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Entertainment roundup: labor Day is upon us with lots of music

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By BEN OLSON/for The Herlad  —  In a surprise move, Manager Mick Garvin moved the headlining act, Peter Wilde, to the lead-off spot. He’ll be followed by opening act Satori Bob batting second. “Wilde has been making real good contact lately and if he gets on base, he’s a threat with his speed.” said Garvin at today’s press conference.

“I’m confident that John Baumann will perform well in the second slot.” Of course it’s anybody’s guess as to who each performer will be bringing in as sidemen, but I would expect that it will be the best available. What a great way to relax on Saturday of Labor Day weekend!

Dueling music Saturday at Deep Woods and the Crane

I am referring to the musical lineup at the Deep Woods Distillery on Saturday, September 3rd. Oakridge’s own Peter Wilde will be playing his delightful original tunes beginning at 6 p.m. with Baumann, front man for Satori Bob taking the stage immediately after. Two great performers on one bill. Fine Deep Woods distilled products will be served, and at press time, it was still to be determined who would be providing the food concession. There will be a nominal cover charge to gain entry to the Insensitive Wetlands festival grounds.


At the 3 Legged Crane, a couple blocks further east on 1st Street in Oakridge, I’ll be hosting my last open mic for a while on Thursday, September 1. Please stop by and join in the fun- I’m hoping for a party, actually. Everything gets started at 7. On Saturday night, September 3, Angelic Noise will be on stage producing heavenly tunes. That show begins at 7 p.m. as well. The Crane is, as you may well know, a brew pub and John creates some very tasty beers and ales right there in the back room. They serve appetizers, sandwiches and dinners. There is no cover charge for the live music.


Up over the pass at Odell Lake Lodge, Kelly Thibodeaux and his band Etouffee will be playing out on the deck from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 3. Kelly’s fiddle-driven Cajun music is a lot of fun to listen to and just the thing to get people up out of their chairs and dancing. Odell Lake Lodge has a full bar and serves dinner, both on the deck and in the dining room. There is no cover charge for the live music.

DLC music starts on Wednesday

A bit south of Highway 58 by milepost 12 is the Dexter Lake Club. They will be having their regular Sunday jam session and open mic hosted by Brian Chevalier. This is a great opportunity for wannabe singers and pickers of all sorts to get up on stage with a band backing them up. Showtime is at 6 p.m. and takes place in the beer garden out back. Of course if the weather turns south, everything moves into the bar. The show must go on!

On Wednesday, August 31 there will be acoustic music on the beer garden stage, beginning at 5:30. I’ll be leading off with some old cover tunes, and depending on my mood, I’ll be accompanying myself with the upright bass, guitar or ukulele, although never more than one instrument per song.

As soon as I get done and move my gear out of the way, Lea Jones will take over. Lea has a wealth of great cover tunes, but beyond that, he has been actively writing many albums worth of songs over his 50 year career. I learn something about how to be a performer every time I watch him play.

Rattlesnake BBQ, but it’s not on the menu

The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar, and the adjoining Rattlesnake BBQ has appetizers, sandwiches and dinners. I have been asked if they have rattlesnake on the menu. That’s just the name of the place, but they have some very tasty smoked brisket, pork and chicken. They also have a tube man on the roof now. Originally known as the tallboy, also called the skydancer, the tube man was developed for the 1996 Summer Olympics. It’s an inflatable stick figure with sections of fabric tubing attached to a fan. I bet you’ve seen one at a car dealership at some point and now you can be mesmerized by the dance moves of the tubeman at the Dexter Lake Club. By the way, it’s free to get in and listen to the live music.

Off on an adventure

By Labor Day, I’ll be somewhere in the middle of Montana, heading in an easterly direction. I am certain that it will be a grand adventure. My son Erik has volunteered to ride shotgun and pick out the road music on the satellite radio. It will be a great bonding experience- like nothing we could hope to get by hopping on a plane and flying somewhere.

While I’m away you’ll have to motivate yourself to get out and hear live music when the chance presents itself. If the stars align themselves properly, some talented writer will pick up the gauntlet and continue to let you know where things will be happening in the Highway 58 corridor. Stay well, see you again soon.

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

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