Device Grips is…. different. A mixture of hip-hop, blues, and psychedelia comes together with lyrical prowess to produce a groove that is unlikely to ever fall on even a single deaf ear. Excellent Oregon band + awesome beer tasting… with no cover. This right here is why no one can complain about a lot of great music events in Corvallis, if nothing else.
As fellow Advocate writer Joel DeVyldere recent stated, The Peculiar Pretzelmen are an LA-based troupe of folk musicians with a “creepy kind of show-tunes spin on bluegrass.” They actually remind me of a bluegrass Clutch. The fact is, they’re a great band and who knows when they’ll be back on tour? Definitely not your everyday sound!
That Coyote’s Hallowe’en Labyrinth of the Psychonauts, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m.
That Coyote—you may know them as one of the most kick-ass rock bands in town (and the whole of Oregon, for that matter). Well they’re playing this show, see, and you’re welcome to show up whether you’re dressed as Frankenstein’s monster, a giant tampon, or yourself. I’m not sure this needs any embellishment to sound like a great idea.
Halloweird, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 8 p.m.
You’ve got your costume, your jack o’ lanterns, and your “go away, no candy here” signs. What’s left but to check out the third annual Halloweird? You’ll be at home amongst the best-costumed Corvallisites. The One Wub Crew and Secret Society Productions will be on jam duty, and Oakshire Brewing as well as 4 Spirits Distillery will be on hand with their wares.
Halloween Tribute to 70’s & 80’s Rock, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. Midnight.
What do you get when you mix 70s and 80s tunes, local rock tribute bands Mach 6, Dr. Love, and the Manic Mechanics, and a costume contest that could net you a ’65 Stratocaster copy signed by the bands? Who cares, just go! And bring along some extra canned food, as they’ll be collecting for the Linn Benton Food Share.
Copper & Congress, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m.
From Tucson, Arizona comes three-piece band Copper & Congress. Quoting a merger of influences as estranged as Joni Mitchell, Portishead, and Jamiroquai, the end result is more like… no, actually that pretty much already described it, believe it or not. Badass lead vocals and indie-jazz-folk-R&B influenced instrumentals to match. Should be a hell of a show.
Covering Bach and Bluegrass, Oregon State’s famed Repertory Singers choral ensemble gathers to put on a show of diverse style and influence. Most members have either studied voice, have professional music degrees, or both, making their performances top-notch and easily appreciated by choral music enthusiasts.
A group of truly talented artists from nearby Soap Creek Valley, the Soap Creek Artisans are a diverse group that always puts on a great show and presents pieces of art that will interest almost everyone. Their work includes pottery, glass, fabric, ceramics, painting, photography, and more.
A juried collection of art from a wide variety of local artists and artisans, all waiting for you to exchange precious cash (or credit) so as to later experience the joy of giving. Or the joy of keeping for yourself. Studio 626 is quickly proving itself a force in local art, so if you’re into one-of-a-kind gifts, don’t miss out!
Timba Tuesday, Impulse Bar & Grill, 1425 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m.
As the legendary sound explorers KC and the Sunshine Band once bravely said, “Shake shake shake… shake shake shake… shake your booty.” And if that sounds awesome to you, maybe ditch the funk for an evening and try on some Timba.
Author, media personality, and public speaker Jeff Yeager drops in on our local library to discuss “practical and even life-changing” advice about happiness and its relationship with money and consumer culture. A follow-up to his best-selling book The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches, this one seeks to make you laugh, think, and learn what I would personally call “the art of being intelligently cheap.”
Linda Carroll, Love Cycles, Grassroots, 227 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m.
Couple’s therapist and keynote speaker Linda Carroll’s Love Cycles “presents a groundbreaking model of the five natural stages of romantic relationships—the Merge, Doubt and Denial, Disillusionment, Decision, and Wholehearted Love—and a guide for navigating through them toward the secrets of wholehearted love.” I have no idea what any of that means, but it sounds pretty damn important.
Tired of unoriginal poetry sung in the 60s slam voice? Burnt out on endless Metallica folk covers? Jaded because you just kind of hate people, deep down? Why not come out of your 10-year open mic hiatus and give life another try. The somewhat freshly minted Free Range Open Mic comes equipped with one of the best crews of walk-in performers Corvallis has to offer, and you can be one of them. It’s not too late to turn things around, my child. And there’s a tasting, so that’s rad.
Infinite Improv, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 9 to 11 p.m.
Improv theater is kind of hard to explain to people without just showing them, so I usually sum it up like this: “Take a bunch of really talented people, throw them on stage, and make them do stuff on the fly. Only way more engaging.” And there you have it. Infinite Improv is a fantastic outfit, and now is as good a time as any to expose yourself to people exposing themselves…. only, not exactly how that sounds.