Page 1 FREE Every Tuesday Vol. 2, No. 76

An Independent Weekly promoting the Arts and Minds of Corvallis.

When the music changes, so does the dance.

June 16th, 2009

“Chocolate Fantasy� by Earl Newman

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“Jazz Man” by Colleen Kingsbury My name is Colleen Kingsbury and I am a 22-year-old senior in Exercise and Sports Science. I am a self-taught or better, a “self -learning” artist as I have only been painting for 1 year. Painting is something I enjoy very much and hope to become very proficient in someday. Every painting I have done do date is acrylic and I am just now beginning to explore oils. I can be contacted at if anyone has further interest! Salvation is an acrylic on canvas recreation of a photograph from Time Magazine. -Colleen

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DIRTSTIR Identity Crisis I don't know about anyone else, but I fail constantly in trying to define my self, persona, being, and my corresponding value in today's society. Everytime I think I have it, it becomes something else. I would like to think I have no value, but there is a sneaking suspicion in the back of my head. I say valueless because someone else could do anything I do. Sure, I am unique in my self, but no more unique than any other of the seven-plus-billion persons on this planet. I deserve nothing more than the next person and, get this, realize anything I do deprives someone else of something. With that zipping around my noggin, I wonder why I continue to do whatever I do with absolutely no intention of stopping doing. I don't know why I do what I do. I work to pay the bills and I enjoy what I do knowing full well I am expendible. I have friends, family, passtimes, I feel fortunate and am thankful for all I have. I feel guilty for what I have and covetous at the same time. It’s a weird cocktail.

Burning Desires Maybe people opposed to field burning should go on a field trip to participate in a burn. Explain to them the steps involved in preparing the field from planting through harvest. Maybe let them ride in the tractor when ploughing the firebreak, maybe let them help light it up. Then take them to a field that won't be burned. Have them participate in the chemical applications. Give them background on material costs, licensing, and health risks. Regardless of one's standpoint we should recognise the adaptability of farmers. The area farmers represent families established in the valley long before those opposed to the practice of field burning arrived on the scene. I think the local farmers try to maintain practices that guarantee sustainability. They don't eat their seed stock. I have again contacted the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Quality with the message, "I'm wondering if you could help me with a question regarding field burning. In a rye grass field that has been baled off, how many pounds (lbs.) of what kinds of pollutants are created per acre? Just a rough estimate is close enough, but more accurate is better. Also, how many pounds (lbs.) of what kinds of pollutants are created per gallon of gasoline burned? If you don't know, direction to who might know would be greatly appreciated." I've looked seasonally for this information for a few years now. Independent research will be a minor obsession for the next week or so. Also, if you have any info that may be helpful I would be glad to hear from you. ~JTc




Tuesday, June 16th 6:00 - 8:00 SCRABBLE Tournament All skill levels welcome. Your $10 cover gets you your first glass of wine or beer and light appetizers all evening. We must have at least 10 playersso you need to call ahead or stop in to sign up.

Friday, June 19th Pete Kozak & Michael Fridley 7:00 pm

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Rudo y Cursi Films about athletes are prone to cliché: the improbable rise to fame, the fleeting glory of being on top, the devastating fall. Mexican import Rudo y Cursi doesn’t break this mold and, in many ways, is as conventional as they come. But as writer/director Carlos Cuaron reunites with the two stars from the criticallyacclaimed Y Tu Mama Tambien (which he co-wrote, and his brother directed), we find that convention crafted by the right mind can still produce cinematic splendor. Soccer is life in Mexico, so when brothers Beto (Diego Luna) and Tato (Gael Garcia Bernal) happen upon a talent scout with a flat tire on their way to a match in a grass lot, they snatch at the unlikely opportunity for their big break. Beto has just been promoted to foreman at a banana plantation and has a wife and children to look after, but he seethes with envy as Batuta, the talent scout (Guillermo Francella), inks a pro contract for Tato with a club in glittering Mexico City.

