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THIS WEEK AT THE CLUBS:

 

BRIGHT EYES
You cannot miss this show. Conor Oberst, Bright himself, is one of our generation's most poignant young voices, masterfully expressing anger and disillusionment without pretension. Compared to none others than Bob Dylan and Curt Cobain, without directly deriving from their styles, Oberst comes to town with a 14-part symphony to make his songs make you scream. I want to tell everyone I know to get their butts over there. Wednesday, WOW Hall.BF


 

RUBBERNECK
Since their inception, Portland's Rubberneck and their soulful Latin-Funk (a musical hybrid they call "Lunk") have made them one of the Northwest's biggest draws. "Now all of a sudden the major labels are interested in what we've been doing since the beginning," says Ricardo Ojeda, the band's co-founder and frontman. With tight, tight funk, Rubberneck is en la casa. Friday, Wild Duck.BF


GARNET ROGERS
He played the ukulele from the age of eight; taught himself the flute, violin and guitar; grew to six and a half feet tall; developed a wide vocal range and used it to sing his literate, passionate and humorful hymns of everyday heroes. The Boston Globe says of Rogers, "A brilliant songwriter. One of the major talents of our time." Sunday, Cafe Paradiso.BF

WENDY WOO
She was part of the 1999 Lilith Fair in Denver, sharing the stage with Sarah McLachlan and The Indigo Girls. She's also opened for many national acts including Sheryl Crow, Karla Bonoff, Counting Crows, The Crash Test Dummies and others. She's won numerous awards for her combinations of rock, funk, blues and folk. She's the one, the only, the awesome and alliteratively named Wendy Woo! Monday, Sam Bond's Garage.BF


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Harmonica Convergence
Scots fiddle, Bulgarian dances, and more.
BY BRETT CAMPBELL

Every Sunday morning, listeners to KLCC's wonderful "Mist Covered Mountain" Celtic music show hear the show's theme song, a haunting fiddle tune played by Alasdair Fraser. On Sunday, Oct. 13, the Oregon Festival of American Music's Now Hear This! series brings Fraser and his longtime partner, pianist Paul Machlis, to the Shedd. For two decades, they've been among the crossover musicians whose appeal encompasses and transcends the hardcore Celtic music audience. Their wistful, honeyed approach to ballads means you'll even occasionally see CDs by their group Skyedance on New Age shelves. But they never descend into Enya/Riverdance mush, and they can uncork a dance reel with the best of them.

ALASDAIR FRASER (LEFT) AND PAUL MACHLIS PERFORM WITH OFAM THIS SUNDAY.

The Scots-born, classically trained Fraser now lives in Northern California and helped restore the great but repressed legacy of Scottish fiddle to his homeland by bringing back traditional fiddle tunes from the Scots diaspora in Nova Scotia and Appalachia. He's played with such diverse musicians as Itzhak Perlman, the Waterboys and the Chieftains, and performed on the soundtracks to Titanic and Last of the Mohicans, among others. Many of us have waited for years for the chance to hear Fraser in Eugene; fans of folk, Celtic, and even classical music should check this splendid concert out.

OFAM's first orchestral concert of this season featured an evocative ballet by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Uirapuru, and another Villa-Lobos work, Harmonica Concerto, is the featured work in the next Eugene Symphony concert on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Hult Center. Robert Bonfiglio will also play a medley of Elvis hits, to commemorate the quarter century since the King's passing. The program also features the sultry Spanish Rhapsody by the Frenchman who's been called the greatest Spanish composer. Maurice Ravel grew up near the Spanish border and was proud of his Basque heritage. His magnificent music ripples with Spanish rhythm, melody, and, in this dazzling quasi-symphony, even percussion (castanets) and dance (habañera, malagueña). For music lovers looking for something more unusual and colorful than the same old central European rep, this is the ESO concert to catch.

