Entertainment Briefs

ROSEBURG: Shemekia Copeland to play Half Shell

July 30, 2014 — 

Blues singer Shemekia Copeland will perform at Music on the Half Shell at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Nichols Bandshell at Stewart Park.

From Chicago, and the daughter of noted blues musician Johnny Copeland, Shemekia Copeland has been one of the country’s prominent female blues singers for two decades.

Performing Aug. 12 at the Half Shell will be Portland orchestral band Pink Martini.

Information: Halfshell.org.

CANYONVILLE: Music in Park to host skilled songsters

July 9, 2014 — 

Pioneer Park will be the scene of a performance by Andy Anderson, Moonglow and Dave Kennedy starting at 6:30 p.m. July 16.

The show is part of Canyonville’s summer Music in the Park series.

Anderson is the co-spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Living in Roseburg, where he is also the music director and choir leader. Kennedy is a 20-something sax phenom, and Moonglow is made up of musicians Jerry Ashford and Beth McNamara, originally of San Francisco.

The show is free but donations go toward the Canyonville Chamber of Commerce’s park bleacher awning fund and the Canyonville Lions Club. Seventy percent of donations go to the Chamber’s bleacher awning fund and 30 percent go to the Lion’s Club.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: Artist Carnate to brighten kids’ summer days with bugs

July 9, 2014 — 

Artist Victoria Carnate presents a free, educational art program for kids, “Illuminated Insects,” next week at all 11 branches of the Douglas County Library system.

Carnate will teach kids to make wearable insects, with a bit of science mixed in. The program is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. A parent should accompany children younger than 8.

Check The News-Review’s entertainment calendar for dates and times.

Information: 541-440-4305

WINSTON: Drops to drop by Riverbend Park

July 9, 2014 — 

The Riverbend Live! music series continues July 11 with the old-time black folk band Carolina Chocolate Drops performing from 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverbend Park in Winston.

The show is free.

The banjo- and fiddle-based band won a Grammy Award for its 2010 debut album, “Genuine Negro Jig.”

The series continues July 18 with blues singer Janiva Magness.

Information: Riverbendlive.org.

SUTHERLIN: Country Music Express to make Central Park stop

July 9, 2014 — 

Western band Country Music Express performs from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 at Sutherlin’s Central Park.

The show is part of the city’s Music Off Central summer music series. The show is free. No dogs allowed. No alcohol over 12 percent by volume.

Dial-A-Ride will be available but call 888-232-8121 during business hours to set up a ride.

Information: 541-459-4522.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: Learn about the science of song

July 9, 2014 — 

Musician Joe Ross will present an original, informational music program July 11 at branches of the Douglas County Library system.

The interactive family concert, “The Science of Sound,” features demonstrations of instruments, sing-alongs and original music by Ross and Lana Walter Graff.

Performances will be in Riddle at 12:30 p.m. and Glendale at 3 p.m.

The free show is part of the library system’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program.

Information: 541-440-4305 or visit http://dclibrary.us or email rossjoe@hotmail.com.

SUTHERLIN: Christian motorcyclists to make noise

July 9, 2014 — 

Sutherlin’s weekly gospel music series continues with the Christian Motorcyclists Association singing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 13 at Central Park.

The CMA is a national organization that hosts rides and spiritual events. Chapter 374, The Cross Road Riders, operates out of Roseburg, and Chapter 22, The Heaven Bound Riders, is based in Eugene.

The outdoor performance is free.

Next week, John and Jill Keller perform at the gospel series.

Information: 459-4522 or 459-4155.

ROSEBURG: Righteous vibes to rattle Half Shell

July 9, 2014 — 

Up next at Music on the Half Shell will be Bob Marley’s famous backing band, The Wailers, which plays 7 p.m. July 15 at the Nichols Bandshell in Stewart Park.

A crowd of approximately 10,000 people gathered the last time the Wailers played here. Singing lead this time will be Jamaican musician Dwayne “Danglin’” Anglin.

Performing next will be Irish band Dervish, which play July 22.

Information: halfshell.org.

CANYONVILLE: Temptations coming to casino

July 9, 2014 — 

Classic rhythm and blues combo The Temptations performs at Seven Feathers Casino Resort at 9 p.m. July 11 at 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville.

The original Motown act has sold tens of millions of records since the early 1960s. One original member, Otis Williams, still sings in the group.

Tickets are $20 and $30.

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Information: 877-772-5425.

Oakland winery hosts Eugene Opera in an evening of arias

July 3, 2014 — 

Reggie Tonry’s is an interesting opera story.

The son of the house manager of the Metropolitan Opera House (“I literally grew up in the theater”), he first appeared onstage at age 10 at the Met, in Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.”

