100 Watt Mind is a rock band out of Ashland that’s most easily described by yelling and moving around a lot. Let’s just say that they’ve got this rock ‘n’ roll thing down, only they have trampled and killed the “roll” in the process. The only thing better than one of their shows is one of them accompanied by Corvallis’ very own rowdy garage-punk act Browntown.
Three Below, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15
If you are a fan of bass guitar and want to have your mind blown, it’ll cost just $15. I’ll spare you the accolades and just say this: Three Below is the combination of three genius pioneers bending the capabilities of the instrument in ways you likely never thought possible, unless you’re a HUGE music dork, of course. You won’t hear anything like this anywhere else. Except for maybe on your computer or stereo, but you know what I mean.
Mosley Wotta is four members strong, out of Bend, and in possession of some of the most interesting hip-hop I’ve heard in a long time. Or is it rap, or Ghut Rock, Stitch Core… Clip Clop? Who cares. The instrumentation is edgy and the vocals have real presence… reminds me of the best parts of Subtle, but nothing like Subtle. Just pay the money, see the show.
Steel Toed Slippers, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. 21+, $3
Here on tour from faraway land Humboldt County, Steel Toed Slippers have a lot to offer rock fans anywhere on the spectrum, but perhaps especially so for those whose downstairs mix-up gets a wigglin’ whenever chilled out alt rock pops on the speaker box.
Like any proper blues act, the word Vaughn is in lights and at least one song starts with the word “them.” Straight up blues rock for those who can’t get enough, these folks are quickly becoming the Pacific Northwest blues band to watch.
Moongrass and Bustin Jieber, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5
This is the weird show you’ve been waiting for. Moongrass is out of Bellingham and does the modern Americana/Bluegrass thing more than expertly while Bustin Jieber… well, they do something quite different. I really don’t know what the hell to call them… really damn good bizarre fusion? That works.
If you’re one of those people that likes to move about briskly on two legs (without the police chasing you), there are a lot of great events throughout the month. One of the best is the 24th annual Great Pumpkin Run. Proceeds from the event will be used by local non-profit Home Life to provide residential and support services for adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteer and donation options available!
Science Pub Corvallis, ‘The Dharma in DNA: Intersections of Buddhism and Science,’ Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 6 to 8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association and OSU’s Terra magazine, the Science Pub is a perfect marriage between fun, food, humor, and science. Interact with experts on various topics, indulge your curiosity, and learn something new! This time around the pub will feature “The Dharma in DNA,” a discussion on the intersections between Buddhism and science, hosted by OSU’s Dee Denver.
The next installment of Corvallis’ favorite free screening series features some true legends larger than the screen or printed word. A Farewell to Arms (1932) directed by Frank Borzage, from the novel by Ernest Hemingway, starring the immortal Gary Cooper, with Helen Hayes and the multitalented genius Adolphe Menjou. A beautiful and heartbreaking tale of love set against World War I, this is one the greatest novels in American literature, and the definitive filmed version of it. As always this is a free screening preceded by newsreels, vintage goodies, cartoons, and a fascinating introduction by Ygal Kaufman, Corvallis’ most notable person who shares a birthday with both Ian McKellen and hall of fame NBA guard Bill Sharman. Donations benefit the Darkside renovations.
Local Melanie Reid has a fantastic voice and you should really hear it. Draped exquisitely over her own personal blend of classic folk rock and bluesy jazz, Reid shares tunes that’ll be right up your alley if you’re into beautiful, positive, local music.
Exit Electric w/ Matt Scruggs, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 6 to 9 p.m.
I first saw these Corvallis locals a good long while back at the Whiteside and it was awesome. Absolutely owning the jam band-style of rock they carry with them onto the stage. One of the better bands in our little burg, there’s no excuse to not see them at least once. All rock fans will be pleased.
Experimental local legend Curtis Monette sets the mood for a Deschutes Brewing event. I’m not sure what else is necessary to sell the damn thing… I mean, great beer and Curtis Monette? This is the peanut butter and jelly of Corvallis, 2014.
Corvallis Arts Walk
If you’ve never been on the local art walk, do yourself a favor and give it a try. There is serious talent in this city—far beyond just being able to create aesthetic beauty. We have an amazing arts community with many brilliant minds involved and it’d be doing a disservice to yourself to miss out! Support local arts, get out there and say “Damn, if only that weren’t so expensive!” a few dozen times.