Chris Arellano

Acclaimed musician Chris Arellano will perform a pair of concerts in Tillamook this Saturday, Sept. 28, to raise funds for the construction of Library Park.

Arellano and his touring band will perform at 2 pm at the main branch of the Tillamook County Library, 1716 Third Street, accompanied by delicious churros donated by La Mexicana Restaurant. Tickets, $8 per person, $15 for a couple and free for children 12 and under, are available in advance from the library or at the door.

The group will also give an evening performance, starting at 6 pm at Pacific Restaurant, located on the corner of Second Street and Main in Tillamook. Pacific Restaurant is donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Library Park Fund.

Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteño music of his Northern New Mexico upbringing with alternative country and blues influences for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story in Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion.

Arellano’s unique musical perspective and sound spring from his early influences growing up in Costilla, New Mexico as part of a musical family. After high school, he headed to Los Angeles to study at Musicians Institute. At the age of 20, he was the winner of the Nashville Spotlight Talent Contest that allowed him to perform at the Grand Ol’ Opry and jump-started his career.

In 2001, Arellano moved to Oregon and opened MusiCafe Rock School where he found a passion for teaching music, working with students of all ages. He is a highly sought after music instructor in the Pacific Northwest and in 2012 he began a yearly summer music camp in his New Mexico hometown. Arellano enjoys giving back to his community through volunteerism, teaching songwriting, instrumentation and recording classes through the local school district.

Currently under construction, the Library Park is designed to be a unique oasis on the Oregon Coast. When completed, the park will feature a stage and space for events, quiet sitting areas, a fountain, statuary and a heritage wall. Constructed using local contractors wherever possible, the park is envisioned as a “a park for the people of Tillamook County, built by the people of Tillamook County.”

For more information, go to www.tillamookcountylibraryfoundation.org.

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