As summer brings back the chance to get together without masks and soak up the heat, WOW Hall wants to welcome the community once again with a free outdoor event. Presented by Eugene’s Community Center for the Performing Arts, the WOW Hall Acoustic Picnic is open to the public and an event for all ages. Much like a traditional picnic, guests are welcome to bring packed lunches or purchase from the food vendors available on-site. Artists attending this event include Laura Kemp Trio, Sugar Pine, Kef, Eric Richardson, Mood Area 52, and Dylan and Anthony. Kemp has been voted a favorite of local singer-songwriters, with jazz, bluegrass and folk influences. His trio has Jeremy Wegner and Sean Peterson contributing a multitude of instruments and vocals. Eugene-Springfield NAACP Executive Director Richardson is also a jazz musician, carrying on his father’s jazz legacy of the black arts movement. The Sugar Pine group includes instruments such as violin, dobro, mandolin, double bass and guitar. Their music pays homage to classic bluegrass instrumentals as well as original compositions by band frontman Gabe Schliffer. The group Mood Area 52 (photo) is inspired by Latin and instrumental music. Beginning as a Piazzolla-inspired neo-tango ensemble, they have since incorporated Golden Age Tango, lounge, electronica and more.
The WOW Hall Acoustic Picnic will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 in the parking lot behind WOW Hall, 8th and Lincoln. FREE.