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By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  It has been a busy week for my wife and me. We were both part of the Blue Moon Burlesque show that premiered last Friday. What fun! Although I’ve sat on stage a couple thousand times in the last 15 years, singing songs and accompanying myself with guitar, ukulele and now bass fiddle, playing a character in a show is a whole different thing. Although I am not, and never have been a comedian, there is truly a thrill in getting some big laughs from an audience that paid good money to buy tickets to see you.

Who am I kidding? They came to see the lovely and talented girls do their dance routines. There are 2 more shows scheduled, this coming Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19, with talk of a possible matinee on Sunday the 20th. The first 2 shows were sold out, so get your tickets while you can. They’re available at the Lion Mountain Bakery, Postal Pharmacy and the 3 Legged Crane.

Open mic Thursday at the Crane will be leaderless

Speaking of the 3 Legged Crane, I stopped there last night after the show to catch the last set of Arthur Buezo. As always, he was entertaining with a high energy level, playing all original tunes. This week I’ll be away, playing a couple nights at the Drift Inn in Yachats, so the regular Thursday night open mic will be a free-for-all. Chaos and anarchy may reign, but perhaps attending musicians will mutually cooperate to create some beautiful sounds, proving that I never had to be there in the first place.

Things get started at 7pm at the Crane. A piano will be provided for those who play. On Saturday, the funkiest band in the world wearing fruit costumes will be returning to center stage at the 3 Legged Crane. Sweet & Juicy will be there to make you dance this Saturday, November 19. The house will be rocking. The 3 Legged Crane serves appetizers, soups and sandwiches and brews their own fine beers and ales. There is no cover charge for the live music.

You’ll have to come by the DLC to see who’s playing Friday

Down in the west end of the Highway 58 corridor at the Dexter Lake Club, popular act TBA will be on stage Friday night. Seriously, at press time I didn’t have any info on the Friday performer. He, she or they will begin at 6 p.m. Brian Chevalier and friends will be hosting the open mic and jam session on Sunday evening, November 20. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar and the adjoining Rattlesnake BBQ serves appetizers, sandwiches and dinners. There is no cover charge for the live music. For more details call 541 581 3000.

The cool temperatures and rain have effectively eliminated music being played outdoors, and that will be the case until at least the resumption of daylight savings time. Could standard time be the culprit in the lack of outdoor gigs during the dark months? This is a conspiracy theory that I may need to investigate further. That is all for this week. Please support live music and the musicians who make it.

Ben Olson, musician and Oakridge Resident, with his standup bass Ben Olson photo

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