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Smash Mouth, Neal McCoy at the fair

Jackson County Fair offers variety of music

Staff reports

Smash Mouth and Neal McCoy are poles apart musically, but they represent the diversity of music on tap at this year’s Jackson County Fair.

Smash Mouth plays rock ‘n’ roll with a ’90s pop-retro-ska edge. McCoy (“You Gotta Love That”) is a country singer who started out opening shows for Charley Pride and now runs his own recording label, 903 Music.

If there’s anything that unites two such disparate acts, it’s that both are about having fun. Smash Mouth shows are upbeat parties in which audiences don’t know quite what to expect.

McCoy says without fun there would be no point.

“I’m in this business to enjoy it,” he says, “to have fun, to entertain people, and hopefully to make enough money to provide for my family.”

McCoy’s first album on his new label, “That’s Life,” came out in August with the single “Billy’s Got his Beer Goggles On” and the inspirational “The Last of a Dying Breed.”

McCoy won a talent contest in 1981 that led to his opening for Pride for several years. His first album was 1988’s “At This Moment.” In the 1990s he was a constant presence on the country charts, with three straight albums — “No Doubt About It,” “You Gotta Love That” and “Neal McCoy” — going platinum.

About 10 years ago, with his wife, Melinda, McCoy started the East Texas Angel Network to help seriously ill children of low-income parents. The foundation has raised more than $3 million to help kids. McCoy is a repeat visitor to the Persian Gulf, where his activities have been as varied as visiting wounded troops to singing for Iraqi kids.

After all these years, he says one thing that inspired him about Pride was that he was as approachable off-stage as he was relaxed on it.

“I tried to learn that from him,” he says.

Relaxed is not what comes to mind with Smash Mouth. Drummer Kevin Coleman borrowed the term from former NFL coach Mike Ditka, who advocated a supremely tough style of play.

The band formed in 1994 in the guys’ hometown, San Jose, Calif., and was soon playing a distinctive mix of alternative rock combined with a variety of idiosyncratic, retro sounds ranging from ’60s pop to surf.

The group’s self-titled debut album sold nearly three million copies, but it was 1999’s “Astro Lounge” that really put them on the map, yielding the single “All-Star” that hit number four on the Billboard charts.

Smash Mouth is now touring in support of its fifth studio album, “Summer Girl.” Its music has been featured in the films “Shrek,” Inspector Gadget” and “Ed TV.” Although the core of the band has remained intact, drummer Jason Sutter is the group’s fourth drummer.

Country star Martina McBride kicked off the week at the Jackson County Expo’s 5,900-seat Lithia Motors Amphitheater on Tuesday, followed by Blake Shelton and Gary Allan on Wednesday. Disney recording stars Aly AJ play on Thursday, July 20; Smash Mouth on Friday, July 21; and McCoy on Saturday, July 22.

For remaining shows, lawn seating will be free with the price of fair entrance, and reserved seating costs $20. See lithiaamp.org on the Web.

Frankie goes to Mobius

The Frankie Hernandez Band will be opening for Delta Nove on Thursday, July 20 at the Mobius. Cover is $5.

Delta Nove is a five-piece band from Long Beach, Calif. explores the synthesis of sound and texture. Born from a blend of Funk, Brazilian Samba, Jazz, Afro-Beat, Blues and Rock, Delta Nove has a distinct sound. Drawing from a deep pool of musical training and diverse instrumentation, the group fuses many styles into one funky powerhouse.

With a catalog of 5 albums, the band displays it’s talent as a team of songwriters and musicians, as well as their ambitious drive to create music. From old school funk to traditional Brazilian Batucada drumming and afro-beat rhythms, their albums display an assortment of musical pleasure. Delta Nove’s diversity is also apparent in the artists of whom they have shared the stage with.

Including world-renowned artists such as Poncho Sanchez, Burning Spear, Olodum, Gato Barbieri, Michael Franti Spearhead, Steve Kimock Band, Merl Saunders, King Sunny Ade, Ozomatli, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe are among those who have added their unique talents and influence to the group’s on-stage performance.

