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Summertime Fun in the Rogue Valley


Photo by Josh Morell

There are a couple things us Southern Oregonians think of when it comes to summer: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Britt Fest. OSF and Britt provide opportunities to draw out our classy nature and enjoy shows and concerts beneath dark pines that scrape the stars. Together, they form a gateway of performance glamour in our quaint town of wayward travelers and inquisitive locals. In time though, I began to peel back the gloss that Ashland prides itself on to discover summertime jamming that flirts at the edges of stage life. With the official start of summer this week, it’s time to reveal some of the lesser known gems of the Rogue Valley.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Featured is the set of OSF's 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Just up the street from the trio of theatrical siblings in the shell of an abandoned church, is a performance space where fine dining and musicals of bygone eras come to life: the Cabaret Theater. While the directors like to showcase lesser known shows such as the ongoing 9 to 5 which concludes on July third, its successor, Chicago, is sure to be a provocative experience, as the ambience of the building’s stained glass windows draw you in the moment you step across the threshold. While dinner reservations typify the dining experience of the Cabaret, it’s just as fun (and a lot less pricey) to simply order appetizers and desserts.

Beyond the streets, it’s no secret the Rogue valley is ripe with countless wineries beckoning folks in from the heat and humidity. Beyond the tantalizing aromas of fermented fruit, lies summer concert series spanning a range of musical genres. If you want to bask in a secret garden-esque patio while listening to valley favorites such as the Brothers Reed– then South Stage Stage Cellars is the place to be every Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 pm. Got a hankering for some food trucks as well? Swing by Del Rio Winery every Friday from 6-9 until September 23rd  for a range of food including BBQ and Peruvian cuisine and a spectrum of music from soft rock to bluegrass.

One more overlooked event that can’t be missed, is the Rogue Poetry Slam. A participatory event that occurs the third Tuesday of every month, aspiring poets read their original work during three rounds of a competition. If you don’t fancy yourself a writer, it’s just as much fun to be a judge: just make sure you stick around until the final round. Admission is $5 and sign ups begin at 7:30, and I guarantee you’ll laugh, cry, or be inspired during this event.

This is only a taste of the summertime events, but it’s a start in what’s sure to be a remarkable season of unbridled joy that only the Rogue Valley can bring. Cheers!

written by Katie Butler

Sunday Sessions- The Brothers Reed (Feb 28th)

Thank you to everyone who came out last week for Eight Dollar Mountain. We had a packed house and they sure put on one heck of a show! We continue our Sunday Sessions this Sunday (Feb.28th), from 2-5pm, with The Brothers Reed.

Brothers Phil and Aaron play a medley of folk/country/bluegrass and if your lucky, a little pop. Their tight harmonies, pretty riffs, and comically fun entertainment between songs is sure to please.

Click the link to see a video of the brothers playing “Monsters In My Head“.


We are excited to have The Brothers Reed play at Standing Stone Brewing Company and look forward to you coming to enjoy this FREE SHOW. We love our mid-afternoon live music and hope you do too. As always, KIDS WELCOME!

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Summer Live Music Returns June-September

Our Summer Music on the Patio program is just around the corner, and we djangoholicswant to offer a peek at the exciting line-up of talented local groups. Live shows are scheduled the last Sunday of every month, June through September, and groups play 3-5pm on the back patio amidst mountain views, fresh air, and tasty food and beverages.

June 30th, Gayle Wilson and The Djangoholics: The spirited husband and wife team of vocalist Gayle Wilson and singer/guitarist George Rubaloff merge with the Djangoholics, with lead guitarist Dan Fellman and the renowned Bassist, Jeff generation jonesAddicott. The quartet puts a fun spin on Django Reinhardt compositions and popular jazz tunes of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

July 28th, Generation Jones: The father and son musical act of Jeffery and Julian Jones performs a tasty mix of acoustic music flavored with the Celtic traditions…guitar, fiddle and vocals. The group welcomes vocalist Lily Baugh.left

August 25th, LEFT: This trio comprises of three of the Northwest’s talented and hardworking musicians. Dobro and lap steel player Bob Evoniuk, bassist Greg Frederick and singer/songwriter/guitarist Bret Levick combine forces to present compelling original songs and creative covers from the American rock catalogue.

