Music on the Half Shell is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide the residents of Douglas County with the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of music, from country to classical, not otherwise available without paying a substantial fee and traveling to a major city. The Music on the Half Shell Committee strives to provide music of the highest quality in a family atmosphere and beautiful setting.
Both cash and in-kind donations have made it possible for MOTHS to accomplish this mission for the last 23 years. In 2010, close to 60,000 people, of all ages, from all walks of life, attended the Tuesday evening eight concert series to hear the likes of Sly & Robbie, Robben Ford, Acoustic Alchemy, Vieux Farka Toure, Hawiian World Music, Brave Combo, Jonatha Brooke and Susan Tedeschi
Sponsorship from corporate and individual contributions, grants, audience donations, concessions and merchandise sales together with thousands of volunteer hours, have made Music on the Half Shell what it is today; a weekly event that truly brings people from all walks of life together to listen to quality music, socialize and feel a sense of pride and comradery in the great community in which they live.
Dick Nichols was a member of the City of Roseburg Parks commission for over 30 years, and it was his long-time vision to have outdoor concerts in a park in Roseburg. He lobbied the Parks Commission to build a band shell and improve an area next to the river, and he kept lobbying until he won the support of the Parks Commission, the City Staff, and the City Council. Then, Dick went out and recruited a few people to help put on some concerts. The original committee consisted of Dick, his wife Mo, Clint Newell, Jim Macke, and City Parks Director Jerry Hastler.
The first year was 1992, and Dick raised $6,000 through sponsorships for six concerts. With miscellaneous donations from “passing the hat,” the total budget was $10,000. That was 23 years ago. Since then, Music on the Half Shell has grown into one of the region’s most respected musical venues. We’ve all had the opportunity to see groups like Spyro Gyra, Lyle Lovett, Robert Cray, The Dixie Chicks, and many more…for free!
In 1993, the organization spun-off from the City and formed a private, charitable non-profit corporation. Thus, Music on the Half Shell, Inc. became official. Several people were added to the committee at that point. Sponsorship levels were created and the series expanded to seven concerts as the revenue increased. By 1994, MOTHS had established solid community support and continued to expand. In 1995, the series expanded to its current eight-concert format.
Music on the Half Shell had been fortunate in obtaining grants for capital expenditures such as: lightning equipment, stage equipment, and a dressing-room trailer. Vehicle donations have also been helpful. Today, MOTHS has a total annual operating budget of approximately $120,000. Widespread sponsorship support has allowed all of this to happen. Other communities like Medford, Coos Bay, Springfield, Albany, and Longview, Washington have come to Roseburg, in hopes of building similar venues in their respective towns. We are all proud of what Music on the Half Shell has become, and we will continue to enjoy its evolution.
|Cascade Community Credit Union||Benefactor|
|Clint Newell Auto Group||Benefactor|
|Mitchell & Watters CPA's||Benefactor|
|The Bruce Family||Benefactor|
|The Ford Family Foundation||Benefactor|
|Architrave Family of Companies||Major Sponsor|
|City of Roseburg||Major Sponsor|
|DCIPA, The Physicians of Douglas County||Major Sponsor|
|Evergreen Family Medicine||Major Sponsor|
|Fotan Web & Graphic Design||Major Sponsor|
|Fred Meyer Corporation||Major Sponsor|
|Homeowners of Winchester Ridge||Major Sponsor|
|John Erickson||Major Sponsor|
|Paul & Lory Utz||Major Sponsor|
|ROMTEC Inc.||Major Sponsor|
|Roseburg Disposal||Major Sponsor|
|Roseburg Honda||Major Sponsor|
|Roseburg Women's Health Care - William Hollander MD, Mary Powell MD, Amy Zastrow MD, Karen Roberson NP and Kirstin Carhart CNM||Major Sponsor|
|U.S. Bank||Major Sponsor|
|Umpqua Bank||Major Sponsor|
|Windmill Inn of Roseburg||Major Sponsor|
|Brooke Communications||Media Sponsor|
|Douglas County News||Media Sponsor|
|Jefferson Public Radio||Media Sponsor|
|KEZI 9||Media Sponsor|
|KMTR - 16||Media Sponsor|
|The News Review||Media Sponsor|
|American Home Lending||Sponsor|
|ATRIO Health Plans||Sponsor|
|Becker Vineyard & Winery||Sponsor|
|Comspan Communications, Inc||Sponsor|
|Douglas County Cultural Coalition||Sponsor|
|FCC Commercial Furniture||Sponsor|
|Gary Leif Photography||Sponsor|
|Girardet Vineyards & Winery||Sponsor|
|Gray Family Foundation||Sponsor|
|Harvard Medical Park||Sponsor|
|Henry Estate Winery||Sponsor|
|Julee K Richards M.D., PC/ Brad Seely M.D.||Sponsor|
|Lithia Roseburg Auto Center||Sponsor|
|Napa Auto Parts of Roseburg & Sutherlin||Sponsor|
|Oregon Coach Crafters RV Repair||Sponsor|
|Reggie & Rene's Trading Post||Sponsor|
|Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards||Sponsor|
|Southern Septic Service, Inc||Sponsor|
|Subway on Harvard, Diamond Lake, Stephens St & by Costco||Sponsor|
|TMS Call Center||Sponsor|
|Tom Thumb Mini-Storage||Sponsor|
|Aller Robertson Mahan, PC||Co-Sponsor|
|Barrett Drywall, Inc||Co-Sponsor|
|Brix Grill & Chill||Co-Sponsor|
|Dan & Joan Seitz||Co-Sponsor|