In addition, members of Delta Nove have performed with great artists such as Carlos Santana, members of the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Bobby Caldwell, Los Lobos, Roy Hargrove,

members of Parliment/Funkadelic, members of The String Cheese Incident, Fishbone, and champion Brazilian Samba school Mangueira.

Delta Nove has performed in such prestigious venues as the House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafes, Lion’s Den, Knitting Factory, Galaxy Theatre, and the Boom Boom Room. From New York to Nashville, San Francisco to New Orleans, Delta Nove is committed to performing high energy uplifting music to the people of the world, by continuing to tour and obtaining radio airplay on over 100 radio stations throughout the nation.

They are popular outside the United States as well, with airplay on stations in Kanazawa, Japan and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Check out Delta Nove at www.dnove.com. Recent winners “Best Live Act” and “Best Jam Band” - 2006 Orange County Music Awards.

Chamber Music Concerts set for 2006-07 season

The 2006-2007 11 concert season of the Chamber Music Concerts (CMC) will open Thursday, September 29, with a variety of shows featuring international musicians scheduled to perform throughout the tenure of the program.

Performances will include the Tokyo String Quartet, American Brass Quintet, Gryphon Piano Trio, Vertavo String Quartet, Czech Nonet, Cuarteto Casals with oboist Thomas Gallant, Škampa Quartet with violist Scott St. John, and the Amadeus Trio with clarinetist Jon Manasse and guest appearances by dancer Suzee Grilley and narrator Barry Kraft.

The concert season takes place from September through April at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, and discounted subscription packages include the six-concert Evening Series, three-concert Matinee Series, and the nine-concert Fanatic Series.

CMC’s Evening Series begins with the Gryphon Trio, whose members teach at the University of Toronto. The group will perform works by Haydn, Dvorak and Beethoven.

The American Brass Quintet, which Newsweek calls the “high priests of brass,” will be the feature group for the Explorations concert. The quintet is generously underwritten by Exclusive Sponsor Jim Collier, and will include residency activities at SOU and with area students as well as a concert on October 21st: “Five Centuries of Brass.” The first double concert takes place on November 10th and 11th by the Norwegian Vertavo String Quartet. Partially underwritten by Associate Sponsors Bob Jane Hall of BioMed Diagnostics and Ilana Rubenfeld, the Vertavo have performed together for over 20 years. They will perform music by Haydn, Bartok and Sibelius on the evening concert, and a completely different program of Wolff, Beethoven and Schumann on the matinee.

CMC’s Special Concert on January 12th features the Tokyo String Quartet. Partially underwritten by Ilana Rubenfeld, the Tokyo will perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Schumann.

The Czech Nonet will perform the next double on February 9th and 10th. Established at the Prague Conservatory in 1924, the Nonet’s instrumentation is a wind quintet plus violin, viola, cello, and string bass. The group is partially underwritten by Associate Sponsor Bunny Wachter, and will present Myslivecek, Martinu, Lutoslawski and Beethoven on the evening concert, and Mozart, Roussel and Brahms on the matinee.

March 3rd features Cuarteto Casals with oboist Thomas Gallant. Founded in Madrid, the Casals are currently quartet-in-residence at the leading Spanish conservatories in Barcelona and Zaragoza. They will perform music by Fiala, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.

The final double of the season takes place on March 30th and 31st, with the Škampa Quartet and violist Scott St.. John. The group was founded in 1989 at the Prague Academy, and will perform Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvorak on the evening performance, and Richter, Mozart and Smetana on the matinee.

The final concert of 2007 features an American chamber group, the Amadeus Trio with clarinetist Jon Manasse. The program includes Turina and Mendelssohn, and the trio’s arrangement of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat, with narration by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Barry Kraft and dancing by Suzee Grilley of Ashland’s DanceSpace. The Amadeus Trio’s performance is partially underwritten by Associate Sponsors Mark and Rebecca DeBoer.