But Tato, dubbed “Cursi” (corny) by his teammates and fans, has his eyes set on celebrity status and is more interested in forging a singing career - despite his lack of talent - than playing soccer. He convinces Batuta to find Beto a spot on a rival team, and Beto’s aggressiveness tending goal earns him the nickname Rudo (tough). While both brothers begin to climb the ranks – Beto approaches an all-time consecutive shut-outs record and Tato is selected to play on the national team – the brothers’ respective vices take hold and threaten their careers and lives, all culminating in a final head-to-head showdown on the soccer field when the stakes can’t get any higher. This scenario is as thick with cliché as it gets, yet Cuaron’s snappy writing and masterful camerawork transform what - in less able hands - could easily have been a forgettable experience into a light-hearted romp. Unlike Y Tu Mama Tambien, this film doesn’t take itself too seriously, even when the principal characters are imperiled. The love-hate interplay between Luna and Garcia Bernal rings true of brotherhood. While even their vices are cookie cutter – one being tripped up by celebrity status and beautiful women, the other by gambling and blow – these characters, though shallow, are three-dimensional enough that it’s fitting for them to throw everything away on something so tawdry. Cuaron errs in using the talent scout, Batuta, as the film’s narrator. Batuta waxes philosophical about the sport, using it too often as a lazy metaphor for life. Batuta is not a deep character, and his voice-over introspection seems forced as a result. The cinematography throughout the film is vivid, at times breathtaking. Mexico City is shot beautifully and even the small villages teem with vitality. For a sports-themed film, there are nearly no shots of any actual game play. Instead, the camera keeps to the periphery, focusing on the raucous crowds, the individual reactions, even a TV screen broadcasting the action. Too heavy on soccer metaphors and light on originality, Rudo y Cursi doesn’t score a lot of points, but with heady camerawork and some solid acting performances it still finds a way to put the ball in the net.

Rudo y Cursi is now playing at the Darkside Cinema. For shows and showtimes visit -Josh Goller

The Launch Pad of O.S.U. “Today, just as yesterday, art wants to save from death a living image of our passions and our sufferings.” Albert Camus The Wager of Our Generation As the sun beats down on the big (for Corvallis) crowd I wonder if the bottle of chardonnay I shared with my friend will affect my judgment. At the Cricket Campus Rail Jam, The Beastie Boys’“Girls” blasts over the loud speakers and well clothed (for Corvallis) coeds clamor around the imported mountain of snow. I attempt to record and observe the social entity that is O.S.U. It sometimes seems to be little more than a playground meant to keep students in check long enough so that they will not permanently impair the rest of their adult lives. This freedom can be seen as a good or bad thing. As a townie myself there are many aspects of campus and its inhabitants which can seem imposing. The most obtuse interactions occur each term like clockwork during midterms and finals. The crowd can seem especially grating when one hears tales of actual or intended physical harm to friends and neighbors. The event is put on by the production company Galvanic and sponsored by Civil Clothing Company. Both of which were started by Oregon State students. The Cricket Campus Rail Jam had it’s inception at Oregon State and has since expanded to twelve different campus’ around the U.S. With places as remote as Arizona it begs the question; seriously, where did they get all this freaking snow? As well as sponsoring the influx of snowboard culture to the valley Civil strives to help various non profits including the Red Cross, homeless shelters and disaster relief. It seems the close friends who started Civil can now provide some means of living for their co alumni with whom they also happen to be friends. Though not in nature or attendance, this assembly is sophisticated with an extensive sound system, security and booths selling food and giving away T-shirts, stickers, and other promos to say nothing of the center ring. This foreign feeling gathering almost has the ambience of a music festival which leads me to question the validity of those communities I most closely relate to and value as mirroring my own self and values. But the wine and the rays have gone to my head and my friends have left to study. I retreat to the shade of Van Buren and 13th where I contemplate my rosy new skin tone and the local prices of vaporizers. Are we all just people in search of a good time? Only seeking a few fleeting moments that impair and or enlighten our own reality? The egalitarian aspects of it make my head spin. Why wait in lines in the relentless sun for free and unnecessary goods? Why spend hours setting up sound equipment? Why of all the unnatural things in modern life haul snow to the middle of the quad, to the middle of the valley in the middle of May? Could I really be no better than the self conscious minions I saw swelling around me? Am I better for recognizing this fact? I guess it is human nature that with recognition of it you work to remove yourself from the hoi polloi. And it is the way we remove ourselves from it that count. We each wish to belong to something greater, something which lasts longer than an individual in the sun on a hot day. There are situations for which the English language seems ill equipped to handle. The value of nothingness in which unending space and possibility exist and the penetrating and concentrated reality of absence to name but two. Everything exists in a paradox and as I sober up I feel myself losing that essential truth which allows me to exist at the extremes and in the middle, a balance in a triangle, stillness and complacency in the midst of a symbol of change. As the larger questions of societal reality like who, how, and why remain unanswered, I only can sit and watch hoping that the trees, silent in their observance can provide some consolation to the reality I exist in. I sit and watch the conclusion of this two hour event. Maybe I just have nothing else to do, maybe I’m still to tipsy to bike. But mostly I remain because I want to observe, understand and interact with my fellow human beings. “In this exhausting adventure the artist can only draw help from others, and, like, anyone else he will get help from pleasure, from forgetting and also from friendship and admiration.”- Camus As I return to the gathering, meaning and reason rapidly reveal themselves. There is something yet to be shared with you dear reader and for that I am grateful. I quickly find my way to the gentleman of Longboard Oregon. What happens when a bunch of skaters decide to do something good for the world? They long board for cancer research along the back hightways of Oregon stopping along the way to rock out with their friends. This is the essence of Longboard Oregon, a movement started by Mike Elstad and Ryan Blake. Beginning June 18th a team of skaters will be boarding from Portland to Ashland for the Cancer Research Institute. There will be a van following close behind to ensure the safety of those participating. Longboard Oregon as they see it is a way to do something good with their time, to enact beneficial change on something which in one way or another has influenced nearly everyone in the United Sates today. Their goal is to raise $5,000 for Cancer research. Cricket Campus Rail Jam is the first event they participated in. There Jamba juice

