The Rogue Suspects perform March 26 and 27 at Donnelly's. - MMT file photo

Live music at Donnelly's Sports Bar

As Medford's largest sports bar, Donnelly's Sports Bar & Grill now offers live entertainment two nights a week for those not interested in watching the game or shooting a game of pool.

The bar, which has hosted regional entertainment on Saturday nights for more than a year, will open its stage for live music on Friday nights as well.

“The biggest reason is there were so many bands to showcase in our valley that being open one night a week wasn't enough,” says Rick Donnelly, the owner.

The nearly 6,000-square-foot bar, located inside Lava Lanes, 2980 Crater Lake Highway, features a variety of attractions including four pool tables, a large dance floor, 11 plasma screen TVs and 48 smaller TVs.

Donnelly's offers a standard bar menu, and no reservations are needed, as the place can hold about 325 guests.

“Any other club can hold about 60 to 80 people,” says Richard Barney, Donnelly's marketing director. “If we have 60 to 80 people, it (Donnelly's) looks almost empty. People can know they can come in and there will be plenty of room for them to have a good time.”

Barney says the venue seeks to provide live entertainment that appeals to a crowd ages 30 to 60 and music that patrons can dance to. Donnelly adds that the bands must have a good following and be “bands we want to hear.”

Playing rock and blues, the Rogue Suspects will be accompanied by the Rock Hard Horns for two performances this weekend — 9 p.m. Friday, March 26, and at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

The Suspects are scheduled to play a regular gig on the last weekend of every month at Donnelly's.

Karen Lovely and her band, who recently won second place in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, April 2.

Upcoming performances will include the Robbie DaCosta Band (April 3), David Pinsky and the Rhythm Kings (April 9), Rogue Rage (April 10), the Afterburners (April 16) and Easy Valley Eight (May 15), as well as Clint Ingbretson, whose popular Elvis show has been known to pack the house.

On May 14, Donnelly's will host a 1950s and '60s cocktail dinner show featuring Clint Ingbretson as Frank Sinatra.

“Beginning now, you can count on us having good entertainment on out,” says Barney.

There is no cover charge to any Donnelly's shows. For bigger shows, such as Clint Ingbretson's or Karen Lovely's, reserved seating near the stage can be purchased for $5.

“The facility speaks for itself,” says Donnelly. “You're not jammed into a cubbyhole trying to listen to a band. There is no ceiling. You have the roof so the sound in that room is really good.”

For more information, call 541-245-2755.

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