7th Annual MidSummer’s Dream – Ashland’s Premiere Art & Music Festival

On June 11 & 12, the park-like grounds of the old Briscoe Elementary School will again come alive as over 75 regional artists gather to celebrate art, music, community, and sustainability. This two day event has become the premiere Summer art festival in downtown Ashland.

This years theme is “Creating Paradigm Shift”. It could be said that the theme is a tall order. However, pursuing the idea, simply thinking about what that means is part of the mission of this years event. As we witness countless problems our planet faces, it becomes ever more apparent that something has to change. Changing the way we think, adjusting our way of seeing, visioning, being, is part of the paradigm shift. It is about manifesting a cleaner, greener, more sustainable way of being to save our planet and humanity as we know it. Think global, act local. Be part of the festival.

Artists and musicians coming together. Two stages of music are scheduled with many acts already committed to the festival. The music we have already lined up includes: Salso Brava, local salsa dancing favorite; Rogue Suspects, funky rock and roll at its finest; Siskiyou Summit, bluegrass pickin’ and grinnin’; Kites and Crows, Indie Folk Rock; Smoky Red, Eclectic Folk/ Blues/ Jazz featuring Jim Quinby and Marcella Ruikis; Duo Flamenco; Atlantis Jazz Quintet, cool spacey jazz; and the Young Family Trio, Klezmer/Celtic. Wow! that’s a lot of entertainment, and more to come (watch for our schedule in next months Locals Guide).

MidSummer’s Dream is a family friendly event and free to the general public. Great art and craft from the region, live music from some of the most talented musicians in southern Oregon, great food, and vision for a better planet. What more could one ask for as we usher in the Summer of 2011. Support Local, It Matters!

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Marcus Scott

I am a local artisan specializing in making stone beads. I write articles for the Locals Guide, primarily the artisan profile interviews.

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