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Rocking the Weekend

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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.

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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

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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.

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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…

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

“I’m on my way… I’m on my way….”

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Rock the Weekend

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Hey there it’s BJ.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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9pm Fireworks and The Procrastinators.

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

Three Rivers Casino both Friday and Saturday: Code Red.

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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.

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Derek Zane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

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photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

BJ

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BJ’s 3 W’s

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Hey there,

BJ here with this weekends 3 W’s.

What it is, where it is, when it is happening?

Rock~N Roll baby!

First up, Frown Squad! Join them for Rica’s B-Day BASH at the Mohawk 1501 Mohawk Blvd. in Springfield tonight(Fri.) starting at 9pm. Happy Birthday Rica!!

Tomorrow night(Sat.) at the Mohawk it’s the Rhythm Pimps. Rock, Funk, Punk, Reggae.

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Cheap Truck note on Breana Cahoon’s shoes | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Next we have a very rare event happening… Derek, Jeff and Duke together for 2 nights! Thats right ladies and gents you heard here its Cheap Truck tonight(Fri.)at Happy Hours on River Rd. in Eugene and tomorrow(Sat.) night at the River Stop Restaurant and Sports Bar in Walterville. Good times!

Tonight(Fri) Bugsy’s in Junction city will be a Rock~n~Roll dance party with Piksix from 9pm to 1am! Join them and the Vender girls from Strolli’s Vodka and Hornetos Tequila for some great music and free merch! See ya there!

Tonight at Mac’s Restaurant and Night Club It’s Mark, Greg, Breana and Maynard… Yes it’s that awesome party band Code Red!  Dance, Dance, Dance!!  Staring at 8pm. Cover $5

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Maynard, Greg, Breana and Mark. It’s Code Red! | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Tomorrow night at Mac’s its Blues, soul and rock with Heavy Chevy. Starts at 8pm. Cover $5

Embers both Fri and Sat. its Coupe de Ville. Rock.

The Black Forrest: Fri. Thom Simon, San Lorenzo, VCR at 9, Indie/pop. and Sat. Necryptic, Cruciation, Septic Burial, 9pm, Death Metal.

Sunday at the Cuthbert Ampitheater its Gordon Lightfoot tickets are $35-$55 starts at 7pm.

A little heads up to next Friday’s (the 19th) Wow Hall event… local band Black Powder County is in the line-up along with RED, Adelitas Way, Bad Seed Rising and McClinton!!! Purchase your tickets now for this show…they are going fast and its going to be a show you don’t want to miss! More on this next Week.

Have a great sunny weekend and talk to next Friday!

XOXO

BJ

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What’s up this Weekend?

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BJ, with this weekend’s 3 W’s.

Where, When, What is Happening?

Our local music community has some of the most talented, devoted and fun musicians I have ever met. Music is the very center of what I do and even though I have seen most of the local musicians perform more then once, everytime I do I’m just as  amazed at the talent as the first time. You guys & girls ROCK!

Our friend and local music fan Cliff Cook says he really likes the comeradery, how they support each other and making their fans happy by involving them and listening to them, joining the crowds and also having guests sing or play with them. They do their best to give the fans what they want!

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Cliff Cook and Kevin White | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Another fan Danelle Ralston who I have seen out at almost every show tells us she has known alot of them for 25-30 years, they have stayed here even though the places to play are getting fewer and fewer. They love the people, love to entertain and are very talented!

On with the Shows!!

Saturday at 7pm Spingfield Elks, 1701 Centenial Blvd. we hope you will join us for the Rockin’ Relay benefit concert for Eugene/Springfield Relay for Life. Featuring the rockin’ bands Bulls on Parade, Code Red and Piksix!!!  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at area Dairy Marts.

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Breana Cahoon and Maynard Hull | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Mark Nash of Code Red says Code Reds involvement in Relay for Life is very personally rewarding for them and they feel honored to be a part of it. Either directly or indirectly, no one currently escapes cancer and the ACS just plain needs dollars to finish the fight!

Please join us in this fight in anyway you can. Lets’s Rock the Relay!

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Mark Nash | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
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Mike Trathen and Roger McConnell | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Friday the 15th.

