5 picks for live entertainment
'The Snow Queen'
Collaborative Theatre Project presents this pop and rock musical adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale in the company's new venue, 555 Medford Center. When a young boy, Kai, is spirited away by The Snow Queen, his playmate Gerda sets out on a wondrous journey to find him. With music by Haddon Kime, book by Kirsten Brandt and Rick Lombardo, this retelling of the classic tale will be presented in steampunk style. Susan Aversa-Orrego directs. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 15-17, Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 21-23, and Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 28-31. A matinee is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $25, $20 children for seniors, students and ages 17 and younger, and can be purchased online at ctporegon.org.
'Naughty But Nice'
This late-night, cabaret-style show features songs and comedic pieces. Valerie Rachelle will emcee the show, and "Pine Mountain Lodge" Musical Director Sarah Wussow will provide piano accompaniment for singers Lucas Blair, Natasha Harris, Tony Carter, Jessica Blaszak, John Lambie and others at 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 16 and 23, at Oregon Cabaret Theater, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Look for such songs as "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "God Bless Ye Merry Gentleman," "Baby It’s Cold Outside," "Surabaya Santa," "Sisters," "All I Want for Christmas is You" and return of the "Five Minute Christmas Carol," performed by Carter. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. See oregoncabaret.com or call 541-488-2902.
Dan Fellman and Stolen Moments
Jazz guitarist Dan Fellman, along with singer and guitarist Conny Lindley and acoustic bassist Walter Lindley, will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Singer Cilette Swann and multi-instrumentalist Roman Morykit will perform a soulful blend of roots, pop, blues and jazz at the 16th annual WinterSpring Holiday Benefit Concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online at gypsysoul.com or Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. See www.winterspring.org.
Blues Hall of Famer and five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray and his band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Cray's newest, "4 Nights of 40 Years," was released in 2015. Tickets are $38, $48 or $58 and can be purchased online at roguetheatre.com, by calling 541-471-1316, or at the box office. The show is open to ages 21 and older.
Petunia and the Vipers
Petunia and his band will play rousing, danceable and haunting country and western laced with rock and jazz — look for high lonesome vocals along with some yodeling in the mix — at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at The Wild Goose Cafe, 2365 Ashland St., Ashland. The band is touring the West Coast behind its new album, "Dead Bird on the Highway," on CD and vinyl. Look for digital downloads online at petuniaandthevipers.com and on Bandcamp. Admission is free. Call 541-488-4103.
'The Snow Queen'
This new pop and rock musical adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale premiered in 2013 at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Its Southern Oregon premiere will be in Collaborative Theatre Project's new venue at the Medford Center, 555 Medford Center. When Kai is spirited away by The Snow Queen, his playmate Gerda sets out to find him and encounters wondrous adventures. With music by Haddon Kime, book by Kirsten Brandt and Rick Lombardo, this retelling of the of the classic tale will be presented in steampunk style. Susan Aversa-Orrego directs. Evening performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17, Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 21-23, and Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 28-31. Matinees are at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Tickets are $25, $20 children for seniors, students and ages 17 and younger, and can be purchased online at ctporegon.org.
The Evening Shades
Markus Thales on vocals and guitar, Sammy Kovic on guitar, Matthew Tayvis on keys and bass and Justen Nielson on drums will perform original rock at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $7. See www.roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.
With book by James A. Michener and lyrics and music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "South Pacific" is a heart-warming tale of love, romance and war set in an island paradise. Look for such classic tunes as “Younger than Springtime,” “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” Daniel Stephens directs. The show previews Thursday, Dec. 1, opens Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Jan. 8 at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. A pay-what-you-can performance is set for Wednesday, Dec. 7, and a Director's Night performance is on Friday, Dec. 9. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3, Wednesdays through Saturdays, Dec. 7-10 and 14-17, Tuesdays through Saturdays, Dec. 20-24 and 27-31, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 5-7, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased online at camelotheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250.