donated 25% of the day’s profits to their organization. Sponsors thus far include American Dream, Jamba Juice, Atmosphere clothing, and Longboard Larrys. They got this far in their fundraising from talking to anyone who would listen Ryan and Mike have had to deal themselves with the stigmas associated with skateboarding and saw an opportunity to present a sport they love in a more positive light. They believe a lot of people are against skateboarding but if you do it for the right reasons people will grow to like it. On Friday the 19th of June they will be holding a benefit at Tailgaters. It will be an evening of for music and camraderie, the cover of which will go 100% to the cause. It features artists such as DJ Landforce and Chemical War Bear. Having received a lot of positive feedback, next year they hope to make it into a competition, and possibly expand to include all of the West coast with more venues, sponsors and bigger concerts. While we may be a launch pad for the students of O.S.U., in the end it is up to us to each individually create the reality which surrounds us. These young adults are passing through and fortunate to find a place as forgiving and vibrant as Corvallis in which to start up their own aspirations. When they have gone surely we will fill in these blanks ourselves? That is hard to say. So I suppose in conclusion that Corvallis is a playground for all. We are party to a unique space which provides for development and growth in areas not typical of a college or any other town. Or maybe the sun is just making me paint a rosier picture in a community that can ill afford to skip over aspects of diversity. Whatever the reason it is summer, summer, summer…. ah…… If you would like to contribute please attend the show at Tailgaters on the 19th of June, or visit their