The Hult hosts another commendably adventurous departure from the usual on Thursday, Oct. 24, when Bulgari performs traditional folk songs and dances of Bulgaria, as well as some more modern numbers influenced by jazz and rock. The 11-member troupe deploys bagpipe, flute, fiddle, lute and other instruments along with Radostina Kaneva's mesmerizing vocals. And its dancers trip lightly through the fascinating, additive rhythms and blistering tempos that make Bulgarian music so hot.

When they performed at the UO's Agate Hall a few years ago, gadulka (fiddle) player Georgi Andreev's fleet fingers left me in awe. These amazing musicians easily coped with Paul Desmond's celebrated "Time Out" in the unusual (for jazz) 5/4 time — then zoomed through a series of ever more complex yet still danceable meters that left toes tapping. What a treat, both musically and visually.

More enticing eastern European rhythms are on tap Saturday, Oct. 19, in a more intimate setting, when Trio Slavej plays Café Paradiso. Two local experts on Roma music — UO professors Carol Silverman and Mark Levy — join recent Bulgarian visitor Kalin Kirilov, who can play most of the instruments toted by the Bulgari troupe.

Intimate pleasures are the basis of the UO's long-running Chamber Music Series, which opens with Holland's Osiris Piano Trio on Thursday, Oct. 10. We'll be hearing a lot of big-band Beethoven this year, but the Osiris will play one of his smaller scale masterworks, the "Ghost" piano trio, a little too early for Halloween. They'll also play one of the most intense masterworks of the 20th century, Dmitri Shostakovich's anguished second piano trio, and Frank Martin's "Trio on Irish Folktunes."

The UO consistently produces the most varied music in Oregon, and on Tuesday, Oct. 15, a dozen of the school's accomplished faculty members present a smorgasboard of a show at the university's Beall Concert Hall, including the new dean, Brad Foley, performing a saxophone suite by Michael Head, accompanied by pianist Gregory Mason. Other pieces range from bassoon and vocal music to Rossini opera arias to Baroque music by cellist Marc Vanscheeuwijck. Visiting Fulbright scholar Joko Purwanto from Java will perform on the music school's new Javanese gamelan. It's a great way to sample the spectrum of sounds offered all year at Beall.

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Traveling Troubadors
Young, Veirs bring gifted songwriting to town.
BY VANESSA SALVIA

Singer/Songwriter Steve Young will appear Thursday at Cafe Paradiso. While his name may not be familiar to you all, many in the music business consider him to be one of country music's greatest assets. Country crooner Lucinda Williams says, "Steve is in a league with Dylan and Hank Williams, and he sings like an angel." Waylan Jennings lavishes further praises on Young, saying "Steve Young ... has no idea how good he is." One of his songs, "Seven Bridges Road," has been covered by the Eagles, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, Iain Matthews and Rita Coolidge, among others.

LAURA VEIRS LANDS IN EUGENE FRIDAY AT SAM BOND'S.

Young debuted in 1969 with Rock, Salt and Nails. Since then, he has continued to engage in his two great passions — travel and music. His passion for moving from place to place comes through in his music. His most recent CD, 1999's Primal Young, was slow to follow 1993's Switchblade of Love, while 2001 saw the re-issue of 1976's Renegade Picker and 1978's No Place To Fall.

Primal Young is a remembrance of time past, a slow-burning collection of melodies retracing some of the Scottish influence in today's Americana music. Young's music is a continually unfolding journey, one slow step after another, leaving plenty of time for contemplation and reflection. The CD's liner notes reveal intimate details of Young's experiences during his travels and how each song came to be written. For instance, notes about "Scotland is a Land" explain the tremendous influence Scottish poet Robert Burns (who is most famous for having written "Auld Lang Syne") has had on Young. In the song, we learn Young visited the house where Burns was born and stood in the room where "Auld Lang Syne" was composed. It's these details of personal experience that weave a tapestry for the listener.

