Night on the Town – Friday

High School football playoffs are officially in full swing and those of us into football (that’s everyone yes?) we are ready to celebrate the kickoff with a great night out.  That’s after watching the squad from Sheldon High School take on David Douglas that is.

What, you don’t particularly care about Sheldon High School’s football team (they are, after all, just one high school in the Eugene area)?  Well, if you like football, you should start.  They are the statewide poll favorites for the State Championship this year. Besides, one of them may just be the next De’Anthony Thomas, Colt Lyerla, or even Marcus Mariota; can you say Connor Strahm?

For those of you not going to the game, you can join the rest of us; we have decided we are in the social mood and will be hitting up the Barmuda Triangle. Last time we were there was on Halloween and we found no excuse to leave the area all night.

Members of the Dropkick Murphys

Though we wouldn’t mind spending the rest of the night in this area, there is way to much action elsewhere tonight. That action will take place at one of two venues:

First is the WOW Hall.  Can you say “The Dropkick Murphy’s”? Admittedly this will be a tough ticket to get if you don’t already have one. These guys are a nationally renowned band and tickets went fast. For those of us who will be fortunate enough to check these guys out, this concert is going to kick some butt. If you’re unfamiliar with TDMs, they have a unique Irish sound melded with modern rock. The WOW Hall will be packed.

If you didn’t score a ticket for the Dropkick Murphy’s, then you’ll want to find your way to the Granary on 5th Street. Here you will get the opportunity to check out GRRRLZ Rock. Don’t worry, they’re not some hip-hop, pop, teenage band who classify themselves as Bieber believers. Now you have two choices for the set you would like to watch. While there will be plenty of great artists performing before 9pm, the 21 and over showcase starts at 9pm and is the reason we will be heading over to 5th. At this time we’ll kick out all the young kids and be able to listen to the music of Engraved and The Great Hiatum while checking out what the women of Eugene have to offer.

See you out there.

Original Music

Timothy Patrick: Acoustic: Amici Restaurant 5pm
Surviving Lillian: Rock: Goodfellas 9:30pm
(Sold Out) Dropkick Murphys w/Teenage Bottlerockets & The Mahones: McDonald Theatre 8pm
Forget One Thing, The Barger Boys, Mike Surber & the Long Con: Rock: Oak St. Speakeasy 9pm
Crag Sorseth & Tom West: Saginaw Vineyard 6pm
Peter Giri & Lloyd Tolbert: Acoustinc: Sam’s Place 8pm
(Donation) Ananya & The Big Small: Electric Rock: Tiny Taverrn 9pm
Monolith Unplugged: Village Green 9pm
$5-$7 donation GRRRLZ Rock: Multiple artists: Granary 6pm
$5 James Apollo, Murzik, The Horde & the Harem: Folk/indie: Axe & Fiddle 8:30pm
$5 Poor Man’s Poison, Sockeye Sawtooth: Americana: Luckey’s 10pm
$12 The Shook Twins, Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival: Americana: Sam Bond’s 9:30pm
$12 Advance ($15 door) Jolie Holland w/Old Light: Americana: WOW Hall 9pm


DLC Roadhouse Band: Rock/Blues: Dexter Lake Club 9pm
Lost Highway: Country/Rock & Roll: Happy Hours 8pm
McKenzie Express: Springfield VFW 7pm
$10 Blue Skies Band w/ Jewel Tones: Swing: Springfield Elks Club 6:30pm

Blues, Jazz, and Country

Aftermath: Jazz: Hilton Hotel 7pm
Breakers Yard: Blues/Jazz: Meridian 5pm
$5 Country Backroads: Country: Whiskey River Ranch 9pm
$5 ($4 members) Chris Orsinger: Soul Jazz: Jazz Station 8pm
$6 Soulicious: Fuck/R&B/Soul: Mac’s 9pm
$15 ($10 Students) Little Black Train: Jazz/Folk: House Concert 7:30pm

Dance, DJ, Hip-hop, & Other

Audio Schizophrenic: Electro: Cowfish 9pm
DJ Food Stamp: Level Up 9pm
DJ Scoot & DJ Pheonix: Dance party hits: The Rok 10pm
Karaoke: El Dorado 9pm
Karaoke: Harleys & Horses 9pm
Karaoke: The Keg 9pm
Karaoke: The O Bar 9:30pm
Karaoke: O’Donnell’s 9pm
Karaoke: Porky’s Palace 8pm
Karaoke: Raven A Pub 9pm
Karaoke: Red Lion Inn 9pm
Karaoke: Side Bar 9pm
Karaoke: Strike City 8pm
Karaoke: Tapatio 9pm

Night on the Town – Saturday


Wednesday it was Halloween. Thursday was a cruiser. Yesterday we got out there with Chuck Palahniuk. Today it’s Oregon vs. USC. Trying to decide what the highlight of the weekend will end up being is harder than trying to decide what candy from your kid’s Halloween stash to eat.

Though all the other nights on this extended weekend have been memorable, at least for us, tonight’s events may be the cream of the crop. For those of us who circled this day just under a year ago as the day of the Duck revenge, today could not have come fast enough.

How do we do that while being 857 miles away (yeah, we googled it) and in no way physically ready to contribute on the football field? We get out to The Cooler and participate in a Duck road game the right way. It’s close to Autzen Stadium so that’s at least reasonably symbolic; plus it’s got a huge projection screen so the game will literally be in your face. They’ve also got drinks and good food. While there is nothing compared to watching an Oregon drubbing of USC in person, we’ll take this as the second best option.

eager beavers - the band
Here’s a shot of the EB’s at Oak Street. That’s where we’ll be tonight.

