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We are definitely thrilled about this fantastically fun and funky matchup! Get down into the summer night to the theatrical, big band, high-energy, dance music of MarchFourth! and the soulful funk, also extremely danceable, music of Orgone. Two of our favorite bands in one night! Can't wait for this one!
Tickets available soon.
Tickets $30 in advance / $35 day of show
Doors : 7:30 pm / 21 AND OVER
Opener to be announced.
The Polish Ambassador (real name David Sugalski) is raising the bar for what it means to be a professionally touring musician. Sure, the electronic musician lays claim to producing the sweetest beats this side of the Milky Way Galaxy, but the world’s funkiest diplomat is also using his popularity to steer the millennial generation toward a nourishing and sustainable way of relating with art, community and the planet. From birthing the Permaculture Action Movement (a movement where the energy of show/festival goers is catalyzed into community action), to creating a program where nutritious beverage options are available at music venues on a routed TPA tour, the ambassador is using his clout to make real, tangible change, and along the way inspiring hundreds of thousands.
With a stack of 17 albums and countless remixes, the jumpsuited one ( that’s right…TPA rocks the freshest jumpsuit) has swirled together a cornucopia of music for your auditory senses…and your booty. Over the last decade, his sound has dipped and swirled through a staggering range of styles, each album exploring uncharted sonic territory. Warm, analogue dreamwave; mind-altering glitch; world-infused groove; bass-fueled breaks; sexified down-tempo; electric lullabies; and psy-fi funk are just a few of the genres that have poured from the Ambassador’s soul into earbuds and ghetto-blasters across the galaxy.
In the live setting, expect to be taken on a masterfully crafted and evocative journey mixing old and new into an auditory canvas that will spark nostalgia, titilate your senses, and make you drop that bottom like it was ‘92…3092. All of that music you hear? It’s all created via solar power on TPA’s off-grid community homestead AND it’s available for free or “Name Your Price.” Just one of the ways The Ambassador says “Thank You” to all of the people out there who have supported the project along the way.
So if TPA’s earth-space escalade is docking at a city or festival near you…dust off your onesie, get ready to boogie and gear up for an epic community action day. Welcome to the future, where we don’t just party. We party with a purpose.
The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called "a dream you'll never want to leave." Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 7000 film lovers gather at the art-deco Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and other venues to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films in five days.
Filmmakers from around the world engage with the audience after each screening and at festival events such as Opening Night Bash, the AfterLounge, and Awards Celebration, which include local wine, beer, and gourmet food. Special guests have included Ty Burrell, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Helen Hunt, and Bruce Campbell. The Ashland Independent Film Festival: Celebrating the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film—enriching, educating and inspiring audiences of all ages.
Member Pre-Sale Box Office/Will Call: Dates/Hours
Information Kiosk, Downtown Ashland Plaza
Member Pre-sale Dates:
Online Ordering Begins at 10AM
Producer members: Monday, March 20th - Open 4-6pm
Director members: Tuesday, March 21st - Open 4-6pm
Fan members: Wednesday, March 22nd - Open 4-6pm
Cine members: Thursday, March 23rd - Open 4-6pm
Indie members: Friday, March 24th - Open 4-6pm
Friend members: Saturday, March 25th - Open 4-6pm
General public: Starting Sunday, March 26th - Open 4-6pm
Members will receive an email by Wednesday, March 8th with ticket ordering instructions. Please check your spam filter before contacting AIFF offices.
General Pre-Sale Box Office/Will Call: Dates/Hours
Information Kiosk, Downtown Ashland Plaza
General Pre-sale Dates/Hours:
Sunday, March 26Open 4-6pm
Monday, March 27Open 4-6p
Tuesday, March 28Open 4-6pm
Wednesday, March 29Open 4-6pm
Thursday, March 30Open 4-6pm
Friday, March 31Open 4-6pm
Saturday, April 1Open 4-6pm
Sunday, April 2Open 4-6pm
Monday, April 3Open 4-6pm
Tuesday, April 4Open 4-6pm
Wednesday, April 5* Open 4-6pm
*Expect long lines. Please visit us sooner!
General Pre-Sale Box Office/Will Call: Dates/Hours
Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland
Festival sale Dates/Hours:
Thursday-Monday, April 6-10: 9am-10pm
In Partnership with Jackson County SART
1992 - 2017: 25th Anniversary Celebration of
BLUE LIGHTNING DANCE BAND
Novelty Concerts, Intent Creative, and Live at the Armory presesnt:
MAJOR LAZER'S VERY OWN WALSHY FIRE LIVE
ST. PATRICKS WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENT
SPONSOR: LAGUNITAS BREWING CO
Doors open at 8pm
The Historic Ashland Armory
Tickets: early bird $25 (limited supply!) / advance after $30 / $35 day of show
Saturday March 18th, 2017
The Historic Ashland Armory
State of the Art Lighting
Foam Light Sticks
Artist - WALSHY FIRE of MAJOR LAZER
Los Angeles Very Own - RALPH RETRO
Doors open at 8pm
The Historic Ashland Armory
This Event is 18 & Over. Please bring Valid ID.