September 29th, The Paul Schmeling Quartet: Paul Schmeling on sax, Michael Barth on upright bass, Tim Church on guitar and Paul schmeling quartetCalysta Cheyenne on vocals. This quartet sets an infectious groove with jazzy standards, pop and blues.

You can also enjoy live acoustic guitar from house musician Tim Church every Saturday evening from 5:30-8:30pm. Be sure to mark your calendars for any of your favorite groups and treat yourself to a Sunday afternoon of relaxing outside with tunes and brews.

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Summer Music on the Patio Returns, July 1st – September 30th

Every summer we look forward to the start of our Summer Music on the Patio series, featuring local duos and trios playing a range of musical styles from around the globe. From jazz to funk, flamenco to django, we’re adding Southern Oregon talent to our summer menu for our customers to enjoy outside with warm weather, good food and fresh brews. Every Sunday, July through September, we welcome a different group to play from 3-5pm.

Here’s the line-up for this year’s Summer Music on the Patio:

July 1st – Gayle Wilson Trio

Rambunctious, sweet and fiery… this is the best of American jazz. Gayle (vocals, harmonica and melodian) is joined by Dal Carver (piano) and Jeff Addicott (bass). Band website

July 8th – Paul Schmeling Trio

Paul Schmeling (sax), Michael Barth (bass), Tim Church (guitar) and Danielle Kelly (vocals) – this group delivers jazz standards with a pop and blues flare. Band video

July 15th – Dan Fellman and Grant Ruiz

Dan and Grant blend the passionate, driving rhythms of Spanish flamenco with the stirring feel of Latin jazz.

July 22nd – Lincoln Trio

Lincoln Zeve (sax, harmonica and vocals), Donnie Yance (bass) and Jeff Kloetzel (guitar and vocals) will deliver their driving groove of pop funk, soul, jazz and classic rock of the 70’s and 80’s. Band website

July 29th – Fox Fire Trio

The legendary Foxfire players, Bob Evoniuk, Jeff Jones and Glenn Freese, make up this powerful trio performing unique bluegrass arrangements with a modern twist. Band website

Aug 5th – Quartet of Two

Comprised of Justin Wade (guitar) and Dennis Freese (woodwinds/vocals), Quartet of Two will demonstrate that Depression Era music is anything but depressing as they bring the Great American Songbook to life.

Aug 12th – Generation Jones

The father and son duet of Jeffery and Julian Jones perform a tasty mix of acoustic music flavored with the Celtic traditions, with guitar, fiddle and vocals. Rounding off the father-son team is Glenn Freese on hammered dulcimer. Band website

Aug 19th – The Polmatnov Conspiracy

Musicians Thor Polson (piano), Chris Mathews (drums) and Clem Novak (Bass) deliver a tight, sweet jazz sound from the Great American Songbook.  The Polmatnov Conspiracy performs material from great composers like Berlin, Gershwin, Mercer, Porter and Mancini. 3-5pm

Aug 26th – Crossroads 

Pat O’Scannell, Brian Freeman and Kevin Carr comprise the dynamic trio that fuses the traditional hearts of Scottish and Irish music. Band website

Sept 2nd – Left Trio

Dobro and lap steel player Bob Evoniuk, bassist Greg Frederick and singer/songwriter/guitarist Bret Levick combine forces to present compelling, original songs and creative covers from the American rock catalogue.

Sept 9th – Duo Flamenco

The dynamic twosome: Grant Ruiz (vocals and guitar) and Terry Longshore (cajon box drum) take their audience on a journey through mountain plateaus of Andalucía – the colorful province of southern Spain. Band website

Sept 16th – Wilson-Rubaloff Trio

The spirited husband and wife team of musicians, Gayle Wilson (vocals) and George Rubaloff (vocals and guitar), put their own musical spin on popular jazz tunes of the 1930’s and ’40’s. The lively and fun Peter Spring will join in on upright bass. Band website

Sept 23rd – Generation Jones

The father and son duet of Jeffery and Julian Jones return to perform more acoustic music flavored with the Celtic traditions. They’ll once again be joined by Glenn Freese on hammered dulcimer. Band website

Sept 30th – Djangoholics

Formerly Back Porch Swing of Ashland, this trio is comprised of George Rubaloff (rhythm guitar and vocals), Dan Fellman (lead guitar) and Jeff Addicott (bass). This acoustic string trio plays music composed by legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, along with vintage jazz tunes of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Band website

Be sure to click the links for the bands with webpages to learn more about their musical philosophies and band members, hear some samples or see where else they might be playing in the valley. You can also view our summer music schedule on our events page. Be sure to mark your calendars with your favorite shows, and come down to enjoy relaxing afternoons of brews, views and tunes while the season lasts.