'The Pine Mountain Lodge'
Oregon Cabaret Theatre premieres this new musical holiday show written by managing director Rick Robinson and directed by artistic director Valerie Rachelle. When a returning World War II veteran is tasked with shuttering his late father's upstate New York hotel, he discovers the place haunted by two quarreling ghosts — former lovers and famous dance partners. These ghosts put aside past grievances and convince the young man to stage one last show to save the hotel. Thirteen songs by Irving Berlin are sprinkled throughout the show. It previews Thursday, Nov. 17, opens Friday, Nov. 18, and runs through Dec. 31 at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, 241 Hargadine St., Ashland. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and select Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Preview tickets are $21, $35 for all other performances or $21 for bistro seating.
East Main Band
The rock band wraps up summer concert series at Grizzly Peak Winery and Red Lily Vineyards. Dave Bernard and Ken Kiegell on guitars, Mike Gardiner on keys and bass, Mike Dadaos on drums, and Lincoln Zeve on sax, harmonica and EWI will play authentic, spirited '60s and '70s classic rock at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Admission is $6. See www.grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700. Red Lily's show is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the vineyard, 11777 Highway 238, Jacksonville. Admission is free. See www.redlilyvineyards.com or call 541-846-6800.
Portland recording artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer John Nilsen will present a solo piano concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Look for classical music and original melodies. Nilsen founded his independent record label, Magic Wing, in 1987 and has a catalog of 19 successful titles with international distribution. His newest, "Local Ocean," was recorded with his band Swimfish and will be released this month. Tickets are $10. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.
Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes
Portland singer, songwriter and guitarist Kevin Selfe and his band The Tornadoes will play rockin' electric blues at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Howiee's, 16 N. Front St., Medford. Selfe's 2015 "Buy My Soul Back," on the VizzTone Label, calls on his "who's who" list of blues artists to create a gem of a recording that that reveals Selfe's dedication to traditional blues. The band was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame in 2012 for Traditional Blues Act. In 2014, Selfe was inducted for Electric Guitar. Selfe and the band have won 19 Muddy Awards from the CBA, including Traditional Blues Act of the Year (2010-2014), Contemporary Blues Act of the Year (2009, 2013, 2015), Performance of the Year (2012, 2013), Electric Guitar (2012-2014), Northwest Recording of the Year (2013) and National Recording of the Year (2013).
Ben Rice Blues Band
Portland blues guitarist Ben Rice and his band will perform roots, R&B, funk and soul infused blues and rock at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Howiee's, 16 N. Front St., Medford. Rice's newest album, "Pour Me Some Whiskey," is an amalgam of blues sub-genres, featuring such songs as the hard-rocking "Wreck on You," the fast, swinging jump blues "Chop You Up," the West Coast-style "Don't Worry Mama' and "I Know You Love Me," from the Memphis soul tradition. There is no cover for the show.
Allison Scull and Victor Martin
The Dunsmuir, Calif., based saxophone and guitar duo will blend jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some jazz standards laced with French lyrics at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at DANCIN Vineyards, 4477 S. Stage Road, Medford. Scull and Martin were the "Music Pick" in the 2015 spring edition of Southern Oregon Magazine. The duo's newest CD, "Cool Like the Breeze," is available online at allisonandvictor.com. Admission is free. Call 541-245-1133 or see www.dancinvineyards.com.
The band — Chris Graves and B Wishes on guitars, bassist John Trujillo and drummer Sandy Ficca — will perform rock covers at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Del Rio Vineyards, 52 N. River Road, Gold Hill. Admission is $10. See www.delriovineyards.com or call 541-855-2062.
Verbs & Nouns
Songwriting duo — Jared Masters on electric guitar and Emily Turner on stand-up bass — will perform an original mix of jazz and blues at 6 p.m. Friday, July 8, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. Masters is based in Portland, and Turner is based in Jacksonville. The two often play Al's Den and Vie de Boheme in downtown Portland. Admission is $3. See www.southstagecellars.com or call 541-899-9120.
The 50th annual Children's Festival — sponsored by the all-volunteer Storytelling Guild of Jackson County — will be held Saturday through Monday, July 9-11, at the Britt Pavilion, 350 S. Fir St., Jacksonville. There will be hours of kid-related entertainment and activities intended to inspire imagination, with more than 35 hands-on art, craft and science projects and the daily feeding of litter-eating dragons Rosabelle and Pebbles. Younger kids can make their own puppets, create sand and easel art and have their faces painted, while older kids can make candles, pottery and wood-working. The festival will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Food will be available at the site. Admission is $3.