For any questions contact text "Walshy" to 541.326.1779 or email email@example.com
NO REFUNDS ** NO EXCEPTIONS
Concerned about climate change? Wondering what is happening at the local, state, and national level? Join us to celebrate the progress we made in 2016 and decide how you can make a difference in 2017!
The first Rogue Valley Climate Bash is hosted by Geos Institute, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Rogue Climate, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, and Southern Oregon chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, and Oregon District 2 - Indivisible
Yes, the event is about climate change, but we want you to have fun! So we promise there will be no hockey stick graphs or science talks. But there WILL be beer, wine, and food from local restaurants, fun entertainment, a climate bingo game where you can win prizes, and a special message from Senator Merkley.
Peter Buckley will emcee the evening and we promise you'll leave feeling inspired and energized.
Please RSVP if you can at www.roguevalleyclimatebash.org so we know how many to plan for!
Hope to see you there!
Tickets: $30 in advance / $35 day of show
Doors at 8 pm, Show at 9pm
For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Now, on their fourth studio album Crush, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet players Eric Bloom and Rashawn Ross deepen that sound by channeling the sonic freedom and infectious energy oftheir incendiary live show. The long-running list of musical influences among the band members and the incredible on-stage chemistry combine to create a unique sound that has evidence of hip-hop, jazz and funk.
doors @ 7:00 pm / local opener @8:00 pm to 8:30 pm /
Devour The Day ,@ 8:45 pm to 9:55 pm /
Sick Puppies @ 10:15 pm to 11:25 pm.
You hear it again and again.
When one door closes, another one opens. However, it‟s true - especially in the case of Sick Puppies. Weathering and persevering through potentially life-changing events, the gold-selling, chart-topping Los Angeles-based and Australian-bred hard rock outfit knew one thing. They were going to make more music as Sick Puppies.
“There was no question” affirms Emma. “We had no doubt that we wanted to continue. Mark and I got together and basically said, „first and foremost, we love music. We love this band and our fans, and we have put so much into it, and we are not done and want to take it further.‟ In order to do that, we needed to find the right member.”
Instead, the “right member” found them. With stints in several bands under his belt, Texas-born singer and guitarist Bryan Scott reached out to Emma via Facebook within days of the announcement. He sent her a video of himself performing, and she swiftly replied.
“Both Mark and I knew he was the guy right away - he was cool and he sounded great.
It was a natural progression. We were totally on to something” said Emma “Something just overwhelmed me,” admits Bryan. “I had a feeling that I needed to reach out. They needed a singer and guitarist and that‟s what I am. I had always loved their music and as soon as I saw the post, I went home and immediately sent Emma a message. We clicked right off the bat. Music is in their blood - it‟s who they are. They live and breathe it every day. I‟m the same way.”
Following a first dinner together at a Los Angeles burger spot, they hit the rehearsal studio together and began jamming. After nailing numerous favorites from the Sick Puppies catalog, they started writing new material over the next several months. 2013‟s Connect saw the band embrace a more experimental side.
“On the last album, a lot of ideas came from many different places, but our core is rock and that is what we love!” Mark says on this new album, we‟re giving fans what they want, that classic Sick Puppies sound.”
“I think fans will enjoy the resurgence of the heaviness,” smiles Emma. “We love that, so we went all the way with it.”
The group teamed up with producer and songwriter Mark Holman [Three Days Grace, Red, Shinedown, Halestorm, The Struts], to start working on their fourth full-length album. Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles during 2015, the new music reflects the group‟s, incendiary interplay between Emma, Bryan & Mark.
“We were actually supposed to work with Mark Holman before, but it never materialized for whatever reason,” Emma continues. “It was the right moment in time, and he was the perfect producer to bring out the emotion in these songs.”
Locked and loaded with a muscular riff and booming percussion, “Stick To Your Guns” the band‟s first single announces the band‟s return with a literal bang. Bryan‟s vocals careen from hypnotic to heavy as an arena-size refrain takes hold.
“You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you,” he says. “This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope, or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to “stick to your guns”, go out there, and believe. The song is meant to em-
Then, there‟s the epic “Where Do I Begin,” which spotlights Emma and Bryan‟s impressive harmonies in the chorus. For lyrical inspiration, the musicians actually turned to the diehard collective Sick Puppies World Crew.
“We looked on their Facebook and read everything,” Emma recalls. “We saw that everyone shared a lot in common, and it was quite touching. We grabbed a few descriptive words and came across this theme. A lot of people out there feel like they‟re missing out. They hear things like, „You can do it when you‟re ready.‟ I think, „What‟s ready?‟ If someone‟s going to wait to be ready, they might wait their whole lives. It‟s about struggling with that and making a move.”
With its gnashing chant and pummeling groove “Let Me Live” introduced the album during the first teaser video—which arrived to palpable audience fervor. Meanwhile, “Walls” sees Emma‟s vocals take center stage with gorgeously haunting delivery.
“It describes the painful feelings that come when a friend, family member, or someone you‟re very close to changes, disappoints, disappears, or drifts away,” she sighs. “It‟s just a snapshot of what I was feeling at that point in time.”
That kind of honesty has solidified a bond between the Sick Puppies and their fans since day one. To date, their breakout second full-length Tri-Polar has sold more than 500K albums, yielding 2 million single sales including the gold-certified “You‟re Going Down” as well as rock smashes “Maybe” “Riptide,” and “Odd One.”