Victory Celebration: This is an easy call – The Eager Beavers. All innuendo from this point on are purely your own issue. Here’s a link to some EB videos to give you an idea why We’d pick the Beavers after a Duck game. Oak Street Speakeasy is one Eugene’s downtown underground spots, lots of standing room, but the sound down there is usually excellent.

In the remote case of a loss: See above…and see you out there.

Original Music

Confidant: Indie/Folk: 5th St. Cornucopia 9:30pm
Chico Schwall’s Mr. Chico’s Weird Guitars: Atrium Building Courtyard 2pm
Mike Denny Trio: Rock: Ax Billy Grill 8pm
The Native Sibling: Indie/folk: Wandering Goat 9pm
Paul Quillen: Alternative/Acoustic: Rye 9:30pm
Eager Beavers: Sassy Smart Rock:Oak St. Speakeasy9pm (Grrrlz Rock Concert Series)
$5 Garden Goat, Jacuzzi, Harvey Girls: Indie rock/Funk/Pop: Luckey’s 10pm
$7 Laura Kemp, T.R. Kelly: Americana: Sam Bond’s 9pm
$20 Advance ($22 door) David Wilcox w/ Cassandra Robertson: Singer-songwriter: WOW Hall 8pm


Red Thunder: Classic Rock: Yukon Jack’s 9pm
Christie & McCallum: Americana: Happy Hours 8pm
DJ Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation: ’70s & 80s rock: Level Up 9pm

Blues, Jazz, and Country

Wayne Drury Project: Alternative country: Axe & Fiddle 8pm
DLC Roadhouse Band: Rock/Blues: Dexter Lake Club 9pm
Bruce Henry & Brian DeLeon: Country rock: West End Tavern 8pm
$5 Skip Jones & the Spirit of New Orleans: Blues: Mac’s 9pm
$5 ($4 members) Tom Bergeron Brasil Band: Jazz Station 8pm

Dance, DJ, Hip-hop, & Other

“Sup!” w/ Sassy Mouff, Michael Human & Guests: Electro: Cowfish 9:30pm
DJ J-Will: Dance mix: Doc’s Pad 8pm
DJ Scoot & DJ Pheonix: The Rok 10pm
DJ Crown: Hip-hop: Taylor’s Bar & Grill 10pm
$3 DIPPED w/ DJs Billy & Food Stamp: Davis 3pm
G.L.A.M. (drag and dancing): John Henry’s 10pm
Karaoke: Tapatio 9pm
Karaoke: Strike City 8pm
Karaoke: Sonny’s Tavern 9pm
Karaoke: Red Lion Inn 9pm
Karaoke: Raven A Pub 9pm
Karaoke: Quackers 9pm
Karaoke: Pour House 9pm
Karaoke: Porky’s Palace 8pm
Karaoke: Harleys & Horses 9pm
Karaoke: El Dorado 9pm
Karaoke: Duck Inn 10pm

Night on the Town – Friday


What’s the first rule of Fight Club?

For those of you in need of a refresher, don’t talk about it. Well, we’re taking some liberties and breaking that rule (sort of) today as we kick off the Friday edition of Night on the Town.

There’s a Duck football game tomorrow, but it’s not just a Duck football game tomorrow: it’s Oregon vs. USC, the game we have been waiting for all year long. It’s time for the Ducks to get revenge and we are excited about that. Confidence in hand, we’re going to start celebrating today.

Who’s excited for a night on the town with Chuck Palahniuk? Yeah…we are.

That’s right, pregaming for Oregon vs. USC officially starts tonight,and we’re gong to start at the Rogue Public House. Have you tried their award winning Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale? It’s time.

Next we are off to Fight Club. Well…sort of.

Tonight Chuck Palahniuk (Pawl-an-yiook), the author of Fight Club and a University of Oregon grad, will be hosting a reading at the WOW Hall, where he will be joined by Chelsea Cain and Lidia Yuknavitch. Ok, so a book reading doesn’t sound too thrilling at first. But remember, this is Chuck Palahniuk we are talking about; he’s found a way to spice this one up by making it an adult pajama party – a continuation on national dress up day (Halloween). Still not onboard? Just stick with us on this one, the books that they will be reading from are Invisible Monsters Remix (Palahniuk) and Dora (Yuknavitch).

Here’s an excerpt from Invisible Monters Remix:

“Fewer people shut down their computers anymore, and who can blame them? The moment that monitor goes black, you’re looking at yourself, not smiling, not anything. Here’s your worst-ever passport photo enlarged to life size. Swimming behind the eBook words of Jane Austen, that slack, dead-eyed zombie face, that’s yours. That’s you.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Introduction

Looking like a literary Daniel Craig as Bond – Chuck Palahniuk brings his next work to the WOW Hall tonight.

Yeah, it’s that kind of pajama party book reading; one that will involve adult beverages mixed into a night of sobering crazy. Think of this event as if you were going to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a bunch of strangers around Halloween; it’s going to get weird.

Tomorrow our eyes will be glued to the television and college football all day; a day that will culminate with Oregon vs. USC. Tonight we’re making sure to get out on the town and get weird with Palahniuk and company. Should there be the time for more reverie and celebration after the pajama party, check out any of the fine bands listed below.

