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As a small boy in Guadalajara, Mexico, guitarist and composer Arturo Ville Cordero remembers spotting the renowned wood artisans from Paracho selling their guitars downtown. “They have long poles, filled with guitars, the little ones at the top, and when I was five I saw one of them and I

The return of Rogue Valley Chorale to live performances is perhaps the most encouraging and stirring indicator that we are finally and fully (?) rebounding from our COVID hibernation and isolation. Sure, a solo singer-songwriter performing in a venue will be and is a welcome return to normal, but consider

Your planner and diary are probably jam-packed full of engagements from work to child care; however, there is perhaps limited time dedicated for yourself within this busy schedule. Everyone needs to make time for themselves amidst the list of responsibilities that full-time life piles on. You need time to reflect,

Local musician and activist Alice DiMicele has been an established singer and guitarist in the Rogue Valley for more than thirty years. But last year, she had to change her approach, and learn technology to keep performing for her fans. DiMicele shares about her changes over the past year, and

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  These are some of our readers favorite places to eat – and chefs. Best Take-Out Food During COVID BESTIE                      Valentino’s Food Truck (Grants Pass) Hon. Mention

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  Here are favorite outdoor places and activities: OUTDOORS Best Hiking Trail BESTIE                      Cathedral Hills Hon. Mention              Upper Table Rock   Best Bike Mechanic BESTIE                      Don’s Bike

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  Some results from “staying tuned up”: Best Spa BESTIE                      Club Northwest (Grants Pass) Hon. Mention              Blue Giraffe Spa (Ashland)   Best Place To Get Groomed for Humans

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  A sampling of our readers’ favorite places to eat, and find food: Best Take-Out Food During COVID BESTIE                      Valentino’s Food Truck (Grants Pass) Hon. Mention              Bird

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  One of the most popular categories: Best Budtender BESTIE                      William Brown (Madrone Cannabis Club) Hon. Mention              Megan Breeze (Breeze Botanicals)

Each year, the Messenger asks its readers to vote for their “besties,” their favorite businesses and personalities.  Our Bestie issue is currently on the stands.  A small sampling. Best Cannabis Dispensary BESTIE (tie)               Breeze Botanicals (Ashland) BESTIE (tie)               Madrone Cannabis Club (Ashland)   Best Local Cannabis Strain BESTIE                      Gelato (Madrone

As the days heat up, so does the excitement to hit the road, and what could be more fun than to be greeted by the adorable, playful bears of the Evergreen BearFest celebration. A summer favorite, the fiberglass bear sculptures will be on display throughout the city of Grants Pass

The marijuana business has been growing in strength and has never been stronger even though it is still growing. Technology is also evolving and new ways to consume marijuana are being developed. One method of consumption that is very popular is the glassware method which consists of bongs, bubblers and

Have you recently just come across online casinos and want to know why they have become so incredibly popular in the last few years? Have you ever wondered why people choose to play at online casinos despite others thinking that the real deal, land-based casinos are better? Casinos are an

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Jeff Kloetzel has been in music for a long time, which is apparent by his polished, sublime performances. Being a self-taught guitar player from a musical family, he has graced thousands of stages, opening for musicians such as Jack Johnson, Natalie Merchant, and Jackson Browne. Locally, Kloetzel plays in wineries,

“Doesn’t it feel good to be back?!,” frontman Jay Rapp bellowed to the crowd as they forged through their hour-plus long set at Grape Street Bar on Friday, March 12. After the socially distanced crowd’s enthusiastic response to Rapp’s question, the night carried on with the band plowing through their

Voted “Bestie” band in the Messenger’s last survey of our readers favorites—the very last print issue we were able to produce in March 2020 before shutting down presses for a year—The Brothers Reed are an active and beloved group of, yes, family members.  Half of the duo, Aaron Reed talked

Beyond the Valley

Vikki Gilmore’s latest release “Doubt of My Mind” was written, recorded, and produced remotely in collaboration with Mathieu LeGuerrier, as a creative byproduct of the COVID-19 lockdown. This endearing indie-folk reverie was inspired by the hardship and universal loneliness of a global pandemic, mixed with the anxiety of self-doubt that

Last week, I received an email from Ian Urbina, and it was the first I had heard of his ongoing project The Outlaw Ocean, and the outreach of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Read on for some more information about this exciting effort, and episode 3 of The Weekly Catch,

Within days of Ireland’s lockdown, BBC Folk Award winner and RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards nominee Daoirí Farrell set up a corner of his kitchen as a makeshift stage and began live streaming. There was no plan to make this a regular event but with close to 2k comments and
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