“All The Same” the band‟s first hit single from their debut album, “Dressed Up As Life” became the soundtrack for the viral video “Free Hugs” campaign racking up tens of mil-
lions of online views and saw them appear on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show. 2013‟s Connect earned the band its highest Billboard Top 200 debut at #17 and yielded two top 10 singles at rock radio peaking at #2. Along the way, the trio played alongside the world‟s biggest bands from Muse, The Killers, Deftones, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Incubus to Tool.
Now, their message is more powerful than ever. “When people hear this, I want them to take away a feeling of new life, new passion, and new excitement from this band,” Emma leaves off. “Mark and I love what we do. We were going to forge ahead no matter what. We found the perfect guy, and we‟re excited about this next chapter.”
In2Win Entertainment and Live at the Armory proudly presents the Put You On Tour starring Nef The Pharaoh and Rae Rock with Von Vatton.
Doors at 7pm / Ends at 12am
There will be a limited amount of VIP Meet n Greet tickets available so get them for your city while they are still available!!
Portions of the proceeds go towards the Saves the Notes Foundation assisting with music and performing arts departments of in need schools and independent programs.
Nef the Pharaoh
Following in the footsteps of the Bay Area legends, Nef the Pharoah is making a big name for himself out of his hometown Vallejo. Starting off as an unknown internet freestyler, Nef AKA Tonee Hayes was signed by the NoCal Godather E-40 after “Big Tymin,” Nef’s NOLA Bounce tribute blew up locally and countrywide. Pharoah got a huge look when YG and Ty Dolla $ign remixed the track, taking his fame and credibility to the next level. Since then, 2014’s “Bay Area Freshman of the Year” has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, D.R.A.M., and Mistah F.A.B. Fans of Vallejo’s next superhero anxiously await the big tymer’s debut studio album. Visit his page.
Singer/songwriter/Rapper/Entertainer who's shared the stage W/Techn9ne, Berner, SnoopDogg, ChanelWestCoast, E40, Xzibit, WarrenG, beaza, Too short & Twista Visit his page
2017 Oscar® Night Gala
89th Annual Academy Awards® Broadcast
A Benefit for Ashland Independent Film Festival
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Historic Ashland Armory
Two Large Screens with Professional Sound
Fabulous Five-Course Dinner by Smithfields
Specialty Cocktails by Indio Spirits
*Unless you are with a group who purchased a table for eight, seating will be assigned in the order that tickets are purchased. We will do our best to honor seating requests, but it is not guaranteed.
The AIFF rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the Academy Awards®!
Gather with other film lovers to watch the show live and find out this year's winners. The broadcast will be projected on two large screens, so every seat in the house has a great view and you won't miss a word!
The evening will include a variety of donation opportunities. This is a fundraising event for the AIFF so bring cash, your checkbook or credit card to help support our non-profit.
Become a Member of AIFF and receive early ticketing ordering privileges, ticket discounts, early theatre entry and more.
Donate to the nonprofit AIFF to support our year-round work and help us continue to produce our 5 day festival.
This event has sold out in the past, so whether you gather friends to reserve your own table of 8, or you purchase an individual ticket for a seat at a table with other film fans, make your plans to celebrate in style on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year!
Predict the most Oscar® winners and win an INDIE Pass to the 16th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Dress is Gala Attire—something that looks great on our red carpet! Black Tie optional.
If you have questions please contact us at 541.488.3823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TICKETS: advance: $25/ day of $30
DOORS: 7:30 pm / 21 and Over / Full Bar, Food
Sponsor: LAGUNITAS BREWING CO
For the past quarter-century, Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. During their twenty-five plus years as a band they have headlined shows and festivals from coast to coast, released nine albums, and maintained a vibrant, relevant and influential voice in the music world. The evolution of Leftover Salmon’s music is influenced by Leftover Salmon co-founders Drew Emmitt (mandolin/vocals) and Vince Herman‘s (guitar/singer) keen musical instincts, and follows a musical path that adheres to the deep tradition the duo started when they first formed the group along with deceased banjo player Mark Vann. The addition of new band members over the years has nurtured an unmistakable evolution and freshness in Leftover Salmon’s sound, and has added an edge to the long-lasting power of the band’s music. Fueled by the rhythm section of long time bassist Greg Garrison, drummer Alwyn Robinson, and Salmon’s newest member, keyboardist Erik Deustch, the band is currently enjoying a creative renaissance. The front line trio of Emmitt, Herman and prodigious banjo player Andy Thorn are continually challenged and pushed in new directions as the band collectively searches for new spaces and sounds within their extensive catalog of songs.
It's been a wild and crazy ride for the fellas in World's Finest, since their modest beginning as an acoustic duo in Portland, OR living rooms in 2011. With a songwriting style rooted in Americana, the band banks on their ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk, and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings, reminiscent of such classic acts as NOFX and Operation Ivy. Never happy to settle, Chris, Dan, Sean, Evan, and Mike continue to push through boundaries and challenge themselves, while hoping to inspire their listeners to expect the most out of what a band in the modern age can be capable of conjuring up.
