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Entertainment Roundup: Recap of music venues around town and beyond

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  By BEN OLSON/For The Herald  —   The internet makes it much easier to find out things, including things you didn’t intend to learn about, and, of course, it’s all true.  The live music scene in the Upper Willamette Valley is woefully thin this week.  So, I thought I would do a little research on one of my few colleagues who is actually working.

Brian Chevalier, who hosts the open mic/jam sessions at the Dexter Lake Club on Sundays and Tuesdays is not the only Brian Chevalier, musician, out there plying his trade. Working out of Glen Falls, New York is a Brian Chevalier who has spent the last 25 years visiting hundreds of schools as an inspirational speaker and performer, as well as putting on songwriting workshops. He does all of that in the Atlantic Northeast.

Our Brian has been working here in the Pacific Northwest since migrating from the Chicago area in the 90s. He has performed as a solo artist and worked with many area bands, most prominently the zydeco-influenced Heavy Chevy.

The lineup around town and beyond

 Stop down at the Dexter Lake Club any Tuesday or Sunday to listen to or play along with Brian and the other pickers who routinely show up. Music starts at 6 p.m. and there is no cover charge. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar and offers a dinner and sandwich menu. For any more details, please call 541 581 3000.

 The Lion Mountain Bakery on Highway 58 in Oakridge will be featuring singer-songwriter Broken Horn doing song stylings of vintage pop and country tunes. He plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 4, 5, and 6 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Lion Mountain serves breakfast and lunch in a casual, spacious atmosphere, and there is no cover charge for the entertainment.

Out of towners add to the music mix

 John at the 3-Legged Crane in uptown Oakridge just gave me a call to let me know that Eric Ledbetter will be on the mainstage this Friday, March 4, beginning around 6 p.m. Eric is a talented singer-songwriter based in Bend, Oregon, with a number of albums to his credit. The Song Dawgz will be back Thursday night, March 10, kicking things off about 6 p.m. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Scott Hitchings stride through the door at the Crane most any night about beer:30 and park himself at the piano and serenade the gathered crowd.

The following weekend Sweet & Juicy will be returning to make you want to dance on Friday night. Peter Wilde & Friends will be having a time of it on Saturday night. I’ll be back with my guitar and a fresh attitude on Sunday evening. There will be more on these acts and the upcoming Spotlight Project Presents in my column next week.

Maybe karaoke is in your future 

Although I have limited my entertainment column to live music events, I have been receiving pressure from the powerful karaoke cartel.  They want a list where and when karaoke happens in the area. Then, you can either attend or avoid it, depending on how you feel about it. I’ll be doing the requisite research and treating anyone in attendance to my spirited version of “Who Let the Dogs Out” at karaoke venues in the Highway 58 corridor.

Look for information on the karaoke scene later in the month. In the meantime, support live music and the musicians that make it. If you know of any music event in the area that needs to be promoted, drop me a line.    

Oakridge musician Ben Olson, entertainment editor and columnist for The Herald, can be reached at [email protected]


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