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Mar
4
Sun
Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First and Third Sundays

We will mix Balkan, Israeli and other folk dances each week, with occasional live music from Balkan, Israeli and other traditions.  Watch the calendar for announcements about special dances, but just come to each dance and learn all sorts of dances.

Mar
5
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Mar
8
Thu
Contra: The Nettles with Woody Lane @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Special Cascade Promenade Contra Dance

The NettlesThe Nettles

Laura Brophy – fiddle;
Kevin Johnsrude – guitars;
Michael Proctor – bass;
Brian Bucolo – percussion;

The Nettles are well-known on the West Coast for their original approach to contra dance music. Playing traditional music from all over the world, The Nettles create a strong rhythmic groove under soaring improvisations. Rhythmic drive and melodic fluidity allow The Nettles to propel contra dances into the stratosphere.

Woody LaneWoody Lane

Woody Lane has been calling contra dances throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years, and when he’s not calling you can find him dancing.

 

Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Mar
11
Sun
Song Circle at Dick and Diane’s @ Dick and Diane's House
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

Song Circle

Share a song, lead a song, request a song, or listen as we go round the circle. Song Circle is free and open to all who wish to participate.  Bring your own instrument, borrow one, or just sing.

Mar
15
Thu
The Gothard Sisters @ Whiteside Theatre
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Gothard SistersThe Gothard Sisters

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic group of three sisters, whose impressive array of talents have set them apart as one of the most refreshing and compelling acts in Celtic music today.

The sisters’ unpredictable and theatrical flair brings a youthful splash to the time-honored tradition of Celtic folk music, bridging the gap between modern Pop and Folk-Rock with a sunny, optimistic style that has been described as “beautifully-arranged, melodic-minded Celtic Folk-Pop.”

Hitting the streets of their hometown – Edmonds, Washington – in 2006, The Gothard Sisters first began playing together as a violin trio busking for tips at the local farmer’s market, working their way onto stages at local fairs and festivals. Audiences responded with enthusiasm, and over 1,000 performances later the band recently performed at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., completed several national concert tours of the United States, regularly perform as guest entertainers on Disney Cruise Line in Europe and South America and are well-known musicians on the national Celtic festival circuit.

In December 2016 The Gothard Sisters charted on Billboard’s World Music Chart with their latest Christmas album, Falling Snow, alongside notable Irish music phenomena Celtic Woman and Celtic Thunder.

 

Mar
17
Sat
Contra: Hands4 with William Watson @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Hands4Hands4

Since 2004, Hands4 has delivered high-energy music to dance halls throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in Texas during a 2006 tour. Combining seldom-heard traditional tunes with originals by band members and other musicians, Hands4 has created a unique blend of music that is definitely not your usual contra tunes. Hands4 features rock-steady leads by Keith Moe on fiddle and mandolin, soaring whistle and flute lines from Fran Tewksbury, and a clockwork rhythm engine driven by Rich Goss (percussion) and Carl Thor (piano).

William WatsonWilliam Watson

William Watson, a resident of Eugene, OR, danced his first contra in 1989 and began calling in Texas in 1992. Having called numerous contra events in cities coast-to-coast, William’s extensive experience and soothing voice project a calm confidence. His vigilant and thoughtful dance programming ensures a variety of figures, transitions, and sequences to entertain and support new dancers while offering the occasional challenge for the more advanced. His calling proficiency and sensitivities ensure everyone has a good time.
Beginners lesson starts at 7:30pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 8:00pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Mar
18
Sun
Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing with Zahav Band @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We will have live music this evening in addition to our recorded music.  Same price!

First and Third Sundays

We will mix Balkan, Israeli and other folk dances each week, with occasional live music from Balkan, Israeli and other traditions.  Watch the calendar for announcements about special dances, but just come to each dance and learn all sorts of dances.

Mar
19
Mon
Judy Fjell and Nancy Schimmel – Music of Malvina Reynolds @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Nancy Schimmel, Judy FjellJudy Fjell grew up in Montana listening to folk-protest music on the radio and was so inspired to sing the repertoire that she bought a garage sale guitar and taught herself to play.

Nancy Schimmel, the daughter of Malvina Reynolds, experienced firsthand her mother’s protest stories and songs in Berkeley, California. Nancy Schimmel truly knows the life of Malvina Reynolds better than anyone else alive today.

Malvina Reynolds

Malvina Reynolds (1964)

When Judy and Nancy met at a Fjell concert in Oakland, California, in the mid-eighties, they began a conversation and collaboration which continues to the present. Each Malvina Reynolds concert is a one-time-only celebration of the life of this American songwriter, who collaborated regularly with Pete Seeger and whose songs are still performed forty years after her death. Malvina’s song “Little Boxes” is currently known from the Weeds television series. It has also been seen on YouTube by 13 million viewers in Walk Off the Earth’s brilliant cardboard box set video. Kodak adapted “Turn Around,” Malvina’s song about her daughter Nancy for its television ads in the sixties. A civil rights sit-in at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel inspired Malvina to write “It Isn’t Nice,” still a favorite at protest gatherings. Other well-known Malvina songs are “What Have They Done to the Rain,” “Magic Penny,” “God Bless the Grass,” and “Morningtown Ride,” which was a top hit in England for several weeks. Judy and Nancy will also perform several of the songs they have co-written in the “spirit of Malvina.”