Five years, countless shows, and 4 albums later, the band is still firing on all cylinders. The current lineup features 5 members: Chris Couch (Guitar/Vocals), Dan Hurley (Banjo/Vocals), Sean McLean (Sax/Guitar/Vocals), Evan Malfer (Bass), and Mike Apodaca (Drums). Their paths have all crossed in Portland, by way of Ohio, Illinois, Eastern Oregon, New York and California. As a result of such diverse upbringings, it was inevitable that the band's sound reflected their coast to coast musical influences.
The latest offering from World's Finest is a 6 song EP, entitled “We Got Ourselves a Game Here”. Taking a new approach to their recording process, the band decided to record the album in front of a live audience at Hallowed Halls Studios in Portland. The result was nothing short of capturing lightning in a bottle. The quick paced track list of Ska-grass was wholly enhanced by their fans' infectious enthusiasm and energy.
World's Finest has hit the West Coast Festival scene hard, making appearances at High Sierra, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks, What the Festival ?!, and Symbiosis, to name a few. Their unique style has allowed them to connect with fans from all different kinds of musical worlds. In addition, their chameleon-like approach to their live show has allowed them the honor to share the stage with such acts as Steel Pulse, The Motet, The Expendables, Rusted Root, The Skatalites, Fruition, and many others.
Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 day of show
Doors: 8 pm
21 and Over
Terrapin Flyer is a Chicago-based Grateful Dead band whose revolving cast features top performers in the jamband scene. The band often tours with former members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and is one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired acts. Terrapin Flyer has headlined major festivals and prominent venues across the United States.
Tickets: $25 advance / $30 day of
21 and OVER / Food and Full Bar
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action with an extensive tour this Winter. The run of shows—being dubbed “Running With The Diesel”—will give fans from the Southeast, Midwest and West Coast the chance to experience what is highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet. Karl, who now serves as saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, is fresh off a tour with the legendary rock band that included the highest grossing concert festival of all time, Desert Trip in Indio, CA.
LATA Lounge Event
Upstairs in Suite 302 at the Armory
Tickets: $10 advance / $15 day of
Enjoy an up-close concert in our intimate Lounge. Capacity is 49, so get your tickets early while they last.
On his new release Another Day (Eusonia Records, 2011), Zach Deputy demonstrat
es his extraordinary ability to perform and record in multiple contexts and conveys the sensibilities of a mature singer/songwriter. Another Day offers another look at Zach Deputy and seeks to help him cross over into other audiences.
Rich with ballads and mid-tempo songs, the music on this recording is best described as soulful rhythm and blues, with flavors of Al Green, Taj Mahal and Stevie Wonder emerging in the swells, changes and modulations of the music, in the voice and even in the lyrical content. The record will appeal to fans of contemporary artists like Jack Johnson and Amos Lee, but the origins of the style and feel remain classic. Another Day is an appropriately titled album, and it is truly an album in the classic sense—a collection of songs that come from the same time and place, inspired by the same muse.
Reflective and introspective, it provides a glimpse at the soul of an artist and the depth of a songwriter. Full of hope and anticipation of the promise of another day, a new day, it is a pivotal point in the career of a touring musician. Whereas it is a departure for Zach Deputy, it is one that he feels confident his fans can relate to, but it isn’t the end in itself. Deputy’s multi-faceted diamond gets one side polished in this offering, and it is a side that will shine brightly for a new audience.
Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 day of
16 AND OVER (bring ID) / Doors: 7 pm
with SOB x RBE and Derek Pope
Dominic Wynn Woods, born June 20, 1992), better known by his stage name Sage the Gemini, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Fairfield, California. He is a member of California's The HBK Gang known for his single "Gas Pedal" featuring Iamsu!, produced by Sage the Gemini. "Gas Pedal" peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Sage's first top 40 hit; it also reached number six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 2013. Sage's song "Red Nose", which he produced himself, peaked at number 54 on the Hot 100 and at number 12 on the Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs. Both songs were taken from his debut EP Gas Pedal, which peaked at number 29 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He signed to Republic Records in August 2013. His debut studio album Remember Me was released on March 25, 2014. His second studio album Bachelor Party, is planned for release in 2017 on Atlantic Records.
DATE: 12/31/2016 / DOORS: 9 pm / 21 and Over / 208 Oak Street, Ashland Oregon / TICKETS: $30 advance / $35 day of
Ring in the New Year rock ball style!
In the history of Rock & Roll, very few are as impactful as these iconic names: Led Zeppelin & Jimi Hendrix. Back by popular demand, ZEPDRIX (featuring members of LOVEBITE some very special surprise guests) will dig in to the funkiest, deepest, classic Led Zeppelin- and Jeff Pevar Project will bring the legendary music of Jimi Hendrix as it was meant to be played.
We are also very excited to announce that our friends The Fret Drifters, Andy Casad & Nick Garrett Powell will be opening the show and joining us for a finale at the end of the night.
Our intention is to bring the highest level of musicianship, combined with a connected experience that can leave you with groove in the heart and a little piece of the joy, freedom & inspiration we feel by honoring these legendary artists.
Festive Rock & Roll semi-formal attire is strongly recommended, but not mandatory…anything goes on this wild night!