At the Met.

Though a trained vocalist, he went in another direction professionally, becoming a locomotive conductor. But he never let opera go.

“For me, it’s just the love of music,” he said.

Tonry, 75, will be among approximately two dozen singers performing individual and ensemble arias July 12 at Oakland’s MarshAnne Landing Winery. The evening is a result of complementary efforts: the winery’s ambition to present classical music in Douglas County and the opera’s outreach-minded Artist Mentor Program.

“The whole idea is to promote the arts,” said Tonry, the Eugene Opera’s outreach coordinator.

In this vein, the Eugene Opera has been serious about presenting modern works, not just big, serious tragedies from opera’s golden age. The company recently staged “Nixon in China” (which is just what it sounds like), “Dead Man Walking” (based on the same book as the movie) and Puccini’s little-known, schlocky “Girl of the Golden West,” complete with sheriff, Native Americans and a chorus of shabby miners.

Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is scheduled for next season.

Tonry says he’s one of two or three “true” basses in the Eugene area. Those who sing in the lowest register can perform well into their senior years, provided one takes care of his instrument.

“Opera is the most difficult of the performing arts because not only do you need the singing, but you have to have the costumes and the acting everything else that goes into a performance,” Tonry said.

“Opera singers are the Olympic athletes of musicians.”

This being the off-season for opera singers, performances like the one at MarshAnne help keep singers honed. For now, keeping match fit is a priority, said soprano Brooke Cagno, who will also sing in Oakland.

Along with Italian, prominent operas have been written in German, French, Spanish, Latin, English and Russian.

“I haven’t had to sing in Russian yet,” Cagno said.

The 34-year-old soprano added it’s not enough to phonetically sound out the words of a foreign language. Diction coaching is required to get the right sound to a native speaker.

Cagno can hold a note for nearly a full minute. Onstage she can hit a high E flat, and in the privacy of her home, a high F.

Cagno is a “compramario,” an opera bit player. She’s never died onstage, though she’s often been the grieving attendant.

She has also been asked to serve as a “cover study,” filling in for featured performers at rehearsal. Marquee soloists, even working for the relatively tiny Eugene Opera, get flown in and don’t rehearse as much with the full cast, Cagno explained. She had this role in the modern English-language opera “Dead Man Walking,” which was surprisingly affecting.

“The joy for me comes from bringing opera to smaller communities,” she said.

Greg and Fran Cramer have hosted the Eugene Opera at their MarshAnne Landing Winery for eight years. The couple came to Oregon from Washington D.C., where they worked for the Food and Drug Administration until heading west to make wine in 2001. They’ve made the deck overlooking their 17 acres the site of numerous classical music performances.

Greg Cramer, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry, said he tested levels of environmental contaminants in seafood supplies while Bill Clinton was president. He’s been hooked on opera since hearing Maria Callas sing Verdi’s “La Traviata” in 1976.

“It’s a rare treat to host this level of talent in the Roseburg area, because you don’t hear opera in Douglas County,” he said.

The Cramers have other higher-brow offerings planned for 2014. On July 19, MarshAnne hosts a Brazilian jazz concert by the seven-piece Tom Bergeron Brasil Band. Soprano Siri Vik will perform Aug. 9. Pianist Alexander Schwartzkof will play Bach’s Goldberg Variations Sept. 21, tenor David Gustafson will perform Italian arias Nov. 29 and the Oregon Bach Collegium will perform period holiday music on early instruments Dec. 7.

“It’s going to be an elegant affair,” Cramer said.

• You can reach reporter Garrett Andrews at 541-957-4218 or at gandrews@nrtoday.com.

ROSEBURG: AmberLee will ring in the Fourth at Delfino

July 2, 2014 — 

The blues band AmberLee and the Mix performs from 6 to 9 p.m. July 4 at Delfino Vineyards, 4829 Colonial Road, Roseburg.

The Oregon-based touring house band of Pacific Northwest Artists features a diverse group of seasoned artists, including Amber Lee, Jackie Rivas, Kenard Barral, Anothony Rivas and Benny Valdez.

Bring a chair or blanket. Social hour starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 541-673-7575 to reserve tickets.

ROSEBURG: UACT auditions for ‘Little Shop’ up next

July 2, 2014 — 

Umpqua Actors Community Theatre is seeking fresh blood for its next effort, “Little Shop of Horrors.” Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. July 13 and July 14. Twelve actors are needed: six women and six men. Actors older than 16 are preferred. Come with a piece of music prepared to perform. No experience is required.

The musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken follows hard-luck floral assistant Seymour, who discovers an exotic plant that develops a taste for blood.

