Cloud & Kelly’s
July 26th – 10:00 p.m.
Summer Soundtrack & 5 on the Hour
This Saturday the 26th sees 5 on the Hour and local favorite Summer Soundtrack tearing up the stage at Cloud and Kelly’s. This is definitely a show to catch if you’re into where the 2000s have led alternative rock – especially so if you have yet to see either of these bands live. Everything starts at around 10pm with entry somewhere “between $5 and free.” Although Cloud and Kelly’s press release says to bring your cat, I’d highly recommend it. Everyone knows cats only like black metal.
July 31st – 9:00 p.m. NineDice & 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 9pm on July 31, Cloud and Kelly’s. The cover will likely be between $3 and $5.
Bombs Away Café
July 26th – 9:00 p.m.
In Transit & Matt Combe
In Transit is a groovy, modern-sounding indie rock band that will not disappoint fans of bands ranging from Placebo to Pavement to Manchester Orchestra. They’re playing with Matt Combe, a bluesy Grants Pass native that has no problem channeling the neo-folk that has been dominating alt radio over the last few years. Both acts are definitely worth driving a ways to see, yet this is falling right in your lap! Not to distract from another amazing show at this venue (hint: one day before), this event is totally free and starts at 9 pm on July 26 at our friendly local Bombs Away.
July 25th – 9:00 p.m.
100 Watt Mind & Patrimony
Remember that whole one day before thing? This is it. Ashland’s 100 Watt Mind pairs with Patrimony in another fantastic Bombs Away show. 100 Watt Mind will fill the cup for any ROCK fans. Yes, I meant ROCK, not Rock. Trust me, you’ll understand. In a similar vein, Patrimony plays deconstructed rock a la The White Stripes (although I’m sure they’re tired of hearing the comparison). If you catch this free show (starting at 9pm) and also attend the In Transit / Matt Combe gig the next day, you’ll likely have four new favorite bands and possibly a three-day hangover.
Fireworks July 25th – 8:00 p.m.
Singer songwriter and all around sotto voce specialist Jesse Meade brings his soft sylings to Fireworks, and this is a perfect place to take a date for some soft serenading. Of course, make it a second or third date at least. You don’t want to take a first one here and find out she hates really sensitive crooning. That’s how I almost lost an eye one time…
July 26th – 7:00 p.m.
More Oregon home-brewed pickin’ and a singin’ with Casey Joyce and his soft old timey Americana. He was the winner of the Wild Rose Studios Valley Talent Search this past October, and he’s got a bright future singing and songwriting in the footsteps of the great six-string soft touches.
July 27th – 3:00 PM and 7:00 p.m.
A Shayna Maidel
The Majestic Reader’s Theatre Company will read from A Shayna Maidel, a heart-rending tale of two sisters reuniting in the aftermath of the Holocaust. The play, by Barbara Lebow, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the talented locals of the Reader’s Theatre will give it a minimalist tribute as they read from the play for a live audience. With two performances on the last Sunday of every month, this is a great way to wind down July before summer really gets down to business in August.
July 29th – 7:00 p.m.
Free Classic Movie Night
The Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ home for movies not starring Vin Diesel, will continue its weekly summer movie series with a free screening of the Howard Hawks classic, His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. 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 and enjoy a time warp to the good old days. These screenings are preceded by newsreels and cartoons from the year the films were originally released to help put you in the mood. Get there early though, because these screenings have been packed.
Free Stamp Making Class
July 29th – 4 p.m.
Jennifer Lommers will teach you how to make stamps for free at Studio 262, on SW Madison Avenue. Before you get too excited, this is not a class on how to forge US postage stamps, but rather the quaint and lo-fi art of making your own images to be reprinted by stamp. You’re going to learn how to carve out your image, roll on ink and reproduce at will, and there are even free supplies on hand for you to give it a go. This is a totally free event that can really open eyes to some of the more analog art methods that have their own charms built in.
Albany Civic Theater
July 25th – August 9
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.