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.
A Brief History
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.
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Pink Martini (w/Special Guests)