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Entertainment roundup: week ending May 1st

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By BEN OLSON/for The Herald  —  I’ve been accused of being a ramblin’ man. Hey, I’m just trying to make a living and doing the best that I can. A true rambler will be passing through town in a couple of weeks. Justin Raudebush, one-time front man of the Ramblin’ Fools will be stopping in Oakridge for a few days of fun and frivolity, including a Friday, May 13th engagement at the 3 Legged Crane. Justin helped me resurrect my music career about 15 years ago and I will, forever, be indebted to him. More about Justin in a couple of weeks.

Speaking of the Crane, the Song Dawgz will be back in action on Thursday evening, April 28, from 7 until 9 p.m. This is an open mic event. Everyone is encouraged to stop on by and sing a song or two, or pick out a tune on that thar mandolin. The 3 Legged Crane offers a dinner and sandwich menu, and this observant reporter noticed the other day that it’s been changed to include some tasty new entrees. There is no cover charge at the Crane, which is located on 1st Street in the Uptown District of Oakridge.

Music at the Lion Mountain Bakery

Down the street, on Highway 58, is the Lion Mountain Bakery. Broken Horn will be taking the stage this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 29th, 30th and May 1st at 11 a.m. and playing until 1 p.m. Broken Horn does a mix of old classic rock and country tunes that takes you back to your youth if you’re as old as me- the stuff I grew up with. I’ll be in on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. to play some of my old favorites on the upright bass. The Lion Mountain Bakery has both a breakfast and lunch menu and a spacious, comfortable atmosphere. There is no cover charge for the music.

Dexter Lake Club music and jams

At the Dexter Lake Club in downtown Dexter, we’ve got jam sessions this Tuesday, and again on Sunday. The jam session/open mic this Tuesday, April 26, will be hosted by Brian Chevalier and Craig Sorseth, and tends to lean more acoustic. The show starts at about 6:30 p.m. I’ll be there at 5:00 to warm up the crowd playing a little wheatfield soul. Brian is back on Sunday, May 1 with Tim Donahue and Lance Seiders helping him out. The Sunday sessions skew toward rock and roll, complete with a drummer. The Dexter Lake Club has a full bar and offers a sandwich and dinner menu. As ever, there’s no cover charge for these music events. For more info, call 541 581 3000.

That’s all I’ve got this week, but I can guarantee that next week there will be more action, including Tree Planting weekend and the long-awaited return of Satori Bob to the mainstage at Deep Woods Distillery, their first event of the year. Stay well and keep smiling.

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

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