The L.E.F.T. Drifters
L.E.F.T. and The Fret Drifters: L.E.F.T. — singer, songwriter and guitarist Bret Levick, Dobro player Bob Evoniuk, bassist Greg Frederick and drummer Matt Terreri — and The Fret Drifters — Andy Casad and Nick Garrett-Powell on guitars — will join forces to create The L.E.F.T. Drifters and perform a fusion of acoustic pop, rock and avante garde music at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. Admission is $10. Reservations are encouraged. See www.southstagecellars.com or call 541-899-9120.
Jeff K and Overtones
Singers, songwriters and guitarists Jeff Kloetzel play the leads and bassist Donnie Yance and drummer Dave Bolen — will play a mix of pop, R&B, funk, country, rock and jazz — also known as good-time music. Look for the band at 6 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Del Rio Vineyards, 52 N. River Road, Gold Hill. Admission is $10. See www.delriovineyards.com or call 541-855-2062.
Eight Dollar Mountain
Southern Oregon bluegrass band Eight Dollar Mountain — guitarist Darren Campbell, banjo player Stuart Green, mandolin player Phil Johnson, stand-up bassist Joe Porto and resonator player Mark Lackey — will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Creekside Pizza, 92 ½ N. Main St., Ashland. Since coming together in 2010, the band has released three albums, "Wild River Country" (2010), "Riverboat Gambler" (2012) and "Tied to the Tracks" (2014). The band has opened for Peter Rowan, Alison Krauss and eTown, and on NPR's "West Coast Live."
Singer, songwriter and satirist Roy Zimmerman will present "This Machine," a program of his original send-ups that lampoon politics, social injustice, poverty, war and human foibles, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Zimmerman's songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He's been profiled on NPR's “All Things Considered,” and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Admission is $15. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
The trio — Liz Jones on acoustic guitar, Anna Christensen on percussion and Bob Rawlings on upright bass — will perform classic country and western, '60s and '70s folk rock, soul, reggae and blues, along with a few of Jones' originals, at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Ashland City Band
The community band, directed by Don Bieghler, will perform music by Belgium, Russian, English, Czechoslovakian and American composers at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, in the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park in Ashland. The Dixieland Band will open the show at 6:15 p.m. Lawn and bench seating will be available. The concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of Lithia Park. Admission is free. Call 541-245-9494.
Band du Pays Swing
The Ashland ensemble — Merrill Smith on stand-up bass, Stephen Gagne on horns, singer Kacie Garner, guitarist Tony Brussat and drummer Bryan Jeffs — will perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 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.
Petunia and the Vipers
Petunia and his band will play rousing, danceable and haunting country and western laced with rock and jazz — look for high lonesome vocals along with some yodeling in the mix — at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Johnny B's, 120 E. Sixth St., Medford. The band is touring the West Coast behind its new album, "Dead Bird on the Highway," on CD and vinyl. Look for digital downloads online at petuniaandthevipers.com and on Bandcamp. Admission is $10. Call 541-773-1900.
Southern Oregon's own ghost town comes alive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, during annual Buncom Day festivities. A parade led by one-man band Bob O'Luney is at noon. Offerings include the “chicken splat contest,” live music, face painting, a book sale, plant sale, a country store, children’s activities and information about the Applegate and Siskiyou Trail Associations, fire safety, lace-making and more. A Hawaiian-style lunch will be available. Admission is free. To get there, follow Highway 238 to Ruch, turn south onto Upper Applegate Road, travel three miles, turn left on Little Applegate Road and follow it for three miles to Buncom, at the intersection with Sterling Creek Road. Proceeds from the event help preserve Buncom's historic buildings. See www.buncom.org.
The ensemble will play joyful rhythms of Zimbabwe, accompanied by vocals, drums and percussion, at noon Sunday, May 8,at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Singer Jacqui Aubert and songwriter and guitarist Dan Sherrill — along with Eric Jones on bass and Reed Bentley on drums — will debut music from the duo's new album "Sometimes We Feel the Same" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, at La Baguette, 340 A St., Ashland. Aubert, Sherrill and Jones are formerly of Ashland folk band Patchy Sanders. Aubert and Sherrill worked with Grammy-winning producer Dave Clauss, folk singer Jefferson Hamer of Session Americana, Konrad Meisner of the Mike + Ruthy Band and bassist Jeremy McDonald to record the album in a studio in upstate New York. Admission to the show is $5.
