Aug 152013

What happened to the summer? There are only two weeks left to enjoy it, so try to stuff as much in as possible. Out on excursion this weekend are the Silverton Fine Arts Festival and bbqs at Tyee and Mia Sonatina.
Friday kicks off the Brewfest at Volcanoes Stadium, which will leave you time to visit the Salem Peace Festival, Great Salem Race and Foodstock Saturday, nightcapping with Ty Curtis at Half Penny. That should scratch the itch!

Thursday August 15
Gil Reynolds and Deep Blue with Ben Rice @ Dallas Amphitheater 6p
Meet Me on Third Avenue Summer Concert Series @ Downtown Stayton 6:30p

Friday August 16
Brewfest 2013 @ Volcanoes Stadium 12p-8p $10
Joey James Goes Acoustic @ Silver Dollar 10p

Saturday August 17
13th Annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival @ Silverton Sat Sun 10a-6p
6th Annual Salem Peace Festival @ Unity of Salem 10a
Great Salem Race @ Salem Conference Center 10a $35 per team
Brewfest 2013 @ Volcanoes Stadium 12p-8p $10
BBQ & Hoedown Fundraiser @ Tyee Winery 4p $20
FoodStock 2013 w/Typhoon @ Marion Polk Food Share 5p $15
Family BBQ in the Cellar @ Mia Sonatina 6p $20
Dinner Cruise with Comedy @ Willamette Queen 6p $26
Ty Curtis @ Half Penny Bar and Grill 9p
Norman @ Boon’s Treasury 9p

Sunday, August 18
Jake Ducey Book Signing @ Book Bin 3p
Working for the Weekend @ Gilgamesh Campus 6:30p
Oso Negro, Zac HB w/ Fresh Inc, and Virtue @ The Triangle 10p
Mayhem Syndicate Live @ Black Light Lounge 8:30p $5

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Jul 052013

Experience a special brand of freedom in communities throughout the mid-valley with parades, rodeos and barbecues all weekend long.  If you’re looking for the freedom to rock on Saturday, West Coast Fest headliner Bone Thugs-n-Harmony plays the Salem Armory and Sarcalogos joins the heavy metal line up at The Val Cave. Local brewers celebrate the freedom to ferment Saturday at Santiam Brewing’s 1st Anniversary party and Sunday during Sunday Creek Sessions at Gilgamesh Brewing.
Whichever freedoms you celebrate, remember where they came from, so you can celebrate them next year.

Thursday July 4
Fourth of July Celebrations @ everywhere

Friday July 5
Ants in the Kitchen @ Independence River’s Edge Summer Series
Last Minute @ Half Penny 9p

Saturday July 6
The Folly @ Boon’s Treasury 9p
Rock The Cask Bar Anniversary party @ Santiam Brewing Noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. $20
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Too Short, Warren G, DJ Quik, Mack 10, Tha Dogg Pound, West Coast Fest, Warr, and Baby Bash @ Salem Armory 6p $40
Sarcalogos, Kranial Saw, Ion Storm, Gladius, Warkrank, World Of Lies, Cast Down @ The Val Cave

Sunday July 7
Sunday Creek Sessions @ Gilgamesh Brewing 6p

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Jun 272013

Culture is the word this weekend in Salem with the 16th World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park. The diversity spins heads with 125 performances on Saturday and on dragon boat Sunday. For a slower pace, try the Multikulti Downtown Heritage Tour and visit important sites for non-Northern Europeans.

Saturday, you can taste cultures of official state microbe, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, at the Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest AND the 16th Barley Cup competition at Thompson’s Brewery. in your favorite wine or beer. Plenty of wine and food in the sculpted garden make the Deepwood Estate a cool escape. Best McMenamin’s Brewer bragging rights are on the line at Thompson’s with Whiskey Nick and the Dusty Bottles.

Bring the sunscreen!

