The Tower Theatre Foundation is gearing up for a full season of live entertainment in 2022-23.

Had the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred, that would be a boring sentiment. But after the months of postponements and socially distanced seating charts patrons of the arts have endured, it’s somewhat thrilling.

Other than a handful of events, including Wednesday screenings in July of “The Postman” and other films that were shot in Central Oregon, the historic Tower Theatre will be closed for much of the summer for backstage renovations, funded by a grant from The Bend Foundation.

“That means we’re slow over the summer. We don’t do a ton of shows in the summer anyway,” said Ray Solley, executive director of the Tower Theatre Foundation, the nonprofit that operates the theater and puts together a full season of music, theater and other offerings, in addition to making the facility available to other event producers.



The season features about 150 shows, among which you’ll find the kind of unique entertainers the Tower has become known for bringing to town, such as dance groups such as Catapult (Oct. 18), a clever dance troupe that uses silhouettes to create fascinating shapes, symbols and movement (and have been seen on “America’s Got Talent”).

In its season brochure, the Tower is categorizing Catapult and other dance and percussive acts under “Movement & Music.” Others falling into that category include Golden Dragon Acrobats (Jan. 19), Recycled Percussion (Jan. 23), Memphis Jookin’ (Feb. 20), Yamato Drummers (Feb. 22) and Step Africa (April 14).

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Golden Dragon Acrobats

Tickets to these and other acts and events are on sale now to members, and June 30 to the general public, but as Solley notes, anyone can become a member — and get first dibs on tickets. (More info at or 541-317-0700.)

Below is a full list of 2022-23 events from the Tower Theatre Foundation. Visit these pages and throughout the year to find more shows as they are added to the Tower schedule.


20: Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin

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Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin

23: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”


17: Robert Cray

18: Catapult


1: Majesty — Queen Tribute

2: Ben Sollee

5: Postmodern Jukebox

6: The Sounds of Soul

8: Dave Mason

9: Soweto Gospel Choir

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Soweto Gospel Choir

10: Keller Williams

28: Canadian Brass

30: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”


7: “A Christmas Story”

10-11: C.O. Mastersingers “Messiah & More”

12: Gangstagrass Holiday Party

14: “Elf”

15: Jake Shimabukuro—Christmas in Hawaii

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21-23: Swingin’ Tower Christmas


19: Golden Dragon Acrobats

20: “Shrek”

22: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Songs We Love

23: Recycled Percussion

24: Blind Boys of Alabama & Charlie Musselwhite

30: International Guitar Night


17-18: A Cappella Fest with Naturally 7

19: Diane Schuur

20: Memphis Jookin’ with Lil Buck

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Memphis Jookin'

22: Yamato Drummers

28: Take Me to the River — New Orleans


1: HillBenders — “WhoGrass”

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The HillBenders

5: Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

17: Irish Rambling House

23: Siren Songs

24: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

28: The Sweet Remains

30: Always…Patsy Cline


11: Yesterday and Today—Interactive Beatles Experience

14: Step Afrika

17: Skerryvore

21-22: Stage the Change

25: The Black Market Trust


6-7: Potted Potter

12: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

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David Jasper is a reporter and assistant editor born and raised in Miami, Florida. He began his journalism career at the Weekly Planet, an alt-weekly in Tampa, before moving to Bend with his family in 2001.

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