From the Celtic strains of "Scotland Is a Land" to the down-homey style of "East Virginia" to the gentle balladry of "Sometimes I Dream," each song connects moments in a life full of experience. As the audience, you can't help but be swept along on Young's journeys, both internal and global. Young is a talented artist who can truly give voice and rhythm to the wide variety of music we conveniently call "Americana."

Another wonderfully talented artist from our part of the country is Laura Veirs. A Colorado Springs native, Veirs spent her college years in rural Minnesota, then transplanted herself to Seattle in 1997. It's our good fortune she chose the northwest. Since the 2001 release of The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae, Veirs has attracted a lot of attention for her beautiful and insightful folk-balladry.

Veirs is a storyteller as much as she is an amazing musician. Her songs, sung in a wonderfully soft and supple voice, tell of the mesmerizing lives of "conflicted souls," compelling us to believe in the characters she creates and care about them as if they were people from our own lives.

Fellow Seattle musician Danny Barnes now seems to be Veir's regular touring partner, helping her out with these songs on some vocals, electric guitar and banjo. Bill Frissell plays guitar on three tracks as well, along with Eyvind Kang on viola and fiddle, Tucker Martine on percussion, Fred Chalenor playing bass and Amy Denio on alto saxophone and clarinet. (Veirs plays guitar, bass, banjo, mbira, and of course vocals.)

Musically, Veirs is poised in a shifting landscape of Americana music. Lyrically, her songs resemble traditional ballads, while musically they merge together in a more modern place. Her music is wonderful and I look forward to hearing many more things from her. Veirs performs Friday at Sam Bonds.

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BAGEL BAKERY AA
760 Blair Ave. - 342-4390
Su 10/13: Three Rivers Showcase--10; Acoustic

BEANERY
152 W. 5th - 342-3378
Fr 10/11: Edson Oliveira--7

BLACK FOREST
50 E. 11th - 344-0816
Th 10/10: The Dave Young Band--9:30; Rock
Fr 10/11: Roy G. Biv--9:30; Psychedelic rock
Sa 10/12: Jet Harris and his Hotrod Hellcats--9:30; Psycho rockabilly
Su 10/13: Open Mic--9:30
Mo 10/14: Emerald City Sessions--9:30
Tu 10/15: Restricted Area-9:30; Rock
We 10/16: Motherfunction--9:30; R&B

BLISS STEAK RANCH
2891 W. 11th - 484-6657
Th 10/10: What Yo Mama Warned You About--9; Jam

THE BRICKHOUSE
4136 4th St. Spfd. - 988-1612
Th 10/10: Karaoke--10
Fr 10/11: DJ Kamikaze--10; Dance
Sa 10/12: Ailment, Grynch--9

BROADWAY DELI
200 W. Broadway - 685-0790
Sa 10/12: Barbara Dzuro--5; Jazz
Su 10/13: Greg Goebel--5
Tu 10/15: Decco Moon--5

CAFE PARADISO   AA NS
115 W. Broadway - 484-9933
Th 10/10: Steve Young--9
Fr 10/11: Annie Gallup--9
Sa 10/12: Michael Manring--9
Su 10/13: Garnet Rogers--8
Mo 10/14: Hershey's Showcase w/Tara Kemp, David Anderson--8:30
Tu 10/15: Open Mic--8:30

CHEERFUL TORTOISE   
730 E. Broadway - 344-6673
Fr 10/11: The Jim Basnight Band--9

CORNUCOPIA
295 W. 17th St. 485-2300
Fr 10/11: Sweet Papa Low Down--6; Swing
Sa 10/12: Peter Wilde--6; Folk

DIABLO'S
959 Pearl - 683-3855
Th 10/10: Lady's Night--9; '80s and requests
Fr 10/11: Yummie Bootie Night w/Jon Smith, Tremor--9; Hip hop, dance classics, requests
Sa 10/12: Big Pimpin w/ Howie, Steve, Anmar--9; Hip house, disco
Mo 10/14: Blue Mondays--9; Punk, clasics, psychotronic
Tu 10/15: Avoid the Future Shadow, Avenue of the Strongest--9
We 10/16: Acoustic Dads--9; Hip-hop

