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“The Summer’s Here, Let’s Rock!”

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Hi all, BJ here…

Last Friday I had one of my most unforgettable nights…  shooting the “Of Beauty and Rage Tour”, Red, Adelitas Way and Bad Seed Rising at Wow Hall. There was alot of passion and so much energy there that I had to catch my breath more then just a few times.

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Black Powder County | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Up and Coming local band Black Powder County(BPC), opened the show with Decoy(Tim) guitar, Manny Narkrong- Bass, John(Turbo)Leitch-drums and stand in member, Derek Zane-vocals/guitar! I had my camera ready and from the minute they came on BPC had my full attention, they hit the stage hard and rocked the place with all the energy their name suggests!

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Black Powder County | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Derek Zane had this to say: “Playing at the WOW was… wow!”

“I didn’t run across any egos from ANYONE.  There was a nice comradery at that higher level of “popularity” than I expected. No one is bitchy cuz that “other band plays at the same certain venues all the time” that I’ve heard in conversations. Each band is comfortabe doing their own thing and it seemed less about competition and more about “we’re gonna do OUR thing and we All got to put on the best show WE can.”

…”and a hugemungus thank you to Decoy, Manny and Turbo for asking me to fill in for Jake’s absence. It’s an honor and thrill to not have to play Sweet Home Alabama.”

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Derek Zane playing with Black Powder County | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Decoy wants you all to know that they are out there and up and coming! To the fans thank you for your ongoing support! “WE SALUTE YOU!”

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Decoy and Manny… Black Powder County | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Watch for them at the Guitars Under The stars musical festival in Lebanon Or. on Aug.7th, 8th & 9th.

BPC | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
BPC | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Thank you Decoy and Derek for talking with us.

I Expect to see a lot more of this band in the very near future!

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Bad Seed Rising | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Bad Seed Rising a band of all teenagers gave one of the most energetic performances I personally have ever seen. By the time their performance was over I had to pick my jaw up off the floor and remember to breath. They were awesome. A giant thumbs up to these kids!

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Bad Seed Rising at WOW Hall | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
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Bad Seed Rising on stage | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

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Bad Seed Rising | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
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Bad Seed Rising | photo by Billie-JoMiller

Adelitas Way …what can I say! The talent of these guys is undeniable and I am now a huge fan of them! They rocked hard, added to and carried that energy from the first 2 bands right on through to the last band.

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Adelitas Way photo by Billie-Jo Miller
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Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Which brings us to Red, they were just that “Red”…pure energy,  had the crowd so pumped that  I could have sworn the floor was shaking with the power of their performance and for anyone that was in the crowd Friday night you know it actually was. The melodromatic(not even sure thats the right word for it) sound and power of this Christian/alternative rock band put the crowd under a spell that won’t soon be forgotten by anyone that was there.

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RED | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
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RED at the WOW Hall | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
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RED | phot by Billie-Jo Miller

All in all it was an awesome and unforgettable!

Summer is here so lets ROCK!

Where,When,What’s Happening!

Happy Hours: Come Rock with the boys of Dragstrip Superstar both Fri.26th and Sat.27th!

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Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Mohawk: The Party band we all love to party with is back to Rawk the Hawk!  Code Red both Fri. and Sat.

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Code Red | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Warehouse 101: Fri. and Sat. its rock with Frown Squad.

Axe & Fiddle: Cottage Grove will rock with Bulls On Parade on Fri. and Mosby on Sat.

Embers Supper Club: Fri. and Sat. 50’s and 60’s classic rock with The Survivors.

Mac’s Restaurant and Night Club: Fri. Red Thunder (classic rock) Sat. Blues with Blue Owens Band.

River Stop Resaurant and Sports Bar: Fri. Rock~N~Country with Most Wanted.

The Brewstation in Cottage Grove: Fri. Psychanaut. Psychanautic! Positive energy, Space Rock, Melodic, Atmospheric.

Village Green: Fri. Southern rock and country with Cowboy Cadillac!

Enjoy your weekend,  see ya next week and don’t forget to please not drink and drive.

XOXO, 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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Here Comes The Weekend

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Hi there, BJ here.

Welcome to Where, When and Whats Happening for this Weekend.

Many years ago when I was a teenager my whole family (even my 2 year old baby sister (Melissa) had these cards with numbers on them that you could pick up at the local AM radio station, the radio station would randomly call numbers and if you had the matching numbers you would win some random prize. I came home from school one day to find out my 2 year old sister’s number got called for Cheap Trick concert tickets. She was obviously not interested in Cheap Trick so I became the proud owner of my very first concert tickets ever. Yahoo! I went to that Cheap trick concert and I was hooked! Over the years I have seen so many Rock and Roll shows that i couldnt even start to remember them all. Thank you  Missy for winning those tickets when you were just a baby.

“Mommys alright,daddys alright, they just seem a little weird”…

Leaving the past behind, now on with present, lets meet another local musician.

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Kevin White | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Kevin White, guitar player for the band Alien Boy.

Kevin who was always fascinated with the guitar and can remember wandering the neighborhood with a stick or tennis racquet air guitaring it, started playing when he got his first real guitar for his 18th birthday and has been playing now for 36 years with a 16 year break to raise his son.  Never a lesson, completely self taught and plays strictly by ear, Kevin says some of his biggest influences were George Lynch, Ronny Montrose and Jimmy Page.

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Kevin White playing with Alien Boy | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Kevin says there must have been a reason for those air guitar antics as a boy, he is having the time of his life musically ,

“I have my Dream Team around me and have just started recording our first studio album.”

He is also working on his original, solo project called “Pulse”

He  likes to know that everyone is on the same page if performing for an audience and not just winging it and says we are very lucky to have such incredibly talented musicians locally and would love to Jam with any of them.

