Our Summer Music Guide


Switchfoot and Lacrae Before the release of Switchfoot’s tenth album, “Where the Light Shines Through,” on July 8, the band will make its way through Southern Oregon with Lacrae. Recently the band released two songs from their upcoming album to tease fans of what’s to come. This show will no

Part of the joy of summertime is top-down, windows-down, road tripping. And, what better designation than a music concert to set a soundtrack and purpose to that road trip? The Messenger swings your compass north, south and east for some of the summer’s best shows. Or, what’s that? Don’t agree?

Bookers and promoters are the unsung heroes of any music scene, so this issue the Rogue Valley Messenger decided to shoot the breeze with Jeremiah Lynch booker and promoter at the Bamboo Room in Medford, which in only a few months of hosting live music has already started pulling in

News & Culture


Picture downtown Ashland. Go on, try it. If your image involves cigarette smoke, panhandlers, and buskers on the sidewalks, you’re not alone. But as of this month, the image may no longer be accurate. Earlier this year, the Ashland City Council voted to increase police presence in the downtown to

For our Summer Music Guide, the Messenger checks out a couple music videos from local bands: The Brothers Reed Focal Fire films brothers Aaron and Phil Reed of the band Brothers Reed sit comfortably in barber chairs while announcing their nationwide tour and reminding listeners of their recently released album,

In early June, the Medford Rogues started their fourth season (and, by presstime, already had NUMBER wins). In many ways, this season is a reboot for the organization—or, at least, the beginning to a second chapter. During the off-season—which effectively runs the entire academic calendar, as the players for The

Theatre is part of our cultural identity here in southern Oregon. Its significance is particularly evident in Ashland, where Shakespeare’s plays are performed ten months out of the year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. However, there are too many thespians in this corner of the country to fill just one

When it comes to providing artistic opportunities to the Southern Oregon community, Dancing People Company in Ashland has a serious passion for delivering this service. The company has recently hired new Managing Director Wisteria Fleming Loeffler, someone who mirrors that passion for dance and performance. Dancing People Company was founded

by Jeanine Moy, Outreach Director, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center The Klamath-Siskiyou region has so many amazing options, that picking a “top 5” is absurd—these suggestions are merely dipping a toe in the water. Our backyard public-lands boast alpine lakes, wild rivers, and tumbling waterfalls on Cascade volcanic rocks and steep Siskiyou

Last Monday, two fatigued and famished drivers pulled up to BadAss Coffee, a drive-thru on Medford’s Crater Lake Avenue. A bold-lettered “Bento” sign, displayed by a sandwich board on the sidewalk, beckons with an arrow towards the small coffee shack. A cartoony mural of adventurous bikers adorns the wall of

This spring, proprietor Scott Keith added taps and local wines to his seven year old outdoor recreational supply business, the Northwest Outdoor Store in Medford. It is a great pairing. Currently, ten Oregon brews and six Southern Oregon wines rotate at a revolving-door tempo, engendered by brisk demand. A light



Unless you have recently celebrated your bar mitzvah it’s unlikely Klezmer music plays a significant role in your life. However, the Oddjob Ensemble are coming Fri., June 10, to The Haul in Grants Pass to prove the sounds of Eastern Europe are for more than scoring wacky scenes involving problematic

On The River South’s website, the band says that people tell them they sound like Van Morrison, to which they reportedly say, “actually we sound like The River South.” Despite that canned answer, Van Morrison is definitely an influence you can hear in the band’s recently released self-titled debut EP.

We ask the fans every year in Best of the Rogue who their pick for the best local band is. But when our summer music preview rolls around, we skip the rabble and we go straight to the experts: the bookers, the sound people, the venue-owners, the studio runners, the