5 picks for live entertainment
Hertel Daggett — a junk heap-dwelling recluse who has inherited 40 run-down acres of pet cemetery — tries to avoid an inevitable plan by city developers to build a shopping mall on his land in this edgy comedy by playwright Thomas Strelich. Hertel — though perhaps slightly schizophrenic — fights to retain the heritage of the pets buried at Pet Heaven. Next Stage Repertory Company's production features actors Gwen Overland, Presila Quinby, Justin Briggs and Mark Ropers. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
'Eight Dollar Mountain'
Eight Dollar Mountain — Mark Lackey on Dobro, Darren Campbell on guitar, Stuart Green on banjo, Phil Johnson on mandolin and Joe Porto on bass — will perform traditional and improvisational bluegrass and newgrass jams at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave., Talent. The group uses traditional bluegrass instruments that are plugged in, along with reverb and pedal effects. Admission is $8. Call 541-535-2721.
Swing Dance Party
Southern Oregon Swing will kick off a series of dance parties on Friday, Jan. 8, at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. The swing dances will be held the second and fourth Friday of every month at the venue. A beginning dance lesson will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the Jan. 8 dance is free. Admission will be $10 to all others. Call 541-324-7981 for additional information.
Jefferson State Choral Coalition
The 60-voice choir — directed by composer Kirby Shaw — will ring in the New Year with concerts at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, off South Mountain Avenue, in Ashland. Look for The Mamas & the Papas hit song "California Dreamin,'" Freddy Mercury's shout-out to Elvis Presley's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and other classic jazz, pop and spirituals, along with fresh arrangements of "Let It Shine," "The Way You Look Tonight" and more by Shaw. The choir will be accompanied by a combo of piano, bass and drums. Other highlights are an a cappella "Once Upon a Dream," written by Shaw for his wife, Markita, and a rousing performance of The Pointer Sisters' "We Are Family." Tickets are $10, $5 for students and children, and can be purchased online at jeffersonstatechoralcoalition, at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., in the music hall's box office or at the door.
Band du Pays Swing
The band will perform a mix of swing and jazz for dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Evergreen Ballroom’s Jacob Jagger will offer East Coast swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. For reservations, call 541-535-7957.
Adam Ross Wilson
The Australia-born singer and songwriter will perform an acoustic mix of pop, classic rock and blues at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, in the former Gold & Gems store in The Village Medford Center, 530 Medford Center. Wilson's live sets feature covers of such songs as Johnny Cash's "Man in Black," John Fogerty's "Long As I Can See the Light" and Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue." Also look for original songs "Painters Lane," "A Few Things" and "Autumn Dirge." Admission is free. Various works of art will be displayed, and food trucks will be at the site.
Holly Theatre Tours
See the Holly Theatre Restoration Project unfold during a free public tour of the historic building. Tours are offered at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at the theater, 226 W. Sixth St., Medford. See the grand auditorium, the original projection room, hear about future shows and see an artist's rendering of what the theater will look like when work is complete. Tours start every 30 minutes and last about one hour. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes; sandals will not be allowed. Call 541-772-3797.
Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers
Rosin up that bow for faded love and lets all dance when the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers hosts its monthly jam session from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Fruitdale Grange Hall, 1440 Parkdale Drive, Grants Pass. The jam will feature traditional fiddle tunes, interspersed with vocals. Acoustic musicians may sit in, and dancing is encouraged. Admission is by donation. Call 541-779-8145 or see www.ootfa4.org for information.
Liz Jones and Bob Rawlings
The country duo — Liz Jones on vocals and acoustic guitar and Bob Rawlings on stand-up bass and harmonies — will perform traditional country by Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, along with old cowboy music, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Multi-instrumentalist Rawlings is new to the Rogue Valley. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Portland blues singer Karen Lovely and her band will perform a mix of contemporary and old-school blues at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Lovely shot onto the blues scene in 2010, placing second at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., followed by three 2011 Blues Music Award nominations for best contemporary blues female artist, best contemporary blues album and best song. Her newest album, "Ten Miles of Bad Road," was released this year. Admission is $5. See www.roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.
