Thursday, June 30
Kowabunga! Kid and Dumb Luck. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. Free.
You know that feeling when you hear some alternativey punk and it drips like honey right down into your bones and gives you sort of a dirty hug? You’re going to get that from both of these bands. First-time listener, loved it all. You will, too. For info, visit www.interzoneorganic1.com. Or check their tunes out at http://kowabungakid.bandcamp.com/ and https://dumb-luck.bandcamp.com/.
Parish Gap at Philomath Music in Park. Philomath City Park, 231 S 23rd St., Philomath. 6 – 9 p.m. Free.
Self-described art rock outfit Parish Gap will be performing to raise money for the school district’s arts and music programs. While taking a listen I was impressed at their particular form of genre fusion. If you’re looking for something different with a cool vibe, why not check this benefit concert out? The info you seek is within your grasp… unless your computer is like, way over there: www.parishgap.com.
Friday, July 1
Vermillion Bazaar. The Underground, 425 SW Madison Ave. 5 – 8 p.m. Free.
An eclectic market featuring vendors like ZENpui, Firn Fragrance, The Peddlin’ Hypsies, Nyika, HypnoTi, Trinkets by Ani Oakley, a Corvallis zine table, and a custom button-making table with You Can Button That. Also? Belly dancing, henna tattooing, and so much more. And MOsley Wotta… yeah, that amazing hip-hop band out of Bend. For more info, visit this cryptic-looking Facebook link: www.facebook.com/events/1110271469035133.
Vandfald w/ Peach Purple. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Cost: $5.
Don’t be a fool and miss this show. In fact, don’t ever miss a Vandfald show. I miss them all the time, but I’m a lame a*s old guy with too much on his plate. Easily one of the best Corvallis bands, and I’ll engage in fisticuffs with anyone who argues (as long as they’re way smaller than me). Special guests Peach Purple will be joining them on tour from California. For the sake of your children, please visit www.bombsawaycafe.com for more information.
Saturday, July 2
The Crescendo Show CD Release Party. Willamette Park Rotary Shelter, SE Goodnight Ave. 1 – 10 p.m. Free.
The Crescendo Show drops their fourth album, D I S T R A C T I O N S. Recorded in PDX at Jackpot! Recording Studio earlier this year, it features a track with Jenny Conlee from The Decemberists on organ. Boom. Show up and get a free album. For info, visit www.thecrescendoshow.com or take a look at www.thecrescendoshow.com.
Royal Jelly Jive. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 9 p.m.
The lack of press around here for this band is stunning. As their bio states, they “[combine] elements of soul, rock, swing and hip-hop, Royal Jelly Jive shakes up every dance-party and grooves harder than your typical rock ‘n’ roll band dares to go.” Honestly, there are no truer words. Visit www.royaljellyjive.com and find out for yourself. It’s a real treat to have them in town—I doubt there’s a music lover around that won’t enjoy the show. More information required? Visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Sunday, July 3
Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival. Corvallis Riverfront, 1st St. All day. Free.
It’s the nation’s birthday again. Yes indeed, it happens every year. If you’re not going to be blowing things up in your street and angering your neighbors, why not spend some of your weekend hanging out on the downtown banks of the now swimmable Willamette River? Bring your family and friends to the Downtown Corvallis Riverfront on 1st Street between Van Buren and Monroe Avenue for a fun-filled family festival featuring live music throughout, a kids’ magician performing on stage, a delightful array of food vendors, colorful crafts booths, kids’ activities, and Oregon wines and microbrews. Bands performing on July 3 include Rock ‘n’ Roll Cowboys and Fate 55. The bands performing on July 4 will be Big Outside, Jeff McMahon, Parish Gap, Ludicrous Speed, and Too Slim & The Taildraggers. Those present after dusk on the Fourth will be treated to a fantastic fireworks display. For info, visit www.downtowncorvallis.org.
Monday, July 4
Oregon State University Faculty Art Exhibit. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fairbanks Gallery, Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St. Free.
If you’re getting ready to head back over to the riverfront festival, why not take a quick trip up to OSU’s Fairbanks Hall for the faculty art show? Easily one of, if not the best, art shows of the year, each and every contributing artist is a master at their craft. If not now, catch it before it is taken down at the end of September. Absolutely a must-view for any local art lover.
Tuesday, July 5
Community Movie Night. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free.
You know all about this, right? Free every Tuesday? Great films you won’t find on any of your modern gizmos? The lost… the classic… the cult. All at the best theater in town. Each film is preceded by cartoons and timely newsreels, adding to the experience. Donations are graciously accepted and benefit the renovation of the Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ only independent movie house. For info, visit www.cmnyk.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis.
Celtic Jam. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free.
When I think of the word “Celtic,” I imagine three things: Larry Bird, every “wiccan” I dated in high school during my goth phase, and dragons eating people alive. While I can’t guarantee any of these will be present, what I can guarantee is some great Celtic folk music. And trust me on this, you don’t want to deal with Larry Bird on a Tuesday anyway. Talk about cranky, geez. For more information, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Wednesday, July 6
Majestic Playwright’s Lab. Majestic Lobby, 115 SW 2nd St. 6:30 p.m. Free.
Sometimes we might need to take a day off from rocking out (and whatever you call it when someone plays a didgeridoo). The Majestic Playwrights Lab is a fun alternative where playwrights gather to present, share, and discuss their new plays with other playwrights, actors, audience, and interested community members. The Lab is completely free and open to all playwrights, whether aspiring, experienced, or curious about writing for the stage. Actors and audience members are welcome and encouraged to attend, listen, and participate. Want to know more? Gleefully surf on over to www.majestic.org.
Thursday, July 7
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.