Corvallis isn’t usually the type of town that attracts big-name talent. Once a year, we might be lucky to grab a chart-topper through Oregon State’s Dam Jam, but beyond that, Corvallis is far from a big market. And yet, somehow, the Whiteside Theatre has attracted the likes of hip-hop legend Warren G for a fundraising concert in November.
Warren Griffin III, known by his stage name Warren G, will be performing at the Whiteside Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. He will be accompanied by Landon Wordswell, FreeMetz, and Toggle Beats, with DJ James Edward set to open the show. Tickets are $15 and a chunk of the proceeds will go back into the Whiteside’s ongoing renovation fund.
Warren G is a triple platinum artist most known for his work with artists like Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg. His smash hit Regulate, which featured Nate Dogg, topped the charts in 1994. With the era of 90’s hip-hop making a resurgence through films like Straight Outta Compton, his arrival in Corvallis is well-timed.
Cloud Davidson, owner of Cloud & Kelly’s Public House and Downward Dog, was instrumental in setting up this event and welcomes the opportunity to help bring the Whiteside back into the spotlight.
“[The Whiteside Theatre] is important,” Davidson said. “It’s right in the center of downtown and I do believe that, by and large, most of the community can absolutely agree that a viable nightlife is something that’s important. I think there’s an equitable importance in the idea of the Whiteside Theatre becoming a source or host of this sort of entertainment.”
Davidson hopes to continue to bring big-talent events like these to the area to elevate both the city and venues like the Whiteside.
“I would hope that more people would be willing to do things like these in the future,” Davidson said. “I’m not the first one to do a show like this at the Whiteside, I just want the venue to see more activity. I’d like to do [shows like these] a lot. But it’s gotta work. My message has been, ‘If you want it to work, you gotta come out.’ It’s a simple but frank truth.”
If you’re the type to complain about our town not attracting big-name talent, there is no reason not to come out and support this show. By coming out for a night of Warren G’s hits, you’ll be helping a local theater continue its renovations and you’ll show big-name acts that Corvallis is a town worth stopping by on their way to the big cities up north.
It’s a classic win-win-win scenario and it’ll only cost you $15.
Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/
By Nathan Hermanson