Original Music

Jonezer: 5th St. Cornucopia 9:30pm
Timothy Patrick: Acoustic humorist: Amici Restaurant 5pm
Christie & McCallum: Americana: Billy Mac’s Bar & Grill 7:30pm
Marty Chilla: Lavelle’s 6pm
Amblin: Acoustic: West End Tavern 8pm
$5 Rusty Still, Texas Toasters: Bluegrass: Axe & Fiddle 8:30pm


DLC Roadhouse Band: Rock/Blues: Dexter Lake Club 9pm
Red Thunder: Classic rock: Yukon Jack’s 9pm
$3 The Upbeat-60s: ’60s soul/reggae: Luckey’s 10pm

Blues, Jazz,  and Country

Heavy Chevy: Blues/Rock & Roll: The Embers 9pm
Aftermath: Jazz: Hilton Hotel 7pm
$5 Ben Rice Band w/Paul Biondi & Lloyd Tolbert: Rock/Blues: Mac’s 9pm
$7 ($5 students) UO Honors Jazz Combos: Aasen-Hull Hall 7:30pm
$10 Petunia & The Vipers: Folk/Roots/Blues: Sam Bond’s 9:30pm

Dance, DJ, Hip-hop, & Other

Audio Schizophrenic: Electronic: Cowfish 9pm
DJ Jeff Ray & DJ Smuve: Hip-hop: Level Up 9pm
Hamilton Beach, The Great Hiatum: Funk/electronica: Oak St. Speakeasy 9pm
DJ Scoot & DJ Phoenix: The Rok 10pm
Karaoke: El Dorado 9pm
Karaoke: Harleys & Horses 9pm
Karaoke: The Keg 9pm
Karaoke: The O Bar 9:30pm
Karaoke: O’Donnell’s 9pm
Karaoke: Porky’s Palace 8pm
Karaoke: Raven A Pub 9pm
Karaoke: Red Lion Inn 9pm
Karaoke: Side Bar 9pm
Karaoke: Strike City 8pm
Karaoke: Tapatio 9pm

Night on the Town – Thursday


Sitting here wishing we had remembered to pre-mix that bloody mary we mentioned you should do last night, but all in all it was worth it.  One more Halloween in the books.

Every night on the town starts somewhere, tonight calls for a time machine.

This is one of those rare 5 day weekends, started with a bang yesterday, going to dial it back a little tonight in preparation for a “must not be missed” Friday night event.

Tonight needs to begin over at Level Up Arcade. If you haven’t been there, this isn’t geek heaven, it’s a time machine. Level Up features classic arcade games from the pre-console era combined with quality bar food and affordable beverages; whats not to like. Get some hair of the dog and play that silver ball.

The main event will be at Sam Bonds where they are featuring 3 distinct bands: Undermind, Orion and Small Joys.  Undermind is electronic mashup “It will be a fun combo and I will be playing an electro swing set with some old timey raps thown in there.”  Orion sports a familiar Psychedelic rock/funky sound.  Small Joys are distinctly indie, and against type, they are our pick for tonight.

Possibly the Bloody Mary thing, but seriously, while all 3 bands are going to be worth seeing, Small Joys has something that grows on you, keeps you listening. Small Joys is an indie band out of the Eugene that will take your night down to a relaxing “bliss” simmer before you head back home and call it a night. If you don’t plan to simmer, then Undermind and Orion will take care of you.

NOTE:  in case you are thinking of missing it, it’s a benefit. It is HIV Alliance night at Sam Bonds and part of the proceeds from the concert will go to HIV research. Yup, you have to go.

Friday Night on the Town is very special this week, don’t miss it and don’t forget the first rule…

See you out there.

Original Music

Monolith: Rock n’ Roll: Mohawk Pub 9pm
$3 Becky Alter: Indie: Axe & Fiddle 8:30pm
$3 The 73, The Unstable Atmospheres: Indie/experimental: Luckey’s 10pm
$12 advance ($15 door) Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Zach Deputy: Americana: WOW Hall 8:30pm
$22.50 advance ($24 door) Steve Forbert: Tsunami Books 9pm


Neriah Hart: Karaoke: El Dorado 8pm
Lonesome Randall: Rock n’ Roll: Mac’s 6pm

Blues, Jazz, & Country

$5 ($4 members) Ron Bertucci & Dave Bender: Jazz Alive Series: Jazz Station 7:30pm
Skip Jones: piano: Lavelles 6pm

Dance, DJ, Hip-Hop, & Other

Golden: hip-hop: Jameson’s 10pm
DJ Scoot & Simon Says: The Rok 10pm
$3 Chris, Dr. Ake & John: ’80s Night: John Henry’s 10pm
$1-$5 Undermind, Orion, Small Joys: Electronic/Funk/Indie: Sam Bond’s 9pm

Night on the Town – Halloween


It’s Halloween and since we are looking for a good time on the town we decided it was time for a special edition of Night on the Town; Halloween style.

Luckey’s will be the final destination on Halloween night, a place to let the rest of your Halloween spirits expose themselves. Photo courtesy of

Sure it’s a Wednesday and we all have to work tomorrow,  but when has that prevented a mid-week good time…the Bloody Mary exists for a reason.

Tonights soggy pre-show festivities will be found within the Barmuda Triangle, that special area of Eugene where things actually happen at night. Featuring more than five bars in just a small area of downtown, The Barmuda Triangle (BMT) will be lively tonight.  To select your flavor of pre-game festivity drop by EOTC (Eugene on the Cheap) and check out the options, then proceed to get your freak on.

Once the BMT has helped our collective insides match our re-decorated exteriors it’s off to Luckey’s, one of the live music clubs in the BMT for Eugene’s  Rare Monk…and plenty of affordable beverage options. Before Rare Monk takes the stage be sure to check out a $2 microwbrew or two, or so.  Note: after “so” comes “fah” which is the beginning of a word you may utter if you don’t arrange for a designated driver or cab if you venture beyond the “so” line.  We like Oregon Taxi (that’s a freebie OT –ed).