Thursday June 27
Ivie Meziere Acoustic Duo @ Boon’s treasury 9p

Friday, June 28
Sine Die Pub Craw @ Franklin’s Bottle Shop 6p
Open Mic @ The Nest 7p $3
Bobbi Lynn Forbus @ The Black Light Lounge 9p $5
La Arrolladora Y Larry Hernandez @ Salem Armory 6p $35 advance

Saturday, June 29
World Beat Festival @ Riverfront Park 10a
Barley Cup Music: Whiskey Nick & The Dusty Bottles, Yaquina Bay @ Thompson Brewery 7p
Deepwood Wine and Jazz Festival @ Deepwood Estate 4p $10 advance
Multikulti Downtown Heritage Tour @ Pop Up Art Gallery 6p $10

Sunday, June 30
Stranger Stranger, Radio Drive By & others @ The Nest $15
Social Media Day 2013 @ ƒ/stop Fitzgerald’s 5p

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Jun 202013

The 2013 Cherry City Derby Girls home season ends Saturday evening with a double header at the Salem Armory. Returning champ Rydell Belles takes on Dolls of Anarchy for the title. For aerial acrobatics, Defy Aerial hosts an open house and art night at their Keizer studio with performances by current students. Finish up your Saturday night with the Save the Space benefit at Duffy’s Hangar. The Buttfrenchers, Rollie Fingers and The Fools blast some rock to help Doug Hoffman resurrect the Space.

Thursday June 20
Mike Delamare Quartet @ Christo’s Pizzeria $7 in advance 7p

Friday, June 21
The Gusto Brothers @ Franklin’s Bottle Shop 9p
PB&J and The Rub Ups @ Rif’s (Old Bottle Factory -Stayton) 9p
Joey James Band @Riley’s Billiards Albany 9p
Archers Rise, The Folly @ Black Light Lounge 9p $5
Feel Connected, Rusty Bullets, Abadon @ The Fifty 9p
MobStyle: The Concert Experience @ Liberty Spirit 9p

Saturday, June 22
Cherry City Derby Girls Championship Double Header @ Salem Armory $10 advance 6p
Open House and Art Night @ Defy Aerial Studio 6p
Thunder Road @ Sheridan Days
Save the Space w/ Buttfrenchers, Rollie Fingers & The Fools @ Duffy’s Hanger 9p

Sunday, June 22
Geek Night @ Volcanoes Stadium vs. Vancouver Canadians

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Jun 142013

Gemini Party starts today, so you know it’s summer. They’ve migrated near the coast this year which should add to the getawayfromitall factor. Expect more than just topless jenga. At Christo’s tonight, Tom Bergeson Brasil Band blows some Bossa Nova and Rich McCloud plays Liberty Spirit.

Another out-of-town festival at the Mission Theater celebrates the birth of Portland’s DIY culture. Xrayfest recreates the essence of seminal pdx clubs like The Blackbird, Blue Gallery, Madrona Hill Winery and of course, Xray Cafe. Voodoo Donut creator Tres Shannon and Xray co-creator will be on hand Friday night to bring us back to the early 90′s with Pete Krebs, The Tennesseans, The Kurtz Project and others.
In downtown Salem, Gallagher Fitness throws On Your Feet Fridays. Even if you skip the workout/scavenger hunt, stop by for a beer and support the general idea of fitness.
Mid-Valley offers up a great mix of music on Saturday. Rock out with Lexxi Vexx at Half Penny, jam with Bryan Flannery at the Taphouse, hoedown with Sassparilla at Mac’s Place or hip hop with Pigeon John at the Triangle.

