The Curry Coastal Pilot

The wilderness area around Salmon Run golf course near Brookings will be filled with the roots-laden, pop-filled Americana music of the Ian McFeron Band at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.

The event, hosted by Stagelights Musical Arts Community, is festival-style seating and people are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. The stage will be set in front of the picturesque pond on a fairway, surrounded by the tree-covered mountains of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and the nearby Chetco River. Food and drink will be available at the Salmon Run club house.

Tickets are $15, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting Stagelights' music education and outreach programs. Tickets can be purchased at Salmon Run the day of the concert or in advance at the Curry Coastal Pilot, 507 Chetco Ave., Brookings. For more information, call 541-412-3404.

Seattle singer/songwriter Ian McFeron will be joined by fiddler and vocalist Alisa Milner, bassist Norman Baker and drummer Mark Bateman. According to the group's website (,) McFeron has built his increasingly wide fan base the old-fashioned way: on the road. "Gigging in excess of 200 dates per year for nearly a decade, the songwriter's work is paying off. His latest, CD release Summer Nights, recorded in Nashville, Tenn., garnered national recognition and landed gigs in the U.S. and Europe supporting the likes of Patty Griffin, Mike Doughty and Amo Lee."

McFeron, whose lyrical prose has been compared to Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and David Gray, weaves together a variety of roots/Americana traditions to create his unique form of roots-oriented music. His early successes in Seattle launched McFeron into a full-time recording and touring career. He went on to release five more albums in rapid succession, delving into a variety of musical traditions such as blues, folk, pop, gospel, alt-country and jazz.

One critic described McFeron's concerts as "comfort zone music for those who grew up with early '70s Van Morrison and Dylan or were switched onto the style by Ryan Adams more recently. Everything in the arrangements interlaces nicely in a richly satisfying way, leaving a nice, warm feeling inside."

To see music videos of the Ian McFeron Band visit