8 Days a Week

Thursday, July 31st
Cloud & Kelly’s Public House 126 SW 1st Street, 9 p.m.
NineDice and Nails Hide Metal

NineDice is one hell of a classy act. There’s a video floating around on YouTube of them covering “Let’s Get It On” at Sam Bond’s over in Eugene, where they’re locals. There’s a huge bow tie, and it’s awesome. And then there’s Portland’s Nails Hide Metal… sounds like Tom Petty got into indie rock, only perhaps… better? If you like your tunes a little bit classy and a bit off the beaten path, this is probably THE show to catch in Corvallis this summer. Everything goes down at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, Cloud & Kelly’s.

Monteith River Park, 489 Water St, Albany 7:00 p.m. FREE
Night Mother Flipping Ranger

Yeah. These guys were pretty amazing once. I have no idea how good they are these days. Sister Christian is one of the rockiest ballads of all time, and has weathered the last 31 years a lot better than most. Do yourself a favor and watch these guys go and presumably just play this song over and over for 90 minutes. On the Willamette. River Rhythms second-to-last show of the summer. I wonder what they could follow this up with…

Friday, August 1st
Aug 1Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave 10:00 p.m. $3 cover
Who’s Yür Daddy?

If you head out to Bomb’s Away Cafe this Friday, August 1, you just might find out. Portland’s smart reggae-rock group Yür Daddy boasts consistently groovy jams and a (perhaps obviously) relaxed attitude that helps listeners melt into the music without it being too soft. The band claims that lead singer Yarley Nystrom has “baby-makin onstage dominance,” which us concert-goers lower down the I-5 corridor are itching for – even if we’re not quite sure what it is. The tunes start to flow at 10 p.m. Cover is a paltry $3. For more information check out http://www.yurdaddy.com.

Poetics Turns Interzone-One
Poetics is the current king of Corvallis poetry nights and is celebrating one year at Interzone this Friday, August 1. Lasting from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. this open mic is the place to go if you’re into reading, listening or even just writing in a corner, silently bitching about how terrible / great the scene is. A good poetry night is damn hard to find, so if you’ve ever had even the slightest itch, now is the time to scratch.

Saturday, August 2nd
Aug 2Imagine Coffee, 460 SW Philomath Blvd 7:00 p.m. FREE
Unstable Atmospheres At Imagine Coffee

A band that needs no introductions around here, Unstable Atmospheres takes the stage Saturday, August 2 at Imagine Coffee. The show (which is free, by the way) lasts from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature all of the blended indie and folk fans have come to expect. If you haven’t caught them live yet, especially if you’re local… do it already. Any disappointment should be followed up with a visit to the doctor’s office.

Callapooia Brewery, 140 NE Hill St, Albany 8:00 p.m.
Eugene’s John Shipe at Calapooia Brewing

John Shipe is an impressive fellow. Having shared the bill with acts as diverse as Bob Dylan and Los Lobos, his particular blend of folk and Americana is warm and human enough to sooth even the most savage critic — unless of course they’re on uppers and wielding a battle axe. But I digress. Do yourself a favor and sample his goods over at http://www.reverbnation.com/johnshipe. You won’t be disappointed, and certainly not if you show up for his 8 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. show at Calapooia Brewery this Saturday, August 2.

Aug 3Sunday, August 3th
Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave W, Albany 8:00 p.m. on Thurs., Fri., Sat. 2:30 on Sun. $14 general Admission, $11 Seniors & Kids
Avenue Q

Take your pick: it’s either the Muppets on crack, or Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles in rehab. Either way, Avenue Q is one of the most decorated and beloved Broadway musicals in recent memory. Winner of the Tony for Best Musical, the weird puppet/human mix of drama, comedy and adult behavior is one of the most ambitious stage projects the Willamette Valley has ever seen. Directed by Albany local Christi Sears, this promises to be a wild night for the whole family- well, the adults of the family and the older kids who love raunchy puppets. Thursday, Friday & Saturday night and a matinee on Sunday.