Thursday June 13
Gemini Party 2013 @ Tidewater
Tom Bergeron Brasil Band @ Christo’s 9p
Rich McCloud Acoustical Experience @ Liberty Spirit 9p

Fri Jun 14
On Your Feet Fridays 6:00 Gallaghers Fitnes
The Xray Cafe Gang Rides Again! Again! @ Mission Theater 5p-2a $7

Saturday June 15
Free RPG Day @ Borderlands Noon-5p
Sassparilla Sarturday Mac’s Place $5 9p
Bryan Flannery and guests @ Venti’s Taphouse
Pigeon John featuring Kruse with Waxtrap @ Triangle
Lexxi Vexx@ Half Penny 9p

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Jun 062013

There’s plenty of music in town this weekend at Adam’s Rib Micro-Fest and if you’re up for a drive, there’s fun to be had in Newport. Sometimes Nye Beach gets overlooked because everyone flocks to the bay front. But tomorrow they host Fringe Friday, a prelude to the weekend’s Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Scotch tasting, art premieres and some piping at sunset round out the evening as Abercrombies, MacTavishes, Pennycooks and Weddenburns prepare for the Gathering of the Clans on Saturday. Not for the kilt averse.

Adam’s Rib is throwing a party on State Street Friday and Saturday with great local bands, a car show and, of course, their delicious BBQ. Happy 10th anniversary!

Thursday, June 6
Rich McCloud Acoustical Experience @ Liberty Spirit 9p

Friday, June 7
Steve Pulvers @ Latitude One 6p
Fringe Friday @ Nye Beach 5p
First Friday w/ The Student Loan String Band @ Venti’s Taphouse 9p
Gallon House Farewell @ Seven Brides Brewing 7p
Ty Curtis/ BlueMax @ Adam’s Rib 7p $5

Saturday, June 8
Micro-Fest Car Show @ Adam’s Rib 8a-3p
Phamous Phaces/Gusto Bros/Last Minute Band @ Adam’s Rib 3p $5
SoulFunktion @Liberty Spirit 9p
Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games

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May 302013

Another action-packed weekend in the mid-valley offers many chances to enjoy local culture. Franklin’s Bottle Shop hosts Wandering Aengus Ciderworks for a tasting party Friday, May 31 right before the Clover Takeover Tour at Blacklite Lounge. Sheep return again for the Lamb parade in Turner starting at 11a Saturday, June 1 and the LoveShack Barn Party, just outside Mt. Angel, fires up at 4p.
If you’re down Corvallis way, check out the Flat Tail Music Festival on The MU Quad for a night of bands and the winner of Friday’s Battle of the Bands.

Thursday, May 30
Frame by Frame’s Tunes & Talk @ Boon’s Treasury 9p
Ellen Whyte with Jean-Pierre Garau @ Downtown Dog in Corvallis 6p $10

Friday, May 31
Battle of the Bands @ MU Quad noon-11p
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks tasting Party @ Franklin’s Bottle Shop 7p
The Clover Takeover Tour Featuring Sunny Red of Lil Flips Clover Gs @ Blacklite Lounge @ 9p $7

Saturday, June 1
Turner Loves Ewe lamb parade @ downtown Turner 11a
Loveshack Barn Party @ Mt. Angel 4p to close $10
Flat Tail Music Festival @ MU Quad 6p-11p

Sunday, May 2

WCWC Pro Wrestling @ Adam Stephens Middle School 5p

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May 232013

A wet and cold Memorial Day Weekend offers plenty of events in the mid-valley and a chance to win tickets to Marco’s Memorial Day Mayhem Friday at Duffy’s and Sunday at The Nest. There’ll be plenty of bands to keep you happy at both shows.
Saturday brings the onslaught of Memorial Day Wine weekend. Drive out of town in any direction and follow the slow drivers to some unique wine experiences. Skip the drive and impress your friends by inviting them up to Cubanisimo Winery for tasty tapas and salsa dancing.
Move over Cougar Gold, Beaver Classic Cheese just became the favorite educated curd around these parts. Head down to 2 Towns Cider in Corvallis on Saturday to try some fresh Classic made from Oregon State University dairy cows. Afterward, take in the Svens at Bombs Away for a little cowboy surf poetry.
Sunday is your chance to finally run off and join the circus. The Culpepper and Meriweather Circus travels through the mid-valley over the next few days starting with a stop in Turner on Sunday. Get to know the your future road mates before pulling out with them in Falls City.

Thursday May 23

Marci Curtis @ Liberty Spirit

Friday May 24
Marco’s Memorial Mayhem Day 1 @ Duffy’s Tavern

Judy’s ‘Refusing to grow up’ birthday party @ FlipSide!

