Petunia and the Vipers

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John Craigie

Portland singer and songwriter John Craigie will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Headwaters, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. His newest album, "No Rain, No Rose," was released early last year on his independent label, Zabriskie Point Records and caught the attention of Southern California musician Jack Johnson. Craigie found himself opening 17 shows on Johnson’s 2017 summer tour. Along the way, he earned acclaim from San Francisco Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS and others. Tickets to the Ashland show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or johncraigiemusic.com.

Petunia and the Vipers

Retro roots combo Petunia and the Vipers breathe new life into genres of old-time country, swing, jazz and blues — all with a punk edge — at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Brickroom, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. Main man Petunia has an authentic high and lonesome voice, and he manages a convincing yodel on some songs. The Vipers released its new album, "Lonesome Heavy and Lonesome," in the fall of last year. Cover is $10. The show is open to ages 21 and older.

Theo Czuk

Urban folksinger Theo Czuk will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Barnstormer's Theatre, 112 N.E. Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. He touts Bob Dylan as his biggest influence and brings a gritty blue-collar sound to his songs. His newest album, "Too Many Shadows," was released in 2013. He also has a novel, "Heart-Scarred" and two books of poetry to his credit. The show is part of Barnstormer Theatre's Storytellers Music Series. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at barnstormersgp.com or by calling 541-479-3557.

The Capitol Steps

What began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers lampooning their daily work environment emerged as a hilarious ensemble that's made appearances on NPR, PBS and top commercial television networks and recorded more than 30 albums, including "ObamaMia!" "How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying" and "Mock the Vote." The Washington Times calls its shows "the best musical satire on Washington ever seen." A performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $32, $35 or $38 and can be purchased at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., at craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.

Jazz Vespers

Opus 3 — pianist David Scoggin, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer Theresa McCoy — will present an evening of acoustic jazz at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Admission is free.





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