Afro-beat / Funk / Nu-Jazz
Tim McLaughlin – trumpet, samples, percussion, laptop, keys, guitar, EFX, conch shell
Matt Calkins – sax, percussion, EFX
Joe Freuen – trombone, percussion
Ben Scharf – keyboards
Merlin Showalter – drums
Sean Peterson – bass guitar
The Eugene-based band, Eleven Eyes has been together since 2003. With two CD’s under their belt, Down Perception (2003) and the more recent Scope (2010) this band incorporates a variety of instruments, including a laptop full of samples and effects, along with a saxophone and trombone. Combining many genres of music including jazz, funkadelic, afrobeat, and neo-psychedelic this band has been trying on members in the past, but now seem to have the proper mix of people to generate their full-bodied sound.
Playing festivals including Emerg+N+See Music Fest, Reggae on the Mountain Music Festival, Jazz at Newport, The Bite of Seattle, Corvallis Fall Festival as well as the Salem Art Fair this sextet earned the WOW Hall Favorite Local Band back to back years in 2005 & 2006, as well as being recognized locally as the best jazz band 2005 -2008.