Monday, August 4th
Imagine Coffee, 460 SW Philomath Blvd 7:30 p.m. FREE
Sweet, Delicious Piano

You’ve got a problem: you like the piano. You like it when a piano sounds like a piano, and it’s mildly to moderately annoying when people say they don’t know what that means. The good news is that I have a solution, and he goes by the name Bryson Skaar. A masterful player, he’s up at Imagine Coffee every Monday evening, making the piano sound like a piano from 7:30 to 9 p.m. It’s free, and nobody you drag with you will be able to ever claim ignorance again.

Monteith River Park, 489 Water St, Albany 7:00 p.m. FREE
Willamette Master Chorus

75 musicians in perfect harmony. This grand chorus makes large music that will go nicely with a sunset and a river. Started by a group of locals who are serious about their choral arrangement, this bunch does a lot of teaching as well as performing. Part of the Mondays@Monteith Concert Series, this show is free for the whole family and happens at Monteith River Park in Albany.

Tuesday, August 5th
Imagine Coffee, 460 SW Philomath Blvd 7:00 p.m. FREE
Celtic Dynasty

Imagine’s weekly Irish music free for all is a super relaxed setting to get some traditional Irish music in your hectic schedule. It’s open to anyone and the group can get big, so bring your penny whistle, violin and if you’ve got a bouzouki hanging around the garage, well, you’ll fit right in. This is totally free for everyone to participate or just watch, and the fun starts at 7:00 p.m.

Aug 5Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7:00 p.m. FREE
Advocate Free Movie Night

The Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ home for movies not about a benevolent race of alien robots, will continue its weekly summer movie series with a free screening of the silent classic, College, starring the legendary Buster Keaton. As usual the feature presentation is preceded by newsreels and cartoons from the year of the film, this screening will also feature a short film starring Charlie Chaplin beforehand. This event is free to the public, though a small donation is welcomed and encouraged, and it’s a great way to beat the heat. Get there early though, because these screenings have been packed!

Aug 6Wednesday, August 6th
Gazebo 650 NW Monroe Ave, 7:30 p.m. FREE
Free Jazz in the Park

My favorite free summer series, other than movies at the Darkside, is Jazz in the Park at the Gazebo in Central Park. Every Wednesday from 7:30-9:00 p.m., the music flows free, and this edition, with local jazz stalwarts Mango Django, won’t disappoint. These guys play everything from the sweet soft stuff to the up tempo numbers that brought all the boys and girls out to jitterbug like 2,000 years ago. I can’t pretend to know much about the music history here, but it’s a great way to spend a warm summer evening. Bring a picnic and win the summer.

Thursday, August 7th
Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Dr 6:00 p.m. Suggested Donation $10
Starker Raving Mad

The third of four summer concerts in the SAGE series at Starker Arts Park features the wonderful local roots music quartet, The Hunks and The Hottie, as well as Acoustic Etouffee and Bury the Moon, for a night of warm summer music. Hunks features a cello and upright bass in service of good ol’ American blues and bluegrass, while Etouffee is a flaming duo of Lousiana country fried Americana. And since nothing represents Corvallis better than eclecticism, why not round out the night with the indie rock virtuosos, Bury the Moon, out of Philomath. The SAGE series is one of the highlights of summer in town, so don’t miss out. The show is from 6-10 p.m.

Uncle-KrackerMonteith River Park, 489 Water St, Albany 7:00 p.m. FREE
Uncle Kracker at River Rhythms

The Albany summer concert series just got hella early 2000s up in here (as I believe they used to say in 2000, when his album Double Wide became the most annoying and overplayed album in the history of the universe). He’s gone pretty much full country now, but you can expect to hear such obnoxious classics as ________ or ________ (I left them blank in case you can’t remember his hits… I don’t want to remind you).