CMC has seats available for all concerts, with the matinees offering the best selection. These afternoon performance programs feature completely different repertoire from the night before, so audience members who attend evening performances can come to matinees the next day and hear a completely different program.

2006-07 is also an important year for CMC’s Education Program. Sponsored by Bob and Wendy Phillips, the program will double from last year, and include educational activities for SOU students, the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, area schools, and Southern Oregon Learning in Retirement (SOLIR). CMC is working to provide educational events with every group on the concert roster.

Nuwandart holds quake benefit

Early in the morning of May 27, 2006, a devastating earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Yogyakarta, a town in central Java, Indonesia.

Yogyakarta is the home of Taring Padi (“Fang of Rice”), a radical art collective. During the earthquake the Taring Padi building collapsed, and several members have lost their houses and/or been injured. Despite their own losses, Taring Padi members moved quickly to serve food and provide medical supplies in their neighborhood, where 80 percent of the houses have been destroyed. Taring Padi is currently running a “Posko” or distribution post from the front of their collapsed building, but supplies are short and

money is much needed.

There are numerous non-profit organizations through which to donate aid, but a few of us who have a relationship with Taring Padi feel inspired to ask our community here to lend a direct hand to our community there, without having to deal with the bureaucratic lag and unknown overhead costs of mainstream relief programs. We want to help Taring Padi because they not only have been directly affected by the disaster, but because they are a radical collective who does important work in their own community. We trust that they will be effective in using benefit funds for community organizing, rebuilding homes and distributing much needed supplies in their own area.

Nuwandart Gallery is hosting a benefit for the Taring Padi on Friday, July 21, from 7-9 p.m. Artwork by Taring Padi radical art collective, including posters, prints, cards and calendars, will be for sale and on display. Suggested donation is $5-20.

OSF Talks continue

Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director Libby Appel will give a lecture on Wednesday, July 26 at Noon in Carpenter Hall, entitled “About ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and ‘Bus Stop.’”

This season’s production of “The Winter’s Tale,” directed by Appel, features a cast of 21, including William Langan as Leontes, Miriam A. Laube as Hermione, Greta Oglesby as Paulina, and Rex Young as Polixenes. The show runs in the Angus Bowmer Theatre through Oct. 29.

Appel’s production of “Bus Stop” is also running through Oct. 29 in the New Theatre, and stars OSF veterans Mark Murphey, Jeffrey King, and Tyler Layton, among others.

Appel has been artistic director of OSF since 1995, and has been at the Festival for a total of 15 seasons, during which time she has directed “The Winter’s Tale” (1990 and 2006), “Bus Stop,” “Richard III,” the Henry VI plays, “Napoli Milionaria!,” and many more.

On Friday, July 28, at Noon, British playwright David Edgar will present a lecture entitled “Why Then? Why Now? ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ from 1885 to 2006” at Noon in Carpenter Hall.

Edgar’s adaptation of the classic tale “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” opens Saturday, July 29 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre, directed by Penny Metropulos and starring James Newcomb in the title roles.

David Edgar won a Tony Award for his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby,” and OSF has previously produced his plays “Pentecost” and “Continental Divide.”

Admission to OSF talks is $7; members $6; youths 6-17, $5.25. OSF talks and lectures are held from March 4 through September 22. Check www.osfashland.org or call 482-4331 for more information, or to purchase tickets.

Kids’ Camps At The Schneider

There is still space available for some Schneider Museum Of Art Summer Art Camps. For registration information call 552-6389 or visit www.sou.edu/sma. Call for information on the following camps:

Kids’ Camps (ages 6-12)

Art in Motion

July 24-27

Create artistic contraptions that fly, spin, roll, and twirl. Make miniature art cars, flying creatures, kinetic sculptures, wind wands, and more.

Art on the Wild Side

August 7-10

Calling all animal lovers. Make animals come alive through drawing, painting, and sculpture. Construct your own art house for birds. Make murals, mini and large models, masks, dioramas, toy figures, animal games and more.