Thank you Kevin for being a part of my column this week.

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Kevin White | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

If you want to see Kevin in action along with the other members of Alien Boy, Roger McConnell, Mike Trathen and John Troute, they are playing tonight at The Gridiron on Main street in Springfield.

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Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Tonight(Friday) Dragstrip Superstar will be playing at the Upper McKenzie community center. There will be a  spaghetti dinner starting at 5pm ($10 per plate) to help recoup the cost of thier new stage.  Music during dinner by John Gray and Mark Stuart. Dragstrip Superstar starts after dinner.

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Scott Johansen drummer for Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Gridiron: Alien Boy, Friday.

Bugsys: Jen and the Generators, Friday.

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Jen and the Generators | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

The Riverstop in Walterville: Piksix, Friday.

The Mohawk: Code Red, Friday and Saturday.

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Code Reds, Mark Nash | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

The Mill Casino: Saturday Night Orphans, Friday and Saturday

Again thank you so much Kevin White!

See you all next week and please don’t drink and drive.

XOXO, BJ

 

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BJ’s Where, When What: How Do They Do That?

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Welcome to the weekend and another episode of BJ’s 3 W’s. :)

Being a photographer and shooting most of the local bands I, at some point during a gig/show that I’m shooting, will catch myself staring at the hands of those awesome musicians. It just amazes me how talented they really are and I wonder how in the world they can even do what they do. Curiousity being what it is, I bought myself a guitar, cut my nails off and set out to be just like them: onstage Rocking and Rolling!  My fingers wouldnt even try to listen to what my head was telling them to do.   I of course said to myself

“I know, I’ll buy a bass, its gotta be alot easier, less strings…right?”

uhhh nope, 6 strings, 4 strings. still no cooperation from my fingers.

A few lessons from some of our local, very talented guitar/bass playing musicians and, while I am still very determined to become just like them, its gonna take time, a lot of time.

“Now where is that tamborine?”

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At 12 years old, my oldest grandson Ryan Warren is taking guitar lessons | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Being a musician takes a lot of passion and determination, and a lot of time. Many of the local musicians have been playing for 20, 30, even 40+ years.

Advice from me?  Start early!

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My twin grandbabies 2 year old Evelyn and Elijah starting early. | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

I was going to have another awesome musician interview in this weeks column, but decided to pause for a sec and instead ask my readers what questions they would like answered and from what awesome member(s) of our music community. There is a comment section at the bottom of the column: I would love to hear from you with some questions for our local musicians!

We have some great bands  playing this weekend in just about every direction.

So whatever it is you’re looking for I’m sure its out there.

Heres this weekends 3 W’s(Where, When, and What)

We’ll start with one of my favorite bands at one our last real rock clubs:

The Procrastinators
The Procrastinators | Photo by Tim Chuey

The Procrastinators at the Black Forest!  Show starts at 9pm and includes local humor/sex rockers “Dick Dagger and the C-Monsters” with Portland’s “Castle” rounding out the bill.  Don’t miss this show!

On Both Friday and Saturday night at Embers its classic rock with Red Thunder.

Friday at the Gridiron in Springfield its Cowboy Cadillac.

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Code Red | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Friday night at Happy Hours its Code Red and Saturday night Alien Boy. Happy Hours is out on River rd. in Eugene.

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Alien Boy | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Friday Night it’s  Sattelite Jack at the Mohawk and on Saturday night it’s your St. Pattys day party with Bulls on Parade.

The Village Green in Cottage Grove will have live music tonight(Fri.) with Heavy Chevy.

Saturday at Bugsy’s in Junction City finds the Jimmy Bobby band.

On Saturday at the Why Not bar and Grill its Most Wanted with Country and classic rock.

And the always astounding Mr. Wizard will be at the Mill Casino both Friday and Saturday.

Dragstrip Superstar
Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

At the Westside station in Salem is local boys: Dragstrip Superstar both Friday and Saturday night.

I leave you with a few shots from last weekends Koz show at the Mohawk tavern.

 

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Jim Cornelius of the Koz band | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

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Jim of the Koz band | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

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Ken of the Koz band | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Have a safe weekend my friends, have fun and remember don’t drink and drive, ’til next weekend, BJ out…. :)

 

BJ’s “Where When and Whats Happening!”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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The Koz| phoyo by Billie-Jo Miller

 

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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!!

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Spring is coming! | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

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Tiny Dancer | image by Billie-Jo Miller

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Photo Essay: Oh Say Can You See

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This years Fourth of July, Independence Day celebration at Dexter Lake State Park was a nearly perfect event.  This annual fundraiser for the Dexter Volunteer Firefighters Association is now in it’s 16th year.  This is EDN’s 3rd year as partners with the DVFA. It is estimated that more than 4500 people were in attendance this year.  Not bad for a little state park out past the edge of town.  Of course having a lake, sunshine, 7 bands, fireworks, Bigfoot Distributing and Steel Pail hosting a beer garden, Organic foods courtesy of Creswell Bakery and Furrer Farms, and a score of local vendors on site makes it a pretty sweet place to spend a 4th of July.

The newest member of the EDN team, photographer Billie-Jo Miller, documented this year for us.

First up we had NAUGHTY DIGIT from Salem

Naughty Digit from Salem kicked off the Event.  Vintage music, tight band.
Naughty Digit from Salem kicked off the Event. Vintage music, tight band.

Followed by Eugene’s own THE HIDEAWAYS – a self titled 60’s garage band.

The Hideaways Dave Thomas kicking it.
The Hideaways Dave Thomas kicking it.

Then Locals CODE RED.

Locals CODE RED
Locals CODE RED

Stay tuned for the next 3 acts.