The Curry Coastal Pilot

The Los Angeles- based acoustic pop trio The Koles will return to Brookings for an American Music Festival concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Azalea Park amphitheater.

"Two things stand out about the Koles' music. First is the songwriting. Then there are those voices. andhellip;" That's how Steve Brogden, president of Far West Folk Alliance describes The Koles, who are known for their original songs and covers, virtuoso guitar playing and stunning vocal arrangements.

Influenced by the progressive bluegrass sounds of Nickel Creek and the harmony of the Manhattan Transfer, the Koles play a variety of styles, including ballads, blues, bluegrass and modern pop rock songs, according to the band's website.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Bill Kole plays guitar, bass, keyboards, mandolin, banjo and drums. His wife, Arlene, sings, plays guitar and mando. The are joined on the current tour by "Uncle Jimmy" Rolfe on guitar, bass, mando and vocals. It's not unusual for band members to swap instruments during songs.

The band was included in Music Connection Magazine's list of the Top 100 Live Indies in the country.

Find more information and videos of The Koles at

The remaining schedule for the summer Sunday concerts includes:

andbull;Aug. 10: The Moon Mountain Ramblers, a five-piece band that effortlessly blends bluegrass, rock, swing, traditional country and even Middle Eastern sounds to create a party-friendly experience.

andbull;Aug. 24: West My Friend, a four-piece acoustic folk-pop band that stretches the conventions of popular music by playing everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, with a healthy dose of four-part harmonies.

andbull;Sept. 14: The Hot Rods Band closes out the series by taking 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 BrookingsArea 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.