Information: 541-673-2125.

ROSEBURG; Winery to host singer Beth Wood

July 2, 2014 — 

Abacela Winery hosts an evening of music and wine with a back patio performance by Beth Wood at 6 p.m. July 5 at 12500 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg.

The Eugene singer-songwriter grew up in Lubbock, Texas. She has recorded eight albums and has a background in classical music. Wood’s acoustic music has been described as soulful, organic, intelligent and “barefoot.”

Information: 541-679-6642.

ROSEBURG: Street band up next at Half Shell

July 2, 2014 — 

The Playing for Change Band is the next act to play the Music on the Half Shell series, 7 p.m., July 8, at the Nichols Band Shell in Stewart Park in Roseburg. The show is free.

The band is a collection of one-time street performers gathered by producers of a popular web series.

The Wailers will perform next, July 15, followed by Irish band Dervish.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: Learn about the science of song at the library

July 2, 2014 — 

Musician Joe Ross will present an original, informational music program next week at all 11 branches of the Douglas County Library system.

The interactive family concert, “The Science of Sound,” features demonstrations of instruments, sing-alongs and original music by Ross and Lana Walter Graff.

Performances will be in Oakland and Winston July 7; Drain, Sutherlin and Roseburg July 8; Reedsport and Yoncalla July 9; Myrtle Creek and Canyonville July 10 and at Riddle and Glendale July 11.

The free show is part of the library system’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program.

For times call 541-440-4305 or visit http://dclibrary.us or email rossjoe@hotmail.com.

CANYONVILLE: ‘Temptations’ coming to casino

July 2, 2014 — 

Classic rhythm and blues combo The Temptations performs at Seven Feathers Casino Resort at 9 p.m. July 11 at 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville.

The original Motown act has sold tens of millions of records since the early 1960s. One original member, Otis Williams, still sings in the group.

Tickets are $20 and $30.

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Information: 877-772-5425.

Best Bets for June 27-29

June 27, 2014 — 

Pray for No Rain — The Umpqua Valley Arts Center’s Summer Arts Festival is this weekend in Fir Grove Park, outside the arts center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. Music, art, food and activities go on until 8 p.m. tonight, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 541-672-2532.

Put ’Em Up — The Community Cancer Center hosts its third annual Bra Auction benefit at 5:30 tonight in Cascade and Douglas halls of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 S.W. Frear St., Roseburg. $25. 541-673-2267 or 541-440-2583.

Be Engrossed by Toast — The Drain Performing Arts Council presents The Texas Toasters at 7 tonight at the Drain Civic Center, 205 W. A St.. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $5. 541-680-9679.

A Twirlable Mustache — Oakland Community Theater presents an original melodrama for its 2014 offering, “MacGuffee’s Deception,” at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the gym behind City Hall, 637 Locust St., Oakland. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. 541-459-9504.

Run for the Fuzz — The Police Pursuit K9 Fun Run and Walk unfurls Saturday morning at 1003 Stewart Park Road, Roseburg. Proceeds benefit local law enforcement canine programs. $30 for adults, $20 for kids. Add $5 if registering the day of the event. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Runners start at 9 a.m. Walkers start at 9:10 a.m. Dogs must be leashed. For information and to register: eclecticedgeracing.com or uvk9.org.

Free Woody and Buzz — The last of Roseburg’s Movies in the Park for the summer is screened at 7:30 tonight at the Nichols Band Shell in Stewart Park. This week’s film is the 1995 Pixar film “Toy Story.” No alcohol or tobacco. No pets. No unaccompanied children younger than 13. Movie starts at dusk. 541-492-6730.

Cowboy Up-Tempo — A second annual benefit for Court Appointed Special Attorneys will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Melrose Vineyards, 885 Melqua Road, Roseburg. The Boot Scootin’ Benefit is a country-themed evening featuring barbecue, line dancing and silent and live auctions. Live music from Northstar. $65. 541-672-7001.

Roseburg guitarist Neil Johnson charts his own musical path

June 26, 2014 — 

Neil Johnson has played guitar for half his life. That’s 13 years of experience.

Not bad.

But the other three members of The Neil Johnson Band have a combined 120 years experience between them.

“Each one of them have been playing for more than 40 years,” he said, laughing. “At first, it was (intimidating), but now it’s cool because we all know each other. I’ve got pretty thick skin.”

He’ll need it. Johnson’s lately been embarking on a truly brave project, one many people toy with but never fully embrace — earning a living as a musician.

To make this happen, he’s been learning new material and picking up lessons where he can find them. He’s also had the good sense to surround himself with a century’s worth of talent.

