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Canadian group performs Sunday in Azalea Park

The acoustic quartet West My Friend will perform in Azalea Park band shell Sunday.

The Canadian four-piece acoustic band West My Friend will play everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, with a healthy dose of four-part harmonies during an American Music Festival concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Azalea Park amphitheater.

West My Friend songs feature “well-crafted and clever lyrics, acrobatic mandolin riffs, flawless bass lines, and richly textured accordion,” according to the band’s website.

The band members, each of whom have a wealth of experience and classical training, are Eden Oliver, vocals, guitar and flute; Alex Rempel, mandolin and vocals; Jeff Poynter, accordion and vocals, and Adam Bailey, stand-up bass and vocals.

Their influences include bands such as Beirut, Joanna Newsom, Owen Pallett, Punch Brothers, The Milk Carton Kids, The Avvett Brothers and The Decemberists.

West My Friend released their first full-length album, “Place,” in 2012, and it soon garnered multiple award nominations, including Roots Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards. Their second album, “When The Ink Dries,” was released in March this year. 

Find more information and videos of West My Friend at westmyfriend.com

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The final concert of the season on Sept. 14  will feature The Hot Rods Band, a San Francisco group that takes audiences back to the time of sock hops and drive-in theaters with covers of the most popular hits of the 1950s and early 1960s.

The Brookings Harbor Interact Club, a member of the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor, operates the snack shack for all the concerts.

In case of bad weather, the concerts will move indoors to the nearby Chetco Grange Hall, at the corner of Highway 101 and Zimmerman Lane in Harbor.

The primary sponsors and organizers are Rogue Credit Union, Curry County Cultural Coalition, Lucky 7 Casino, the Brookings  Area Council for the Arts, the city of Brookings, and the Curry Coastal Pilot.

For more information about the American Music Festival, contact Les Cohen at 541-661-3033. 

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