|Dana & Luann Basque||Co-Sponsor|
|Dole, Coalwell, Clark, Mountainspring & Mornarich||Co-Sponsor|
|Douglas County Cultural Coalition||Co-Sponsor|
|Douglas County Fair Grounds||Co-Sponsor|
|Dr. & Mrs. Janet Bitter||Co-Sponsor|
|Dr. Howard & Marjorie Feldman||Co-Sponsor|
|First Choice Health Insurance||Co-Sponsor|
|Hawks & Company Realtors||Co-Sponsor|
|Jeffrey Kobernik, DMD & David White, DMD||Co-Sponsor|
|Jeffrey Pugh, Attorney at Law||Co-Sponsor|
|Kruse Farms, Inc.||Co-Sponsor|
|Lauren Young Tire Center||Co-Sponsor|
|Lone Rock Timber Management Co||Co-Sponsor|
|Lysie & Corrie Geffen||Co-Sponsor|
|Neilsen & Associates||Co-Sponsor|
|NW Lifestyles/Alex & Vicki Nielsen||Co-Sponsor|
|Old 99 Brewing Co.||Co-Sponsor|
|Oregon Tax Specialists, Inc.||Co-Sponsor|
|Paul L. Bentley, Architect AIA, PC||Co-Sponsor|
|Rob Paul & Linda Sims||Co-Sponsor|
|Slight & Friel CPA's||Co-Sponsor|
|The Coen Palm Group A member of D.A. Davidson & Co.||Co-Sponsor|
|Tom & Janice Wimberly||Co-Sponsor|
|Tom & Jo Anne Nelson||Co-Sponsor|
|Tom Baker Family||Co-Sponsor|
|Umpqua Insurance Agency, Inc.||Co-Sponsor|
|Value Clean Laundromat/ Umpqua Aqua||Co-Sponsor|
|Watkinson Laird Ruvbenstein, PC||Co-Sponsor|
|Wicks Emmett, LLP||Co-Sponsor|
This venue provides an opportunity to be part of one of Roseburg's biggest success stories and dto receive widespread community recognition.
Benefactor $4,000 and Up
Major Sponsor $2,250-$3,999
Douglas County Fair Grounds
Fire District No. 2
Rotary Club of Sutherlin
The Roseburg Parks Dept.
The Roseburg Police Dept.
Rolling Thunder BBQ
Serving Tri-Tip Sandwiches, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, BBQ Nacho's, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Hot Dogs, French Fries, Chicken Strips, Hand Dipped Corn Dogs and Strawberry Lemonade.
Half Shell Special at every concert!
Delicious kettlecorn for a good cause!
Ice cream by the scoop
Arctic Hawaiian Shaved Ice
A taste of the islands!
Smoothies, coffee, espresso and healthy snacks.
Come and Enjoy our premium fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, sandwiches, and frozen yogurt. "Squeeze More Out Of Life"
IdleYld Lodge Snack Shack
Serving 3 different kinds of pastas with your choice of our homemade marinara, alfredo, or bacon cheese sauce. If you wish, add some of our homemade meatballs, grilled chicken breast or sausage. We also have meatball subs, green salads, ice cream novelties, water, soda, coffee, tea, and sports drinks available.
Since 2001, we've been on a mission to share our passion for good health and good food with others. Whether you decide to pick up one of our cookbooks showing you how simple delicious, 100% plant-based meals are to make, peruse this site to check out the videos and articles, stop by our café in Eugene, or visit with us at a cooking class, you will be sure to feel more excited about healthy food and living.
Old Soul Pizza
Old Soul Pizza is a product of our families interest in providing a local, unique pizza. We love to cook, experiment with fresh, local ingredients and hope to bring a little soul to everyone.
Everyone has a story, everyone has a soul, we just want people to embrace life and enjoy soul warming food.
Jill's Sugar Buzz Bakery
Cupcakes and Cookies
Specializing in custom designed cakes that bring personality to your party! Also making delicious gluten, dairy, and egg free cakes!! Love to make each cake different specifically for you! Please call 541-440-0051! Cakes made by order. Please plan to schedule your order within 2 weeks of pickup. Prices vary depending on size, design, and flavor. Please send a message or call to get an estimate on your cake or dessert.
The concerts start at 7:00pm. It's always a good idea to get there early to find a good spot and get settled before the fun starts.
To add the current year's schedule to your calendar, you can use the link to the right... It should download a .ics file that will import into pretty much any calendar you use.
The Music on the Half Shell has gotten so popular over the years that people started placing blankets in the park to hold their place on Monday evening. That obviously wasn't a great idea because the park is there for kids to play in and the public to use, so the rules are that you can place a blanket in the park at 5am the day of the concert. At 5am, any blankets that are already in the park are removed, so please don't fudge on your way to work at 4:30am. :)
Parking gets pretty tight around the park. There is designated parking across from the park next to Legion Field and in the paved parking lot connecting the YMCA to the softball fields along Stewart Parkway.
There are also free shuttles from several locations around town. Just check the Directions page for more information.
There are a number of food vendors at the concerts. From kettle corn to BBQ to ice cream and everything in between. For a full list of vendors, just check out the Vendors page.
You are also welcome to bring your own dinner, including a bottle of your favorite wine or a few beers. Please drink responsibly and clean up after yourself though. The park belongs to the City of Roseburg and we don't want to leave a mess.
The mission of Music on the Half Shell is to provide free concerts to the public in Roseburg, Oregon featuring quality artists who would normally perform at distant venues for a substantial admission fee.