Entertainment report for week ending 6/4: Who can follow Ben’s act?

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By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  I mentioned a few columns back that I was going to take a break from writing the entertainment news for the Highway 58 Herald. Thinking back on that column, I recall making a case for someone to replace me. What is required to be the entertainment editor? Basic organizational skills and a belief that you’re a writer, writing words that readers will look forward to reading each week. Necessary equipment? A phone and a laptop.

The actual writing takes about an hour a week. All the information needed can be gathered from the comfort of your home via phone calls, texts, email and checking Facebook pages and websites. Thorough reporter that I am, I like to stop by at each venue and grill the owner for all the details about upcoming acts, while enjoying an adult beverage. 

Onto the music scene

The 3 Legged Crane on 1st Street in uptown Oakridge will be replacing the regular Thursday open mic with an evening with Arthur Buezo. A one-man band, Arthur plays his “savage folk” music with an intensity that needs to be seen and heard to be believed. Showtime is 7 pm on Thursday, June 1. Check out his website at arthurbuezo.com.

On Friday night, June 2, the Ghost of Brian Craig will be making his first appearance on the stage at the Crane. His music is infused with the rich elements of the American Southwest sound combined with the cultural influences of the Pacific Northwest. It’s acoustic music blending folk and country music with rock. You can find out more at ghostofbriancraig.com. The name  of the act just begs comment from me, but I will resist. I’m hoping for an entertaining explanation that evening from Brian, or the ghost of.

That show will begin at 7 pm. The 3 Legged Crane is a brewpub with their own rich selections of beers and ales, as well as products from other Oregon breweries. They have appetizers, sandwiches and dinners on the menu.

LMB and Broken Horn still kickin’ weekends

Down at the Lion Mountain Bakery on Highway 58 in Oakridge, Broken Horn will be performing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 2, 3 and 4. Although he works as a solo act at the Lion Mountain, Broken Horn recently worked with his full band in Eugene. You can see YouTube concert footage by googling Broken Horn from Oakridge- Full Band. The music runs from 11 am until 1 pm each day. The Lion Mountain serves breakfast and lunch in a relaxed and spacious atmosphere.

Music at the market

The Westfir Oakridge Farmers Market takes place every Friday from 3 until 6 pm at the Methodist Church yard on 1st Street in Oakridge. Delicious nutritious veggies are ready for eating, as well as baked goods, syrups, preserves and other delights. Patch will be leading off the music lineup with several food-related songs on the bagpipes. I’ll be taking over immediately after with tunes on the guitar and uke to provide a soundtrack for your market shopping experience.

No word from Dexter Lake about the music lineup for the weekend. In the past, there has been a solo act from 6 until 8 on Friday evenings and a jam session/ open mic, hosted by Brian Chevalier, on Sunday evenings. The jam on Sunday gets started shortly after 6 pm. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar and the adjoining Rattlesnake BBQ has appetizers, sandwiches and dinners on the menu. For more information, call 541 581 3000.

Karaoke fans can find it on Wednesdays at the Logger’s Den in Oakridge, Thursdays at the Dexter Lake Club and on Saturdays at the Oakridge Moose Lodge and the Corner Bar in uptown Oakridge.

Music for nothing and your chicks…?

Once again, no one has a cover charge for any of the great live music events taking place in the Highway 58 corridor. It’s been fun being the entertainment reporter. Hopefully, someone else will pick up the ball and run with it. If not, you can bet that I’ll be back at it when I return from this summer’s excursions. Stay well, do the right thing, and, always, support live music and the musicians who make it.

From the Editor: Ben has been a godsend with his entertainment column. His periodic musings are also a joy to read. As I understand, he intends to keep providing his insights into the world around us through his eyes. Much of that will be determined by the reviews he receives. Don’t be shy if you’ve enjoyed his effort; send us a note. I’ll make sure he gets all of his fan mail, wherever he is.

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Singer, bassist and harmonica player Ben Olson says he didn’t start learning to play until he was 55 years old. Mike Teegarden photo
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From left: Ben Olson, Keith Dailey and Gary Battles of the Song Dawgz.
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Ben Olson at The Herald’s open house. Doug Bates/The Herald
Ben Olson, musician and Oakridge Resident, with his standup bass. Ben is a regular contributor, as well as the Entertainment Report’s columnist. Ben Olson photo

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