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Fashion Happens The music starts, the lights go up, and the runway is lit. A standing room only crowd in the Cascade Ballroom begins to cheer and applaud. Moments later, models - in stiletto and chunky high heels - start to command the runway. These blank canvases for fashion flaunt avant garde, swim, and ready-towear garments trimmed with tulle, ruffles, buttons, and lace. Guest judges, with front row VIP seating, point out flashy pieces and nod in approval as fashions they favor come down the runway. These industry insiders exude their own fashion sense, dressed to impress at the event which is a mix of black tie and blue jeans. Among the 18 collections showcased on that humid spring evening, lush fabrics were juxtaposed with bright colors and intricate details. Mini-skirts and laced corsets dominated several lines, being paired with leather, tweed, pastel palettes and parasol props. Barely there bikinis, geometric hems, and even a feathered shrug with matching shoes cruised down the catwalk. The designers of this stylish affair, which infused an evening of high fashion into an otherwise trendy college-town scene, are all undergraduates working toward a degree in apparel design at Oregon State University. With a little ingenuity, solid guidance, and a $5000 departmental grant, the students were able to put on a fashion show with a high level of professionalism and originality. Their effort, on the fashion scale, has otherwise been unparalleled in the Mid-Willamette Valley. The show also served as a shot in the ass for fashion fanatics who get a little sloppy with wardrobe choices when they think no one is watching. While the event was nearly seamless and the directors charismatic, it can sometimes be difficult to glimpse the people behind the curtains at such a whirlwind affair. Those people who thread the needles and pull the zippers were visible at dress rehearsals earlier that week... It was an uncharacteristically warm May afternoon, the day of the first dry run. In an aerobics room in Langdon Hall, box fans roared, hangers clamored on garment racks, and corsets held their breath. Models, wearing short shorts and high heels, lined up on the south side of the room, awaiting direction. When cued, the ladies and handful of men strutted their stuff down a makeshift runway made of resistance bands and aerobic steps. An up-tempo house music mix, set to be played at the show, started and stopped as the directors hashed out details after each model walked. Breezing in and out of the mirrored room, designers, stylists, promoters, and acquaintances stopped to exchange friendly words with apparel design instructor Marianne Egan and her three-year-old son George. Fueled by the soaring temperature, tensions ran slightly high as it approached 7 p.m. on a sweltering Friday evening and the rehearsal was running long. But with the help of Marianne, the students kept their cool. This was just the beginning of several long days they would spend together ironing out the details. Despite the tremendous amount of work, the heat, and the pressure of attending to the minutia, these fashion fits pulled the acts together and put on quite a show. Many of these young students will no doubt be back to outdo themselves next year. ~Cindy Dauer

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Gumbo To Release First Album 'Never Tell Me To Quit' is the appropriate title track for musicians that have been playing individually for more than 40 years in Oregon. After five years of playing together as Gumbo, these three musicians have found the right groove, the right record label, and the right studio to capture nine of Sid Beam's well-crafted original songs and three vintage covers in their first album, 'Never tell Me To Quit'. Included on the album is the 50 year old Stan Freberg tune, 'Money', a cheerful and energetic romp on currency ironically appropriate given the current state of the economy. The trio of Sid Beam, Joe Casprowiak, and David Fournier are releasing their debut album July 2, 2009, (Corvallis venue TBA) and immediately following up with another CD-release celebration as the headliner at the grand-opening of the brand new River Bend Resort in Harrisburg, July 4th at 7pm. Many of their devoted fans exclaim, 'Finally!', or 'It's about time!' when they learn that a CD will be available soon for them to take home after enjoying a Gumbo performance. They will be giving CD's of their single, 'Money' away for free at those performances. The talented Severin Sisters will be opening for Gumbo on July 4th at 5pm. Gumbo signed a recording contract in March of this year with new independent label, Wild Rose Artists, owned by Theodore and Kira Wadman. "I felt strongly that Sid's material was exceptional, and Gumbo's delivery outstanding. I felt compelled to capture this treasure it so that it could be enjoyed for many years to come", says Kira. The band has been recording the album at their Wild Rose Studios in North Corvallis, with the expert direction of OSU's chief sound engineer, Sam Kincaid. "The first time I heard Sid Beam play, I couldn't believe that the music I was hearing was coming from one guy with his guitar", says Kira Wadman. "Tom Demarest had been encouraging me to come support the free lunchtime performances he was organizing at the Benton Center. I had a free moment, so I pulled up a chair. For all the world it looked like his guitar would fly away if he wasn't hanging on to it. I looked around and saw that others were seeing the same thing. The songs were exceptionally well crafted, and his guitar work was nothing short of awesome. I became a devoted fan then and there." The members of Gumbo have each been playing music non-stop since their teens. It's one thing to own an instrument collecting dust in the corner for that long, but these individuals have been actively honing their craft that whole time, to the benefit of many Corvallis residents who have heard them playing in various groupings over the years; Sid played in Magpie from 1972 - 1976, and some may remember Joe Casprowiak as Joey Starlight in the Fabulous Mudtones from 1976 1981. At 16, David Fournier played in NH rock band called the Mystery Images. In his twenties, he studied music theory and jazz improv seriously at LBCC, and played music in various worship teams around Corvallis for the next 20 years, where he met Sid. Gumbo was formed when Sid bumped into Joe on the street in late 2004. Sid had written a book full of new songs, and had been playing them on his own around town. Joe added his harmonies to Sid's original tunes as well as accompaniment on clarinet, flute, sax, and banjo. They brought bass-player David into the 'Gumbo Experiment' as Sid calls it, "And the rest is history", David says. Gumbo is giving 'Money' away for free. It's been almost 50 years since the song 'Money', written by Stan Freberg, has been licensed. The last official recording was by June Carter. Wild Rose Artists has obtained a license from Kavelin Music, in Santa Monica, CA, to distribute the song on Gumbo's 'Never Tell me to Quit' album. They have also received permission to make the recording available for free to individuals as downloadable MP3's on itunes and from the Wild Rose Artists website. Upon hearing the new recording, Frank Kavelin declared Gumbo's version "excellent." Local fans can pick up their own free copy of the single at Gumbo's upcoming performances. For more information on Wild Rose Artists or Wild Rose Studios, contact Kira Wadman at 541-758-0123 To download a free copy of 'Money', or view Gumbo's upcoming performance dates, visit

