Riverbend Live is a free summer concert series.  Starting from the last Friday in June and running for six weeks, people from all over Douglas County, and beyond, can enjoy premium music and youth theater at no cost. We feature regional and  national artists at our wonderful venue at Riverbend Park in Winston, Oregon.  

Shows start at 7pm and last about two hours.

Bring the family, a blanket or lawn chairs, some dinner, drinks, and enjoy the show! Also, Lookingglass Brewery and rotating Food Trucks will be onsite to purchase from each night (except Youth Theaters evenings).

2024 Riverbend Live!


Having first picked up the saxophone at the age of nine, Collier embarked on her road to recognition at Berklee, earning dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering. Her talents have taken her to the Blues Music Awards Show where the Blues Foundation stated Vanessa “Blew the doors off the Blues Music Awards!” and to the Ottawa Blues Festival where she earned two front page newspaper photos and rave reviews. Vanessa has won 3 Blues Music Awards, “Horn Player of the Year” in both 2019 and 2020, and “2022 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.” Nominated for eight Blues Music Awards, Vanessa is in elite company with artists such as Beth Hart, Samantha Fish, Shemekia Copeland, Ruthie Foster, Trombone Shorty, Al Basile, and Jimmy Carpenter.

July 5th ● CHRIS O’LEARY

Devastatingly soulful vocalist, dynamic harmonica master and superlative songwriter Chris O’Leary is among the blues and roots world’s most talented unsung heroes. The award-winning O’Leary—disciple and friend of both The Band’s legendary drummer/vocalist/songwriter Levon Helm and iconic blues harmonica giant James Cotton—has been playing professionally since the 1990s, with five previous solo albums to his credit. No Depression magazine says, “O’Leary’s voice contains startling emotion…reaching an intensity and emotional rawness [that’s] primal. The performances practically vibrate with an authenticity that stays with you.” O’Leary has always been a monster road warrior, playing hundreds of shows a year all over the world, personally connecting with his audience through his fervent, heartfelt performances.

July 12th ● CRIS JACOBS

From Baltimore comes Cris Jacobs — an unexpectedly gritty soul-blues singer and guitarist with outlaw country ethos. Equally at home playing heartfelt Americana ballads or funky blues rockers, Jacobs is known for his mesmerizing live shows. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in 2017, Jacobs collaborated with the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville and earned opening slots on tours with Sturgill Simpson and Steve Winwood. With three solo albums to his name, a collaborative record with Ivan Neville aptly titled “Neville Jacobs,” Jacobs also has songwriting credits that include bluegrass artists Audie Blaylock, Frank Solivan, and gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama. “No matter the song,” he says, “I just like to keep it soulful and let the music speak for itself.”

Cowboy Poetry & Western Music with:
July 19th

Tom Swearingen is an Oregon horseman whose original cowboy poetry is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. Named 2022 and 2019 International Western Music Association Male Poet of the Year, Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a style that makes him a popular performer. Tom has been a headline performer at western music and cowboy poetry festivals throughout the West. His live concert albums have been finalists seven times for Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. Tom’s book Reflection was named 2020 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year.
Joni Harms has a warm sincerity and ease to her voice… a voice that shines through on stories and melodies of a country/western way of life. In many ways, Joni is a pioneer and torchbearer, knowing the country lifestyle is made up of a blend of musical sounds, giving her a unique style. Country Music People Magazine says of Harm’s 13th studio album, Lucky 13, “…these are some of the very best country songs of recent years and prove that Joni Harms is one of country music’s most underrated writers.” Joni Harms has earned multiple honors from the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists. She has performed on some of the most famous stages, including the Grand Ole Opry and New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Riverbend Live Youth Theater presents:
July 26th & 27th ●

A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series is not only making a small-screen comeback, but also lighting up stages everywhere. Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.
Jumptown Big Band is a professional 17-piece swing and jazz band that formed in 2012 and has been entertaining audiences of all kinds ever since. The band organizes itself based on the traditional Count Basie brand of instrumentation and presentation. They play a variety of swing and jazz standards as well as more contemporary big band arrangements of recent popular tunes. They perform hits from the 1930’s and 40’s as well as more jazzy concert arrangements from well-known big band leaders of the 50’s and 60’s. Jumptown Big Band’s vocalist, Claudia Knauer, has been singing big band music in the Portland area for more than 20 years with her passion being tunes from the Great American Songbook.
Donning vintage attire and hairstyles, the Newport Nightingales endeavor to take you back to a time when life was simple, and the music was hot. Influenced heavily by the Andrews Sisters, the Boswell Sisters, and even the Mills Brothers, the girls couldn't sit by and let these sweet melodies become lost to the ages. The Nightingales sing tunes in 3-part harmony, mainly from the 1930s and 1940s, including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Jeepers Creepers, Heebie Jeebies, and more!