Crème de la Corvallis: Week of Sept 20

Thursday, September 20

Corvallis Arts Walk

All over the place. Free!

Your monthly excuse to see all the great artwork Corvallis has to offer. See our coverage this month, or go to

Imagine Open Mic

Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Excellent coffee, excellent treats, excellent open mics. I’m sure there’s some other stuff there to refer to as excellent, but I think you’d probably rather go find out for yourself. For more info visit,

Third Thursday Poetry Open Mic

Downward Dog Café, 126 SW 1st St, Corvallis. 8 p.m. Free.

Into poetry but having trouble finding a home for your work here in Corvallis? Your worries are over. The Dog’s third thursday open mic event is the perfect punctuation to the arts walk. Bring your work, read, write, listen, hang out. The Downward Dog is your oyster. Really wonderful, supportive place to be! For more info visit,

Grant Farm

Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Grant Farm ( refers to themselves as “Cosmic Americana,” and who am I to argue? Pretty far outside of my own musical wheelhouse, I still really enjoyed the listen and think this will be a show everyone can dig on. For more info visit,

Friday, September 21

Ludicrous Bandulus

Downward Dog Café, 126 SW 1st St, Corvallis. 8 p.m. Free.

Ludicrous Speed is one of the best ska bands within 500 miles, and definitely the best ska band with a Spaceballs reference in their name, EVER. Along with them come Bandulus, whose soulful take on reggae / ska will do something… to you. That’s good. Check them out at Assuming you already have the Ludicrous Speed web link, because you’re cool. For more info visit, 

The Shrike

Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8 p.m. $5.

The Shrike ( kicks off their tour with 5 on the Hour ( and Henry’s Child ( Three great bands for five bucks… you know what to do. For more info visit,      

Saturday, September 22

Improv Smackdown: 2 Towns Versus Block 15.

Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. $12-14

Do you enjoy comedy sports? You know, like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” How about pitting two local breweries against each other? How about some absolute chaos, mixed with nonstop gut-busting laughs? Howabout you, the audience member, getting to help decide the action – and consequently, seal the losers fate? Let’s just say your Saturday evening is now all booked up. For more info visit, For tickets visit, 

Just Another Dubstep Drop Release Party

Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8 p.m. $5

Corvallis Djs Workr (, and Rollipolli ( honor the release of the Just Another Dubstep Drop EP. Stuff will spin, beats will drop, booties will shake (and sometimes sit, because you get tired). For more info visit, 

Sunday, September 23

Corvallis Fall Festival

Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The legendary Corvallis Fall Festival pitches their tents! Artisans from all over the pacific northwest gather together an almost unbelievable 175 booths stuffed to the brim with arts and crafts. There’ll be food, live tunes, some special stuff for kids, and more. It’s only once a year, so no excuses! For more info, visit         

Tuesday, September 25

Bike Polo

Lincoln Tennis Courts, SE Alexander & SE Debord. 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays.

I feel like I shouldn’t have to tell you how fun bike polo is, because it seems fairly self evident. A local club where you ride around bikes and hit a ball with a thing? No mortal danger being presented from horse-beasts? Booyakasha. For info, visit: 

Wednesday, September 26

Bobby Previte/ Mike Gamble / Fabian Rucker Trio

Downward Dog Café. 126 SW 1st St, Corvallis. 8 p.m. $7.

A brand new improv group featuring Mike Gamble on guitar, Fabian Rucker on sax, and drummer / composer Bobby Previte. These are top notch, adventurous musicians. If you love forward-thinking music, you should seriously check this out. For more info visit,    

Thursday, September 27

Bob Welch: The Wizard of Foz.

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Main Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. Free.

If you’re a Corvallisite and you don’t know about Dick Fosbury, you should… well, you should change that. Long story extremely short: he’s the awesome OSU athlete primarily known for invented the “backward-over-the-bar” high jump style, killing it at the Olympics. There’s a lot more to the guy, and in support of his new book The Wizard of Fox: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution, Bob Welch will be on hand to tell all sorts of awesome stories. For more info visit   

Funk Jam

Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., or Cloud and Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.

It’s funk, and it’s a jam. That means it’s a funk jam! The core players bring their drum kit and other such goodness, and then pump out the backline jam while anyone who signs up gets to join in on whatever instrument they’re digging on. Pretty damn fun and a great way to meet other local musicians! Sign up or just listen. For info, visit:


By Sam Campbell