Confucius said that music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. I’m not sure he’d feel the same after hearing what some consider music today, but he was right. People need music. Regardless of what type of music we prefer as individuals, we share a common interest. To discover music, to create music and according to the music industry….to pay for music. Not even Confucius could have predicted the $50 – $200 concert ticket prices we see today.
Human nature may not be able to survive without music, but can we survive emptying our wallets for it? I don’t think we should have to, and neither do some of our local businesses. More bars and restaurants are offering live music nights with NO COVER.
Locals know Sixth Street Bar & Grill as a great place to watch the game and have a drink. Did you know it is also the new home for acclaimed musician Mark Alan? A long-standing favorite of the now closed Joe Fed’s , Mark Alan plays live music every Thursday at 8:30pm. Come early to get a good seat and enjoy this gifted singer/songwriter as well as Sixth Street’s special Thirsty Thursday food and drink menu.
Mac’s restaurant and night club is Eugene’s home of the blues. Located inside Eugene’s landmark Veteran’s Memorial Building, Mac’s offers No Cover Wednesdays. Every Wednesday from 6-9pm enjoy the musical stylings of Mike Brewer & The Brewkettes or Natty-O and T-Bone Stone. While listening to these great guitarists enjoy a burger and brew for $8.
Cornucopia Bar is best known for their exceptionally yummy burgers. On Tuesdays they are also known for their great live music.Every Tuesday you can catch Jesse Meade a 29-year-old singer-songwriter. Influenced by such musicians like Ray Charles and Hank Williams, Meade offers up his own finger-style acoustic guitar playing. He shares the stage with occasional guest appearances by some of Eugene’s best solo and acoustic acts. You can catch Jesse from 9:30pm-1:00am while enjoying $2 Oakshire Frog’s Wort IPA’S and $3 TIC-TAC’S from 10:00-12:00pm.
If you prefer a different atmosphere when enjoying your music, bars and restaurants aren’t the only ones dishing it up for free. University of Oregon’s Beall Concert Hall offers a variety of free concerts such as Oregon Composers Series, Suzuki Strings as well as the Campus Band. Check the event calendar for dates. The Hult Center offers free music on occasion such as SHOcase: Eugene Opera in the lobby, check their website for more info.
If you’d rather play than listen, Eugene is host to several free jam sessions around town. Here are a few:
- Bluegrass Jam, Tuesdays at 9pm, Sam Bond’s Garage
- Irish Jam Session, all ages, 7pm, Eugene Suzuki Music Academy
- Rooster Blues Jam with Skip Jones Every Tuesday at 7:30pm – 2:30amBlack Forest
- Thursday’s Mac’s Midtown Blues Jam hosted by Jerry Zybach & Lloyd Tobert 7pm Mac’s at the Vets Club
Regardless of if you go to play music or to listen, your bank account will thank you!
Sixth Street Grill
55 West 6th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401-2605
Mac’s at the Vet’s Club
1626 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
207 East 5th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401
Sam Bond’s Garage
407 Blair Boulevard Eugene, OR 97402
Eugene Suzuki Music Academy
170 West 12th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401
50 East 11th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401-3538