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Jackson County Fair
The fair continues Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. The headline acts include Trace Adkins on Friday and comedian Jeff Foxworthy on Saturday. In addition to the big names playing in the amphitheater, more than 30 acts will perform daily on the Center Stage. Other attractions include Walk on the Wildside animal exhibit, a mechanical bull, Water Bubbles (large, inflatable water-walking balls), a petting zoo, Brad’s World Reptiles, The Fair Marketplace, a rock-climbing wall, Lego competitions, All-Alaskan Pig Racing, Pedal Tractors, Annie the Clown, and the fifth annual JCSA Ranch Rodeo. Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For ticket information, see attheexpo.com or call 541-774-8270.
‘The Way the Mountain Moved’
When four men set out in the 1850s to survey a route for a continental railroad, they cross paths with lost pioneers, cautious Native Americans and an African-American Mormon couple unsure whether to befriend, fight or flee the newcomers in Idris Goodwin’s “The Way the Mountain Moved,” opening at 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, in the Thomas Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Show times, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
Straight No Chaser
Straight No Chaser reinvents the genre of a cappella on the modern pop landscape with its sounds of 10 male voices and sense of humor at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Britt Pavilion, 350 S. First St., Jacksonville. 8-bit Jazz Heroes performs at 6 p.m. in Britt’s Performance Garden. Tickets are $264 for premium blanket seating for four; $132 for premium blanket seating for two; $66 for reserved seating, $42 for lawn seating, and $32 for age 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at brittfest.org, at the box office, 216 W. Main St., Medford, or by calling 800-882-7488.
Soul and blues singer Curtis Salgado will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, in Riverside Park, 304 E. Park St., Grants Pass. NPR calls Salgado “a blues icon” with a “huge voice.” His album, “The Beautiful Lowdown,” was released in 2016 on Alligator Records. His newest, “Rough Cut,” released this year, is a stripped-down acoustic album recorded with his band guitarist Alan Hager. Admission is free.
Concerts in the Park
Rock band Hunter and the Dirty Jacks, featuring singer and harmonica player Hunter Ackerman, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Bear Creek Amphitheater in Bear Creek Park, Siskiyou Boulevard and Highland Drive, Medford. Admission is free.