Man, I wish there was a city-sanctioned event that would promote a healthy and active lifestyle AND have eight bands playing a wide variety of  live music along the route. Oh wait! It exists! Sunday, August 30th is the third annual Salem Sunday Streets, right here in downtown Salem (see our news story on page 4). The festivities start at noon and include biking, walking, skating, arts & crafts, food and the most important part – live music. Lots of it. The streets will be blocked off so you can cruise around enjoying all the fun without worrying about getting honked off the road. What a great way to bond with your community, relax and enjoy the many talents our city has to offer. There will be eight bands on four stages that form a loop in the downtown core. The schedule is as follows:

Marion County Courthouse Steps100 High Street NE, Salem

Noon – 1pm: RiverCity Rock Star Academy. Students from RiverCity Rock Star Academy will perform their set of songs learned over the last 12 weeks. Students will perform songs from Blur, Heart, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Green Day, Pixies, The Runaways, Portugal. The Man, White Stripes, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

2pm – 3pm: Pale Ale – alternative rock. Willamette students Lucas Verwolf on Guitar & Vocals, Tom Shipley on Bass & Vocals and Alex Geiszler on Drums & Vocals. Pale Ale plays all around the Willamette Valley and now they’ll be rocking the courthouse steps.

Oregon State Capitol Steps900 Court Street NE, Salem

Noon – 1pm: Orchards. Dark, dreamy, and downright haunting at times. Orchards just released their third EP, “Hurry, Wait” back in July and have been playing a lot to promote it. Jacob Zeigler, Daniel Remington, Kelly Klippel, Alex Geiszler, Elizabeth Brock and Aaron Brenam create a wall of sound that will make the gold man sway. Can’t wait.

2pm – 3pm: Magical Mystery Four – Beatles Tribute. What more can I say? They play Beatles songs. I told you there would be variety.

Capitol Building GazeboWest Lawn

1pm – 2pm: Chris Jones Band – Rock/Country/Top 40 and Blues. Get ready to rock, swing and boogie. With over 30 years of experience, Chris brings “music and roots back together. Its a mix of all influences, but its my style that makes it 100% CHRIS ASS JONES.” Come see for yourself.

3pm – 4pm: John Pounds Band – Blues/Soul/Funk. John Pounds plays a seven string bass. (In case you didn’t know, a standard bass has four strings). The best part is, he actually plays all seven of those strings and plays them like you’ve never heard. He can play you a sweet soulful ditty then get you moving to some serious funk. In the Gazebo!

Salem Downtown Transit Mall 555 Court Street NE

1pm – 2pm: City of Pieces – Danceable Punk Rock. David Fox, Karen Holman and Doug Hoffman know how to put on a solidly wonderful weird show. Would have loved to see them at  the Art Fair, but this will be better. David is a huge advocate for active transportation, so it makes perfect sense that they’ll be rocking the transit mall.

3pm – 4pm: Silverton Youth Choir. Not a youth choir at all, so don’t be confused (I was at first). With former members of Nodding Tree Remedies, Sexy Water Spiders and Great Drop Backlights, it’s a Silverton-based backyard psychedelia joint. I’m intrigued.