Corvallis Culture: Upcoming Music, Wars of the Roses, Arts Center Gala Preps & Oregon Books to Look For

  1. Bluegrass and Wine: Looking for a little more summer and some music? Head out to the Emerson Vineyards in Monmouth for the last of their Summer Music Series featuring Bluegrass quartet Roundhouse Band. This group has some major banjo skills and beautiful harmonies. Reservations are recommended due to limited seating. The show is on Fri., Sept. 16, starts at 6:00 p.m., and cover is $10 plus a can of food for the local food bank.  

Cottage Grove Rocks Corvallis: If you love music from the ‘60s to today, then head over to the Old World Deli to listen to 2106 – a Cottage Grove band featuring the amazing vocals of Cora Branstetter. If you were wondering, the name came from a typo, although the music hits every note right. The show is on Fri., Sept. 16, starts at 7:00 p.m.  

Trust Me! It’s Worth the Drive: If you’re willing to go a little farther away, the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend will be hosting Flogging Molly and The Interrupters with guests Tiger Army and The Skints. If you go, remember this is a cashless venue which requires clear bags. The show is on Sun., Sept. 18. Doors are at 4:30 p.m. Find tickets here.  

Step Back to the Jazz Era: Come over to the Old World Deli to hear Sarah Saul’s Jazz Jam. Featuring the vocals of Sarah Saul, this remarkable quartet perform beautiful renditions of jazz standards, adding their own complexities to mix. The show is on Thurs., Sept. 22. Music starts at 7:00 p.m.  

Friday, Sept. 23: Take the night to head bang it out for Ukraine at the Whiteside. The music will be coming from Red Eyed Demon, hyper sloth, and other metal magicians, with a portion of the ticket sales going to benefit the people of Ukraine. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for pre-sale and $20 at the door. 

The Majestic Does Shakespeare: Running from Sept. 16-25 will be the Majestic’s take on Wars of the Roses by William Shakespeare. This story is all about King Henry – crowned before his first birthday and now an ineffectual adult – and the “rapacious aristocracy and riotous factions vying for supremacy within his government.” The show will be at the Majestic Theatre through Sept. 25. Check the ticketing website for dates and times. Note: content is rated R for this event.  

Time to Pre-Game for the Gala: Take a look inside the next new thing at The Arts Center in the pre-event for the Art for the Heart Gala. The theme is Embracing Brave, and it will be featuring works for the 8X8 Exhibit, delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts courtesy of the Corvallis Multicultural Center, cocktails from 4 Spirits Distillery, as well as the 8X8 auction. The pre-event runs from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 22.  

Historical Society in Philomath Brings Smithsonian to Town: At the Philomath Museum’s First Floor Gallery, the exhibit Roots of Wisdom: Native knowledge. Shared Science. will continue through Oct. 22. This Smithsonian-produced exhibit is all about stories of the restoration of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Tulalip Tribes, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Native Hawaiians. The Philomath Museum is located at 1101 Main St., Philomath.  

Oregon Authors of Note: If you’re looking for a great book from an Oregon author, then check out the list of 2022 Oregon Book Award Winners.  

Corvallisite and Oregon State University history professor Jacob Darwin Hamblin won the general nonfiction award for The Wretched Atom: America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology. This book takes on the subject of the U.S. pursuit of atomic energy to be used at the civilian level. This is not a pro-nuclear book; it’s not an anti-nuclear book. As the author himself says, “It’s a history book.”   

West Linn’s Omar El Akkad won the award for fiction for his second novel What Strange Paradise. This novel takes a look at how refugees are “dealt with” across the world. Interestingly, El Akkad won the Oregon Book Award for his first novel as well – the dystopian futuristic American War. This is one novelist to watch for in the future with his powerful use of language and imagery.  

Salem’s Courtney Gould won the Y/A award for The Dead and the Dark – in which an Oregon town becomes home to a family of ghost hunters. This is Gould’s debut novel, so now is the time to get in on a new and interesting local voice.  

Allison Cobb of Portland won the Creative Nonfiction award for Plastic: An Autobiography. This combination of poetry, prose, and chemistry takes on the nature of the “consume-and-dispose” world in which we live.   

The poetry award this year went to Dao Strom of Portland for her book Instrument. This is more than poetry as it blends in visual art and song.  

By Sally K Lehman 

Correction: Jacob Hamblin’s book which won the Oregon Book Award won in General Nonfiction.

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