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Rocking the Weekend


BJ here,

A few years ago I took my camera and  2 oldest grand kids to see a Joan Jett and The Black hearts concert. We were right up front and that show rocked!

So… because I am not going to be at the Joan Jett and The blackhearts show this coming Wed. the 22nd at the Lane County fair ( I will be at the Motley Crue show at Mathew knight Arena)… can’t be in 2 places at once and this is one of those times I wish that was possible.  I thought I would take you back there with me to that Joan Jett and The Blackhearts concert. In photos of course.

Joan Jett and The Black Hearts | photos by Billie- Jo Miller

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“I love Rock~N~Roll”!


Where, When, What’s Happening here this weekend you ask?

Here ya go…

Billy Mac’s Bar and Grill: Fri. Christie and McCallum

Happy Hours: Fri. I hear something is happening there, a new band maybe? Go check it out you might be suprised and Sat. Rock with Rocktopia.

Mac’s Restaurant and Night Club: Fri. Blind to Reason. Rock/Blues.

The Mohawk: Fri. Haywire. Country. Sat. 80’s music by the M80’s.

Old Nick’s Pub: Fri. Phenomenauts, The Missing Links and Beast of Eden. 9pm $8

The River Stop Restaurant and Sports Bar: Rock-n-Roll with Alien Boy.

Bugsy’s: Fri. Justin Case.

The Wow Hall: Sat. Matura and Friends, I’chele and The Circle of Light, Fantuzzi. 8pm $10

alien boy
Alien Boy | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Alien Boy will be playing on Fri. the 17th(tonight) for all ages at Bohemia Mining days from 8:30-10pm on their main stage. Also playing this weekend at Bohemia Mining days is Cowboy Cadillac on Sat. Main stage at 5:30pm and Rocktopia on Friday at 4:30pm, main stage.

Code Red
Code Red | photo by Billie- Jo Mller

Code Red will be rocking it from 9-1 tonight Fri. the 17th on the Gallon House stage at the Coburg Golden Years festival.

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

Laterz Gatorz

BJ out…


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

“I’m on my way… I’m on my way….”






This Weekend!


BJ here…

Being Memorial Day Weekend I want to first thank and remember those that gave all serving our country. Thank you and you are never forgotten!

Some of you will use the long weekend to head for the hills and go camping, others will hop in thier cars and take that trip to visit family or friends you havent seen for awhile, then there will be those of you who will find yourselves home this Friday and Saturday night looking for something to do.

Here is your Where, When and What’s Happening for this weekend.

2 night in a row both Friday AND Saturday night at Happy Hours on River Rd. in Eugene it’s the Rock-n-Roll  Superstars Derek, Jeff, Scott and Stefan of Dragstrip Superstar.

Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Saturday night at Bugsy’s in Junction City its Rock with Beau Teak.

Embers Supper Club, Fri.&Sat. 50 and 60’s rock variety with The Survivors.

At the Hi Fi Music Hall on Sat. Hip Hop and Funk with Marv Ellis & We Tribe.  Ticket $10-$12 doors open at 8:30pm show starts at 9pm. Also free in the Hi Fi lounge Lab Rats.

The Mohawk in Springfield Fri. and Sat. its Michelle and the Monsters.

Fri. and Sat. at the Mill Casino:The Koz

Jim Cornelius/the Koz | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Yes this is a short one…explanation, I have the flu.

Have a great one and as always please Don’t drink and drive.

Hugs, BJ











BJ’s “Meet the Musicians”


Hello BJ here…

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

Breana Cahoon
Breana Cahoon | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

Breana | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

When did you first start singing?

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

Why did you want to be a singer?

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

Breana downtown Eugene photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Do you play any instruments?

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

Did you take lessons or are you self taught?

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

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

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Breana Cahoon | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Who were your biggest influences?

I have several influences!

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

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

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

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Breana | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

What do you think about our local musicians?

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

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

What do you love most about what you do?

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

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

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

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

There you have it… Breana Cahoon!

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

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

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

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

This weekends Where, When, Whats Happening!

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

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

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

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

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

There you have it… some fun things to do!

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














BJ’s Where, When and Whats Happening ?


BJ here!

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

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

Here we go…

Hello, what’s your name?

Derek. Whats yours?

Derek Zane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

What bands have you been in?

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

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

Who are your influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

What instruments do/can you play?

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

How old were you when you started playing?

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

How long have you been playing?

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


Derek Zane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

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

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

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

What do you love most about what you do?

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

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

Dragstrip Superstar
Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

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

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

Piksix | photo by Billie-jo Miller

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

Saturday : Classic rock with Splat!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joe Weber
Joe Weber | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

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

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

















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


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

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

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

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

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

“Now where is that tamborine?”

