Nancy Glass

Jeffrey Martin: Naked and Not So Alone

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Jeffrey Martin
Jeffrey Martin | Photo by: BEA GELLER PHOTOGRAPHY

Back in 2011, when Jeffrey Martin was still living in Eugene I had the opportunity to hear his music for the first time.  Nothing fancy, just him and his guitar.  Like his stripped down production on his 2009 release of Gold In The Water, Martin’s first full length CD, it was easy to recognize his powerful songwriting skills as well as his ability to articulate a moment in time.  Songs like Why Can’t I, Song In My Head, and Change reverberate emotions of a man trying to make sense of the world around him. Here’s a story about that conversation from 3 years go.

Now, lest you think Martin is “some guy” from Eugene who can sing and who moonlights as an English teacher or carpenter by day, it was 2011 when Martin was invited to the Sisters Folk Festival as an emerging artist, returning in 2012 as an officially showcased artist. In fact 2012 proved to be the pivotal year for Martin.  Out of hundreds of hopefuls, he was one of the few selected to perform at the NPR Mountain Stage New Song Contest in New York City.  Of the contest Martin posted on his Facebook page:

“Official Mountain Stage New Song update: I did not win the contest, BUT I feel like I did in every way. I made it to the final round (which was a huge honor that I totally didn’t expect) It has been such an amazing weekend; great people, invaluable connections, great exposure, publicity. I’m sure many good things will come of this. It’s a step toward some greater things.”

Martin was right on the money.  Not only did he go on to tour nationally and perform at such noteworthy folk festivals such as the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival but in addition, his songwriting earned him opening performances with such well-knowns as Anais Michell, Joe Pug, Gregory Alan Iaskov, Sean Hayes, Frank Fairfield and David Wilcox.

In the midst of his 2012 rise, he released an EP Build a Home that revealed some of the changes going on for Martin.  For example in the title song he chants the line:

“I’m in love with a woman she makes me want to sing a song. I’m in love with a woman and she makes me want to build a home.”

Noteworthy because of the way Martin articulates his feelings for another, Martin turns his incredibly effective natural melancholy into a song that both gives hope and invokes feelings of longing for what he’s singing about.  This marked an increasing level of maturity in both the songwriter and the man. While these words and emotions aren’t yet Kleenex worthy, that would change.

When asked about his style of music, Martin explains that he’s a writer more than he is a musician.  Often compared to songwriters like Josh Ritter and Joe Pug, Martin swears

“if I could play guitar half as well as I can write, I’d be wearing nicer pants.”

Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel
Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel |Photo by Jeffrey Martin

Martin has a playful side underneath all the pathos.  Martins confides:

“On my EP Build a Home I put a hidden track on the end called the Naked Song.  If you let the album (or the last song called Build a Home) play another 30 seconds the Naked Song starts.  Its a SUPER happy song.  And get requested often at shows.  On the recording it features my friend Isaac Sturdevant (who recorded it for me) playing rhythm on his shirtless belly.  He even gets an album credit.”

THE NAKED SONG

The Naked Song is an ode to the sheer delight that comes from being naked with someone you love.

“There’s something bout you being naked in the morning. Quiet all these voices in my head. Yeah there’s something bout you naked in the morning. Shut my mouth and put me back to bed.”

Right?  The snappy tune that accompanies those lyrics I found rattling in my own head for hours after I first heard it.

“To date, The Naked Song “is the happiest song I’ve written” Martin confesses.

Jeffrey Martin
Jeffrey Martin | Photo by: Chad Lanning

I asked Martin how he expresses his happy emotion, as I don’t hear a lot of it in his songs.  He explained it like this:

“I played a show a while ago in Sisters, opening for Keith Greeninger.  I love Keith and his music, but our styles couldn’t be more different.  Basically I brought the room down for 35 minutes and then Keith spent the next hour and a half building people back up until everyone was out of their seats dancing to Stand by Me. After the show a man came up and whispered to me, “I’m like you, serious songs make me happy too.”  He walked away and I thought, he’s right. Serious songs, hell, even sad songs, make me happy.

The truth is that I’m deliriously happy to be performing.  Always.  It’s a feeling that for me transcends normal happiness.  It makes me contort my face and body.  It’s a deep satisfaction, the feeling of working things out, of capturing moments and experiencing how words take shape and land in a room.  For the other kind of happy, the kind that reveals teeth and relieves stress, I wrestle with my dog and go fly fishing and drink beer around a fire while somebody picks on a beat up old guitar.”

FLUFF AND GRAVY

Fast forward to mid 2013, Martin relocates to the big city of Portland Oregon where he winds up meeting the fine folks of Fluff and Gravy Records, John Shepski and Chad Lanning.

John Shepski and Chad Lanning
John Shepski (L) and Chad Lanning of Fluff & Gravy Records | Photo by: Chad Lanning

“I first heard Jeffrey play two summers ago at the inaugural Wildwood Music Festival.” Shepski said.

“He opened the festival and I was dumbstruck – completely captivated by his voice and his songwriting. I am a songwriter myself, and turned to my wife and said “this is exactly the kind of *$&*$&#^ that makes me want to stop writing music” meaning that there is just nowhere else to go after hearing Martin’s songs!  Shortly after, I was able to meet Jeffrey and we hit it off well together. He started attending a fire pit gathering that we regularly have at the Fluff and Gravy Studio and we developed a mutual admiration for each other’s writing. It was only natural to work together at that point ” Shepski said.

“I felt that I wanted to work with him from the moment I first heard him.  Not only does he have that voice and the ability to write a song that will pull you in, but he has a terrific stage presence . He owns the audience from the moment he walks up to the microphone.”

Martin, who had released his music independently up till now explains:

“I teamed up with Fluff and Gravy Records because I love the people who run it, and I respect their integrity and passion for making music.  That’s it.  They didn’t promise me any money or fame, and they didn’t make me sign any horrible contracts.  They don’t make me wear sequined jumpsuits and they aren’t suggesting I change my name to something more catchy like Ocean Malone.   They just love my music and told me they wanted to help promote it in every way they can.”

The result of this new relationship was a brand new record: Dogs in the Daylight.

Dogs in the Daylight Artwork
Richer instrumentation and excellent songwriting highlight Jeffrey Martin’s new album.

DOG MILES

On the road to the new record, Martin claims to have had many deep conversations with his faithful traveling companion, his yellow lab named Ben.  You can get a taste via this self-made Youtube video Dog Miles and Existential Breakdown“.  In it Martin tries making sense of the hard questions in life over a conversation with Ben:

“1500 miles, I’ve asked Ben a lot of questions. Just things on my mind and stuff. And I think for awhile, he humored me.  Now, it’s just like, he gives me these looks. Or he doesn’t even look at me.  He’s just like  ‘Jeff, I don’t know the answers to these questions.  These are impossible questions. So just leave them be.’  I feel like that’s what he says.”

Still, all the dog miles apparently yielded some valuable insight. Martin explains that the title Dogs in the Daylight comes from the bridge of the title track:

” “All these wolves in the dark are only dogs in the daylight.”  Although the album is a serious one, for me it has an optimistic tone, and this one line ties it all together.  What I see in the dark is usually inflated by fear of what might be out there.” Martin said.

