Thursday, August 21
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free.
What is there to say about Curtis Monette? He’s an excellent local guitar player with a funky streak and a voice to match. There’s a few demos up on https://myspace.com/curtismonette, but you have to catch the show to get the full effect.
Slightly Rebellious. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 to 9 p.m.
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.
Friday, August 22
The ATI Northwest Art and Air Festival. Timber-Linn Park, Albany. Free. Parking: $5. The festival kicks off at 6:45 a.m. on Day 1, as the many participating hot air balloons officially take off in what’s an amazing sight to see if you’re an early riser. On Day 2 of the festival, classic rock ‘n’ roll’s Blue Oyster Cult and Bachman Turner share the main stage, followed by a fireworks show. The event will be capped off Sunday with a performance by country music legend Neal McCoy from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Earl Thomas. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25.
This music professor-turned-recording artist has been nominated for a Grammy twice, all thanks to his unique rock-tinged blues sound and incredibly honest voice. Visit www.earlthomasmusic.com for more, and be sure to snag your tickets before they’re gone.
Saturday, August 23
Edward Dee. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Occasionally it is important for every music-lover to experience a human being just absolutely owning their instrument. It doesn’t have to be progressive or include a new technique, but it does need to drip in the fat of human warmth. And that’s what Edward Dee will get you. See for yourself: www.edwarddeemusic.com.
Jamalia. Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St. Albany 8 p.m. Free.
Jamalia is a six-piece band that, by their own words, contains a wizard. These Willamette Valley locals embrace an eclectic blend of everything from Grateful Dead to Dave Matthews to funk…. and want to spread it over you like jelly. Also in their own words. Not convinced? Dip your toe in first: www.jamaliamusic.com.
West My Friend. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5.
Victoria’s West My Friend (www.westmyfriend.com) challenges pop ideals while locals Brutal Bridges Band (www.facebook.com/BrutalBridgesBand) round off the night with powerful acoustic rock. Don’t think, just go.
Sunday, August 24
Emblem3. Oregon State Fair, Salem. 4 p.m. Free admission.
This is a test, Corvallisites: if you go to this concert, I hate you. But in fairness to you, my new sworn enemy for life, there is a dearth of other options on this particular Sunday afternoon. The state fair will probably be pretty great though, and if you (or your 11-year-old daughter) must see this trio of handsome young teens belting out boyband/pop/reggae tunes while hundreds of tweens with puka shell necklaces sway and screech, then you can’t beat doing it for free.
Monday, August 25
Sad that Corvallis Beer Week seems to be creeping up so slowly? Then check out some fantastic craft beer tastings this Monday in… shall we say, preparation.
- Block 15 Brewing – Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Hoppy Hour from 2 to 5 p.m.
- Flat Tail Brewing – Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Happy Hours from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.
- Sky High Brewing – Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Hoppy Hour from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Oregon Trail Brewery – Open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 26
Corvallis Advocate Community Movie Night. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free admission.
Alright, Corvallis, we heard you. After some of you stood through the 39 Steps screening a few weeks ago when seating ran out, we got the message: you want more Hitchcock. Your wish is our command. Next up in the Community Movie Night series is his classic early masterpiece, The Lady Vanishes (1938). It’s a comically tinged thriller concerning the disappearance of an elderly lady on a train. This was one of Hitchcock’s last films made in the UK before he moved stateside to blow our minds for the next 30 years. As always, the screening is free and a small donation is always appreciated but never necessary. Come early, as this one promises to fill up fast!
Celtic Jam. Imagine Coffee. 7 p.m. Free.
When I think of Celtic Jam, I think of 30-year-old marmalade that has turned green. Thankfully for you, this Celtic Jam is actually just a hell of an awesome treat to give your ears.
Wednesday, August 27
Kiera Lynn. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Local singer, songwriter, and poet Kiera Lynn’s solo performance will feature folk hop (a hip-hop and folk mash-up) and spoken word.
Cheap Night at the Darkside Cinema. 215 SW 4th St. All shows: $6.
If you’re like me, you’re poor, love movies, and would sacrifice a few fingers for some air conditioning. If you’ve read the headline to this bit of text, then you know you’re in luck. Heck, bring your own greasy container for discounted popcorn. Make a night of it in the sassiest local theater, and give your Netflix account a rest.
Thursday, August 28
Device Grips. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free.
Somewhat indescribable, PDX’s Device Grips is a soulful mixture of hip-hop, blues, and psychedelia that will unlikely fail to charm anyone looking for a powerful groove and intelligent lyrics. Check out www.reverbnation.com/devicegrips for a sonic preview.
Feeding Frenzy with Red Diesel. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 9 p.m. Cost: $3-$5.
Feeding Frenzy is an Alaskan folk quintet with an original voice that’ll deliver a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated folk market. The website www.reverbnation.com/feedingfrenzyak has all the evidence you need. Beyond that, the show features Oregonian bluegrass giants Red Diesel, who played an amazing set at Imagine Coffee last week.