DOC'S PAD
165 W. 11th - 683-8101
Th 10/10: All Request Night-9
Fr 10/11: DJ Alpyne--9; Hip hop
Mo 10/14: Roosters Blues Jam--8

DOWNTOWN LOUNGE
959 Pearl - 343-2346
Th 10/10: Lady's Night--9; '80s and requests
Fr 10/11: Heavenly Oceans, The Koozies, Dicky Mo--9; Pop, rock, funk
Sa 10/12: DMoeFunk, Dinari--9; Hip hop

EMBERS SUPPER CLUB
1811 Hwy. 99 N. - 688-6564
Th 10/10: Billy McCoy--9; Country
Fr 10/11: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
Sa 10/12: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
Su 10/13: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
We 10/16: Billy McCoy--9; Country

FOOLS PARADISE
460 Willamette - 338-9733
Th 10/10: Frogg's Open Mic--7

FOXFIRE
4740 Main, Spfd - 747-7900
Th 10/10: Ampt--9:15; Rock
Fr 10/11: Fungus, Sik9, Ampt--9; Rock
Sa 10/12: White Lightnin'--9; Rock
Su 10/13: Karaoke--7:30
Mo 10/14: Karaoke--7:30
Tu 10/15: Jam with Anton--9:15
We 10/16: The Johnny Wild Band--9:15

GOOD TIMES TAVERN
375 E. 7th - 484-7181
Fr 10/11: 8 Track Liberators, Noumena, The Shutters--10; Rock
Sa 10/12: Papa's Soul Kitchen, The Burn Unit--10; Funk, Hip-hop

HORSEHEAD BAR
99. W. Broadway - 683-3154
Th 10/10: Reagan-Bush Years w/Chris, Jen, John--10

JO FEDERIGO'S
259 E. 5th - 343-8488
Th 10/10: Jo Fed's All Star Jam--9:30
Fr 10/11: J.C. Rico--9:30
Sa 10/12: Skip Jones and the Hungry Four--9:30
Su 10/13: Mark Allan--9
Mo 10/14: Funky Monday--10
Tu 10/15: Barbara Dzuro--9:30
We 10/16: Paul Paydos Trio--9:30

LAVELLE WINE BAR
5th St. Mkt - 338-9875
Fr 10/11: Patrik Fletchall--5:30; Jazz
Sa 10/12: Gus Russell--5:30; Jazz

LONE STAR BAR & GRILL
33140 Van Duyn Rd. - 686-8686
Th 10/10: John Michaels--9; Country DJ
We 10/16: Coyote Ugly Night w/John Michaels--9; Country

LUNA
30 E. Broadway - 434-5862
Th 10/10: Laura Kemp, Roy Brewer--8:30; Folk diva, fiddle, mandolin
Fr 10/11: Erik Muiderman--7; Acoustic Matt Jorgensen, +451--9:30; Jazz
Sa 10/12: Erik Muiderman--7; Acoustic Justin King, James West--9:30

MAC'S AT THE VET'S CLUB   
1626 Willamette St. - 344-8600
Sa 10/12: West Coast Rhythm Kings--9:30; Jump swing

MCDONALD THEATRE
1010 Willamette St.
Tu 10/15: G. Love and Special Sauce, Slightly Stoopid--8

OVERTIME TAVERN    
770 S. Bertelsen - 342-5028
Th 10/10: West Side Blues Jam--8:30

QUACKERS   
2105 W. 7th - 485-5925
We 10/16: Blues Jam--8

RAMADA INN   
225 Coburg Rd. - 342-5181
Fr 10/11: Valley Boys--9:15; Rock
Sa 10/12: Valley Boys--9:15; Rock

