Night on the Town – SATURDAY
Happy October First! Only 30 more days till Halloween! I’m so excited! There is no other other time where it’s ok to be dead. In any other circumstance it’s a sad and morbid event (have been through 10 deaths already!) but at Halloween, it’s OK. Finally! Already I have begun my costume shopping and party planning. Technically, this year, Halloween falls on a Monday, so mark your calendars for Saturday the 29th as trick-or-treating night!
Tonight has a lot of great music to hear. Since last night was girls night, catching such local favorites as Blue Lotus and Stephanie Schneiderman, than tonight is all about the boys. For the record, I am using the term ‘boy’ with NO disrespect. One of my local faves is playing at Sam Bond’s tonight… Leo London. London, whose musically reminiscent of Nick Lowe with the songwriting adroitness of Jackson Browne writes unbelievable songs in almost a dismissive resolve. Can’t wait to hear him do one of my favorite songs, I Don’t Know; I really like that player-piano sound. Simply splendid! He’s playing tonight with The Royal Blue and Wintertime Carnival.
Next I’ll head over to Mac’s to watch one of my good friends, Billy Desmond of Bill D and the Hoodoos. Originally from New Mexico, Billy relocated to Portland a few years ago. He quickly finished up his CD Something’s Wrong, and distributed it far and wide. Not only did Billy D and the Hoodoos on the Portland radio station KINK, he quickly found himself being courted for the use of the title track to the CD by a movie production company! In his bio Billy says “Portland has helped me to further define my niche. Even the weather here lends itself to the blues”. Seems like some folks up north agreed with him too! The Cascade Blues Association awarded him their prestigious Muddy Award for Best New Act in 2010.” One of my favorite songs off that CD is Hide My Heart. Billy’s voice is a rich blend of blues rock which resonates in his classic blues styled songs. His custom made telecaster-type Shur guitar sound smooth despite it’s seasoned appearance and well worn rosewood fingerboard. I can tell you, there will be a lot of dancing going on tonight over at Mac’s! Might want to get there early to get a table!
Oh! Wanted to make sure I get myself registered for the upcoming Music business conferences going on at the Hilton this month! Not only is Eugene hosting the 31st Annual Northwest Booking Conference (www.artsnw.org), October 17th-20th but also the Folk Alliance Region-West Conference takes place here, October 23rd-24th. (www.far-west.org). In between these events, The ANBC includes several workshops of specific interest to songwriters.
So much for my “to do” list today! Well, looks like I ought to start piecing myself together. Don’t want to be too over-the-top, but I gotta figure out what to do with this top hat!
FREE: Mike Denny Trio Ax Billy Grill~ 8pm
FREE: Wire In the Walls, Satrs End, Atomic Symphonic Black Forest~ 10pm rock
FREE: 8 Track Liberators with Coburg Country All-Stars The Cooler~ 9pm rock country
FREE: Brook Adams, Tim Miller Granary~ 7pm acoustic
FREE: Merchants Of, Oneself Connect Oak St. Speakeasy~ 9pm
FREE: Annie Todd Wandering Goat~ 8pm acoustic, all ages
$8.00 Sugar Beets Axe & Fiddle~ 8:30pm, bluegrass
$5.00 The Eager Beavers, Kermit Eats Pork Luckey’s~ 10pm swing, indie, comedy
$3.00 Eleven Eyes Maize Lounge~ 11pm
$5.00 The Royal Blue, Wintertime Carnival and Leo London Sam Bond’s~ 9:30pm rock
$5.00 Johnson Unit Whiskey River Ranch~ 9pm rock
$12.00 Melt Banana with Retox WOW Hall~ 9pm rock
Cover & Tribute Bands
FREE: M 80’s Goodfellas~10pm rock
FREE: Triggered O’Donnells~ 9pm
FREE: Joybox Quackers~ 9pm
FREE: Moving On Village Green~ 9pm rock,
Blues, Jazz & Country
FREE: Eric Richardson’s Invisible Arts Ensemble Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen~ 7pm
$5.00 Barbara Dzuro Trio Jazz Station~ 8pm
$5.00 Billy D & The Hoodoos Mac’s at the Vet~ 9pm; blues
DJ, Dance, HipHop, Other
FREE: Ladies Night Conways~ 9pm
FREE: “Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human with Guests Cowfish~ 9:30pm Top 40, electro
FREE: Celebration of Life for Jessiah Simon Cozmic Pizza~ 7pm
FREE: DJ J-Will Doc’s Pad~ 8pm; dance
FREE: Retro Embers~ 9pm
FREE: DJ Food Stamp & Friends Granary~ 10pm, 45s dance party
FREE: DJ Crown Taylor’s Bar and Grille~ 10pm; Hip hop, dance
FREE: Ladies Night Two Friends Pub~ 9pm
$5.00 G.L.A.M. DJs John Henry’s~ 9:30pm