SEASIDE - If you love the blast of a tuba, the snap of a country fiddle or the growl of a good blues singer, you won't want to miss a minute of this summer's concert series.

"Seaside: Where the Stars Play" is an annual summer concert series presented by the non-profit arts organization Northwest Performing Arts, Inc. President Ann Shaffer presented the concert series to the Seaside Downtown Development Association Thursday. The seven free concerts are held in Quatat Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and feature a wide variety of musical styles and themes.

"The concerts are held in the park in (normally) glorious and sunny weather," said NPA President Ann Shaffer. "We want to help keep the downtown busy and fun, so people can listen to music and then go shop."

This year's concert dates are July 3, 17, 24 and 31; Aug. 7 and 21; and Sept. 4. Concerts are not held on the same Saturday other large Seaside events, such as the beach volleyball tournament or Hood to Coast. Those events provide their own music and entertainment.

So far, local bluegrass band Brownsmead Flats and California-based Celtic band Golden Bough are the only confirmed performers. Shaffer hopes to get the rest of the bands and concert lineup set in the next week. Cards advertising the concert series will be placed at hotels and other businesses around town.

Shaffer estimates that at least 250 people attend each of the concerts. The largest count last year was about 500 people who spent at least a few minutes at the concert.

"It's a wonderful attraction to downtown Seaside," SDDA Executive Director Bree Phillips said. "It only enhances the summer weekend and offers a chance for visitors and locals to enjoy the downtown. The concerts definitely create commerce for the downtown core and Seaside in general."

The concert series costs about $6,000 and funds are raised through individual, business and organization sponsorships. For more information about sponsorship or NPA membership, call Shaffer at 738-7409.

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