Pit Folk, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Free
Pit Folk is a kind of fun Americana fusion act in from Philadelphia and you’re not going to catch me saying this, almost ever, but go to this Americana show. Pit Folk does not suck. And I’m not at all burned out on their sound that is a heavier, darker blend of indie, Americana, alternative, and a grab bag of other influences. They’re currently touring the Pacific Northwest, and let’s face it, realistically they may never be here again. So take the opportunity and check out this fun East Coast band while they exist.
Wild Hog in the Woods, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free
Alright, f*ck it. Let’s just make it an Americana Thursday. It’s Wild Hog; music “totapatoeto.” You may recognize these guys as the ones who forebodingly warned you not to “stick your nose where it don’t belong” as you first drove into town. And while there are still plenty of unanswered questions regarding missing tourists and the decaying body smell coming from Albany, these gents do legitimately play good Americana music. And this show is free, so what can I tell you? Roll the dice on being the subject of a future season of Making a Murderer.
Raven & Rose and Coin of the Realm, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
Yes, please. And I’ll have seconds. That’s my reaction almost any time you have the promise of accordions mixed with violins, beaded vests, and dresses that go down to the ankles. Coin of the Realm and their music is exceptional for LARPing, jousts, or a great hip-hop fusion act (Anybody? No? Very well…). It’s a folky sort of Rennaisancey routine that I get way into. Raven & Rose are the married couple that leads Coin and they’re in town from Washington, so let’s give them a warm welcome. By which I don’t mean hollering, “Beavs rule! U of O sucks!” at them at the top of your lungs. I know it’s graduation weekend, but get a hold of yourself.
That Coyote, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m. $3
That Coyote is one of the most reliable and interesting rock acts Corvallis has. When they play a solo bill like this one, without any support, it generally means they’ve got a whole thing planned. I’m not basing that on an intimate knowledge of their set-planning, just a hunch from one showman to another. That Coyote plays a sort of American-infused alt-rock that I can really get behind. They’re almost like a thematically darker version of They Might Be Giants, if that sounds like a compliment to you. Support them, because they support us. Or even just because you like them.
Downtown Dance Spring Showcase, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 3:30 & 7 p.m. $12
Downtown Dance is Katherine Sanders’ project that aims to prove “everybody can dance.” It’s a laudable goal and a great community group, but I respectfully disagree. Not everybody can dance. I mean, I certainly can. Like Gene Kelly doing a pop ‘n’ lock routine. But I’ve certainly seen some people out there for whom the phrase “listen to the beat” just leads to increasingly comical flailing. But I digress. This show will feature over 100 performers, aged 3 to 103 (just kidding, I have no idea if there are any centenarians in the mix, but maybe…) and it really ought to be a complete pleasure. It’s sort of the perfect thing to enjoy while avoiding the obnoxious throngs in town for graduation.
Triple Play, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
Let me guess; this band has three members? Come on, people, let’s take a little more time with the band names here. Look, I don’t want to be the type of writer who gets a reputation for being an overly cynical f*ckdouche, analyzing band names looking for cleverness and meaning. I’d rather be known as the writer with the devilish grin and underrated athleticism who creates magic every time his pen hits the paper. But let’s face reality. I am that cynical f*ckdouche, and this is the most uninspired band name in the history of uninspired band names. They might as well have called this soft-rock three-piece “Group” or “Dudes.” Sh*t, both of those are better than Triple Play. I can’t even come up with a worse band name than this if I try. But this will be a great show, I have no doubt…
Symphony on the Land, Bald Hill Farm, 5700 SW Reservoir Ave. 5 p.m. $20 ($15 for GLT members, students)
The Greenbelt Land Trust has been around and doing things in the area for some time now. How much time? And what things have they been doing? I haven’t really got a clue, and quite frankly I don’t have the inclination to google it. But I’m pretty sure it has something to do with conservation, or preserving land, or saving animals, or rehabilitating criminals or something good like that. And here, to raise money for whatever vital work they do, they’re putting on an amazing-looking concert at gorgeous Bald Hill. No dogs, though, and I know it’s difficult to tell with me sometimes, but this isn’t a clever setup for a joke. There’s really no dogs allowed, so don’t bring them.
Fifth Benton County BBQ Cook-off, Murphy’s, 2740 SW 3rd St. 1 p.m.