“One More Time” – Easy Valley Eight’s Finale Show at Standing Stone

Join us as we commemorate the end of a musical era at Standing Stone! The Easy Valley Eight will perform their grand finale show for us on Saturday, February 4th, at 8:00pm. In tribute to their title of their first album, we’ll enjoy their show “One More Time.”

Since Standing Stone Brewing Company’s grand opening in 1997, the Easy Valley Eight have enthusiastically shared their swing jazz music with our customers every first Saturday of the month and every New Year’s Eve. Their big-band style has entertained fans with dancing feet and snapping fingers as long as our restaurant and brewery has been around. The eight-piece outfit has been the cornerstone of our music schedule for nearly fifteen years!

The lineup of the Easy Valley Eight has proudly included over two dozen of the Rogue Valley’s finest jazz musicians, and good friends of Standing Stone. We’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all these talented members, past and present:

(photo: Sydney Michael)

Original Members:
Richard Cottle – Trumpet, Sax and Vocals
Dave Wright – Sax and Vocals
Clem Novak – Bass
Leo Stan – Baritone Sax
Bob Sharp – Valve Trombone and Flugelhorn
Warren Moore – Tenor Sax and Vocals
Sidney Goldberg – Piano and Vocals
Gary “Chicken” Hirsch – Drums
Pam Lawson – Vocals and Special Spirit

(photo: Denise Baratta)

Former and Incumbent Members:
Lyle Ames – Guitar, Vocals and Drums
Bruce McKern – Bass
Sue & Shue – Bass and Piano
Garret Edmands – Drum and Slide Whistle
Phil Michaels – Baritone Sax
Daryl Fjeldheim – Alto, Tenor and Baritone Sax
Fritz Hunnicut – Alto Sax, Flute and Vocals
Larry Cavalier – Piano and Vocals
Michael Barth – Bass
Robin Lawson – Piano and Arranger
Craig Mather, M.D. – Drums
Randy Hugdahl – Trombone and Vocals
Dave Richardson – Arranger

(photo: Jim Lamberson)

We have lots of great memories of performances and members over the years, and could not be more pleased with the energy they have brought to Standing Stone time and time again. We wish them the best as they continue on, as the band’s final show at Standing Stone certainly does not mark the end of the group. As said by band members, “Easy Valley Eight continues to play, driven by the respect of the past and former members, camaraderie, swingin’ jazz and musical desire!”

You can visit their website to stay in touch with band happenings and learn about future gigs. You can also view past articles about the band and their history in the Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings.

As for Standing Stone’s musical future, stay tuned to our event calendar to learn about shows on the horizon. As always, we invite Tim Church and his acoustic guitar to play for our dinner guests every Saturday from 5:30-8:30pm. We will also return our Music on the Patio series this summer with lots of local duos and trios to whet your musical appetite.

Be sure to visit us on February 4th for the Easy Valley Eight’s farewell show at Standing Stone, and toast a glass to our longest standing house band. In the mean time, you can visit the music page of our website and enjoy some sample tunes from the Easy Valley Eight at home.

Behind the Scenes: George Rubaloff, Photographer & Musician

georgeIf you’ve perused our website and photo galleries, blog and Facebook page, you’ve certainly noticed the great images there. George Rubaloff who’s also played music here for several years and coordinates our music series, is the creative force behind the camera. We love working with him, and we love his work! In our ongoing series pointing the lens at the people behind the scenes at Standing Stone, we asked George to share his motivations and tips, and paired that with some our favorite shots.

