Thursday, June 29
Vintersea Music Video Premiere. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Pacific Northwest metal collaborators Vintersea come to Bombs to release their new music video. A blend of what sounds like (to me) melodic, death and progressive metal, this band would be worth showing up to a garbage can to listen to an unmixed demo on 8 track. This event? A no brainer. Yeah, I kinda like them. Like them yourself via https://vintersea.bandcamp.com/. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Makers Club. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 4 –5:30 p.m.
Got the inventive bug and looking for a rad club? Pat yourself on the back, you just found one. Recurring on the second and fourth thursday of each month, this event is totally free, completely creative, and 100% hands-on program. “Learn basic programming with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, plus explore 3D printing and other technologies.” All ages are welcome! For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net/makers/.
Friday, June 30
Willis & Mutschler Jazz Duo. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5. Steve Willis on guitar and soprano bass is jined by Ben Mutschler on tenor sax to drop some jazz standards and originals, “emphasizing counterpoint with a wide range of texture and feel.” Everything sounds great at bombs – and jazz sounds great everywhere. Sounds like a plan. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Adam Larson & Co., Blind J Wakins. Hapuna Kahuna, 126 SW First St,, Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Adam Larson is an easy guy to describe – everything he touches musically is good. Just feast your ears on his Reverbnation site: https://www.reverbnation.com/AdamLarsonCountry. I’m not as familiar with Blind J wakins, but after taking a listen at https://soundcloud.com/blind-j-wakins, I want to be. The release says “Old souls puttin’ young men through their paces.” Howabout you go and find out for sure? For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Saturday, July 1
The Buzz on Backyard Bugs. Bruce Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Dr., Corvallis. 10 a.m. – noon. $12
What does twelve bucks get you nowadays? Howabout a learning experiencing involving all sorts of creepy, including instruction on identification, what’s harmful, what’s helpful, and “new ways to trap, observe, and manage the insects living right here.” And they’re serious, just look behind you. Nothing? I swear it was there just a second ago. Better get a beat on it, pronoto. Melissa Scherr, the Executive Director of the Northwest Entomological Research Center, will be leading the way. For info, visit corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org.
Mons La Hire has been making waves around here for a while now, the largest of which was their recent acclaimed (by me and other) “Warning Lights” EP release. If you’re not familiar and art / indie rock sounds good to you, correct that problem immediately: https://monslahire.com/. Ecstatic Union’s stuff can be found at http://ecstaticunionmusic.com/, and I’m pretty sure you’re gonna dig that as well, because its awesome. And also they have a video on their Facbook page of an old man threatening the viewer with a sword, so there’s that. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Sunday, July 2
Alsea Country Arts & Craft Fair. Outside at Clark Park (next to the store) & Clark’s Garden Supplies (next to the Café) in Alsea. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Artists, crafters, market goods, henna painting, garden arts, wood crafters, home décor art, jewelry artist, and a lot more. Deb’s Café will be featuring a beer with live music and five local concoctions (that are made of beer.. as in, I’m talking about five local beers). For more information, visit the following highly numeric link: facebook.com/events/1848088105511408/.
Mike Gamble + Bobby Previte. Hapuna Kahuna, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $10.
Remember just a few paragraphs earlier we were discussing how Bomb’s is great for jazz, and jazz is great everywhere, etc.? Well, according to the rules, the freshly minted Hapuna Kahuna is included. Come for the epic jazz, stay for the epic jazz. And the new menu.. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Monday, July 3
Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival. Riverfront Commemorative Park, Corvallis. Come celebrate the nation’s birthday on July 3 and 4 on the downtown banks of the beautiful Willamette River. Bring family and friends to the Downtown Corvallis Riverfront on First Street between Van Buren and Monroe Avenue for this fun-filled, family festival featuring live music throughout, kids’ magician performing on stage, a delightful array of food vendors, colorful crafts booths, kids’ activities, and Oregon wines and microbrews. For info, visit downtowncorvallis.org/index.php.
Avery Park Musical Instruments Ribbon Cutting. Corvallis Parks and Recreation, 1310 SW Avery Park Dr., Corvallis. 11 a.m. – noon. Free. Join Corvallis Parks & Rec as they cut the ribbon on three new playground features donated in memory of Dr. Eldon Younger and Bruce Marbin. Corvallis Parks and Recreation is proud to introduce three new musical instrument features at the Avery Park playground located across the street from the Parks and Recreation administration office. For info, visit facebook.com/pg/CorvallisParksRecreation/events/.
Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day
Blowing Crap Up At Home. Your Place. Hopefully at reasonable hours.
There’s a lot of stuff to do around town, but most of that’s easy to find. I’m here to tell you that the best 4th celebrations involve the pavement in front of your house, friends, lawn chairs, explodey things, and possibly a beer or forty – depending on whether or not you want to light the fuses or just watch, of course. Pro tip: Dollar Store snaking turds. Or black cats, or whatever they’re called. Have a good, safe time, and be sure to occasionally think about our independence.
Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival. Riverfront Commemorative Park, Corvallis.
If you are going to go to one event…. “Come celebrate the nation’s birthday on July 3 and 4 on the downtown banks of the beautiful Willamette River. Bring family and friends to the Downtown Corvallis Riverfront on First Street between Van Buren and Monroe Avenue for this fun-filled, family festival featuring live music throughout, kids’ magician performing on stage, a delightful array of food vendors, colorful crafts booths, kids’ activities, and Oregon wines and microbrews. Stay for the spectacular Corvallis Jaycees fireworks display after dusk on July 4.” For info, visit downtowncorvallis.org/index.php.
Wednesday, July 5
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. Noon. Free.
“Got thoughts about mortality? Come talk truth to death. 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, religion or anti-religion, ideology, cult, or sales pitch.” Death Cafe is a friendly, fantastic support group in the area that almost any one of us could benefit from. Discuss a heavy topic in the best of atmospheres, and enjoy all that Interzone has to offer your taste buds as you do it. For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallisor email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hilltop Big Band at Central Park. Gazebo at Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7:30-9 p.m. Free.
Look, its hot out, and heat sucks. Some will tell you about “beating the heat,” but they’re liars. You can’t. You can, however, mitigate, and the best way to do that is to go see The Hilltop Big Band swing-stravaganza at the central park gazebo. Grab your favorite lawn chairs and blankets. Mitigate like you’ve never mitigated before. For info, visit hilltopbigband.com.
Thursday, July 6
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and then again after that): if you like bluegrass, you like Rusty Hinges. Never heard of them? Doesn’t matter, you like them. Fact. Don’t fight me on this, just treat yourself. For more banjo-packed info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Comedy Night. Hapuna Kahuna, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
The venue formerly known as Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, Hapuna Kahuna, carries on the tradition of their side-splitting (this sounds gory, but it isn’t…) comedy night every first Thursday of the month. ::does the math:: … this appears to be the first Thursday, so there you have it. Gather your best material and try not to pee laughing. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.