“This feels like my first real album.  When I recorded before I was still trying to settle into my own sound, my own songwriting.   This album feels true to me in a way that the others don’t.”

Dogs in the Daylight Windshield
Promo Video Still | Courtesy Fluff and Gravy Records

While all of Martin’s music is well recorded and produced, this record definitely has a sound of it’s own. The songs on Dogs effortlessly capitalize on universal themes and successfully bring the audience in.  Most listeners will experience the emotions in the music as strongly as if the stories were their own; Martin’s music subtly yet eloquently renders the listener captivated.

“We recorded this album in the basement studio at Fluff and Gravy headquarters, and we recorded almost everything live, meaning I sang and played in the same room as the bass and fiddle, mandolin, etc.  It’s my favorite way to record because everyone can feel what everyone else is doing in the moment and the song grabs an energy that it otherwise wouldn’t have.

My friend Sam Howard played upright bass.  He’s a wizard.  Sometimes I forget how to play my songs because I’m so captivated by what he makes happen on the bass.  Anna Tivel played fiddle and mandolin and sang some harmonies.  She’s the most intuitive musician I’ve ever known.  She’s amazing.  My friend Kai Welch, who lives out in Nashville, offered to lay down some trumpet for the title track.  And Jody Redifer, the coolest drummer I know, came in and shaped the songs into something I didn’t even know I wanted.  It was wild.  The multi-talented John Shepski (co owner of Fluff and Gravy) gave some of the tunes their haunting piano chords.” Martin said.

THE SONGS

While Martin claims to be very happy, and I do believe he is, the songs on Dogs in the Daylight are packed with such an emotional undertow that I found myself reacting to many of them.  One song in particular, Wellspring, wouldn’t let me go.  Because of my surprisingly strong response, I asked Martin about it’s roots.

“I honestly don’t know where the song Wellspring came from.  It’s like the story had been crafting itself somewhere in my guts for a long time, and then it appeared one night on paper.  I’ve been reading a lot of Cormac McCarthy and I think it put me in a mood to write a dark story-song about murder and legacies that we can’t escape.  Although I certainly believe we aren’t bound to the mistakes of our parents, I also believe that in some ways we are.  There are things that we can’t escape, the cards we’re dealt, the family we’re born into, the consequences of certain actions.  I wanted to explore the idea that our actions, our successes and failures, have rippling effects that continue long after we are dead” Martin said.

Draw the Line is another standout track:

Draw the Line is about addiction and the way it can turn people into strangers.  I’ve known a few very good people, good husbands and wives, who allowed their addictions to turn them into people who can’t be recognized anymore.   There are always loving people waiting on the outside, wanting so badly to have that person back because they remember how good they used to be.  And those people have to decide how much of their own sanity to give to a situation that never seems to change.”

Then there is the song Coal Fire. This song talks about emotions that are subdued and disregarded until such a point when they can no longer be ignored.

““You said I could stay here. Open my chest for you just you to see. All these acres of quiet fire that are burning down in me.”

Truthfully, while I was listening to the songs over and over again, it was like listening to early Bob Dylan …manifestations of a level of emotional intimacy and raw naked sentiment far beyond Martin’s twenty-nine years of circling the sun. As odd as it may sound, Martin’s songs have their own heartbeat, their own world.

The last song on Dogs in the Daylight, is a wonderful song entitled “Grower of Trees” where Martin actually debuts his piano skills.

” ​I’m sure any real piano players would cringe as they watched me play that song.  Some songs just have to be written and played on piano, and that is certainly one of them” Martin said.

Jeffrey Martin
Jeffrey Martin | Photo credit: Jeffrey Martin

As for what the future holds for Martin?  He tells me

“I’m already writing the next album.  I’ll make and record and play music right up until I die.  Lately I’ve been meeting, and getting inspired by all sorts of people who felt compelled to do something, or to live a certain way, and so they did it.  So they are doing it.  It seems simple, but it’s really rare when you think about it.

I know a young couple with a newborn baby who built a tiny house on a trailer because they felt compelled to.  And then they moved to Africa for the same reason.  A friend of mine quit working a well paying job in healthcare and became a photographer because he felt compelled to.  He is now living in Manhattan and recently sold some old clothes of his to a vintage clothing store so that he could buy groceries for the week.  Another friend bought a scroll saw and started cutting out fantastic and odd wooden shapes, the same shapes he’s been doodling for years. They are inexplicably brilliant.  An old man became a motorcycle mechanic.  It’s funny (tragic) how much we choose not to do because we can’t find the logic in doing it.”

Finding an answer to the question “what are you not doing because you can’t find the logic in it”, was a bit of a tougher question for him to answer.

“Absolutely there are things I should be doing, should have done.  I’ll battle that for my entire life.  I think everyone does.  The trick is to keep wrestling with it I think.  Currently I’ve been putting off taking a motorcycle fly-fishing trip up through Montana, Canada, and into Alaska.  I’ll do it soon. Really.” Martin said.

When he does go on that fly-fishing trip you can count on Martin having a pencil and paper handy as well as his 1970’s Takamine guitar, gifted to him by his uncle when he was young.  The same guitar he has written every single one of his songs on except one: the Dogs in the Daylight song Grower of Trees. He wrote that on piano.  That guitar is still the only guitar he plays to this day.

THE NEW ALBUM DEBUT

On August 2nd, 2014 at the Unity of the Valley Church, Martin debuts his new album, Dogs in the Daylight released on the Fluff and Gravy Records label out of Portland.  Anna Tivel will be opening with a set of her songs as well.  Show starts at 7pm with a $10 suggested donation at the door.

The official CD release party is at the Alberta Street Pub in Portland on August 30th, 2014.  You can also catch him performing at the Fluff and Gravy Music Fest on September 9th, 2014.

Jeffrey Martin is a singer/songwriter whose songs capture moments in time that strike the emotional chords within all of us that causes the lump in the throat and eyes to tear.   His songs capture an unadulterated raw emotional intimacy that each of us, as human beings experience, but to whom few can articulate, let alone capture in a song.

– Nancy Glass

www.http://www.fluffandgravy.com
www.jeffreymartinmusic.com

 

Saturday Night on the Town

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Night on the Town – SATURDAY –

Game day Saturday!  Hooray!  And welcome ESPN and their crew!  Lots of new folks to our Emerald City tonight!  With tonight’s game a home game and the betting line favoring the Ducks by 15 points,  you will want to party tonight afterwards.

If you don’t have a ticket you can still catch the game at Goodtimes, Quakers, Sam’s Place, The SideBar,  Prime Time, or even Whiskey River Ranch just to name a few.  At the Whiskey River Ranch,” if on a kick-off Oregon returns for a TD somebody wins $1000. They give out tickets to everyone in the bar!” Could be kinda cool winning an easy $1000 tonight!  I’d make sure to get there early to get a good seat.

The Dead Americans   photo courtesy Dead Americans FB page
The Dead Americans photo courtesy Dead Americans

Thankfully, like usual, we have some pretty entertaining music to hear tonight.  The female fronted band, The Dead Americans  are headlining at Luckey’s tonight.  Fronted by Kyra Kelly with guitarist Zach Johnson this five piece create unique punk, metal, rock songs rich in social commentaries and haunting harmonies.  They are playing with Hot Drama!.  Hot Drama! is a riot.  I love this trio with their rich flavor of raunch-rock-n-roll.  Their songs Boyfriend and No Brainer sound so much like early Blondie.  Besides, defining themselves as gossip rock … well, that’s simply brilliant.

