Aug 26 Friday
Local favorites The Wind Fields bring their special brand of original rock and pop tunes to downtown Ashland. Joined by psych rock twangers Opossum Sun Trail coming through on tour to promote their new album.
Aug 27 Saturday
What if for one day everything stopped and we all just listened to the music? Talent is officially registered as a Play Music on the Porch Day location, a global celebration that spans 70+ countries and 1000+ cities worldwide. Talent’s PMotPD is a combined music & art walk loop through downtown Talent.Join us on Saturday, August 27th from 4 - 9 pm for this Free Event!
How to Participate:- Host musicians on your "porch"- Sign up & bring your music skills to a porch- Add your mark during the real-time community sidewalk chalk art installation- Lemonade stands encouraged
Fill out our form to have your home or business porch/front yard added to the event route map, or match-make between available porches and available musicians. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdl-RRDW53Jw9kU1Jrsu94DF8FNxuebF_VU40xYt9_D-lQ3HA/viewformVisit www.talentbusinessalliance.org/musicontheporch for full details as they are set.
Bonnie Raitt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock, and pop. After 20 years as a cult favorite, she broke through to the top in the early 90s with her GRAMMY-award winning albums, ‘Nick of Time’ and ‘Luck of the Draw,’ which featured hits, “Something To Talk About” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me” among others. The ten-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and Rolling Stone named the slide guitar ace one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”
Marla Staples: Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Staples is the kind of once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. She’s both a Blues and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; a civil rights icon; a GRAMMY Award-winner; a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer; a National Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient; and a Kennedy Center honoree. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., performed at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, and sang in Barack Obama’s White House. She’s collaborated with everyone from Prince and Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire and Hozier, blown away countless festivalgoers from Newport Folk and Glastonbury to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, performed with The Band at The Last Waltz, and graced the airwaves on Fallon, Colbert, Ellen, Austin City Limits, Jools Holland, the GRAMMYs, and more. At a time when most artists begin to wind down, Staples ramped things up, releasing a trio of critically acclaimed albums in her 70’s with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy that prompted Pitchfork to rave that “her voice has only gained texture and power over the years” and People to proclaim that she “provides the comfort of a higher power.”
Aug 28 Sunday
RebelutionFounded in Isla Vista, CA, Rebelution has followed their instincts since the release of their breakout 2007 debut, Courage To Grow. In 2009, the band topped the Billboard Reggae Chart for the first of what would be five consecutive #1 records; and in 2017, they garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album. Rebelution’s transcendent live performances, meanwhile, have earned the group sell-out headline shows everywhere from Red Rocks to The Greek Theatre, along with festival slots at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, ACL, Glastonbury, and more. Their latest album, In The Moment, is deliberate and wide-ranging, infusing the quartet’s soulful, exhilarating brand of modern reggae with addictive pop hooks, alt-rock grit, and hip-hop grooves. The performances here are bold and self-assured, and the production is equally ambitious, drawing on swirling reverb and trippy delay to create an immersive sonic universe that’s both futuristic and vintage.
Sep 04 Sunday
Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s Top 125 Artists Of All Time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.
Chicago recently received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the GRAMMYS. The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. A special award ceremony and tribute concert celebrating the honorees was held in 2020.
Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This was their first nomination. They’ve been eligible since 1994. A long time coming!
Sep 08 Thursday
Bloomsbury Books presents an evening of gratitude with author/photographer Eric Alan, weaving inspirational stories and photographs from his new book Grateful by Nature with the musical artistry of Heather Hutton. The event will take place on Thursday, September 8th, 7 p.m. at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main Street, Ashland. The event is free, and all are welcome.
Eric Alan’s Grateful by Nature offers gratitude as our shared path home, within a return to nature. Through poetic stories and vivid photographs, the book’s mindful walk through five seasons in the Oregon backwoods outlines gratitude as a devoted practice. It guides gratitude into daily action, able to transform our most painful challenges into healing and compassion. Grateful by Nature is Eric Alan’s fourth published book, and the third to integrate his nature photography with his insightful and poetic prose. His previous photographic books include Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path, and Grace and Tranquility. He also co-wrote This Is Our Time! with Major League Baseball author Chris Haft—the inside story of the wild, improbable 2010 San Francisco Giants and their World Series Championship.
