Thursday, June 17

Thursday, June 17

Ashland City Band: The Ashland City Band will open its annual summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park. The 70-member band will perform show tunes, marches, standard classics and original works. The band will play every Thursday evening through Aug. 12. Pre-concert shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 541-245-9494.

Friday, June 18

slightly stoopid and steel pulse at britt: Reggae, rock and psychedelia group Slightly Stoopid will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville. The Expendables — a rock and reggae group from Santa Cruz, Calif. — and British reggae band Steel Pulse will open the show. Reserved seating costs $36, lawn seating is $29. Premium reserved seating is sold out. Gates open at 5:45 p.m. Visit www.brittfest.org or call the box office at 541-773-6077.

Saturday, June 19

Call for conductor: The Southern Oregon Concert Band seeks a new conductor to lead its performances around the Rogue Valley. Interviews will be held Saturday, June 19. The band's season runs from September through June, with about six concerts per year. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Ashland Middle School. Letters of interest and statements of qualifications are required. Call 541-708-0365 or e-mail socbprez@jeffnet.org for an appointment.

Benefit Concert: Six Women Who Love to Sing will host a benefit concert for Kids Unlimited at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St. A suggested donation of $10 would be appreciated. All proceeds will benefit Kids Unlimited and help to fund after-school opportunities for youth. Call 541-774-3900.

Ballet and dance: The Medford Civic Ballet and students of the Dance Arts Academy will present excerpts of the happier scenes from "Alice in Wonderland" at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in the auditorium at South Medford High School, 805 S. Oakdale Ave. The dancers, ranging in age from 3 to 53, also will present selections from "The Wizard of Oz," along with jazz, hip hop and tap. Tickets cost $9, $6 for ages 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available at the Dance Arts Center, 9 Hawthorne St. Call 541-776-2315 for information.

Chris williams and ed dunsavage: Vocalist Chris Williams and guitarist Ed Dunsavage will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Artistic Piano Gallery, 1390 Biddle Road, Medford. See story, Page 5.

Monday, June 21

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra: The San Francisco Bay Area-based youth ensemble, under the direction of Benjamin Simon, will present its annual show at 8 p.m. Monday, June 21, on the Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. See story, Page 3.

Wednesday, June 23

cherry poppin' daddies: The Eugene-based swing ensemble, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, will kick off the State Farm Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Bear Creek Park on Siskiyou Boulevard in Medford. Admission to the outdoor concert is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas are allowed, but may not obstruct the view of others.

Thursday, June 24

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer: Béla Fleck (banjo), Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Edgar Meyer (bass) will blend the genres of classical, bluegrass and world music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville. See story, Page 7.

Friday, June 25

The grant & Matheny duo: The Siskiyou Institute will present pianist Darrell Grant and flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland. The duo blends chamber music with American jazz and explores a range of pieces by classic and contemporary composers. Grant and Matheny debuted in 1996 at Carnegie Hall in New York City and have performed around the country. Tickets cost $20, $15 for Institute members and $5 for students. Grant and Matheny will host a jazz improvisation workshop — open to all instruments — at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at the barn. The workshop costs $10, $5 for institute members and is free to students and teachers. Call 541-488-3869 or e-mail info@siskiyouinstitute.com for more information.

firesign theatre: Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Phil Proctor — "the favorite comics of the rock age, according to Life magazine — will present their surrealistic adventures at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Center Stage Theatre on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Firesign Theatre began as a syndicated radio show and went on to release many albums with Columbia Records, including "Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him," "How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere At All," "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers" and "I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus." Tickets cost $35 and are available at www.firesigntheatre.com.

pink martini: The Portland-based ensemble will perform its rollicking multicultural repertoire at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville. Reserved seating is $49, lawn seating costs $29, $22 for ages 12 and younger. Premium lawn seating is available at $196 for four people. Visit www.brittfest.org or call the box office at 541-773-6077.

Saturday, June 26

Jewel and Radney Foster: Country music artists Radney Foster and Jewel will perform Saturday, June 26, at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville. Foster will open the show at 7:30 p.m. Jewel will headline. Reserved seating is $50, lawn seating costs $26, $20 for ages 12 and younger. Premium lawn seating is available at $200 for four people. Visit www.brittfest.org or call the box office at 541-773-6077.

Sunday, June 27

Brandi Carlile and Dave Barnes: Alternative country artist Brandi Carlile will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville. Country singer and songwriter Dave Barnes will open the show. Reserved seating is $35, lawn seating costs $23, $18 for ages 12 and younger. Premium lawn seating is available at $140 for four people. Visit www.brittfest.org or call the box office at 541-773-6077.

Monday, June 28

Joe Nichols: Country music artist Joe Nichols will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 28, at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville. Reserved seating is $42, lawn seating costs $29, $20 for ages 12 and younger. Premium lawn seating is available at $168 for four people. Visit www.brittfest.org or call the box office at 541-773-6077.

Wednesday, June 30

The airlines with the nautics: Los Angeles pop and rock group the Airlines will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, as part of the State Farm Summer Concert Series at Bear Creek Park on Siskiyou Boulevard in Medford. Corvallis band The Nautics will open the show. Admission to the outdoor concert is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas are allowed, but may not obstruct the view of others.