Waking up in an unfamiliar place must be a lot like reincarnation… if you believe in that kinda stuff.  Trying to get your bearings… desperately searching out anything remotely familiar in sight, sound or touch. Anything that will help explain how it is you are where you are when you wake up.  Waking up from after a car accident is like this feeling. So is waking up after a surgery.  But truth be told… waking up after too much to drink in a house that isn’t yours… well, that’s just plain exciting and a story for another time!

I’m blaming it all on the excessive drinking!  But sometimes the hands of fate have a strange way of making things happen that work out for the best.  What do I say to all this?  BRING IT ON.

Crimson Guardian

Tonight will find me a little outside my comfort level and listening to some unbelievably loud bands tonight at The Black Forest. Crimson Guardian is headlining tonight.  Fresh from the band’s Facebook page: “Crimson Guardian is bringing in NEW and OLD friends to give the Black Forest a heavy dose of old and NEW school meta!l  Unfortunately, CG lead walked away from the band a little less than 24 hrs ago, the band’s rhythm player is out-of-town, but the band still goes on. Alex, Dave, and Flames will be ripping CG up all over the Black Forest with versions of some of their more lively tunes. This will be their “I’m not Fken Dead Yet” Show, and will kick off their pre 2012 I’m Not Fken Dead yet Tour!!!!!!  The show must go on. This will be Caducus first BF show, and Brudos ALWAYS brings it, so Eugene come on out and give them a huge HELL YA!!!!! w/ special guest Sons of Confusion opening the night.”

Thankfully I have some good “metal” friends who will help me enjoy the evening and make sure tonight I,at least, eat something before I begin drinking!

Since we’ll be near The Cluster, or what one of my Facebook friends affectionately calls the “BARmuda triangle” (thanks Marty!) will :-)stop in and see the band Strange Dichotomy… just have to check something that me and another writer are arguing about.

Oddly enough, however, with the metal going on there is also punk going on tonight. The Wandering Goat has the Elected Officials and Quackers has the band Highwater. Good night to hear some loud music. Bring the earplugs!

JC Rico

Gotta make certain I get to bed sometime tonight as tomorrow is a big day. One of Eugene’s great musicians passed away Sunday, September 4, 2011, JC Rico. There will be a celebration of his life tomorrow, September 18th, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Steve Ibach is putting together a jam. Pat is opening up Mac’s Restaurant and Nightclub (Mac’s at the Vet’s) at 1626 Willamette St, Eugene. If you have any other questions please contact Kim Almasie by email

I hope, JC, wherever he now may be, gets his attention focused on familiar surrounding and things he recognizes soon!

I will see you out THERE!


Original Music

FREE: Cornucopia: The Same Old Used to Be’s—10pm
FREE: Downtown Lounge: Trailer Trash Ball—9pm
FREE: Oak Street Speakeasy: Hi-Fi Ramblers—9pm; rockabilly
FREE: Quackers: Highwater—9pm; rockabilly
FREE: Wandering Goat: The Elected Officials—9pm; punk
$3 Axe & Fiddle: Mick Croon—8:30, R&B, soul
$8 Cozmic Pizza: SambaDa—9; World Beat, $8
$5 Luckey’s: John Craig & the Weekend, Strange Dichotomy—10pm; indie, pop
$6 Sam Bond’s: Jackstraw—9:30pm; bluegrass
$5 WOW Hall: The Athiarchists, Better Left Unsaid, Don’t Ask Alice, Zebrana Bastard—9pm; hard rock

Cover & Tribute Bands

FREE: Happy Hours: The Valley Boys—9pm; classic rock
FREE: O’Donnells: Malice Cooper—9pm; rock
FREE: Porky’s Palace: Earnest Borg9s—9pm; classic rock
FREE: Tiny Tavern: WindRider—10pm; classic rock

Blues, Jazz, Country

FREE: Mulligan’s: Eddie Bodine & the Drifting Pines—9; folk, blues
FREE: The Loft: Inner Limits—7:30pm; Jazz, funk
$6 Mac’s: Michael Tracey & The Hi-Tones—9pm; blues, rock, soul
$5 Whiskey River Ranch Jonathan Harris—9pm; country

DJ – Dance – HipHop- Other

$5 Astoria: The Koozies—9; Country, variety, fundraiser
FREE: The Bridge: DJ Crown—10pm; Hip hop, funk, soul
FREE: Conways: Ladies Night—9pm
FREE: Cowfish: “Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human & Guests—9:30pm; Top 40, electro
FREE: Doc’s Pad: DJ J-Will—8pm; Dance mix
FREE: Embers: Retro—9pm
FREE: Two Friends Pub Ladies Night—9pm
FREE: Village Green DJ Nick—9pm; Requests