This Rock excursion, "ZEPDRIX”, Features renowned guitarist, Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, Marc Cohn, Rickie Lee Jones, Phil Lesh & Friends, Jazz Is Dead, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker, & many more) joined by Soul, R&B & Rock Vocalist, Inger Nova Jorgensen, Guitarist Paul Turnipseed, Bassist, Jacob Ackerman and a Very Special Surprise Guest Drummer who previously toured with Pink Floyd Guitarist, David Gilmore!
The project was born out of a Halloween concert in 2014 when the Funk-inspired band, LOVEBITE, decided to host a Rock & Roll themed concert/costume party performing the music of Led Zeppelin & Jimi Hendrix. ZEPDRIX recently sold-out the Rogue Theater in Grants Pass and last years show at the Ashland Armory was voted Concert Of The Year!.
The guitar prowess of Jeff Pevar (www.pevar.com) combined with passionate, soaring, female vocals by Inger Nova Jorgensen adds a unique spin on this iconic Zeppelin music combined with a robust rhythm section and inspired Guitar with Paul Turnipseed. Additionally, Pevar delivers the Hendrix material with ferocity and abandon. This unique show offers a fresh interpretation on these legendary rock artists.
Growing like wildfire under the canopy of live electronica and world roots music comes a masterful merge of modern technology, live instrumentation and seductive performance, built of brass bands and glitch, string quartets and dubstep: the musical trio Beats Antique.
You’re warmly invited to the 37th Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner (on Christmas Day --- Sunday, December 25th, 2016), at the Historic Ashland Armory (208 Oak @ B Street)!
Come and enjoy a freshly-prepared Buffet-style Turkey Dinner with ALL of the trimmings and dessert.
Enjoy Holiday Decor and Live Holiday music.
Since 1980, Ashland Christian Fellowship (ACFweb.org), has hosted this very special event – by joining with merchants & community volunteers to feed a traditional Christmas dinner to as many as 900 people!
For more press information, please call Kim Lewis, at 541-944-4555, or 541-482-9852, or e-mail him at: LewisMK@Charter.net
Volunteers for the dinner (days before and the day of), PLUS Holiday Meals to-go deliveries (in the Ashland/Talent area), can call Marji at Ashland Christian Fellowship (before Friday, December 23rd), at 541-482-8539.
This Holiday Variety Show is a fundraiser for the Empyrean Aerialists to perform their impactful show, the Book of SHE, in Los Angeles for 2700 people at the Van Nuys Performing Arts School. The show is a tribute to Malala, who raises awareness about girls' rights to education.
This family fun event will take you through a wide variety of emotions as our local community members pour their hearts and souls into their art to entertain you.
There will be actors, dancers, aerialists, acrobats, musicians, singers, poets and more!
Empyrean Aerialists from Le Cirque Centre
Levity Aerialists from Le Cirque Centre
Shiviti Dance Company
Ashland Karate Academy
Rouge Valley Pole Fitness
Capoeira Rumizumbi USA
Tickets available for $15 (cash only) at Music Coop, Le Cirque Centre or at the door. But keep in mind our shows typically sell out before the doors open so we recommend you buy your tickets before Friday as seating is limited.
Doors open at 7pm
Show begins at 7:30pm
For more info:
What is THE ABUNDANCE SWAP?
It is a community gathering to celebrate our abundance and offer an alternative to the Holiday shopping season.
Sunday December 11, 2016
Doors Open Promptly at 1:00 pm, and the event begins at 1:30pm. We'll end by 3:00 pm
For more info, please visit: http://abundanceswap.org/
How to Participate...
Find 3 quality items in your home, shop or office that someone would enjoy as a gift... fun, useful, interesting or beautiful items in really good shape that you feelyou can spare .
("Quality" doesn't mean "expensive". It means well-made, worthwhile, likely to be valued. The original price doesn't matter).
Bring them to the Historic Ashland Armory. Don't just drop your stuff off. We're doing more than that. Bring the present of your presence. Stick around to visit, tell a story or two about what you brought to the person who wants it, and find some things that you'd like to take away to give as gifts to others (a gift to yourself is ok, too). There won't be any bargaining; you just bring what you're ready to give away and take away whatever you'd like.
Then use the gifts you take home to reduce your new gift purchases.
Three simple steps, that's it. This will be our own Holiday shopping event, a round of giving and receiving that includes no money and no new demands on resources. For some of us it may also be a stretching exercise - a chance to let go of stuff, or let go of worries that we might not get back "our fair share", or more fully let go of commercially-planted ideas that it's not a real gift if it's not shiny & new from the store.
We'll have tea and simple treats to eat; bring a tasty sweet finger food to share if you’d like.
Shop locally for Christmas! The 16th Annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Fair on Thanksgiving weekend, November 25, 26, and 27, at the Historic Ashland Armory. Come get your wonderful locally made products. Admission is FREE.
Tickets: $25 advance / $30 day of show
Doors at 8 pm
21 and Over
After 12 years of touring The Motet have refined their vision into a dynamic and expressive force that has come together with an astonishingly talented cast of musicians. The group is now the strongest and most cohesive incarnation of the band yet showcasing a powerhouse line-up. With roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, jazz, and soul, The Motet and this CD keeps their audiences in a dancing frenzy.
