BJ’s Weekend Report

2nd Wind
The band2nd Wind at practice in their studio | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Hello, BJ here.

Can you believe its the second weekend in Oct. already?  Time sure flies when we’re having fun.

Flyers on the studio wall where 2nd Wind practices | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with a group of men who have a band (2nd Wind) that plays together every other Thursday in a little studio in a backyard here in Springfield. They even let me play a little with them,  by little I mean I held the bass and strummed a couple strings during one song. But hey that counts right? I played with my first real band.

I met 2nd Wind founder Dan O’neal (Dan O) when i contacted him on an ad for a bass guitar he had for sale, which i bought. 2nd Wind is Dan O’Neal(keyboard/guitar), Rob Van Camp (guitar), Jim Schwabl(bass) and Richard(Dick) Lee(drums)  sharing the vocals while looking for a singer.

Dan O'Neal
Dan O’Neal playing the keyboards at 2nd Winds band practice | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Dan, started playng piano at 6 years old in 1956 and by age 13 in late 1963 his band, The Exterminators, cut their first record; in the same studio Elvis Presley had recorded in.  Music was his dream and he played many gigs, concerts, parties, and weddings, with many different bands over the years. Besides being a musician Dan also builds countertops and cabinets. Unfortunately in 2003, when an on the job accident happened, he became a chronic back pain sufferer.

Richard Lee
Drummer for 2nd Wind Richard(Dick) Lee | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

“After years of the doctors working on me and doing everything possible to enable me to have somewhat of a normal life I finally came to grips with it. I became an advocate for The American Pain Foundation based in Baltimore, MD., and also accepted a seat on The Oregon Pain Management Commission.  I met many people and started to get my self esteem built back up, and yet there was something still missing.  When I met my friend Rob Van Camp who is now the rhythm guitar player in 2nd Wind.”

“We got together in my living room every week from 1:00P.M. to 4:00P.M and started working on rock and roll songs from the 50’s through the 90’s.  After a couple of years we started talking about how cool it would be to start a band.  Rob had never been in a band before so this was really a great thing for him.  Also it had been several years since I had a band together, so I was ready.”

Rob Van Camp
Rob Van Camp guitarist for 2nd Wind | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

They added the rest of the members and named the band 2nd Wind. Physically it’s hard…mentally its healing.  Rock and Roll will never die! Rock on guys!

Lyrics book | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Now its time for me to tell ya about “Where When and Whats Happening”!

“Well, on with the show, going on with the show” anyone guess whose lyrics those are?

Happy Hours this weekend on Sat.night is Jen and the Generators with classic rock and Roll.

Bugsys in Junction city, Friday night, its the country and classic rock band Most Wanted starting at 9pm.

Friday and Sat. night at Embers in Eugene is Blues, Soul and Rock n Roll with Heavy Chevy.

At Whiskey River Ranch the  experienced and fresh sounding group of talented musicians known as Brewer’s Grade,  Zac Grooms, Cody Christopherson and Nolan Hare. on Fri. night and Country singer/song writer Jackson Michelson Sat.night.

Both Friday and Saturday night Monolith will be rocking your socks off at Merlins bar and grill 45 W Sherman St, Lebanon, OR. They love it when the crowd joins in with  little air guitar.

So if you feel like being a little scared why not check out the Lone Pine Farms Haunted Corn Maze 91909 River Road, Junction City, OR.

Also The Severed Armory Haunted House 628 E. Washington Ave. in Cottage Grove is believed to be really haunted and from experience (I went last year) you do leave there wondering. Haunted? Go see and decide for yourself. Open 7-10 Wed. & Thursday nights and 7-11 Fri. and Sat. night. YeeeeeeKs! (which by the way means yikes and eek at the same time)

Severed Armory
Orb above me and my two grandkids Ryan and Josephine posing for a photo taken last year with a cell phone at Severed Armory, there was no editing and there is no reason there should have been that huge orb of light. | photo by Amanda Warren

Well my friends, thank you and once again be safe and please don’t drink and drive.

See you next week right here.


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Billie-Jo Miller is an Oregon mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and an award winning photographer. "I can never remember a time that i didn't have a camera in my hand and when my daughter started to call me 'paparazzi' I realized I needed to do something with my love of photography."
Billie-Jo is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and has done extensive freelance work and has spent time as a photojournalist for several newspapers. Billie-Jo is now an EDN Columnist and an in-demand live events photographer.

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