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Five picks for live entertainment

Misner and Smith

San Francisco-based folk and Americana duo Misner & Smith will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at La Baguette Music Cafe, 340 A St., Ashland. The duo's newest, "Seven Hour Storm," was released in 2013. Admission is $10.

Lavender Festival

Visit local lavender farms for summer activities and lavender-themed crafts Friday through Sunday, June 23-25, and Friday through Sunday, July 7-9. Participants are Goodwin Creek Gardens, 970 Cedar Flat Road, Williams; The English Lavender Farm, 8040 Thompson Creek Road, Applegate; Lavender Fields Forever, 375 Hamilton Road, Jacksonville, and the Oregon State University Lavender Garden, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point. See southernoregonlavendertrail.com for information.

Sparks House Concert

Central Oregon-based singer, songwriter and guitarist John Batdorf will perform music from his newest album, "Next Stop, Willoughby," at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Sparks House. The house concert will provide an intimate live music experience. For tickets and information, see sparkshouseconcerts.com.

Ashland Blues Summer Festival

Portland singer Rae Gordon and her Backseat Drivers, along with the Hank Shreve Band, will headline the Ashland Blues Festival on Sunday, June 25, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. The Matthew Kreimelman Trio with Jade Chavis Watt and blues duo David Pinsky and Phil Newton will open the show at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased at ashlandblues.org or Paddington Station and Music Coop in Ashland, Hilltop Music in Phoenix, or Grocery Outlet in Medford. Tickets will be $35 at the gate. Kids 11 and younger get in free. Gates open at noon.

Michal Palzewicz and Ayke Agus

The cello and piano duo will perform at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, June 28, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Look for music by Saint-Saens, Franck, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Vaentini. Palzewicz is principal cellist for Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra since 2011. He plays viola da gamba and violin in the orchestra for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Shakespeare in Love," running through Oct. 29. His original compositions are released monthly at music.palzewicz.com. Agus studied violin under Jascha Heifetz at University of Southern California. Tickets are $25, $10 for students, and can be purchased at michalandayke.brownpapertickets.com or Music Coop, 268 E. Main St.




Misner and Smith
John Batdorf