Happy Hours: Rock with Alien Boy.

The Mohawk: Saturday dancing with Sattelite Jack.

Embers Supper Club: Red Thunder.

The Brewstation in Cottage Grove: Jazz with Don’t Feed the Zoona.

Three Rivers Casino: Live music from  Mr. Wizard.

Saturday the16th.

Happy Hours: Jen and the Generators.

Ember Supper Club: Red Thunder.

Mac’s Restaurant and Night Club: Blues with Hank Shreve Band.

The Mohawk: It’s night #2 with Sattelite Jack.

The Brewstation in Cottage Grove: Americana with Perfect Flavor.

Three Rivers Casino: 2nd night of live music with Mr. Wizard.

Riverstop Restaurant and Sports: Rock-n-Roll with Dragstrip Superstar.

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Jeff Blaser | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Bass player for Dragstrip Superstar Jeff Blaser has this to say to you.

I (We) deeply appreciate all the support of our friends at the shows!! It’s my (our) honor and pleasure to add some entertainment to your lives, and at the end of the night, hope you’ve been satisfied, rewarded and  musically fulfilled. Thank you very much for your patronage! We need you as much or more then you need us!

Thank you Jeff!

Also thank you to Cliff Cook,  Danelle Ralston and MarkNash for being a part of this weeks 3W’s!!

 

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Stefan McConnell | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
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Derek Zane and Jeff Blaser | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Hope you all have a great weekend and remember please don’t drink and drive.

Hugs, BJ

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BJ’s “Meet the Musicians”

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Hello BJ here…

This week lets get to know the beautiful and very talented Breana Cahoon singer for Code Red.

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Breana Cahoon | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Breana grew up in the little town of Seeley Montana and moved here to the Eugene/Sprinfield area two years ago.

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Breana | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

When did you first start singing?

I don’t know the exact age, I pretty much grew up singing the songs in my head since I can remember, started lessons at 9 and it was game over, I was hooked!

Why did you want to be a singer?

If you know me then you know I’m not quiet, it just came natural to me at a young age.

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Breana downtown Eugene photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Do you play any instruments?

I play some piano and I wanted to learn to play guitar for a long time, finally I put my time into it when my husband who has been very supportive of me and my music bought my Epiphone for Christmas a few years back, I had no reason not to learn at that point. With the help of a few friends and lots of You Tube videos later I can now say I play a little guitar!

Did you take lessons or are you self taught?

Both realIy,  I started plucking away at the piano we had in our house and singing along with the radio when I was really young. My grandpa heard me playing around one day and decided I should take lessons. Piano lessons for a year, vocal lessons of all sorts for 10 years. All of which were in Montana where I grew up.

Singing is my #1. I was lucky enough to have amazing parents who put up with my many lessons as a kid, from Jazz, to country, to Opera, I studied and sang it all.

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Breana Cahoon | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Who were your biggest influences?

I have several influences!

I grew up listening mostly to the radio when my mom dropped me off at school. She was the start of my musical influences. Her favorites were anywhere from Matchbox Twenty to Collective Soul, from Tom Jones to Shania Twain, from The Beatles to The Beach boys, from Fleetwood Mac to Heart. I love and still love a variety of music. Personally I have too many influences to just pick one.  Eden Atwood was probably the most influentual teacher I had.

Tell us how you feel about being a part of the band Code Red and are there other bands you have been in?

The guys are crazy awesome! I have so much fun being a part of the band and  so thankful for Mark, Greg and Maynard for letting me join them, they put alot of faith in me and I cannot thank them enough. Mark and his wife came into the store where I work one day to buy a pair of jeans, we got to talking, I told him how I used to sing back home and missed it. He told me to come see his band play that night and sing a song with them and I did. Thats how Code Red began for me.  Before Code Red it was mostly solo gigs and a couple of small town bands back in Montana where I lived.

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Breana | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

What do you think about our local musicians?

I have not had a chance to see too many of the local bands yet, of those I have all are very inviting and so talented,  my plans are to see as many as I can whenever I get a free night.  I have seen The Koz band play and it was awesome and can’t wait to see more. Looking forward to seeing Zeperella and Hells Bells, I love watching kickass woman rock out! I’m all about that!

