Performances in local venues: Sept. 30, 2010
Thursday, Sept. 30
John Whelan, Charlene Adzima and Zac Leger Trio: The Ashland Folk Music Club will present accordion master John Whelan and friends at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. See story, Page 7.
Friday, Oct. 1
los angeles guitar quartet: Chamber Music Concerts kicks off its 27th season of shows with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets cost $27 and $32, $5 for ages 22 and younger. The guitar quartet will offer a master class at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, and a lecture and performance at 1 p.m. Friday at the Music Recital Hall. Admission to the master class and lecture performance is free. See story, Page 3.
travesuras: The flamenco music and dance troupe will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. See story, Page 7.
Saturday, Oct. 2
jefferson baroque orchestra: The orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor and baroque violinist Michael Sand, will present "Georg Philipp Telemann: The Hamburg Years" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets cost $18, $8 for students. Tickets are available at www.jeffersonbaroque.org, by calling 541-592-2681 or at the doors.
new chamber music: The Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Composers will present new chamber works at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program will feature compositions by local writers William Ashworth, I'lana Cotton, Ken Deveney, Ted Dollardhide, Greg Steinke and R. Barry Ulrich. The program will be performed by violinist Larry Stubson, cellist Michal Palzewicz and pianists Mikiko Petrucelli and Daniel Swayze. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and will be available at the door. Visit www.nacusaor.org or call 541-488-5506 or 541-772-4022.
Monday, Oct. 4
thunder buffalo: Guitarist and vocalist Thunder Buffalo, aka Aaron Schroeder, will perform at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at Lithia Park on Winburn Way, Ashland. Schroeder signed with indie rock label Sarathan Records in Seattle to write, perform, record and mix all of the songs on his debut, self-titled album. Admission to the show in the park is free. Visit www.myspace.com/thunderbuffalo for information.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
foghorn trio: Portland musicians Sammy Lind, Caleb Klauder and Nadine Landry will perform traditional folk tunes of Appalachia at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Adelante Gallery, 88 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Pastry and tea will be available. The trio will offer a fiddle and guitar workshop 4 p.m. Cost is $20. Call 541-488-0290.
Thursday, Oct. 7
Renata Bratt and the Almaden trio: The Siskiyou Institute will present cellist Renata Bratt, guitarist Scott Sorkin and saxophonist and flutist Kristen Strom of the San Francisco Bay Area at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. The musicians will perform jazz, classical and Americana arrangements. Tickets cost $15, $10 for institute members and $5 for students. Call 541-488-3869 or e-mail info@siskiyouinstitute for information.
Cowboy junkies: Canadian alternative country, blues and rock band Cowboy Junkies will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Three of the band's members — singer Margo Timmins; songwriter, producer and guitarist Michael Timmins; and drummer Peter Timmins — are siblings, and bassist Alan Anton has been a member since the group formed in Toronto in 1985. Cowboy Junkie's newest album is "Renmin Park," released this year on the bands own label, Latent Recordings. Alt-country and folk duo The Watson Twins will open the show. Tickets cost $25 to $55. The show is open to all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. Visit www.roguetheatre.com or call 541-471-1316.
Friday, Oct. 8
medford jazz festival: The 22nd annual jazz festival swings into Medford Friday through Sunday, Oct. 8-10, with 16 bands, six dance venues and nationally recognized dance instructors such as Benji Schwimmer, winner of FOX-TV's 2006 "So You Think You Can Dance" competition. The festival's band lineup will present Dixieland, Zydeco, swing, jump-jive and big band sounds at downtown venues including the ballrooms at the Red Lion Hotel, Kids Unlimited, KOBI TV's Studio C and Vogel Plaza. A three-day event ticket is available for $70. Other ticket prices range from $10 for ages 12 through 23 to $50 for an all-day, all-event pass for Saturday. Visit www.medfordjazz.org or call 541-770-6972 or 800-599-0039 for ticket prices, venues and other details.
trine: Vocalist Cecily Palzewicz, cellist Michal Palzewicz and percussionist Jason "Cedar" Miller will present world rhythms, Celtic melodies and Middle Eastern themes mixed with classical elements at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Advance tickets cost $12 and are available at Music Coop in Ashland or online at www.trinemusic.com. Tickets will cost $15, $10 for seniors and ages 18 and younger at the door.
ke ru Zhang and lu jia tang: Southern Oregon University and Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association will host a piano recital by Chinese pianists Ke Ru Zhang and Lu Jia Tang at 7:30 p.m.. Friday, Oct. 8, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. SOU Music Professor Alexander Tutunov selected the students during his residency last fall at Beijing Special Music School. Zhang's and Tang's solo programs will include Liszt's "Rigoletto" and Chopin's 12 Études, Op. 10, and Chopin's Rondo in E-flat major, Op. 16, and Copland's "The Cat and the Mouse," respectively. Admission is $10, free for students. Visit www.souledu/music or call 541-552-6101.
