By Randi Bjornstad

After having been so sequestered for so long, and even after having received all the required vaccinations to protect yourself and others from getting Covid-19, it’s still hard for many to fathom going out in public and attending concerts, plays, art exhibits, and movies.

But if you’re ready for some music — subject to sensible precautions, of course — The Shedd has a concert offering that might be a place to start, or maybe continue.

Singer/songwriter Pete Kartsounes will be on stage on April 22 as part of a tour celebrating his “new” solo album, which actually had its release in October 2020 when in-person concerts were not a possibility. The album, Out Here On My Own, continues his exploration of acoustic musical traditions that include bluegrass, folk, ballads, and blues as well as “compositions that defy definition,” as the The Shedd described it in announcing the concert.

Fortunately, Kartsounes  doesn’t have to travel far to make his return appearance at The Shedd. After two decades of songwriting and performing on stages internationally — with special emphasis on the bluegrass scene in Colorado — he now lives in Bend, where he not only performs but continues to write and record songs, teach guitar lessons and in these current times, perform in small groups and for small groups as dictated by coronavirus guidelines.

As customary, in addition to the musical concert, The Shedd is offering its pre-concert meal option. Because of the pandemic guidelines, there will be no ticket sales at the door, seating is limited, and state guidelines regarding distancing and mask-wearing will be observed.

Pete Kartsounes & special guests

When: Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22; pre-concert dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Where: Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute for the Arts 868 High St., Eugene

Tickets: $29 for concert (discount opportunities available, including 50 percent off for students); $23.75 for dinner ($18.75 for kids aged 9 years and younger), available through the ticket office at 541-434-7000, or online at