5 picks for live entertainment
The 30th annual Medford Cruise events include a poker run starting at 9 a.m. Friday, June 19, at Punky's Diner in the Medford Center; the Stoplight Drags for 1979 and older vehicles at 5 p.m. at Champion Raceway in Jackson County Sports Park; and a free concert with Sound Stage Review, Funktional Fusion and The Rogue Suspects at 6:30 p.m. at Fichter-Mainwaring Park. The event culminates Saturday, June 20, with its traditional Show 'n' Shine for '79 and older vehicles — along with '80 and newer vehicles — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park. Registration for older vehicles includes entry to the Show 'n' Shine and to the Downtown Cruise, to be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Downtown Cruise gives visitors a few hours to go back in time and see nostalgic, classic cars drive through Medford's city streets. Top it with a drive-in style look at "American Graffiti" at dusk in Fichtner-Mainwaring Park. Admission is free, and there will be vendors and concessions. See www.medfordcruise.org for information and registration.
Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival
Also known as Beerfest," this event wraps up the fifth annual Medford Beer Week, a week-long celebration of the local craft-brew industry. The Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival is set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 20, on Bartlett Street and Middleford Alley in downtown Medford. Look for 25 breweries pouring a total of 50 distinctive beers, food booths and beer-related vendors. Early-bird tickets cost $14 at Beerworks, 323 E. Main St. Other tickets cost $16 and include a commemorative pint glass and five tasting tickets. Additional tickets cost $5 for five or $10 for 12. The event is open to ages 21 and older.
Classical guitarist Tye Austin will perform with the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Austin is a graduate of the Music Department of Southern Oregon University and just finished his first year at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The program will include compositions from the Spanish and Latin American repertoire for solo guitar, with music by such composers as Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla, Heitor Villa Lobos and others. Austin will be joined by guitarist James Edwards for a few duets. Admission costs $15, $10 for students, and proceeds will benefit Austin's summer trip to Spain to study flamenco. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
The youth ensemble, directed by Benjamin Simon, will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, June 22, in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Professional wind and brass players will join PACO's strings to perform orchestral works from the classical and romantic repertoire. Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and the premiere of a new composition, "Modest Music," written for PACO by Youth-for-Youth Commission winner Thomas Feng will round out the program. Tickets cost $14, $6 for students, and can be purchased at the OSF box office by calling 541-482-4331.
Ashland City Band
The 70-member community band, directed by Don Bieghler, will present songs from the Broadway musical "The Sound of Music" at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park. The concert also will include music by Duke Ellington, an original composition for band by Francis McBeth and the spirited “Night Flight to Madrid.” The 70-member community band traces its roots back to one of Ashland's small-town bands from the 1880s. The Ashland Brass Band will open the show at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. Audiences should bring blankets or low-level folding chairs for lawn seating.
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum
The museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, hosts exhibits year-round that explore energy, anatomy, chemistry, perception, motion, engineering and more. Kids 5 and younger and their caregivers can visit Discovery Island — an exploration space that includes a lagoon, shipwreck playhouse, coconut-tree grove, crawlers cove and a thatched hut. Admission costs $10, $8 for kids 2 to 12 and adults older than 65. Admission is free on the first Wednesday of every month. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Labor Day. Call 541-482-6767 or see www.scienceworksmuseum.org.
The singer, songwriter and guitarist will play his upbeat, outlaw country songs at 6 p.m. Friday, June 12, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. Wayne has two albums to his credit: "Touch Ya," released in 2006, and "Day Job," released in 2012. The albums were recorded and engineered by Bob Pagano at Mountain View Productions in Grants Pass. The session lineup for "Touch Ya" included keyboard player Andy Pinentel, lead and rhythm guitar player Chris Brubick, bassist Dennis Egli and drummer Mark Stever. "Day Job" was recorded with the same lineup, along with fiddler Dan Doshier, steel guitarist Jerry Truppa and backup vocalists Janeen McGinnis and Lenea Patterson. Admission is free. Call 541-899-9120 or see www.southstagecellars.com.
Eight Dollar Mountain
The high-energy bluegrass band — guitarist Darren Campbell, banjo player Stuart Green, mandolin player Phil Johnson, bassist Joe Porto and Mark Lackey on resonator guitar — will play its fast-paced neo-traditional bluegrass blended with old-time country, blues and gospel harmonies at 9 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave., Talent. The band's newest album, "Tied to the Tracks," was produced by Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon and recorded at Dennis Dragon's Pacifica Gardens in Williams. Admission costs $5. Call 541-535-2721 or see www.eightdollarmountain.net.
California guitar slinger Brad Wilson and his band will play soulful, rocked-up blues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the Bear Creek Amphitheater, 1520 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford. Wilson is touring to support his newly released album, "Blues Thunder!" featuring 14 new songs. His 2014 album, "Hands on the Wheel," produced four singles on the charts, including "The Ballad of John Lee." Fans of Gregg Allman, the Doobie Brothers and Marshall Tucker will be all in for Wilson's music. The show is one in the series of Medford Parks' free summer concerts. See www.ci.medford.or.us or call 541-774-2400 for information.
David Nelson Band with Moonalice
Singer and songwriter David Nelson and his band — John Molo, Barry Sless, Pete Sears and Mookie Siegel — will perform psychedelic roots-rock Wednesday and Thursday, June 10-11, at Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 N., Ashland. Nelson is best known as a longtime member of New Riders of the Purple Sage. San Francisco Bay Area band Moonalice will open the shows. Music starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 or $25 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com.
A new acoustic string project from upright bassist Sam Grisman and mandolinist Dominick Leslie of The Deadly Gentlemen and fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nat Smith of the Sarah Jarosz Trio will be presented Tuesday, June 9, in the Headwaters Room at The Geos Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Hear them live at 2 p.m. on Jefferson Public Radio's Open Air. Local trio Rainy and the Rattlesnakes will open the show at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance and can be purchased by calling 541-552-1665. Tickets will cost $20 at the door, $10 for ages 17 and younger.