Thursday, July 7
SAGE Summer Concerts. SAGE Garden, 4485 SW Country Club Dr. 6 – 9 p.m. Free; suggested donation of $10 per family.
“Enjoy concerts with a diverse mix of folk, country, rock, bluegrass, and more.” That’s what the press release says, and it’s pretty hard to argue with that, right? In addition to the general rocking, food and drink will be available to your wallets, along with alcoholic stuff in the lovely beer garden. If you’re on the edge, don’t be. This is a staple event in Corvallis and it is well worth your time. For a dash of sugar, spice, and more information, visit www.sustainablecorvallis.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.
Friday, July 8
Oregon Country Fair. 24207 OR-126, Veneta. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cost: $26 for Friday, $29 for Saturday, $24 for Sunday in advance; $29 for Friday, $33 for Saturday, and $27 for Sunday the day of.
This event runs through July 10, and what an event it is. Forget the “country” and forget the “fair,” this amazing event has you rock ‘n’ rolling, belly dancing, and laughing your lungs up (not literally, don’t worry!) off at the silly vaudevillians. There are scrum-diddley-umptuous foodstuffs that’ll make you sick simply because you can’t stop eating, and desert you’ll cram in even though you’re already full (because it’s tasty, OK?). Jewelry, furniture, masks, or hundreds of handmade crafts sold directly from the over 700 artisans that made them. Massages, energy work, Tarot readings. You can march in a &^@! parade after getting your face painted, and later people-watch like a professional… people-watcher. There are over 75 food booths and strolling vendors offering treats. It’s decided, you’re going. Keep tabs by visiting www.oregoncountryfair.org.
Poetics Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 – 10 p.m. Free.
Corvallis has a major poetry problem—as in, there isn’t enough of it. On a positive note, Poetics is as good as it gets when it comes to poetry nights. And believe me, I’ve been to a lot of them all over the country. Accepting, easy going and completely void of pretense. Whether you write, read, or really whatever… give it a try! Up-to-date information can be found at www.facebook.com/poeticscorvallis.
Saturday, July 9
Boscoe’s Brood. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.
It took a bit to hunt down the right Boscoe’s Brood online (believe it or not). I didn’t know what to expect, but the last thing on my list of… er… unexpections, was a solo act from a guy that successfully taps into acts like King Crimson, David Byrne, and the Tune Yards. This should definitely be a cool show to catch at a venue like Imagine. Personal definitely comes to mind when I was catch the Boscoe Reverb Nation site, www.reverbnation.com/boscoesbrood. For ongoing information overload, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Sunday, July 10
Corvallis Knights Home Game. Goss Stadium, 430 SW Langton Pl. 5 p.m.
Corvallis is home to many wonders. Dog walking, a few really expensive grocery stores, Volvos, and just about the most yoga ever. I’m serious, in the Universe. Out of all those wonders, why not get out and enjoy a baseball game? You get to eat stuff, watch stuff… yell at people. Some of who are even from the opposing team. It doesn’t even matter what you’re yelling, because in between curses there will be bada*s athletes knocking balls around, catching them, and basically embarrassing whatever poor suckers have come to challenge the Knights at home. I’ll lie if that’s what it takes to get you to go—especially if you’re not a sports person. I’ll tell you there is free pudding. Don’t make me a liar. That would make you a really bad person.
Monday, July 11
Bryson Skaar. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m.
You know how that piano thing is really famous? Kind of the quintessential instrument? That’s for a reason: it’s awesome. That’s not actually the real reason, but it’s still valid. Ask anyone. Bryson Skaar knows the piano, and he’s dedicated enough to share his skill with Corvallisites and visitors every single week at one of the best coffee shops in town. Honestly, it’s a hell of a way to enjoy a cup of coffee, though I’m usually too distracted by the music to even remember I ordered some. If you want to get out and take a load off, just do it. You don’t even need to visit www.imaginecoffee.net for more information. See what I did there?
Tuesday, July 12
Community Movie Night. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free.
You know the deal—every Tuesday, for free, best theater in the city, best seats in the house. Fantastic screenings of “lost, classic, and cult films,” as they say; complete with newsreels and cartoons from the time of the original release. In fact, the only way this could be better is if they actually paid you to show up, and had a ton of free chocolate pudding. And a unicorn. Donations are graciously accepted and benefit the renovation of the Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ only independent movie house. For more shiny, fresh information, go ahead and visit www.cmnyk.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis.
Concert in the Park. Central City Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. Free.
The Corvallis Community Band format is as it usually is, with the band rehearsing from 7 to 8 p.m. and the concert starting at 8 p.m. and lasting about an hour. Any member of the community with at least high school ability is welcome to join up every week for the whole summer. Honestly, in high school I knew about three chords on a broken Peavy T-15, so you might want to avoid going by my standards. I’m told that all one needs to do is show up a little before 7 p.m. with an instrument and a music stand (if you’ve got one). No pesky auditions and no additional rehearsals are scheduled or even desired. Each week the concert is totally different, and with a different theme. This week’s theme is “Great American Songs” with Rafael and Ilya LeBron. For the complete details, visit www.c-cband.org.
Wednesday, July 13
Linn County Fair. Linn County Fairgrounds, 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E, Albany. All-day event. Cost: adults $7, seniors $5 for daily pass.
Holy moly (or crap, if you prefer), another fair? Yup, and this one is awesome, too. The Linn County Fair is back again. Deliciamongous (my word, don’t steal it) fair food, carnival rides, and games are present alongside headliners like Cloverdayle, Kellie Pickler, ParmaLee, and Foghat. Yeah, I just wrote Foghat. FOGHAT. This event is four days long, and you should at least make it out for that Foghat thing. Because Foghat. For words that talk about this further, to the best of their ability, visit the fine website known as www.linncountyfair.com.
Adara Rae and the Homewreckers. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Free.
Let’s say this band sucks—which they absolutely don’t, but let’s say they do. Their name? Yep, makes it worth seeing them anyway. Straight outta Compton (Tucson, AZ), this is the blues pop outfit’s first visit to Corvallis. Show up, drink coffee, and go “whoooo!” a lot so they’ll feel loved. And because they deserve it, because this band kinda kicks a*s. For a look at a website that should have more details, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Thursday, July 14
Penny Carnival. Corvallis Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave. 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Each activity costs one cent. Yes, that’s actually the truth. And yes, it sounds pretty downright cool. Not at all that weird thing where you go to the Dollar Store and they’re like, “Oh, a random cup? That’ll be $2.36.” The press release even said people should come and “play.” Frankly, I could use a bit of that. This traditional program celebrates the creativity of youth and the simplicity of pioneer days. Healthy snack and drinks available for a small price. For a long, hard look at more information, use your space computer to visit www.facebook.com/events/1619324818388094.