Friday, Oct. 16
TALLBOY: The Medford-based metal rock band will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Tom's Guitar Warehouse, 1103 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The show will be open to all ages, and admission will be $5 at the door. Call 772-1994.
THE GROSS FRISHBERG DOGGETT TRIO: The Siskiyou Institute will present pianist and composer Dave Frishberg, tenor saxophonist John Gross and drummer Charlie Doggett at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland. See story, Page 6.
Saturday, Oct. 17
BENEFIT ROCK CONCERT: Local rock bands The Abyss, TallBoy, SeekHelp, Another Anthem, The Suspects and Hired Gun will perform from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Burns Park, 7800 Division Road, White City. Raffles for gift certificates will be available, and there will be a dunk tank. Admission to the concert will be by donation. All proceeds will benefit Hearts With a Mission, a youth shelter in Medford. Call 261-2625.
SONGS AND DANCES OF HAWAII: A celebration of Hawaiian song and dance with Kumu Hula Pekelo Day and Halau Hula O Na Pua O Hawai'l Nei and the Lei Kukui Serenaders will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. See story, Page 6.
ROGUE VALLEY CHORALE: The chorale will present "Music to the Nines," a celebration of works by composers Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Purcell, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $20; $5 for students. Visit www.craterian.org or call 779-3000.
THE HAMAZONS: The Rogue Valley-based comedy troupe will present "Westward HO-HA!" a night of cowgirl comedy improvisation, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. The Hamazons will perform in Western garb, and the show will be based on audience participation. Audiences can expect Western clichés and characters with no swearing, violence or degradation of human or beast. Wear your own Western-style clothes and join the hoedown. Tickets cost $15 and are available at Heart and Hands, 255 E. Main St., Ashland, and at Bad Ass Coffee, 143 S. Riverside Ave., Medford. Visit www.hamazons.com or call 776-0643 or 324-3200.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
LEA SALONGA: Craterian Performances will present international Broadway sensation Lea Salonga at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. See story, Page 7.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Yoel Sykes: Singer and songwriter Yoel Sykes will perform songs that set the ancient words of King David and the prophets to original music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Sykes is a graduate of the Center for Oriental Music in Jerusalem and musical director of the Jewish Renewal community Nava Tehila. His music is a blend of Moroccan, Arabic, Hasidic, reggae and folk. Hear it at www.myspace.com/navatehila. Tickets to the show cost $4 to $12 on a sliding scale. Call 488-7716.
CHRISTINE WILLIAMS AND ED DUNSAVAGE: Vocalist Christine Williams and guitarist Ed Dunsavage will present "Deconstructing Standards," a program of jazz standards and other songs presented in new and creative ways at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road. Talent. Williams, also an actor, is based in Ashland and performs with the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, the Rogue Music Theatre and with classical ensembles Syzygy and Cabbalito Negro. She also is a member of Celtic folk group Thistledown and the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and she teaches voice at Southern Oregon University. Dunsavage has performed music in the Rogue Valley for nearly 20 years, and he is the artistic director of the Siskiyou Institute. Tickets cost $15, $10 for Siskiyou Institute members and $5 for students. Call 488-3869.
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE: Guitarists Pete Bernhard and Cooper McBean and stand-up bassist Lucia Turino will present alternative ragtime, bluegrass and gospel Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. See story, Page 5.
Friday, Oct. 23
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 their visit to Ashland. Visit www.chambermusicconcerts.org or call 552-6154 for details.
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.
TAJ MAHAL: The Grammy Award-winning blues musician will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Taj Mahal has reshaped the scope of Mississippi Delta and Appalachian blues during the past four decades by infusing his songwriting with nontraditional forms that include the sounds of the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific. His self-titled debut album was released in the U.S. in 1968 and his newest, "Maestro," was released in 2008. Tickets cost $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Visit www.roguetheatre.com or call 471-1316.
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; they are free for students and are available by calling 552-6101 Visit www.soul.edu/music.
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 Award. 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. 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 bestseller 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 Ashland High School. Group sales are available by calling 482-8771, ext. 197.
Thursday, Oct. 29
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 7 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.
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