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Entertainment report: A busy weekend of music ahead

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By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  Every year about this time, I dust off my list of songs referring to the air quality issues we’re dealing with. The Platters’ classic, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, says a lot about our current condition. The title of the great Sanford Townsend Band’s song, Smoke From a Distant Fire also aptly describes what we’re all faced with. With any luck, by the time you’re reading this, the fires will be out. Or, hopefully, the fires will be under control and the smoke will be drifting towards Idaho and points east.

Kegs, casks, and music

The Oakridge Keg & Cask Festival will be taking place this Saturday afternoon and evening, August 13 in uptown Oakridge. 1st Street will be blocked off for the revelers to enjoy a great day of live music. Leading off at 3 p.m. will be the Elena Leona Project. The Project will be followed at 5:45 by The Vipers with some hard driving R & B. Finishing up the evening will be Oakridge’s own Kelly Thibodeaux and his band Etouffee taking the stage at 8:30. The annual festival is a primary fundraiser for the Oakridge Food Bank. Find out more about the event at www.oakridgekegcask.com.

The Crane is music-loaded this weekend

The 3 Legged Crane, which is right next to where the Keg & Cask Fest takes place, has a lot of music on tap for their customers this week. The Song Dawgz will be running the open mic this Thursday, August 11. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Stop by with your instrument or voice to regale everyone with a tune or two. On Friday evening, August 12, Eric Leadbetter will be making the trip from Bend to entertain all in attendance. A talented singer-songwriter, Leadbetter has three albums to his credit. Check out his website ericleadbettermusic.com.

On Saturday evening, while there is dancing going on in the streets outside, Peter Wilde and friends will be playing his original tunes at the 3 Legged Crane. They’ll be playing from seven until 10 on stage Monday evening, August 15, I’ll be taking the stage with my upright bass. I’ll be trying to hone my song list for the upcoming tour. I get started around 6:30. The 3 Legged Crane has a lunch and dinner menu, and serves fine beers and ales made right there on site, as well as Beers and ciders from other microbreweries in Oregon. There is no cover charge for the live music.

Elsewhere in Oakridge

Down the street at the Deep Woods Distillery, Mick and Cindy will be taking a night off from their Saturday evening concert series. They will be back next Saturday with a show in the Insensitive Wetlands.

At the Lion Mountain Bakery on Highway 58 in Oakridge, I’ll be serenading the breakfast customers as usual this Sunday, August 14. I’ll be leading off with the old Frankie Laine classic, “That Lucky Old Sun” at 9 a.m. aI’ll be playing my old favorites until 10:30. The Lion Mountain serves both a breakfast and lunch menu in a comfortable, spacious setting. There is no cover charge for the music.

Points East

Up toward the eastern end of our readership area at Odell Lake Lodge, the Song Dawgz will be out on the deck playing tunes from 6 until 8 p.m. this Saturday evening, August 13. The Lodge serves dinner, both on the deck and inside the dining room, and has a full bar, as well. There is no cover charge for the live music. John has told me that if the weather cools down a bit, sasquatch may be making an appearance one of these Saturday nights.

Points West

The Dexter Lake Club, down in the western end of our coverage area, will be having their regular Sunday jam session on August 14, led by the multi-talented Brian Chevalier. The jam gets under way shortly after 6 p.m. in the beer garden. I’ll be playing guitar this Wednesday, August 10 beginning at 5:30, followed by Gary Anderson at 6:30. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar, and the adjoining Rattlesnake BBQ has appetizers, sandwiches and dinners on the menu. There is no cover charge for the live music.


There’s still a little summer left. My suggestion is to go hear some live music in an air-conditioned venue or in a shady beer garden as the heat dissipates late in the afternoon. At the risk of repeating myself, it’s hot out there- stay hydrated and don’t overdo it. This heat will break soon, and sometime in the next few months, we’ll be asking, “is it ever going to stop raining?”

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

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