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Crooked Still, Non-traditional Bluegrass Quintet, 11/4


Crooked Still, Non-traditional Bluegrass Quintet
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
Friday, November 4, 2011 • 8pm
$20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Purveyors of the nu-folk, bluegrass movement, Crooked Still are equal parts ambassador and innovators as evidenced on their newest release Some Strange Country available on Signature Sounds. The musical prowess of this defiantly non-traditional bluegrass quintet is on display as radically re-imagined traditional fare blends seamlessly alongside four original compositions and a surprising take on the Rolling Stones’ “You Got The Silver”.
For their fourth effort, Crooked Still were snowed into the studio with Grammy award winning producer and engineer Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Tim O’Brien, Dolly Parton) in Charlottesville, Virginia. The isolation left little room for distraction and fueled more ambitious collaboration – quasi-orchestral string arrangements and unique vocal distortion techniques. Special guest vocalists include Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, and Annalisa Tornfelt.
For more information, please go to St Clair Productions

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October 4th, 2011

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Workshop: The Joys of Celtic Music, 10/29


Workshop: The Joys of Celtic Music
Exploring the melodies of Turlough O’Carolan with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter.
Saturday, October 29 • 10am
Tickets – $30
Place: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland • Cost: $30
Three world class multi-instrumentalists and Celtic harpers will share their experience in creating and collaborating in the Celtic Tradition. No matter what instrument you play, whether you are a novice or professional you will benefit from this overview of one of the worlds most beloved styles of acoustic music.
You will learn some history of one of the most famous and prolific composers Turlough O’Carolan. Whether you read music or play by ear you will enjoy learning a few of O’Carolans most beloved melodies on your instrument.
Participants will also have an opportunity for a hands-on experience with the nylon strung Celtic harps. Don’t have your own harp — no problem. There will be harps available for you to play.
Demonstrations of tunes and instruments from various regions will be presented such as Swedish Nyckelharpa, mandolin, Cittern, Dadgad Guitar, Bouzouki and fiddle. Bring your instrument of choice, and learn a few of our favorite Traditional melodies.
For more information, please go to St. Clair Productions

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September 28th, 2011

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Legends of the Celtic Harp, 10/28


Legends of the Celtic Harp with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfuter, Celtic Harp and Storytelling

Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland, 8 pm October 28th
$20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.

Each time Patrick Ball has performed in Ashland, he has brought a totally new show. This time he is bringing along two other accomplished Celtic harpists and storytellers to present Legends of the Celtic Harp.

For more information go to St Clair Productions

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September 27th, 2011

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Bathtub Gin Seranaders at Liquid Assets (Oct 7, 9pm)


Ellen’s favorite band.
Formed in the fall of 2009, The Bathtub Gin Serenaders are a Rogue Valley band that came together out of a shared love of pre-war hot jazz and early blues; and the pure fun of playing music together. Boasting a jug band mentality but without the jug, they perform as an all-acoustic band, just as it was done in the 20s and 30s.
Liquid Assets, 96 N. Main St. Ashland, October 7, 11 9pm

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September 26th, 2011

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An Evening with Rumi, 9/24



Ashland Contemporary Theatre is proud to host “An Evening with Rumi.” It’s a fantastic one-man performance accompanied by live musicians and dervish dancing. For a taste: catch the YouTube clip: http://bit.ly/EveningWithRumi
One night only! Saturday, September 24th at 8pm.

In this vivid montage of Rumi poetry and first-person narrative threads, the life, levity and luminosity of Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi comes alive, as award-winning actor Dan Furst presents the revered and irreverent poet Rumi. Based on translations from Coleman Barks, Kabir Helminski, and Jonathan Star, Dan Furst dramatically embodies the great poet with verve and sapient gusto! With sound and mood-scape accompaniment by musicians Seabury Gould on bamboo flute and bouzouki, Marco Zonka on percussion and vocal textures, and dervish turning by Yahya Suzanna Nadler, an atmosphere of earthy and ecstatic passion and reflection is evoked through dramatic action, verse, and song.
Performance is at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Rd, Ashland
Tickets: General $15.00, Seniors $12.00, Students $8.00, available at Paddington Station, Ashland and Grocery Outlet, Medford
Information: (541) 646 – 2971, http://www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org and http://www.hermes3.net/rumi2011.htm

