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Outdoor music venue mixes sublime Edgefield setting, variety of performers

PHOTO COURTESTY OF MCMENAMINS PHOTOS - Concert-goers enjoy a Huey Lewis and the News show at Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn.

McMenamins Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn earns its accolades year after year as one of the best Portland area outdoor music venues.

"I think it's the beautiful setting, relaxed outdoor vibe and great mix of artists who have joined our stage year after year," says Marketing Director Renee Rank Ignacio. "We often hear that being able to meander and experience Edgefield before and after the show makes it different than other venues."

As Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn kicks off June 8, Rank Ignacio shares tips and updates for the series' 13th year.

"We look forward to another great lineup this year," Rank Ignacio says. "Some of the highlights include the iconic Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters with Lucinda Williams, two nights with Ween, three nights of The Avett Brothers, Leon Bridges, Willie Nelson and Family and Alison Krauss and Portland favorites Portugal. The Man (two nights) and The Decemberists (two nights)."

While 11 Edgefield shows have sold out thus far, 17 still have tickets available. For the most direct and up-to-date information about shows and ticket availability, visit edgefieldconcerts.com.

Community support and ride shares

For the second year and for the first two shows of the season, Edgefield is donating $2 from every ticket sold to the Reynolds School District Music Program.

Shows include the sold out Barenaked Ladies on June 8 and Jethro Tull - 50th Anniversary Tour on June 9 (tickets still available).

"We are fortunate and happy to be able to give back to the community through music and art," says DJ Simcoe, McMenamins chief officer of hotel operations.

McMenamins will also continue to offer support to Troutdale Historical Society, Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway and Trauma, Intervention and Prevention. Stop by their booths at the concerts and learn more about these organizations.

Remember that Lyft and Uber are available for shows — McMenamins recommends concert-goers take a rideshare or taxi. TriMet also stops directly in front of The Edgefield on Bus 77.

Recycle, reduce, reuse

Edgefield has teamed up with The Broomsmen, a Bend company that has been working with the Les Schwab Amphitheater to handle all its concert waste recycling.

Plastic cups, utensils, plates and to-go containers will all be recycled at Agrilyx, a new Tigard facility that is the first in the world that can process plastic back to its base ingredients, making it into new plastic.

"This year "we are hoping and planning to recycle more than 85 percent of waste from the concerts," says Scott Lipscomb of McMenamins Corporate Recycling.

Edgefield also is adding a new water filtration fill station to better accommodate customers replenishing their empty water bottles.

Updated security and reserved tickets

The Edgefield staff says they will do their best to get everyone through the lines as quickly as possible, but to be prepared for enhanced security measures and inspection.

McMenamins suggests you arrive early, enjoy the property and allow ample time to enter the venue. If you bring a bag, it will be searched and may slow down your entry time.

New this year is a separate entrance for people who have reserved seating tickets.

If you have reserved seating tickets, your seats will already be saved for you so you can sit back, relax and walk through the gates after the lines have shortened.

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