Thursday, May 27
Tim Thompson: Nashville-based fingerstyle guitarist, singer and songwriter will present acoustic jazz at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Thompson was named the 2008 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival in Kansas. His new album, "FACES," features arrangements of contemporary classics by John Coltrane and Chick Corea, along with original compositions. Thompson will be joined by his son, fiddle phenom Myles Thompson, at Paschal. The show is part of The Siskiyou Institute's New Artist Series. Advance tickets cost $10 and can be reserved by calling 541-488-3869 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
Behnke Conducts Behnke: Jazz pianist and composer Martin Behnke will conduct the Southern Oregon University Symphonic Band's performances of his original compositions at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program will include Behnke's "From the Distant Hills," "Reflections on an Irish Hymnsong," "Scherzo and Sentimentale" and "Gaelic Visions." Senior music student and trumpeter Bradley Sauders will perform Franz Joseph Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet, and Dwayne Corbin, director of the chamber orchestra at Simpson University in Redding, Calif., also will conduct. Admission is $5. Visit www.sou.edu/music or call 541-552-6101 for more information.
Friday, May 28
Southern Oregon university jazz ensemble: The SOU Music Department will present its Spring Jazz Night at 8 p.m. Friday, May 28, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. SOU's 18-piece jazz ensemble, directed by Martin Behnke, will present contemporary jazz composer Pat Matheny's "The First Circle," with SOU students Evan Lasley on piano, Keith Smelcer on saxophone, Kendra Taylor on flute and Ryan Johnson on bass. Other music featured in the program will include compositions by Billy Mays, Matt Catingub, Don Menza and Johnny Richards. SOU soloists will include Jeff Newman on saxophone, Jonathan Janakes and Sean McDermott on trumpet and Ryan Güt on drums. The concert also will feature two student combos, directed by Steve Davidson. The combos will present short sets of jazz standards, including Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Dream" and Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a la Turk." Tickets cost $5, free for students and are available at the Music Hall box office before the performance or by calling 541-552-6101. Visit www.sou.edu/music for information.
Call for conductor: The Southern Oregon Concert Band seeks a new conductor to lead its performances around the Rogue Valley. The band's season runs from September through June, with about six concerts per year. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Ashland Middle School. Letters of interest and statements of qualifications are required. Call 541-708-0365 or e-mail email@example.com.
Patrick Dodd and Pete Herzog: The two songwriters and guitarists will present folk, rock, blues and ballads at 7 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Headwaters, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. The central theme to Dodd's music is social activism. Herzog is a local acoustic blues musician whose music is inspired by Delta, roots and country music. Admission is $10. Proceeds will be put toward sending local delegates to the 2010 U.S. Social Forum in Detroit. Call 541-482-6988 or visit www.sojwj.org.
Saturday, May 29
jefferson state choral coalition: The choir, under the direction of Kirby Shaw, will present "Totally Awesome '80s" at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The 50-person ensemble will sing the best songs of the '80s, from a trove of arrangements and original works by Shaw. The show will open with Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy," and other numbers include "Eye of the Tiger," "Ride Like the Wind," "Higher Love" and many more. A small group will perform "Kiss the Girl" from Disney's "Little Mermaid" and Enya's "Orinoco Flow." The men in the choir will step forward with "Rock This Town," then the ladies will sweeten the show with "The Rose." Tickets cost $5, students with valid identification and children under 12 may attend at no charge. Visit www.sou.edu/music/jscc or call 541-552-6101.
Sunday, May 30
country, blues and clownin': Cowboy poet Butch Martin and country music artist Skip Bessonette will host a show featuring country music by East Fork, roots blues by Broadway Phil and the Shouters and Mickey the Singin' Clown at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Pacifica Garden, 14615 Water Gap Road, Williams. Admission will be $10 at the door. Children under 12 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Food and beverages will be available. Call 541-218-2477.
southern oregon university concert and chamber choirs: The choirs will present "On the Trail of Beauty," music by American composers, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 30, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The SOU concert choir, under the direction of Fredna Grimland, will present pieces "Mary Hynes," "Anthony O Daly" and "Coolin,'" along with works by Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland, Randall Stroope and others. The concert choir will be accompanied by Joseph Yungen and Jodi French, and there will be a violin solo featuring Scott Cole. The SOU chamber choir, conducted by Paul French and accompanied by Jodi French, will present works by contemporary American composers such as Adolphus Hailstork and Craig Kingsbury. Jodi French sets Robert Frost's "Love at the Lips" for a new piece she's written for the concert. Tickets are $5, free for students and are available at the Music Hall box office or by calling 541-552-6101.
Tuesday, June 1
Jefferson Classical Guitar Society: The classical guitar society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Performers range from student and amateur players to seasoned professionals. Classical music, along with music from many regions of the world including ethnic folk, flamenco, ragtime, jazz and original work by local composers will be played. Admission is $5, free for children under 12 and accompanied by an adult. Call 541-552-9515 or 541-776-2315.
Ashland Blues Society: The blues society will hold its monthly blues jam at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Blues fans who want to play or sing may participate. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The ABS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preservation of the blues in Southern Oregon.