David Pinsky & Phil Newton
The guitar and harmonica duo will perform original Chicago-style blues duets at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Historic Walking Tours
Hear about everything from old saloons to unsuccessful efforts to stop hogs and other livestock from roaming downtown markets and eating the produce when Ben Truwe leads free historic walking tours of downtown Medford from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. The tours start at the Southern Oregon Historical Society's History Center, 106 N. Central Ave. To reserve a tour, call 541-773-8369.
Hip-Hop Poetry Open Mics
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a hip-hop and poetry open mic at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Black Swan Theatre on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is free. See www.osfashland.org.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosts lectures, demonstrations and workshops at noon each Saturday through May 14 in Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The events are led by OSF actors and directors, scholars and thespians from around the country. On March 26, OSF scenic atist Gabriel Barrera will present "Wait, Is That Real," a discussion about his scenic painting techniques used in the festival's 2016 productions of "Twelfth Night," " The Yoemen of the Guard" and "The River Bride." Go to www.osfashland.org and search Festival Noons for a schedule. Tickets are $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17, and can be purchased at osfashland.org, by calling 800-219-8161 or the OSF box office.
The soul singer and his band — guitarists Dave Storie and Al Dinardi, bassist John Lingafelter, drummer Denny Carmassi, vocalist Jennifer DePuglia and Gary E. Nelson, Tony Hayes and David Hubert on horns — will play a danceable mix of soul, funk, blues and original music at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Howiee's on Front, 16 N. Front St., Medford. There is no cover for the show.
Father and son duo Jeff and Julian Jones will play guitar and fiddle, respectively, to present a range of traditional Scottish and Irish songs, along with some arrangements of classic rock and original compositions, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Bathtub Gin Serenaders
Chari Weatherford on washboard, Eric von Radics on guitar and vocals, Stephany Smith Pearson on accordion, mandolin and vocals, Lawrence Newcomb on saxophone and clarinet, Nancy Martin on vocals, Melissa Orr on violin, ukulele and vocals, David Orr on guitar, Pete Wirts on drums, and Jesse Baldwin on stand-up bass are The Bathtub Gin Serenaders. The ensemble will play hot jazz, dirty blues, Gypsy jazz, blues, ragtime and an amalgam of covers and originals at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, on the Courtyard Stage outside the Allen Elizabethan Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is free.
Bluegrass band Siskiyou Summit — Jeff Jones on mandolin, Crystal Reeves on fiddle, Glenn Freese on guitar, Rick Nelson on banjo and Chris Reymoure on upright bass — will play traditional and original music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Eagle Point Grange, 5 S. Shasta Ave. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at intermission. Tickets are $20, $15 for ages 11 and younger, and are available at Valley Feed and Upper Rogue Independent in Eagle Point, Nelson's Brake and Alignment in Medford, Rainey's Corner Market in White City, by calling 541-826-9873 or at the door. The concert is a benefit for the Eagle Point Grange.
Blades of Grass
The duo — acoustic guitarist Kathryn Casternovia and mandolinist Jef Ramsey — performs original instrumentals along with some classic bluegrass, vintage country and Texas swing, along with a smattering of world music, folk-rock and more from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus — a traditional German restaurant and bar housed in a quaint, former schoolhouse — at 525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is free. Call 541-899-1000.
Composer, pianist and guitarist Jon Galfano will perform original instrumentals from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. See his videos at www.mailtribune.com/tempo. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Robbie DaCosta Trio
Singer and guitarist Robbie DaCosta, drummer Tom Stamper and bassist Jeff Addicott return to perform sparkling oldies and rockin' dance music, including hits from Motown, Johnny Cash, Chris Isaak, Neil Diamond, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and much, much more, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Brickroom, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. The trio is just back from its show at the Hard Rock Casino in Lake Tahoe where it performed for an Elvis Presley birthday bash. Admission is free.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
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.