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If anyone is thinking about getting out of town for Memorial Day, consider Boatnik instead––one of Southern Oregon’s most anticipated events of the year. Boatnik’s 61st year includes a live show by hard rock band Dokken, a golf shoot out, and, of course, boats. The event begins May 23 with

One of the greatest things about this region is that I’m still discovering stuff after eight years of living here. Prior to this week, I had no idea that Grants Pass held an annual brew festival. They’ve tacked it on with their yearly event, Boatnik—which is kind of like a

Banding together with a 75-year-old Smokey the Bear in balloon form, the Grants Pass Rotary Club are taking flight for kids in need at the annual Grants Pass Balloon and Kite Festival May 31 to June 2. Kicking off the summer season of celebrations, Smokey’s promotion of forest fire prevention

As flowers bloom and birds soar from tree to tree in the calming landscape of Greensprings, people gather to listen to one another and tell their stories. Saturday, June 1 the Hearth will host a Lifestory Retreat to help participants dig into their lives and better tell their stories. Retreat

Open for six weeks only, and I am already over the moon about Luna Mexican Cuisine in Medford. Luna is situated in the Harry and David shopping plaza not far from McGrath’s. I recommend you let the crescent shape guide your way because the sign lettering is difficult to read

Just when it feels like you’ve hiked everywhere in Southern Oregon, there are always new trails to discover, especially when warm weather rolls around. A trail less travelled but by no means less enjoyable is Middle Fork Trail in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Applegate Lake. The trail is horse

After sinking under a sea of debt with $2.1 million in negative assets just 11 months ago, Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) is resurfacing to once again sail on the seas of financial solvency. Thus beginning a “new era of Special Olympics Oregon,” according to Britt Carlson Oase, who was hired

It’s that time again: “Festy” or Festival Season. A time when good weather permits great gatherings. May has arrived signaling the climate is almost ripe to let your world-tribe member out. I am probably not considered a traditional “hippie” by any means but I am ever implored to pay my

Once a year, instead of focusing on a health topic, I like to publish my latest favorite recipe. This year I am going to offer a real gem: Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers. I have to say that it took a long time to find a bean burger that I liked.

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“Folk is music for the people,” says Jacqui Aubert, one of the two founders of Ashland Folk Collective. She and her partner, Dan Sherrill, who also works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, began the collective in 2017.  The focus is on “progressive” folk defined as original music by singer/songwriters predominantly.

Intuitive Compass is a band from Applegate, Oregon comprised of Jason Dea West and Aurelia Anne Cohen. Self-described as “Purveyors of ‘Original Western Folk Music,” Intuitive Compass plays straight-up folk music. With a lot of artists today attempting to take traditional forms of song and bend them into a modern
John The Blind: Hallelujah

Joining the sound of soul with electronic vocoder flair and a dance-club beat, John The Blind makes his breakout with this infectious paean to the body language of love. In that moment when the song takes hold of you, and it makes you move – that is when you give

Beyond the Valley

Jerad Finck: Home

With a knack for simple hooks, Jerad Finck builds a modern electronic production from the bones of folk-pop, and contends with the state of his relationship. Sometimes it feels like a slow-motion wreck where you can see the conflict approaching, and you are powerless to stop it. If only we

Oregon legislators are currently considering legislation that would make obtaining a driver’s license a possibility for any resident of Oregon, regardless of their immigration status. Of course, anyone looking to get a driver’s license will still need to pass a driver’s test and meet the other DMV requirements. For the
Kelsey Waters - Nashville Indie Rock

Kelsey Waters has been a recording artist since the age of 14. With her new single You Got This, she rolls her life-story into a batch of dark, guitar-fueled songs inspired by electric rock & roll and pop noire. With a nod to her favorite 90’s rockers like Sheryl Crow,
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