The Bend Song Exchange has announced outdoor shows for the summer season of Non Profit Tunes, a series of locally focused concerts that each benefit a different Central Oregon organization. After losing yet another home in Spoken Moto, the shows have moved to Worthy Brewing (where a number of last year’s shows were hosted) and The Commons, and will increase to twice monthly starting in June thanks to the venue double-up. The Commons shows launch Thursday with a benefit for Saving Grace, which provides aid to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, featuring local songwriters Victor Johnson, Shonna Lyn and David Miller. Worthy shows kick off June 27 with a benefit for Brightside Animal Clinic in Redmond featuring Rosemarie Witnaeur, Fran Harmony and Da Chara Duo (AKA Steve Thorp and Kimberly Rogers).
All shows are free, with donations from tips going to the featured organization. Check out the full schedules below.
The Commons (7 to 9 p.m.)
June 20 — benefit for OregonAdaptive Sports featuring Jens Lovtang, Ellen Jakab and Jim Roy
July 18 — benefit for Soldiers Songs & Voices/veterans featuring Nathan Lytle, Marianne Thomas and Kurt Silva
Aug. 15 — benefit for Bend Hospice/Partners in Care featuring Victor Johnson, Melanie Rose Dyer Trio and Joe Leonardi & Mike Ryan
Sept. 12 — benefit for Central Oregon Campfire featuring Allan Byer, Cheyenne West and Ben Dufendach
Worthy Brewing (6 to 8 p.m.)
July 25 — benefit for The Hope Foundation at Bend Equine Medical Center featuring Appaloosa, Jennifer Conli and Tara Snow
Aug. 22 — benefit for Central Oregon Council on Aging featuring Jimmi Jo McKue, Ellen Jakab & Linda Martin and Auzzie Mark McCord
Sept. 19 — benefit for St. Charles Cancer Center featuring Mike Viles, Judis Seger and Bern Smith