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Entertainment report: Music around town and beyond for week ending July 10

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By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  My drummer friend Michael had a tee shirt on yesterday that read: “Musician- a person who will load $5000 of equipment into a car and drive 100 miles to make $50”. By the end of the day, I had to laugh about how true that philosophical shirt was.

Deep Woodstock II relived a bygone era

I opened the show at Deep Woodstock II with a set of songs that were all played at the original festival 53 years ago. My wife joined me on stage to sing the Grace Slick and Janis Joplin tunes- she loves to have her time in the spotlight. As soon as I was done, I packed up and drove 30some miles up the hill to Odell Lake Lodge to play a couple hours with Gary Battles as the Song Dawgz. It was a comfortable 72 degrees when I left Oakridge.

It couldn’t have been much more than fifty on the deck at the lodge, with the wind howling out of the west. I played a Polar Plunge on a New Year’s Day in Wisconsin in a tent out on the ice once, and I was as cold yesterday as I was back then.

After playing “Happy Trails” at 8 p.m. sharp, the gear was loaded and I was on the road to Oakridge at 8:18, with the notion that I may get to play bass with John Baumann and whatever Satori Bob ensemble he brought with him on short notice. It was just John and his lovely and talented cellist Kathryn Brunhaver, and they did just fine without me. It was good to relax and be part of the audience, sitting back to enjoy their last set. Ah, the life of a musician.

Music will be on the mountain, but bring a jacket

The Song Dawgz will be back on the deck at Odell Lake Lodge this Saturday, July 9, playing from 6 until 8 p.m., and you can bet I’ll have some extra warm clothes packed in my truck. Odell Lake Lodge serves dinner and has a full bar and a beautiful view looking west across the lake. There is no cover charge for the live music.

At the 3 Legged Crane in uptown Oakridge I’ll be running the open mic on Thursday, July 7 from 7 until 9 p.m. Equipped with my guitar and Michael Kelly fretless acoustic electric bass, I will joyfully accompany anyone who would like to play or sing. On Saturday evening, July 9, the Hipbillies will be taking the stage at 7 p.m. playing their wonderful mix of Americana music.

I’ll be in on Monday night playing my standup bass, hoping that my dream guitarist, or cellist, for that matter, might wander in to join me. We’re still trying to dial in the correct starting time for a Monday night. Let’s say I’m going to start sometime closer to 6 o’clock than 7. In any case, there’s no cover charge for any live music shows at the Crane. The 3 Legged Crane has a sandwich and dinner menu and fine hand-crafted beers and ales.

Wilde and Dolinger at the Distillery

A little further down 1st Street at the Deep Woods Distillery, there is a twin bill this Saturday, July 9. Peter Wilde and Friends will be opening the show, followed by Danny Dolinger. Information passed along to me indicates that this is also a birthday celebration for the headliner. Chief distiller Mick Garvin described Dolinger’s music as running from sentimental to ridiculous to twisted. Sounds like fun. Mick proudly serves his own Deep Woods products. There is a $5 cover charge for the show. Things will start rolling sometime after 5 p.m.

At the Lion Mountain Bakery on Highway 58 in Oakridge, Broken Horn will be playing his repertoire of classic rock and pop tunes this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 8, 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. I’ll be there playing my ukulele on Sunday morning, beginning at 9 a.m. The Lion Mountain serves both a breakfast and lunch menu with plenty of social distance seating. There is no cover charge for the music events.

Dexter lake Club keeps the music rolling

Down by milepost 12 on Highway 58 is the Dexter Lake Club. They will be having their regular jam sessions and open mics on Sundays and Tuesdays, hosted by Brian Chevalier. The Sunday event is geared toward the rock and rollers, and on Tuesdays, you see more cowboy hats in the audience and on stage. The jams start around 6ish in the spacious beer garden out back. There is no cover charge for these events. The Rattlesnake BBQ at the Dexter Lake Club serves sandwiches, as well as  dinners. They have a full bar, as well.

That’s about all I’m aware of this week. 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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