Friday Night on the Town


The holiday has officially started and we enter into the time of more family gatherings than is healthy for some of us.  None the less, there is no time like the day after the national turkey feast to get out and find some anonymous comfort in a dimly lit club filled with mind bending music.  Personally I’m going to head down to the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove to help celebrate their fifth anniversary.  There’s a smattering of local delights this evening for those who can’t find a designated driver.  No excuses people, let’s find the party.

There’s a young man, Cliff Hines, making a surprise appearance at Cozmic Pizza tonight.  It’s an early show, 5:00 pm, so I’m thinking a great place to start.  Cliff comes from New Orleans where he and other band members studied music at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA).  With a pedigree like that, this could be a rare treat for modern jazz enthusiasts.  The sound is fresh, full of unexpected syncopation overlaid with oh so smooth guitar work by Cliff Hines that reminds me of one of his influences, Pat Metheny .  Sasha Masakowski provides ethereal vocals that dance around in the music, amazing.  I would hope that we in Eugene could give this talented quartet a warm welcome; there’s no cover, no excuses.

You could hang around Cozmic for Total Hip and a little so called boom rock, but I’m thinking the night is ready for some more action and a change of scenery.  Surprisingly, I’m not seeing anything in the metal department so we have to go for good old rock and roll.  A  Eugene favorite for a couple of decades, The Valley Boys, is kicking it up at Mac’s.  Yeah, they are a rock cover band, but probably the best in the area.  I think this is a good venue for them and it will be a great dance party, well worth the $6 cover

The hidden treasure lies waiting at Luckey’s with Poor Miner’s Union.  Billed as Jam Funk, I’d say they tend to cross genres at times with an overall funky electronic jazz sound. With tunes like “Spyro” ,  cuddle up with a brew, a few friends and let all the mental clutter drift away.   Show starts at 10:00, $5 cover.

Now, about that drive to Cottage Grove.  I’ll be going because I love the Axe & Fiddle as a music venue and hey, they are celebrating 5 years.  It doesn’t hurt that my good buddy Mike Last is playing with the Stagger and Sway along with a terrific line up of Americana and Indie musicians.  Lloyd Mitchell Canyon is on the bill, driving down from Portland to throw down a little country rock.  Female lead vocalist J Crow has a smokey smooth voice that makes me want to sneak a kiss.  Along with the Huckleberrys and Brandon Decker, this will be an awesome celebration for a surprising little club tucked away to the south.  Show starts at 7:30, but I’m going to get there early for a good spot and to have a bowl of their homemade salmon bisque.  Yummy.  $5 cover.

Axe & Fiddle

 LA Thompson, EDN

Night on the Town sponsored by:

Original Music

Black Delany, B-Line, Security In Numbers, and Kylan Johnson : Rock : Black Forest – 10:00pm
142nd Annual Mustache Rally, Eager Beavers : Fun : John Henry’s – 9:00pm
$5 – The Stagger & Sway : Americana : Axe & Fiddle – 7:30pm
$5 – Poor Miners Union, Dorado : Jam, Funk : Luckey’s – 10:00pm

Cover & Tribute Bands

The M80’s : Rock : Mohawk Tavern – 9:00pm
Satellite Jack : Rock : Village Green – 9:00pm
The Survivors : Rock : Yukon Jack’s – 9:00pm
Cheap Truck : Rock : Goodfellas – 9:00pm
$6 – The Valley Boys : Rock : Mac’s – 9:00pm

Blues, Jazz & Country

Cliff Hines : Jazz : Cozmic Pizza – 5pm
Molly Nord : Piano improv : Hidden Valley – 6:00pm
Aftermath, Greg Nathan, Mike Denny : Jazz : Hilton Hotel – 7:00pm
Jim Liberato : Acoustic : The Loft – 8:00pm
Skip Jones, Paul Biondi, Hank Shreve : Blues : Sam’s Place – 8:00pm
$5 – Total Hip : Boom rock : Cozmic Pizza – 8:00pm
$10 – Timothy Patrick : Acoustic humor : Saginaw Vineyards – 6:00pm
$5 – Green Mountain Bluegrass : Bluegrass : Sam Bond’s – 9:30pm

Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other

Freek-Nite Dance Party w/Audio Schizophrenic : DJ : Cowfish – 9:00pm
Michael Friedman, Social Alchemist : Electronica : Granary – 9:00pm
Rock-n-Roll : Jam : Quackers – 9:00pm

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