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What to Do in Ashland OR this Week – March 27th – 30th

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What to Do in Ashland OR this Week – March 27th – 30th

By Jason Franklin

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” Kurt Vonnegut

I overheard a conversation downtown where someone replied to another that the city of Ashland has “changed.” While it was only a simple comment made by a complete stranger, it stuck with me. Later while working, I pondered the question myself. “Has Ashland changed?” I’m a transplant from Portland, a community that experiences near-constant change. I’ve lived here since 1997, and yes, Ashland has changed. Change is a necessary component of the human condition, as is age. Don’t all cities go through a metamorphosis, so to speak? In 17 years, is there a community anywhere that has not experienced change?

The conclusion I made was that Ashland has not “changed”, it has “aged gracefully.” Ashland aged in a way that benefits the community, the citizens, and the many people who come to visit each year. Ashland, just like myself, hasn’t changed, it has only aged.

In fact, we’ve aged together.

Thursday,  March 27th

Dave Stringer and Sheela Bringi, Unitarian Fellowship

The Kirtan-inspired stylings of singer/songwriter Dave Stringer return to Ashland for the first time in three years for a show at the Unitarian Center beginning at 7pm. He and Indian-American vocalist Sheela Bringi will present spiritual poems and hymns, songs in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Marathi. An eclectic performance for the whole family. For ticket information, visit Bright Star Events online.

Friday March 28th

Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra, Caldera’s Tap House

Built on the vintage sound of steel guitar, fiddle, and the stand-up bass, O’Reilly and the rest of the trio summon the spirits of Blind Willie Johnson, John Lee Hooker, and Charlie Patton to create a root-based style with eclectic songs and inspired stage performances. They come to Caldera’s for one night only for a show beginning at 9pm.

Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst – Brasileira, The Old Siskiyou Barn

As part of the Siskiyou Music Project, vocalist/pianist Jennifer Scott and bassist Rene Worst will bring the dazzling sounds of Brazil to the local stage at the Old Siskiyou Barn, located on 2600 Old Highway 99 South in Ashland. Joining the duo on guitar will be local favorite Ed Dunsavage for a performance that begins at 7pm. For ticket information, visit the Siskiyou Music Project online or call 541-488-3869.

Saturday March 29th

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Angus Bowmer Theatre

The quirky comedy explored choices, love and consequence in this long-lost tale of a man living in 1960’s Greenwich Village. Sidney Brustein’s energy and zest come alive in the telling of life in a nearly-forgotten era. The Saturday performance begins at 8pm. For ticket information, visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival online.

An Evening with Sara Gazarek, SOU Music Recital Hall

Hailed as one of the premier voices in jazz music, Sara comes to Ashland in support of her third album, Blossom and Bee, which was released in 2012. When not performing or recording, Sara leads the vocal ensemble at the University of Southern California. Her performance at Southern Oregon University begins at 7:30pm. Ticket information can be found at The Gaia Project online.

Sunday March 30th

Water By The Spoonful, Thomas Theatre

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents the story of four people who share their struggles with addiction through an online chat room. The human condition is explored in the extraordinary tale of family, forgiveness, friendship, and courage. The matinee begins at 1:30pm. For ticket information, visit Oregon Shakespeare Festival online.

100 Watt Mind, Paddy Brannan’s Irish Pub

Their debut album “Out Of Night” is quickly becoming a local favorite and their live performances are also gaining attention. With songs like “Cat Lady,” “Step Back,” and “Colour of Soul,” vocalist Brynna Dean summons the ghosts of Joplin and Karen Carpenter, with a hard-hitting Zeppelin-esque sound filling the holes. If you haven’t seen them live, stop by Paddy’s for a Sunday night of rock-n-roll debauchery like no other. The show begins at 9pm.

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