Saturday, April 16th from 9am to 10pm at Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill: 3rd Annual Local Roots Music Festival and Fundraiser for KMUZ and CD Release Party. Say that 10 times fast. Organized by Robert Richter, this Festival features 20…TWENTY! NW bands: City of Pieces, Haley Johnson (2012 American Idol finalist from Beaverton), Allies from Nowhere, Analisa Tornfelt and Bad Assets, just to name a few. Find the full schedule at KMUZ.org or on the event’s Facebook page.  KMUZ will be releasing their Local Roots Compilation CD Vol III and will be on sale for $15. All of the artists performing at the festival have music on the CD. Robert hosts a weekly show “Local Roots” on KMUZ 100.7 in Salem and online at kmuz.org; 7pm – 9pm every Sunday that features artists from around the NW and a segment of each program features a live in studio concert.

Sunday, April 17th at 8:30pm at The Fifty Pub & Grub: Captain Wail & The Harpoons, The Other Band on Earth and Grand Head – Free. Well, I love all these bands, so of course I’m going to tell you to go. And by the way, it’s totally ok to go see live music on a Sunday. You know that gut-wrenching anxious feeling you get on Sunday right around 8:30pm? That feeling when you’re realizing that your weekend is over and Monday is just around the corner? This show will completely cure you of that doom. It’s true. And hey, The Other Band on Earth is coming all the way from Oakland to rock your face with their rocking proggy excellence. Come on. Do something a little different for a change. It will do you good. Keep you young. You can replace your deep knee bends with this show. Doctor said so.

Saturday, April 23rd from 10am – 10pm at Willamette University: WULAPALOOZA 2016. Wulapalooza is an amazing super huge festival held on the Willamette University campus in the spring. It incorporates the themes of music, art, and earth into one mash-up of amazing fun from the late morning to the dark of night. There will be music all day from local groups around the valley. But, look at these headliners: Dan Deacon – Electronic, Cakes Da Killa, Chanti Darling and The Seshen – HipHop/R&B/Soul. Go to the Wulapalooza Facebook event and there’s a link to the complete lineup. In years past, they’ve had face- and body-painting, kittens, bubbles, cotton candy, slip-n-slides, bike-powered smoothies, rubber duck races, and a kajillion other fantastic activities. And the shows are outside and this is Oregon – bring an umbrella.