This husband and wife duo out of Chicago have carved themselves out a voice in the roots music revolution that isn’t easily forgotten. Though not actually birds upon closer inspection, this little fib is more than made up for by world-class songwriting and musicianship, including two sets of warm vocal pipes that work together seamlessly.
Curtis Monette, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
A local legend of the experimental kind, Curtis Monette and his personal approach to his instrument always guarantee a hell of a show. Another unique voice contributing to Corvallis’ musical kung fu!
From deep in the woods of Nashville, OR come this five-piece blues rock/Americana act. Touched a bit by ye olde psychedelia, these folks know how to lay down one hell of a nasty groove. Good stuff.
Starena Sparktacular w/Space Neighbors & Melanie Reid, Interzone, NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation
Dubbed somewhat appropriately, Interzone’s NaughtyVember features professional clothes-challenged ecdysiast Starena Sparktacular, set to a rare acoustic set by locals the Space Neighbors with vocals by songstress Melanie Reid. The last time you spent $5 this well was when you got a rare copy of Space Megaforce for the Super Nintendo on eBay because the seller didn’t even know that… actually, this sentence is a little nerdy even for me. Just go to this.
If you’ve never been to a great rock show, you can remedy that by going to this one. Aptly referring to themselves as Northwest Rock, Corvallis/Alsea-based Old Age will share the stage with The Domestics, a straight-up rock n’ roll band from Portland.
Slightly Rebellious, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m.
It’s no secret that this is one of my favorite local bands… probably because I do nothing but say so whenever they’ve got a show. They’re essentially a four-piece rock and roll band from Philomath that does the rock and roll thing exceptionally well. High energy and a hell of a lot of fun.
The last time the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra heard that joke, it laughed so hard it fell off its dinosaur. Seriously, this is their 109th season! Help me celebrate that terrible lead sentence by attending the “American Music” part of the series, which will feature the work of composers Aaron Copland and George Gerschwin. Featured are solo pianist Alexander Tutunov, concertmaster Jessica Lambert, and cellist Anne Ridlington. The only appropriate term for how you’ll feel after attending is “impressed.”
Ralph Pugay is a young, highly accomplished, and most importantly *great* artist. He received his master’s of fine arts from Portland State University and will be showing a selection of his acrylic works here in Corvallis. Sparing you the academic breakdown, Pugay plays with both absurd narratives as well as ambiguity wrapped up in the need for clarity. Basically, you’ll be entertained and enjoy the images even if you have absolutely no clue as to what they’re about. No fan of contemporary painting should miss this.
OSU Bands represents the oldest band program in the PAC-12, with over 500 students participating. It’s the largest in the entire Northwest, and it also just so happens to be really, really good. This particular event will include the Wind Ensemble as well as the Wind Symphony. Directed by Dr. Christopher Chapman and Dr. Jason Silveira.
Oregonian artist Bets Cole is sitting on the nose of a successful 25-year career as a painter. Mostly working within the plein air tradition (also known as “on location”… sort of where van Gogh was in that episode of Doctor Who before he fought the Super Chicken), her work has a unique openness and strength to the structure of the imagery. Have you ever seen a hard line that was, at the same time, absolutely soft? This is your chance. The exhibition in question will concentrate on the urban landscape.
Do you like to watch your wee ones run in relatively straight lines amongst small kids in strollers, dogs, walkers, etc.? Perhaps all the while giving to a great cause known as the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Family Assistance Program, which benefits low-income families? No? Well, you’ll be getting jack for the holidays, then. As for the rest of us, we’re going to head right on over to www.oacturkeytrot.com to check out the details. There will be a 5k, a 10k, and even a 1k dash paired with the abominably cute term “Little Gobblers.”