Saturday May 25
Marco’s Memorial Mayhem Day 2 @ The Mac Club
Beaver Classic Cheese @ 2 Towns Cider
The Svens @ Bombs Away Cafe – Cowboy Surf Poetry
Fairy Gardens @AC Gilbert House
Memorial Day Wine Weekend – Cuban Style @ Cubanisimo Winery
The Gusto Brothers @ Liberty Spirit
Groove Thief @ Half Penny
Mahtie Bush & Century got Barsfeat. Half Man Half, A1-one from Sandpeople @ Blacklite Lounge

Sunday May 26
Marco’s Memorial Mayhem Day 3 @ The Nest
Culpepper and Meriweather Circus @Turner, Amity, Falls City

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May 162013

Now that the out-of-doors is finally open, get in some daytime excursions before hitting the town. Three animal events occur eastwardly this weekend; Fishing Derby in Detroit, Lamb Fair in Scio and the Pet Parade in Silverton. For the literary-inclined, there’s a book signing by Salem celeb Kelly Williams Brown at the Grand Theater Friday, where  she dollops up some tips from her book, “Adulting: How to Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps”.  Sparkling under the lights, Kelly’s sure to delight.

After taking in some sheep herding, mosey over to experience  The Oregon Valley Boys in their natural habitat – a turn of the century grange hall. They are throwing a fandango amidst the mighty oaks and silhouetted Eolas. Finish the night with the soothing tones of the Rich McCloud Band at Venti’s Taphouse.  Here are the Salem Pipeline picks for the weekend.

Thursday May 16
Mark Lemhouse @ ABC Music Company 6:30 p $5

Third Thursday Poets  @ Reed Opera House 5:30 p

Friday May 17th

Detroit Lake Fishing Derby @ Detroit Lake Friday, May 17, 2013 – 6:00am – Sunday, May 19, 2013 – 6:00pm

78th Annual Linn County Lamb & Wool Fair, @ Scio
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 12:00p – Sunday, May 19, 2013 – 3:00pm

Tempranillo- Domestic vs Spanish  @ Santiam Wine Company 4-8 Free
Adulting: How to Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps  @ Grand Theater Book Signing with author Kelly Williams Brown 7p Free

Metal Show: Exfixia, Lights Demise, Wicked Haven @ Blacklite Lounge 9pm, $4

Saturday May 18
Silverton Pet Parade @  Silverton 10a-11a 132 year tradition

The Oregon Valley Boys Dance & Fandango $5 cover. 12 and under are free.

Rich McCloud Band and The Sale at Venti’s Cafe + Taphouse

Dogs of August With special guest Akkadia @ The Triangle !

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Feb 282013


It’s First Friday in Salem with quite a variety to offer – art, live music, culture and more. Here’s a quick round up for happenings this weekend.

Friday, March 1 -  Lull yourself into the evening around 6 at Pop Up art gallery for Art Spree. Brian Hansen will be working on his a portable mural with live music in the learners corner. Gilgamesh Brewing (21+w/ID) and Fresh N Local are provide refreshments for the monthly artist reception and social.

There’s a 7p open mic night at the Beanery that’s gaining popularity and Lonesome Hollow, some boundary-pushing blackbox theater at the Cyrus Reed.

For a quieter evening, Boon’s Treasury has the Oh My Mys, a Portland two-piece folk rock band at 9p.

For a little more energy, check out The Falcon at the Triangle when they play with Midnight Persuasion and Hustle and Drone. Here’s a great shot of the band taken by Will Bragg when they opened for The Thermals back in 2009.

Let’s just say they know how to rock, just like the rest of the line-up. Probably starts after 9p.

On Saturday Mar 2, Venti’s Taphouse Craft Brewed Concerts features The My Oh Mys and RedRay Frasier. For a quieter, more intimate place to celebrate the Cat in the Hat, visit Maven on State Street for some delicious cocktails.

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