Diva Simone Slaughter   photo courtesy SS FB page
Diva Simone Slaughter photo courtesy SS

If you’re in the mood for some entertainment of a completely different ilk, than, make your way over to John Henry’s.  Tonight  kicks off their G.L.A.M’s first bi-monthly dance party.  Now, each first and third Saturday you can shake your groove thang.  This should be a ball!  If you feel like dressing up then, come dressed to impress.   Scheduled performances tonight are by Diva Simone Slaughter, Karress Ann Slaughter, and Vegas Platinum who all have some “pretty amazing” things in store for tonight… hmmm… wonder what THAT could be???  It will be terrific to get some good make-up hints from these gals as well as maybe the hook up on a good pair of boots!  These gals put me to shame in the make-up department!  Shazam!

Where else in town can you  check out “The G.L.A.M. Squad” on the stage shaking their backside for your viewing pleasure?

And in case you are one of the few folks who’ve not heard about the new WILL CALL feature on Eugene Daily News, we’ve got your hook up to free shows.  This week we’ve got tickets the Thursday night show at the WOW Hall with The Head and the Heart, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and Lemolo.  Also a free pair of tickets to the Sunday night show Passafire with Tatanka.  Check it out here.

Well, supposed I better get to reading the hate blog that’s going around about me that I was just notified of this morning.   Now, THAT is some gut-busting entertainment!  Where the hell is my shot glass?  I’m sure it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

I will see you out there! GO DUCKS!

 


 
 
 

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Original Music

Sick Ass Saturday, metal   Goodfella’s   9pm
Pairabowls   Diablos   10pm
Jesse Meade   June    9pm
The Longshots, Flapper Dan   Maize Lounge   10pm
Kemosabe, Ape Machine, Witch Mountain  metal, rock   Oak St. Speakeasy  10pm
Taken by Tigers, Hero Explains the Ghost, alternative,   Quackers  11pm
Monitor, Joe Savage, Autumn Rose, rock   Sam Bond’s   6pm
Eddie Bodine & the Drifting Pines, folk, blues   Tiny Tavern    9pm
Devil Apes, Love Lightning, acoustic    Wandering Goat   9pm
$5   IlGato, Mood Area 52, acoustic   Sam Bond’s   9:30
$3  Bryan Minus, Great Hiatum, Renaissance Raven, indie rock
Agate Alley Bistro   10pm
$5  Whispering Pines, Rogue Valley, bluegrass, Axe & Fiddle   9pm
$5  The Acorn Project, The Koozies, rock   Cozmic Pizza   9pm
$5  Tribal Spectrum   Granary   10pm
$5   The Dead Americans, Hot Drama, Radion   rock, grunge,  Luckey’s  10pm

Cover & Tribute Bands

UB9   Happy Hours   9pm
The Valley Boys, rock and roll,   Mohawk Pub   9pm
Joybox   Spirits   9pm

Blues, Jazz & Country

$8  The Strangetones,  blues, Mac’s at the Vet   9pm
$5  Bump in the Road, rock, country   Whiskey River Ranch   9pm
$10 – $25  Hot Club Eugene   benefit, acoustic swing, Jazz Station 8pm

Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other

Ladies Night, Conways   9pm
“Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human & Guests, top 40   Cowfish   9:30pm
DJ J-Will, dance mix, Doc’s Pad   8pm
Retro    Embers   9pm
DJ Crown, hip hop, dance   Taylor’s Bar & Grille   10pm

Friday Night on the Town

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Night on the Town  – FRIDAY –

Tonight there is plenty of opportunity for you to be livin’ large getting your groove on.  Bundle up, as it’s going to be a chilly one, but layers are fun!  I was so happy I found myself a nice red cashmere sweater last weekend during my inspirational shopping trip.  Nothing like a nice large warm cashmere sweater to keep a gal warm on these cold fall nights!

Some layers and good boots would be perfect for checking out The Lone Pine’s Haunted Maze tonight.  It’s going to still be dry for a bit… and tonight would be a great night to avoid the long lines and crowds.  With the Halloween celebration two weeks out, this is one of those fun things to do NOW.   With spooky trails the large HAUNTED CORN MAZE is complete with live spooks and lots of surprises lurking in the corn.  Heck!  I’m always up for a good scare.  Giving one, that is!  Will be fun to see how many spooks I can scare!  Ha!

There is so much music to see tonight!  There is everything from metal, to rock to pop to acoustic Americana.  All just depends on what you’re in the mood for. Out in Springfield at Goodfella’s is the band We Have Guns.  With their self-titled debut CD released less than a month ago, the boys in the metal band We Have Guns will be shredding it up tonight at Goodfella’s along with Explod-a-tron and Reason to Rock.  If you’re up for some in-your-face metal, than this is your ticket.

The Sugar Beets   photo courtesy Daniel Soule
The Sugar Beets photo courtesy Daniel Soule

But if metal ain’t your bag baby, well, there’s plenty of other kinds of music out there to help you get your groove on.  My friend Marty Chilla (Loveseat Concrete) is playing tonight at Territorial Winery, with the Side of Beets Trio, a post-modern nordic soul band.  Matt Keenan on stand up bass with Megan Bassett on vocals, and Chilla on guitar and vocals. Chilla tells me “Tonight we rage again!!!”   Early show at 7pm which is free.   Woo Hoo!  Who couldn’t use some good wine, and some good music to get the evening off to a good start?  Of course if you’re in the mood for a little bit of psychedelic, jam rock n’ roll, you’ll want to head over to Sam Bond’s tonight to catch Blue Lotus.

As for me?  I will be joining the WILL CALL winner at the WOW Hall tonight for a pretty cool show.  Not sure what WILL CALL is?  Check it out here.  The Eugene-based electronica band, Jultopia, will be performing along with Adventure Galley, White Arrows and AND AND AND.

White Arrows  photo courtesy WA Reverb Nation
White Arrows photo courtesy White Arrows Reverb Nation page

I’m really looking forward to hearing the band White Arrows.  Touted as “not just another White band,” this garage rock synth pop band is from L.A. and has been touring with such well-knowns as Those Darlins, Portugal the Man, Cults and White Denim.  Their genre can only be described best as (they say) Alternative / Tropical Crunk / Equatorial Soul. Their latest single Get Gone is a catchy tune that makes me want to hear more.

Adventure Galley is a great accompanying band for tonight’s line up.  With strong guitar riffs and punchy drums this band reminds me a lot of the band The Cars in that Adventure Galley is edgy and poppy and very kick-ass with their music.  It’s going to be GREAT watching these guys.

The AND AND AND band, from Portland formed in 2009 and is a 6 piece ” band of thieves and gypsies that play rock music that could possibly be compared to The Kinks and Pavement thrown into a blender and left for several days in the sun.”  They must be doing something right as they made their way into last year’s PDX Pop Now! Festival.