Heather Hutton bridges worlds of music and spirit through her powerful voice, skillful touch on multiple instruments, and holistic teaching methods. She served as a main musician at Unity in Ashland for seventeen years, was the Rogue Valley Peace Choir's artistic director for three seasons, and has also been a frequent guest musician for Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley. Heather's "Unified Voice-Works" vocal workshops guide others to increased confidence, ability, and authentic expression. She is also a public school teacher and has served as a music specialist in 13 different schools. Heather has collaborated with a variety of musical artists, including a most recent project with fellow singer-songwriter Francesco Bard. Her CD of original songs is entitled Closing the Divide.
Together, Eric Alan and Heather Hutton integrate stories and photographs from Grateful by Nature with Heather’s beautiful voice, guitar, and tuned percussion. As one, they create an inspiring shared experience of gratitude that crosses senses and forms.
Once upon a time (1987 to be exact), a group of guys jammed out blues in a garage somewhere in New Jersey.
However, it took them 33 years to really do it again in the same way.
In between, Blues Traveler made every boyhood rock ‘n’ roll dream come true. They burst onto the scene with a trio of gold-selling albums—Blues Traveler (1990), Travelers and Thieves (1991), and Save His Soul (1993). Then in 1994, Four went six-times platinum and spawned the definitive “Run-Around,” which garnered a GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group.” They logged another platinum album with Straight On Till Morning in 1998 and spent the next twenty years selling out shows on multiple continents. In 2018, Hurry Up & Hang Around kicked off a new era with the guys firing on all cylinders. However, they look back and leap forward on their fourteenth full-length album, Traveler’s Blues (Round Hill Records).
This time around, the quintet—John Popper (vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Ben Wilson (keyboards), and Brendan Hill (drums)—reimagined and recharged classics from the American blues songbook and a few surprises, making the record they were always meant to make.
Sep 09 Friday
This acoustic jazzy and soulful duo have just released a new music. Entitled Nation of Jubilation, their title track is a song about celebrating the things all humans have in common such as our innate goodness and the beauty of nature. According to Jim Dyar of Enjoy Magazine, this duo’s sound “blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, European and Latin music, all of which translates into a laid-back, tranquil vibe that tends to put people at ease.” Allison will perform on guitar and vocals while Victor will play on saxophone and also sing.
Allison Scull and Victor Martin will perform at the beautiful wine country of Jackson County. Allison and Victor can be seen and heard amidst the sweeping views of Dancin Vineyards on Fridays 5pm to 7pm on June 24, July 8, August 12, September 9, and October 14. Dancin is located at 4477 South Stage Road, Medford, Oregon. Reservations can be made at www.dancin.com or by calling (541) 245-1133. To learn more the musical artists visit www.allisonandvictor.com
Anthony McGill’s solo in the “From the Mountaintop” Concerto lies in the center of a program that is focused on Martin Luther King Jr. It is complemented by Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, reflecting on the brevity of MLK’s life, and Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration, used here as a metaphor for the legacy that remains vital to this day. In the words of Dr. King himself, “Keep moving, for it may well be that the greatest song has not yet been sung, the greatest book has not been written, the highest mountain has not been climbed.”
ProgramFranz Schubert:Symphony in B minor, “Unfinished”Richard Danielpour:Clarinet Concerto “From the Mountaintop”Anthony McGill, clarinetRichard Strauss:Death and Transfiguration
Pre-concert talks with Music Director Martin Majkut and Soloist Anthony McGill begin one hour prior to concert time.
Photo by Southern Oregon Drone
PAS presents: "Magical Mixed Timbres: Li-Yuan Ho & Friends” on September 9th, 2022. The collaboration of different instrumental families has long been the foundation of symphonic music. This concert explores a broad palette of mixed timbres among voice, strings, winds, brass, and piano in small ensemble settings from trios to septets. Works ranging from Beethoven, Fauré, Saint-Saens, and Dubois, to Rimsky-Korsakov and Massenet, will highlight the fabulous timbres of mixed instruments. Attendees must wear a face covering at all times while in the building. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.