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Tickets going fast for Edgefield shows

Summer series features number of name acts

As summer beckons, fans of hearing music outdoors have a host of opportunities to do so at McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KATHLEEN NYBERG - Fans will fill the ampitheater at Edgefield this summer for such acts as Steve Miller, The Decemberists and Wilco.

This summer marks the venue’s 10th year of hosting "Concerts on the Lawn," says Renee Rank Ignacio, McMenamins’ marketing director.

“Hard to believe it!” she says of the past decade. “We've had such amazing artists over the years.”

Indeed, from Ringo Starr to Sam Smith, Edgefield has booked dozens of national and international artists over the years, in the process becoming a major concert venue in the region.

Already, a number of the lawn shows this summer have sold out, including the Doobie Brothers, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, Death Cab for Cutie, David Gray and Amos Lee, Barenaked Ladies, Wilco and Brandi Carlile and the July 10 Decemberists gig.

Meanwhile, tickets for the Decemberists on July 11 are still available but going fast, Ignacio says.

Other marquee acts this summer include the Space Cowboy himself, Steve Miller; Michael Franti, the ambassador of dance-friendly reggae, funk, jazz and hip-hop; and Morrissey, former Smiths lead singer and outspoken vegan.

The lawn shows can accommodate up to 5,000 fans, Ignacio says, adding that this year no “selfie sticks” are allowed (selfie sticks are monopods used with cameras or cellphones to take photos.)

Parking is included in your ticket service fee. Concert-goers can park in the East and West field lots located next to Edgefield.

There is staff posted at the entries and within the lots to assist you. The lots are uneven and may be difficult for those who are physically challenged.

Guests are welcome to use the hotel turn-around to drop off those who are unable to walk from the parking area to the venue.

No fireworks or pets are allowed, and re-entry is prohibited to the concert site.

Other rules include the following:

• You can bring blankets and beach towels as long as they are no larger than 4 feet by 6 feet.

• Low-profile lawn chairs, no higher than 8 inches from the ground to the bottom of the seat and no higher than 27 inches total from the ground to the top of the chair, are allowed.

• Sealed or empty water bottles are permitted.

• Personal-sized umbrellas are allowed, but cannot be used in the reserved and general admission areas once the concert has begun.

Ignacio says McMenamins is adding some paved pathways in the venue to make it easier for guests to get around, as well as adding more cobblestones in the Little Red shed area, where free music shows take place.

Meanwhile, the venue’s smoking area has been moved to a location by the bathrooms.

One final note: Don't buy your ticket off of Craigslist.

"Recently we’ve been advised of people doctoring print-at-home tickets and selling these on Craigslist for big profits," Edgefield says. "The buyers of these ticket are not admitted to the show, since the barcodes are fake. Due to these scams, we strongly advise you not to buy tickets to our shows through Craiglist or similar websites."

For more information, visit edgefieldconcerts.com.


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