I had best get on with it already and get myself put together.  I have a very large lunch that I still need to finish up, head over to my massage appointment and then meet my new driver… Well, I’ll be out there tonight.  Hope to see YOU (yes… I’m talking to YOU!) out there too!

 
  
  

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Original Music

$5  Barefoot Leroy, Satori Bob, Americana   Axe & Fiddle  8:30pm
Klezmonauts   Cornucopia   10pm
$10   Russell Batiste & Friends   Diablos  10pm
Keaton Simons & Michael Tolcher   Granary   7pm    Brimstone Sound w/DJ Crown   10pm
We Have Guns, Explodatron, Reason to Rebel, rock   Goodfellas   9pm
$5  Sam Hahn, Craig Chee, Jesse Meade,Americana, acoustic, uke    Luckey’s   10pm
Mudpuppy   Maize Lounge   10pm
The Essentials, Thumptown   soul/funk   Oak St. Speakeasy   9pm
$5  Blue Lotus, Lewi Longmire   Sam Bond’s   9:30pm
Christie & McCallum   americana   Tiny Tavern   9:30pm
Ferns, Purple Sparrows   indie   Wandering Goat   9pm
Jason Cowsill   alt-country rock   Sam’s Place   8pm
$10 AND AND AND, White Arrows, Adventure Galley, Jultopia, rock   WOW Hall  9pm

Cover & Tribute Bands

The Valley Boys   Mohawk Pub   9pm   rock ‘n’ roll
Rock ‘n’ Roll Jam   Quackers   8pm
Joybox   Spirits   9pm

Blues, Jazz, Country

$5  Paul Biondi, Skip Jones, Rick Cobain, Sax   Creswell Coffee & Wine   7pm
$10  The Kandinsky Effect   Jazz Station   7pm
Olem Alves, jazz/funk   The Loft   7:30pm
$5  Ted Vaughn Blues Band   blues   Mac’s at the Vet   9pm
Marty Chilla   Territorial Winery   7pm
Taylor’s Crossing   new country   Village Green   9pm
Piano Bar w/Rhianna   West End Tavern   8pm
$5  Rock ‘n’ Roll Cowboys   country rock   Whiskey River Ranch   9pm

DJ, Dance, Hip Hop, Other

“Freek-Nite” Dance Party w/Audio Schizophrenic   Cowfish   9pm
$10  Total Hip   Rock Favorites and Dance   benefit   Cozmic Pizza   8pm
Retro   Embers   9pm
Trivia Night   Rogue Public House   8pm

The Eager Beavers: Exposed

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by:  Nancy Glass – EDN

When was the last time you had a conversation with anyone where you openly asked if you could pay them to leave?  Or, in a non-inebriated state, discussed the various names for men’s and women’s genitalia? Or discussed with any other person, who you weren’t paying to be your therapist, the time when you were touched by an uncle?

Surprisingly enough, in the world of the band, The Eager Beavers, you would soon come to understand such taboo subject matter makes for engaging songsTheir style is much like The Andrew Sisters, strong vocal harmonies in a swing style but shockingly peppered with a Gilda Radner and Sarah Silverman flair. Granted, with a name like The Eager Beavers, one has to assume this isn’t your  run-of-the-mill girl band.   These four very talented women met early in 2011 as a vaudevillian-type ensemble and are capitalizing upon their unique experiences as women, which provides for humorous songs, engaging performances and their special style of truth-telling.

This quartet consists of four very different women who thrive on sharing their “truths” on  what being a woman means.  On vocals, guitar and ukulele is Jamie JamesonAli Losik also on vocals, keyboard and upright bass. Jonna Threlkeld on vocals, saxophone, clarinet and banjo and Cindy Ingram on washboard and ukulele.

The Eager Beavers   Photo courtsey Alexandra Notman
The Eager Beavers Photo courtesy Alexandra Notman

Jameson tells me, “All we can do is laugh at the strangeness of the world. We aren’t trying to make a statement, but life is ironic.  You can’t take life too seriously.”

Losik adds, “We’re not trying to make a statement. We’re telling truth as we know it.”

While Ingram adds, “I love the controversial nature of our music. As a feminist I feel it’s an act of reclamation of the right to be strong, sexy, defiant, to speak of things that women are not supposed to talk about.”

Threlkeld explains how the band got its start and how their name came about.  “The four of us first got together in February 2011. Jamie and Ali had played in the Whiskey Spots together for years and knew Cindy from her music promotion around town. Cindy met me at an open mic and got us all together. We met at Jamie’s place and I don’t think a single one of us knew what to expect. We didn’t know what we were going to do or try to sound like, but we knew that we loved the idea of an all girls group and began learning quickly that we all had something great and different to bring to the table. After a couple of hours, we all got up to leave our first session.   Jamie proposed the band name ‘The Eager Beavers.’  We all died laughing and that was that.”

Ali Losik   Photo courtsey David Heyer
Ali Losik Photo courtesy David Heyer

Songwriter and keyboard player, Losik moved to Eugene in 2002 to attend grad school at the U of O after graduating college in Wisconsin.  When she was seven years old, she got a little keyboard for Christmas. She remembers,  “After learning how to play all the songs I knew, my parents decided it was time for piano lessons.”  For Losik, growing up, the hardest thing for her to overcome was Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and its restrictive effects.

“My right hand often just goes numb” she explains.  With two degrees in music she started performing in Eugene when she first arrived. “I played and sang in my own jazz combo. But, at the time, no one really liked jazz, so I started seeking out a lower-brow crowd. I had joined Jamie in the band, The Whiskey Spots, and after everyone else flaked out, we had Cindy and Jonna play with us. I still do solo, straight-up jazz shows if I ever have a free weekend.”

One of the two songwriters in the band, Losik explains how she gets inspired to write a song.  “Once I have an idea I can dig, the rest just spews out like unstoppable vomit. The best tunes, I find, I process for a while, then write everything down.  The song Touched By an Uncle had been percolating for some time.  Another song I wrote called My Pretty Little Pussy, a song about my cat, percolated for about a week, and then I wrote it in an afternoon.  I usually write the words first and then the chords and melody. But sometimes, like in the case of Squirt Alert, everything came together at once.  That one I wrote while I was camping, and sang it to my husband all night. He wanted to kill me,” Losik laughs.

Jonna Threlkeld  photo courtsey of Phillip Pritting
Jonna Threlkeld Photo courtesy of Phillip Pritting

Threlkeld’s interest in music began in the 5th grade when she got the Wizard of Oz soundtrack as a birthday present.  “I memorized the entire thing in a week. Then came The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkle, The Temptations, and Mama Cass. I love clarity in music. I love music that lets you really hear every part and makes you want to move, or feel something you couldn’t have felt on your own,” she says. “I have been in some sort of band, mostly school ensembles,  since I was in fourth grade when I started playing saxophone. I sang alone in front of people for the first time 8 months ago. It went way better than I expected. I met Cindy that night, and soon after, she introduced me to the other girls.”

I asked Threlkeld what kind of message she feels she’s sending to others when she performs. She tells me, “I tend to think a lot about what kind of message I’m sending when I perform. When you dance around on stage singing about…what makes the best lubricant, it’s hard to predict if your songs are ultimately going to help open up conversation about sex in a fun and healthy way, or if you just made the world a little bit dirtier.”