If you haven’t checked the micro-profile we linked to Rare Monk, here’s a rundown: think The Shins meets Modest Mouse with some original thought mixed in; deep and expansive melodies like The Shins, then abrupt and masculine like Modest Mouse.  Put your costume to use and consider an extensive photobombing campaign – be sure to post your Halloween pix on our FB page.

So, ignore the rain, get up, get out, oh and pre-mix your Bloody Mary before you head out.  You’ll thank us in the morning.

Original Music

The Entity, Aeolus, The Purpose of Silence, Septic Burial: Metal: Black Forest 10pm

Ghost House:goth: Oak St. Speakeasy 9pm

$5 – Rare Monk: Indie/Alternative: Luckey’s 10pm


Joybox: Eldorado 9pm

Normal Bean Band: Porky’s Palace 9pm

Mike Brewer and the Brewketts: Red Lion Hotel 6pm

Patrick & Giri: WestEnd Tavern 7:30pm

$2 – Star Struck: Live band karaoke: Whiskey River Ranch 9pm

Blues, Jazz, and Country

Gerry Rempel & Bruce Cole: The Granary 8pm

Gus Russell & Paul Biondi: Mac’s 6:pm

Astrobender: Rye 9pm

Dance, DJ, Hip-Hop & Other

Connor J: Dubstep: Cowfish 9pm

Neriah Hart: Karaoke: Happy Hours 8pm

UO Trombone Choir, Tuba-Euphonium, & Apocalyptic Brass: Frohnmayer Music Building 7:30pm

$3 – C.R.E.A.M: John Henry’s 10pm

$5 – DJ Smuve, DJ redd Fox: Downtown Lounge 9pm

$10 advance ($12 door) – ZZ Medium Troy, Lafa Taylor, Acorn Project, & Hamilton Beach: WOW Hall 9pm


Saturday Night on the Town


The Ducks must have a direct line to the Weather Goddess to order up a day like this for the Civil War.  Fans will be gathered in every sports bar in town to watch the action and the beer will flow like the McKenzie after all the recent rain.  After last week’s upset, we all need to show our Ducks a little extra love, just like the Weather Goddess.  When it’s all over, get out and share the glory or the grief, which ever way it goes.  There’s music out there to soothe the soul, so no excuses people.

Jazz at its best with Gerry Rempel and Gus Russell at Ax Billy

If you happened to watch the game at Ax Billy’s in the Downtown Athletic Club (public welcome), stick around afterwards for dinner and the jazz show.  Otherwise, jazz enthusiasts might want to drop on by.  Their menu is over the top wonderful and tonight, they’re offering Gerry Rempel’s Trio.  Pianist Gus Russell is playing with them tonight.  He’s composed for movies including “The Independent” and “PreFontaine: Fire on the Track.”  Gerry Rempel’s masterful guitar playing with Gus Russell on piano and supported by Byron Case on the bass will add up to tight musicianship, original improvisation and jazz at its very best.  Quite a treat for a no cover show in a posh, intimate venue.

Rock fans, specifically punk rock, can rejoice with like minded souls at Luckey’s.  Full Lush serve’s up gutsy lyrics with a heavy dose of grunge bass.  Their little tune “monkey eyes”* feels like a good song for the Duck’s defensive linebackers or a man angry at his woman, take your pick.  Either way, I like the primal bass line and heavy beat.  They claim to play “loud and hard”; I hear no reason to doubt that.  Also on the bill is Wetsock, always good for rearranging my attitude;  no wimping out with this band.  They have a horn player that just plain pleases me to no end.  Show starts at 10:00; $5 cover.

Grrrlz Rock continues on tonight at the WOW Hall with perhaps the best line up of the whole series featuring female performers.  Rejoice men, the gorgeous and talented Anna Gilbert will bless you with her sweet voice, lyrics and breathless sound.  I first found Anna playing at a local church, of all things, dishing out salvation with rocking Christian ballads.  However, do not pigeon hole this woman because her pop music is sublime.  She sings “sometimes the truth is something you can’t see” encouraging lovers not to rush it and give each other “Room to Breathe”*, an original tune that shows off her exquisite voice.  I’ve seen her play piano and sing and trust me, she makes it look easy.  Anna plays at 9:15; don’t miss it.


Playing earlier for Grrrlz Rock is the all-girl teen rock band She’s Not Dead coming in for the show from Portland.  Think sleepover party on steroids with rock instruments.  They are having a blast, writing their own material and rocking out with enthusiasm. Sure, they need more experience and polish, but Grrrlz Rock is all about getting a band like this out in front to gain that extra special something that comes from audience appreciation.  “Don’t Stay”* has real potential with solid guitar riffs and lot’s of punch.  I find them appealing and refreshing.  The line up also includes Bajuana Tea, Betty and the Boy and several others.  $10 at the door, show starts early at 6:00 and goes through to 11:00.


Finally, Sam Bond’s is featuring Mood Area 52 along with Birdie Jo and the Ferns for a $5 cover.  This will be solid good music with the neighborhood feel of this iconic venue and plenty of Black Butte Porter.   The musicians in Mood Area 52 and Birdie Jo swap out and morph back and forth.  There’s no predicting exactly how it will all work out, but that just makes it fun.  Be assured that you cannot do better musically; whoever decides to show and play will give a great performance.  The show as billed rockabilly and post rock so I guess Mood Area may be less tango and more rock for this one.

I see no reason to stick to the safety and comfort of the couch after the game.  The music calls and I must answer.  See you out there my friends.

