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ENTERTAINMENT ROUNDUP: Spring is in the air, and so is live music in Upper Willamette

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Singer/guitarist Broken Horn on stage at Lion Mountain Bakery in Oakridge. Doug Bates/The Herald

By  BEN OLSON/For The Herald — The calendar may still say “February,” but spring is in the air as well as live music in the upper Willamette Valley.

The Lion Mountain Bakery, right on the main drag in Oakridge, will be having live music this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18, 19 and 20. Broken Horn will be on stage there playing guitar and singing old rock and pop chestnuts from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day. I’ll be there Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10:45 playing upright bass and again on Sunday, same times, but with my ukulele. The bakery serves breakfast and lunch every day, and there is no cover charge.

The Dexter Lake Club in the heart of downtown Dexter will resume its jam session/open mics on Tuesdays and Sundays. Brian Chevalier and Craig Sorseth run the show and provide back-up for all aspiring performers. Showtime is 6 p.m. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar and a dinner and sandwich menu. There is no cover charge.

I’ll be warming up the crowd on Tuesday, Feb. 22, with my guitar and harmonicas from 5 p.m. until Brian and Craig are ready to commence their show. An added note, there will be an album-release party for area singer Jessie Lee on Friday, Feb. 18, but the show is sold out. For details about any upcoming shows, please call 541-581-3000.

The 3 Legged Crane in old town Oakridge is starting to put some live acts on its calendar. Cap off your weekend by stopping in for a beer and a burger. I’ll be strumming my guitar there Sunday from 6 p.m. until they tell me I have to stop. The Song Dawgz will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 24, commencing at 6 p.m. A relaxed atmosphere and no cover charge for these shows. Look for Peter Wilde and Scott Hitchings to be back on the main stage at the Crane real soon.

The Spotlight Project Presents will be holding an open house at the WAC Center on School Street on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and to find out more about this delightful live broadcast that originates right in Oakridge. There will be coffee, snacks and live music. Come on down, meet the crew and find out more about the Spotlight Project.  Seating is limited, so RSVP here:

That’s all I’ve got for this week. Support live music! If you have information about live music events that are flying below my radar, please contact me by email at [email protected].

Oakridge musician Ben Olson is entertainment editor and columnist for The Herald.






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