Saturday, Oct. 9
zedashe: The Zedashe Ensemble will perform traditional music from the Caucasus Mountains of the Republic of Georgia at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. The 10-person vocal ensemble features two dancers and accompaniment on instruments such at lutes, drums, bagpipe and accordion. Zedashe Ensemble works to preserve ritual music that was first threatened by communism, then modernization. Advance tickets cost $20 and are available at Music Coop, online at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 541-535-3562. Tickets will cost $22 at the door, $10 for ages 12 through 17 and free for ages 11 and younger. The ensemble will offer a choral workshop at 1 p.m. and a folk dance workshop at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. The workshops cost $25 or $40 for both. To register, visit www.stclairevents.com or call 541-535-3562.
Sunday, Oct. 10
cirque mechanics — boomtown: The international acrobatic troupe juggle, clown, dance and mime its way through various contraptions set in the fictional, Old West mining town of Rosebud at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The performers are veterans of the Moscow Circus, Cirque du Soleil, the Pickle Family Circus and other companies. Tickets cost $37 to $43, $26 to $29 for ages 18 and younger. Tickets are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Tickets will be held for will call at the new box office and taken at the door of the theater. Call 541-779-3000 or visit www.craterian.org for information.
Friday, Oct. 15
southern Oregon's Got Talent: Rogue Valley finalists in the talent competition, sponsored by RE/max Ideal Brokers, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. More than 60 artists auditioned for the talent show. Look for mix of singing, dancing, comedy and other talent. Tickets for the finale cost $15 and are available at the Craterian Theater's box office. A pre-show reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the theater. Visit www.craterian.org or call 541-779-3000. Proceeds will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit commited to helping foster children. Visit www.jacksoncountycasa.org or www.southernoregonsgottalent.com or call 541-840-9973 for information.
MontaÑa: The Lake Tahoe-based band will present Latin rhythms of the band Santana for dancing at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Doors open at 7 p.m. for food and beverages. Advance tickets cost $20 and are available at Nimbus in Ashland. Tickets will cost $25 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Kipp Crawford Memorial Fund at Ashland High School. Visit www.ashlandschoolsfoundation.org for information.
Saturday, Oct. 16
misook yun and laurie Hunter: Soprano Misook Yun, an opera singer who has appeared in roles such as Mimi with Rogue Opera, Cio Cio San and Nedda with Opera Western Reserve, Cio Cio San with Bayshore Lyric Opera and many others, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Pianist Laurie Hunter will provide accompaniment. Admission is $15, free for students. Visit www.sou.edu/music or call 541-552-6101.
brother: Celtic fusion band BROTHER, featuring Angus Richardson on bagpips guitar and vocals, Drew Reid on didgeridoo, keyboard, percussion, whistles and melodica and Dave Allen on drums, percussion and vocals, will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. BROTHER has 13 albums to its credit. The newest, a live recording titled "Out from Under," was released in June. Advance tickets cost $15 and are available at Music Coop, online at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 541-535-3562. Tickets will cost $18 at the door, $10 for ages 12 through 17 and free for ages 11 and younger.
Sunday, Oct. 17
WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? Foursome of funnymen Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff Davis — veterans of the hit television series, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" return to Medford to present improvisational comedy at 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave. Tickets cost $42 to $48 and are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Tickets will be held for will call at the new box office and taken at the door of the theater. Call 541-779-3000 or visit www.craterian.org for information.
del rey: The Ashland Blues Society will country blues guitarist, vocalist and ukulele player Del Ray at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. The Santa Cruz Sentinel stated "Del Rey ... channels the spirit of Memphis Minnie while maintaining a thoroughly hip, West Coast sense of cool." Rey will offer a blues ukulele workshop for all levels of players at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for the show, $25 for the workshop or $35 for both. Tickets are available online at www.mark-o.com/del_rey.
Thursday, Oct. 21
siskiyou dine and discover: The Siskiyou Dive and Discover Club will host a series of six monthly dining and entertainment programs to be held at the Masonic Lodge, 570 Clover Lane, Ashland. The series will begin Thursday, Oct. 21, with music of Glenn Miller, the Dorsey brothers, Woody Herman and other big bands by Easy Valley Eight. Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. and the entertainment will be at 7:30 p.m. Other musical and educational programs will include a holiday concert by the Ashland High School Choir on Dec. 16, an artist's talk by Betty LaDuke on Jan. 20, lectures by veterinarian Howard Miller on Feb. 17 and authors Virginia Morell and Michael McRae on March 17 and a presentation by Wildlife Images on April 21. Cost is $40 to register for the programs; pro-rated after Oct. 21. Dinners will be catered by Quality Catering of Medford and cost $17.
4 stories high: Pop singers, musicians and songwriters Laura Berman and Craig Benelli will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Visit www.4storieshigh.com for more about Benelli and Berman. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available at the Music Coop, 1818 A St., Ashland, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will cost $12 at the door, $8 for students and free for children 11 and younger. Call 541-488-7716.
Saturday, Oct. 23
toshi reagon: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Toshi Reagon will present her hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Vibe magazine called Reagon "a rock 'n' roll roller coaster ride" and Pop Matters' "a treasure waiting to be found." Advance tickets cost $18 and are available at Music Coop in Ashland or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will cost $20 at the door. Call 541-488-7716.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
natalie macmaster and Donnell leahy: Fiddle masters Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will present their celebrated Celtic music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $29 to $35, $20 to $26 for ages 18 and younger and are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Tickets will be held for will call at the new box office and taken at the door of the theater. Call 541-779-3000 or visit www.craterian.org for information.