LA Thompson, EDN

Night on the Town sponsored by:

Original Music

Mile Post, Trip Wire Project : Rock : black Forest – 10:00pm
Robert Meade : Acoustic : Granary – 7:00pm
Forgotten Works : Acoustic : Wandering Goat – 9:00pm
$5 – Strange Vine, Guitar Recovery Project, Poli High : Variety : Axe & Fiddle – 8:00pm
$6 – “Occupy Cozmic” w/David Rovicks & Co. : folk activism : Cozmic Pizza – 8:30pm
$5 – Just People : Indie rock : Granary – 10:00pm
$5 – Full Lush, Wetsock : Ska rock : Luckey’s – 10:00pm
$5 – Mood Area 52, Birdie Jo, Ferns : Rockabilly, post rock : Sam Bond’s – 9:30pm
$10 – GRRRLZ Rock: Anna Gilbert, Bajuana Tea, fivebyfive, Betty & the Boy, She’s Not Dead, Olivia Langley : WOW Hall – 5:30pm

Cover & Tribute Bands

The Valley Boys : Rock : Happy Hours – 8:00pm
The M80’s : Rock : Mohawk Tavern – 9:00pm
No Way Out : Rock : O’Donnell’s – 9:00pm
Caught in the Act Dance Party : Rock : Village Green – 9:00pm
The Survivors : rock : Yukon Jack’s – 9:00pm

Blues, Jazz & Country

Gerry Rempel Trio, Gus Russell, Byron Case : Jazz : Downtown Athletic Club – 8:00pm
Molly Nord : Piano improv : Hidden Valley – 6:00pm
Eddie & the Drifting Pines : Folk blues : Mulligan’s – 9:00pm
$6 – Michael Tracey, The Hi-Tones : Blues, rock soul : Mac’s – 9:00pm

Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other

“Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human & Guests : Top40 Electro : Cowfish – 9:30pm
DJ J-Will : Dance mix : Doc’s Pad – 8:00pm
DJ Crown : Hip hop, dance : Taylor’s Bar & Grille – 10:00pm

Saturday Night on the Town


Football fans will be gathering all over town to watch the Ducks kick some USC butt tonight.  Afterwards, like everyone else, I’ll be all revved and up and will need to blow out all that energy.   Oh yes, the music scene is ready to help with some select tidbits to channel the euphoria of a hometown win.  I have no intention of holding back.

How about meeting the tiger head-on with a little Digital Violence served up screaming loud?  It’s all metal at the Black Forest tonight. There will be no mercy nor downtime so go prepared for head banging, blood pumping rock designed to remove all doubt.  Also on the bill is a band from Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) with the catchy name  Discontinuum.  I couldn’t preview the music for you, but I am intrigued they have one self-released album called “Inside the Discontinuum” that their manager Jeff Church describes as “mixing melodic death metal/black metal atmosphere, progressive off-beat rhythms, and acoustic/alternative rock choruses.”  Who wouldn’t want to sample that.  Hey, the boys have made it here all the way from Alberta so I say check them out.  The show starts late at 10:00 pm with no cover.


It’s time for LA Thompson to come clean and admit that white boy blues turns me on.  It doesn’t get any better than the Sultans of Slide as far as I am concerned.  I caught their New’s Year Eve party at Mac’s to bring in 2011.  Big Monti Amundson and company are absolute maestros on the slide guitar.  Right after I fell in love with them, the band took off to Amsterdam to tour behind their release Lightning Strikes.  They’re back at Mac’s tonight and you know I’ll have to be there.  When Big Monti belts out “Stupid Trouble” and I get goosebumps knowing that I was once the kind of girl that meant trouble by truck load.  

I sincerely hope the Sultans are playing upstairs where there’s plenty of room to dance because I’m going to have move, especially when they play “Drive All Night”, with Monti’s voice sounding like a dark angel in my head.  Do not stand in my way if you don’t want to get hurt.  Show starts at 9:00, $8 at the door.  You’ll get 3 solid hours of some of the best blues on the west coast.  I kid you not.

Finally, for those folks who have figured out that bluegrass can be a ton of fun, the Alder St. Allstars will be at the Granary tonight.  This authentic folk band is capable of filling a much larger venue than the bar at the Granary, so I’m thinking it could be a packed house even if it’s just their friends who show up.

Their tunes are rousing and the lyrics make me smile.  A little toned down from other recommendations, but well worth the $5 cover.  The show starts early (at 7:00) with Sorta Ultra, a punk rock band from Portland and Low Tide Drifters, a local bluegrass favorite. This is a great line-up and very good things will happen musically speaking.

I won’t be holding back, not at all.  And I’m not planning to let you.  Let it go folks, let’s party!

–LA Thompson

Night on the Town sponsored by:

Original Music

The Entity, Digital Violence, Still Fear, Discontinuum : Metal : Black Forest 10pm
The Kingpins, Rocktopia : Rock : Downtown Lounge 10pm
Rodent : Rock, 21+ : Wandering Goat 9pm
Vial Experiment, Gladhandler, Deadsetlife : Metal : Quackers 9pm
$5 – Grrrlz Rock : Rock : Cozmic Pizza 8pm
$5 – Klezmonauts, Klezmer : Folk : Axe & Fiddle 8:30pm
$5 – Lone Madrone, Pancake Breakfast, Kingdom County : Folk rock : Sam Bond’s 9:30pm

Cover & Tribute Bands

Coupe De Ville : Rock : Embers 8:30pm
Sonic Storm : Arena rock : Mohawk Tavern 9pm
Joybox : Rock : Spirits Bar 9pm
Dammit Jim : Rock : Village Green 9pm