 

Mar
23
Fri
Best Cellar @ Methodist Church
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Dave & Sharon Thormahlen7:30 Sharon and Dave Thormahlen

Sharon and Dave have been making beautiful music together in Corvallis for decades.  They perform traditional and new music written by Sharon, mostly on instruments made by Dave.

Wild Hog in the Woods8:30 Wild Hog In The Woods

Stringband music from a bygone era played the way it always should have been.

 

 

 

 

The best Cellar is a once-a-month evening of acoustic music. Admission is “pay what you will,” and kids are free. Cookies and coffee are available. Located in the cellar of the Methodist Church on 11th and Monroe, in Corvallis. For more information, or to join the volunteer team, contact Mark Weiss at mjweiss@cmug.com

Apr
1
Sun
Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First and Third Sundays

We will mix Balkan, Israeli and other folk dances each week, with occasional live music from Balkan, Israeli and other traditions.  Watch the calendar for announcements about special dances, but just come to each dance and learn all sorts of dances.

Apr
2
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Apr
7
Sat
Contra: The Euphemists with Eric Curl @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

EuphemistsThe Euphemists

Dave Goldman — piano
Alan Snyder — fiddle
Paula Hamlin — winds
Kaye Blesener — trombone
Jerry Nelson — guitar, percussion

Enjoy contradancing but miss that Big Band sound? Then you’ll love the Euphemists, a band whose motto is “All fiddle tunes get better with horn riffs!” Over the past few years, various pairings of these Portland musicians have said, “We should form a band!” Finally, inspired by the recent immigration of fiddler Alan Snyder from warmer climes, The Euphemists congealed in 2011. The band features a brass front line of Paula Hamlin, Kaye Blesener, and Jerry Nelson, while Jerry’s several guitars share backup rhythmic duties with the keyboard of Dave Goldman.

Eric Curl calling

Eric started calling in 1996 and called in California and Colorado before moving Seattle in 2006. A mechanical engineer working for Boeing, he now enjoys calling in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia on a semi-regular basis. In his spare time, he likes to hike, snowshoe, camp, visit friends and family, play music, and of course, dance and call.

Beginners lesson starts at 7:30pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 8:00pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

Potluck at 6:00 p.m.  Hosts: April & Craig Hall Cutting, 1975 SE Crystal Lake Dr #192, Corvallis (in CoHo Ecovillage); 541-754-7040.

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Apr
8
Sun
Cameron O’Connor and Hui Wu @ The Arts Center
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cameron O'ConnorHui WuClassical guitarist Cameron O’Connor and pianist Hui Wu of Ensemble Demitasse will be playing a combination of solo and duet works in The Arts Center’s gallery ​ on Sunday, April 8th from 3:00-5:00pm​ . This promises to be a fantastic musical experience featuring two top flight musicians that ​ bridge the gap between performer and audience​ . This event is presented by the Corvallis Guitar Society and The Arts Center’s Artist Accelerator Program. Limited seating
available. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased at ​ Grassroots Books and The Arts Center’s website.
Ensemble Demitasse breaks with tradition by valuing a personal and intimate connection with audiences; inhabiting musical roles such as multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. Hui Wu (China) and Cameron O’Connor (USA) bridge the gap between performer and audience through programs which focus on interaction and storytelling. Over the course of years performing in Los Angeles venues from Zipper Hall to Central Juvenile Hall, Ensemble Demitasse is equally comfortable connecting through old and new music, and frequently works with some of LA’s most original young composers. ​ Award-winning and critically acclaimed, O’Connor has been observed by The New York Times as having ‘fluttered on his guitar strings in a mannerreminiscent of a pipa players technique’. While Wu was described as a ‘sparkling performer’ and ‘a rising star’ by The New York Times and China Musical Weekly.
The mission of the Arts Center is to foster creativity and engagement with the arts to inspire personal growth and community well-being. The Arts Center’s Artist Accelerator Program, focuses on career building for artists and brings the Spring Concert 2018 to Corvallis as it’s first event in ​ promoting the development of early to mid-career artists, such as O’Connor and Wu.
Look for more events by The Artist Accelerator Program this summer that continue to raise the visibility of local and regional artists.

Song Circle at Dick and Diane’s @ Dick and Diane's House
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm

Song Circle

Share a song, lead a song, request a song, or listen as we go round the circle. Song Circle is free and open to all who wish to participate.  Bring your own instrument, borrow one, or just sing.

Apr
15
Sun
Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First and Third Sundays

We will mix Balkan, Israeli and other folk dances each week, with occasional live music from Balkan, Israeli and other traditions.  Watch the calendar for announcements about special dances, but just come to each dance and learn all sorts of dances.