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Entertainment report: Music is warming up with the weather

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By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  It’s not lost on me that, as the writer of the Highway 58 Herald entertainment column, I have a great opportunity for self-promotion.

I really do enjoy getting up on stage and playing songs for any audience, and I work cheap, sometimes free. 

It’s a complicated thing, but I feel that I have to keep getting out there and playing or I’ll lose whatever it is I’ve managed to gain in all my years of playing. Song lyrics, if not sung on a regular basis, disappear from the vaults of my brain. 

Keeping the music in the mind

The only way that I know to remember the songs is to keep a list and play them in some kind of rotation. 

I complicate my mission by playing some gigs with a guitar, some with a ukulele, and I play bass in several combos. Now I’m going to step out with my next venture. 

I’m going to take the stage on Monday evenings at the 3 Legged Crane with nothing but my stand-up bass, voice, and harmonicas to play tunes for 2 hours. 

All players who think they can help me out are welcome to come in and play. This will be a journey of discovery and it will be, if nothing else, fun. Join me on Mondays from 7 until 9.

Also, at the 3 Legged Crane this week, the Song Dawgz will be playing tunes and hosting the open mic on Thursday, June 23. The music runs from 7 until 9 p.m. On Friday evening, June 24, Richie G. will be back on stage playing his eclectic repertoire. There is no cover charge for these music events.

The 3 Legged Crane is found on 1st Street in Oakridge and serves handcrafted beers and ales, as well as a dinner and sandwich menu.

Hipbillys at the insensitive wetlands

Just down 1st Street in Oakridge, the Deep Woods Distillery will be welcoming the Hipbillys to the main stage on Saturday evening, June 25.

Craig and Tom play a great bunch of blues and Americana tunes that make for some pleasurable listening. The gates to the Insensitive Wetlands open at 5 p.m. and the show begins shortly after that. 

There is a nominal cover charge. The fine products of the Deep Woods Distillery are served, and food will be provided by Buen Dia.

At the Lion Mountain Bakery on Highway 58, I’ll be playing my ukulele and singing breakfast music this Sunday, June 26, beginning at 9 a.m. Relax and enjoy your coffee and a pastry or two as I provide the soundtrack to your morning. 

When I get done, Broken Horn will take over with his Epiphone guitar and play great tunes from the classic era of rock and pop from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

The Lion Mountain serves both a breakfast and lunch menu in a relaxed, spacious setting. There is no cover charge for the live music.

Party like an islander at Dexter

At the Dexter Lake Club in the east end of Dexter, the 7th Annual Luau Party will be taking place this Saturday afternoon, June 25. The party will be going on throughout the day in the beer garden area out back. 

A number of musical acts will be performing, with the headliners Christian Olson and One Dollar Check hitting the stage about 6 p.m. Admission to the party is free and it’s only $10 for a plateful of the delicious luau food, featuring their BBQ pork and all the trimmings. 

The jam sessions will be taking place on the regular nights, Sunday and Tuesday, hosted by Brian Chevalier. Sunday nights lean rock and roll, while the Tuesday jam/open mic is more geared for the country crowd. 

Get there early to sign up for stage time. Things get rolling for both events around 6 p.m., and there is no cover charge to get in. 

The Rattlesnake BBQ at the Dexter Lake Club serves a sandwich and dinner menu and there is a full bar.

Dawgs on the mountain

At the top of the hill, Odell Lake Lodge will have the Song Dawgz out on the deck this Saturday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. They’ll be playing songs that you’ll know the words to. Fun is the operative word here. 

Odell Lake Lodge serves dinner and has a full bar and a wonderful view looking across the lake to the west. Of course, there is no cover charge for the music.

That’s all that I could find to tell you about this week. If you know of a live music event in our area that needs a light shone on it, please drop me a line. 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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