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Rocking the Weekend


BJ here,

A few years ago I took my camera and  2 oldest grand kids to see a Joan Jett and The Black hearts concert. We were right up front and that show rocked!

So… because I am not going to be at the Joan Jett and The blackhearts show this coming Wed. the 22nd at the Lane County fair ( I will be at the Motley Crue show at Mathew knight Arena)… can’t be in 2 places at once and this is one of those times I wish that was possible.  I thought I would take you back there with me to that Joan Jett and The Blackhearts concert. In photos of course.

Joan Jett and The Black Hearts | photos by Billie- Jo Miller

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“I love Rock~N~Roll”!


Where, When, What’s Happening here this weekend you ask?

Here ya go…

Billy Mac’s Bar and Grill: Fri. Christie and McCallum

Happy Hours: Fri. I hear something is happening there, a new band maybe? Go check it out you might be suprised and Sat. Rock with Rocktopia.

Mac’s Restaurant and Night Club: Fri. Blind to Reason. Rock/Blues.

The Mohawk: Fri. Haywire. Country. Sat. 80’s music by the M80’s.

Old Nick’s Pub: Fri. Phenomenauts, The Missing Links and Beast of Eden. 9pm $8

The River Stop Restaurant and Sports Bar: Rock-n-Roll with Alien Boy.

Bugsy’s: Fri. Justin Case.

The Wow Hall: Sat. Matura and Friends, I’chele and The Circle of Light, Fantuzzi. 8pm $10

alien boy
Alien Boy | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Alien Boy will be playing on Fri. the 17th(tonight) for all ages at Bohemia Mining days from 8:30-10pm on their main stage. Also playing this weekend at Bohemia Mining days is Cowboy Cadillac on Sat. Main stage at 5:30pm and Rocktopia on Friday at 4:30pm, main stage.

Code Red
Code Red | photo by Billie- Jo Mller

Code Red will be rocking it from 9-1 tonight Fri. the 17th on the Gallon House stage at the Coburg Golden Years festival.

Have a great weekend and remember, please don’t drink and drive.

Laterz Gatorz

BJ out…


P.S. Motley Crue, The Final Tour Wed. July, 2015 7:00 pm!

“I’m on my way… I’m on my way….”






Talk About Rock


Hey all, BJ here.

Another week zipped right past and its time for your fave column, BJ’s 3 W’s.

A couple weeks ago I got a chance to see a very young and very awesome band perform and by young I mean the oldest band member is 17 and the youngest of them 13. I wrote a little about them in the column a few weeks back and now was given the opportunity to do a little talking to the singer of the band for the youngest band signed to Roadrunner Records.

When they came out on stage I thought the same thing probably any one would have seeing them for the first time… they are just babies. Those babies Rocked!!

Francheska Pastor 17 (18 on Aug. 1st) vocals/guitar (the oldest member) along with the 16 year old bass player Louey Peraza, 14 year old guitar player Mason Gainer and 13 year old drummer Aiden Marceron, the band Bad Seed Rising.

Hey, this is Francheska!


Francheska…Bad SeedRising | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

EDN: How long have you been singing?

Francheska Pastor: I have been singing pretty much all my life just for fun and just started taking vocal lessons only about 3 months ago.

EDN: Have you known the boys for long?

Francheska Pastor: I’ve known Mason and Aiden for about 2-3 years and met Louey on the first day of band practice.

Bad Seed Rising | photoby Billie-Jo Miller

EDN: Where are you from?

Francheska Pastor: I’m from Frederick, MD. the boys live closer to Baltimore, Aiden is about to move like really close to me.

Bad seed Rising | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

EDN: How does your education fit in?

Francheska Pastor: I left school after my sophomore year and graduated a few months ago so I could focus on the band. The boys all do their schooling through online classes.

Bad Seed Rising | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

EDN: Francheska how does it feels to be on stage in front of all those people(the fans) and to be on tour with Adelitas Way and Red?

Francheska Pastor: It feels abosolutely surreal to be on stage with my boys playing for the people! It feels even greater to get a reaction out of a brand new crowd we have never played in front of before! It was great to tour with Adelitas Way and Red they are all great guys and crew members were great too. It was really awesome chillin’ with everyone before and after the sets.

