I should have saved last week’s “oh em gee, all the shows!” schpiel for this week, because… oh em gee, all the shows! You’ve got your frickin’ experimental noise feature with a ton of acts both foreign and domestic (so to speak), you’ve got your Mons La Hire… you’ve got, well… just read the piece, I guess. And seriously, clear your calendars.
Thursday, January 25
Art Bar at the Arts Center @The Arts Center
700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 5-9 p.m. $10.
As part of Corvallis Culinary Week, The Arts Center has decided to go straight for desert – and I’m not talkin’ corn flakes and cheap ice cream. Vivacity Spirits, Spiritopia Liqueurs, and 4 Spirits Distillery will be mixing specialty cocktail things that include their own liquid wares and those of each other. Appetizers, pedicab rides to and from downtown… all on the art walk. Yup yup yup. For info, visit facebook.com/events/136885723693057/.
Kaitlin Sevy @ Cloudy and Kelly’s Public House
126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Bam: https://kaitlinsevy.bandcamp.com/releases. Wonderful folky alternative country-ish sound stuff, straight out of your dreams and into your ears. For free. Also, I realize that’s a feedback loop. Don’t worry, it’s safe. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/.
Friday, January 26
Iconoplasty + Playboy Smooth. Cloudy and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5
For all of the bleeps and bloops, find yourself here, now. Not now, or here. I mean when it says to be there. You get me. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/.
Hillstomp + Adam Larson. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 p.m. $10.
Saturday, January 27
4th Annual Willamette Valley Bird Symposium. CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
I won’t say much here, because the title really says it all. If you’re a bird nut, visit willamettevalleybirds.org/ and freak out all over this event.
Corvallis Experiments in Noise. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Free.
Experimental music and performance art from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Watershed, Milk Peanut, Soup Purse, Ralph Barton, !mindparade, Tawuse Melek, and Cats Eat Dogs. If you want a bite of the real sh*t, this is it. Corvallis’ best event for the avant garde, period. For info, visit facebook.com/events/1658124137583277/.
Satisfaction Saturday: GaraGe + The Wobblies. Cloudy and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
“Loud-@&& ROCK,” shouted the press release. So sayeh we all. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/. Also be sure to check out https://www.reverbnation.com/thewobblies and uh… yeah, can’t find a website for the other folks. It’s not my fault they’ve chosen a brilliant name that fools all of the Google.
Far Out West + The Mean Individuals. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 p.m. $5.
Tuesday, January 30
Mons La Hire + Star Club + Wave Action. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 pm. Free.
One of my favorite local bands (https://monslahire.bandcamp.com/) hooks up with Portlanders Star Club (https://starclub.bandcamp.com/) and Wave Action (https://waveaction.bandcamp.com/) for a rip-roaring rock show. You couldn’t rock harder if you threw yourself off a cliff. Don’t do that, by the way. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Wednesday, January 31
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Free.
There’s very few of us who haven’t been touched by death. That said, whether you’re grieving or just have thoughts on mortality, we’re lucky to have a Death Cafe here in town. Apolitical, non-judgmental conversation with people of all walks. This is not a therapy group, or affiliated with any religion (or lack thereof). Tea, cake, and ponderings on the inevitable with cool folks. For info, visit facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis or email email@example.com
Thursday, February 1
The Red Room Series. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7 p.m. $5. The Red Room Ever thought to yourself, “You know, I could really use some live improvised jazz & experimental music?” Me too. Badas* bassist Andre St. James is joined by Dana Reason, Ryan Biesack, & Michael Harrison Gamble. If you don’t already know how awesome this lineup is, you really should. Not to be missed! For info, visit facebook.com/The-Red-Room-Improvised-Music-Series-432200180154944/.
Chris Arellano. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 pm. Free.
Hailing from New Mexico, this blues-hound will knock your socks off. Probably not literally, but what I mean is you’ll like it. Proof: http://www.chrisjarellano.com/. For some very bluesy info, check out bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Comedy Night. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St, Corvallis. 9 p.m.
Now legendary for laughs, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House hosts a comedy night every first Thursday of the month. Guess what day it is? First Thursday. So they’re hosting it. Go. For some giggley tidbits, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
By Sam Campbell