Cindy Ingram  photo courtsey Ingram's FB page
Cindy Ingram Photo courtesy Chris Birke

Ingram, washboard extraordinaire, became interested in music in a more indirect fashion.  “My ex ‘baby daddy’ is a musician. I spent a good eleven years supporting him in his music.  We were facing the possibility of divorce, so in an effort to find something we could do together, I started booking shows for his band, SILAS. I learned quickly that I had a knack for booking shows, marketing and general promotion. I then started booking other bands, managing acts and such. A few months later Steve and I broke up, the band broke up and I quit my job as a bureaucrat for the exciting challenge of being a full-time, self-employed music promoter. I ran my own business, Cindy Ingram Booking & Promotions, for almost six years, which included managing large festivals, creating events such as GRRRLZ Rock, Eugene Chosen, Kidz Rock and eventually managing the WOW Hall. About three years ago I went into the garage and banged on my son’s drums for the first time while listening to AC/DC. I liked being loud. A few months later I was in my first band, Chesapeake Blue. I did that for a while and then decided that I wanted to play the washboard. Months later I joined the bluegrass band, The Whiskey Chasers.  Then seven months ago I also joined this band,” she explains.

For Ingram the hardest thing to overcome has been “isms” such as classism, sexism, etc. all of which fueled her passion for the underdog. She tells me, “I am a first generation college grad and am driven to help other single moms deal with barriers to self-sufficiency and safety. I am also a survivor of sexual assault. I can’t overcome the challenge of being a women in a male dominated society, but I sure can make the most of it by embracing female positive environments, and having a good sense of humor about it.”

Jamie Jameson  photo courtsey JJ FB page
Jamie Jameson Photo courtesy Colton Williams

The band’s other songwriter, Jameson chimes in,  “In high school I dated a drummer for 5 years. He was always playing in different bands. Later, my husband played bass.  When we were splitting up his band left for a two month tour. The guitar player left his acoustic guitar at the house.  After a lot of persistence I picked it up, learning from various friends and books. I then enrolled in Lane Community College to learn the basics of music, but ended up staying a few years majoring in jazz guitar. That is what definitely made it possible to write music in my favorite style of music which is 20’s to 40’s swing. I then started a band called The Whiskey Spots that I played in, and wrote songs for which lasted about six years.”

For Jameson, inspiration comes in many different forms, “I end up hearing a funny, yet wrong joke, I work in a bar, so I hear a few. For the song Yer Mom I asked everyone I saw and texted everyone I knew to find out what their favorite names for genitalia were. Urban Dictionary also has very valuable information.  Or you can follow what Charlie Sheen says.  Ha Ha!”

With regards to the process of songwriting itself she explains, “Some songs are written immediately, but some take months. Or you hear a chord progression and know what fits where. I like to insert funny jokes I’ve heard into everything, especially songs. Everyone in this style performs covers true to form of this time period.  We still believe in the fact that lyrics mean something and identify with people. I guess in our case, we like to make people laugh in a South Park or Family Guy way.”

Two weeks ago the gals started laying down tracks at Fusion Bomb Studios for their debut CD scheduled for release in January 2012.  Not only do the girls have material for this CD (11 songs), but they are well on their way with material for their sophomore effort. Given the wide array of subject matter this band has in their songs its hard to believe that the girls draw a line when it comes to some subjects.

“Animal abuse is something we will never write about.  We will never write any kind of song that promotes racism either” Losik says.  However, such explosive topics as rape, abortion, and domestic violence apparently are fair game.

The Eager Beavers  photo courtsey Roger Rix
The Eager Beavers Photo courtesy Roger Rix

In much of the same context as the Vagina Monologues,  and despite their initial denial,  The Eager Beavers are making a statement with their music.  Ingram concedes, “We utilize powerful tools such as gallows humor and sarcasm to fight the barriers faced by the average female. We are a bit funny, shocking, sexy and darn musically talented.”

Threlked adds, “All four of us are very strong sensitive women.  Most women can relate to being taken advantage of by a man, or another human being.  We have just found a way to deal with it through funny songs and not being too serious.”

Even though the gals enjoy being on stage performing, being an Eager Beaver comes with a price.  How would you explain to YOUR parents you’re in a band whose material is of a taboo sexual nature?  For at least two members of the band, relationships with parents have been strained.  Not to mention the fall-out from their male fans thinking that these beautiful women have any intention or desires for them.  “My husband loves the fact I’m in the band and hates it at the same time,” says Losik.

But there are both artistic and emotional rewards for artistic integrity. Threlkeld explains, “After a show  we are met with so many smiles and kudos for what we are doing. I think in general, people really like and appreciate us bringing to the table, in a light-hearted way, topics that never get discussed but that so many people go through.”

Ingrid adds, “Recently I met some young women who told me they were inspired by me and one of them purchased a washboard.  I am just proud when I can stop thinking and just play without fear. This is when I am my best.”

Jameson responds, “I think when people enjoy what we are doing I feel happy to be doing what I’m doing.”

To help ensure people enjoy what The Eager Beavers are doing and recognizing they are controversial in their subject matter, the band actually reads a disclaimer during their set.  Much like the controversy of physical exposure, these women emotionally avail themselves to the naked and raw sentiment of their femininity and write about it in songs that are memorable.  Their three-part vocal harmonies provide a sharp contrast to the lyrical content, and are powerfully evocative and tight.  Their style is undeniably unique.

Fans who enjoy the Andrews Sisters song, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, or Ella Fitzgerald’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, would enjoy the musicianship of this band.  And for those fans with a penchant for sexually perverse, bawdy humor bordering on the disturbing, all the better.  Either way, these ladies are having a ball and are not ashamed.

Threlkeld sums up the band’s esprit de corps simply,  “Being in The Eager Beavers has been  amazing. The lyrics are so fun and the song concepts so meaningful, yet light-heartedly conveyed. We’re just having fun being women and musicians.”

 

Saturday Night on the Town

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Night on the Town – SATURDAY –

If you ended up staying home last night…TOO BAD for you!  There was some pretty incredible music last night to check out.  Fortunately my shopping spree went over well in that I found some nice cashmere to keep me warm; am still on the prowl for some comfy boots.  But alas, what is a girl to do? I think today is the day to head out and pick out my pumpkin day… gotta take advantage of the dry weather!

Last night was fabulous!  Had a blast at the First Friday Art Walk.  Caught just the tail end, as well, I was still on my cashmere mission.  But despite the drizzle, there were folks checking out the storefronts.  And you know that Occupy Eugene crowd?  Well, not sure what happened to that?  There was supposed to be a pub crawl… but then the participants were discussing the value in doing the crawl without drinking?!  Fortunately for me, the “masses” couldn’t be found much of anywhere, where I was, at least.

Poli High did a great set at the Goat.  Intimate evening with just under 30 people there, the band sounded good and Matt LeShay sounded happy to be there.

The Eager Beavers put on a great show as well.  It’s always a treat to see the girls perform and watch all the boys swarm around them.  While listening to the girls sing Touched by an Uncle (as song about just that) I sat back and watched the reaction of the people in the room.  I saw a few jaws drop (both girls and guys) and I also saw people dancing.  The ladies did a good job last night and the song Squirt Alert went over surprisingly well.

