Thursday, August 28
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 w/Red Diesel, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 9 p.m.
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.
Friday, August 29
Local jazz favorites Mango Django light up the stage at Cloud & Kelly’s with their premium blend of hot club jazz and bossa nova. Always putting on a great show, you can catch a preview here: www.reverbnation.com/mangodjango.
The Shifts, Bombs Away Cafe. 9 p.m. $3.
A three-piece indie group from Eugene, The Shifts offer up an original take on the genre, adding their fingerprints to both the mellow and snarling nature of 1990s alt rock/indie. Definitely a band worth checking out, they have a fair number of tracks to demo on their website: www.reverbnation.com/theshifts.
Saturday, August 30
Easily one of the coolest bands in “CorVegas,” The Outletz refer to themselves as high energy rhythm & blues, and that’s for damn good reason. Just check out their site (www.facebook.com/TheOutLetZ) and sample some soulful ear candy. Or better yet, show up at Bombs and get it in person.
Norman, Calapooia Brewing. 8 p.m.
Portland’s five-piece band Norman refers to itself as “Folk/Rock, Alt/Country, Indie,” but to hell with all of that. They’re just really good, and their song “Hell, If I Love” makes me dance like an idiot while making powdered mashed potatoes. Do yourself a favor and type in this cryptic Facebook link: www.facebook.com/pages/Norman/237960682479.
Waiting for Godot, Albany Civic Theater, 111 1st Ave. SW, Albany. $12 general admission, $9 senior/junior.
Samuel Beckett’s super-classic play will be performed at the Albany Civi. Go check out one of the quintessential pieces of art that originally put the fartsy in artsy. A pair of vagrants bicker and ponder. And a million artists’ careers are launched. Vladmimir and Estragon are somewhere between Guildenstern & Rosencrantz and Bill & Ted on the great team-ups in art and literature meter, so this is definitely worth dragging your kids to. Or just leaving them at home to ponder and going yourselves.
Sunday, August 31
What do you call beer, wine, food, hangover breakfast, and a fantastic lineup? The correct answer is: a badass way to celebrate the big Four Oh. Pay the fee and then eat/drink up to the musical stylings of Puff Puff Beer (www.facebook.com/pages/Puff-Puff-Beer/366734803346629), Creighton Lindsay (http://creightonlindsay.com/main), Paul Cotton (www.poconut.org), and Southern Culture on the Skids (www.facebook.com/southerncultureontheskids).
Monday, September 1
This is the last day of one of our area’s best examples of local business cooperation. Bounty of Benton County brings together 25-plus businesses offering special deals to showcase their wares. Obviously you can just go to any of these locations for free like you normally would, but when you buy the Bounty passport, each business will dole out free surprise treats, like free tastings at Mazama Brewing and Spidrift Cellars, or a free spinning lesson at Bellwether Wool, or a free jar of jam at Hiatt Farm. And the best part is, the money goes to benefit Strengthening Rural Families, a non-profit whose objectives are neatly outlined in their name. Buy your passport online at www.bountyofbentoncounty.com or at any of the participating locations.
Tuesday, September 2
In an effort to continue the thrills, chills, and popcorn refills at the Darkside on Tuesday nights, Ygal has been choosing an eclectic array of classics with a generous smattering of legendary stars for your viewing pleasure. This week, we proudly present The Stranger (1946) directed by and starring the great Orson Welles himself. Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young shine in supporting roles of this tense and atmospheric thriller about a Nazi fugitive on the lam. As always, this screening is free and will be preceded by interesting newsreels and cartoons from the film’s release. We anticipate a full house, so be sure to get to the Darkside early to make sure you get a seat for this cat-and-mouse suspense classic. Donations for our work are always graciously accepted, but never required.
Wednesday, September 3
Wednesday Acoustic Live, Les Caves Bier & Kitchen, 308 SW 3rd St. 8 p.m. Free.
The age of musicians serenading your ears and brain while you sit comfortably and devour amazing food is over—but it’s not dead. Les Caves likely won’t present you with a moustachioed accordionist, but they are arguably the best spot for such a thing in Corvallis.
Johnny Beaver at the Arts Center. Noon to 5 p.m. Free.
The final day of this exhibit, don’t miss out on local painter Johnny Beaver’s modern take on expressionism. Also, sell everything you own and buy something, so he doesn’t have to sell everything he owns to keep painting. It’s Reaganomics, I think.
Thursday, September 4
The Rusty Hinges work a particular bit of magic that blends folk, bluegrass, oldies, and country. The five-piece group hails from the faraway land of Maine, so be sure to catch the performance before they ramble on. For more information on the band, visit www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rusty-Hinges/35404424679.
Old-Time Appalachian Music, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Old-time Appalachian music is a hodgepodge of African-American blues, English and Scottish fiddle music, and more. Influential to both old-time, country, and bluegrass, this tradition was based around the banjo, American fiddle, guitar, and dulcimer. Everyone from Chet Atkins to Jerry Garcia had a bit of old Appalachia in them, and you should, too.