Saturday, April 30th – 9pm at Christo’s Pizzeria & Lounge: Horse Cult, Solace and Aerial Ruin – Celtic/Beguiling Dark Folk. Sooo many reasons to highlight this show. Really, one very good reason: Asia Kindred. She has given so much to Salem and continues to be an active member of the music scene. Remember the Wisp House? That beyond incredible house venue that was closed down for no apparent reason? That was Asia’s house. Solace is her solo stuff, “an ambient weaving of harp and ethereal effects and vocals.” Asia has recently joined Portland’s Horse Cult which brings lively dark folk weaved together with psychedelic celtic music. Aerial Ruin is also from Portland and offers a lush acoustic dreamscape. This is definitely not something we get in Salem that often, so don’t miss it. $5 – $10 sliding scale at the door.

Sunday, May 1st – 8pm at The Triangle: “Duotour” is a project by Onry Ozzborn of Seattle’s hiphop duo Grayskul featuring performances by Myke Bogan, Wool See, and Graves 33. This is hosted by ThatKidCry and Weapons of Mass Productions w/ DJ LadyX. Ozzborn’s project is touring all over the Western United States and it’s stopping in Salem and it’s absolutely FREE. I’m just getting into this genre in part because I’ve found the HipHop folks in Salem to be a breath of fresh air and, I listened to Ozzborn’s links and I think it’s quite good. ThatKidCry tells me that Ozzborn performs live with videos he’s made for the project. Sounds like a special opportunity to see some talented folks who are taking it on the road in a major way. And I did mention it’s FREE? Yes, yes I did.

Saturday, April 7th – 11am to 8pm at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics, Keizer: Wire Monkey Mama, Captain Wail & The Harpoons, and Coot & Codger. If you read my page regularly, you know I’m a sucker for a charity event. Here it is, from the Facebook event: Free comics with extras for donations to the Keizer Food Bank. Silent Auction and raffle’s for Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital. Spiderman artist Randy Emberlin. $1 grilled tacos from El Patron Mexican Grill. Child safety and board breaking demo’s by Ireland’s ATA Martial Arts. Superheroes from the Portland Superhero Coalition. Classic cars from the Rockabilly Rust-o-Rama car show and a whole lot more. Whew! Are you even ready for all this fun and good music too? Sure you are!