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BJ’s Where, When, Whats Happening!


Hey BJ here!

Hope you all had a great week.

Where, When, Whats Happening? Lots!

If your looking for something to do you will probably find it somewhere out there this weekend!

Starting with Friday at Happy Hours on River Rd. in Eugene we have 60’s & 70’s rock-n-roll with Beau Teak.

The Alien Boy… Roger, Kevin, Mike and John will be  Rocking your World from 8pm-12am The Riverstop Restaraunt and Sports bar 39297 McKenzie Highway. Get ready to have a Blast!

Alien Boys
Alien Boy | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Roger McConnell of Alien Boy in action, Kevin White in the background | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

At Bugsy’s 559 Ivy St. in Junction city Friday its Country music and dancing fun with Haywire, Steve Benavides, Kurt Catlin, Chad Jensen, Michael Milosevich and Eddie Clark.

Saturday come Rock out with the AWEsomeness of Derek, Jeff, Scott, Pete and DRAGSTRIP SUPERSTAR! The Rock-n-Roll party begins at 9pm! Be there or be square!

Dragstrip Superstar
Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Derek Zane
Derek Zane on fire | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Pete Norman
Pete Norman of Dragstrip Superstar  | photo by Billie-Jo Miller


Embers Supper Club both Friday and Saturday its Classic Rock with Coupe de Ville!

This Friday at the Mohawk Tavern, 1501 Mohawk Blvd. in Springfield, guess the mystery beer and win the Mystery prize! A mysterious night of fun and music…with The KOZ!  Yes they are back both Friday and Saturday. So come on down and try your hand at guessing the Mystery beer and rock and roll with the KOZ!!!!

The Koz
The KOZ | photo by Billie-Jo Miller



Roy Eggleston
Roy Eggleston, The Koz | photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Mike Harrison, the Koz | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Mac’s Restaraunt and Nightclub: Daddy Rabbit’s CD release party 50’s & 60’s rock/originals starting at 8pm.

Lucky’s: Friday, Steel Toed Slippers and The Elena Leona Project and Saturday Sean Vegas and The Great Hiatum, starting at 10pm both nights.

At the Village Green in Cottage Grove its Heavy Chevy lite, acoustic blues, soul and rock-n-roll.

And that’s this weekend”s Where, When What’s Happening.

More interesting and fun local musician to talk to coming soon.

Hope you all have a fun Rock-n-Rolling weekend!!!!

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










BJ’s : Where, When, What’s Happening!


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.


Mark Nash
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.

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.

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.

Code Red
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.

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!

Fireball Girls
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.


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












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


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?”

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.

Rocky and Mark
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.

Alien Boy
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.


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


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


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 Weekend Report


Hello, BJ here.

Can you believe its the second weekend in Oct. already?  Time sure flies when we’re having fun.

Flyers on the studio wall where 2nd Wind practices | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with a group of men who have a band (2nd Wind) that plays together every other Thursday in a little studio in a backyard here in Springfield. They even let me play a little with them,  by little I mean I held the bass and strummed a couple strings during one song. But hey that counts right? I played with my first real band.

I met 2nd Wind founder Dan O’neal (Dan O) when i contacted him on an ad for a bass guitar he had for sale, which i bought. 2nd Wind is Dan O’Neal(keyboard/guitar), Rob Van Camp (guitar), Jim Schwabl(bass) and Richard(Dick) Lee(drums)  sharing the vocals while looking for a singer.

Dan O'Neal
Dan O’Neal playing the keyboards at 2nd Winds band practice | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Dan, started playng piano at 6 years old in 1956 and by age 13 in late 1963 his band, The Exterminators, cut their first record; in the same studio Elvis Presley had recorded in.  Music was his dream and he played many gigs, concerts, parties, and weddings, with many different bands over the years. Besides being a musician Dan also builds countertops and cabinets. Unfortunately in 2003, when an on the job accident happened, he became a chronic back pain sufferer.

Richard Lee
Drummer for 2nd Wind Richard(Dick) Lee | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

“After years of the doctors working on me and doing everything possible to enable me to have somewhat of a normal life I finally came to grips with it. I became an advocate for The American Pain Foundation based in Baltimore, MD., and also accepted a seat on The Oregon Pain Management Commission.  I met many people and started to get my self esteem built back up, and yet there was something still missing.  When I met my friend Rob Van Camp who is now the rhythm guitar player in 2nd Wind.”

“We got together in my living room every week from 1:00P.M. to 4:00P.M and started working on rock and roll songs from the 50’s through the 90’s.  After a couple of years we started talking about how cool it would be to start a band.  Rob had never been in a band before so this was really a great thing for him.  Also it had been several years since I had a band together, so I was ready.”

Rob Van Camp
Rob Van Camp guitarist for 2nd Wind | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

They added the rest of the members and named the band 2nd Wind. Physically it’s hard…mentally its healing.  Rock and Roll will never die! Rock on guys!

Lyrics book | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Now its time for me to tell ya about “Where When and Whats Happening”!

“Well, on with the show, going on with the show” anyone guess whose lyrics those are?

Happy Hours this weekend on Sat.night is Jen and the Generators with classic rock and Roll.

Bugsys in Junction city, Friday night, its the country and classic rock band Most Wanted starting at 9pm.

Friday and Sat. night at Embers in Eugene is Blues, Soul and Rock n Roll with Heavy Chevy.

At Whiskey River Ranch the  experienced and fresh sounding group of talented musicians known as Brewer’s Grade,  Zac Grooms, Cody Christopherson and Nolan Hare. on Fri. night and Country singer/song writer Jackson Michelson Sat.night.

Both Friday and Saturday night Monolith will be rocking your socks off at Merlins bar and grill 45 W Sherman St, Lebanon, OR. They love it when the crowd joins in with  little air guitar.

So if you feel like being a little scared why not check out the Lone Pine Farms Haunted Corn Maze 91909 River Road, Junction City, OR.

Also The Severed Armory Haunted House 628 E. Washington Ave. in Cottage Grove is believed to be really haunted and from experience (I went last year) you do leave there wondering. Haunted? Go see and decide for yourself. Open 7-10 Wed. & Thursday nights and 7-11 Fri. and Sat. night. YeeeeeeKs! (which by the way means yikes and eek at the same time)

Severed Armory
Orb above me and my two grandkids Ryan and Josephine posing for a photo taken last year with a cell phone at Severed Armory, there was no editing and there is no reason there should have been that huge orb of light. | photo by Amanda Warren

Well my friends, thank you and once again be safe and please don’t drink and drive.

See you next week right here.


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