Arts, Entertainment and Events

Entertainment roundup for the weekend of April 9, 10

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Perhaps I’ve led off my column with the equivalent of “it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon”, too often lately. There are a lot of people up and down the valley, including me, who are itching to see real musicians playing lively songs that make us want to dance, and perhaps have one more adult beverage. As I write this, the weatherman is calling for up to 3 feet of snow over 4000 feet. I was just up to 5000 feet yesterday seeing my friends at Odell Lake Lodge. It seemed quite spring-like there yesterday afternoon, but they’re going to have at least one more blast of winter.

Thursday nights are open mic nights at the 3 Legged Crane in uptown Oakridge. Last Thursday, Gary and I had an interesting cast of characters stopping in to share their musical talents with the patrons. This Thursday, April 7, I will be solo, with only my guitar and bass, hoping I see some other pickers come through the door. Songs will be sung, though, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., even if I have to sing them all myself. The Crane has a wide assortment of hand-crafted beers, as well as a sandwich and dinner menu. There is no cover charge for this or other musical performances at the brewpub.

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

The Lion Mountain Bakery on Highway 58 in Oakridge features the earliest secular live music in all of Lane County. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 8, 9 and 10, singer songwriter Broken Horn will be playing that first old Elvis song at 11 a.m. and continuing with a cavalcade of great tunes until 1 p.m. each day. I’ll be back on Sunday morning, April 10 at 9 a.m. with some song stylings on the upright bass. The Lion Mountain has a spacious, comfortable atmosphere and serves both a breakfast and lunch menu. There is no cover charge for these musical events.

Jam sessions take place at the Dexter Lake Club every Sunday and Tuesday evening sometime shortly after 6 p.m. The multi-talented Brian Chevalier hosts these events and it’s possible that Craig Sorseth will be returning this week to his familiar spot as co-host. Singers and players are encouraged to stop on in and join the fun. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar and a sandwich and dinner menu. No cover charge for these open mic music shows.

Karaoke nights up and down the valley.

Dexter Lake Club: Thursdays, starting around 5:30

The Loggers Den in Oakridge: Wednesdays 7 until 10

The Moose Lodge in Oakridge: Saturdays 7 until 10

The Corner Bar in uptown Oakridge: weekends or anytime you and your posse have a hankering to grab that microphone and sing. Call for more information. 541 782-1828  Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

That wraps it up for another week. If you know of any live music event happening in the Highway 58 corridor, please drop me a line and I’d be happy to post it in my column. Support live music and the musicians who make it.


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