I did sneak over to Spirits later in the evening to hear my long time friend’s Roger McConnell and Mike Trathen perform with the house band (Luuse Cannons) under the name Phreaky Phaces.  Both Roger and Mike were both original members of the Eugene band Phamous Phaces. Amazing musicians.  It was worth the trip out to see them.  They’re playing there again tonight.  Just a tip though.  Get there early so you don’t have to deal with the drunk obnoxious folks… oh, and bring your taser.  Just sayin’….

Astronautalis    Photo Courtsey Astronautalis' FB page
Astronautalis Photo courtesy Astronautalis' FB page

Tonight, well, not too sure on who to go see?  Astronautilus (aka Andy Bothwell) from Seattle is playing the WOW Hall. I think that will be a good show.  He’s a bit hip-hop, a bit rap but his songs are good.  His onstage persona is pretty entertaining too.  His Facebook page says “Having started in music over 15 years ago as a battle rapper, Astronautalis’ roots are planted firmly in hip-hop. However, the sounds and styles on his albums are an animal not so easily caged, and his latest release, “This Is Our Science” is no exception to that tradition of wild genre bending.  “This is Our Science” is pure autobiography. While there are flash references to scientists from the Age of Enlightenment and old dead French mountaineers, these ghosts serve merely as parallels, rest stops in the story of the last 7 years of Bothwell’s romance with the road.”   This could be a very fun show actually!

Concrete Loveseat   Photo courtsey CL FB page
Concrete Loveseat Photo courtesy CL FB page

Then, there’s  Concrete Loveseat who is also playing tonight. Cynthia Valentine has some chops on her.  If you’ve not heard her voice or this band make it a point to see them live. They’re playing tonight at Cozmic Pizza.  Then, just because I’m really interested in seeing this band, I might just check out The Underlings with Baitball at Maize Lounge.

So check this out!  Next Thursday, October 13th, Petunia and the Vipers are playing along with The Red Raven Follies… and guess whose got free tickets to give away?  If you’d like to be entered to win these click HERE (WILL CALL).

Better get myself together to get on with the day.  Very late night for me last night while at the Church of Shari’s listening to the confessional I heard. C’mon!  It’s good for the soul!  But tonight, will be low-key… at least I won’t be frequenting any establishments where I feel like I’m dinner.

I will see you out there!

 


Original Music

Security in Numbers, Pirate Radio, 40 Ways From Sunday, Machine Gun Vendetta~ punk~
Black Forest~10pm
Lea Jones~ Mulligan’s~ 9pm
Elizabeth Yandel~ acoustic~ Wandering Goat 9pm
Black Delany, Explodatron~ punk, rock~ Oak St. Speakeasy~9pm
The Underlings, BaitBall~ Maize Lounge~10pm
$3 Rock and Roll Damnation, The Upbeat DJ~ Luckey’s~10pm
$5 Aeon Now, The Harmed Brothers, Barleywine Review~Sam Bond’s~ acoustic~9:30pm
$5 Ego Machine~ indie, experimental~ Axe & Fiddle Garage Voice~ 8:30pm
$10  Wild Hog in the Woods~ americana, bluegrass~ 7pm
Baby Gramps~Old Time Salty Vaudevillian~10pm Granary
$18 Astronautalis~ hip-hop~ WOW Hall~9pm

Cover & Tribute Bands

Phreaky Phaces~classic rock~ Spirits~9pm
Cadillac Jack~rock~ Mohawk Tavern~9pm
Mr. Wizard~classic rock~Goodfella’s~9pm
Joybox~ rock~ Yukon Jack’s~9pm
Razor Road~ rock~ Village Green~9pm

 

Blues, Jazz & Country

Gerry Rempel Trio w/Gus Russell & Mark Schneider~ Soul, jazz~ B2 Wine Bar~ 8pm
Jessie Marquez Quartet~ Brazilian jazz, Cuban Davis’~ 8pm
$5  Concrete Loveseat, Mynt Eclyptic~ jazz fusion/belly dance~ all ages~ Cozmic Pizza~ 9pm
$5 Calango~ brazilian,samba~ Jazz Station~ 8pm
$5 Taylor’s Crossing~ country~ Whiskey River Ranch~ 9pm
$5 the Love Sisters with Barb Healy and Deb Cleveland~ blues~ Mac’s at the Vet~ 9pm

 

Dance, DJ, Hip Hop Other

Ladies Night~ Conways~9pm
“Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human~ top 40, electronica~ Cowfish~ 9:30pm
DJ J-Will~ dance~Doc’s Pad ~ 8pm
Small Arms, DJ Philly~ Downtown Lounge~ 10pm
Retro~ Embers~ 9pm
DJ Crown~ hip hop, dance~Taylor’s Bar &amp Grille~ 10pm

Friday Night on the Town

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Night on the Town – FRIDAYMust be October with the cold and rain already!  I do like the rain.  And well, some might think it’s too cold, or too wet; I think it’s perfect time to go shopping!  A nice new pair of boots would do wonders for this gal’s disposition!

Holly GoSlugly   photo courtsey of Holly GoSlugly FB page
Holly GoSlugly photo courtsey of Holly GoSlugly FB page

What better way to show of new threads than at the First Friday Art Walk?  It’s perfect!  With trusted attire one can still enjoy the store-front art displays and check out such cool venues as The Jazz Station and Cowfish. The guest host tonight is the 29th Slug Queen, Holly GoSlugly, and is happening from 5:30pm to 8pm today.  Perfect opportunity to check out Happy Hours too  Woo Hoo!  Almost makes this insufferable week worth it.  Doc’s has Long Island’s all day for a mere $4.  Sounds good to me!

There is also a pub crawl going on downtown with the Occupy Eugene folks. But that’s not getting going till around 8pm and so far only 59 folks have said they’ll be there.  Might be crowded tonight.  Be sure you avoid any awkward moments and smell clean at least!

Tonight has a LOT to hear!  Couple of ‘headliner’ acts in town tonight… The WOW Hall has The Ska-licious sounds of The Cherry Poppin Daddies with  Sawyer Family and acoustic folk music artist Greg Brown play the SHEDD with Jason Wilber opening.  We hear The Daddies are in the studio laying down tracks for a new release.  It’s quite possible tonight’s set list will include new songs.  Celebrating 20 years in the music business, some could argue the best thing that band could do now is change their name and get on with it already.  The jury will have to wait and hear their next CD to make a determination on that notion.  Brown, a living legend in the folk circles, has had his songs performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. His unique voice can be heard here, introducing his latest CD Freak Flag.

Casey Neill & The Norway Rats    Photo courtsey http://www.caseyneill.org
Casey Neill & The Norway Rats Photo courtsey http://www.caseyneill.org

Local headliners are out in full force as well tonight.  The Goat has got the band, Poli High.  I think listening to the song Potholes & Porcupines will sound great in that room.  Then, I gotta check out the Portland group Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, with local band Stagger and Sway at Luckey’s. I know that show will start late, so I’m good chillin’ at the Goat for a bit before making my way downtown.  Next I will slide by The Oak Street.  Should be a good crowd tonight for the The Eager Beavers along with The Whopner County All-Stars.  I’m not in the mood for country or bluegrass right yet… but it will be nice to get my estrogen fix with the gals tonight.

