Thursday, Jan. 21
Earthquake relief concert: Rogue Valley musicians will team up for a concert to benefit victims of the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake. The Rogue Suspects with Jeff Pevar, Inger Jorgenson, Bret Levick, Annie McIntyre, Frankie Hernandez and the Rock Hard Horns, along with One Horse Shy, Salsa Brava, Smoky Red, Christine Williams and Ed Dunsavage will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Guest speakers, including Don Hildibrand, director of pastoral services at the Rogue Valley Manor who recently returned from Haiti, will present news about Haiti's situation. The concert is sponsored by the Rogue Suspects, Southern Oregon Red Cross and United Way of Southern Oregon. Tickets will cost $10 to $20 on a sliding scale and will be available at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
POETRY READING: Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada and others will celebrate the birthday of the state's late poet laureate, William Stafford, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Room 309 of the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland. Lawson, Gary Lark, Dave Harvey, M.E. Hope, Amy MacLennan, Charlotte Abernathy and Maria Fernandez will read from their own works and from Stafford's. The program will conclude with a video of Stafford reading a poem. Admission is free. Call 541-552-6823.
Friday, Jan. 22
rogue valley symphony: See story, Page 7. The symphony's yearlong search for a new conductor will continue as Darko Butorac leads RVSO at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.Tickets cost $33 and $40. Student tickets cost $5. For tickets, call the Music Hall at 541-552-6398.
Saturday, Jan. 23
an evening of scottish music: See story, Page 3. Brian Freeman will present his sixth annual concert featuring the songs of Scottish poet Robert Burns at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the First United Methodish Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Tickets cost $15, $5 for ages under 12 and are available at The Book Exchange, 89 Oak St., Ashland. To reserve tickets, call 541-482-1915.
Southern Oregon Historical Society benefit: Eric and Suze Thompson will perform their weird and obscure old-time American music on guitar and fiddle, respectively, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Standing Stone Brewing Co., 101 Oak St., Ashland. Admission is a $10 donation, or free with SOHS membership. For information, visit www.ericandsuzy.com or call 541-482-2448.
Monday, Jan. 25
Robin Lawson and Dave Marston benefit: The Nowhere Men with Darcy Danielson, Tami Marston and Rose Marston, along with a jazz quartet featuring Martin Behnke, Jim Calhoun, Hal Davis and Ed Dunsavage, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Standing Stone Brewing Co., 101 Oak St., Ashland. Also, Chris Matthews will play vibraphone and Pam Lawson will present vocals. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, and there will be a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Robin Lawson Music Fund and the Dave Marston Music Mentorship Fund. Some of the proceeds will go toward completion of a documentary, "Two in a Million," that tells the story of Lawson and Marston, two talented musicians in Ashland who died of brain disease. For information, call 541-482-4192.
Tuesday, Jan. 26
call to musicians: Musicians in all sections, especially clarinet, flute and double reed, are welcome to join the Southern Oregon Concert Band as it begins its winter rehearsals. The band will meet from 6:45 to 8:45 Tuesdays at Ashland Middle School, 100 Walker Ave., Ashland. Musicians of college and high school age are encouraged to join. Scholastic credits may be available through Rogue Community College. Auditions are not required. Contact Ted Dollarhide at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-244-1403.
ashland blues society: A history of the blues, featuring forerunners such as Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and others, along with blues instruction on guitar, horns, drums and harmonica, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. David Pinsky, president of the Ashland Blues Society, will lead inexperienced musicians to be able to participate in monthly jam sessions. Admission is $5. Those younger than 16 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 541-840-9314 or visit www.ashlandblues.org.
Saturday, Jan. 30
THE BEE EATERS: See story, Page 6. The acoustic string quartet featuring banjo and hammered dulcimer virtuosos Wesley Corbett and Simon Chrisman along with fiddle champions Tristan and Tashine Clarridge will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available at Music Coop in Ashland, at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006.
Kevin Gallagher: Classical and electric Guitarist Kevin R. Gallagher will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The New York-based guitarist and educator has earned prizes from the Guitar Foundation of America, the American String Teachers Association and the Artists International Competitions. He has four CDs to his credit, and his "Music from the Renaissance and Baroque" recorded by Naxos Records Guitar Recital was hailed as "one of the best" in 2000 by London's Classical Guitar Magazine. Gallagher also is leader and founder of the chamber rock quartet, Electric Kompany. Along with his concert, Gallagher will teach a master class at SOU and offer a presentation on new music and avant-pop music in New York City. General admission to the concert is $15, free for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling 541-552-6101. The master class and the presentation are open to all and are free. Visit www.sou.edu/music for information.
Sunday, Jan. 31
SASSY!: "Stage and Screen Sing-along, Yeah," a monthly musical theater sing-along led by Laura Derocher and David Gabriel, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Mountain Meadows Community Clubhouse, 857 Mountain Meadows Drive, Ashland. Darcy Danielson of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre will be the accompanist. The theme for the sing-along will be classic Broadway and film songs. The event is open to all ages. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for students. Refreshments will be served midpoint of the program. Call 552-0910.
Monday, Feb. 1
youth symphony of southern oregon: The symphony will hold its annual Concerto Competition at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. YSSO musicians will compete to perform as soloists during the symphony's Winter Concert Series in February. Excerpts from works by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Haydn, Stamitz, Quantz, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Accolay and others will be presented during the competition. Admission is free. Call 541-858-8859 for information.
Jam Night: All ages are welcome to bring instruments and play with other musicians from 8 to 9 p.m. the first Monday of every month at The Grove in Ashland. Bring your favorite songs, nonalcoholic beverages and snacks. Admission is $35. Call 541-488-5340 or see www.ashlandparksandrec.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Jefferson Classical Guitar Society: The Jefferson Classical Guitar Society's meetings are open to players of skill levels that range from beginning to advanced. The group meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. The nonprofit group is dedicated to promoting classical guitar, as well as folk, flamenco, ragtime, jazz and original compositions by local composers. Admission is $5. See www.jeffersonguitar.org or call 541-552-9515 for information.
Saturday, Feb. 6
OREGON OLD TIME FIDDLERS: The group will hold its monthly jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Fruitdale Grange, 960 Rogue River Highway, Grants Pass. Acoustic musicians of all ages may sign up to play, and there will be dancing. Admission is by donation. Call 541-840-2156.
Thursday, Feb. 18
POETRY READING: Regional poets will read at 7 p.m. the third Thursdays of each month through May at Illahe Studios and Gallery, 215 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-5072.
Thursday, Jan. 21