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Britt Festival kicks off 2019 season with Beatles tribute band

The Britt Music and Arts Festival is open for the 2019. It kicked off the season with An Evening with Rain- A Tribute to the Beatles.

Posted: Jun 13, 2019 10:09 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:40 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. --Best friends Leeann Denure and Penny Brennan waited got in line four hours before the Rain-A Tribute to the Beatles concert even started.

“I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” said Denure.
“It’s a party. It will be fun,” added Brennan.

They were the very first people in the early access line and the very first people to get the very best seats.

"We have experience.” Said Denure. “If we want to get a good seat we have to get in line early so we can get to the top of the hill and lay down our blanket so there's no big tall people in front of us. Then, we can see the show."

Everyone waiting in line to see the concert said this was the perfect band to kick off the 2019 season.

"I've heard a lot of good things about them,” said Amy Oakley, going to the concert with her mom, Leslie Oakley. “I was in the car listening and they had them playing [on the radio] and I thought ‘Wow! It sounds just like them. We have to go. We have to go!’"

"It's going to set the tone for the entire year because it's a family friendly wonderful concert,” added Britt Festival President and CEO Donna Briggs. “Everybody knows the songs from 7 year old granddaughters to grandpop. We're just very excited about everything tonight."

Briggs said the Britt team has gotten the roll of the festival down to a science but for the last seven years, they've been improving the facility.

"We put in new picnic tables which are beautiful. The old ones were 30 years old and really deteriorated. We also have a brand new lawn. The lawn had not been replaced in 40 years," Briggs added.

And now everyone tonight enjoyed the new tables and lawn, listening to some classics.

"I think it's a good group of people coming together. It's young and old and everything between," said Amy Oakley.

The Britt Festival has a packed weekend. Saturday, Chase Rice performs at 7:30pm. Third Eye Blind does the same at the same time Sunday.

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