The free outdoor concert season in Azalea Park opens Sunday, June 12, with a performance by the Del Norte High School Stage Band and Steel Drum Band.

Like all the summer concerts, the performance starts at 1 p.m.

It's the first performance of seven planned through the summer, with a variety ranging from country and Celtic to brass and bayou.

The concerts are free of charge. The costs are underwritten by sponsor donations, in-kind services and donations collected from the audience.

The concert by the Del Norte High School groups is possible this summer because the first concert date falls before the end of the DNHS school year. The groups are directed by Dan Sedgwick.

The concert will be in two parts andndash; with the 20-member stage band performing first, and the 16-member steel drum ensemble closing the concert.

The remaining groups scheduled for the American Music Festival include:

andbull;June 26, singer/songwriter Keith Greeninger accompanied by Dayan Kai.

andbull;July 10, the Linfield Celebration Brass, a special 15-piece ensemble from Linfield College.

andbull;July 24, Craig Allen Blues Band.

andbull;July 31, Golden Bough, traditional Celtic music.

andbull;Aug. 14, Oregon Coast Lab Band and Evolution jazz band.

andbull;Aug. 28, BluesBox Bayou Band, playing Americana, Cajun and Zydeco music.

Some notes that apply throughout the season:

andbull;Concert-goers should bring their own seating or blankets.

andbull;The Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor operates the Snack Shack to provide refreshments for the concerts.

andbull;All city park rules must be observed, including that dogs must be on leashes and alcoholic beverages are forbidden.

andbull;In case of bad weather, the concerts move indoors to the Redwood Theater in downtown Brookings.

The American Music Festival is a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Brookings Area Council for the Arts, operated by a volunteer board.

For more information, contact Les Cohen at the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 541-469-3181.