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Breana Cahoon perfoming at the Emerald Valley events center | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

What do you love most about what you do?

Everything! I love Music plain and simple. I got lucky running into the right people here to get me going and now get to do what I love all the time.

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Breana Cahoon with Mark Nash & Greg Montgomery. (Code Red) | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Do you have anything else you want to add about yourself and music?

Wow, so much. To keep it simple… Music is what keeps me sane in this crazy world we all live in. It’s my stress reliever, my vice, my hobby, and so much more.

There you have it… Breana Cahoon!

Thank you very much Breana for letting us get to know you!

If you want to see Breana and the boys of Code Red in action they will be at the Mohawk Tavern 1501 Mohawk Blvd. both Fri. and Sat. nights!  Fireball Party Friday with the Fireball Girls!  Lyman’s Birthday Bash on Saturday!

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Code Red at The Emerald Valley events center | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

So what else is going on this weekend you ask?  Lets find out right now.

This weekends Where, When, Whats Happening!

Happy Hours 645 River Rd. in Eugene. On Friday It’s Rock and Roll time with the boys of Drastrip Superstar (Derek Zane, Scott Johansen, Jeff Blazer, Pete Norman). Saturday night its Leon, Doug and Jeff with the “Splat!” (formerly, Justin Case). Starting at 8:30 both nights.

Embers Supper Club: Fri. & Sat. dancing with Red Thunder.

Mac’s Restaurant & Night club: Fr. Ty Curtis (Rockin blues). Sat. Lilla D’mone(Soul, R&B, Pop).

Yukon Jacks, 4th and Broadway, Veneta : for  boot scootin’ fun its Most Wanted both Fri. and Sat.

Bugsys Bar 559 Ivy St. in Junction City: Fun times with Mr Wizard on Sat.(rock & roll).

There you have it… some fun things to do!

Remember be safe and please don’t drink and drive.

BJ

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BJ’s : Where, When, What’s Happening!

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Hello, BJ here with this weekend’s When, Where, What’s Happening.

Lets start right off with saying hello to this weekend’s local musician : Mark Nash.

Hello Mark.

 

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Mark Nash | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

How old were you when you starting playing music and what was it you first played?

I was 12 years old when i first started playing the tuba and my first teacher was band teachers for horns. Other then that I was self taught. I’ve been involved in music in one form or another since then, so… 36 years now.

What band are you in and what do you play in it?

I play Bass and sing with local party band Code Red.

What made you choose the bass?

I’m lazy and only want one note at a time so the bass fits my personality.

What other Instruments do/can you play?

I was a professional tuba player in the marines. Besides bass and tuba, I can also play piano, French horn, bass trombone, euphonium, bass drum and bass cowbell.

What other bands have you been a part of?

Code Red is my second band. Before that, it was a band (mostly) garage band called Saint Krampus. We had one gig… and broke up.

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Mark Nash playing with Code Red | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Who were your biggest influences?

All over the place. Rock, blues, classical, jazz, swing, symphonic, etc. Since I’m currently in a rock band. I’ll talk about those. There are so many great artists out there… Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Dream Theater, Rage Against The Machine, Rush, Kiss, Motley Crue, Stevie Ray Vaughan… way to many to list, but definately more in the hard rock/metal arena.

What do you think about the local musicians?

Of the musicians I am aware of, I know that there is a ton of talent out there and I feel very fortunate to be mixed into the thick of it. There are so many local musicians that we don’t ever hear or see, for one reason or another. I’d love to be able to spend the time to check them all out. Doing so helps me become better doing what I do.

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Mark Nash | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

If you could sit in with any other local band who would it be?

Definately Satin Love Orchestra playing bass or trombone.

What do you love most about what you do?

Easy! All the people. Fans, dancers, other musicans.

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Mark Nash at The Mohawk | photo by Billir-Jo Miller

Is there anything else you would like to say about yourself or your music?

I’m a nerd through and through. I get involved in the technical aspect of sound and light way more then my own instrument. I love hearing what other bands are doing… love going to catch other band’s shows and support the music scene beyond my own band when I can.

The music scene is thriving in the region and I’m so happy and feel very fortunate to be a part of it!

