Live music, local vendors: Summer concerts raise funds for educational programs

Corvallis residents gather for the 2022 SAGE concert series in Starker Arts Park. The series will continue through Aug. 18, hosted by the Corvallis Environmental Center.

Tarsa Weikert, Beaver's Digest Contributor

The Corvallis Environmental Center is hosting multiple summer concerts for the Corvallis, Ore. community to attend. 

The 2022 SAGE concert series is held on Thursdays at Starker Arts Park from 6-8:30 p.m. SAGE refers to the Starker Arts Garden for Education, a 1-acre garden located in the park that grows fruits and vegetables donated to local food banks and soup kitchens. 

The concert is free to the public with a suggested donation of $15. The donation helps fund the CEC educational programs.

The SAGE concerts include live music as well as food and drinks from local vendors like Lumos Winery, Block 15 Brewing, Pupuseria Del Valle–a El Salvadoran restaurant–First Alternative Co-op and others. 

The last concert was July 21, when musical guests Ida Janes and the Weekend Gardeners, an eclectic, folk-inspired band, and Pa’lente PDX, a 10-piece salsa and Latin jazz band, performed in the park.

The next concert is Aug. 4, featuring musical guests DTW, an Oregon-based band and production company that makes jazz and funk music, and Hillstomp, a Portland, Ore. junkbox blues duo.

The last concert for the series is on Aug. 18 with musical guests Brutal Bridges Band, which consists of Corvallis-based singer-songwriters who create acoustic/rockabilly/funk/alternative music, and Citizens of the Universe, a Corvallis funk/soul/hip-hop group.

This event is family-friendly and makes for a fun-filled summer evening. Guests are invited to bring blankets and camping chairs to ensure maximum comfort during the concert.