Creating vivid instrumental imagery using complex rhythms and a unique precision that redefines the term “funk” for 21 st Century audiences the 8 piece Polyrhythmics are proving to be one of Seattle’s finest exports.
With a hard-driving modern afro-psycho- beat sound composed of relentless rhythm, heart thumping bass lines, intricate guitar phrasings, avalanches of keyboard colors, melodic hooks and soaring horn solos the octet delivers a live experience to behold that immediately turns any joint into a funky dance party. With the recent release of Octagon, the band begins another chapter to the story that began just 5 years ago as they continue to grow with a singular sonic muse of progressive and dynamic stature.
$23 advance/$28 door
Doors: 7 pm / Music 8 pm
Opening Act: Podrangui
Special Guest: Winona LaDuke speaking about Standing Rock
Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.
Led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, and joined by their beloved band – percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown – Rising Appalachia is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off. Listen for a tapestry of song, clawhammer banjo tunes, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, djembe, barra, bodhran, spoken word, and a wealth of musical layering that will leave you called to action and lulled into rhythmic dance simultaneously. It is both genre bending and familiar at the same time. Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.
In 2015 Rising Appalachia founded the Slow Music Movement, to help maintain an independent musical spirit in the face of such a fast-paced world. They are creatively committed to keeping their work accessible at the local street level as well as expanding to larger audiences abroad, and have continued to maintain autonomy by self- managing, recording, producing and creating, and directing their work.
They are greatly honored to do the work that they do.
“Music is the tool with which we wield political prowess. Melody for the Roots of each of us…spreading song and sound around the globe. Music has become our script for vision- not just for aural pleasure, not just for hobby, but now as a means to connect and create in ways that we aren’t taught by mainstream culture. We are building community and tackling social injustice through melody, making the stage reach out with wide arms to gather this great family. It has taken on its own personality, carrying us all along the journey. Heres to poetic observations, social change, lyrical messages, political focus, symphonic coercing, ferocious bantering, bicycles and train tracks, primal will, fresh air, harmony, flow, and beautiful noise. ”- Leah Song.
“Green Album of the Year” – the Huffington Post
“Rising Appalachia seeks to showcase the beauty of the simple, the subtle, and the sometimes unseen with its soulful folk music” – anonymous
On 11-11 the Portal opens at the Ashland Armory. The grand return of Indubious with their powerful new full band, alongside the True Ganjaman, Rocker-T and Oregons very own, homegrown messengers of love, Sol Seed.
This Event is brought to you by Davis Farms and Sponsored by none other than Sacred Flower Medicinals. More details TBA
Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Doors at 8:00 and music at 8:30
TICKETS: advance: $30/ day of $35
DOORS: 8 pm / 21 AND OVER
We are pleased to announce our fourth annual Spookadelic Halloween Funktakular! This year is going to the be the best, most funkadelic year yet!
Featuring MARCHFOURTH! — a visual kaleidoscope of 20 musicians, stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, that will whip you into a dancing frenzy with over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, and irresistible charisma!
Opening for MarchFourth! will be ORGONE, an incredibly talented, 8-piece Los Angeles-based band that brings raw soul and heavy funk that will possess you to dance uncontrollably into the night.
The night will closewith the colorful West Coast based singer, rapper, and producer LAFA TAYLOR, who rides the intersections of intelligent Hip Hop, R&B, and Electronic Dance Music. Lafa’s gritty, sexy, bass heavy beats confidently blur boundaries and captivate listeners with diverse musical tastes.
ALSO featuring LEVITY, Le Cirque Centre’s professional aerial troupe, with a zombie aerial hoop trio, red devil rope aerial, a funky-sexy-funny hula hoop juggling act, and Dr. Funkenstien; we’ve got more Halloween delights than you can possibly handle!
So get your babysitters in order, and your crazy costumes ready, this dance party for adults will keep you buzzing into the frosty months ahead!
TICKETS: $25 in advance: $30 day of
DOORS: 8 pm / 21 AND OVER
Opening act: Lily & Madeleine
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
K & K Promotions
Green Valley Wellness
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Brett Dennen Band
Amiable West Coast singer/songwriter Brett Dennen first drew attention in 2004 with the single "Desert Sunrise." The tune, with its easy groove and soulful phrasing, garnered enough spins on KCRW to warrant the release of his self-titled debut the following year. Stylistically, Dennen's thoughtful, laid-back tunes fit in with the burgeoning singer/songwriter scene that had produced stars like Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. He signed with Dualtone and released 2006's So Much More, followed two years later by Hope for the Hopeless. When he wasn't headlining his own tours, he could be found opening bills for Dave Matthews, Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, and Jackson Browne, among others. Dennen's fourth studio effort, Loverboy, arrived in 2011 and featured subtle African rhythms and more of a pop veneer. It was followed in 2013 by the sparser, acoustic-based Smoke and Mirrors, which was released by Atlantic. The album was a success and landed Dennen in Billboard's Top 200 for the first time. By this point he had also landed a number of prominent TV placements including the theme song of NBC's sitcom, About a Boy. His fifth album, 2016's Por Favor, was a rhythmic, stripped-down affair with a light reggae flair.
