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Entertainment roundup: Fruits and a cheesehead on tap for this weekend

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By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  I’ve only been here for 4 years. A lifelong Oakridgean who is about my age told me that he remembers, when he was a kid, a tree planting festival where the sun was out all weekend. Then he went on to tell me about riding the buckboard into town and seeing his first automobile. At that point, I knew he was lying about everything.

The rain caused the cancellation of the Satori Bob show at Deep Woods Distillery last Saturday. However, I’ve been assured that he will be back in town sometime this summer.

Get a kick out of your fruit

Speaking of bands who have made a big impression in Oakridge and whose return is eagerly awaited, Sweet & Juicy will be returning to the 3 Legged Crane on Thursday, May 12th. Their amped-up funk and groove music will have everyone up and dancing.  

Sweet & Juicy really do dress up like the pictures in their website. There’s a strawberry on keyboards, a bass banana, and a pineapple drummer. This is seriously fun stuff. Showtime is 7 to 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. 

Justin Raudebush, from Wisconsin, will be playing this weekend at the 3 Legged Crane. Justin Raudebush photo

Wisconsinite to play at the Crane

On Friday night, May 13th, Justin Raudebush, the Random Lama, will be taking the stage. He’ll be playing a song list heavy on the 90’s stuff- Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Sublime, as well as a whole lot of Grateful Dead.

This is a test run to see if he might make the big move to Oregon to play music in the future and leave those cold, cold Wisconsin winters behind. Justin plays from seven until 9 p.m. The 3 Legged Crane has a sandwich, appetizer and dinner menu and a whole raft of hand-crafted beers. They’re located on 1st Street in Oakridge.

Broken Horn will be playing guitar and singing this Friday through Sunday, May 13- 15 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lion Mountain Bakery. The bakey is located on Highway 58 in Oakridge, He has a lot of gems from the 50s, 60s and 70s on his song list. I’ll be in at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Depending on my whim, I will be playing either my stand-up bass or my ukulele until 10:30. The Lion Mountain Bakery has a spacious seating area and serves a breakfast and lunch menu. No cover charge for the live music.

Down the road at the Dexter Lake Club, the jam sessions continue Tuesday and Sunday evenings. On Tuesday, your hosts Brian Chevalier and Craig Sorseth back up all aspiring country and folk musicians with their acoustic jam. On Sunday, Brian and friends cut loose with some of that rock and roll music. Jams start a little after 6 p.m. No cover charge for these events. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar and a sandwich and dinner menu. There’s Karaoke on Thursday nights. For more info, call 541 581 3000.

Final weekend for the current play

The Poles of Inaccessibility will be closing their run at the Lion Mountain Bakery this weekend with shows at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, May 13 and 14 and a matinee performance on Sunday. Support our local theater. The crew won’t mind at all getting more folding chairs out for a standing room only crowd each day this weekend.

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

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