Johnson can be heard at noon Friday performing solo jazz guitar near the entrance of this weekend’s Umpqua Valley Summer Arts Festival in Roseburg. The Neil Johnson Band will also perform at 5 p.m. Friday on the main stage.

“I’m not very good at the P.R. thing,” he said at the start of an interview this week. “But I’m getting better.”

Johnson learned to lead a band from his mother, Dawn Day, whose Dawn Day Blues Project regularly entertains around town. Day plays her bass with a calm assurance, and has rooted a cast of musicians in the local music scene for years.

“She’s really awesome,” Johnson said. “My mom’s taught me a lot.”

Both Johnson’s parents are musicians, but before learning diminished sevenths and major sixths, Johnson picked up power chords. He played punk and heavy rock in local bands 40 Ways From Sunday and Cowboy Bubblebath. He’s now a bit bored by the simplicity of those genres, though he’s still a fan.

He’s recently engaged, and plays irregularly in local bands the Hotqua String Band and Small Town Rumor.

Johnson’s musical ambitions currently break down into two areas — solo and with his band.

Taking a page from influences Joe Pass, Pat Martino and Chet Atkins, Johnson has developed a repertoire of solo jazz guitar he can take to most restaurants and wineries — heavy on country standards and classic rock songs from the 1970s.

“It takes a certain understanding of what people want. This year I’ve been learning a lot of covers.”

For providing three hours of entertainment in the evening, he earns what many people do putting in eight hours behind a desk. And with regular gigs now filling his weekly schedule, he’s got to spend time during the day learning new material to sound fresh at night.

He can be heard every Wednesday at the new Blac-N-Bleu Bistro on Garden Valley Boulevard, O’Toole’s on the last Thursday of the month, Draper Draft House the second Thursday of the month and Tolly’s in Oakland the first and third weeks of the month.

He recently secured the weekly Monday and Tuesday evening slots at the Village Green Resort in Cottage Grove. Dylan James, a friend, gave Johnson the reference after James stopped playing the gigs himself. “It’s nice to be working Monday and Tuesday,” he said. “Those are hard gigs to get.”

Live music is good for a venue because it communicates to customers a willingness to go the extra mile, Johnson said. “It gives people an excuse to hang around and have a couple extra drinks. It gives people an excuse to come back.

“I’m just kind of old-fashioned about live music. I just think it beats the heck out of an iPod.”

It’s simple but it’s not easy to play solo. It takes adaptability and curiosity. For a recent Celtic-themed event, he had to take to YouTube to learn Irish music. But the audience ate up his jigs, he said.

Though he earns more playing solo, he wanted to front a fuller sound. So he recently put together an eponymous bluesy rock band, recruiting keyboardist Skip Golden, drummer David Parker and bassist Louis Kay.

Kay is a guitar tech at Hi 5 Music, where Johnson teaches lessons. He’s also a friend of Dawn Day, which is how he met Johnson years ago.

Kay, 73, has won two Academy of Country Music Awards over a long career as a bassist. He’s only played with Johnson for a few months, but said he’ll be with Johnson “as long as he needs me.”

“He’s energetic. He can play all the styles. He’s very well-rounded for his age,” Kay said. “In my opinion, I think he’s going to make it.”

• You can reach reporter Garrett Andrews at 541-957-4218 or by email at gandrews@nrtoday.com.

ROSEBURG: Classic ‘Toy Story’ to screen outside

June 24, 2014 — 

Pixar’s “Toy Story” is the next animated film to be shown at Nichols Band Shell in Roseburg’s Stewart Park.

The free Movies in the Park screening begins at 7:30 p.m. June 27.

The 2013 film tells the story of Woody, Buzz and the rest of their toy gang as they deal with their owner growing up.

This is the final movie in the 2014 Movies in the Park series.

No alcohol, tobacco or pets are allowed. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The movie starts at dusk.

Information: 541-492-6730.

ROSEBURG: Police run benefits K9 program

June 24, 2014 — 

The Police Pursuit K9 Fun Run and Walk starts the morning of June 28 at 1003 Stewart Park Road, Roseburg.

The proceeds will benefit local law enforcement canine programs.

Participation costs $30 for adults and $20 for kids. Early registration includes a T-shirt. Add $5 if registering the day of the event.

Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Runners start at 9 a.m. Walkers start at 9:10 a.m.

Bring a (leashed) canine companion.

For information and to register: eclecticedgeracing.com or uvk9.org.

DRAIN: ‘Texas’ band from Eugene to pluck and pick

June 24, 2014 — 

The Drain Performing Arts Council hosts The Texas Toasters, a country band from Eugene, at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Drain Civic Center, 205 W. A St.