Lily & Madeleine
When Indianapolis sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz first started making music together, it didn’t cross their minds that they could make a living at it. Although they now find themselves in an acclaimed full-fledged career, what got them here has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with the spirit.
“The music will always be first,” says Lily. Indeed, Lily & Madeleine’s artistic souls are obvious to anyone who has heard their recordings. From the beginning, the sisters’ calling card has been the breathtaking and intuitive union of their voices.
“Their voices can pierce through the chaos of everyday life and actually make you stop what you’re doing.” American Songwriter
When the two come together in ecstatic and seamless “blood harmony,” it’s a sound that continues to haunt long after the songs are sung, leaving an electrical charge behind like a sparkling tracer in the air. Lily & Madeleine however, are equally distinctive as soloists as they are as harmony singers. When they step out individually as vocalists, Lily’s warm, smoky alto is the counterpoint to Madeleine’s crystalline, bell-like soprano.
That calling card is just as clear on their new material as it is on the cover songs the duo uploaded to YouTube for fun in late 2012. It was through these first videos that producer Paul Mahern, a staple of the Midwest music scene and frontman for punk band Zero Boys, recognized something special in the sister’s sound and enlisted the help of songwriter Kenny Childers (Gentleman Caller). Mahern challenged the girls to write a song a day, with Childers as mentor.
It’s that experiment that would become Lily & Madeleine’s first EP, The Weight of the Globe. In early 2013, they released a sparse, simple version of first single, “In The Middle,” to YouTube. When a neighbor of Lily & Madeleine shared the video on Reddit, the song hit the site’s front page. Within hours the video received over a quarter of a million views. It also attracted the attention of Asthmatic Kitty Records. They quickly signed Lily & Madeleine and issued the EP on 10-inch.
Just a month after Globe dropped on vinyl, the duo re-entered the studio and recorded their self-titled debut, which was released in October of 2013 to both critical and fan acclaim. Of the music, Jon Pareles of the The New York Times writes, “the thing that flags them as extraordinary is their sibling vocal blend, deep and seamless and relaxed,” while American Songwriter describes, “Their voices can pierce through the chaos of everyday life and actually make you stop what you’re doing.”
Since that release, the sisters have toured worldwide, including a sold-out U.K. tour and a very special capacity performance at the historic 1,200-seat Circle Theater with their hometown Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. They’ve played on live national TV (a slot on CBS “This Morning”) and were crowd favorites at 2014’s Lotus Festival. Yet, the girls have remained modest, sticking to hard work as their imperative.
As young as they are, Lily, 17, and Madeleine, 19, are their own women. The songs on Fumes acknowledge childhood’s end and announce the entrance into adulthood—a place where the road ahead is unknown and sometimes dark. Facing the darkness head on, Lily & Madeleine at times hark back to the female-driven post-punk band The Raincoats, delivering a distaff perspective that is equal parts beauty and toughness, sugar and salt.
“The thing that flags them as extraordinary is their sibling vocal blend, deep and seamless and relaxed.” New York Times
Many of the songs on Fumes also touch upon movement and transition, from leaving a situation to “find out who you are” (“Lips and Hips”), or to escape (“Cabin Fever,” “Ride Away”). The album is very much a travelogue that speaks to the essence of a restless creative spirit, and the sisters’ desire to break new ground.
“Fumes,” says Madeleine, “shows our transformation as musicians and as women, and was inspired by our experience on the road as well as the life experiences of people close to us. It’s a perfect reflection of this stage of our lives.”
Fumes arrived October 28th, 2014 on Asthmatic Kitty Records.
The Cosmic Mass: An Equinox Celebration & Participatory Community Ritual for All Ages
Thursday, Sept 22
6:30pm - 9pm
If “there is no community without ritual” as Malidoma Some observes, then the opposite might be true also. That building ritual helps to create community (since, after all the word “community” comes from two Latin words, “to share a common task together”).
The Cosmic Mass (TCM) is an interactive community dance celebration created by Matthew Fox in the 90′s that re-invents the form of worship. The Cosmic Mass - Ashland will feature performance and visual artists from our own community as well as all those who come to participate and co-create.
It integrates elements of techno-rave, temple, art exhibit, dance hall, meditation, and intentional space to touch the deepest parts of our being and cultivate our relationship with our own personal form of spirituality within a community. Incorporating cosmology, ritual, immersive visual art, music, spoken word and the practice of dance, The Cosmic Mass invites participants of all spiritual traditions to engage body and spirit directly.
The Cosmic Mass reinvigorates Western ritual by deconstructing the forms of worship we have inherited from the modern era and going back to the most primal form of worship: dance. DJs and live musicians provide the musical ambiance and the VJ or video artist provides immersive images that tell the story of the theme celebrated. We dance in the presence of these images, bringing in the spirit of the theme.
Imagine experiencing your inner connection to the Divine, touching your sorrow, connecting with your creativity. Imagine feeling connected to a community of kindred spirits who inspire you to create positive change in the world. Imagine emerging from a worship celebration feeling that every element of your being has been engaged.
Impossible? No – this is the Cosmic Mass (TCM). Join us!