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

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

Advice from me?  Start early!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Procrastinators
The Procrastinators | Photo by Tim Chuey

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

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

Friday at the Gridiron in Springfield its Cowboy Cadillac.

Rocky and Mark
Code Red | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

Alien Boy
Alien Boy | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

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

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

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

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

Dragstrip Superstar
Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

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


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


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


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

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


BJ’s “Where When and Whats Happening!”


Hello everyone: BJ here, welcome to this weekends 3 W’s.

This weeks musician is another member of the local band Code Red: Lets meet Maynard Hull.

Maynard Hull
Maynard Hull playing drums with Code Red | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

When he was 10 years old Maynard was singing in a bar his dad owned, he was so intrigued by the drummer in the band that he decided he was going to be one.

Maynard Hull | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Since then in  43 years of playing, completely self taught, Maynard has played in 32 bands, from Country to Jazz & blues and Rock and Roll. Crystal Rhythm, Rumurs, Bad influence Wasteland Blues band, Joint Session and Spence Brothers just to name a few. With his biggest influences being John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Nick Mason and Neil Peart.

I asked Maynard about his thoughts on the other local bands and which if any he would like to sit in with for a few songs? His answer was: “There is a lot of really great local talent here in the Eugene/Springfield area and I would be honored to play with any of them.”

Playing drums has given him self confidence and a way to express himself, he loves to play Rock,blues and Jazz and his favorite song is whatever he is playing at any moment.

Animal on Drums
And its “Animal” on drums! | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

If you have ever been to or plan on going to a Code Red show anytime soon you will or have probably noticed that Maynards drums have little extra something “Animal” from the muppets sits in at every show. I asked Maynard the story behind “Animal” This is what he told me. ” I have always loved the muppet show and believe it or not when it first aired i had really long, curly blond hair and everyone around me said i looked like him. So when i went on the road with my first band in 1983 called “Whats Cookin'”  i went on a quest to find a copy of Animal. It took me 10 years to finally find him and now he is at every show.

Maynard adds that playing drums is a great people watching sport. :)

Thanks Maynard for taking the time to chat with me, see you soon!

Now lets take a look at Where when and whats happening this weekend.

  • Bugsys: Fri. Its Rock~n~country with Most Wanted
  • Cozmic: On Sat. its Jazz, folk, and pop with Soul Vibrator
  • Embers: Fri and Sat. Coupe de Ville
  • Happy Hours: Sat. Christie and McCallum
  • Wharehouse 101 at the Mill casino: Fri. and Sat. M80’s
  • Riverstop in Walterville:  its Blues, Soul and Rock-n-Roll with Heavy Chevy
  • The Cooler: Fri. its local reggae group One Dollar Check
  • The Mohawk: Fri and Sat. its The Koz
Koz Band
The Koz| phoyo by Billie-Jo Miller


The Koz
The Koz | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Remember to set your clocks ahead Sat. night. (or Sunday morning which ever you prefer) Spring is coming!!

Spring is coming! | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

Tiny Dancer
Tiny Dancer | image by Billie-Jo Miller


BJ’s Weekend Report


Hey friends BJ here

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

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

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

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


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


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


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Lonnie Vencent on Bass | photo by Billie-Jo Miller


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you have a favorite club?

Have a great weekend and be safe. –BJ

BJ’s Weekend Report


Hello…its me BJ

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

Here is a link for anyone wanting to help with the Clayborn family memorial expenses. .

“Hey kid, Rock and Roll….ROCK ON!!!”


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

“Trick or Treat?”


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Winged Demon
Rock and Roll Demon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Vampire Shane | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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


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

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


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

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


Zombie Child
Little Zombie | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

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

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

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


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


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

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

on his heels, as the terrified man runs.

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

With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door.

Bumping and clapping toward him.

The man screams and reaches for something, anything…

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


…the coffin stops!

You are welcome.


Josephine Warren
JoJo Zombie | photo by Billie-Jo Miller


Well friends time to sign off for this weekend.

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

Happy Halloween and watch out for creepy crawlies.


Hissssss…. | photo by Billie-Jo Miller


BJ’s Weekend Report


BJ here, with your “Where, When and Whats Happening” for this weekend and hoping you all had a great week.

I want to start off by thanking you for taking the time to read and hopefully enjoy my column, also to ask for some input.  What would you like to know about for your weekend?  Leave me a comment below or on Facebook, and we’ll see if we can’t help you enjoy your weekend a little more.