As a matter of fact in a week we head back out to tour once again with Adelitas way.

Bad Seed Rising | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

EDN: Tell us something about your songs.

Francheska Pastor: We all write them together and they are mostly relationship/emotion based themes, not just lover relationship but platonic or people we have met before. Over time and maybe on the next album, I’m hoping for the themes to become more about personal struggles, I want people to be able to relate to my lyrics and realize there is someone out there that knows what they are going through. I would also love to write about more worldly things such as humanity and life itself.

END: Talking about relationships… do you have a significant other?

Francheska Pastor: I myself do not have a significant other at this time, when Im in a relationship I find myself to be too emotionally invested and become distracted with stress and the relationship itself that I can’t even focus on the band. I’d rather live in the moment with my friends and family, make memories, focus on my career, rather than spend time on my phone making meaningless conversations with someone I’m only infatuated with.

Louey of Bad Seed Rising pounding the bass at Wow Hall | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

EDN: How do all of your parents fit in and feel about the band and your touring?

Francheska Pastor: The are all extremely supportive, there isn’t a day I take it for granted. We wouldn’t be where we are without them. We actually have 2 dads on tour with us, Mason’s and Aiden’s dads. They tour manage and get us from city to city and all that.

END: What bands have you been inspired by?

Francheska Pastor: On a personal level Dance Gavin Dance, Being as an Ocean, Issues and our local mates Marmozets. So rad to see other women tearing it up out there! Suprisingly I also take and interest in the Rap and R&B genre like Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator and J. Cole.

Mason on Guitar with Bad Seed Rising at Wow Hall | photo by Billie-Jo miller

EDN: As a band what has been your biggest challenge?

Francheska Pastor: The “biggest” challenge we face and on a regular basis, I use the word biggest loosely is having people take us seriously with our young ages.

I hope we get back to Eugene real soon. We had a great time!

EDN: Eugene looks forward to seeing Bad Seed Rising again!

Thank you Francheska! You Rock!

Now it’s time to see what’s happening this weekend… here come the 3 W’s, Where, When, What’s Happening!

Rock out with Dragstrip Superstar at Bugsy’s on Sat. the 11th. (Guest drummer John Troute)

Embers Supper Club: Fri. and Sat. Coupe de Ville.

Hi-Fi Music Hall: Fri. Foreverland, tribute to Michael Jackson.

Old Nicks pub: Fri. Full Lush, Skemata and X Boyfriends.

Sat. The Haymarket Squares, Small Leaks Sink Ships and The Crossroads Exchange.

The River Stop Restaurant and Sports Bar: Sat. Helmet Pony.

The Mohawk: Fri. Jet Harris and The Hotrod Hellcats and Sat. Rad Rangers.

Three Rivers Casino: Rock-n-roll with Frown Squad.

Wow Hall: Shellac, Shannon Wright; 8:30pm $13 & $15.

Happy Hours: Fri. Party with Johnny Wilde Band, featuring Scott Johansen beating on drums.

In Cottage Grove at the Village Green: on Fri. Tonewood Trio, Jazz. Sat. Gumbo Groove; – Fungrass.

The Axe and Fiddle: Fri. Farmhouse Odyssey, Maw Band. Psychedelic, pro-rock. Sat. Krystine Kills, Ismay -9pm ; alt-rock, $5

The Black Forest: Fri. King Ghidora-10pm and Sat. Bent Knee and Era Coda-9pm.

Mac’s: The Tommy Hagan band. Blues/funk. $7 starts at 8pm

Have a great and rocking weekend, ta ta for now!

As always please don’t drink and drive.




Let’s Rock the Weekend


Hey there it’s BJ.

Here’s “Where, When, Whats Happening(3 W’s) this 4th of July weekend!”

photo by Billie-Jo Miller
photo by Billie-Jo Miller

July 4th

Light of Liberty Celebration at Springfield’s Island Park, gates open at 4, kid zone, food, drink, music and fireworks… performances by Jimmy Bobby Band/4:30, Charley Snelling & Voodoo Chili /6pm and  headlining for the night is Chubby Checker at 8pm. Fireworks at 10pm.  Tickets $5at SUB’s Main office and Jerry’sHome Improvement Center(Eugene andSpringfield locations) $7 at the gate, kid’s 5 and under free and immediate familyof active Springfield military are free(spouse and children up to 4 free tickets). ID required.