21 and Over
Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 day of show
Available online (link below) or at the Music Coop
Doors 8 pm
Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville’s funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. The band recently welcomed their newest member, Alvin Ford Jr. to the quintet, a New Orleans born and raised powerhouse drummer.
Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. Songs like “Dancin’ To The Truth” off their latest record, Dirty Word (Red Hot Records), offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note. For more info visit http://www.dumpstaphunk.com
his soulful project brings FUNK, R&B & Rock to a diverse range of fans. Packing dance floors, LOVEBITE brings a sonically unique spin with four part vocal harmonies and raging guitar solos to a somewhat 60's-style San Fransisco Funk. The ensemble writes original music and brings unique arrangements of obscure Funk, Rock & R&B. LOVEBITE burns with authenticity and a feeling that is infectious.
LOVEBITE also has a side project called ZEPDRIX which honors the music of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. The band is able to interpret Zeppelin's soulful, melodic phrasings with moving ferocity and deep funk groove. Guitarist, Jeff Pevar & Paul Turnipseed carry the Page solos with ease and true grit- while Jorgensen's vocals interperet Robert Plant's dramatic vocals with a power that honors Plant and adds even a bit extra feminine power. Ackerman holds the funk bass parts that sets Zeppelin apart from so many heavy rock bands, and Kriemelman has no trouble holding down John Bonham's infamous drum mastery.
During the Hendrix portion of ZEPDRIX, the band pairs to trio with Pevar, Ackerman, & Kriemelman. Jeff Pevar fronts the Hendrix tunes vocally and with an explosion of passionate guitar solos, he tips the hat to Jimi Hendrix while giving the music a Pevar- style guitar mania.
About the members:
Vocalist, Inger Jorgensen is a professional artist who has also worked as a vocalist and songwriter or over 20 years, performing with multiple musical projects throughout Northern California and Oregon as a leading and back-up vocalist and harmony singer. Jorgensen has a soulful voice and sings in many styles including Blues, Rock, Folk, R&B and Funk. She co-writes with Jeff Pevar in their original music project playing house concerts, clubs and festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest and East Coast as well as Europe (www.ingerjorgensen.com). Inger is the lead vocalist for LOVEBITE and in ZEPDRIX, she sings all the Robert Plant Parts.
Renowned Guitarist, & Multi-instrumentalist, Producer, Songwriter, & Engineer and Session Musician, Jeff Pevar adds his unique and inspired guitar mania when he is not touring. Pevar, originally from the East Coast, lived in Manhattan for 10 years, then moved to the the LA area, and now the Rogue Valley where he continues to work steadily as an innovative and soulful Guitarist & Session Musician. Pevar has toured extensively with many greats over his career such as Ray Charles, Rickie Lee Jones, Jefferson Starship, Marc Cohn, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills & Nash, Rickie Lee Jones, David Foster, & many more. His musical contributions can be found on hundreds of albums of different genres from some of the most accredited names in the music business. Pevar has a home studio where he also produces and engineers for many artists throughout the world. Jeff recently finished his first solo album, "From the Core" along with several soundtracks for independent films. Pevar also recently produced, arranged and played lead guitar for the most recent album, "Grateful Jazz" for the renowned jazz-fusion project, "Jazz Is Dead" (www.pevar.com).
Guitarist Paul Turnipseed’s musical career started with his father’s extensive record collection of rock, jazz, blues, and soul music. Returning to his native New Orleans in his early 20’s after playing in mostly rock and blues bands, he immersed himself in the New Orleans scene, studying and performing with hundreds of the areas top musicians, such as Ellis Marsalis, Stanton Moore, Tommy Ridgely, Steve Masakowski, Victor Goines, just to name a few. After arriving in Southern Oregon in December of 2011, Paul has already begun to play with some of the finest musicians in the Rogue Valley as a sideman and with his own music project.
LOVEBITE's rhythm section consists of Jacob Ackerman on Bass and Matthew Kriemelman on drums: Jacob Ackerman’s melodic and solid rhythmic phrasing make him one of the most sought after bassists in Oregon. Having spent many years in the Bay Area, he has played alongside Josh Jones and Stevie Wonder's guitarist Errol Cooney, and studied under world renowned Brazilian musician Marcos Silva. Now residing in Southern Oregon, Ackerman plays with many artists including the Frankie Hernandez Band, The Jeff Stanley Band, Craig Wright, and the Jeff Pevar Project, and for Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theater productions.
Matthew Kriemelman is most prominently known as a 12-year veteran drummer for the Blue Man Group, beginning in 2000, where he's performed in New York, Chicago & Vegas. Kriemelman honed his chops in NYC's downtown club scene for ten years, as well as touring internationally as a Road Runner Recording Artist in fifteen different countries.
Kriemelman studied at the Drummers Collective in NYC, and had the good fortune of experiencing and performing with many great players during that time. He has appeared on The Carson Daily show, and The Jay Leno Show performing with Blue Man, has worked with many performers from a variety of Cirque De Sole Shows, as well as playing with members of Chaka Khan, Steely Dan, Santana, Barry Manilo, and Wayne Newton, to name a few. In addition to his many years as a live performer, Kriemelman is also an accomplished session musician and collaborator.