ROADHOUSE  
3018 Gateway - 746-6000
Mo 10/14: Family Karaoke--5

RUMBA ROOM   
100 E. Broadway - 484-1747
Th 10/10: Cuban Wheel w/Mike and Simona--8
Fr 10/11: Pachanga Latina--10
Sa 10/12: Son Mela'O--10
Tu 10/15: 80's Night--9; Retro, reggae
We 10/16: Beg. salsa w/Menendez--7

SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 Blair - 431-6603
Th 10/10: Kooken and Hoomen--9; Jazz, Hip-hop
Fr 10/11: Jason Webley, Laura Viers--9:30; Variety
Sa 10/12: Old Time Jam--5
Kitchen Syncopators--9:30; Jug band
Su 10/13: Irish Jam--4 Pete Krebs--9
Mo 10/14: Karney, Wendy Woo--9
Tu 10/15: Bluegrass Jam--9
We 10/16: Lucero, the Can Kickers--9; Rock-a-bill

SAM'S PLACE
825 Wilson - 484-4455
Fr 10/11: Karaoke--8

SAMURAI DUCK
980 Oak - 345-6577
Th 10/10: Bible of the Devil, Filthy Jim--9
Tu 10/15: The Good Time Women--9

SENOR FROG'S  
444 E. 3rd - 484-2927
Th 10/10: Family Karaoke--6
Fr 10/11: DJ Mario--9; Salsa, Merengue
Sa 10/12: Salsa, Merengue--10

SWEETWATER'S
Valley River Inn - 687-0123
Fr 10/11: Gus Russell, Lyn Burg Quartet--8; Jazz
Sa 10/12: Mary Kadderly Trio--8

TACO LOCO    
7th and Blair - 431-3871
Mo 10/14: Fuzz--7; Funk, jazz

TAYLOR'S    
894 E. 13th - 344-6174
Th 10/10: Tympanic--10
Mo 10/14: DJ Tekneek--10

TINO'S RESTAURANT   
15th and Willamette - 342-8111
Sa 10/12: Olem Alves, Mike Hanns Duo--6; Jazz

TINY TAVERN    
394 Blair - 687-8383
Sa 10/12: The U-Gene Band--9; Folk, rock, soul
Tu 10/15: Los Pistoleros--10; Latin polka

WETLANDS BREW PUB   
922 Garfield - 345-3606
Sa 10/12: Mister Sparkle Party, American Hit List, Basic Assumption--10

WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL 
169 W. 6th - 485-3825
Fr 10/11: Rubberneck--9:30; Funk

WOW HALL   AA
291 W. 8th - 687-2746
Fr 10/11: Fingertight, Audio Learning Center, 5 South, more--7:30; rock
Sa 10/12: Taarka, The Sugar Beets, Dromedary--9; Hypno-jazz, psychedelic bluegrass, world beat
Su 10/13: Southern Culture on the Skids, The Forty-Fives--9:30
Mo 10/14: Beatnuts, Non Phixion, Labretto, more--9; Hip-hop
We 10/16: Bright Eyes, M. Ward, The Bruces--8:30

YUKON JACK'S   
4th & Broadway - 935-1921
Fr 10/11: Symptoms--9
Sa 10/12: Symptoms--9
Su 10/13: Karaoke--6

 

CORVALLIS CLUBS

AJ'S
137 SW 2nd St. - 758-4582
Fr 10/11: Simonsomething--9

THE BEANERY CORV.
500 SW 2nd St. - 753-7442
Fr 10/11: Eric Nicholson--8
Sa 10/12: Jim Hershey--8

FOX & FIRKIN
202 SW 1st. - 753-8533
Th 10/10: Noumena, Inner--9; Rock
Fr 10/11: Amadan, Inner--10; Stout Irish
Sa 10/12: Christine Young Band--9; Country
Su 10/13: Ph Balance--6; Funk

NEW MORNING BAKERY    
2nd St. 754-0181
Sa 10/12: Ken Cartwright, Bluegrass Pals--7:30; Bluegrass jam

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