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Entertainment report: Deep Woodstock highlights this weekend’s events

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By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  Because, to a younger person, I appear to be older than dirt, I have been asked, more than once, if I was at Woodstock. It was possible that I could have gone there. I had gotten my driver’s license several weeks before the festival and was already tooling around in my 2 door ‘62 Chevy Impala with the twin antennas in the back.

Sadly, I couldn’t get any time off work, my parents laughed when I asked about going and there was no chance of me finding my way through Chicago, let alone all the way to New York.

Thank goodness I got a mulligan. Three summers ago, impresario Mick Garvin reenacted Woodstock, a mere 50 years after the original event. All of the original bands from 1969 were invited to play, and for all you that attended Deep Woodstock in 2019, you will recall that most of the headlining acts stopped by to play a set at the Insensitive Wetlands. They even let me get up and play my guitar before the announced crowd of 300,000.

Deep Woodstock II at the Insensitive Wetlands

The great news is that it’s happening again! Deep Woodstock II will be taking place on Saturday, July 2. Tickets for all 3 days can be purchased online for $360 or you can pay a $7 cover charge the day of the show. Acts that will be performing include The Benny Olson Experience featuring Holly Olson in the role of Grace Slick, Kai Botek, Casey Neill, Orna Dreams of a Big Band, Lea Jones, and the Deep Woods Band.

The music starts at 3 p.m. and will run at least until the sun has set in the west. Food will be provided by Buen Dia, and of course the beverages will be the delicious Deep Woods products comingled with your favorite mix.

“Nobodies” at the Crane

A couple of blocks east on 1st Street in old town Oakridge at the 3 Legged Crane, the weekend starts on Thursday night, June 30. I’ll be running the open mic from 7 until 9, equipped with my guitar and bass. All pickers and singers are welcome to sit in for some tunes.

On Friday night, the Nomadic Nobodies will be taking the stage at, and probably part of the dance floor, as well, as I counted 7 of them in a clip on their Facebook page. It looks interesting and fun, and having the night off, I’ll be there with bells on. They start at 7 p.m.

I’ll also be back on Monday night, the 4th of July, playing solo with my standup bass from 7 until 9 p.m. Then I’ll be wandering out into the approaching darkness in search of a fireworks display. The 3 Legged Crane does not have a cover charge for musical events. They serve hand-crafted beers and ales, made right on site, and have a sandwich and dinner menu.

On top of the hill at Odell Lake Lodge, the Song Dawgz will be out on the deck Saturday, July 2, from 6 until 8 p.m. Enjoy dinner and drinks looking out across Odell Lake and listening to some foot-tapping music from the Dawgz. There is no cover charge for the music.

At the Lion Mountain Bakery on Highway 58 in Oakridge, Broken Horn will be returning to his summer schedule of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, playing from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. He plays a mix of classic country and pop tunes from the 60’s. I open things up on Sunday mornings with my ukulele, beginning at 9 a.m., and playing until they bring my breakfast out around 10:45. There is no cover charge for live music.

The Lion Mountain serves both a breakfast and lunch menu in a spacious, comfortable atmosphere.

The jam session/ open mics will be held as usual at the Dexter Lake Club on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, hosted by Brian Chevalier. The Sunday jam is geared for the rock and rollers, while Tuesday leans more toward country and Americana music. Both shows start shortly after 6 p.m. and take place in the beer garden out back. In case of rain, the show moves back inside.

I’ll be warming up the crowd this Tuesday, June 5, with my guitar beginning at 5 p.m. and playing until the band is set up and ready to play. There is no cover charge for these shows. The Rattlesnake BBQ at the Dexter Lake Club serves both a sandwich and dinner menu and there is a full bar.

Get the word of music out

Is there more live music going on between Pleasant Hill and Crescent Lake that I don’t know about? Perhaps. If there is and you want a mention in this column, please drop me a line. If I’ve got the night off, I’ll show up and spend a little of my own money in support of your venue and your hired musicians. It’s getting hot- stay hydrated and put on some sunscreen.

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

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