BEND, OR -- The free “Summer Sundays” concert series at the Les Schwab Amphitheater will take a hiatus, this year. Amphitheater Director Marney Smith tells KBND News, "We’ve had a really great time having the series over the last 16 years, with the amazing bands. There is no shortage of events on the calendar throughout the summer in Bend, and we thought it was time to take a step back and make sure what we’re doing is relevant and it’s what the community wants, and see if there are other areas that we could be putting our effort that might make more of an impact."
Over its 16-year run, the series featured more than 300 musical acts. Smith says it cost money and energy each year, but the financial burden wasn’t a factor in the decision to take a break. "The series is near and dear to our hearts. But, it is something that we wanted to take a step back and look at what the need in the community was. And, if we have all of the time that we spent on Summer Sundays focused on some new ideas, could we bring something new and different to the community?" She adds, "We have a ton of ideas that we’re working on for other free events. Whether or not those get implemented this year, we’ll have to see. But, there is no shortage of really great free events throughout the town and, when the series started in 2002, Bend was a much different place as far as the music scene goes. And, we have a robust music scene, right now."
Smith says it’s possible that after looking at trends, her team could decide Summer Sundays should return. The Les Schwab Amphitheater kicks off the summer season
with the Pole Pedal Paddle
on May 19. It's Bend Summer Concert Series begins Memorial Day weekend.