Thursday, March 16
Microbiomes: Imagining the Unseen – Reception. Little Gallery, Kidder Hall 2000 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. 4-7 p.m. Free. You may have missed the Little Gallery due to its size… okay, that was terrible, let me start over. The Little Gallery on campus will be showcasing work from a handful of local artists who have reimagined the beauty of microbial science and ecosystems. As they put it, “this collection of abstract and stylized visual art exemplifies the inquisitive and inventive nature of the human mind in its quest to understand the mystique that lies in the unseen reaches of our planet.” The show is sponsored by the OSU College of Science, along with the College of Liberal Arts and the SPARK Arts + Science initiative. For some artsy info, email email@example.com.
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8:30 p.m. Free.
The legendary Curtis Monette rocks his own unique mixture of “classic psycho, rock and bluegrass.” If you haven’t heard of Monette, or haven’t caught one of his shows, do. A fantastic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, his shows are adventurous and will tickle part of, if not all of your fancy. Not sure what a fancy is, but tickled it will be. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Friday, March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Block Party with Live Music. Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First Ave., Corvallis. 6 p.m. $5.
St. Patrick’s Da, check. The Nettles at 6 p.m., check. Irish Dancer at 8:15 p.m., check. The Incompatibles at 9 p.m., check. Might even have time to sneak over to Bomb’s to catch the bulk of that show as well! For info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Rachelle DeBelle & the Jamfest Miracles + Linden Wood. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5 Cover, and FREE Shenanigans. 21+.
Rachelle DeBelle & the Jamfest Miracles are miraculous indeed – the rock / indie outfit out of Seattle will be down here painting the walls with a great acoustic sound and powerful vocals. Joining them will be Linden Wood, a local solo performer that straddles the fence between rock and country with grace – not to mention that his work packs a great narrative that’s highly relatable. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day if you’re looking for some great tunes. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Saturday, March 18
Red Diesel. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m.
Haven’t had your fill of country / bluegrass / Americana? Good, because this band is comprised of folks from all over the area, and venue is perfect for the vibe. Feel free to get yourself a preview at https://www.sonicbids.com/band/reddieseloregon/audio/.For info, visit imaginecoffee.net/.
Bush Pilots. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Excellent act of of Albany toting some serious alternative bluegrass. Chug a beer (or sip it, I suppose…) and soak in the atmosphere as you’re treated to some of the best guitar, banjo, bass and mandolin around. For more information, check out calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/. Or visit the band’s website at http://www.bushpilotsband.com.
The Sam Chase + The Jackalope Saints. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
If you’re into folk rock and Americana with a little bit of a punkish edge, this is the show for you. Preview what’s in story by visiting https://thesamchase.bandcamp.com for a bit of The Sam Chase, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwfSiDLjnfY for an excellent video by The Jackalope Saints. Both acts make it very clear there’s a lot left to be heard in the genre. Highly recommended. For more info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, March 19
Pianist Arthur Greene Presents OSU Lecture and Concert. Austin Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 4 p.m. $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. Kids 8-18 and college students with ID are free.
Come and witness a multimedia lecture / concert on Concord Sonata by notable pianist Charles Ives’. This event is sponsored by the Corvallis-OSU Piano International. You can score tickets e online at corvallispiano.org or at Grass Roots Books and Music and Rice’s Pharmacy in Corvallis. Must-attend event for piano enthusiasts! For further information, visit corvallispiano.org/calendar/insights-at-piano/arthur-greene/.
Hoolyeh Folkdance. First Congregational Church, Gatton Hall, 4515 W Hills Rd, Corvallis. 7-9 p.m. $3.
The Corvallis Folklore Society Hoolyeh Folkdance goes down on all first and third Sundays of the month. First Sunday packs a Balkan dance emphasis, while the third has an Israeli dance emphasis. Simpler dances are taught early on, and as the evening progresses things open up to a wide variety of dances – couple’s, line, and circle. While its still illegal for me to dance in public, I won’t feel bad if you go and enjoy yourself. For some dancerly info, visit www.CorvallisFolklore.org.
Monday, March 20
Art Around Town.
If you missed the art walk or dislike the crowds, why not check out some of the excellent exhibits this month on your own time? Your Monday time, in fact. Beautiful woodturning work at Art in the Valley (209 SW 2nd), Caroline Moses’ Check, Check, Check, Check exhibit at CEI Artworks (408 SW Monroe Ave), Way Beyond the Rainbow at Fairbanks Hall on campus (an exhibit for recipients of the Helen E. Plinkewisch scholarship), or any of the other great local venues. Hours of operation vary, so please use The Google liberally! (pictured is work from Madelaine Corbin)
Tuesday, March 21
Art & Coffee. Philomath Community Library, 1050 Applegate St., Philomath. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Third Tuesdays. Free.
There’s nothing better than dueling art events, though these two are at different times so you can do both! At the Philomath Library adults ages 16 & up are invited “to join for a relaxing morning of art, coloring, conversation, music, and treats.”Mmmm, treats. Boat loads (whatever that is…) of supplies on hand. Bring in projects to show and share with others. For info, visit www.cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Art Night. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Free.
After tearing it up in Philomath, head over to the Corvallis-Benton Library for this third Tuesday event. Also ages 16 and older, you’re welcome to try a new art project with the aid of supplies on hand or brought from home. “Attendees can show off completed art projects or works-in-progress. Coloring pages and supplies will also be provided.” Coloring pages… Mmmmm. For info, visit www.cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Wednesday, March 22
Ben Walden + Steve Hunter. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free. Hailing from Moscow Idaho (yes its real), Ben Walden is cruising through our burg on his Treefort Fest tour. Psychedlic folk? Very yes – hear it for yourself here https://benwaldenmusic.bandcamp.com/. This is definitely going to be the soundtrack while I finish the rest of this column. Also jamming out will be Steve Hunter, one of the pillars of the Corvallis music scene. I read something about “all the hits,” but also something about a Wesley Willis DJ set. Or even that he might just “sit on stage and cough.” Honestly, I could go for all of the above, and you should too. Local + out of towner tunes at Bombs, what more could you ask for? Aside from a bunch of free money and a rocket pack, I mean. To check out Steve’s band (who is one of my personal local favorites), visit http://thatcoyote.bandcamp.com/. For more information, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Thursday, March 23
Light Thieves + Jenna Summer-Smith. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
The Light Thieves return to Bombs for the second time, sporting a unique “post-human psych-prog” that’s a lot more than just a fancy genre-mash. The press release got it completely right: dreamy and earthy. They actually just released a new album, Future Colors. You can check it out (and the others) at https://lightthieves.bandcamp.com/. They’ll be joined by the rather amazing Jenna Summer-Smith, who has one of the most beautiful, classic voices out there. Her work can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Jenna-Summer-Smith-MUSIC-258096987894/. For more information about the show, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.