Blues, Jazz & Country

Molly Nord : Piano improv : Hidden Valley 6pm
Carl Woideck Trio : Jazz : Downtown Athletic Club 8pm
$5 – Sorta Ultra, Lowtide Drifters, Alder St. Allstars : Bluegrass : Granary 7pm
$5 – Andrew Porkorny Quartet : Jazz : Jazz Station 8pm
$8 – Sultans of Slide : Blues : Mac’s at the Vets 9pm
$5 – Sammy Steele Band : Country : Whiskey River Ranch 9pm

Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other

“Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human & Guests : Top 40, electro : Cowfish 9:30pmpm
DJ J-Will : Dance mix : Doc’s Pad 8pm
Rock ‘n’ Roll Jam : jam : Quackers 9pm
DJ Crown : Hip hop, dance : Taylor’s Bar & Grille 10pm
$5 – G.L.A.M. : DJ Dance : John Henry’s 9:30pm
$5 – Blue Lotus, Jonzer : Jam : Luckey’s 10pm
$9 – Z-man, True Justice, 4 Trees, GB the Hustlah & Prop : Hip Hop : Oak St. Speakeasy 9pm
SOLD OUT – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Champagne Champagne, Xperience : Hip hop: WOW Hall 9pm

Saturday Night on the Town


Saturday night and where’s the party?  I’m looking for a more subdued atmosphere myself tonight, but don’t worry if you want something with more punch.  There’s plenty of variety for everyone to sample.  In fact, there’s a smorgasbord served up in town tonight.

In a slight break from tradition, I’m giving a nod to Concrete Loveseat performing at Cozmic Pizza tonight as a great place to start the evening.  The show is billed as rock, which I think might be a mistake.  They’ve been getting a bit of buzz as a jazz group that covers jazz standards.  One reason I’m going to check them out is that Marty Chinchilla (Sugar Beets founding member) is playing guitar behind lead singer Cynthia Valentine Healy.  If Marty’s backing Cynthia, she’s got something special, probably a great voice and stage presence.  No cover, so grab a slice of Full Moon pizza and get started early.

Concrete Loveseat

Just one block down 8th Avenue to WOW Hall for the next sample.  We Were Promised Jetpacks is stopping off at our little berg, much to the delight of punk fans.  High energy, Scottish, young, intense and barely old enough to shave…need I say more?  Of course, I should mention that their harmonies are sweet, sweet, sweet and when lead vocals Adam Thompson sings “I’ll die for you” in their early hit “Quiet Little Voices” with a Scottish accent, this old cougar’s heart melts.  Also in the lineup is indie band Royal Bangs out of Knoxville. Who could resist a live performance of a tune called “Waking Up Weird”? So don’t resist.  Doors open at 8:30 so line up for a ticket; even at $15, this show will sell out.

The girls are taking over Sam Bond’s Garage tonight with the Grrrlz Rock 2011 moving in to the delight of those of us who know that girls who want to feel the music in their souls.  Grrrlz Rock is a month-long festival that celebrates the participation and growth of women in music and the arts.  Tonight, Sam Bond’s is hosting with a line up of some great acts.  There’s an all-ages show that starts at 5:30 with sets that appeal to the young and young at heart.  This is a show for parents to bring their kids to as inspiration will abound from Olivia Langley, School of Rock and fivebyfive.  Then the kids clear out, Sam Bond’s goes grown-up throughout the pub.  The female duo Left Turn Only kicks off the show at 9:30 with oh so sweet vocal harmonies, followed by funk rock band Dubious.  Gutsy lead vocalist Heather Davis will get the audience moving for a robust set.  On into the night, Douglas County Daughters play a set and Crooked River wraps up after midnight. I happened to catch Douglas County Daughters at last year’s Grrrlz Rock.  The Daughters are drop dead gorgeous women with extraordinary voices.  A quieter evening, feminine energy and the neighborhood feel all served up at Sam Bond’s with pint of Black Butte Porter sounds soothing for a rainy November Saturday night.  The early show is free, the later show has a $5 cover.

Douglas County Daughters

Finally, I’d like to mention a completely silly little thing happening at O’Donnells that might just be a ton of fun.  Normal Bean is playing good old classic rock covers, okay, but what’s special?  O’Donnells is also hosting something called a “Tom, Dick and Harry Party” that involves drink specials all through the night.  Basically, patrons pull one of the three names out of a hat and during the evening, the band will announce a drink special, like 2 for a dollar jello shots, for those holding the right Tom, Dick, or Harry ticket.  The people watching should get interesting as folks determine which group is getting the drunkest on the drink specials.  I’m  thinking it’s got to be Harry, but who knows?  Check it out for me and let me know.

If you aren’t having a good time tonight, you’re clinically depressed and need professional help.  No excuses.

