“We’re basically in,” says Karen Holman, who is spearheading the campaign.  

Neal Gladstone, a well-known folk musician with a humorous slant, will be joined by members of True North for an April concert to raise funds for and awareness about Radio Free Salem. A “thinking person’s songwriter,” Gladstone surprises his listeners with unexpected rhymes and melodies, and can turn the most ordinary subject into hilarious satire.

The benefit concert will take place April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Theater. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. To learn more visit radiofreesalem.com, or call (503) 588-8713 for tickets.

Bus Project to visit Salem
Local musicians will team up with venues to participate in Thirst Wednesday, a voter registration drive sponsored by the Bus Project.

Ten local bands will perform in seven locations during Salem’s first Wednesday on April 2 to raise awareness about the importance of voting. CopperJohn’s will host The Nettles and Mickey Bare. Other confirmed venues include Coffee House Cafe, Venti’s Cafe, Cascade Baking Company, Straight From New York Pizza, The Space and Singley’s.

The Bus Project will register voters at Willamette University, Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University during the afternoon and visit downtown Salem from 6-8 p.m. For information on the Bus Project visit busproject.org.

What’s Out and Coming Out
Debut CD “Do Not Resuscitate” from McMinnville band Auburn is scheduled for release April 5 at IKE Box. Groups joining Auburn will be Life In Ruins and Trophies. Show starts 7 p.m.; cost is $3 in advance or $5 at the door.  

The Culture Shock Community Project has announced
the release of their first CD compilation “The Salem Soundwave.” It features more than 30 local musicians, including Mill Race, Ty Curtis, NTR, Charlie Blu, LeNUNES, The Funhouse Strippers, Easterly and Jewelia Owens.