Alicia Viani and Mark Karwan
Ashland native, singer, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Viani and acoustic bassist Mark Karwan will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at La Baguette Music Cafe, 340 A St., Ashland. The duo's original folk music weaves jazz, funk and Americana with personal and provocative lyrics to create an intimate songwriter performance. Admission is $10. See aliciaviani.com/listen.
Lithia Artisans Market
Nearly 40 artists and artisans will offer fine art, photography, handcrafted jewelry, homemade jams and soaps, pottery, lampworked glass, woodwork, leather work and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at the Briscoe ArtWing, 265 N. Main St., Ashland. There will be a free do-it-yourself gift-wrapping station, cookies, cider and a raffle for a $50 gift certificate. Live folk music will be presented both days. Son Ravello will play from 11:30 a.m. to !:30 p.m. and Jeff and Jeffri from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and Phil Reed will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. See lithiaartisansmarket.com.
'The Concert for New Year’s Eve'
This New Year's Eve concert — a tradition since 2001 — will feature music for flutes, classical guitar, voice, harp and piano played by some of the Rogue Valley's best-known musicians: Laurie Anne Hunter, Alexander Tutunov, Joseph Yungen, Lisa Nichols, Sherril Wood, Lindsay Panero, Shelly Cox-Thornhill, Tamara Marston, John Stadelman and Wenjun Qi. Look for works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, James MacMillan, Claude Debussy, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Doppler, Dave Brubeck, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark St. A reception will follow. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
New Year's Eve Fancy Pants Dance
A multi-generational dance party — for kids, parents and grandparents — will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Dance to old-time rock 'n' roll by DJ Dave the Z-Man. Healthy snacks will be provided, and the ball drops at 9 p.m. Admission is $5, $3 for kids 11 and younger. Call 541-488-7716 for information.
New Year's Eve Blast Off
This space-themed New Year's Eve party will feature DJ performances by Alcyon Massive, Jeffrey Smith, NoWa and G-Rad, along with live painting, flow artists, aerial silk dancers and food and beverage vendors at the historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9. The party is open to ages 21 and older. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show, and can be purchased at liveatthearmory.com or at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. Bring a food donation for the Ashland Emergency Food Bank and receive a $2 discount on day-of-the-show tickets.