-LA Thompson, EDN

Original Music

Trauma Vision, Black Hare, Power 4: MetalThe Astoria – 8:00

$3-$5 Fall Lush, Ego Machine, Dead Cat Hat: Americana – Axe & Fiddle – 9:00

Black Delany, Security in Numbers: Punk rockOak St. Speakeasy – 9:00

Johnson Creek Stranglers: Outlaw Country – Downtown Lounge – 10:00

Crimson Guardian, Kyckwyd, Earth to Ashes: MetalBlack Forest – 10:00

$6 Y La Bamba, Death Songs: Indie Rock Cozmic Pizza – 9:00

$6 Soulicious: FunkMac’s – 9:00

$15 We Were Promised Jet Packs, Royal Bangs, Bear Hands : Punk, rockWOW Hall – 9:00

Cover & Tribute Bands

Coupe De ville: Rock covers Embers – 8:30

Joybox: Rock Quacker’s – 8:00

Rock Steady: RockVillage Green – 9:00

Normal Bean: Rock; also a Tom, Dick & Harry Party: Game nightO’Donnells – 9:00

Blues, Jazz & Country

Concrete Loveseat: Jazz/some rockCozmic Pizza – 6:00

Back Porch Soiree: BluegrassBrewster’s Pizza – 6:00

Molly Nord: Piano ImprovHidden Valley – 6:00

WJ McEachern: FolkGranary – 7:00

Christie & McCallum: Americana Tiny Tavern – 9:30

$5 Bump in the Road: CountryWhiskey River Ranch – 9:00

$10 Paul Safar, Art Resnick Trio: JazzJazz Station – 8:00

Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other

DJ Will: Dance mix Doc’s Pad – 8:00

Ladies’ Night – Conways – 9

Launchpad: ElectroWandering Goat – 9:00

“Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human & Guests: Top 40, electroCowfish – 9:30

DJ Crown: Hip hop, danceTaylor’s Bar & Grille – 10:00

$3-$5 Sol Seed, Taste: ReggaeGranary – 10:00

$5 Grrrlz Rock: variety, rockSam Bond’s – 9:00

Saturday Night On the Town


Saturday night and where’s the party? It’s a rainy, dark night and so is my mood.  I want music to take my mind off the mental clutter of the work week.  Rough and loud will do the job nicely. There are some hidden gems to be found around town, so let’s get started.

Goodfellas is offering up a ladies night party featuring FUNGI.  If I hadn’t been clubbing in Springfield last night, I wouldn’t have known about this show at all.  Goodfellas has a great stage, sound system and roomy dance floor.  Along with excellent, friendly service, this joint is somewhat of a surprise and an excellent place to hear local talent.  I was under the mistaken opinion that FUNGI is more a cover band, but they have original hard rock material that erases memory.  I’m looking forward to a live performance that can clear out all the cobwebs is my brain and let me start fresh next week.  “Lack There Of” with the line “What do you want from me?” seems especially apropos for me.  (Read more about FUNGI in NOTT June 25) Most of my friends would guffaw loudly at the idea of me and the word lady in the same sentence, but I still qualify for Ladies Night; the show starts at 9:00.

Not everyone will be in as dark a place as I am, so for those seeking a little tamer scene, Mike Denny Trio is a great choice.  Some folks might remember Mike Denny performing with his All Stars group (more a blues band) at past Eugene Celebrations. Denny is a jazz guitarist,  performing and teaching all over the northwest, including guitar instruction at LCC and the U of O.  Tonight, he’s at Ax Billy Grill with his trio billed as a rock show. He has a solo CD “Looking In” and a quartet recording “Now-Here-This” under the Origin label, so I predict some original material along with quality cover material.  Show starts at 8:00 but it’s a small place with no cover charge-might want to get there early for a good seat.

In counterpoint to Mike Denny and reverting back to my need to blow it all out and start fresh, consider Wetsock.  They have a little tune, “War on the Streets”, with the line “I feel so f****ing low” blasting through on a ripping guitar riff contrasted with a muted horn.  Rough and loud, a little complex, just the way I need it.  This punk band snarls out in your face lyrics, oh yeah, and  their energetic rhythms totally rip out all suicidal thoughts while I contemplate the value of using anger to get what I want.  “Bruce Campbell” is a story in song form, thus the ska genre peeks through.  I love the horn supporting the lyrics in this one.

Wetsock comes on at 9:00 at Sam Bond’s; $5 cover. 

No excuses, just results.  That’s what Night on the Town is about this rainy November weekend.  Let’s get going.

Original Music

Mike Denny Trio:  RockAx Billy Grill – 8:00

The Tip, Jam Stain: RockDowntown Lounge – 9:00

Triggered:  NuMetalO’Donnells – 9:00

Mudpuppy: RockCornucopia – 10:00

The Underlings, Boomchik!, Long Tall & Ugly:  Punk, rockBlack Forest – 10:00

Deadsetlife, audiophobia: MetalQuackers – 11:00

$3 Joneser: Grunge rockMaize Lounge – 10:00

$5 Wetsock: Ska, rockSam Bond’s – 9:00

Cover & Tribute Bands

Joybox: RockYukon Jack’s – 9:00

$9 Riffle: Rock Eugene Eagles – 8:00 (non-members ok)

Blues, Jazz & Country

Molly Nord: Piano improvHidden Valley – 6:00
Eric Richardson’s Invisible Arts Ensemble: Jazz Papa’s Soul Food – 7:00
$5 Bob Wehrman Group: Jazz vocal quartet – Jazz Station – 8:00
$5 Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit: Americana, comedyAxe & Fiddle – 9:00
$5 Jonathon Harris: CountryWhiskey River Ranch – 9:00
$6 Vicki Stevens Band: Blues Mac’s – 9:00

Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other

Grrrlz Rock – Eager Beavers, Troupe Carnivalesque, Buffer, Fiddlin’ Big Sue Band – Americana Oak Street Speakeasy – 9:00
Ladies Night – Conway’s – 9:00
“Sup!” w/Sassy Mouff, Michael Human & Guests:  Top 40, electro – Cowfish – 9:30
DJ Will: Dance mixDoc’s Pad – 8:00 
DJ Foodstamp: All 45’sGranary – 10:00
DJ Crown: Hip hop, danceTaylor’s – 10:00
Thurlow, DJ zaptra, Bustin’ Jieber: Dance Wandering Goat – 9:00 (Donation)
$1-5 Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit: Acoustic, spoken wordSam Bond’s – 6:00
$5 G.L.A.M.: DJs, performances: John Henry’s – 9:30
$5 Sassparilla, Stereotyped:  Reggae Cozmic Pizza – 9:00
$5 Sol Seed, Alder St. All Stars: Reggae, bluegrassLuckey’s – 10:00
$10 Dru Down with Hero Fame & DJ Joogs: Rap, R&BThe Rok -9:00

