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Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers plan to rock Brookings on Sunday.

Brookings’ free “Summer Concerts in the Park” series continues Sunday with slide guitarist Dennis Johnson and his band, The Mississippi Ramblers, performing roots and Americana music, blues and New Orleans grooves at 1 p.m. at Azalea Park.

Leading the San Francisco-based trio, Johnson is known as one of the elite slide guitar players performing, with a focus on preserving and innovating roots music. Watch a video of Johnson and his band at The band’s website is

The Azalea Park concert, presented by main sponsor Rogue Credit Union, is one of eight scheduled through September. Music fans are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic lunches.  

The concerts often attract 500 to 1,200 people to the park’s natural amphitheater. A snack shack operated by the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Club will be serving burgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages.

This series is funded primarily by crowd donations, grants and local business sponsors, including the Curry Coastal Pilot, Good Samaritan Society-Curry Village, Dave Miesner, D&D Oasis Beach House, Elk Valley Rancheria, Evergreen Federal Bank, Fitness at the Club, Hearing Health Care, Inc., and the Curry County Cultural Grant.

The concert Aug. 18 will feature Marley’s Ghost, a veteran six-piece Americana band that often draws comparisons to The Band and covers everything from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to country, accompanied by multi-part harmonies.

For more information about the series, go to Facebook by searching “American Music Festival Summer Concerts.”


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