Thank you Mark Nash!

Unfortunately due to a scheduling mishap Mark Nash and Code Red won’t be playing this weekend but will be back in our 3 W schedule next weekend.

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Code Red band | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Now onto this weekend’s When, Where, What’s happening.

Bugsy’s 559 Ivy St. Junction City : Sat. Country Rock with Most Wanted.

The Cooler : Sat. Classic Rock by Heavy Chevy.

Cozmic: Sat. Soul with Monophonics.

Mac’s Restaurant & Night Club: Both Fri. & Sat. its Blues with Hank Shreve Band.

The Riverstop Restaurant and Sports Bar 39297 McKenzie HWY :  Country music with Haywire.

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Piksix | photo by Bille-Jo Miller

The Mohawk 1501 Mohawk Blvd : Friday come on out for some Rockin Rollin with Piksix and help them in celebrating their drummers birthday(happy birthday Brandon Pinnell!) Meet the Fireball girls,get your $4 Fireball shots and swag! Piksix will be donating their tips to Relay for Life. If you didn’t get enough of Piksix on Friday night then you just got lucky because they will be back on Saturday!

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Fireball Girls | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

The Mill Casino’s Warehouse 101: Frown Squad.

Saturday night at the Mcdonald Theatre its Grateful Dead tribute Dark Star Orchestra. Ticket price $30 at door, $25 advanced.

 

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Spring Flower | photo by Billie-JO Miller

April fools day just passed and I was reminded about the time that my oldest daughter then about 13, now a mother of 7 herself decided to try the old sugar in the salt shaker April fools trick on me.  It worked of course better then she would have thought. The salt shaker was untouched until about a week later when I used it on a cup~o~noodle, by then she had totally forgotten about April fools day and when I took that first sugary bite and looked at her and said wow my noodles taste so sweet, she all of a sudden remembered why and started to laugh, then realized she had just shook the same salt shaker onto her own noodles ha ha ha April Fools!

Have a wonderful weekend and as always please don’t drink and drive.

Happy Easter!

See ya next time, BJ

 

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BJ’s Where, When and Whats Happening ?

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BJ here!

Hello to you… hello to this weekend’s 3 W’s and hello to this week’s Awesome local musician.

Actually…this week’s Q & A is from Derek Zane.

Here we go…

Hello, what’s your name?

Derek. Whats yours?

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Derek Zane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

What bands have you been in?

Let’s see…P.E.L.T. (perverted egotistical love titans), Ozone Baby, Gods Of Thunder (KISS tribute band), Mr. Wizard, Dammit Jim, Haywire, Cheap Truck, Stiff Richard, Joe Cool & Dragstrip Superstar. I was in some LA bands but nobody cares about those. Almost forgot : my first band up here was the McKenzie High School Pep/Jazz band.

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Derek Zane Playing Guitar. | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Who are your influences?

As a kid, it was all about The Beatles but also with a heavy dose of the radio. My parents were into Harry Belafonte, The Carpenters, Perry Como, Broadway & Hollywood musicals, Neil Diamond, Andy Williams…I mention that because we moved A LOT and the radio or 8-track tape player was a constant traveling companion. For better or worse, I can sing along with every song in The Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz. My grandfather was an actor and also played brass in some big bands in the Glenn Miller era. I don’t know if musicality is hereditary but it probably came from my Grandad.

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Derek and Duke at a Cheap Truck gig | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

My uncle had a drumset and I was fascinated by them and vowed to learn to play the drums. I would set up some pillows, grab a pair of my mom’s knitting needles and taught myself how to play to my ELO and K-Tel Hits records. Ended up being a drummer for my high school but because my parents couldn’t afford to buy me drums, they got me an ultra lame electric guitar from Sears and I taught myself to play by getting a Mel Bay chord book and playing along to the sheet music my mom had (she plays piano).  I’m here to tell your readers around the world that I knew NOTHING about guitars, but now? I play in bands all thru-out Lane County AND Salem! Dreams come true, kids!

As a teen learning to play guitar, I was way into Kiss, Cheap Trick, Heart, Queen, Wings, Journey, Van Halen, Pat Benatar, Styx, Randy Rhoads… I can tell you exactly where I was the first time I heard Bohemian Rhapsody on the radio. It was life changing as was Van Halen’s Eruption.