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE BLOCK 15 RESTAURANT AND BREWERY 300 W JEFFERSON AVE (758-2077) Every Monday: Acoustic Folk Jam, FREE All local Musicians and those passing through are invited to jam at Block 15 every Monday at 7pm. The Monday jam session has developed due to local musicians wanting a pulic venue to gather and make music. Those attending should expect any kind of acoustic music. Bluegrass, folk, pop, blues, country, swing, whatever moves you. Vocal songs and instrumentals. Any kind of acoustic instrument should work. Music that does not require electricity or batteries. For more info, contact Sam Holmes at Friday, June 19th, 9:00 pm "American Nobody" In 2007, American Nobody’s music joined the American Nobody ranks of Sufjan Stephens, Xavier Rudd, and Jack Johnson in being featured on the PBS television series “Road Trip Nation.” American Nobody has mastered the art of looping as one of Portland, Oregon’s emerging singer/songwriter acts. His flashy guitar chops and robust voice deliver catchy hooks and melodies that fuse the influences of Jeff Buckley and Ed Vedder with the legendary looping of Keller Williams and Tim Reynolds. Weaving tight layers of voice, guitar, bass tones, and percussion, he has redefined the modern concept of singer and songwriter.


BOMBS AWAY CAFE 2527 NW MONROE AVE (757-7221) Wednesday, June 17th, 10:00, $3 Dossier Indie Rock Thursday, June 18th, FREE, 7:30 Curtis Monette Inspired by the looping concoctions of such acts as Victor Wooten, Tim Reynolds, and Keller Williams...Curtis Monette takes every gig as an opportunity to experiment, freak out, and bedazzle listeners, as he loops guitars, percussion, and vocals live to create a playful blend of reggae, funk, and bluegrass that can only be described as, 'curtronica.' At one moment he may play the role of a singer/songwriter and then next he is blazing through a shredding solo over a trance groove. Friday, June 19th, 10:00, $5 Taarke Taarka Emerging from a long tradition of gypsy circus troubadours come the solar- powered travelers: carriers of a new musical light; Taarka. This merry band is the culmination of the new millennial, sonic adventures of David Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals), Enion Pelta-Tiller (five string violin, vocals), Daniel Plane (cello, vocals), Troy Robey (bass, vocals), and Dale Largent (percussion) - a virtuosic cadre of performers who have roamed the freeways and backroads of the new and old acoustic caravan trail in search of a revolutionary ancient sound for modern times.

Saturday, June 20th, 10:00 pm, $5 The Bush Pilots The Bush Pilots are a bluegrass-style trio that plays their original songs and add a variety of interpretations of other tunes. Their unique style is difficult to place into a single category. Call it what you will, newgrass, jazzgrass, or bluegrass with a twist—no matter what you call it, Bush Pilots music will put a smile on your face and have you tapping your foot in no time!

