings from local wineries, beer from Western Beverage and Ninkasi Brewing. The evening includes a silent auction, and is topped off by a headline performance by the high-energy neo-swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Britt’s education programs.

Tickets for Britt’s 2015 season go on sale beginning April 10 to Britt members and on May 15 to the general public. For full information about Britt’s 2015 season and membership, visit www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077 or 1-800-882-7488. Britt’s box office is now open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday at 216 West Main St. in Medford.

Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week Classical Festival, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit brittfest.org.