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Derek Zane on guitar. | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Nowadays, I like any genre as long as the song is good. Melody, harmony… not a fan of rap or screaming Cookie Monster vocals but I can appreciate the rest.

 

If you could sit in with any of the other local bands for a few songs, which band would it be?

Satin Love Orchestra. I already have the clothes
What do you think of the local musicians?

I’ve played with a fair amount of them since I moved up here in 1990…as far as the “rock scene” goes. When I worked with Duke Sound doing a lot of the blues/multi-act shows, I really saw that this area is thick with talent. I’ve played with the best and some of the less then best but at the heart of it…It all comes down to what kind of person you are and how you treat others, not just the playing part of it. I do respect all of them for their effort and love of what they’re doing. Most of them are very nice people and I count quite a few of them as friends.

What instruments do/can you play?

Guitar,bass, keyboards, drums, kazoo (only rhythm)

How old were you when you started playing?

Got my first real 6 string….at 15. Drums were about a year before that.

How long have you been playing?

Hey, nobody told me there was gonna be math! As a part of my deal with the Devil, I can’t really discuss “years” or what life was like before electricity.

 

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Derek Zane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Are you self taught or did you take lessons and if lessons where, who taught you?

Mel Bay Giant Book of Chords was a life saver when I tried out for jazz band. There were no music videos when I was a kid (and where I lived, I couldn’t have watched them anyways) so…my teachers were Kiss & Beatle records being played over and over  and over. I feel bad for my little brother that had to listen to me figure out Rush songs in the next room. Altho, he can probably hum the solo to Limelight note for note.

What made you pick the instrument you play as your choice?

I wanted to be Ringo but was kinda pushed into being George/John. I didn’t mind, tho, cuz I grew up appreciating vocalists and it was easier to sit around a campfire with a guitar than a drumset. Altho, chicks do dig bongos.

What do you love most about what you do?

Besides the mountains of cash and dating hot models with lowered expectations? Hmmm. Being in a band and playing music every weekend can be a grind if you aren’t having fun with the people on stage with you. Once it becomes a repetitious job, you need to stop. If you aren’t having fun, everyone in the room can tell. I’ve been in those situations and something inside kept me from completely losing the will to live and quit—I liked the people in the band. They were/are my friends. So, you stop stressing about playing for only 2 people or the fact that everyone else is only dancing to the songs you don’t like … and just enjoy the fact you are making music and getting a little bit of money for doing so and… doing it with people you care about. I will never be one of those guys that stopped playing and sold their gear for whatever reason. If I wasn’t in a band, I would still play every day. It’s a gift from … whatever higher power you believe in.

Thank you Derek Zane of Dragstrip Superstar for your AWESOME  local musician interview!

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Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

If you want to check out Derek Zane along with fellow band members Scott Johansen and  Jeff Blaser their band Dragstrip Superstar will be at Happy Hours 645 River Rd. in Eugene tonight (Fri.) starting at 8:30pm.

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Code Red’s Breana Cahoon. | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
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Code Red’s Mark Nash. | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Now for this weekend’s Where, When and What’s Happening!

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Piksix | photo by Billie-jo Miller

Happy Hours 645 River Rd. Friday : Rock and roll with Dragstrip Superstar!

Saturday : Classic rock with Splat!

Mac’s Restaurant and night club 1626 Willamette st. in Eugene….Starting at 8pm with a $5 cover on Friday(tonight) night its the one and only awesome Rock and Roll Party band Code Red! … Saturday night(tomorrow night) it’s blues with Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes starting at 8pm with a $6 cover.

At the Mohawk, 1501 Mohawk blvd in Springfield : Friday : Modern rock band AMPT starting at 9pm!

Saturday :  it’s the premiere of Into the STORM. The Rock and Roll 80’s style party starts at 9pm!

The Gridiron Grill and Taphouse 2816 Main st. Springfield : Friday it’s a Piksix party with classic rock and dancing starting at 9pm!

Riverstop Restaurant & Sports Bar 39297 Mckenzie Highway :  Saturday the 28th  it’s Classic Rock with Still Thinking starting at 8pm!

