The Nell & Jim Band are among the live performers of the virtual Ashland World Music Festival, which also features outdoor soundwalks. See the list below.
At a glance: Ashland World Music Festival
The annual Ashland World Music Festival is scheduled to take place Friday through Monday May 28 and 31. This year, the free festival will offer virtual performances and organized soundwalks, which combine the experience of sound compositions with an outdoor walk. The main event, featuring musical artists such as the Nell & Jim Band, Son Huitzilín, Sakumuna, the Kevin Carr Duo, Las Horas and many more, a hula dance performance by Halau Hula and HeartBeat stories, will take place from 3.30 p.m. at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 28, and will be broadcast live from RogueWorldMusic.org/AWMF or on the event’s Facebook page @ashlandworldmusicfestival. Sound Walks will be available Saturday through Monday May 29 and 31 and will be offered on three different self-guided routes that feature art installations – North Mountain Park, downtown Ashland, and the Ashland rail district. Participants will be able to download or stream audio. Each Soundwalk audio stream includes one or two performers from the main stage and one of the HeartBeat storytellers. “By creating sound walks that connect our beautiful public spaces, facilities of fantastic artistry and incredible music, we intend to create a shared moment of hope and revitalization,” said Ana Byers, Director of the AWMF program, in a press release. Maps for sound walks and more details are available at RogueWorldMusic.org/AWMF. All aspects of the festival are free; donations will be accepted for the Unete Farm Workers and Immigrant Families Fire Relief Fund.
Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform live as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” series at 6 pm on Saturday May 29th. A pre-show will begin at 5:45 pm with music videos featuring the new video of the duo’s interpretation of “What A Wonderful World”. The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers during the hour / hour and a half show. They will also share an important update. The concert is available to stream live via Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and the Gypsy Soul website (gypsysoul.com). The show is a “pay what you want” basis. Once on the duo’s website, you’ll find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. A portion of the donations will be used to support those affected by COVID-19 and the West Coast fires. You are not required to sign up for anything unless you want to receive a reminder for the concert or want to be part of the chat / comments during the concert. Gypsy Soul plans to return to the stage in the fall of 2021, Swann said. The duo will continue to perform live concerts until then.
Books at noon
This group of readers discuss various books and offer suggestions for further reading at noon on the first Tuesday (June 1) of each month, via Zoom. To register, visit jcls.libcal.com or for more information call 541-535-7090.
Eagle Point Friends Book Club
Discuss suggested books with this group of readers at 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, via Zoom. The book to be discussed on Tuesday June 1 will be “Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery” by Louise Penny. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, visit jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.
Windows in Time – Local History Conference
As part of the “Windows in Time” lecture series, Peter Finkle, Founder of WalkAshland.com, will present “Ten Quirky Things to Know About Historic Ashland” at noon on Wednesday, June 2, via Zoom. From “you won’t believe what the kids sold at the railroad depot” to “a local fifth generation family business” you’re sure to learn something new that will make you smile. Finkle will tell little-known stories, most from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Nine of the stories are accompanied by historical photos. Free entry; registration is required. To register, visit jcls.libcal.com/calendar/jcls_event/WIT-June-2021 or call 541-774-8679. The program will be recorded for later viewing on the JCLS YouTube channel.
Powerful Improvers from Medford
The local comedy improv group will host a free comedy improvisation practice from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays (June 3), via Zoom. All levels of experience are welcome. The sessions are moderated by Thomas Hartmann, who trained with Second City Chicago. For more information and to attend, email [email protected]
The social group for LGBTQ + communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday (June 5) of each month via Zoom. Ashland Librarian Elanna Erhardt will lead the group presentations. Bring a list of your recent favorite books, movies, and / or podcasts and share what projects or crafts you’re working on. To register, go to jcls.libcal.com. For more information, send an email to [email protected]
Jeff Pevar Trio
Guitarist and vocalist Jeff Pevar, along with bassist Matt Spencer and percussionist Christo Pellani, perform covers of Jimi Hendrix and other esteemed musical influences in a series of archived streaming concerts, offered online at newbohemialive.com.
Anima Mundi Productions: series of concerts “At the heart of humanity”
Anima Mundi Productions, an Ashland-based non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to the production and presentation of new musical works that address pressing societal challenges, will present a free series of four concert videos, one per month until August. The series, titled “A Time For Life: A Spring Video Festival,” features renowned performers such as Grammy Award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, Portland professional choir Cappella Romana and the elite Los Angeles-based HEX Vocal Ensemble. . works on environmental themes, as well as the world premiere of a new oratorio on Oregonians’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each video will be released with a special launch event and will remain online until the end of August. For more information and tickets, visit humantickets.com.
Jacksonville Historical Virtual Tour
Three textual virtual tours of Jacksonville’s historic past, “Walk Through Jacksonville History”, “Beekman Bank Nuggets” and “Mrs. Beekman invites you to call, ”can be viewed at historicjacksonville.org. New material is added every week. For more information, call 541-245-3650 or email [email protected]
Ashland Seniors Activities
A variety of virtual activities and services are available for adults 50 and over Monday through Friday through the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. See ashlandseniorservices.org or call 541-488-5342 for the full list.
Medford Adolescent Advisory Group
Motivated teens in Grades 7-12 can meet virtually to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, make crafts and make decisions about programming and exhibits and more at 4:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (June 8), via Zoom. To register, visit jcls.libcal.com or for more information call 541-774-8679.
Medford Library Book Cat
Discuss the selected books with the other members of this reading group at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (June 8), via Zoom. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, visit jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.
Gold Hill Book Club
The Gold Hill Library Book Club for adults 18 and older will meet at 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month (June 18), via Zoom. Books can be picked up one month before the meeting date. To register, visit jcls.libcal.com or for more information call 541-855-1994.
Random teen fandom
Teens are invited to meet to delve into a variety of pop culture topics at 12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday (June 19) of each month, via Zoom. To register, visit jcls.libcal.com or for more information call 541-774-8679.
Tween Book Club
This book club for teens will meet at 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month (June 19), via Zoom. To register, visit jcls.libcal.com or for more information call 541-774-8679.
Brain Books Focus Group
The adult reading group will meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month (June 22) via Zoom. To register, visit jcls.libcal.com or for more information call 541-774-8679.
Anecdotes about adolescents
Teens can participate in a live game of general knowledge using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (June 26). Log into the Zoom meeting to view and answer questions on the Kahoot app or website. You don’t need an account to play, just the app and the game PIN, which will be provided to us during the Zoom meeting. This quiz will contain 70 questions on a variety of topics, and the winner will be able to choose a free book. To register, visit jcls.libcal.com or for more information call 541-774-8679.