The Western swing band features twin steel guitars, swinging fiddle and driving rhythm. It plays a variety of traditional songs by artists like Bob Wills, Milton Brown and Spade Cooley, along with original tunes.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $5.

Information: 541-680-9679.

SUTHERLIN: Fiddle jam will commence

June 24, 2014 — 

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association hosts a district fiddle jam at noon June 28 at Sutherlin Grange Hall, 851 Comstock Road, Sutherlin.

Bring your singing voice, acoustic instrument, dancing shoes and/or finger food.

Donations will be accepted.

Information: oregonoldtimefiddling.org.

ROSEBURG: Cancer center bra auction set

June 24, 2014 — 

The Community Cancer Center hosts its 3rd annual Bra Auction at 5:30 p.m. June 27 in the Cascade and Douglas halls of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, S.W. 2110 Frear St.

Hors d’oeuvres will be available and a runway fashion show will be held. The bras are intended to be hilarious and extravagant. In previous years they’ve sold for for bids ranging between $150 and $1,300.

Proceeds go toward the Community Cancer Center.

Tickets are $25.

Information: 541-673-2267 or 541-440-2583.

WINSTON: Lil Ed kicks off concert series

June 24, 2014 — 

WINSTON

Lil Ed kicks off concert series

Winston’s free summer concert series, Riverbend Live!, begins July 4 with hot blues band Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials performing from 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverbend Park on Thompson Avenue.

Up next in the series are the Carolina Chocolate Drops (July 11), Janiva Magness (July 18), Riverbend Youth Theater’s production of “Annie Jr.” (July 25 and 26) and Red Steagall and the Boys in the Bunkhouse (Aug. 1).

ROSEBURG: Estrin up next at Half Shell

June 24, 2014 — 

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats is the next act to play Music on the Half Shell series at 7 p.m. July 1 at the Nichols Band Shell in Stewart Park in Roseburg.

The show is free.

The band is fronted by the Sacramento-based blues singer and harmonicist Rick Estrin, known for his pencil mustache, flashy suits and virtuosity on the harp. The band was known for many years as Little Charlie and the Nightcats.

The Playing For Change Band will perform on July 8.

ROSEBURG: Watch ‘Frozen’ without having to pay

June 17, 2014 — 

Disney’s “Frozen” is the next animated film to show at the Nichols Band Shell in Roseburg’s Stewart Park.

The free “Movies in the Park” event begins at 7:30 p.m. June 20.

The 2013 film tells Princess Anna’s adventures breaking the icy spell of her sister, Snow Queen Elsa.

Next week’s movie is Pixar’s “Toy Story.”

No alcohol, tobacco or pets allowed. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The movie starts at dusk.

Information: 541-492-6730.

ROSEBURG: Everyone’s a suspect in UACT play

June 17, 2014 — 

This weekend, Umpqua Actors Community Theatre closes its run of the murder mystery, “The Game’s Afoot.”

One of the guests at the mansion of iconic American actor William Gillette is found murdered, setting off a hunt to find the killer.

Marianne Jones directs.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. June 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. June 22 at the Betty Long Unruh Theatre, 1614 W. Harvard Ave.

Information: 541-673-2125 or email uactor@cmspan.net.

ROSEBURG: River Forks park hosts charity run

June 17, 2014 — 

River Forks Park in Roseburg will be the scene of the annual Jason Ohm 10K and 5K run-walk June 21.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m.

A Traeger barbecue will be raffled off. Booster Juice will sell smoothies and coffee drinks.

It will be the 10th year the race is run. Roseburg’s Jason Ohm was 25 when he died in 2005, after living two years with a cancer diagnosis. Event proceeds will go to the Community Cancer Center.

Information: 541-643-1737 or runforohm.webs.com.

DRAIN: Toast the return of Eugene twang band

June 17, 2014 — 

The Drain Performing Arts Council will again host the Texas Toasters at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Drain Civic Center, 205 W. A St.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The country act from Eugene features twin steel guitars, swinging fiddle and driving rhythm.

Tickets are $5.

Information: 541-680-9679.

SUTHERLIN: Wind and Chocolate Gala planned

June 17, 2014 — 

The Calapooia Reflections Museum in Sutherlin will host a Wine and Chocolate Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. June 21 at 113 W. Central Ave.

Wines from Henry Estate Winery, Sienna Ridge Estate, MarshAnne Landing and Freed Winery will be served, as well as finger foods.

Raffle items from businesses will be displayed. Kim Blossoms will perform live music.

Tickets are $15 and available at Sutherlin Drug and While Away Books in Roseburg.

Information: 541-459-4522.

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