Art Out of This World

Aug. 14-17

Step out of this world into a world of your imagination. Make aliens, magical beings and fantastic creatures to go with a newly discovered land you create. Construct 3-D model castles, time machines, and transport vehicles to give your characters a chance to explore.

Art in Nature

Aug. 21-24

Take a closer look at nature as your draw, paint, print, and combine natural elements. Make dyes, papers, and weavings from natural objects. Explore Pacific Northwest art and make your own masks inspired by the power of nature and Oregon animals.

Kids’ Camp cost: $85 ($75 museum members)

The Schneider Museum of Art is located on the Southern Oregon University Campus in the Center for the Visual Arts at 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Directions: Siskiyou Blvd to Indiana Street. Right into first driveway for free parking behind the museum (on Saturdays). Or left turn into first driveway for metered parking in Frances Lane parking lot. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 552-6245, www.sou.edu/sma

Auditions for ‘Fahrenheit 451’

Camelot Theatre Company will hold open auditions for “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at the theatre, corner of Talent Avenue and Main Street, Talent.

Director Charles Cherry is looking for women, men and children of all ages.

No appointment is necessary but auditioners are asked to be prompt. They are also asked to bring a resume and an accurate, current photo. Prepared monologues are helpful, but not required. All parts open except Capt. Beatty and Clarisse. The play runs from Oct. 4 through Nov. 5.

“Fahrenheit 451” tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman, living in a future where firemen start fires and no one is encouraged to think for themselves. Montag has worked as a civil servant for 10 years burning books. But lately he has become increasingly unsure about what he is doing and about his vegetable-like existence. It is not until he meets 16-year-old Clarisse, who is filled with strange ideas, that he must choose between continuing his present existence and risking everything for the right to think.

Perusal copies of the script are available through the box office during box office hours only from — to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 535-5250 Ext. 3.

Kan’Nal at the Armory

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The primal psychedelic band Kan’Nal

plays the Historic Ashland Armory on Thursday, — July 27


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Wisdom and Kid Beyond open at the Historic venue

Kan’Nal brings its brand of primal, psychedelic, organic, hypnotic, emotional, sensual and rhythmic music to the Historic Ashland Armory Thursday, July 27, along with bands Wisdom and Kid Beyond, starting at 8 p.m.

Kan’Nal’s performances are described as futuristic and ancient, rhythmic and sensual, mixing primal rhythm, swirling dancers, world instruments and futuristic technologies with mythic archetypes and alternative rock to create a musical, visual, sensual experience. Kan’Nal’s spicy, groove-oriented acoustic fusion of Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms combines elements of spoken word, electronica, and primordial rhythm with a soft metallic drone.

Formed in the Guatemalan mountains by guitarists Tzol and Tierro, this breezy, shapeshifting musical seven-piece has been rising quickly into international recognition. The bass of Rodolfo Escobar and percussion of Gilly Gonzales join the vocals of singer and rhythm guitarist Tzol. Tzol says he sings songs about, “One race, one country, one planet.”

Tierro’s lead guitar weaves color and life through the music, and Aaron Jerad adds the otherworldy and intrinsically primitive moan of the digeridoo. Enhancing the musical experience are performance divas Teresita and Akayate, in costumes at once Central American and Mediterranean, performing an indigenous interpretation of the music which builds in intensity from one song to the next.

— — — — — Rhythmic dance is often part of the show at a Kan’Nal gathering.

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Mind-bending projection visuals on two 20 ft. screens and production quality make the Kan’Nal experience a multi-sensory event.

For more information visit www.kannal.org.

The Evening begins at 8 p.m. with an opening performance by Kid Beyond, who is a singer, beatboxer and one man vocal band. Kid Beyond loops and multitracks his voice onstage to create his own live backing tracks, layering his lyrics over his own beatboxing and vocal instrumentation. The result is a brew of pop electronica. See www.kidbeyond.com for information.

