Saturday – Night on the Town
This sunshine is so nice and warm, it’s too much fun laying out on the lake here in Cottage Grove piecing together tonight’s plan. Today, I’m the girl with the plan, who now, sports a tan!
If last night was kickass bluegrass night, tonight is hard rock night in Ducktown.
But before diving into metal, we first have to finish up with last night’s bluegrass wave by chillaxtion with Portland’s Tony Furtado at the Ax & Fiddle here in Cottage Grove. In celebration of Furtado’s 15th Album “Golden” (which Furtado drew the cover art) tonight he plays with Scott Law as the Banjo Killers. Having won two National Banjo Competitions in 1987 and 1991, Furtado has spent decades fusing bluegrass, country, rock, blues, jazz and folk music into riveting and engaging songs that grip any listener. In the song “Angles We Know” his relaxed vocals and melodic tempos speaks to those who have left this world. Furtado’s musical acumen has been recognized by such first class musicians as Allison Krauss, Kelly Joe Phelps as well as Jerry Douglas all of whom he has recorded with in recent years. I can’t wait to hear the contagious instrumental “Portlandia” inspired by the Raymond Kaskey sculpture adorning the entrance to the Portland Building in downtown Portland. Show starts at 8:30pm cover is $10. You won’t be disappointed.
Heading back to Eugene finds us at the WOW Hall where the hard rock sounds of the The Procrastinators, Explode-A-Tron, The Low Men and Athiarchists will strum life into all who attend beginning at 8pm. For the $5 cover you’ll want to make sure you bring your earplugs… you’re gonna need them! In case you have been living in a cave for the past few years, Athiarchists is the two piece pandemonium stylings of drummer Dano and guitarist/vocalist Aaron Tunnell. Giving birth to their own breed of violent fusion of metal and punk, fans typically are infused with the infectious energy this duo emits that power outages may reign over Eugene tonight. Make sure you bring a flashlight, just in case.
By now I’ll be a bit nervous to take out the earplugs as I don’t want to know if the ears are bleeding, but our journey will take us out River Road way to the old McKay’s Market building now knows as Happy Hours to hear the metal magic known as FUNGI (Fun Guy). If you’ve been around this town for any length of time, you know all these guys as they have been the fabric for rock music in this town for decades. On lead guitar is master musician Stefan McConnell. His guitar virtuoso brother, Roger McConnell often sits in with the band feeding off one another in such a guitar frenzy it makes you wonder why these boys aren’t yet playing in arenas. Fronted by Shane Thornton on vocals (IB6 UB9) Dave Dickson on bass, and Scott Johansen on drums Fungi plays such killer songs as “Follow Me,” “I am Blind,” and my favorite “She’s So Tight.” This band creates songs by crocheting pounding melodies with finely crafted lyrics that any hard rock fan can wrap themselves up in and rock.
With all this killer rock and roll going on tonight, I’m looking forward to soaking up some more sun while having a few more cold blended beverages before showering off this coconut smelling suntan oil and putting on some girl clothes for the evening. My purse is complete with earplugs, flashlight and purfume.