Henry Rollins: An artist of the spoken word, storyteller, stand-up comedian and activist Henry Rollins will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Rollins fronted the hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 to '86. Since Black Flag, Rollins has approached a variety of media to spread his messages, along with campaigns for human and gay rights. He has hosted many radio and television shows, and he has had roles in several films. Rollins also tours overseas with United Service Organizations to entertain American troops. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door and are available at www.roguetheatre.com or by calling 541-471-1316.
Thursday, June 3
Æ: Vocal duo Æ (pronounced ash) features Aurelia Shrenker and Eva Salina Primack. The two will present music rooted in Appalachian, Balkan, Caucasus and Corsican folk traditions at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., the girls have just released a self-titled debut CD. Shrenker and Primack will offer a singing workshop at 1 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Havurah. Tickets to the concert are $15, $10 for students and free for children under 12. Tickets for the workshop cost $15. All tickets are available at the Music Coop in Ashland or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/111670. Call 541-488-7716 for information.
Friday, June 4
second street musicians: The amateur string orchestra, under the direction of Scott Cole, will present its 10th annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. This group of classical music enthusiasts features oboist Gabe Young and violinist Eleanora Schaer. Young and Schaer are winners of the Second Street Musician's Young Musicians Baroque Concerto Competition. Young is 14; Schaer is 17. The concert will include works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Bach. Admission is by donation, and proceeds will benefit scholarships for amateur string musicians. Call 541-482-7629.
Saturday, June 5
OREGON OLD TIME FIDDLERS: The group will hold its monthly jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 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.
Le Cirque Centre: Aerial dancers will present "Alice in Wonderland," with original music by Federico Behncke and choreography by Lorenzo SantaBarbara, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the old Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. The aerial show spins around the classic tale by Lewis Carroll and features dancers Anu Sherler, Rosie rogman, Shoshana Sharpe, Kesa Belew, Julian rogman, Flora Chipowsky, Kasey Sullivan, Rowan Houghton, Grace Powell, Kesa Belew, Azhray Harris, Karly Stannard, Sarah Thisted, Kasey Sullivan, Emily Elmore and others. Tickets cost $10, $8 for students and are available at Music Coop, Tree House Books and Le Cirque Centre in Ashland. Call 541-301-6804 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Rogue Valley harmonizers: The a capella men's singing group will present "Alex in Wonderland," a madcap show of laughs and melodies, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. The songs will center around "Alex" as he makes his way through a version of Wonderland. The Harmonizers will be joined by groups Lytning, Tone Deaf and Delusions of Grandeur. Unpredictable, a quartet from Swee Adelines, also will perform. Tickets cost $15, $8 for ages 17 and younger. Call 541-245-0692.
jaxon williams: Classical guitarist Jaxon Williams will celebrate the release of his second CD with a solo concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the First Congregational Church of Ashland, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. The concert is sponsored by the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society. The program will include works by composers Isaac Albeniz of Spain and Augustin Barrios of Paraguay, among others. Williams is a 2006 graduate of Ashland High School. He has studied with master guitarists such as Dusan Bogdanovich, Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic and Martha Masters. He is performance major at Brigham Young University School of Music in Utah. Tickets cost $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets are available at CD or Not CD in Ashland or at the door. Call 541-552-9515.
Sunday, June 6
Siskiyou Violins: The ensemble of young violin players from the Rogue Valley, under the direction of Faina Podolnaya, will present its annual soloist concert at noon Sunday, June 6, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. About 50 soloists, ranging from age 3 to 20, will perform by age sequence. The presentations will last about four hours. Accompanists will be pianists Joseph Yungen and Ashley Hoe. Admission is free, but audience members should bring a contribution of non-perishable food for the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. Refreshments will be served at intermission. Call 541-552-0910 or 541-482-3780.
ballet workshop: The students of Ballet Workshop, under the direction of Katherine Eck, will present a dance show at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Main 1 Center for the Arts, 821 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. Dancers range from beginning to advanced, and pieces will include Shostakovich's Ballet Suite and Pizzacato. Admission is free, but contributions to Kids Unlimited will be accepted. Call 541-899-3914 for information.
Rogue Community college concert Band and Chorus: RCC students and community members comprise both performance groups, who will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at the River Valley Community Church, 405 N.E. Sixth St., Grants Pass. The band, directed by Jon Bennett, will perform works by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa and other American composers. The chorus, under the direction of JoAnn Pilcher, will sing a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs and John Rutter's version of "When the Saints Go Marching In." Call 541-956-7304.
Saturday, June 12
alpacas and accordions: The Medford Accordion Club and accordion players from Southern Oregon will present jazz, Cajun, classical and polka music from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12, in the pastures at Alpacas at Lone Ranch, 13856 Weowna Way, White City. Admission will be free and refreshments will be served. Call 541-826-7411.