Bugsy’s 559 Ivt St. Junction City : Friday its Rock and Roll with Frown Squad (formally known as Mr. Frown) starting at 9pm!  Saturday once again it’s that awesome party band Code Red starting  at 9pm!

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Joe Weber | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

This weekend at the Mill casino’s Warehouse 101 both Friday and Saturday it’s Phamous Phaces with high energy classic rock and power pop from 9pm-1am!

Well, my friends… that’s it for this week’s 3 W’s (Where, What, When)

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

XOXO, BJ.

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BJ’s 3 W’s

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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

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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.

bj-nerdselfie

BJ.

BJ’s Weekend Report

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Hey friends BJ here

This weeks column… A night with the Bullet Boys, photographs taken at the Silverback bar and grill in Roseburg,Or. on May 3rd 2014

Before we release you to the “Boys”, here’s something you should take a moment and look at.  Local band “Steel Wool” featuring: Tim Mueller (Chief of KindTree Productions: Autism Rocks!), Randy Hamme, Nel Applegate and (our Publishers favorite bass player and National Anthem performer) TR Kelley, have pulled out all the stops, grabbed some notable locals and turned out probably the best indie music video to come out of Lane County, probably Oregon, ever.  Check it out, see if you don’t agree.

Did you enjoy that? I did. Same with the Bullet Boys; these are a great group of guys with so much Rock and Roll talent!!!  I saw this band the first time in the 80’s, awesome then and awesome now! Enjoy!

BJ with the Bullet Boys
BJ and the Bullet Boys | photo by Michael Miller

 

The Bullet Boys
The Bullet Boys | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

Marq Torien
Marq Torien of the Bullet Boys
photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Its Nick Rozz
Nick Rozz of The Bullet Boys | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

Lonnie Vencent I
Lonnie Vencent on Bass | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

Nick Rozz
Nick Rozz of The Bullet Boys | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Nick
Nick Rozz on Guitar | Billie-Jo Miller
Nick Rozz again
Nick Rozz | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Lonnie Vencent
Lonnie Vencent of The Bullet Boys | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Marq
Marq Torien singer for the Bullet Boys Rocking and Rolling! | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

And now a little Where When and Whats happening this weekend!

Happy Hours on River rd. Eugene: Fri. classic rock with Justin Case, and Sat. share the love for Ron Clayborn as the band retires the name in his memory.

The Embers: both Fri. and Sat. its classic rock with Heavy Chevy.

Whiskey River: Sat. live music by the country band Showdown.

Warehouse101 : Fri. and Sat. female fronted cover band Saturday night Orphans.

The Mohawk; Fri. and Sat. Rock and Roll with Code Red!!

Do you have a favorite club?

Have a great weekend and be safe. –BJ

BJ’s Weekend Report

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Hello…its me BJ

As most of you know this week once again we have lost a very talented musician and wonderful friend to that thing they call cancer Ron Clayborn (Monolith) has gone on to join Alex Gonzalez-Arguinzoni(Toyz)…I am not going to write about how sad it is or how he is now feeling no more pain. I am not going to try to tell you he’s in a better place or how much everyone loved him and  he touched so many lives(we all know that). All those have been said by people and family closer to Ron than I was.  I am just going to tell you that you will be missed Ron Clayborn and that you made your mark on a lot of hearts and you will always live on within them.

Here is a link for anyone wanting to help with the Clayborn family memorial expenses. http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/help-the-clayborn-family-pay-for-memorial-expenses/253988 .

“Hey kid, Rock and Roll….ROCK ON!!!”

 

Ron Clayborn and Jeff Blaser
Ron Clayborn and Jeff Blaser | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

“Trick or Treat?”

 

Trick or Treat? | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Trick or Treat? | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Remember as a kid how exciting Halloween day was? Going to school in costume parading in line through each classroom to show yours to everyone. Candy corn and carmel apples. How  reaching into a big bowl of spaghetti noodles and sauce in a dark room would spark the gruesome image of blood and guts? How about the smoking witches brew in the bubbly black cauldron?   After school it got even better …the anticipation  of what would  be lurking around every corner in the dark and knocking on every door and saying those words “Trick or Treat” and hope for the latter.

