Corvallis Culture: Vinyl to Watch, Daddies Kick, Everclear at 30, Calyx Journal/Submissions, Whiteside Shows

Vinyl Released Today: If you’re into jazz, you’ve likely heard of Johnny “Big Moose” Walker. Over the course of his life, Walker played with legendary musicians like Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Dawkins, and Lionel Hampton.  

Today, they are rereleasing an album titled “Advent” with Walker and Hampton from a tour in 1982. It was originally released on Walker’s label, Walk On Productions, and is now coming out on Jazz Room Records.  

The album notably includes “Dipping” which starts with a splash of brass and then just slides into the melody of a musician who had the most amazing chops. The bass carries you through and provides the funk beneath the horn.   

“Advent” is the early stages of Jazz Dance at its best.  

Speaking of Great Albums: You might have missed it, but don’t miss it! Willamette Valley’s Cherry Poppin’ Daddies released an album called “Bigger Life” in mid-2019 that kicks. Of course, any touring on this gem was cut to its teeth with the world going on hiatus for a few years, so now is the chance to grab a copy and maybe even request a concert – you can do that on their website  

Combining their uber-swing vibe in “Diesel PunX” with tracks like “New Lincoln Brigade” that ring out like neo-punk-revival, the Daddies are still bringing it with this album. We highly recommend it.  

One More Music Thing: Oregon’s own Everclear is celebrating 30 years as a band with a tour. Two of their last three shows in the US are happening right here at home this weekend, then they’re off to Europe.   

Tomorrow, October 15, they’ll be playing in Bend at the Midtown Ballroom. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.   

On Sunday, October 15, they’ll be up in Portland. If you have the time and a way up, the Crystal Ballroom in Portland is worth the trip. It’s got great acoustics and beautiful décor in line with its swing dancing past. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.  

On To The Literary: The 2021 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize went to Sophia Stid for “Prayer II”, and there were many reasons for that choice – this story of a house turned museum and the memories walls hold long after those who lived there have passed; the end where the poet wishes the emotion of a room could invade her being and make her part of something bigger and wiser; and all of this tension and energy in less than 300 words. This is a beautiful, rich poem. 

So why are we talking about poetry? Because this winning poem is in the Winter/Spring 2022 edition of the Calyx literary journal from right here in Corvallis. Established in 1976, this press for women is a literary mainstay for Oregonians interested in the female side of our cultural heritage.   

And for women writers out there, Calyx’s submission period is open from October 1 through December 31. This year, they are asking for response to Betty LaDuke’s most recent exhibit at the Corvallis Museum titled “Fire, Fury, and Resilience.” Check out their submission requirements here.  

Scary Movie Alert: Ready for more scary movies at the Whiteside? This coming Wednesday, October 19, you can drop by before 7:00 p.m. and catch “Hereditary.”   

This critically acclaimed psychological thriller stars Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne as part of a family with a recently-deceased, secretive grandmother. For those not-in-the-know, recently-deceased grandmothers and secretive grandmothers are two of the biggies in scary flix, so this one has it in double doses.   

Getting Spooky in Corvallis: Also on the calendar at the Whiteside, on Friday, October 21, with doors at 7:30 p.m…. is the Haus of Dharam’s Heckin Spooky Show. It’s all in the name – yep, this show is gonna be hecka spooky.   

For those not in the know again, Haus of Dharma is a local drag troupe/family and Corvallis staple since 2014 – in other words, it’s been a fabulous eight years for our little city along the Willamette. Tickets are General Admission, $10 if you buy them early and $15 at the door.   

By Sally K Lehman 

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