downtownART+SOUND is an eclectic 2-day celebration of art and music taking place throughout downtown Medford on September19 and 20. Encompassing multiple indoor and outdoor stages, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a lively mix of local and touring musicians, paired with local artists in a variety of unique and distinct settings.
The Imperial will be a venue for this exciting event. Come listen to some great music.
Performing on Friday 9/19 will be the Turner Moore Band, Adrian Bellue, and ending the evening will be Horsefeathers.
Saturday 9/20 On stage will be The Ancient Wild, Adrian Bellue and Tony Furtado.
The Imperial Allstars featuring Rick Bolz, formerly of The Neighborhood Children, on bass; John Galfano and Dennis Mertins on lead guitars and vocals; Linda Sturgeon on keyboards and Scott Wright on drums, invite local musicians and singers to play with them every Sunday at the Imperial’s Open Jam. Music starts at 5:00p.m. and ends at 9:00p.m. No cover charge. All you can eat buffet for $8.00. Full bar
Coming to the Imperial after completing a successful national tour is:
Ages and Ages
“Anthemic choruses, irresistible pop harmonies, and the kind of exuberant vibes that everyone can use” -NYLON
“The sing-along of 2014″ -Esquire (A-Z SXSW Bands You Need To Hear)
“Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)’ is the #1 Song of 2014 So Far” -Paste Magazine
“Band to watch” -TIME Magazine
Paste Magazine says this about the Portland band’s newest album, rating it in the top 25 albums of the year so far :
13. Ages & Ages – Divisionary
Ages and Ages’ debut LP, Alright You Restless, was an ambitious, conceptual piece of sing-along, clap-along, stomp-along pop rock that vaulted the band into elite company. That first record pontificated upon the throes of isolation as a form of revolution, elated choral melodies anchoring shimmery guitars and tight rhythmic interludes throughout. The Portland conglomerate’s second album, Divisionary, is a lot of that, too; there are plenty of goosebump-raising hooks and uplifting crescendos to write home about. Their thematic scope, however, involved the excavation of darker inspirations than they’d previously explored as a band. Ages and Ages have undergone lineup changes and lots of peripheral personal battles and have somehow managed to internalize and later deduce how to navigate the avenues of their own lives in triumphant—and insanely memorable—song. In the process, they’ve come out with one of this year’s best all-around albums.
—Ryan J. Prado
Ages and Ages is more than a band. It’s a collective of like-minded souls that believe in the power of music to change the world and elevate the spirit. Their music is bright and uplifting, with lyrics, penned by bandleader Tim Perry, that deliver serious introspective messages full of insight and consideration for others.
Ages and Ages is: Rob Oberdorfer – Bass, vocals Tim Perry – guitar, vocals John McDonald – guitar, vocals Levi Cecil – drums, vocals Becca Shultz – keys, vocals Annie Bethancourt – percussion, vocals Sarah Riddle – percussion, vocals
The Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra will be performing
on the Third Tuesdays of the month, 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Dance lessons with Jagger Dance at 6:15p.m.
Be prepared for total sonic immersion with this 16 piece big band loaded with some great horn playing, great charts and great improvisation. SOJO’s repertoire is a mix of swing, Latin and classic big band arrangements. Formed by trumpeter Corren Hileman in the Spring of 2008, the band has played in a variety of venues, including the Bear Creek Summer Concert Series, Rogue Valley Manor, Medford Eagles, Avalon Bar & Grill, Medford Armory, Seven Feathers Casino, Evergreen Ballroom, Camelot Theater and many more.
SOJO regularly plays at the Medford Jazz Festival each October, and at many local winerys and events. Check us out each month at the Medford Eagles and at the Imperial Event Center!
Coming this fall on October 10, 11 and 12 is the all new Southern Oregon Music Festival, formally the Medford Jazz Jubillee.
(A WORD FROM THE FESTIVAL PRESIDENT)
The primary reason for a new name is that Jazz inadequately describes our Festival. In fact, Jazz as an unqualified descriptor may be detrimental as many people carry pre-conceived notions.
Before anyone thinks we are committing “Hari-Kari,” please take a look at our outstanding band line-up. If you’ve been to our Festival or a few others, the names will be very familiar.
As the Jazz Age fades further and further into the sunset, Jazz itself has morphed from hot, toe tapping music into an all too often fused cacophony of seemingly random discordant sounds. The word Jazz and what it means has become impossible to define. Is Jazz Kenny G? Is Jazz Dave Brubeck? Is Jazz Louis Armstrong or is Jazz Chick Corea or Charlie Parker? Ask 5 people and you’ll get 5 different answers. All the answers may be correct within a given context.
This Festival has long presented a wide variety of music. Stan Mark and his Hot Hornz Las Vegas Show Band appeared in 1996, Gator Beat Zydeco shortly thereafter in 1997 and Pieces of Eight Blues and Rhythm in Blues in 1998. The point being that the Medford Jazz Festival has had other music for a long time.
If you read our mission statement, you’ll see that Traditional Jazz is our “reason to be.” To be faithful to our premise of birth, there will always be a traditional or Dixie component. We like to say that our music is period-contemporary; i.e., the music at this festival marched in lock-step with Jazz on the radio, TV, concert halls, dives and dance halls through the first 60 years of the 20th century. It’s music with a melody, a danceable beat and by-damn, it just sounds good!
We are presenting our 26th festival in 2014. We hope you’ll come and bring your friends and neighbors because regardless of the name, it’s the best bargain in live entertainment.
Southern Oregon Music Festival Same Great Music, Same Great Dancing, More Great Fun