Rogue Suspects, February 17, 2016
For 18 years, The Rogue Suspects have been Southern Oregon’s rock n’ roll band of choice. They have appeared with or behind the Who’s Who in the rock n’ roll world, or playing on most prominent stages in the area. The Suspects have earned the honor of being named the Rogue Valley’s favorite band over and over again.
Founding members, Dirk Price, and Greg Frederick have pulled together the finest musicians in the area to bring down the house all night and every night!
A Rogue Valley favorite band, plays at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre on February 17, 2016.
Members of the band:
Dirk Price – guitar and vocals
Greg Frederick – bass
Shae Johnson – lead vocals
Don Harriss – piano, organ
David Bolen – drums
Mary Rydman – percussion
Purchase tickets on the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website.
Ring of Fire: a Johnny Cash Musical Review
Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon a salute to Johnny Cash
February 11th – April 17th 2016
Many classic hits — to include “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune “Ring of Fire” — performed by a multi-talented cast, portray a musical biography of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ homage to this unique American legend.
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.
The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies.
Located in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon near myriad of B&Bs, hotels and vacation rentals. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.
Britt Festivals commission composer Michael Gordon to capture the Crater Lake’s essence in sound.
By Bill Varble, for the Mail Tribune
Never mind the sound of one hand clapping. If Crater Lake were a symphony, what would it sound like? The question is no mere Zen koan. The Britt Music and Arts Festival has commissioned composer Michael Gordon to create a major musical work inspired by Oregon’s only national park.
Britt Music Director Teddy Abrams announced the ambitious project Saturday night at the last concert of Britt’s classical festival for 2015. The composition will have its world premiere the last weekend of July 2016 at the lake with the aim of connecting the iconic park’s unique vibe with an orchestra of 30 or 40 classical musicians performing live. Admission will be free.
The idea for a site-specific composition stemmed from Imagine Your Parks, a National Endowment for the Arts project celebrating the centennial of our nation’s national parks, a system that was created in August 1916. Britt officials have submitted a request for a matching grant of $100,000 to the NEA. The Neuman Hotel Group of Ashland has stepped up as the first major sponsor.
Michael Gordon, who lives in New York City, will make his first visit to the park this week when he and Abrams meet with park officials. He says the goal is to get a sense of the place.
“There’s a lot of sound in nature,” he says. “There’s rain and wind, thunder, birds, the rustling of leaves. But we push this stuff to the background and think about our walk or our drive.”
Abrams says the idea is to link the music specifically with the place.
“We want to use the actual park in the music as opposed to just having a concert there,” he says.
Famed for its beauty and its intensely blue water, Crater Lake was created nearly 7,000 years ago when so much material blew out of a half-million-year-old lava cone that the mountain collapsed, creating a caldera that filled with water from rain and snowmelt. It is the deepest lake in the United States and is noted for the purity of its water. It became a national park in 1902 only after a 17-year fight to preserve it led by William Gladstone Steel.
Michael Gordon is no stranger to translating famous places and our associations with them into structures of sound. In recent years he’s created major compositions based on New York City, Los Angeles and Beijing.
Over the last 25 years, he’s created music for a long list of major orchestras and high-energy ensembles.
In the past year or so alone, Gordon’s compositions have had world premieres performed by the Ensemble Modern, the Dublin Guitar Quartet and the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
Critic Alex Ross, writing in The New Yorker, said Gordon’s music combines “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.”
Gordon says he plans to visit Crater Lake, where he will be artist-in-residence, often in the coming months.
“You have to live with it,” Abrams says.
Although it’s much too early to say, Gordon is thinking that the composition might have three sections, each dealing with a different aspect of nature at the park, such as trees, animals and ultimately the merging of environmental sound and music. He says he thinks of the results to come as a “symphonic tone poem.”
His compositions cast a wide net. “Dystopia,” his L.A. piece, begins with a lyrical and pensive movement and soon suggests out-of-control sprawl. “Gotham,” his New York City composition, begins with a musical evocation of the kind of quiet place New Yorkers search for as a respite from crowds and skyscrapers and traffic and city noises.
“It’s very personal, of course,” he says of creating a musical response to a place.
He’s not the first to do so, he adds, mentioning George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite.”
He says the biggest hurdle in such an undertaking is finding a starting place.
“The first note is always the hardest,” Gordon says. “I usually sit around and stare off into space.”
Sometimes a musical theme will come to him in a dream.
“It’s always the greatest music I’ve ever heard,” he says. “The next day it’s never as good.”
