Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrect states the Corvallis Community Band Summer Concerts as being on Wednesdays — the correct day is Tuesdays!
If you’re planning on sticking around Corvallis this summer, there are plenty of great musical acts you can check out. It’s no Coachella, but supporting local musicians helps directly impact our close-knit community. We created this rundown so you know exactly what concerts are on the horizon. And as always, don’t forget to have fun… If you do, we will know.
Corvallis Community Band Summer Concerts
June 20 – Aug. 29
The Corvallis Community Band is hosting their annual summer concert series again this year. The concerts take place throughout the summer every Tuesday evening starting at 8 p.m. in Central Park. Themes range from patriotic favorites to Disney songs for the kids. Concerts are free, so if you would like more information about donating visit their website: c-cband.org/pages/donate.php. Donations are tax-deductible.
SAGE Summer Concerts
July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 17
The Corvallis Environmental Center and co-sponsor Oregon State Credit Union are hosting their annual summer concert series with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Starker Arts Garden for Education. The garden grows three tons of food annually for hunger relief organizations in Corvallis. The concerts take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bruce Starker Arts Amphitheater. Free car and bicycle parking is available. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10 per family. There will be local musicians playing on the stage throughout the night. Several local businesses will be selling food and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The full line-up and more information about the concert can be found at www.
Imagine Coffee Weekly Concerts
Every week, Imagine Coffee hosts two weekly concerts. Bryson Skaar’s piano concert is every Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Celtic Jam takes place every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Both concerts are free. There are other concerts outside of these that take place on a regular basis as well, including the upcoming Caveman Dave concert on June 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. To learn more, check out their website: imaginecoffee.net/events-in-
Chintimini Chamber Music Festival
This festival began in 2001; it was started by performers who grew up in the mid-Willamette Valley and who went on to pursue careers in classical music. In the festival they are joined into ensembles with Northwest chamber musicians. For tickets and more information check out the festival’s website, chintimini.org.
Concert: The Fire
The Fire is a trio with Rebecca Lomnicky on Scottish fiddle, David Brewer on Highland pipes and whistles, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bazouki. They perform traditional Scottish music with a modern twist. The concert takes place on July 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. Advance tickets will be available at Grass Roots Bookstore starting June 23. They are $18 for CFS members, seniors, and kids under 12, and $20 for non-members with the price going up $2 if purchased at the door. Tickets can also be found online: www.tickettomato.com/event/
The Benton County Fair
The Benton County Fair takes place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. There are several bands performing including Asleep at the Wheel, Lightnin’ Willie, Briana Renea, The Cadillac Three, Canada’s Tribute to Abba Arrival, and Mantra: Celebrating the Music of Santana. All concerts take place on the main stage lawn but dates and times vary. Concerts are free with admission. To learn more, visit the BCF website at www.bentoncountyfair.net/
Second and Fourth Thursdays
Jazz Jam takes place the second Thursday of every month at Bombs Away Cafe and the fourth Thursday of every month at Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, soon to be Hapuna Kahuna Tiki Bar, starting at
9 p.m. Jazz Jam explores different combinations of jazz music. The main group brings a drum kit/back line and then the audience is free to sign up to join on various instruments for free. To learn more, check out their FB page: Corvallis Funk and Jazz Jam Series.
Gratitude’s UpBeat Cafe
Gratitude’s UpBeat Cafe takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Old World Deli. Local Corvallis jazz/blues musicians perform and help audiences connect and free their minds and bodies. Tickets are free. To learn more, visit their website at gratitudejazzband.com.
Willis & Mutschler Jazz Duo
The Jazz Duo will be performing at 9:30 p.m. at Bombs Away Cafe. Tickets are $5 at the door. Steve Willis will be playing the guitar and soprano bass; Ben Mutschler will be playing the tenor sax. They will be playing a wide variety of jazz standards and originals.
July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27,
Aug. 3, Aug. 10
River Rhythms is a music festival that has taken place in nearby Albany for the last 30 years, bringing a wide variety of performers to the community. Concerts start at 7 p.m. The food vendors and the beer garden open before the concerts at 5:30 p.m. The blanket area becomes available at 5:30 p.m.; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is street parking available, a free trolley service, and free bike parking available on-site. To find out more, check out their website: cityofalbany.net/departments/
By Madeline Frisk