By this time, I may be too wound up to sleep!  So I may, depending upon the hour, head over to see my friends Roger McConnell and Mike Trathen perform with Jim Tuckey, Michele Thompson and Ritchie as  Phreaky Phaces at Spirits Bar. Pretty certain I’ll be way overdressed… so I might have to go incognito… on the down low.  Shhhhhh!

Well, I best get myself out shopping.  I hear Macy’s is having a sale on their cashmere.  Might as well take advantage of this fine Friday to have a great time before heading out!  Tonight’s going to be a great time!  I wonder if leather pants would be appropriate?

I’ll see you out there!


Original Music

Falkenberg~ Beanery~ 7pm
Christie & McCallum~ Americana~ Billy Mac’s~ 7:30pm
Try Redemption, Exfixia, Big Hammer Theory, New World Sinner~Metal~ Black Forest~ 10pm
She’s Not Dead~Downtown Lounge~10pm
Girls Rock CD Fundraiser~ Granary~7pm
Behind the Mind, Upstate Trio~ Maize Lounge~10pm
The Eager Beavers, Colin Gilmore, The Whopner County Country All-Stars~ Bluegrass, rock~ Oak St. Speakeasy~9pm
Peter Giri~ Acoustic~ Sam’s Place ~8pm
Poli High, Bright Brown~ rock~ Wandering Goat~9pm
$5 Stellarondo~ acoustic~ Axe & Fiddle ~ 8:30pm
$10 June & Jean Millington~ Rock~ Cozmic Pizza~ 8pm
$5 The Golden Motors, Casey Neil & the Norway Rats, The Stagger & Sway~Rock~ Luckey’s
$5 Bad Mitten Orchestre, Wayward Vessel, Opal Creek~country, blues~Sam Bond’s~9pm
$19 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, The Sawyer Family~ WOW Hall~ funk,rock, swing~ 8pm $19

Cover & Tribute Bands

Mr. Wizard~ Goodfellas~ rock~ 9pm
Riffle~ Happy Hours~ country, rock~ 8pm
Rock ‘n’ Roll Jam~ Quackers~ 9pm
Grover Drive~ Village Green~ rock~ 9pm
Joybox~ Yukon Jack’s~9pm

Blues, Jazz & Country

$6 Zulu Dragon~ Mac’s At The Vet~ Tribute to J.C. Rico~ 9pm
$5 Torrey Newhart Quintet~ jazz~ Jazz Station~ 8pm
$5 Bump in the Road~ country~ Whiskey River Ranch~ 9pm
Rhianna~ WestEnd Tavern Piano Bar~ 8pm

DJ, Dance, Hip Hop, Other

“Freek-Nite” Dance Party w/Audio Schizophrenic~ Cowfish~ 9pm
Retro~ Embers~ 9pm
Trivia Night~ Rogue Public House~ 8pm

Betty and the Boy

Betty and the Boy

classical folk bluegrass

Bettreena Jaeger – guitar, vocals
Josh Harvey – mandolin, banjo, harmonica, vocals
Jon Conlon – upright bass
Michelle Whitlock – violin

 

Betty and the Boy   Photography courtesey Fallen Apple Photography
Betty and the Boy Photography courtesy Fallen Apple Photography

Betty and the Boy originally started as a modest duo in the small northwest Montana town of Kalispell when Jaeger and Harvey met over 4 years ago.  Relocating to Eugene shortly thereafter, they combine their minimalist approach to their instrument-rich sound.  A variety of sounds can be heard in their original compositions including mandolin, harmonica and violin. While most of their material is centered around love and loss, Jaeger’s voice is hauntingly pristine, similar to Brandi Carlile’s style. Recently tying first place in a local talent competition for their unique sound in their song Moth to a Light.  Playing such regional music festivals recently as, the Sisters Folk Festival, there is poetry in their songs with a dash of grit ” honing ragged emotion into their artful and spunky new tunes.”

Betty and the Boy

 

–Glass

Night on the Town SATURDAY

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Night on the Town – SATURDAY

Happy October First! Only 30 more days till Halloween! I’m so excited!  There is no other other time where it’s ok to be dead.  In any other circumstance it’s a sad and morbid event (have been through 10 deaths already!) but at Halloween, it’s OK.  Finally!  Already I have begun my costume shopping and party planning. Technically, this year, Halloween falls on a Monday, so mark your calendars for Saturday the 29th as trick-or-treating night!

Leo London        Photo courtsey Leo London Facebook Page
Leo London Photo courtsey Leo London

Tonight has a lot of great music to hear. Since last night was girls night, catching such local favorites as Blue Lotus and Stephanie Schneiderman, than tonight is all about the boys. For the record, I am using the term ‘boy’ with NO disrespect. One of my local faves is playing at Sam Bond’s tonight… Leo London London, whose musically reminiscent of Nick Lowe with the songwriting adroitness of Jackson Browne writes unbelievable songs in almost a dismissive resolve.   Can’t wait to hear him do one of my favorite songs, I Don’t Know; I really like that player-piano sound. Simply splendid!  He’s playing tonight with The Royal Blue and Wintertime Carnival.

Billy D   Photo courtesy C McCarthy
Billy D Photo courtesy C McCarthy

Next I’ll head over to Mac’s to watch one of my good friends, Billy Desmond of Bill D and the Hoodoos. Originally from New Mexico, Billy relocated to Portland a few years ago. He quickly finished up his CD Something’s Wrong, and distributed it far and wide. Not only did Billy D and the Hoodoos on the Portland radio station KINK, he quickly found himself being courted for the use of the title track to the CD by a movie production company! In his bio Billy says “Portland has helped me to further define my niche. Even the weather here lends itself to the blues”. Seems like some folks up north agreed with him too! The Cascade Blues Association awarded him their prestigious Muddy Award for Best New Act in 2010.”  One of my favorite songs off that CD is Hide My Heart. Billy’s voice is a rich blend of blues rock which resonates in his classic blues styled songs.  His custom made telecaster-type Shur guitar sound smooth despite it’s seasoned appearance and well worn rosewood fingerboard.  I can tell you, there will be a lot of dancing going on tonight over at Mac’s!  Might want to get there early to get a table!

Oh!  Wanted to make sure I get myself registered for the upcoming Music business conferences going on at the Hilton this month!  Not only is Eugene hosting the 31st Annual Northwest Booking Conference (www.artsnw.org), October 17th-20th but also the Folk Alliance Region-West Conference takes place here, October 23rd-24th.   (www.far-west.org).  In between these events,  The ANBC includes several workshops of specific interest to songwriters.

So much for my “to do” list today!  Well, looks like I ought to start piecing myself together.  Don’t want to be too over-the-top, but I gotta figure out what to do with this top hat!


