BJ’s 3 W’s

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Greg Montgomery
Greg Montgomery | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Hey there everyone! It’s BJ here with this weekend’s 3 “W”s! (Who Where & When)

In the coming weeks, I’m going to be telling you a little about some of our local & very talented musicians here in the Eugene/Springfield area.

First up: Mr. Greg Montgomery from CODE RED

Mr Montgomery
Greg | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Greg is a guitarist who has been playing for 45 years. He started out wanting to play drums, but his mom thought they would “be too loud” so guitar it was! He says he outsmarted her,tho, because he can get much louder than a drummer!

Greg and Breana
Greg Montgomery and Breana Cahoon of Code Red playing together at The Mohawk | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Greg has had several great teachers including THE Joe Satriani, Jimmy Lyons of Eddie “2 Tickets to Paradise” Money band, Greg Douglass who played with Steve Miller, Mark Bonilla (Keith Emerson band) and John Cipollina of the Quicksilver Messenger Service. Greg grew up in the Bay area and many of these guys were playing in the same clubs as he was. Joe Satriani used to play in a band called The Squares, who Greg often played with.

Greg
Greg Montgomery at Whiskey River | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Greg,who in the past has played with Star Struck, Stormin’The Shirelles and local band Hard Drive,is now with CODE RED as lead guitarist/vocals and been with them for a year and 1/2 and “loves it!”

“Playing with these guys has been great. We work really hard and have nothing but fun…and love supporting other local bands. Dragstrip Superstar, Bulls on Parade, The Koz, Alien Boy, PikSix…. All great bands and great guys!” Greg says.

He “really loves the people he meets and the places he plays and feels very blessed to be a part of the local music community.

Code Red
Code Red | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

I asked Greg which of the local bands he would like to sit in with for a song or two:

“There are so many great musicians that I would like to play with! The guys in Mr. Wizard are phenomenal. Dave Bock, Tim Donohue and Dave Nelson are fantastic. The bands locally are so good that you would have a great time sitting in with most of them. Derek Zane of Dragstrip Superstar is really good and has a great sense of humor…and thats what I like! The McConnell brothers are scary good,too! The most important people are the people that support the music. Without supporters, we are nothing” Greg said.

Greg
Greg Montgomery on Guitar! | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

If you want to see Greg Montgomery and Code Red (Rocky Smith-keyboards/ guitar**Breanna Cahoon-Guitar/Vocals**Mark Nash -Bass/Vocals**Maynard Hull-Drums) in action, you can do that both tonight (Fri 27th) at The Grid-Iron 2816 Main Street, Springfield and tomorrow night (Sat 28th) at Bugsys 550 Ivy Street, Junction City. Saturday at Bugsys will also be the FireBall Party with the FireBall Girls, free stuff & swag and FireBall specials!

Greg Montgomery
Greg Montgomery | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Thanks to Greg Montgomery for being the first local music hero to introduce himself to all of us here on the interwebs!

Now here’s what else is goin’ on in these parts!

Tonight you can come on over and get your rock & roll on at Happy Hours on River Road in Eugene with Dragstrip Superstar (Derek Zane, Scott Johansen, Jeff Blaser and newest member Pete Norman)! Playing songs a little left of center with energy & humor… start around 8:30.

Dragstrip Superstar
Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Piksix will be Rockin’ the Hawk (The Mohawk tavern) on Mohawk Bld. in Springfield on Fri. and Sat.

Piksix
PikSix | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Embers: Red Thunder both Fri. and Sat. Classic Rock.

Time Out tavern: Fri. E-Z Money. Rock, country and blues.

Mill Casino’s Warehouse 101: Fri. and Sat. its Rock and Roll with Toyz.

Three Rivers casino: Amy Clawson and Coltrane both Fri. and Sat.

Thats it for this episode of BJ’s 3 W’s

Have fun be safe and as always Don’t drink and drive.

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BJ.

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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