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September 16th, 2011

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Songwriting Workshop with Joanne Shenandoah, 10/1


Songwriting Workshop with Joanne Shenandoah
October 1 10am-noon Unitarian Fellowship $30

Come learn what it takes to be a songwriter. Joanne will share her career path and experiences plus some of the basics of the music business such as copyright and publishing, ASCAP, BMI and GRAMMY Associations, royalties and distribution, and agent/manager promotions. You also will learn voice care and the basics of songwriting. All ages and experience welcome. Register at www.stclairevents.com or call 541–535-3562.

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September 16th, 2011

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Joanne Shenandoah Native American Musician, 9/30


A Grammy award and 12-time Native American Music award-winning artist and Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy, Joanne Shenandoah has fulfilled the promise of her Native American name, Tekaliwah-kwa, (She Sings). “She’s become one of the most acclaimed Native American recording artists of her time.” Associated Press.
Shenandoah has 15 albums and three Grammy nominations and one Grammy award (Sacred Ground – Songwriting and vocals). She received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Syracuse University in 2002, the first ever given to a Native performer. She has received more Native American Music Awards (13 to date) than any other artist including a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2008. She has also received numerous Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) and was presented with the Grand Prize by the Native Film Festival in Montreal, Canada for her soundtrack in the documentary “Our Land Our Life” in June 2008.
See videos of Joanne performing at www.stclairevents.com. Whistling Elk Drums opens the evening.
Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St, Ashland 8 p.m.

 

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September 16th, 2011

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Workshop: Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving, Rise Up Singing, 10/16


Workshop: Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving, Rise Up Singing
An Enlightening and Inspiring Playshop with Steve Bhaerman, aka Swami Beyondananda
and Singer Songwriter Teresa Tudury
Sunday, October 16 • 2-5pm
Tickets – $40
Place: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland • Cost: $40
In these times of great upheaval – not to mention “downheaval” – we are nourished by love and laughter. This heart-opening and mind-expanding playshop led by Steve Bhaerman and talented singer-songwriter Teresa Tudury will help you wake up laughing and wise up loving – and give voice to your greatest concerns and greatest hopes.
Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving, Rise Up Singing will offer both the perspective and the tools to navigate these evolutionary times. Not only will you get an encouraging take on what would appear to be discouraging news worldwide, you will help develop some key inner resources to help you be a beacon for yourself and others during challenging times. You’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh … and you will do both singing!
For more information, please go to St Clair Productions

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September 15th, 2011

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Impromptu Music at the Schnieder Museum — Fridays


Impromptu gigs of improvised music and soundscapes continue at the Schneider Museum on the SOU campus on four upcoming Fridays:
June 17 & 24, 2011 and July 1 & 8 2011 from noon to 1 p.m.

Various friends will join Todd Barton as their schedules allows — he will most likely not know who will be performing with him until that very day and time! So… even the “ensemble” will be impromptu and improvised.

Feel free to drop by and stay or just wander around through the museum for a bit. A great new show opens this week featuring the works of Morris Graves et al. http://www.sou.edu/sma/

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June 14th, 2011

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Songs of Shakespeare by So. Oregon Repertory Singers, July 11


Songs of Shakespeare”
Monday, July 11, 2011 – 8:00pm
Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Elizabethan Stage, Ashland, OR
FREE pre-concert lecture at 7:00 pm
The Southern Oregon Repertory Singers are delighted to present their ninth annual concert of readings and songs of Shakespeare. The concert will be held on the stage of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Elizabethan Theatre. Joining the singers will be actors from the OSF company, in a concert not to be missed.
Featured will be two world premieres: one by SORS Composer-in-Residence Craig Kingsbury, and one by SORS own Jodi French. Other highlights include works by John Rutter, William Mathias, Allan Bevan, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, and others who celebrate the glory of the word as written by the Bard of Avon.
Hear for yourself why Richard Moeschl, formerly of the Mail Tribune, says “Mark the Music” and described this concert as “ethereal vocalizing” and a “feast for the ears.” Come and be delighted!

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June 12th, 2011

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