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Creating theater with children

Ashland Children’s Theatre presents an original performance featuring students from OSW’s Summer theater camp

Oregon Stage Works Ashland Children’s Theatre will present “And Then There Was Theatre,” an original performance featuring students from Oregon Stage Works’ Incredible Instant Theatre Summer Camp, Create -A- Play.

The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Oregon Stage Works, 185 A Street, Ashland.

Directed by Bay area director and teacher Barbara Segal and actor/ improviser /instructor Eve Smyth, the show is a culmination of two weeks filled with acting and improv training as well as staging and movement technique, voice work and writing.

The evening, which is entirely student created, includes ritual, ceremony, mythology original stories and more. Student actors Alex Barry, Jaym Budiana, Colin Chasey, Jasmine Karcey, Natawnee Kell, Owen McClure, Emily (Mig) Windows and Marley Zachariasen. range in age from 12 - 17.

Oregon Stage works offers 5 additional theatre camps this summer, Make Believe Explorers, (ages 4-6), Imagination Travelers, (ages 6-8), Spontaneous Superstars, (ages 9-11), Musical Theatre Workshop for Kids, (ages 9-13), and Puppet Showdown, (ages 8-12).

Tickets to “And Then There Was Theatre” cost $2 and are available at the door. Proceeds will benefit Oregon Stage Works Ashland Children’s Theatre’s student scholarship fund.

Call 482-2334 ext. 2.

Celtic celebration set for Friday

Celtic musicians Brian Freeman, William Greene and Larry Levin play at the United Methodist Church, N. Main and Laurel streets, at 8 p.m. Friday, July 7.

In celebration of his birthday, joyous music and independence in its many forms, Brian Freeman is joined by Celtic compatriots William Greene (fiddle, banjo and vocals) and Larry Levin (guitar, concertina, mandolins and vocals) for an intoxicating evening of Celtic song and tunes. Join us for this toe-tapping, hand-clapping and teary-eyed evening that is a guaranteed great ending to this holiday week of celebrations.

Brian has shared his love and knowledge of Scottish music on stages throughout the States, in Scotland and locally for the past twenty five years. Born with five fingers (no thumb) on his right hand, Freeman developed a unique flatpick/fingerpick guitar style that has elicited praise from musicians and audience alike. This style beautifully compliments his vocals which convey all the pathos and humor inherent in Celtic music. Brian’s other instruments include octave mandolin, tenor banjo, mandolin and bodhran.

Fiddler William Greene learned to play the fiddle, guitar and 5-string clawhammer banjo when he was 18 under the musical mentorship of Kenny Hall, an internationally recognized mandolinist and fiddler. William has performed around the United States, Ireland, and Italy. While living in Hawaii William played in the Irish group Irish Hearts, bringing the songs and tunes of Ireland to the Islands. He can currently be heard most Sundays at the Irish session at the Black Sheep in Ashland.

Larry Levin (guitar, mandolin, concertina, bouzouki, vocals) has been singing folk music and playing guitar for over 20 years. In 1998 he decided to devote most of his time to concertina and has spent the last 8 years perfecting his technique and performing Irish traditional music with William in Irish Hearts. It is amazing how Larry’s and Brian’s guitar styles mimic and enrich the other’s.

A concert not to be missed. I dare anyone to leave the concert without feeling a lift in their step and a song under their breath.

We encourage you to buy presale tickets as Brian’s last two performances sold out.

The cost is $15, and tickets are available at The Music Coop (A Street Marketplace) and at the door. To reserve tickets or for information call 482-1915.

The Flying Other Brothers with G.E. Smith

Psychedelic Rock

Saturday July 8, 9 p.m.

The Mobius, 281 Fourth St.


$12 general/$10 students and advance at


Were there a conjurer’s secret for the heady brew known as the Flying Other Brothers,

it might read something like this.

Mix equal parts singer-songwriter gone electric, dauntless improvisation, and a love for walking the edge with a whimsical smile. Steep in the grand tradition of vintage San Francisco sounds and sensibility. Pepper liberally with original tunes, classic covers, boundless energy, and a healthy dose of humor. Season with serious fun and bake until done.

The freewheeling creative conspiracy that is the Flying Other Brothers has emerged as a modern-day musical Merry Pranksters of sorts, coupling airtight arrangements with the high-wire adventures of collective spontaneity and exploration.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the individual musical relationships of the band members range from the Grateful Dead and Little Feat to Tom Waits and Bonnie Raitt. As a group, they’ve performed live with Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Country Joe McDonald, Leftover Salmon, and Warren Haynes, among many others.