What drew you to photography?gina

All my life experiences gave birth to my passion for photography. During my tours in Vietnam in the late ‘60’ I discovered that I felt compelled to compose things. I picked up a hand-crank film editor and started cutting and rearranging my movie film. Later, I spent a decade studying and practicing songwriting. I wrote compositions every day of my 30-year career in local government. I began shooting and editing video as a focused hobby in the 90’s and discovered I was shooting like a photographer. I also did some photo reporting during the later part of my first career. As I approached retirement, I thought seriously about how I wanted to transform my life experiences into something meaningful and creative. In 2007, I retired, bought camera gear and made it my focus.

How did you acquire your skills?hailey

I dug into every technical aspect of photography that I could and spent substantial time on the cyber-campus of the worldwide Digital Photography School.

I also read everything I could get my hands on and brought that knowledge into my personal laboratory for practice and experimentation.

What are your favorite subjects?

I truly enjoy making photos no matter what the subject. I like the challenge of new assignments and telling a story with images. My favorite work at Standing Stone is shooting the company’s progress and successes. There’s plenty of that happening every day.

As a guitarist, what styles do you play? Any favorites?marina

I’m a rhythm guitarist—sort of like a drummer with six strings to make harmony. For me, 30’s and 40’s swing and Latin Jazz is it. I do like other genres, particularly with ethnic flavorings.

What moments of your music career stand out?

The point when I decided to learn Gypsy Swing stands out for me. This genre opened up doors for me, as if I were stepping into music for the very first time. Other great moments include doing musical work with my wife, Gayle Wilson, who’s an amazing musician. She knows how to dig into musical work and is a great model for music

What’s your guidance for aspiring photographers?

Do it! Know in your heart that no one can do what you do as well as you (tricky if you say that fast). Study the technical aspects of what makes good exposures and good compositions. Practice like a monster and be conscious all the while of what gets you closer to making the photos that excite and resonate with you.

What’s your advice for developing musicians?tasters

Music is for everyone and transforms us…it changes our lives and it’s a gift. Practice, study, practice, study, practice; and learn to give the gift of live music.

Thanks for sharing your gifts and inspiring us, George! We hope you’re inspired to find and share your own talents, too.

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Sunday Music and Brews on the Patio Begins in August

We’re happy to announce  this year’s line-up of local artists for Music and Brews at Standing Stone Brewing Company. We’ve invited back a number of customer favorites, as well as some new local talent, to play a range of diverse music on our back patio.

The live music series runs on Sundays at 4-6 pm from August through mid-October. This year we’ve moved the annual series to the late summer and fall months, and invited the artists to play later in the afternoon, to take advantage of the cool and comfortable early fall days.

Here’s the schedule of musicians who will entertain restaurant and brewery guests for 2011. We guarantee that each band pairs perfectly with a cold craft beer or other beverage, our seasonally-infused menu items, great friends and conversation, and the beautiful views of Ashland from our patio.

Gayle Wilson Trio- August 7th & October 16th

Rambunctious, sweet or fiery, this is the best of American jazz delivered with wit and sophistication: Gayle on vocals, harmonica and melodian, Dal Carver on piano and Jeff Addicott on bass.

Generation Jones – August 14th

Standing Stone presents Generation Jones, the father and son duet of Jeffery and Julian Jones performing a tasty mix of acoustic music flavored with Celtic traditions…guitar, fiddle and vocals.

Gypsy Rogues – August 21st & October 9th

Gypsey Rogues features guitarists Ed Dunsavage and Dan Fellman with the crafty bassist John Jorgenson. They perform an eclectic blend of Django-style Gypsy Swing, Latin, Blues and Standards.

Foxfire Trio – August 28th & September 18th

The legendary Foxfire players, Bob Evoniuk, Jeff Jones and Glenn Freese, comprise this powerful trio thaat performs unique bluegrass arrangements with a modern twist.

Quartet of 2 – September 4th & October 2nd

The Quartet of 2, Justin Wade (Guitar) and Dennis Freese (Woodwinds/Vocals), demonstrates that Depression Era is everything but depressing, and bring the Great American Songbook to life!!

Back Porch Swing Jazz – September 11th

Getting stoked on Django Reinhardt music in 2001, violinist Linda Powers and guitarist George Rubaloff created Back Porch Swing Jazz. Renowned bassist Jeff Addicott makes up the trio to perform swing, latin and vocals.

