Friday, Oct. 23
TRET FURE: St. Clair Productions will present American singer and songwriter Tret Fure at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Prominent in the women's music scene, Fure started her career as a back-up vocalist on rock albums by Spencer Davis and Little Feat. She released a solo debut album in 1973 on MCA Records, then began recording as an independent folk artist. Fure has four acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy Girl Records — the most recent, "True Compass," was released in 2007. Tickets cost $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for ages 12-17. Children 11 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in Ashland, at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 535-3562.
Saturday, Oct. 24
STEPHEN HOLLAND: The singer and songwriter will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Unitarian Universalist Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Holland teaches world music, guitar and the history of rock 'n' roll at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif., and at Sacramento State University. His music is influenced by his travels through North America, Latin America and Europe. Admission will be a donation of $10 at the door.
BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY: The punk acoustic quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. It's grit meets grace, Colorado-style. Admission is $10. Call 499-2511.
BELCEA QUARTET: Chamber Music Concerts will present the Belcea Quartet at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The quartet was established in 1994 at the Royal College of Music in London. It is the associate ensemble at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and quartet in residence at the Atheneum Concert Hall in Bucharest, Romania. Friday's performance will feature Franz Joseph Haydn's Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2; Dmitri Shostakovich's Quartet No. 14 in F-sharp Major, Op. 142; and Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1. Saturday's concert will feature Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart's String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 "Dissonant"; Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94; and Beethoven's String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6. Tickets are $26, $30 and $5 for ages 22 and younger. The Belcea Quartet will offer free educational programs during its visit to Ashland. Visit www.chambermusicconcerts.org or call 552-6154 for details.
Sunday, Oct. 25
ALEXANDER TUTUNOV AND NATALYA AGEYEVA: Russian-born pianists Tutunov and Ageyeva will perform solo and works for two pianos at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program will include works from Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. Ageyeva studied music at the Moscow Conservatory and the University of Washington. She is touring the U.S. Tutunov is a past winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and the Russian National Piano competition and tours internationally. He also is artistic director of SOU's International Piano Institute. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, free for students and are available by calling 552-6101. Visit www.soul.edu/music.
SASSY!: "Stage and Screen Sing-along, Yeah" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Mountain Meadows Community Clubhouse, 857 Mountain Meadows Drive, Ashland. The song leaders will be Laura Derocher and David Gabriel, and the accompanist will be Darcy Danielson. The sing-along will be open to all ages, and anyone who is inclined may bring sheet music to participate in a solo or duet. There will be a theme or two chosen for the event, and songs will be selected to fit. The lyrics for each song will be projected onto a large screen. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for students. Call 552-0910.
Thursday, Oct. 29
SKILLET: From Wisconsin, rock band Skillet will perform Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. The band's new album, "Awake," features the hit "Monster." Skillet frontman John Cooper earned a BMI Music Award for "The Last Night" and "The Older I Get," featured on the group's 2006 Grammy-nominated album, "Comatose." Skillet's 2003 debut album, "Collide," also was nominated for a Grammy. Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down and The Letter Black will appear with Skillet at the Medford Armory show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m. Advance tickets cost $17.50. Tickets will be $20 at the door. Visit www.skillet.com or call 800-745-3000.
MARK DOTY: Chautauqua Poets & Writers will present National Book Award-winning poet and New York Times best-selling author Mark Doty at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Mountain Avenue Theater at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Doty's collection of poems, "Fire to Fire," won the National Book Award in 2008; his memoir, "Dog Years," was a New York Times best-seller in 2007; and his collection, "My Alexandria," earned Great Britain's T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 1995. Tickets to Doty's reading cost $25 for patrons ($10 is a tax-deductible contribution), $15 for the general public and $5 for students with valid identification. Tickets are available at Grilla Bites in Medford and Bloomsbury Books, The Bookwagon and Tree House Books in Ashland. Student tickets are available at AHS. Group sales are available by calling 482-8771, ext. 197.
STRAIGHT NO CHASER: A cappella singing group Straight No Chaser will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The members of the group have a style that mixes humor with solid musicianship. Straight No Chaser formed in 1996 at Indiana University and released three albums. In 2006, the group's wacky rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" found its way onto YouTube. The song received about seven million views and landed a record deal with Atlantic. In 2008, eight of the original members — Dan Ponce, Randy Stine, Charlie Mechling, Steve Morgan, Jerome Collins, Dave Roberts, Walter Chase and Mike Itkoff — along with two new members — Mike Luginbill and Ryan Ahlwardt — recorded a Christmas album, "Holiday Spirits." It became one of Atlantic Records' best pre-selling albums. Straight No Chaser released an EP of six songs, titled "Six Pack," in 2009 and will release another holiday album, "Christmas Cheers," in November. Tickets to the show at the Craterian cost $29 to $35 for adults, $20 to $26 for youth. Visit www.craterian.org or call 779-3000.
Friday, Oct. 30
JON REEP: "The HEMI guy," seen on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Reep's new one-hour special, "Metro Jethro," aired Oct. 17 on Comedy Central. Visit www.jonreep.com. Tickets to the show at the Craterian cost $24.50 to $28.50; $21.50 to $25.50 for seniors. Visit www.craterian.org or call 779-3000.
THE MEL MARTIN AND DON FRIEDMAN DUO: The Siskiyou Institute will present jazz masters Mel Martin (saxophones and flute) and Don Friedman (piano) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland. The duo will perform pieces from their recent recording titled "Where the Warm Winds Blow," along with other originals and jazz standards. Tickets cost $25, $20 for Siskiyou Institute members and $5 for students. Martin and Friedman will offer an improvisational jazz workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the barn. The cost is $10, $5 for Siskiyou Institute members and free for students. Call 488-3869 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Sunday, Nov. 1
SUNDAY SUNSET AT PASCHAL: Montage, featuring Dennis Freese on saxophone, flute and vocals; Jana Kolsbun on piano; Tim Church on guitar; Bruce McKern on bass; and Jeff Addicott on drums, will present light jazz and pop from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road. Talent. Admission is $3. Call 535-7957.
Friday, Oct. 23