Final night schedule

IMG_7018The streets were hopping downtown last night and music filled the air. Blasé was defeated just in time for the final night of the festival.

9 bands perform in 5 venues around Salem tonight so there’s still a chance to catch some music. Here’s the rundown:
Jam, rock at Franklin’s, prog, rock at Blacklite, chance, noise at ƒ/stop, 70’s rock at Boon’s and soul and The Tri.

All events are free. Go grab some.

Franklin’s Bottle Shop
9p-Rich McCloud Band
11p-The Folly

Blacklight Bar
7p-Fox Populi
8p-Feel Connected
9p-Tentacle Burn
10p-Slight of Hand

10p-Herd William

Boon’s Treasury
9p-Bradley Wik & the Charlatans

The Triangle
9p-Jon Fro and the Soul

Blasé hijacks broadcast, threatens downtown nightlife


We were stunned last night at the close of the live broadcast when a mysterious character named Blasé hijacked the show and revealed his plan to destroy all remaining creativity in Salem and the world by midnight Saturday, April 6.

At 8:36 pm, as the Rain People were sharing about their missing bass player being grounded, the broadcast was overtaken on CCTV 22 for approximately 90 seconds by a man calling himself Blasé. A video file of the transmission can be seen here.

Details are unknown at this time about the existence of Blasédio waves or the claims of his success in destroying creativity over the past 30 years. The public is advised, however, to stay at home, watch television and surf the internets. We will update you on any status of Blasé and band changes during tonight’s broadcast starting at 6:00 pm on CCTV 22.

Quickie plays 44 shows in a day!


Seattle pop-punk Quickie blows through Franklin’s Bottle Shop Saturday night for a free high energy performance including their hits “Bikini Barista” and “Phoenix Jones Theme Song”.
They just received word from RecordSetter that Quickie now holds the world record for the most shows performed by a band in a single day: 44! Luckily, There are only 10 venues at this weekend’s festival. They’ll be hanging out at the broadcast studio Saturday trying to stay out of trouble and rest up for the show at 11p. We’ll see how that works.

Quickie’s songs have been featured in the shows “Parenthood” NBC, “Vampire Diaries” CW and in the movies “Our Lips are Sealed” featuring the Olsen Twins , Shafted, and Repli-Kate starring Alli Landry and Eugene Levy. Wayne Kramer’s Beyond Cyberpunk compilation with Dee Dee Ramone,Mudhoney,Richard Hell to name a few and Footlockers Audiomotion compilation (25,000units sold) as the only unsigned band. Our regional hit single and video “Bikini Barista” has 150,000+ views.

Tonic for donothingitis – adieu caribou at Pop Up Sat 7p


Stuck in front of a screen this weekend? Tear yourself free this and have a listen to Andy, Chris, Sam, Tony, Matthew, Cara, Trevor, Ella, Paul and Ally play some folk at Pop Up art gallery 7p Saturday, April 6.
Of course there are dozens of more bands this weekend but this group is full of fresh, local faces and fun lyrics and they’re sure to fill the stage with levity. The event is free and takes place in the gallery next to Made in Oregon in the Salem Center Mall.

Hip Hop on the Capitol Steps

DSC01284Hip Hop in Salem? Mob Royalle helps answer the question with a line up of mid-valley artists set to move the Capitol Mall noon-6p, Saturday, April 6.
Once again, Salem’s underground hip hop community takes the stage on the Capitol steps to lay down some beats and share some urban culture during the 6th Cherry City Music Festival. They’ll be performing nonstop all afternoon, so bring your picnic basket and experience these rare performances while relaxing under the cherry blossoms. Warning: While the event is family-friendly, some lyrics may be outside your comfort zone. See you on the Mall!

Capitol Mall
Noon-6p. Mob Royalle Hosts Hip Hop at the Capitol Mall
w/ KriStyle, KrossBreed, Uncle Sicko, 2Faded, ThatKidCry, Rich McCloud, Iron Fist, Pele Won, HD, Kryptic, Deshaun Jordan, The Prophet, Polite Society, DJ Eps

Cherry City Music blossoms

Salem’s low-key celebration of local music and culture blossoms April 4-6 with more than 40 bands playing in 10 venues. Check the schedule here.
Highlights include Hip Hop on the Capitol Steps, alt-folk at Franklin’s Bottle Shop and hard rock at Blacklite Lounge. So gather up your friends, pick a genre and enjoy your neighbors’ talent downtown. Because this is Salem, all shows are free.

After years of free shows, now you show everyone you care about local shows. Donate $10 to Salem Creative Network here and get a Festival Friend Bracelet to show that you support local culture. It’s good for a laugh, smile and hug from fellow believers in Salem culture.

7th Cherry City Music Festival April 4-6

Prepare for some culture around town as the 6th Cherry City Music Festival slides into Salem, April 4-6. This labor of love will once again feature dozens of local bands creating community in multiple venues downtown and throughout the city. We’ve added more venues this year outside of downtown to offer more options to bands and patrons

Get involved with mid-valley’s creative community and support proactive, sustainable events.

As always, details develop daily. Meanwhile, check out the The Thermals from the 2009 show.

Bands sign up here and volunteers here.

Symmetry/Symmetry takes the stage at The Gilgamesh Lounge April 6th

From Portland Oregon to touring the West Coast, Symmetry/Symmetry is here in Salem to rock the stage with their experimental/rock sound. In 2006, Symmetry/Symmetry started as visions from Daniel Jones and Joel Uram, and here 6 years later after have being joined by Andrew Quackenbush and Mark Cleaver, they’re about to rock The Gilgamesh Lounge, Friday April 6th. It’s $5 for the show, and it’s most definitely a part of the Cherry City Music Festival that you don’t want to miss! Join us at 9:00 and jam out to Symmetry/Symmetry.

Bethany Randall and Guests April 6th at Boon’s

Bethany Randall is a blues/folk lore/psychedelic musician who is involved with multiple bands and other musicians. From The Rock&Roll Party Band to Fat Lip Lucy, and also sharing the spotlight with female musician Sarah Albert for the folk/rock duo The Oh My Mys, Bethany Randall is a talented woman who’s ready to provide us with a great show Friday, April 6th at Boon’s Treasury. The show starts at 9:00, so come on by and enjoy!

Music in Salem, Oregon