We can’t think of a better way to enjoy a warm summer or early fall afternoon than a cold beer, good company, and live music. We welcome music enthusiasts and casual listeners alike to join us for an early dinner before the plays, a late lunch on a lazy day, or simply a couple of microbrews with good friends on Sundays from 4-6 pm from August through October.

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The Lincoln Project Rocks Standing Stone

We believe cold winter nights offer good reasons to bring festivities indoors and celebrate with food, friends with live music.

To help you on that front, we’ve lined up several musical performances with The Lincoln Project at Standing Stone Brewing.

This up and coming group joined us to ring in the New Year, playing a well-received session, and we’re looking forward to bringing them back. The Lincoln Project offers a bit of everything, with a mix inspiring the crowd to dance, and that’s exactly what they delivered. Boasting a description as a 60’s and 70’s dance band, they cover several genres including rock, soul, funk, R&B, disco, pop and Motown.

The group features five local artists, who have combined their musical talents to bring a diverse sound that’s been a welcome addition to our lineup over the last two months. Band members include Donny “Funk Monk” Yance on bass, Merritt “The Truth” Johnson on guitar, Scott “Maestro” Soltermann on piano, Scott “Drumster” Smith on the drums and Lincoln “Sweet Lips” Zeve on sax and harp.

For their January show, the band invited local vocal phenomenon Calysta to bring some flare to the stage.  Expect to keep seeing new music and material from the group as they continue to play at Standing Stone over the coming months.  Mark your calendars with The Lincoln Project’s spring schedule:

Friday, February 4th

Saturday, March 12th

Saturday, April 16th

The music begins at 9 pm and plays until midnight. Stop at the bar and grab a pint before heading back to dance or revel in the music as you’re moved! Afterall, we can’t think of a better way to stay warm.

Prepare Your Palate for the 30th Annual JPR Wine Tasting

We’re excited to join the 30th Annual Jefferson Public Radio Wine Tasting. This annual extravaganza takes place December 9th from 6-9 PM at the Ashland Springs Hotel.  It’s one of our favorite events to participate in, and supports our local public radio station, JPR.

This gathering offers a sampling the best wines from 37 highly-acclaimed, favorite regional wineries, as well as plenty of savory and sweet fare from food artisans, fine restaurants and confectioners in the Rogue Valley. Tasting tables fill the hotel’s conference and ball rooms, so there will be plenty to keep you satisfied for the entirety of the evening. Attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass, which helps eliminate waste and make this more sustainable. We like that!

The event also features a “Not So Silent” auction, which is a great place to get unique holiday gifts that benefit a great cause, and live music from Pachanga and the Flat Five String Band.

Last year, Standing Stone Brewing Co.’s Goat Cheese Spinach and Artichoke Fondue with Multiseed Crackerbread was a big hit, and we promise to please your taste buds again this year with another of Chef Eric Bell’s creations. Don’t forget to stop by our friends at Noble Coffee Roasting as well to refresh your palate and reawaken your senses between wine and snacks.

We look forward to seeing lots of our favorite local customers, JPR supporters and community members, and meeting new folks, just as we have in years past.

Advance tickets are available online, at the Ashland Food Co-op and Adam’s Deli & Catering (Medford) or by calling 1-877-646-4TIX. This event is sponsored by the Ashland Food Co-Op. If you’re visiting from out of town, the Ashland Springs Hotel is offering a reduced rate for attendees who request the “JPR Block of Rooms.”

Outdoor Dining and Summer Jazz

One of our favorite things about warm weather season is the chance to enjoy our spacious patio. There’s a nice article by the Ashland Daily Tidings highlighting venues with al fresco dining, including Standing Stone Brewing.

Traveling here soon? Already living here? On holiday? Visiting friends, family or simply on a road trip? We’re always glad to welcome you ‘home’ to relax with a a good meal and beverage, inside or outside.

Our back patio has both sun and shade so you can find the spot that suits you best. You can see views of the mountains, look out over downtown Ashland or check out the hops plants we grow for a little shade.

We also enhance our live music offerings with a Summer Jazz series that runs through Labor Day. You can enjoy the diversity of the Valley’s best jazz acts on Sunday afternoons, as well as our regular Saturday evening solo guitar act, Tim Church, in the relaxing atmosphere of our patio.

Come visit soon and enjoy!