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Green Shows return to OSF June 1 with performances four nights a week

Quickspeare! featuring Bishop Mayfield performs in ASL at the 2019 Green Show. Photo by Bob Palmerini

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Shows are back for the 2022 summer season with performances beginning next Wednesday, June 1.

The free outdoor shows will feature concerts, dance, and community performances on the courtyard stage next to the Allen Elizabethan Theatre and the Bowmer Theatre at 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays until Oct. 1.

Many of the shows are designed to resonate with performances in the OSF theaters, as well as with the audiences.

The family-friendly performances last between 35 and 45 minutes.

Many Green Show attendees bring a snack or slice of pizza to enjoy during the performance. Alcohol is not permitted, however.

There is lots of seating on the low granite blocks/walls that were incorporated in the redesign of the space on the bricks a few years ago. People also can bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Chairs over one inch above the ground should be placed on the perimeter of the lawn and not on the granite blocks for safety reasons.

OSF asks people to refrain from leaving unattended blankets on the grass before 5 p.m., to help preserve the lawn.

The line-up

Bishop Mayfield and Friends, featuring Dave Storie, will kick off the Green Show season June 1. A fixture up and down California and in Canada since 1966, Mayfield has toured with, jammed with, or opened for such greats as Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Tower of Power, Jr. Walker & The All-Stars, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, and many more.

On June 2, Rogue Valley’s Phoenix Sigalove will perform. The singer-songwriter and storyteller’s music weaves themes of Native identity, social justice and environmental accountability.

The Rogue Hot Club takes the Green Show stage on June 3. Dayton Mason, Dan Fellman and Bob Rawlings are Ashland residents specializing in keeping instrumental jazz, swing and Latin music from the ’30s and ’40s alive and well.

Finishing the first week with a performance on June 4, Casey Hurt will perform the sounds of southern gospel, rock, and country music. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that his music “grabs hold and lifts your spirits.”

OSF is announcing the season’s line-up one month at a time. Following is the balance of the Green Show schedule for June:

June 8: Kid Big Circus, featuring big kids of all ages with musical circus playtime.

June 9: Gene Burrell, an acoustic troubadour who sings songs for thinking people.

June 10: Dancefarm, featuring “Dance Feather,” a dance theater fairytale about saving the planet.

June 11: Rogue Suspects & Girls Just Want to Have Fun Show, a tribute to the pop music of women of the ’80s.

June 15: Brother Angus and Aka, bringing Celtic mythology to life.

June 16: Frankie Hernandez Band, with music described as if Sublime and Cake had a musical baby that was raised by Santana.

June 17: Sueños, “Our American Musical,” an evening of songs from a new Latinx musical.

June 18: Bubble Cello, featuring Danielle Sperry and Bubble Trouble.

June 22: Tempest, high energy Celtic folk rock.

June 23: MHM Trio, combing jazz, blues and funk.

June 24: Malinka, a quintet of guitar, mandolin, upright bass, clarinet and drums.

June 25: Jeff Pevar & Inger Nova, with a mix of R&B, jazz, folk, rock, funk, and blues.

June 29: Phoenix Sigalove and Jeff Pevar, a soulful celebration of love and gratitude.

June 30: TBA.

For updates and more information, go to osfashland.org.

Reach Ashland writer Jim Flint at jimflint.ashland@yahoo.com.