 

Witch
Bitboy as a Halloween witch | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Best of all the candy, all that candy all yours and just waiting to be eaten. Those days are past but ! wanted to take you back there for just a few minutes and let you feel like a kid again.

Zombie women
The Undead walking |photo by Billie-Jo Miller

As adults and i think those of you reading this right now are just that “adults” and most of you have grown up. I know boo right? There are places to go and bands to be seen. Theres that anticipation again! Whats lurking out there this Halloween?

Zombie Girl
Walking Dead Girl | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

So here is this weekends “Where When and Whats” going on.

 

Winged Demon
Rock and Roll Demon

For Halloween night: The Mohawk will be having a Halloween party with live music from Bulls on Parade starting at 9pm. Dress up come in and have a ghoulish time!

The Halloween show at the Black Forest will be live music from local bands Fallen Theory, Black Hare, Black Out, and Engraved.

Shamble out to drain for the Halloween Dance party with  Rock and Roll party band Code Red at La Pinata restaurant and lounge.

Code Red
Code Reds Mark Nash and Greg Montgomery | photo by Billie-Jo

Tonight Fri. the 31st (Halloween) The Whiskey River ranch is throwing their 4th annual Halloween Hoedown with live music and prizes for the best costume! $10.  On Sat. the 1st of Nov. its classic gold country with a hint of southern rock and blues with Showdown. $7. Both nights doors open at 7pm, shows starting at 9pm

Mill Casino: classic rock/power pop from Phamous Phaces.

Three Rivers Casino: Halloween Costume party live at Aces with music by Amy Clawson and Coltane fom 8pm to 1:30am. The Coors Light Girls will be there and cash prizes given for the best costume in these catagories:

9:00 PM: for Scariest Costume
10:00 PM: for Sexiest Costume
11:00 PM: for Most Original Costume

 

Shane
Vampire Shane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

I hear tale theres something kind of eerie taking place tonight(Halloween night), in a town they call Klamath Falls. Zombies and Rock~n~Roll will mix together to create a Monster Mash of a Halloween party. Dress up for a chance to win cash prizes, I dare you, but be careful, you never know whats gonna happen when them Dragstrip Superstar boys turn into Deadstrip Superbrains on Halloween night at the Aftershock. And on Saturday Nov.1st join Dragstrip Superstar for the Day of the Dead celebration. Cash prize for the best sugar skull face paint. The Aftershock 3901 Brooke Drive, Klamath Falls Or.

 

Derek Zane
Demon Derek Zane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

If your looking for an out of this world Rock and Roll time in Salem this weekend, Alien boy will touch down at Woodys Cantina,1486 Hawthorne ave. NE. Salem, Or. both Fri.Oct. 31st and Sat. Nov.1st.  Fun times to be had by all!

 

Elvis and Michael
The Walking Dead Kings | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

For a great Halloween scare you can head to Cottage Grove for the Severed Armory Haunted house starting at 7pm and open til midnight on Halloween. Or the Lone Pine farm Haunted nights corn maze  7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Yikes! Daytime non haunted maze 10am to 5pm.

 

Zombie Child
Little Zombie | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

And now for my favorite Halloween story, I tell it every year:

A man is walking home alone late one foggy Halloween night, when behind him he hears:

BUMP… BUMP… BUMP…
Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him.

BUMP… BUMP… BUMP…

Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him.

FASTER… FASTER… BUMP… BUMP… BUMP….

He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him. However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping.

clappity-BUMP...clappity-BUMP… clappity-BUMP

on his heels, as the terrified man runs.

Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, he locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps.

With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door.

Bumping and clapping toward him.

The man screams and reaches for something, anything…

All he can find is a bottle of cough syrup! Desperate, he throws the bottle of cough syrup at the coffin

…and…of…course,

…the coffin stops!

You are welcome.

 

Josephine Warren
JoJo Zombie | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

Well friends time to sign off for this weekend.

Please if your going to drink get a designated driver or a taxi to do the driving for you.

Happy Halloween and watch out for creepy crawlies.

 

Snake
Hissssss…. | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

BJ