Thursday, January 12
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free. Honestly, a wild hog in the woods is something I find very frightening. Hey, don’t laugh. Hannibal Lecter fed that guy to his pigs, and they weren’t even wild – just a little pissed off that Jodie Foster was recast. The fact is, this is a real workhorse of a band and I’ve suggested their shows many times, this time being no different. If you’re craving great music in the human tradition of playing instruments and stuff, plus a beer or 10, well, you get the picture. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com
Portland Brewing Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free.
It’s beer,its from a really good brewery, and you can taste it with your mouth bits. Also, if you stick around until 9:30pm there will be a sweet jazz jam. Where jazz is to be jammed, jazzily. For more jazzy, deliciously frothy info, please click on over to http://www.bombsawaycafe.com/.
Friday, January 13
The Colin Trio with special guest Adam Scramstad. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House 126 SW First St. 9:30 p.m. $3.
The Colin Trio says on their Facebook page that they are a mix of blues, jazz and rock. What they failed to mention is that they’re damn good at it, though I guess it’d be weird if they went around telling everyone. As an added bonus, you’ve got badas* guitarist and synthbuilder Adam Scramstad, who will undoubtedly be doing something awesome – even if I’m not 100% sure what it will be.For info, visit http://www.thecolintrio.com or https://thecolintrio.bandcamp.com/album/tightening-the-wire.
Hazzadus Black-Out. The Dam, 349 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Ages 18-20: $6, ages 21+: $3.
What do you get when you stuff a butt / crap / as* load of the best local DJ s and music producer folks into The Dam – and ask everyone to show up in dark clothes and with an intention to “rage?” Well, you get exactly what I just said. Featuring Jaapur, RAWR, DamSam, Deeves, PlayDead, and Cyborg. Special guests include Tomikazee the Saxxy Beast, Freshy Fresko, NappyTHC, and some live art by Lax Magnon.
Saturday, January 14
Dark Days of Winter Ale Festival. Mazama Brewing, 33930 SE Eastgate Circle, Unit A. 2 – 10 p.m. $25. 21+.
Any time Mazama Brewing is mentioned, you know it’ll be something good. Even if it was a “Throw Yourself Down a Hill of Glass Day.” That’s how good their beer is. Thankfully though, the only glass involved should be the one you’re drinking out of. There will be a free shuttle from Campus every 30 minutes. Oh, and some dark and barrel aged beers, cider, and mead. Festival Glass? Very yes. For more beerish info, visit www.MazamaBrewing.com/Darkdays or Facebook.com/MazamaBrewing.
Too Many Good Shows. All Over, At Places, At Times.
Seriously, tons of good stuff today, so let me compress: Van Meyers and Gratitude playing a free show at Calapooia at 8pm, Landon Wordswell with Mostafa, Nappy THC and Kid Freshh wrecking Bombs Away for $5 at 9:30pm, and the Deep Woods Band is having a CD Release show at Cloud & Kelly’s Public House. That last one is at 10pm and puts the F in Free. Something like that.
Sunday, January 15
Blues Jam. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Northeast Hill Street, Albany. 4 – 6 p.m. Free.
Dun dun dun dun, I have a headache. Dun dun dun dun, and I ain’t got no pills. Dun dun dun dun, I guess I’ll just have to drink this Scotch, and… and… I suck at the blues. However, you don’t have to. In fact, you can show up and get as Bluesy as you want at this free Jam session. Though, now that I think about it, I don’t know exactly how bluesy you can get. Maybe it’ll be too much for everyone and they’ll call the cops… and that will only add to your blues. You’ll be out of control! Okay, shutting up now. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution. 9 April, 1968.
MLK Celebration. Corvallis High School Auditorium, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave. Free. Keynote speaker: Leticia Nieto, author of Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment. Program will include refreshments, scholarship award presentations and music from the Inner Strength Gospel Singers.
Tuesday, January 17
Veterans’ Forum. Native American Longhouse, OSU. 2-3pm. Free.
Take this opportunity to hear from representatives from the VA, Vet Centers, and ODVA about services available to the Beaver Vet community. This is a chance to let them know what you would like to see in the way of future support services. The Oregon Department of Veterans’Affairs State Coordinators for Women Veterans and LBGTQ Veterans will be on site to explain their roles, as well as hear form you. For more information, email email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 18
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. Noon. Free.
Death Cafe Corvallis is one of our city’s more unique and personal events. If you have even the slightest curiosity, do check it out. A few words from their official public statement: “Death Café Corvallis is simply in order to listen and talk about death. Death Café Corvallis is not a support group, therapeutic agenda, debate society, social action group, religious or anti-religious organization, political committee, or sales pitch. Our welcoming, friendly, and supportive café is open to everyone who participates in a welcoming, friendly, and supportive manner. Our guiding principles are respect, openness, and confidentiality.” For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 19
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free.
As the press release 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.” And it’s all true folks, all true. Monette is a must see performer around these parts. Catching one of his shows is a right of passage for your crusty little ears. Seriously, they’re small and you need a shower. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Sockeye Sawtooth. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
I’m listening to good old Sockeye right now. Can I call them “good old” if I’ve only known about them for a day or two? Basically, what I’m hearing is some excellent, soulful alt country with a hint of bluegrass and more than a hint of classic Americana. This is definitely beer drinkin’ music, complete with apostrophe. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.