— LA Thompson, EDN

Friday Night On the Town


It may have taken all week to get over the somewhat extended party last weekend, but once again it’s time to get out and find the magic.  November has more darkness to enjoy and less sunlight to interrupt the recovery time, so no excuses.   There are a number of musical treats to sample tonight with a little something for everyone and maybe a chance to taste something new.

Catch Glimpse Trio at Diablo

Up from the East Bay, Oakland based Glimpse Trio is at the top of my list.  Their drummer, Hamir Atwal, had a promising career as a sought after jazz drummer before joining guitarist Mike Sopko in 2010.  Jym Murray joined the duo this year to form the trio and they’ve been playing venues around the San Francisco Bay like Oakland’s New Parish where they released their debut recording “1985”.  LA Weekly describes them with great enthusiasm, “On 1985 the group delivers a furious blend of rock, jazz, blues, punk and metal fused with infectious folksiness.”  I tend to agree and love the variety, musicianship and unabashed dedication to playing whatever they damn well feel like.  A band like this is impossible to pigeon hole into a specific genre so let’s just not.  Glimpse Trio is at Diablo’s tonight at 10:00 with no cover; unbelievable.

Richard Thompson plays the McDonld tonight.

Legends occasionally come through Eugene and tonight we are graced with British singer, song writer and guitarist Richard Thompson at the McDonald.  An incredible guitarist, Thompson has received numerous awards including the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He’s often compared to such greats as Bob Dylan for songwriting and Hendrix for guitar prowess.  I don’t think those descriptions are stretching the truth, but frankly, Thompson doesn’t need to be compared.  Just listen to him and you get that this man has accomplished more musically than just about anyone else alive.

“I Feel So Good”is on my cougar list. (Songs for the hot mamma I’ve collected over time.) I’m not in the habit of breaking hearts, but when the urge comes, this tune gives me a little kick in the butt.  Thompson is versatile and has a long, long, list of songs to pull from.  He was at Woodstock, for God’s sake.  The $28 ticket to see him live is absolutely a bargain.  You might know him for  My Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

For something a little different, if perhaps a bit old timey, the WOW Hall is hosting Head for the Hills up from Colorado.  Their bluegrass style is at once classic and fresh.  The picking is superb and the vocal harmonies as pleasing as a hammock in the shade.  This is not your granddaddy’s bluegrass.  “Unchain My Heart” features Micheal Chappell’s  tight mandolin and guest key boarder James Thomas with a nice run on the fiddle from Joe Lessard.  Their vocals blend and weave throughout like butterflies in a meadow.  Dead Winter Carpenters opens the show; $12 at the door.

Finally, for a change of pace, I’m heading across the river.  Sometimes, it’s good to go wild and no place dishes it better than Goodfellas. There’s a great line up of rock bands including the Procrastinators.    I think that colorful watering hole has a great neighborhood feeling and lots of room to get up and dance.  See ya there!

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Original Music

Alder St. All Stars, Dog Mage—Oak Street Speakeasy —9:00
Procrastinators, Van Wenda, the Basement: Boys: RockGoodfellas —9:00
Glimpse Trio: Rock fusion—Downtown Lounge —10:00
The Tip, 2 Grams Heavy, Sol Riot: Rock—Black Forest —10:00
$5 Stereotyped, Justin Stang, Casey Neill & the Norway Rats: Alternative rock, folk, punkAxe & Fiddle —8:30
$5 Cherry Royale, Corn Flower, Sol Seed: Funk, soulCozmic Pizza —8:00
$5 Vida Girls: Rock Sam Bond’s —9:30
$12 Head For The Hills w/Dead Winter Carpenters: BluegrassWOW Hall —9:00
$28 Richard Thompson: Singer-songwriterMcDonald Theatre —8:00

Cover & Tribute Bands

Desperate Randall:  RockThe Tiny Tavern —9:00
Joybox: RockYukon Jack’s —9:00

Blues, Jazz & Country

Open Jazz Jam w/Free Jazz Trio—Cozmic Pizza —5:00
Barbara Dzuro: JazzJazz Station —8:00
Scrambled Ape: JazzWandering Goat —8:00
Robert Meade: JazzCornucopia —10:00
$3 The Huckleberries: Blues, bluegrassCreswell Coffee & Wine —7:00
$5 SoulJazz in Bluesville: Blues, jazz—Jazz Station —5:30
$5 Strum Theory, Homeschool: Soul, bluesLuckey’s —9:00
$5 Jonathan Harris: CountryWhiskey River Ranch —9:00
$6 Deb Cleveland: BluesMac’s —9:00

Dance, DJ, Hip Hop, Other

Molly Nord: Piano improvisationHidden Valley —6:00
Piano Bar w/Rhianna—WestEnd Tavern —8:00
Rock ‘n’ Roll: Jam —Quackers —9:00
“Freek-Nite”  Dance Party w/Audio Schizophrenic—Cowfish —9:00
Retro —Embers —9:00
Brimstone sound w/DJ Crown: Reggae, dancehall, hip hopGranary —10:00

-LA Thompson, EDN

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