Joining them on Saturday is one of the most in-demand blues/rock guitarists in the world — a mysterious character who goes by the name of G.E. Smith. Millions of TV viewers know his face — and the shock of unruly blond ponytail that was always falling across it — from his 10 years (1985-1995) of fronting the Saturday Night Live band. His smooth but rockin’ style of blues has led him to jam with some of the most influential musicians of our generations.

Featuring stellar lead and pedal steel guitarist Barry Sless (Phil Lesh Friends), keyboardist Pete Sears (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship), and drummer Jimmy Sanchez (Boz Scaggs, Dr. John), the octet is rounded out by Roger McNamee on rhythm guitar, Ann McNamee on percussion, Bill Bennett on bass, Tony Bove on harmonica, and Bert Keely on guitar, all five of whom lend vocals and original tunes to the mix.

With an eclectic musical palette and a steadfast devotion to spreading good cheer, this band of kindred spirits finds itself in its 10th year of what continues to be a great trip for band and fans alike. The good times find a healthy balance in the group’s songwriting, which reflects both a weighted interest in and insight into topics personal, social, and political. Along the way, the band has devoted an ample measure of musical goodwill to performing and organizing benefit concerts for a wide variety of worthy causes.

Moving into their second decade, the Flying Other Brothers continue to gain momentum, garnering positive response to their performances by audiences and critics alike. They’re presently in the studio with the acclaimed T Bone Burnett at work on their new album, fueled by a decidedly vintage approach to both sound and concept. The result should be consistent with their neo-retro outlook on their music as a whole, at once true to their roots and very much at home in the present moment. Everything old is new again and wonderfully so.

What remains clear as the journey continues is the band’s intent to bring their vision of musical merriment with an edge to everyone they meet along the road. Or in flight, for that matter. Beyond that is an adventure still unfolding.

Tickets are $12 general/$10 students and advance on The Mobius website: www.themobius.com. The Mobius is located at 281 Fourth st. in Ashland. For information call 488-8894

New Century Soul Live

Sunday, July 9, 9 p.m.

New Century Soul Live performs live at the Mobius this Sunday, July 9 at 9 p.m. This band features two acts in one. This project will be a Funky version of Neo Soul and Soul Jazz type super funk, emulating the show Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder use to have.

On The One is John Staten on drums from Karl Denson, Anthony Smith on Organ from Global Funk Council and Giant People and Jesse Molloy from Giant People on Sax, with Greg McKinney on Bass and Aaron Bleiweiss from The Musicians Institute of L.A. on guitar.

Joining this tour will be the southern California new soul sensation, LaTanya Lockett: A soul sister for sure, this woman is doing what Jill Scott, Lauren Hill and Eryka Badu started. Where funk, Neo-soul and RB collide, you’ll find passionate songwriter lyricist LaTanya Lockett leading the way.

Both bands will feature John Staten, Jesse Molloy and Anthony Smith.

This project will be a Funky version of Neo Soul and Soul Jazz type super funk, emulating the show Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder use to have. $8; all ages. The Mobius is located at 281 Fourth St. 488-8894 www.TheMobius.com.; www.newcenturysoulrecords.com Saturday, July 8th at 9 p.m.

On the One

Sunday, July 9

On the One from San Diego (John Staten from Karl Densons Tiny Universe) featuring LaTanya Lockett and Anthony Smith (Global Funk Council) will be playing at the Mobius Sunday, July 9.

Backed by independent label New Century Soul Records, which provides a powerful and diverse business infrastructure, the group features drummer John Staten (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Giant People), keyboardist Anthony Smith (Giant People, Global Funk Council) and saxophonist Jesse Molloy (Giant People) to create a new group.

Another San Diego musician, neo-soul songwriter and vocalist LaTanya Lockett, joined the group along with guitarist Aaron Bleiweiss, founder of the eclectic Southern California group Starshak, and former Global Funk Council bassist Matt Schumacher.

The group’s music is a composite of three distinct entities: On the One, The Many Faces of Anthony Smith, and LaTanya Lockett.

Dr. Israel and Dub Gabriel

— Reggae/dub/world music

Wednesday July 12, 9 p.m.

The Mobius, 281 Fourth St.



$8 all ages.