My grandaughter Evelyn is so excited about this weekends column | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

As you can see by the photo above, my grandaughter Evelyn just can’t control her excitement about this weekends happenings, so lets get to it:

This week I’m starting with a little pub and music venue 20 minutes south of Eugene called The Axe and Fiddle. 657 E. Main, Cottage Grove, Friday Oct. 3rd starting at 8:30pm all 3 nights. This weekend its going to be cinematic folk music with The Breaking Yard (free) followed on Saturday the 4th by the Doo-Wap twang thang with Melissa Ruth & the Likely Stories ($5) and Sunday the 5th Indie rock from Brenda Xu (free). While there you might want to try something off their “Menu of Good Eatin’ ” – it’s good. (late night menu available too).

Get ready to let go of all your worries at The Cuthbert Amphitheaters “Life in Color”  Unleash tour on Saturday the 4th starting at 6pm (16 and over).  It’s the worlds largest paint party with stilt walkers, aerial acts and fire shows; this high energy, art, dance and paint show, according to the  “Life in Color” website , “…will transport fans to the  ultimate, mind blowing, head bumping and heart pumping experience!”  Come join in the fun!

Shane and Cherie
Shane Thomas and Cherie Whiteside Dickinson at Happy Hours bar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

At Luckeys Club in Eugene starting at 10 pm each night, $5 at the door – on Friday The Sugar Beets, americana pop soulgrass. Saturday, its a GLAM night dance party, glitter up and GLAM out! Just remember every Sunday night at Luckeys Club is Eugenes longest running Burlesque. The Broadway Revue Burlesque Show. Check it out.

Headed toward the coast and feeling a little lucky? (Sublimal message) you’ll find Mr. Frown at the Three Rivers Casino this weekend, Oct. 3rd & 4th.

Dave Bck
Dave Bock and Rica Wright of Mr. Frown |photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Also at the Mill casino’s Wharehouse101 both Friday and Saturday is the “Powerhouse Party Band”  The Insensitives.

At the Whiskey River Ranch Fri. Oct. 3rd and Sat. Oct.4th its modern country music with Bump in The Road, $7 to get in, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 9pm

Scott Johansen
Scott Johansen of Dragstrip Superstar | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

One of my Friday and/or Saturday night plans is to check out the classic rock band No Way Out at the Mohawk Tavern in Springfield. If you happen to run into me there don’t forget to say hi! Oh yeah and don’t forget to eat some fries!

Jeff Blaser and Shane Thornton of Dragstrip Superstar photo by| Billie-Jo Miller
Jeff Blaser and Shane Thornton ofDragstrip Superstar photo by| Billie-Jo Miller

Last but not least on BJ’s Where when and what for this first Friday (the 3rd) in Oct. is the big rock show by the one & only local band: Dragstrip Superstar! With Shane Thornton and Derek Zane (Guitar/vocals), Jeff Blaser(Bass) and Scott Johansen(drums) performing live for your entertainment at Happy Hours bar on River Rd. in Eugene.  Yes, their slogan is:  “Its ok to be amazed!”  I know I will.

Shane Thornton and Derek Zane of Dragstrip Superstar |photo by Billie-Jo Miller
Shane Thornton, Derek Zane and Jeff Blaser of Dragstrip Superstar |photo by Billie-Jo Miller

So with that, farewell till next week, and be safe.


BJ’s Weekend Report


Hello there friends,

Welcome back to Friday!

Its me BJ, with your weekends 3 W’s ,  “Where, when and whats”  happening around Eugene and Springfield.

Welcome to the Cuthbert Amphitheater
Welcome sign at the Cuthbert Amphitheater | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

I’ll be starting my weekend off with Classic Rock from Reo Speedwagon at the Cuthbert Ampitheater, a good place to “Take it on the run”  tonight with gates opening at 5:30 and the show starting at 7.

Code Red
Code Red | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Also on  Friday the 12th & Saturday 13th, you can head out to Yukon Jacks in Veneta to party  with local band Red Thunder …or stop in at The Mohawk to checkcout music with the awesome band Code Red. On Saturday , If you have a craving for cold beer and great pizza, how bout stopping into Happy Hours on River Rd. for that, and a great time, with local band PikSix.

Ice Cold Beverage
A Bartender at Happy Hours pouring an ice cold beverage. | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

If you wanna try your hand at being a superstar this weekend, you could always grab a mic and show Caught In The Act Karaoke what you can do at any of these locations on Friday: Trackstirs, The O bar, The Keg, The Whitehorse and The Driftwood Bar and Grill.  Saturday the 13th at Trackstirs, The Duck Inn, Whitehorse and The Driftwood Bar and Grill. Booyah!


Have a  safe weekend and don’t forget: if  you see me out there, say hello!

Autzen Stadium
Go Ducks | photo by Billie-Jo Miller

Catch ya next Friday.


psssttt…  If you do happen to see me out there somewhere this weekend say “Hi BJ” and that will get me to take your photo and post it here next week.