 

Original Music

FREE: Mike Denny Trio Ax Billy Grill~ 8pm
FREE: Wire In the Walls, Satrs End, Atomic Symphonic Black Forest~ 10pm rock
FREE: 8 Track Liberators with Coburg Country All-Stars The Cooler~ 9pm rock country
FREE: Brook Adams, Tim Miller Granary~ 7pm acoustic
FREE: Merchants Of, Oneself Connect Oak St. Speakeasy~ 9pm
FREE: Annie Todd Wandering Goat~ 8pm acoustic, all ages
$8.00 Sugar Beets Axe & Fiddle~ 8:30pm, bluegrass
$5.00 The Eager Beavers, Kermit Eats Pork Luckey’s~ 10pm swing, indie, comedy
$3.00 Eleven Eyes Maize Lounge~ 11pm
$5.00 The Royal Blue, Wintertime Carnival and Leo London Sam Bond’s~ 9:30pm rock
$5.00 Johnson Unit Whiskey River Ranch~ 9pm rock
$12.00 Melt Banana with Retox WOW Hall~ 9pm rock
 

Cover & Tribute Bands

FREE: M 80’s   Goodfellas~10pm rock
FREE: Triggered O’Donnells~ 9pm
FREE: Joybox Quackers~ 9pm
FREE: Moving On Village Green~ 9pm rock,
 

Blues, Jazz & Country

FREE: Eric Richardson’s Invisible Arts Ensemble Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen~ 7pm
$5.00 Barbara Dzuro Trio Jazz Station~ 8pm
$5.00 Billy D & The Hoodoos Mac’s at the Vet~ 9pm; blues
 

DJ, Dance, HipHop, Other

FREE: Ladies Night Conways~ 9pm
FREE: “Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human with Guests Cowfish~ 9:30pm Top 40, electro
FREE: Celebration of Life for Jessiah Simon Cozmic Pizza~ 7pm
FREE: DJ J-Will Doc’s Pad~ 8pm; dance
FREE: Retro Embers~ 9pm
FREE: DJ Food Stamp & Friends Granary~ 10pm, 45s dance party
FREE: DJ Crown Taylor’s Bar and Grille~ 10pm; Hip hop, dance
FREE: Ladies Night Two Friends Pub~ 9pm
$5.00 G.L.A.M. DJs John Henry’s~ 9:30pm

Friday Night on the Town

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Night on the Town – FRIDAY

After spending most of this day in the Gorge at Bonneville Hot Springs, soaking in a very hot mineral bath, I do believe I’m ready to get myself together for an evening in Eugene to hear some amazing music.  This time of the year, with the leaves turning is such a stunning sight!

Since it’s the last Friday of September, what better way to start tonight off than at the Wandering Goat for the Last Friday Art Walk.  The art of Jeff Mason goes on display tonight as he’s the new house artist for October. The evening kicks off around 6pm.  Why would I not stop by to enjoy the free snacks and wine? Seriously?

Blue Lotus Photo Courtesy TheClubCircuit
Blue Lotus photo courtesy The Club Circuit

Then we’re heading over to Ninkasi Brewery Tasting Room to hear the band, Blue Lotus. Relatively new to the music scene this group has some amazing songs with memorable vocal by Brandelyn Rose. I’m looking forward to hearing them perform one of my new favorite songs, The Train. That song has some good rhythms and really makes me want to shake my groove thang.  My colleague Laurel Hayles absolutely loves this band. In her review of the band, Laurel says, “first, you have to know that Brandelyn reminds me of Janis Joplin in looks and sounds completely like Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders. Put that together with music that sounds like the Dead, and you have a party wherever they are playing. Couple that with Felix Blades, a 15-year phenomenon on lead guitar, and that just starts the outline of the picture of this group.” This sounds like a lot fun!

Stephanie Schneiderman photo courtesy of Stephanie Schneiderman

Next we’ll head over to Cozmic Pizza to hear my Portland friend Stephanie Schneiderman with Laura Kemp. Stephanie is quite an accomplished woman actually. The Talent Buyer for the House of Blues, Adam Zacks, says “her honest, earthy presence and rich, serene vocals separate Stephanie from the hordes of “girls with guitars.” She’s completed six solo albums, has two collaborative albums completed, three music production credits, many film and stage roles as well as a wildly successful concert series to benefit refugees in Uganda since 1999.  She certainly knows how to keep herself busy and amazingly productive!  I’m quite certain, tonight will be an amazing show!

With the rumors floating around that rain is on the way, head out and enjoy the dry roads, and the perfect temperatures for that coat you’ve not worn in months.  I’ll be the one wearing knee-length boots with the bright red mini and matching lipstick.

I will see you out there!
–Nancy Glass, EDN

Original Music

FREE: Black Forest VX-36, Dead Horizon, Explode-a-thon, Cold Blood Ceremony—10; Metal
FREE: Downtown Lounge 12 Dirty Bullets—10
FREE: The Loft Jim Liberato—8; Acoustic
FREE: Ninkasi Brewing Tasting Room: Blue Lotus 7pm
FREE: Wandering Goat: Jeff Mason art opening 6pm
$5.00 Axe & Fiddle Howlin’ Houndog—8:30; Blues, Honky tonk
$8.00 Cozmic Pizza Stephanie Schneiderman, Laura Kemp—8:30; Americana
$6.00 Luckey’s Jamalia, Mar Retrieval Unit—10; Jam, funk
$3.00 Maize Lounge World’s Finest—11
$10.00 Sam Bond’s Hillstomp, McDougal—9:30; Country, blues
$5.00 Whiskey River Ranch Hookah Stew—9; Rock, soul, punk
$15.00 WOW Hall Crossfade, Emphatic, Adakain—8; Rock

Cover & Tribute Bands

FREE: Good Fellas: No Way Out 10pm
FREE: Happy Hours Blazin’ Eddie—8:30; Rock
FREE: Mulligan’s The Devil Apes, Milepost—9:30
FREE: Quackers Rock ‘n’ Roll Jam—9
FREE: Village Green Satellite Jack—9; Rock

Blues, Jazz & Country

Free: Eugene Hilton Aftermath—7; Jazz
Free: West End Tavern Piano Bar w/Rhianna—8
Free: Pizza Research Institute Olem Alves Duo—6:30; Jazz, blues
$3.00 Creswell Coffee & Wine NattyBone—7; Delta blues
$5.00 Granary Marty Chilla & Friends—10
$5.00 Jazz Station Chord Four Quartet—8; Jazz
$5.00 Mac’s Kelly Thibodeaux & The Etouffee Band—9; Swamp rock

Dance, DJ, HipHop, Other

FREE: Embers Retro—9
FREE: Rogue Public House Trivia Night—8
FREE: Two Friends Pub Flashback Friday—9

This weeks listings provided with the help of the eugene weekly

Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus

psychedelic jazz funk

Brandelyn Rose – rhythm guitar, vocals
Felix Blades – lead guitar, vocals
Ben Bosse – bass
Peter Bauer – drums
Peter Allan – percussion

 

Courtesy Blue Lotus Facebook Page
Blue Lotus

This Eugene-based psychedelic jam band formed in 2011 through a chance encounter at the Oregon Country Fair. Brandelyn Rose and Felix Blades met out in the fields of Veneta. Inspired by such bands as The Grateful Dead, Phish, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, Rose and Blades created Blue Lotus. Ben Bosse and Peter Bauer, formerly of The Walnut Collective, joined them. Peter Allen later joined and adds multidimensional percussive rhythms.
With a reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) mixed with Shirley Manson (Garbage) Blue Lotus musically has a jazzy, blues funk sound with Page-like guitar riffs.

Blue Lotus

–Glass

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