Thursday, August 14
Roselit Bone and That Coyote at Bombs Away Cafe. 9:30 p.m. $3.
Portland-based Western band Roselit Bone and fellow Corvallisites That Coyote are both playing at Bombs for this one. Roselit Bone’s self-description is about the coolest ever: “We play knife-fight music. We play psychotic cowboy music. We will suck the smile off your drunk face.” ‘Nuff said.
That Coyote may prove equally intense with their blended sound of punk and experimental. Check out some of their tracks beforehand here: http://thatcoyote.bandcamp.com/; you won’t be disappointed.
Meet the Author: Peter Stark
Grassroots Bookstore, 227 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m.
Do you like your adventure stories true and peculiarly Oregonian? Then you should really give Peter Stark’s Astoria more than a second glance. It details the 1810 Astor expedition—an attempt to create a trade colony à la Jamestown in the Pacific Northwest, all just a few years after Lewis and Clark avoided their first case of dysentery.
Friday, August 15
CIMA Festival Begins
Bruce Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Dr. 6 to 10 p.m.
Head out to Bruce Starker Arts Park this Friday for a variety of music, art, and delicious grub. Entry is free, so don’t miss out. This new festival is celebrating its second year.
Bury the Moon in the Clouds
Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 9 p.m.
Bury the Moon is alternative rock at its finest; mature songwriting and a thoughtful command over the soundscape come together into something that just might surprise you. Yes, they’re that good. Drop in on these guys prior to seeing them here: www.facebook.com/BuryTheMoon.
Red Diesel Bringing Bluegrass
Imagine Coffee, 460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Oregon native Red Diesel offers music fans a variety of acoustic-driven styles, from the aforementioned bluegrass to country and even gospel. They play bluegrass fests all over the coast and valley, but why not catch them, Corvallis, while we have the chance? For more, visit www.facebook.com/reddieseloregon.
Saturday, August 16
Bruce Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Dr. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The second and final day of festivities. Grab a drink, plop yourself down on the lawn, and enjoy some local music!
Summer Children’s Concert. Majestic Theatre. 1 p.m. Adults $12. Children $5, free with costume.
For more information or tickets, go to www.majestic.org/summer-childrens-concert/.
David Rogers at Calapooia
Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
If you’re alive and in Oregon, chances are you’ve heard David Rogers—even if you didn’t know it. He’s that fantastic, distinctive solo guitarist and composer that’s literally all over the place, playing shows more often than I wash my hair. Did I mention how excellent this guy is? Just take a gander at one of his videos: www.davidrogersguitar.com/performances.shtml.
Sunday, August 17
Bard in the Quad Presents Julius Caesar
OSU Memorial Union Quad. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. General admission: $15, Students $5
Well-known in Corvallis as a very solid Shakespeare event, The Bard performers will show us a contemporary look at the classic tale of tragedy and deception in Julius Caesar. As this is an outdoor play, guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to sit on. For ticket information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/bardinthequad/tickets.php.
Hangin’ Around Town
NW 4th St. between Jackson and Monroe.
The Corvallis Art Guild puts on their annual Clothesline Sale—an outdoor gallery on the courthouse lawn featuring two-dimensional works of art. Stop by with a parasol (it’s hot out) and support local artists!
Monday, August 18
August Watercolor Exhibition. Giustina Gallery and Murdock Gallery at LaSells Stewart Center, OSU, 875 SW 26th Ave. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Various art is on display from Northwest to nationally recognized artists. For more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.
Bryson Skaar: Piano Symbiont
Imagine Coffee. 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free.
Philomath’s classiest pianist is back at Imagine Coffee. No housecoat and scotch required, although they probably won’t kick you out for the former. For a sneak preview of Skaar’s skills, check out www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar.
Tuesday, August 19
Corvallis Advocate Community Movie Night
Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free.
Community Movie Night continues the thrills and laughter with Charade (1963) directed by the eclectic Stanley Donen. This light and upbeat thriller concerns a woman who discovers her late husband was not the man she thought he was when his former partners and adversaries come looking for a stolen fortune that he hid. The only hitch? She has no idea where it is either, nor whether she can trust the dashingly handsome man who is charming her off her feet. It’s a gorgeous classic starring arguably Hollywood’s greatest pairing, Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, in the lead roles of the widow and the man of mystery. Also in now immortal turns are the three heavies: James Coburn, Walter Matthau, and Burt Kennedy. As always, the screening is free and a small donation is appreciated. Get there early because this one’s going to be a packed house.
Wednesday, August 20
Br’er Rabbit. Bombs Away Cafe
Washington-based folk-stomp Americana band Br’er Rabbit emerges from Bellingham’s brambles to play Bombs Away Café. Their current tour promotes the groups debut full-length album, titled The Wild North. The album premiered on CMJ Top 200 Chart for independent radio. Br’er Rabbit loves touring just as much as the PNW loves their shows. Miranda Zickler, vocals and banjo, says, “Our favorite part of Corvallis is Bombs Away! It’s such a great gathering place.”
Jazz in the Park: Mango Django and The Hilltop Band
Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Jazz belongs in a great many places, the park being near the top of that list. Relax and enjoy this free evening show while the temperature drops and the day melts away.
Thursday, August 21
Let’s Get Slightly Rebellious
Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free.
Philomath’s Slightly Rebellious bring a mixture of alternative, hard rock, punk, and blues to the state. To check them out, visit www.facebook.com/SlightlyRebellious.
Freerange Open Mic
Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 8 to 11 p.m.
Created to foster camaraderie in the local music scene, the new (and much needed, if I may say so) Freerange open mic night will regularly move between Cloud & Kelly’s and Bombs Away Cafe. Five-minute sets are allowed; sign-ups start at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/278134032378421/.