William Stafford Poetry Celebration

Join in a commemoration of late Oregon poet laureate William Stafford at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Poets Charlotte Abernathy, Gary Lark, Barret O'Brien, Manya Orescan, Marisa Petersen and Rabbi David Zaslow will read from Stafford's works. The audience is invited to share favorite Stafford poems. Admission is free. Call 541-552-6816 for information.

Petunia and the Vipers

Retro roots combo Petunia and the Vipers will breathe new life into genres from old-time country to swing, jazz and blues — all with a punk edge — at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Brickroom, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. Main man Petunia has an authentic high and lonesome voice, and he manages a convincing yodel on some songs. The Vipers released its new album, "Lonesome Heavy and Lonesome," in the fall of last year. Cover is $10. The show is open to ages 21 and older.

The Capitol Steps

What began in 1981 as a group of U.S. Senate staffers lampooning their daily work environment emerged as a celebrated, hilarious ensemble that's made appearances on NPR, PBS and top commercial television networks and recorded more than 30 albums, including "ObamaMia1" "How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying" and "Mock the Vote." The Washington Times calls its shows "the best musical satire on Washington ever seen." A performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $32, $35 or $38 and can be purchased at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., at craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.

Railroad Earth

The Stillwater, New Jersey, band — singer and guitarist Todd Sheaffer, violinist Tim Carbone, mandolin player John Skehan, multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling, drummer Cary Harmon and bassist Andrew Altman — will play its signature mix of acoustic rock 'n' roll Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show, and can be purchased at liveatthearmory.com or at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. The show is open to ages 21 and older.

Jazz Vespers

Opus 3 — pianist David Scoggin, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer Theresa McCoy — will present an evening of acoustic jazz at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Admission is free.