If you’re looking to get out and see some live music before the summer ends, a great place to start is with some of the remaining free concerts.
Corvallis Community Band
CCB has been a Corvallis fixture off and on for nearly 100 years, providing concerts for the community and an outlet for anyone who wants to play. They’re open to anyone who can play a band instrument at high school level or better, in case you’re interested in joining.
They’ve also been doing their free summer concert series in the park for 33 seasons now. There are just two dates left:
Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. “Jazz Night!” featuring Steve Mathes, director of the OSU Concert Band, on clarinet
Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. “Community Band Favorites,” a grab bag of classics
Jazz in the Park
On Wednesday nights all summer is the Jazz in the Park series, bringing jazz for the whole family. Hilltop Big Band and Mango Django provide the live music on an alternating schedule. Mango provides “hot club jazz, bossa nova, and some originals” according to their bio. Hilltop Big Band are in their 25th year in Corvallis, playing big band classics by the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and even more modern artists like Brian Setzer.
There are three installments left this summer:
Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Hilltop Big Band
Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mango Django
Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hilltop Big Band
Bombs Away Café has been putting food and music together for years. Most nights this summer the music is free, even if the food’s not. Some upcoming freebies:
Friday, Aug. 16 at 9 p.m. Estocar (indie pop from Seattle), Browntown (excellent local garage rock), and Dear Rabbit (David Lynch meets Jack Sparrow? Something like that…)
Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Noah Charles Stroup (lead singer of Oregon-based Led Zeppelin tribute band Stairway Denied) doing an acoustic set
Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. Charlotte Thistle Archer (a Seattle-based singer/songwriter)
Saturday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. Zombie Plowboy, some truly excellent Americana from Fort Worth, Texas