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OSF concerts to kick off on Elizabethan Theatre stage

Urban Jazz Dance Company performs "Ugly Duck ASL Dance Story." Photo via realurbanjazzdance.com

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will present summer concerts on the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre stage Wednesdays at 8 p.m. July 21-Oct. 6. Tickets are $15. Proof of vaccination or a recent COVID test is required for entrance at the door (a photocopy or photo on your phone will be accepted, according to OSF’s website), and the theater is open to maximum capacity. For tickets and further information, see osfashland.org or call the OSF box office at 800-219-8161.

July 21-22: Urban Jazz Dance Company — Founded in 2007 by pioneering deaf dancer/choreographer Antoine Hunter, Urban Jazz Dance Company consists of a mix of professional deaf and hearing dancers. Featuring the syncopation of urban jazz rhythms, the company values the importance of play and performance to connect cultures of all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

July 28: The Girls, featuring Rogue Suspects — Local musicians pay tribute to the women of ’80s pop music. The show features singers Jade Chavis Watt, Jennifer dePuglia, Lisa Yriarte and Shae Celine, accompanied by guitarist Dirk Price, piano organ player Don Harriss, bassist Greg Frederick, John Taylor on synthesizers and drummer David Bolen.

Aug. 4: Phoenix and Four Directions — Singer-songwriter and storyteller Phoenix Sigalove and Four Directions will perform a multi-cultural, genre-melding musical celebration of culture, love and gratitude.

Aug. 11: Hollis Peach — Singer and songwriter duo Dan Sherrill and Jacqui Aubert, along with Eric Jones on upright bass, percussionist Reed Bentley and violinist Abi Wilensky, will perform original progressive folk and roots songs.

Aug. 18: Brother Angus — Fusing signature vocals and guitar with the sounds of the didgeridoo and bagpipes, Brother Angus will perform tribal Celtic rock music.

Aug. 25: Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre — The Southern Oregon dance troupe will perform regional folk dances of Mexico.

Sept. 1: No concert scheduled

Sept. 8: Chic Street Man — The one-man band will perform a blend of blues, urban, jazz, acoustic ballads and funky upbeat originals.

Sept. 15: The Singer and The Songwriter — Singer Rachel Garcia and guitarist Thu Tran will perform original modern folk, jazz and blues.

Sept. 22: Dancing Spirit Drum — The Northwest tribal performance group will share traditional songs, dances and stories that include modern performance arts and music.

Sept. 29: Universes — The National Theater Company of color will showcase performers who fuse poetry, theater, music and dance to bring American voices to life through moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works.

Oct. 6: Flamenco Pacifico — Oregon-based group Flamenco Pacifico — guitarist and composer Berto Boyd, guitarist and singer Grant Ruiz, dancer and percussionist Melissa Cruz, percussionist Terry Longshore, fretless bass player Randy Tico, and dancer Elena Villa — will perform original music and song from the south of Spain.