5 picks for live entertainment
Community Folk Dance Party
Omada Kosmos — Kevin Carr on violin, bagpipes, oud, mandolin and tamboura, Olof Soderback and Steve Boyer on accordions, Bryan Jeffs on drums, Stephen Gagne on clarinet and alto and soprano saxophones, and Merrill Smith on standup bass — will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, for a folk dance party at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Singers will be from Rogue World Ensemble, a choir that draws from musical traditions of Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, the British Isles and American roots. Join in traditional folk dances from around the world. Admission is $10 to $15 on a sliding scale and includes a dance lesson at 6:30 p.m.
T Sisters and Hollis Peach
The T Sisters — Erika, Rachel and Chloe — sing folk and pop harmonies supported by Steve Height on upright bass and Andrew Allen Fahlander on mandolin and guitar. Hollis Peach — guitarist Dan Sherrill and Jacqui Aubert — will perform folk music. Their show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Performance Garden near the Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $20, $8 for ages 3 through 12, free for ages 2 and younger, and are available online at brittfest.org, at the box office, 216 W. Main St., Medford, or by calling 541-773-6077.
Music in the Mountains
Prospect Historic Hotel will host its seventh annual bluegrass, country, folk and Americana festival starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at the hotel, 391 Mill Creek Drive, Prospect. Look for performances by The Fret Drifters, The Brothers Reed, John Dough Boys, Matt Hill and Top Secret featuring B Wishes. An open jam will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Food, wine and beer will be available. Advance tickets cost $20 for a one-day pass or $33 for a two-day pass and are available online at musicinthemountains2016.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will be $25 for one day or $38 for both days at the gate. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. See http://prospecthotel.com/bluegrass.html or call 541-560-3664 for information.
Dorothy, the Scarecrow, a witch named Evillene and charismatic huckster the Wiz will light up the stage in this song-filled adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz," told through the lens of the African-American experience. With book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, "The Wiz" won seven Tony Awards and had a triumphant four-year run on Broadway. Robert O'Hara directs. The show runs at 8 p.m. through Oct. 15 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Tickets are $30 to $123. Show times, tickets and information available at www.osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
A New Orleans-born and -based singer, songwriter and guitarist, Paul Sanchez was a longtime member of Big Easy band Cowboy Mouth from 1990 to 2006. Sanchez's songs have appeared in films and on television and have been performed by various artists such as Darius Rucker, Irma Thomas, Michael Cerveris, Susan Cowsill, Kevin Griffin and The Eli Young Band, Hootie and the Blowfish, John Boutté, Shamarr Allen, Glen Andrews and Kim Carson. He performs at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, on the Courtyard Stage outside the Allen Elizabethan Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is free.