NYC Dub legend Dr. Israel meets Berlin Dub master Dub Gabriel

Brooklyn-based singer/producer Dr. Israel isn’t a real MD, but he

deserves an honorary degree in alchemy for his crafty synthesis of

roots reggae, frenetic jungle rhythms, gritty New York hip-hop, and

the occasional rattling metal riff. Dub and reggae are Dr. Israel’s

most obvious influences, but he also pulls hip-hop, rock, world music and a touch of drum ‘n’ bass into the mix. The latter genres create a

particularly curious dichotomy: organic rhythms blend with blatantly electronic elements. Israel’s politically charged lyrics and diverse

musical foundations deliver a refreshing blast of thought-provoking

tracks that will make music fans from all walks stop and tune in.

Berlin Dub master Dub Gabriel has become one of the top DJ/

— Producers in America that combines music from Africa, Middle East, India, Jamaica, Eastern Europe and South America in to a blend all of his own.

— His world traveling does not end with his music alone, He has also

— traveled the world spreading his music to all corners of the globe.

— Performing in such places as the United Nations and Lincoln Center to private parties for Britney Spears, and Super Model Alek Wek.

He has released two critically acclaimed solo records and has

recorded with the likes of Bill Laswell, Last Poets, Musafir and Dr. Israel.

He has also shared the stage with a who’s who of music including: George Clinton, Zap Mama, Public Enemy, Ozomotli, Karsh Kale, Badawi, Scientist and many others.

Besides albums and stage he has composed music for TV for such

clients as Mtv, VH1, Sponge Bob, Rug Rats as well as feature film work.

In 2005, Dub Gabriel released “Bass Jihad” which received radio

airplay in over 600-radio stations worldwide. It reached the top 10

CMJ World Music radio charts in America, where it stayed for over 2 months. tickets are $8 at the door. The Mobius is located at: 281

Fourth St. Ashland (541) 488-8894 www.TheMobius.com Sunday, July 9th @ 9pm New Century Soul Jazz~Soul~Funk The Mobius:281 Fourth St.

Ballet Rogue’s Ballet In The Park Season

leaps to the Stage at Lithia Park’s Butler Band Shell July 10, 17, 24 and 31. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The events are free. Children’s classes are at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, no experience is necessary.

Prospect hosts annual bluegrass festival

Bluegrass lovers will be heading out to Prospect next weekend. Prospect Lions Club will be sponsoring the 2006 Prospect Bluegrass Festival, to be held in the Lions Park.

Headlining this year’s line up will be the Earl Brothers. The band is in the middle of a tour and will be among the travelers driving to Prospect next weekend.

Also on the program will be four other bands: Kathy Boyd Phoenix Rising, the Craig Wright Band, the Moon Mountain Ramblers and the Goldman Family. Cowboy poet Leon Flick will also appear on stage.

Emceeing the event will be “Kuzzin” Keith Fuller from radio station KRRM 94.7 FM.

The day begins at 7 p.m. with breakfast. Lunch is at 11 a.m. and a Barbecue dinner will be held at 5 p.m. for $9.

California Guitar Trio

The California Guitar Trio will perform at MOJO Rising Workshop Event Studio, Sunday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m..

With a mix of instrumental styles fusing classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music, progressive, as well as the California musical genre surf music, the California Guitar Trio is comfortable in the progressive, acoustic and classical music scenes.

The group’s music was featured on the television coverage of the 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 Olympics, and also on CBS, NBC, CNN, and ESPN TV programs. The CGT performed on the 2003 Grammy Awards nominated track Apollo on Tony Levin’s CD Pieces of the Sun; and CGT music was sent into outer space as wake up music for the crew aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor.

Over the past 14 years of nearly incessant touring, the California Guitar Trio has shared the stage with musicians and performers such as King Crimson, Jon Anderson, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Tito Puente, Taj Mahal, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, Dark Star Orchestra, Leftover Salmon, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, David Sylvian, Adrian Legg, Kaki King and many more.

Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Brussels, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo first met in England at one of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft Courses in 1987. After completing several of these intensive courses, the three toured worldwide with Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists. Wanting to continue working together after the League had run its course, Bert, Paul and Hideyo convened in Los Angeles and founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991, honing their intricate original compositions, surf covers, and classical reworkings.

Samples of the Trio’s music is available for listening and downloading at http:www.cgtrio.com/.

Tickets are $20 advance at Ashland’s Music Coop, 181 A Street, and will be available for in limited quantities at the door ($25). Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.. Seating is on a first come basis.

MOJO Rising Workshop Event Studio, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland, specializes in workshop production, custom event hosting, and acoustic live music. MOJO Rising’s role in the community is to support creative expression, adult education, and the exploration of individual and group potential.

For more information and driving directions, visit www.mojorisingstudio.com or call 541-324-7044.

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