At 9 p.m. Wisdom Creations band takes the stage with their conscious lyrics, hip-hop and reggae. Led by Tevya Jones (Wisdom) his diverse style incorporates lyrics that are streetwise with a political edge. The Wisdom Creations Band includes bass player and son of Tito Garcia (former lead singer of Santana), Luis Garcia; keyboardist Gabriel Butler; award winning gospel drummer Thomas McCree; and the newest edition, Chicago underground lyricist and spoken word artist Seasunz see www.wisdomcreations.com for more information.

The Ashland Historic Armory is located at 208 Oak St. Tickets are $18 at the door, $15 in advance available at Soundpeace, 199 East. Main St.; Low Down Boardshop, 393 East Main St.; Golden Bough Books in Mt Shasta and at www.themobius.com. This all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. and is presented by Mobius Productions.

Author speaks at the library

Perri Gaffney was brought to Ashland to perform as Mrs. Dickson in “Intimate Apparel” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Gaffney is also an author. She will speak during Author Night, held at the Ashland Branch Library on Wednesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.

Gaffney’s book, “The Resurrection of Alice,” is a novel inspired by the countless forgotten lives of young, black girls who found themselves in arranged marriages to men who were usually community pillars, financially comfortable and old enough to be their grandfathers. Fifteen-year old Alice looks forward to graduating from high school in 1948 and attending college on the scholarship she has earned. But her plans are devastated when she learns that she must honor her parent’s secret marriage arrangements.

Alice is a tribute to the power of nurturing and healing that can cause a broken spirit to be reborn. “The Resurrection of Alice” is suitable for ages 12 and up. It’s an adventure that informs, enlightens, excites and inspires through characters that will stay with the reader long after their story ends.

Gaffney will discuss her book, the writing, and the process at Author Night, Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Author Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library. Call 774-6996.

Children’s Musical Theatre Auditions

The Children’s Musical Theatre of Ashland will hold auditions for its production of “The Wizard of Oz,” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Ashland Family YMCA, 540 YMCA Way, Ashland.

“The Wizard of Oz” is open to all young people 7-17 years old. CMTA’s policy of casting all young people who complete the audition process allows young performers with or without experience to be a part of a professional-level production.

The production will feature two casts of leading roles: the “Emerald” cast will be ages 7-12, and the “Ruby” cast will be ages 13-17. The ensemble/chorus roles will be performed by both casts of leads by actors ages 7-17.

There will be 10 performances Sept. 14-17 and 21-24 at The Center Stage Theater at Southern Oregon University, Ashland.

The production will also feature promotional appearances by two of the actors who played munchkins in the original 1939 MGM “Oz” film: Jerry “The Lollipop Kid” Maren, and Margaret “Sleepyhead” Pellegrini. The cast will be able to meet with these two living legends, as well as celebrate Pellegrini’s 83rd birthday with her on the stage after the performance. Mr. Maren will appear at a black-tie event to be held for CMTA at the Ashland Springs Hotel, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. To be added to the VIP invitation list for this event, call 778-3365.

Rehearsals for the production will be held at the Ashland Family YMCA beginning Aug. 1, and will run until the opening of the production. Tuition for the eight-week production is $165 per performer for YMCA members, and $180 per performer for non-YMCA members.

Theatrical training and experience will be provided by CMTA’s artistic staff, which includes industry professionals John Taylor, Aisha Wand and Jasmine Law.

Call 778-3365 or see cmtashland.org on the Web.

Around Town

Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild Fine — Woodworking Summer Show

The Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild Fine Woodworking Show will again be on display at Pioneer Hall this summer. Show hours are from noon on Friday July 21 and all day Saturday July 22 and Sunday July 23 at Pioneer Hall across from Lithia Park in Ashland.

The show has long been a holiday tradition at Thanksgiving. The exhibits feature a wide range of work by approximately a dozen regional master craftsmen. The show provides vistors an opportunity to view, purchase or custom order fine furniture and woodworking.

The Guild member’s work covers many different areas of the craft from elegant and imaginative fine furniture, beautiful wood turned sculptures and vases to musical instruments and decorative wall objects and gifts.

For further information call 541-840-2055, see the guild’s Web site FineArtFurniture.com, or e-mail info@fineartfurniture.com.