Monoplane, Archie
Crisanto, Mmmonster
Friday, September 21
Governor’s Cup, 471 Court St. NE
9 p.m., free, 21+
Archie Crisanto’s version of soul-drenched Americana has to be one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve heard from a Salem-raised artist lately. Also known for the band he fronts “The Traveling Salesmen,” and supported by a revolving door of buddies, the Provo, Utah inhabitant delivers rock n’ roll that would earn a “thumbs up” or approving nod from the various generations of rock stars he surely idolizes. The music offered on his Web site — — shows an eclectic range of songwriting within the borders and decades of rock n’ roll. Crisanto will share the stage with Jeremy Crofoot’s new project Mmmonster and local hard rock favorites Monoplane.

Barn Dance and Pig Roast
Saturday, September 22
Oregon Garden,
879 W. Main St. Silverton
6:30 p.m., $30, 21+
Looking for a fresh date-night idea? Though “fresh” may not accurately describe an event held in a building that is described by the organizer as “a barn,” when was the last time you went to a “barn dance and pig roast”? Silverton’s excellent Oregon Garden venue is hosting the event that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. The admission price includes line dancing lessons, live music, your first beer and a slice of the pig and fixins (that is pretty “fresh,” however). Dinner is from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit and click on the banner for the “Barn Dance and Pig Roast.”

Comedy Is Free!
with Sean Jordan
Saturday, September 22
The Triangle, 3215 Liberty Rd. S
9 p.m., free, 21+
The 15th edition of the Jesse Priest-hosted event includes Danny Felts (director of celebrity-gossip outlet The Spicy News), Iris Gorman (co-host of the “Funnier on the Inside” show at Harvey’s Comedy Club in Portland), Jon Washington (host of the podcast “Jon Reads the Paper”), and headliner Sean Jordan. Jordan — who may be best known as a Doug Benson side-kick — backs his observational comedy with his South Dakota upbringing and awkward and unavoidable Wonder-Bread whiteness. Though the clips on only show truncated sets from two years ago, Jordan will surely be worth the price. Also, plan on getting a bite to eat at the venue — word from The Triangle is that its kitchen opened on September 15.

Choke the Silence,
Nuclear Salt
Friday, September 28
Papa G’s Blacklight Bar,
610 Marion St. NE
9 p.m., $3, 21+
Every once in a while many of us could benefit from attending a DIY garage metal or punk show performed by idealistic youth with big dreams, broken strings and shattered drum sticks. This show at Papa G’s looks to fit the bill with local alternative metal band Choke the Silence and thrash outfit Nuclear Salt slated to blast ear drums and energize some moshin’ friends and random passers by. Sure, the show will likely annoy some passers by as well (and maybe the bartender). However, at the end of Choke The Silence’s live track “End of Sorrow”, you can hear a concert attendee say, “finally, a real metal band!” Refreshing indeed.

Begin Oliver
Friday, September 28
Boon’s Treasury, 888 Liberty St. NE
9 p.m., free, 21+
The three-piece pop rock band “Begin Oliver” notes Matchbox Twenty, Coldplay, Counting Crows and Fountains of Wayne as influences. I think it was Jack White, king-of-cool (most of the time), who said that bands would be best-served to not mention well-known contemporary acts as influences. Can’t get much more well-known than Coldplay. On the other hand, Begin Oliver (which used to be known as The Reds) is a tight band with solid hooks, and appear to be three dudes (Joel Detter, Jeremiah Wagner and Mike Ronfeld) out to make music they love and have a good time. I can’t fault that. To listen to their tunes and find out more about the band, visit

International Songwriter
Saturday, September 29
Grand Theatre,
187 High St. NE
7:30 p.m., $8 ($4 12-and-under), all-ages
CCTV’s Tom Phillips is showcasing a night of international songwriter talent, headlined by rising Swedish folk-pop star and Lollapalooza-vet Sofia Talvik. The Gothenburg-born songstress will be supported by Toledo, Oregon classic country artist Bob Manning from the Honky Tonk Road Show, and Salem “hippiebilly” musician Sig Paulson. For those interested in getting a taste of the music before purchasing a ticket, Talvik and Paulson will also perform live sets on KMUZ 88.5 FM’s “MashUp with Marc” from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, September 28. Talvik also has several videos available on that range from elegant, string-backed folk to sunny, up-beat pop. Tickets for the family-friendly event can be purchased at

The Music of ABBA
Saturday, September 29
Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy.
8 p.m., $15,
21+ (16-and-older with adult)
Do you have a secret place in your heart for Scandinavia’s biggest pop sensation? If so, you probably have a bit of a crush on Pierce Brosnan and are likely bummed that ABBA hasn’t performed together since 1982 (and I’m guessing that 80’s concept double album by members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, “Chess”, didn’t satisfy the itch). Fortunately for you, ABBA’s only ABBA-approved tribute act, “Arrival from Sweden”, will perform “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia”, “SOS”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and many other ABBA classics at Grand Ronde’s Spirit Mountain Casino in ABBA’s original outfits (what?)! Did you know ABBA has sold more records than The Rolling Stones and AC/DC? If you’ve read this far, you probably already knew.