Above: The front of the Hope Abbey Mausoleum, a restored Art Deco building in the Egyptian Revival style on the grounds of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery (photo by Randi Bjornstad)
By Randi Bjornstad
“Music to Die For” — the whimsically named summer concert series that takes place in the wonderfully acoustical Hope Abbey Mausoleum at the Eugene Masonic Cemetery — continues at 2 p.m. on Aug. 27.
The performers will be a lively and original Willamette Valley string band with the enigmatic name of Wild Hog in the Woods. They describe themselves on their Facebook page as playing “kickin’ stringband music from now and then, including traditional and original tunes, oldtime music, old-school country classics, hot sleaze jazz, and Tin Pan Alley gems.”
The group has been together more than 15 years.
It’s easy to keep track of the “Music to Die For” calendar: The performances take place on the last Sunday of each month, from June through October.
There’s no charge for the concerts, but donations are encouraged, to help maintain and improve the nonprofit historic cemetery and its beautifully restored Art Deco mausoleum.
Future concerts in the series will be:
Sept. 24 — Classical and popular chamber music by “Ambassador Musicians,” advanced strings students from the Eugene/Springfield Youth Orchestras
Oct. 29 — Acoustic strings and marimba, from Appalachian to Cajun to Swedish fiddle tunes and maybe some bluegrass and country, by Jim Dotson, Alan Phillips, Sam Jones, John Hicks and Scoop McQuire in a band called The Western Tanagers
The mausoleum is located in the Eugene Masonic Cemetery, up a path from the main entrance at the corner of East 25th Avenue and University Street. People with mobility issues who need special help getting into the mausoleum and need to arrange to use the closer gate may call 541-684-0949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Eugene Masonic Cemetery, go online to eugenemasoniccemetery.org/