July 4th

July 4th 2014 | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Dexter Lake Annual 4th of July celebration at Dexter Lake State park.

$10 donation per car/$2 walk in.

A day of music…Band list and time.

2-2:45pm Pleasant Hill Jazz.

3-3:45pm Koriolis Effect.

4-4:45pm Axis Salvation.

Axis Salvation
Axis Salvation Dexter Park 2014 | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

5-5:45pm Living The Dream.

6-6:30pm Peter Almeida (Missing Mass).

6:45-7:30pm Unaltered.

7:45-8:45pm Steel Wool.

photo by Billie-Jo Miller

9pm Fireworks and The Procrastinators.

The Procrastinators July 4th 2014, Dexter Lake | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Three Rivers Casino both Friday and Saturday: Code Red.

Mark Nash/Code Red at Dexter lake 4th of July 2014 | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Happy Hours:Fri. Justin Case and Sat. Rocktopia.

The River Stop Restaurant and Sports Bar: Fri. Haywire.

The Mohawk: Friday…BBQ Bash with Bulls On Parade.

Derek Zane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Upper Mckenzie Community Center: Sat. the 4th of July: Dragstrip Superstar 8:30pm.

photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend and please don’t drink and drive.












BJ’s “Where When and Whats Happening!”


Hello everyone: BJ here, welcome to this weekends 3 W’s.

This weeks musician is another member of the local band Code Red: Lets meet Maynard Hull.

Maynard Hull
Maynard Hull playing drums with Code Red | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

When he was 10 years old Maynard was singing in a bar his dad owned, he was so intrigued by the drummer in the band that he decided he was going to be one.

Maynard Hull | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Since then in  43 years of playing, completely self taught, Maynard has played in 32 bands, from Country to Jazz & blues and Rock and Roll. Crystal Rhythm, Rumurs, Bad influence Wasteland Blues band, Joint Session and Spence Brothers just to name a few. With his biggest influences being John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Nick Mason and Neil Peart.

I asked Maynard about his thoughts on the other local bands and which if any he would like to sit in with for a few songs? His answer was: “There is a lot of really great local talent here in the Eugene/Springfield area and I would be honored to play with any of them.”

Playing drums has given him self confidence and a way to express himself, he loves to play Rock,blues and Jazz and his favorite song is whatever he is playing at any moment.

Animal on Drums
And its “Animal” on drums! | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

If you have ever been to or plan on going to a Code Red show anytime soon you will or have probably noticed that Maynards drums have little extra something “Animal” from the muppets sits in at every show. I asked Maynard the story behind “Animal” This is what he told me. ” I have always loved the muppet show and believe it or not when it first aired i had really long, curly blond hair and everyone around me said i looked like him. So when i went on the road with my first band in 1983 called “Whats Cookin'”  i went on a quest to find a copy of Animal. It took me 10 years to finally find him and now he is at every show.

Maynard adds that playing drums is a great people watching sport. :)

Thanks Maynard for taking the time to chat with me, see you soon!

Now lets take a look at Where when and whats happening this weekend.

  • Bugsys: Fri. Its Rock~n~country with Most Wanted
  • Cozmic: On Sat. its Jazz, folk, and pop with Soul Vibrator
  • Embers: Fri and Sat. Coupe de Ville
  • Happy Hours: Sat. Christie and McCallum
  • Wharehouse 101 at the Mill casino: Fri. and Sat. M80’s
  • Riverstop in Walterville:  its Blues, Soul and Rock-n-Roll with Heavy Chevy
  • The Cooler: Fri. its local reggae group One Dollar Check
  • The Mohawk: Fri and Sat. its The Koz
Koz Band
The Koz| phoyo by Billie-Jo Miller


The Koz
The Koz | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Remember to set your clocks ahead Sat. night. (or Sunday morning which ever you prefer) Spring is coming!!

Spring is coming! | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Well thats it for this weekends report, have fun and remember don’t drink and drive.

Tiny Dancer
Tiny Dancer | image by Billie-Jo Miller