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Music On The Halfshell

Posted by todblog on July 22, 2009

July 21, 2009

Warm sunny days with water splashing on the rocks, smell of ono food wafting through the air, and folks keeping time to good Hawaiian rhythms. Must be in Hawaii right? Nope. Thanks to a heavy dose of community sponsorship and donations, it’s another weekly free summer concert held in Roseburg, otherwise known as Music on the Halfshell.  The venue is awesome. The stage is right on the bank of the South Umpqua River as it meanders through town along the grassy slopes of Roseburg City’s Stewart Park. Lots of free parking, bring your low folding chairs and coolers and enjoy plenty of good seating on the grassy hill. Afraid of not getting there in time for a good spot? The  park allows you to come at daybreak and put down a blanket to reserve a spot for the evening concert. It’s kinda strange to see a hillside covered with blankets from morning ’til pau hana time when people start to fill-in the area.

Number of blankets down by 8am. Concert started at 7pm

Number of blankets down by 8am. Concert started at 7pm

Getting back to the Hawaiian music… We were treated by another visit from Barry Flannigan and Nathan Aweau of Hapa and they were joined by John Cruz and Ledward Kaapana. What a combination of local island talent right here in Roseburg. Once again, lots of islanders showed up for the event and some folks even flew in from Chicago to see the concert! It was great to hear the Hawaiian slack key music and familiar tunes that brought me back home to the islands once more. Hearing John Cruz sing “On the island we do it island style..” made me real home sick and I thought of growing up in the islands and the lifestyle we had there (deep sigh). Now it’s back to country music…

After the concert we went down to see the musicians and chatted briefly with each of them and took some pictures.

Barry Flannigan and Jessica

Barry Flannigan and Jessica

John Cruz, Jessie and me. Last time I saw John in concert was at Pau Hana Inn on Molokai - way back ago!

John Cruz, Jessie and me. Last time I saw John in concert was at Pau Hana Inn on Molokai – way back ago!


11 Responses to “Music On The Halfshell”

  1. Tamara said

    Sounds like a good time. Wish we were there to hula with you all. Jess is such a beautiful girl.

    Hang loose


  2. Sandy DeMaris said

    Tod, that sounds like so much fun. I miss Hawaii. Haven’t been there for awhile, but loved just simple part of it, not the fancy part. Ha! Love hearing from you. Keep it going. Sandy


  3. Nida said

    Hey Tod!

    That’s so cool that you all get to enjoy live Hawaiian music to make you miss home even more…hahaha! You’re daughter is very pretty by the way. My boys are now 14 and 6 and getting taller and taller every day.

    Take care and God Bless!

    nida 🙂

    P.S. I happen to LOVE country music, myself!


  4. Bea Kikawa said

    Time to come home for a visit. You can hear more Hawaiian music and we’d love to see you folks.



  5. ralph saitos said

    You are so lucky! YOu folks get to see and hear great talent from Hawaii! Great photos, lucky Jessica!
    Summer is nearly over, so enjoy what is left!
    love, Jean and Ralph


  6. Raynette said

    What an awesome event, I haven’t been to a concert for awhile- Love how you can save a space by placing a blanket- Jessie is so big -What a sweet heart- Take care & keep in touch


  7. Bob Hera said

    Hi Gang,
    Glad you and the family are making the time to smell the roses. We are so fortunate here.
    Wendell and his gang just spent a few days here to assist us at Kanepu’u native forest. Good for them to spend some time here to get away from the rat race in the big city. You guys have a good one, Aloha from Lana’i, keep it coming, Bob..


  8. Warnocks said

    Sounds like it was a great concert and brought back great memories. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. Without you we would have no culture in our lives 🙂


  9. ning mcgill said

    hi, tod.
    loved your photos and your comments.
    i could almost hear the music – made me miss hawaii too! and i LIVE here!!

    loves ya. xoxo, mom & mac


  10. Bob said

    How wonderful for you guys to be able to enjoy some of Hawaii. The photo looks like it was taken here in the islands. You even look like You have a tan. Jeesica definitly looks like an island girl, very beautiful. Mahalo for sharing, take care!


  11. sakamoto said

    Hwn concert in Roseburg. How the heck u rate! Can’t even get semi big wigs on MKK. Guess we gotta go Roseburg to get the real stuff.


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