Hulau Hula Na Pua O Hawaii Nei: Dancers from Oregon Halau Hula Na Pua O Hawaii Nei, a hula school founded in 2009 by teacher Pekelo Day, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. There will be wine tasting, and a luau luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Lawn seating will be available; brings lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets cost $15, $10 for ages 12 and younger and are available at CD or Not CD and Music Coop in Ashland. Tickets include the show and the luncheon. Call 541-494-2510.
floater: Portland-based pop and rock band Floater will perform Saturday, June 12, at Main 1 Arts Center, 821 Riverside Ave., Medford. Show openers will be Dry Season and TallBoy. Tickets cost $12 and are available at Aedion Board Shop in Ashland, Bad Ass Coffee in Medford, Victoria's Station in Merlin, Listen Here in Grants Pass, Main 1 Arts Center and online at www.vibesmain1.com. This will be an all-ages show with a beverage garden for ages 21 and older. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 13
voices of the applegate: The community choir will present "Songs of the Spirit" at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the Provolt Community Hall, 14458 Williams Highway. The 30-member choir, under the direction of Cyrise Beatty, will perform a ranges of songs from Middle Eastern Europe and America. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be available. Call 541-846-6988.
gypsy soul at britt: Folk rock musicians Gypsy Soul, along with acoustic folk band Sweetgrass and bluegrass and folk pop band Hamfist, will kick off Britt Festivals' 2010 season at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville. Gypsy Soul will feature Roman Morykit on fretless bass, acoustic and electric guitars and dobro; vocalist Cilette Swann; Mikey Stevens on trumpet and bass; Michael Forney on drums and percussion; Dirk Price on electric and acoustic guitar; and cellist Michal Palzewicz. Pre-release sales of Gypsy Soul's newest album, "Grace and Tranquility," will be available at the show. All tickets are general admission and cost $14, $5 for ages 12 and younger. Gates open at 5 p.m. Prior to the show, visitors can spend the day in historic Jacksonville as Britt hosts a celebration of the beginning of another summer of shows. There will be food vendors, wines from Applegate wineries and street music from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Visit www.brittfest.org or call the box office at 541-773-6077. For full information about Britt's 2010 season and membership, visit www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077 or 800-882-7488. Britt's box office is at 216 W. Main St., Medford. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Monday, June 14
Korn: Nu-metal band Korn will perform Monday, June 14, at Main 1 Arts Center, 821 Riverside Ave., Medford. Show openers will be 2Cents and Big Jay Oakerson. Tickets cost $41 and are available at Aedion Board Shop in Ashland, Bad Ass Coffee in Medford, Victoria's Station in Merlin, Listen Here in Grants Pass, Main 1 Arts Center and online at www.vibesmain1.com. The show is open to all ages. There will be an over-21 restricted beverage area. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 17
Merle Haggard: Country music legend Merle Haggard will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Tickets cost $75 to $125. Visit www.roguetheatre.com or call 541-471-1316.
Friday, June 18
slightly stoopid and steel pulse at britt: Reggae, rock and psychedelia group Slightly Stoopid will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville. The Expendables — a rock and reggae group from Santa Cruz, Calif. — and British reggae band Steel Pulse will open the show. Reserved seating costs $36, lawn seating is $29. Premium reserved seating is sold out. Gates open at 5:45 p.m. Visit www.brittfest.org or call the box office at 541-773-6077.
Saturday, June 19
Ballet and dance: The Medford Civic Ballet and students of the Dance Arts Academy will present excerpts of the happier scenes from "Alice in Wonderland" at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in the auditorium at South Medford High School, 805 S. Oakdale Ave. The dancers, ranging in age from 3 to 53, also will present selections from "The Wizard of Oz," along with jazz, hip hop and tap. Tickets cost $9, $6 for ages 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available at the Dance Arts Center, 9 Hawthorne St. Call 541-776-2315 for information.
Sunday, June 20
steve martin and the steep canyon rangers at Britt: Comedian, actor, writer and producer Steve Martin has turned his creative talents towards playing banjo with his bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers. Martin and his group will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville. His album, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo," reached No. 1 on Billboard's bluegrass album chart in 2009 and won a Grammy Award for best bluegrass album in February. This is not Martin's first step into the music world. He also won a Grammy in 2001 for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," on Scruggs' "The Essential Earl Scruggs." Reserved seating is sold out, lawn seating costs $32, $22 for ages 12 and younger. Premium lawn seating is available at $272 for four people. Visit www.brittfest.org or call the box office at 541-773-6077.
Wednesday, June 23
cherry poppin' daddies: Eugene-based swing ensemble Cherry Poppin' Daddies will kick off the State Farm Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Bear Creek Park on Siskiyou Boulevard in Medford. Admission to the outdoor concert is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas are allowed, but do not obstruct the view of others.
Wednesday, June 30
The airlines with the nautics: Los Angeles pop and rock group The Airlines will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, as part of the State Farm Summer Concert Series at Bear Creek Park on Siskiyou Boulevard in Medford. Corvallis band The Nautics will open the show. Admission to the outdoor concert is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas are allowed, but do not obstruct the view of others.
Performances at local venues
Thursday, May 27