There have been four previous BBQ cook-offs and I wasn’t at any of them? This sounds fishy to me. So if anyone can substantiate the claim that this is actually the fifth annual installment of this event, I’d be fascinated to see/hear such substantiation. At any rate, I love BBQ and I love competition, so this is sort of a no-brainer for me. Also a no-brainer for me: keeping an AOL email address on ice in case I want to blend in with a society living in the mid-90s. Like Utah.
Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
Bryson Skaar is ringing in the summer with another string of free Monday night jazz shows at the ‘Gine. And if it weren’t for the fact that there’s Diagnosis Murder Mondays on the Sleuth channel, this show would be literally overflowing. What can I tell you? The only guy more popular than Bryson Skaar with the over-65 set is Dick Van Dyke. See you there.
First Monday of Freedom, Avery Park, 6th St. and Madison Ave. 7 p.m. Free
To celebrate the absence of a certain segment of the Corvallis population, I’m proposing a park free-for-all. Now I can neither guarantee the presence of, nor encourage the bringing of hard drugs and mixed martial arts enthusiasts to this event. That said, I also can’t keep either of those things out. So buckle up for some good old-fashioned substance abuse and fisticuffs, two Oregon classics, for free and near a gazebo. In fact this should be on the schedule every night all summer long…
Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free
Making his fourth appearance at CMNYK, it’s the king of horror, the great Vincent Price, this time in the noir/thriller Shock (1946). Directed by Alfred Werker, whose film He Walked by Night we watched just a couple weeks ago, this nail-biter is about a woman who gets committed to an insane asylum by the man she witnessed commit a murder! You can only imagine how dramatic and suspenseful things get from there. Or in lieu of just imagining, you might consider coming to the show. It’s going to be great, and it’s Vincent Price’s fourth appearance at CMNYK, which makes me happy. It may not be worth much to you, but frankly I don‘t care. Also Justin Schepige and Kevin Van Walk (of the Van Meyers and DTW) will be there playing live music with a silent short film before the screening. Because we go hard like that.
Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free
If the Warriors weren’t housing the Cavs so hard I may have more gusto for basketball pun riffing on the event name here. But they are, and it’s hard for a Clevelander like me to watch. So I guess Celtic Jam is as worthy a diversion from that massacre as any. It features free Irish music from some local dynamos. Your excuse for missing this event better include something more compelling than “It’s meatloaf night.” I don’t care how much your family likes listening to a vinyl copy of Bat Out of Hell II on Tuesdays. I really don’t.
Rabbit Quinn, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free
Is it fair to compare Rabbit Quinn to Tori Amos? I don’t know. Writers who actually listen to either Quinn or Amos apparently think the comparison is apt, so consider that when buying tickets to this show. Quinn is from San Francisco and she plays piano while singing. I’d give you a more enthusiastic read on this show, but I don’t have one in me. I only made it about 20 seconds into one of her songs before my mind started wandering. I find poetic lyrics to be distracting. I’m really into this Helix lately… Oh, wait a second, this show is free? A nationally recognized touring musician who sort of sounds like Tori Amos? And it’s free? I’m so there…
Open Mic, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free
The Willamette Valley has a pretty advanced open mic society that’s been thriving for some time. If you haven’t been taking part, you really only have yourself to blame. Also, conveniently, I have you to blame as well. The ‘Pooia is an ideal place to see amateurs with big dreams perform, and the key reason is the close proximity to booze and toilets. I don’t want to tell you what you should do with your Wednesday night, but you could clearly do a lot worse than this. And you drunk without this is just sad.
Curtis Monette, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free
Curtis is back with a show celebrating the exodus of the students and the free expression of the townies. If you’re reading this at all, you already know how this works. The second the air horn sounds signifying commencement is over, all us locals sort of come out of the woodwork; sometimes drunk, sometimes naked, sometimes climbing trees, always hollering obscenities. It’s really pretty great, and Curtis Monette is basically the live version of that air horn. As soon as this guy starts shredding on his guitar and using the looping pedal to maximum effect, the insanity really starts in town. Corvallisites, start your engines.
Marys River Grange Movie Night, Marys River Grange, 24707 Grange Hall Rd., Philomath. 7 p.m. Free
Philomath doesn’t have a movie theater. Not a one. It doesn’t have a supermarket, while we’re on the subject of municipal shortcomings, but I can’t solve that situation. The movie theater thing? That I can do something about. Two times per month the Marys River Grange crew and the Community Movie Night crew come together to show the classics. This time around, it’s Night Train to Munich, the classic Hitchcockian thriller starring Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid, and Margaret Lockwood, directed by the incomparable Carol Reed. For free. With newsreels, cartoons, and $1 bottomless popcorn. How could you miss this?