First annual Nehalem Winterfest music festival hosts big name talent

First annual Nehalem Winterfest music festival debuts
with world-renowned, award-winning lineup

Winterfest features Quarterflash Motown legend Mel Brown and the Mel Brown Quartet acoustic guitar star Terry Robb and Irish fiddling maestro Kevin Burke

Those looking for top quality entertainment on the Tillamook Coast are in for a treat. The Nehalem Performing Arts Center at North County Recreation District (NCRD) is hosting the first annual Nehalem Winterfest music festival Friday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. The event features five distinguished acts, providing premier entertainment to residents and visitors.

Gracing the stage is Irish fiddling wizard, Kevin Burke, a recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Irish music band Castletown will open for Mr. Burke. Concert goers will enjoy hearing acoustic guitarist sensation Terry Robb, who was voted best in Portland 19 times, has been on a Grammy-nominated album and has shared the stage with legends B.B. King, Joe Cocker and Steve Miller. Attendees will get a rare chance to enjoy one of Oregon’s most famous bands, Quarterflash, for an “unplugged” concert. Also taking the stage is Motown jazz legend, Mel Brown and the Mel Brown Quartet.

All performances will be held at the newly remodeled 200-seat Performing Arts Center, located at 36155 9th Street in Nehalem.
Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. – Kevin Burke. Opening act is Castletown.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m. – Terry Robb
Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. – Quarterflash

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. – Mel Brown and the Mel Brown Quartet

Tickets are available in advance at and at the NCRD Welcome Center (open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) or for purchase at the door. Pricing varies by event.

NCRD’s goal is to offer more quality entertainment for locals and visitors on a year-round basis. “We are so pleased to be kicking off our first annual Nehalem Winterfest with such a stellar lineup for this signature three day concert series,” said David Wiegan, NCRD executive director. “We were looking for a way to invite more people from out of town to the Tillamook Coast during our proverbial ‘off season’ while also providing great entertainment for our local residents.”

The event was made possible by sponsors Visit Tillamook Coast, Sunset Vacation Rentals and Kendra’s River Inn. For out-of-town concert goers, there are a variety of great places to stay in Nehalem and nearby Manzanita and Wheeler. To research lodging, check out and search by location.

NCRD coordinates Nehalem-area entertainment and provides an ongoing series of attractions throughout the year; for more information visit or call 1-855-444-NCRD (6273).


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About Tillamook Coast

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