It’s cold. It’s raining and hell, I’ve even seen a little snow spitting out there. Is there any place warm where a wild child can let loose and find a little joy in Eugene tonight? Thankfully, yes and even better, there are choices. So get ready folks, time’s a wasting.
At the McDonald tonight is an unusual bluegrass band in from Santa Cruz, The Devil Makes Three. The name makes me feel delightfully naughty. Yes, they are a true acoustic bluegrass trio with banjo, guitar and a girl upright bass player. Someone takes a turn a fiddle as well. No drummer, and yet the music has compelling rhythms that get people off their duffs and tapping their toes. Other reviewers have even used the word “punk” in the same sentence as bluegrass to describe their style. I do know that they can’t be pigeon holed into a specific genre which of course makes me love them. They’re touring behind a CD release of a live show a the Mystic Theater called “Stomp and Smash” – a good indicator that this band has the ability to get audiences hopping. Show opens at 8:30; $20 at the door; good time guaranteed.
There is no place cozier than Sam Bond’s on a rainy November Friday. Great bar food, micro brew on tap and a neighborly feeling all set the scene for a foray into the bluesy sound of David Jacobs Strain. This young man is very pretty to look at, plays an absolutely thrilling slide guitar, and has a voice that sends me out of my mind. A Eugene boy, Strain is a local treasure. His recording “Terraplane Angel” has heartfelt, punchy lyrics replete with twangy guitar rhythms that gives him a country feel but I wouldn’t limit his sound to country, or country rock, blues or even adult alternative. Strain is himself and I like what he offers. Original and fresh, smooth and sometimes even haunting, I am looking forward to this one. Show at 9:30, get there early for a good seat. Even at a $10 cover, expect a full house.
Tucked away on Broadway in downtown Eugene, the Jazz Station is one place that consistently brings the best of the local talent in for intimate shows. Saxophonist Joe Manis is a treat and tonight, he’s with the Greg Goebel Quartet. (Goebel on piano, Manis on sax, Chris Orsinger on bass and Randy Rollofson on drums) Joe does a version of Pink Floyd’s “Money” that makes me want to open my wallet for another glass of wine. Superior musicianship with an extra special dose of improvisation will set this performance apart from anything else available tonight. Quiet, complex and stimulating – a compelling mix for the jazz enthusiast. The Jazz Station is small and the show starts at 8:00 PM. Once again, get there early – only a $5 cover.
We have yet another weekend in the Grrrlz Rock month long celebration of women in music and the arts. Tonight, the show moves to the Granary. The early show starts at 5:30 with no cover and is appropriate for all ages. Take the kids, especially your daughters, and head over for a pizza and a chance to hear local talent of the female persuasion. Leni Ament does a version of Super Tramp’s “Take a Long Way Home” just for fun and will open the show. Later on Polly and Travis will entertain with their off-the-wall lyrics. If you can get out without the kids, The Touchy Feelies, up from Sacramento, will rock the late show at the Granary. Do not underestimate the feminine power of these bawdy gals. This girl rock band can blister the ears and they definitely show no mercy.
Prepare to party – no excuses accepted tonight people. Let’s get this Friday rolling.
Otiose Being, Embrace the Fear, Await Ezekiel : Metal : Black Forest 10pm
Behind the Mind : Rock : Downtown Lounge 10pm
Grrrlz Rock : Rock : Granary 6pm
The Nasty Critters & Guests : Punk rock : Oak St. Speakeasy 9pm
This is not art : Rock, 21+ : Wandering Goat 9pm
$5 – Polecat, Opal Creek : Americana : Axe & Fiddle 8:30pm
$10 – David Jacobs-Strain : Country, blues : Sam Bond’s 9:30pm
Cover & Tribute Bands
The Blue Valentines : 50’s : B2 Wine Bar 8pm
Christie & McCallum : Americana : Billy Mac’s 7:30pm
Coupe De Ville : Rock : Embers 8:30pm
Rocktopia : Rock : Goodfella’s Lounge 9pm
Lost Highway : Rock, country : Happy Hours 8:30pm
Sonic Storm : Arena rock : Mohawk Tavern 9pm
Joybox : Rock : Spirits Bar 9pm
Dammit Jim : Rock : Village Green 9pm
$5 – The Survivors : Rock : Mac’s 9pm
Blues, Jazz & Country
Molly Nord : Piano improv : Hidden Valley 6pm
Gus Russell : Jazz, blues piano : Lavelle’s 6pm
$5 – Greg Goebel Quartet w/Joe Manis : Jazz : Jazz Station 8pm
$20 – Devil Makes Three : Bluegrass : McDonald Theatre 8:30pm
$5 – Sammy Steele Band : Country : Whiskey River Ranch 9pm
Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other
“Freek-Nite” Dance Party w/Audio Schizophrenic : Cowfish 9pm
Rock ‘n’ Roll Jam : jam : Quackers 9pm
$5 – Medge : Rock : Cozmic Pizza 8pm
$5 – The Element : Funk, hip hop : Luckey’s 10pm
$12 – Indubious, Cornflower, Sol Seed : Reggae : WOW Hall 9pm