Rogue Rage Duo
Harmonica player Harpo DeRoma and slide guitar and Dobro player Dan Tiller will perform Delta blues-style original duets and covers by Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Bukka White and others at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. DeRoma and Tiller have worked as a duo a little over a year — with much success. They've been selected by the Cascade Blues Association to represent the Northwest in late January at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. Admission to the show at Belle Fiore is free. Tickets for a raffle cost $5. The winner gets a private concert. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Beekman House Victorian Christmas
Experience a Victorian Christmas during tours that begin every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, and Sunday, Dec. 27, at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Docents in Victorian costumes will share the origins of many popular Christmas traditions along with stories of Beekman family and Jacksonville festivities in the late 1800s, as well as the English origins of Boxing Day. Admission is $2 and a canned food donation, or $5 (with $3 donated to ACCESS). Call 541-245-3650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine Without Reason
The band — singer, songwriter and keyboard player Scott Calamar, pedal steel player Will Bartell, and rhythm section Kevin McKern on drums and percussion and Bruce McKern on bass — has released its independent recording "The Valley of Darkness at the Top of the Stairs in the Center of the Universe." The collection of 12 songs penned by Calamar are a mix of East Coast, West Coast, British Invasion and early '70s influenced alternative sounds. Bartell's pedal steel lends a yearning feel to most of the songs, "Frack You" is pointed at the Oregon LNG pipeline, "Look, Don't Touch" is a tongue-in-cheek look at social interaction and "Center of the Universe" is a tribute to former Ashland hot spot Alex's. The album is available at CD Baby, Amazon, Google Play and iTunes. Information is available at www.winewithoutreason.com.
Dan Fellman and Stolen Moments
Jazz guitarist Dan Fellman, acoustic guitarist Conny Lindley and Walter Lindley on upright bass will play a range of music at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. The trio's repertoire includes American jazz standards, bossa nova standards of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, Latin jazz and western swing. Conny Lindley sings in Brazilian Portuguese, French and Spanish. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Ben Rice Band
Portland guitarist Ben Rice and his band will play rockin' blues at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at 2Hawk Winery, 2335 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. Rice's original music blends soul, Delta blues, rockabilly, jazz and funk into a roots stew influenced by artists such as Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Marshall Tucker, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Skip james and more. He brings an arsenal of guitars, including homemade cigar-box guitars to his shows. Admission is free. Call 541-779-9463 or see www.2hawkwinery.com.
Southern Oregon University Wind Ensemble
The ensemble, directed by Cynthia Hutton, will perform music by American composers Charles Ives, George Gershwine, Percy Grainger and Vittorio Giannini at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Piano student Stephanie Chen will perform Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Chen studies with SOU professor Alexander Tutunov. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and free for students. Tickets can be purchased online at oca.sou.edu/boxoffice, by calling 541-552-6348 or in the box office in the music hall's lobby.
Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink
The ice rink opens with a celebration that includes a mix of festivities from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the rink, 95 Winburn Way, across from Lithia Park. There will be skating to Grand Opening: Celebrate the seasonal opening of the ice rink at 95 Winburn Way across from Lithia Park with festivities from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Activities include skating to DJ music, Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club performances at 7:30 p.m., visits with mascot Chilly the Snowman, ice sculpting by Roger Butterfield. A three-on-three hockey tournament will be held at 3 p.m. Skating is $3 and $2.50 to rent skates. Kids 5 and younger skate for free. For information about the winter 2015-2016 season, including the daily schedule, events and programs, all 541-488-9189 or see www.ashland.or.us/IceRink.
Martin Majkut & Alexander Tutunov
The piano duo — Martin Majkut of the Rogue Valley Symphony and Alexander Tutunov, will perform a potpourri of classical music from various styles and eras at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the auditorium at North Medford High School, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive. Look for well-known compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Aram Khachaturian, Alexander Borodin and Sergei Rachmaninoff, along with Samuel Barber. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door. Subscriptions to all concerts presented during Jackson County Community Concert Association's 2015-2016 season are available for $110. See www.jccconcerts.org, email email@example.com or call 541-779-1668 for information.
Opus 3 with Dave Scoggin
The piano-driven trio — Dave Scoggin on keys, Jeff Addicott on acoustic, stand-up bass and drummer Theresa McCoy — will play Scoggin's original jazz compositions, along with jazz classics by Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and others, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Public House, 258 A St., Ashland. Look for jazz arrangements of Brazilian music by Djavan, Ivan Lins and Filberto Gil, jazz-fusion by Weather Report, Quincy Jones and Clare Fischer and more. Opus 3 explores and improvises pop tunes by Radiohead, The Beatles, U2 and the occasional television theme.