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Entertainment roundup: Venues are starting to churn out live music, again

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By BEN OLSON/For The Herald  —   Finally, live entertainment makes its return! Lady Gaga will be starting a 3-week stay at the MGM Park this Thursday, April 14, tickets starting at $205. The Backstreet Boys will be at Caesars Palace beginning this Friday night, April 15. Tickets for the cheap seats begin at $92. A Tribute to Prince- Purple Reign starts at the Tropicana this Friday night, tickets from $54. These shows are in Las Vegas. Please call ahead for accommodations and ticket availability.

April music along the 58

However, along the Highway 58 corridor, all shows during the month of April will be free! Ticket prices have been waived and there will be no cover charge or minimum. At the Dexter Lake Club in downtown Dexter there will be open mic jam sessions every Sunday and Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Brian Chevalier is your cordial host, and if the timing is right, he will be joined by his old cohort Craig Sorseth, returning from a little time off.

Everyone is welcome to stop in and sing or play a tune or two. I’ll be opening up the show at 5 p.m. this Tuesday, April 12, playing what some might call Americana music. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar and a dinner and sandwich menu. For more details, please call 541 581 3000.


Broken Horn will be continuing his engagement at the Lion Mountain Bakery on Highway 58 in Oakridge. He’ll be singing and playing guitar this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 15, 16 and 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day. Broken Horn plays all his songs in the original key that it was recorded in, which is a true challenge for most of us musicians. I’ll be on the stage there this Sunday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. playing tunes on the ukulele.

The Lion Mountain Bakery offers a spacious, comfortable setting and serves both a breakfast and lunch menu.

Song Dawgz at the Crane

The 3 Legged Crane in uptown Oakridge will be featuring the Song Dawgz this Thursday, April 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s an open mic and they’re hoping to see some pickers come through the door that evening. The Crane has a wide selection of hand-crafted beers, as well as a dinner and sandwich menu.


That was kind of a tease, putting out Las Vegas entertainment in my first paragraph. Soon the entertainment calendar will be filled every week with great live acts up and down the Upper Willamette valley. I know I’m getting impatient, and I bet you’re having trouble waiting, as well. All for now- see you again next week.

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

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