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Danny SchmidtLCCC Music
January 21 & 31, Lincoln City

Crazy weather of El Nino got you down? Get a big uplift in Lincoln City with two top-notch musical performances. On January 21, Danny Schmidt will liven up the stage at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Named to the Chicago Tribune's list of the 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt “has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery.” Schmidt’s performances have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter.

It’s a hearty “welcome back” to John Warton, Lars Campbell, Kenneth Biggs, and Greg Scholl, otherwise known as the Pacific Trombone Quartet. Their repertoire includes Bach and Purcell, Ellington and Garfunkel, and a whole lot more. They will perform at LCCC on January 31. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

The Dragon & The Night QueenSEA Entertains
January 29 & February 20, Florence

The Seacoast Entertainment Association brings top-notch acts to the Florence Events Center this winter. First up on January 29 is Jesse Cook, whose nuevo flamenco style of music is inspired by the cafes of Seville and dance clubs in Havana. Cook’s widely-touted music has been featured on episodes of Sex and The City, the Chris Isaak Show, and was featured at several Olympic games.

Ballet Fantastique returns to the Events Center on February 20. Back by popular demand, the ballet company will present Dragon & the Night Queen: Celtic Stories. The company describes the production as “a vivid dance theater exploration of new borders, filled with mesmerizing spirit and a hunter’s defiance.” Dragon & The Night Queen explores ancient Irish legends with new choreography and live music by Gerry Rempel Ensemble and internationally-renowned musician Eliot Grasso. Choreographer and directors Donna Marisa Bontrager and Hannah Bontrager said that this is a long-awaited project.

Shows start at 7 p.m. at the Florence Events Center. Pre-concert talks are at 6:15 p.m. Call 541-997-1994 for ticket information or purchase online through SEA. (www.seacoastea.org)

Cape Falcon Marine ReservesNew Oregon Marine Reserve - January 30, Cannon Beach

The start of the new year ushers in the newly designated Cape Falcon Marine Reserve site, located between Falcon Cove and Manzanita.
“The Cape Falcon Marine Reserve extends protections from Oswald West State Park. . .into the ocean,” said Nadia Gardner, a local volunteer with Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. “It is conserving the ocean for people and wildlife into the future.”

To celebrate the designation, two events are being held that include live music, food, information about the marine reserve, and family-friendly activities. The first is on January 16, 4:308 p.m. at the Pine Grove Community House on 225 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita. The second celebration is on January 30, 4:308 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Community Hall on 207 N Spruce Street. (541-231-8041 or capefalconmr@gmail.com)

Oregon has designated five marine reserve sites. The other sites are located at Cascade Head near Lincoln City, Otter Rock near Newport, Cape Perpetua near Yachats, and Redfish Rocks near Port Orford. (www.oregonmarinereserves.org)

Jazz Kins"In the Mood" for jazz? - January 30, Florence

Grab your tickets now for the second installment of Swing Era classics. The Emerald City Jazz Kings will examine the great songs of 1939 thru '42. You will hear more from Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and the Andrews Sisters, as well as great songs from Glenn Miller, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Vera Lynn, Helen Forrest, and Bing Crosby. Expect great songs like: "Brazil"," I Don't Want to Walk Without You", "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", "Jersey Bounce", "A String of Pearls", "Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar", "Ko Ko", "The Breeze & I", "In the Mood", "Frenesi", "We'll Meet Again"," Hold Tight, Hold Tight", "Take the 'A' Train", and "You Made Me Love You". (541.997.1994;www.eventcenter.org)

Ivory & GoldJazz it Up - February 25–28, Seaside

For the 33rd year, jazz lovers will be treated to a long weekend of some of the top performers in the genre at the Seaside Jazz Festival. Festival events are at five Seaside venues, all connected by shuttle. Most are also within walking distance of the others.

As in past years, ragtime, Dixieland, traditional jazz, and swing music is part of the lineup. This year, national and regional entertainers include Bob Draga and Friends, The High Sierra Jazz Band, The Blue Street Jazz Band, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, The Young Bucs, Cornet Chop Suey, Stephenie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, Mardi Gras All Stars, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, Rudy’s Revelers, and Ivory and Gold. (866-345-6257; www.jazzseaside.com)

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