Friday Night On the Town
It may have taken all week to get over the somewhat extended party last weekend, but once again it’s time to get out and find the magic. November has more darkness to enjoy and less sunlight to interrupt the recovery time, so no excuses. There are a number of musical treats to sample tonight with a little something for everyone and maybe a chance to taste something new.
Up from the East Bay, Oakland based Glimpse Trio is at the top of my list. Their drummer, Hamir Atwal, had a promising career as a sought after jazz drummer before joining guitarist Mike Sopko in 2010. Jym Murray joined the duo this year to form the trio and they’ve been playing venues around the San Francisco Bay like Oakland’s New Parish where they released their debut recording “1985″. LA Weekly describes them with great enthusiasm, “On 1985 the group delivers a furious blend of rock, jazz, blues, punk and metal fused with infectious folksiness.” I tend to agree and love the variety, musicianship and unabashed dedication to playing whatever they damn well feel like. A band like this is impossible to pigeon hole into a specific genre so let’s just not. Glimpse Trio is at Diablo’s tonight at 10:00 with no cover; unbelievable.
Legends occasionally come through Eugene and tonight we are graced with British singer, song writer and guitarist Richard Thompson at the McDonald. An incredible guitarist, Thompson has received numerous awards including the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s often compared to such greats as Bob Dylan for songwriting and Hendrix for guitar prowess. I don’t think those descriptions are stretching the truth, but frankly, Thompson doesn’t need to be compared. Just listen to him and you get that this man has accomplished more musically than just about anyone else alive.
“I Feel So Good”is on my cougar list. (Songs for the hot mamma I’ve collected over time.) I’m not in the habit of breaking hearts, but when the urge comes, this tune gives me a little kick in the butt. Thompson is versatile and has a long, long, list of songs to pull from. He was at Woodstock, for God’s sake. The $28 ticket to see him live is absolutely a bargain. You might know him for My Dad’s Gonna Kill Me
For something a little different, if perhaps a bit old timey, the WOW Hall is hosting Head for the Hills up from Colorado. Their bluegrass style is at once classic and fresh. The picking is superb and the vocal harmonies as pleasing as a hammock in the shade. This is not your granddaddy’s bluegrass. “Unchain My Heart” features Micheal Chappell’s tight mandolin and guest key boarder James Thomas with a nice run on the fiddle from Joe Lessard. Their vocals blend and weave throughout like butterflies in a meadow. Dead Winter Carpenters opens the show; $12 at the door.
Finally, for a change of pace, I’m heading across the river. Sometimes, it’s good to go wild and no place dishes it better than Goodfellas. There’s a great line up of rock bands including the Procrastinators. I think that colorful watering hole has a great neighborhood feeling and lots of room to get up and dance. See ya there!
Alder St. All Stars, Dog Mage—Oak Street Speakeasy —9:00
Procrastinators, Van Wenda, the Basement: Boys: Rock—Goodfellas —9:00
Glimpse Trio: Rock fusion—Downtown Lounge —10:00
The Tip, 2 Grams Heavy, Sol Riot: Rock—Black Forest —10:00
$5 Stereotyped, Justin Stang, Casey Neill & the Norway Rats: Alternative rock, folk, punk—Axe & Fiddle —8:30
$5 Cherry Royale, Corn Flower, Sol Seed: Funk, soul—Cozmic Pizza —8:00
$5 Vida Girls: Rock —Sam Bond’s —9:30
$12 Head For The Hills w/Dead Winter Carpenters: Bluegrass—WOW Hall —9:00
$28 Richard Thompson: Singer-songwriter—McDonald Theatre —8:00
Cover & Tribute Bands
Desperate Randall: Rock—The Tiny Tavern —9:00
Joybox: Rock—Yukon Jack’s —9:00
Blues, Jazz & Country
Open Jazz Jam w/Free Jazz Trio—Cozmic Pizza —5:00
Barbara Dzuro: Jazz—Jazz Station —8:00
Scrambled Ape: Jazz—Wandering Goat —8:00
Robert Meade: Jazz—Cornucopia —10:00
$3 The Huckleberries: Blues, bluegrass—Creswell Coffee & Wine —7:00
$5 SoulJazz in Bluesville: Blues, jazz—Jazz Station —5:30
$5 Strum Theory, Homeschool: Soul, blues—Luckey’s —9:00
$5 Jonathan Harris: Country—Whiskey River Ranch —9:00
$6 Deb Cleveland: Blues—Mac’s —9:00
Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other
Molly Nord: Piano improvisation—Hidden Valley —6:00
Piano Bar w/Rhianna—WestEnd Tavern —8:00
Rock ‘n’ Roll: Jam —Quackers —9:00
“Freek-Nite” Dance Party w/Audio Schizophrenic—Cowfish —9:00
Retro —Embers —9:00
Brimstone sound w/DJ Crown: Reggae, dancehall, hip hop—Granary —10:00
-LA Thompson, EDN