Thursday, July 28
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free.
The press release we got about this show says, “For over 10 years, Curtis Monette has made Bombs Away Cafe his home for a monthly display of his vocal looping and guitar/bass/mandolin/etc. prowess.” What it doesn’t say is that Curtis is one of the most talented performers you’re ever going to see around here, and that you should get your a*s out to a show. For updated info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Imagine Coffee Open Mic. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.
Open mic events mean one thing: you can show up, sign up, and then make sounds that people will hear. Glorious and terrible, or just plain terrible… the choice is yours! Never tried it? Now is the time. Mainly because this is the day it is happening, so that’s convenient. Visit www.imaginecoffee.net for more stuff related to this thing.
Friday, July 29
Mango Django. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.
Mango Django in an intimate setting? I’ll cut to the chase: Go. More information is available at www.imaginecoffee.net.
An Evening of Classical Guitar with Jaxon Williams. Troubadour Music Center, 521 SW 2nd St. 8 p.m. Cost: $15 general admission.
Ashland native Jaxon Williams is an award-winning classical guitarist, holding guitar performance degrees from Brigham Young University and Arizona State University. After studying with Juilliard’s Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival 2015, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Seville, Spain where he currently lives. Williams has studied both classical and flamenco guitar and concertized extensively in Spain. His performance will focus on music by Spanish composers. If you’re into classical guitar, Christmas has arrived early. For all the juicy details, visit www.corvallisguitarsociety.org.
Saturday, July 30
Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS! Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
I saw the new Jungle Book movie the other night, and let me tell you… King Louie scared me to death. A three-story-tall killing machine with the voice of a mobster? No thank you, sir! Thankfully, if you have kids and want to give them the Jungle Book experience without the nightmares, you’re in luck. Specially adapted from the classic film, this musical includes favorite tunes like “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” This production is the result of the Majestic Youth Theatre Summer Camp and features young actors from across the local communities. The perfect, non-frightening escape for you and your little ones that is least likely to include a banjo (sorry, Corvallis). For more information, do visit www.majestic.org.
Hilary Scott. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Hilary Scott’s website is rich with info about her awards, which Grammy award-winning people she has worked with, etc… but not a lot on the surface about her. Thankfully I couldn’t care less about accolades—when I went to school for sound engineering, half my teachers had Grammys and they were a bunch of @#$!. What does matter, however, is that she’s the real deal. Folk pop with some country for good measure, it takes a lot for me to like this kinda stuff, but I did. And if I liked it, you’ll love it. For info, check out www.hilaryscott.com or www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Sunday, July 31
Harry Potter Release Party. Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 NW 2nd St. 11 a.m. – noon.
I ain’t gonna lie, I wish I could go to this. Sure, Harry is an old dude now and it’s a play script rather than a novel, but frankly, my dear… I don’t give a damn. If you’re free this Sunday, dress up like a wizard (seriously, they want you to) and fly (drive/bike/walk) on down to Grass Roots. First 15 people through the door get a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and there will also be free stickers, refreshments, a Harry Potter trivia game, a raffle, and quite a bit more. It’s crazy. For more information, check out Gina Pieracci’s article in this issue of The Corvallis Advocate!
Monday, August 1
August Meeting of the Corvallis Guitar Society. Gracewinds Music, 137 SW 3rd St. 7 – 9 p.m. Free; donations appreciated.
According to their press release, “The August meeting of the Corvallis Guitar Society will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at Gracewinds Music in Downtown Corvallis (use back entrance). The event is free, but donations are accepted. They hope you will join them on Aug. 1 and bring your guitar to join in and play. The society promotes classical and related guitar styles in the central Willamette Valley and is an opportunity to meet fellow guitarists, as well as listen to and play guitar in a supportive environment. The society is open to all ages and abilities and meets the first Monday of each month.” Additional information can be found by visiting www.corvallisguitarsociety.org.
Tuesday, August 2
Art Tours at the Library. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. 10 a.m. Free.
Library Foundation Board member Freda Vars has some secrets to share, and is doing so every first Tuesday of the month in the form of a tour of the hidden and not-so-hidden art in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. What’s up with the gargoyle statues? Is there really a time capsule? All answers shall be revealed throughout an exploration of the many art pieces on site. Hidden gems and the unraveling of a rich library history… what are you waiting for? Aside from Tuesday to roll around. More info can be found at www.cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Drink & Draw. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 7 p.m. Free.
I’ve always heard people debate: music vs. art. As if music wasn’t art? I guess people just like to argue. The good thing about drinking, however, is that if you get drunk enough you won’t care what’s art and what isn’t, let alone if you’re still wearing your pants. The famed Cloud & Kelly’s Drink & Draw is a great meet-up for artists to just hang out, talk shop, and do a bit of drinkin’ and doodlin’. All skill levels welcome, and please keep your pants on. For updates, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Wednesday, August 3
Majestic Playwrights Lab. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free.
The Majestic Playwright’s Lab is a gathering of sorts, for playwrights to share, talk about, or present their new plays with other playwrights, actors, audience, and interested community members. Totally free and open to all playwrights, whether aspiring, experienced, exploring, or interested in writing for the stage. Are you an actor or simply a fan of the stage? You are encouraged to participate as well! For info, visit www.majestic.org.
Thursday, August 4
Majestic Reader’s Theatre Fall Auditions. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Auditions for fall productions of the Majestic Reader’s Theatre are here! Eight cast members are wanted for Fahrenheit 451 under the direction of Jonathan Jesse Pedersen. Talk Radio, directed by Rus Roberts, is looking for two female and seven male actors. Man from Earth, which will be directed by Bryan Smith and Alycia Olivar, needs six male actors and three female actors. Reader’s Theatre productions involved actors performing script-in-hand, which allows for a unique style of performance that sidesteps memorization. Interested? Come out and audition for these wonderful shows! Dot your I’s and cross your T’s at www.majestic.org.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
When this column began, one of the first new bands I ran into was… Rusty Hinges. I love their song “Tater Patch”—not just because it says “tater”—and have been known to dance naked to it while doing the dishes. What can I say? If you’re not familiar, expect an amalgamated sound featuring elements of bluegrass, blues, and more. For very banjo-friendly information, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.