Category: Music Picks

Oregon State Fair @ the Oregon State Fairgrounds

We don’t usually pick out the big shows; they already get a lot of hype. But, this year has a couple goodies that made us take notice. Joan Jett and Third Eye Blind (guilty pleasure). The fair can be awesome or a living hell depending on what kind of person you are. But, you can go see shows and not have to deal with the crowds, so there’s that. This year’s highlights are Dwight Yoakam 8/25; Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 8/26; Josh Turner 8/28; Kenny Loggins 8/30; Third Eye Blind 8/31; Vince Neil 9/1; Trace Adkins 9/2; Eddie...

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Night Lizard and Sleep Millennium. Saturday, September 2nd @ 9pm at Kraftworks

This is Kraftworks Taphouse’s third-year anniversary bash. It’s also going to be the last show in 2017 for Night Lizard. I wonder why? Anyway. Night Lizard is an electronic dance duo and always packs the house. Sleep Millennium is an indie rock, Portland/Salem hybrid featuring Salem’s own Jarred Venti and Ronan Baker. I believe this is only the second time they’ve played in Salem, so this will be pretty neat to see them at Kraftworks. They’re offering $1 off all their draft beers and swag. Yeah. They’ve made a promise of swag. 21 and over....

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Green Jellö, Headless Pez, Grandma Dynamite, Marc & The Horsejerks. Sunday, September 3rd @ 8pm at Shotskis Woodfired Eats

I’m going to be as clear about this as possible: You need to go to this show. I saw Green Jello last year at the now defunct Duffy’s Hangar. It was amazing. Green Jello came out in the 90s with their one big hit “Three Little Pigs.” They call their shows puppet shows and this is what they do: they pull a bunch of folks out of the audience, take them backstage and puts big paper mache puppet heads on them. Then, they are apart of the stage show. Lead singer Bill Manspeaker is a great front man; he’s...

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The Sound of Ghosts, Dead Wood Standing, Acousta Noir Tuesday, August 8th at The Space Concert Club. 8pm.

Salem gets a lot of touring bands coming through from all over the country, and sometimes the world. I’d like to shine a spotlight on that, because sometimes I don’t think the live music loving public realizes it. There’s a world of music out there, and they’re coming to our town…let’s support them. The Sounds of Ghosts contacted me and asked for a mention, so they get it. They’re coming all the way from LA to treat Salem to their “completely unique sound,” drawing from folk, bluegrass, blues, and rock. They’ll be sharing the stage with local faves Dead...

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Long Hallways,There Is No Mountain, Tied to a Grizzly Album Release Friday, August 11th at Shotskis Woodfired Pizza. 8pm.

This is a much anticipated album release for Tied to a Grizzly. Grizzly used to be a one-man operation of acoustic alt/folk songs. Not too long ago Colton Houser added Lizzy Brock (formerly of Orchards) on viola and Rebecca McDade on vocals and guitar, and they’ve already busted an album out. I have yet to hear them together, but I know each is very talented and I’m super excited to hear the album and see them perform live. They’re kicking out all the stops for this show: albums, t-shirts, posters, stickers…the works. They’ll be joined by Portland based, “emotive...

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