Although the project is still in the conceptual stages, Britt officials say there will be at least two free performances at the park, perhaps with musicians dotting the landscape and playing here and there as visitors approach the site of the actual concert, which will be in full view of the lake.
Other plans include transporting veterans to the concert and possibly working with Southern Oregon University students to create a visual arts component.
Reach Medford freelance writer Bill Varble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Josh Feinberg sitar, with Ravi Albright, tabla traditional Indian ragas
Come and enjoy an evening of traditional Indian ragas with Feinberg and Albright this Saturday.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 • 8pm
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
Often in the off-season the Chanticleer Inn B&B donates room(s) to Ariella St. Claire Production musicians. This coming weekend, we will be hosting Josh and Ravi.
Pizza and Salad at Mystic Treats Restaurant
After a day rafting on the Rogue river, we went for pizza at Mystic Treats, a newish restaurant on Ashland St. near Rite Aid. Mystic Treats has a diverse menu of unusual pizza selections. If none of those works for you, then you can assemble your own. Never being one to pass over smoked salmon, we selected to share the Jeremiah Johnson pizza and had our own side salads. It was tasty and if I’m in the mood for pizza and happen to in that part of town it’s THE place to go.
It was our good fortune that Mystic Treats had live music tonight. Maurice Woodard was playing some blues and jazz with Lucy accompanying. Most of the time, as Maurice’s service dog, Lucy quietly snoozes. But she has a special number in which she’s does a duet with Maurice. The link below is a video of part of their act.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents “Backwards In High Heels” Sept – Nov
A striking show about Rogue Valley’s very own former resident Ginger Rogers who famously said that she did everything Fred Astaire did but “backwards and in high heels”.
Best known for her partnership with Fred Astaire, Ginger had a successful Hollywood career including dramatic roles as well. The show follows her from her teen years in vaudeville to her Oscar win for 1940 film Kittly Foyle.
Backwards In High Heels combines cherished standards with new original songs, a compelling play, and many stunning dance sequences to tell Ginger’s fascinating story.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, and talented entertainment. One of Ashland’s performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights!
September 12 – November 9
Previews September 10 & 11
Performances Thursday – Monday @ 8:00
(No performance on October 31)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information visit their website
Island Night, a Tropical Party at Daniel Meyer Pool
Aloha! Come to a tropical island themed pool party — “Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind”.
Saturday, July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Daniel Meyer Pool!
Enjoy Hawaiian music and dancing and fun activities for all ages!
A free community Hula dance workshop will be offered for anyone wanting to learn the beautiful moves of Hawaiian dance.
Daniel Meyer Pool, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation, is an outdoor facility located in Hunter Park at 1705 Homes Ave in Ashland.
The pool will be open through September, 6, 2014. The pool offers Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI)® swim lessons, private lessons, swim team camps and Starguard® lifeguard certification. View complete information on pool activities and classes. The pool can be reached directly at 541.488.0313.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 6 – August 31
In Ain’t Misbehavin’, the soul of 1930s Harlem is captured in this finger-snapping and toe tapping revue. Thomas “Fats” Waller was an iconic musical force, known for his exuberant personality, energetic stride-piano playing, infectious humor and jumping beat.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes his good-time joie-de-vivre as a versatile cast sings, dances and carries on to the songs he made famous: Jitterbug Waltz, This Joint Is Jumpin’, Your Feets Too Big, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around, Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now, Honeysuckle Rose and, of course, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Sassy, silly, sultry and with moments of devastating beauty.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and snazzy-jazzy entertainment. One of Ashland’s performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights!
June 6 – August 31
Previews June 4 & 5
Performances Wednesday – Monday @ 8:00
(no show July 4)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information visit Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website
An Evening of Bluegrass with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum; and also with Robin and Linda Williams
Since forming a musical partnership in 1986, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum have recorded 12 albums and performed around the globe. These Grammy-nominated artists are widely regarded as among the leading lights of modern bluegrass and are highly-prized by their peers as sidemen and producers.
Friday, May 9, 2014 • 8pm
Tickets: $25/advance, $28/door, $10/teens 12-17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland, Oregon
Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents “Hair, Let the Sun Shine In!”
This groundbreaking musical rocked the world in the 1960s with its youthful exuberance and dramatic interpretation of the social clashes of Vietnam War era America. “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine in,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy to be Hard” filled the airwaves. Today, human struggles for peace, equality, truth and freedom continue and as The Baltimore Sun says, “HAIR still has something significant to say.”
April 23, 2014, 7:30 pm
23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501
Box Office: 541-779-3000