CALAPOOIA BREWING 140 HILL ST., ALBANY, OR (928-1931) Thursday June 18th, 7:30 pm Swing Habit Albanian Jazz Trio Friday, June 19th, 8:00 pm Jake Duncan “I have something to say. something to convey, something to express. I love music, and creating music playing didjeridu is something I am incredibly passionate about in all senses of the word. Music, instruments, in their raw natural sound and form is something I am deeply inspired by. The works of Rodrigo Y Gabriela, classical composers, ondrej smeykal and talented musicians big and small alike drive me down my path to create and invoke feeling through music so beautiful and terrible it could save you from any depth, or kill with a glance. I am 18 years old, and have been playing didjeridu since I was 11. ” From Jake’s Myspace Page Saturday, June 20th, 8:00 pm Robert Richter Portland native Robert Richter began teaching himself guitar at the age of 12 when he purchased a Sears "Silvertone" guitar from a neighbor for $5 and the promise to mow his lawn for a month. (He still has the guitar) Over the years Richter has become known as a versatile guitarist and songwriter known for his ability to perform a variety of styles from acoustic to electric to blues to folk. His skilled and emotional slide guitar playing often works his audiences into frenzy. With a strong powerful voice, Richter is electrifying with his energy, enthusiasm, sense of humor and most of all his innate ability to "connect with people." His original songs range from the uptempo rock-a-billy blues style originated at the legendary Sun Records Studio in Memphis to Dylan influenced songs about life and love. Richter's live show often includes talented violinist Jessica Hitchborn. Hitchborn, the winner of back to back Oregon State Fiddling titles adds her unique sound and energy to the music often bringing audiences to their feet in appreciation. Robert Richter - or Hans Solo? Sunday, June 21st, 4 pm Blues Jam

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At Cloud 9 Thursday, June 18th, 9 pm Improv Comedy Theater Not the typical fodder of Corvallis week night entertainment... shakes up audiences with improv absurdity... as ...actors take turns performing whatever silliness comes into their heads based on audience suggestions. Friday, June 19th, 10 pm International Funkatronic Voodoo presents: Astro Tek Electric Boogaloo w/ Dj's C4 Logic & T-Rex 6 turntables, 2 far out Dj's



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Thursday, June 18th, 6 pm Paul Lemoine Acoustic Hits Saturday, June 20th, 6 pm Mark Cleaver Acoustic Rockin’ Wednesday, June 17th - No cover and tons of hot Country hits. Don’t miss the new Wild West Wednesdays. No Cover. $1 beers all night, every night! Thursday, June 18th - Ladies Night Thursdays with DJ Hes starting at 9PM! Video Dj!! Beer Pong from 9PM-11PM! Join DJ Hes every Thursday Night. Ladies no Cover until 11PM! The best old and new school hip-hop on the 1's & 2's. Be here for the party every Thursday!! $1 beers all night, every night! Saturday, June 20th - Rockstar Saturdays; 9pm; Come party to the best hits of the 80s & 90’s at Club Platinum every Saturday! $1 beers all night, every night!!

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FIREWORKS RESTAURANT AND BAR On Hwy 99 in South Corvallis (754-6958) Thursday, June 18, 8pm Sam Marshall Trio, Acoustic Blues Roots - The Sam Marshall Trio formed in the spring of 2008. With Bennett Kling on bass and Collin Andresen on drums (both having played with The Jazz Underground Big Band and The Jayne Simpson Group), the trio achieves a progressive roots sound that is highly groove and improvisationally oriented. The trio has brought their unique sound to venues throughout the Northwest sharing bills with roots music staples such as Tony Furtado and the Joe McMurrian Quartet. "Marshall is a gifted blues guitarist whose style reflects a firm foundation in the Blues, while moving with a Jazzy, almost-improvisational progression." - What's Up Magazine Friday, June 19, 8pm Al Rivers, Blues Guitar and Vocals - "Aw yeah, this is blues the way we like it. Rain fall. Tree shakin'. Likin' yo' peaches. Truck broke. Good gal gone. Al Rivers walks the same old rode, but utterly without pretension or artifice. He has a great, scraping voice and a nimble, dirty way with the guitar." - Victory Music Review, Tacoma, WA 2006. Saturday, June 20, 8pm The Skunky Bunch, Funky Rhythm & Blues - The Skunky Bunch is a fun lovin' high energy funk band, based in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. The six-piece band performs covers of artists such as George Clinton, Buddy Guy, and Busta Rhymes and brings many funky originals. The group, comprised of music majors and recent graduates are all multiinstrumentalists; performances feature a tight always danceable rhythm section, funky horns, and soulful vocals combined with anything from talk box, to nose flute and didgeridoo creating an unforgettable sound. Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 21, 1-9pm Southtown Street Party & HOUR Exchange Marketplace Bazaar 1pm - Muti Marimba, Zimbabwean Music & Percussion 3pm - Elles & Adam, Soulful Americana 4pm - Tony Noble, Delta Blues Slide Guitar 5pm - Jake Duncan, Home Grown Didjeridu 6pm - Mill About Smartly, Irish Tunes & Sea Shanties 7pm - The People's Front, Reggae Funk Fusion The first Southtown Street Party of the season is co-sponsored with the Corvallis HOUR Exchange Annual Summer Gathering and features a Marketplace Bazaar. FireWorks will offer food and drink specials all day. For more info visit The People’s Front Monday, June 22, 8pm Southtown Open Mic Talent Search with CASH PRIZE for Top 3 Acts! - FireWorks hosts this weekly showcase of local talent - who knows what performance surprises the evening will hold? The show starts with a non-competitive Open Mic warmup round, then performers have a chance to compete in the Talent Search for the cash! (All competing performers are asked to contribute $5 for the cash prize purse.) For more info call (541)754-6958. Friday, June 19th, 7:00 pm Pete Kozak & Michael Fridley Eclectic Folk Pete & Michael will be playing great eclectic folk music at WineStyles this evening. Guitar, banjo, great vocals and more! Friday, June 26th, 7 pm Adam Scramstad Adam is an Acoustic/Electric Finger-style & Blues Musician, born and raised in Oregon. Performing regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest, Scramstad’s reputation as a professional Blues Guitarist & Vocalist is rapidly becoming widespread. Although he maintains a focus on Solo Acoustic Delta Slide & Country Blues (both vocal and instrumental), Adam also performs with Blues Guitar Legend Terry Robb (Adam’s Producer & Mentor)– as an Acoustic Duo as well as slinging electric guitar in the acclaimed Terry Robb Band.

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Thur, June 18 - Curtis Monette, FREE, 7:30

Stairway/Badfish/audiophilia lead guitarist goes solo

Fri, June 19 - Taarka, $5, 10:00

Mondays - Acoustic Folk Jam

Sat, June 20 - The Bush Pilots, FREE, 8:30

Fri. June 19th, 9:00 pm American Nobody

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111 NW 16th St - Corvallis, OR 97330 541-754-6055

LIVE MUSIC: Thur. June 18th, 8:00 Swing Habit Jazz Trio

Summer Solstice Party á Sunday, June 21 HOUR Exchange Marketplace and Local Performers Showcase Support a neighborhood economy and enjoy great home grown music!

1pm Muti Marmiba 3pm Elles & Adam, R&B 4pm Tony Noble, Blues 5pm Jake Duncan, Didjeridu 6pm Mill About Smartly, Sea Shanties 7pm The

People's Front, Reggae Funk Fusion FireWorks will offer Food & Drink Specials all day! 1115 SE Third (Highway 99W) in South Corvallis

Open Tues - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:30 am 541-738-6996 126 SW 4th St

Fri. June 19th, 8:00 Jake Duncan Modern Didjeridu Sat. June 20th, 8:00 pm Robert Richter Singer/Songwriter 21st, 4:00 140 Hill St. Albany, OR Sun. June Blues Jam (541) 928-1931

ROOFTOP & & ROOFTOP CROWBAR MUSIC Thurs, June 18th, 6 pm *Paul Lemoine Acoustic Hits

Sat, June 20th, 6pm *Mark Cleaver Acoustic

“Where the back alley meets the high road.”

* ON ROOFTOP - Weather Permitting

214 SW 2nd Street Behind the Downtown American Dream Pizza 753-7373

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