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THIS WEEK AT THE CLUBS:

 

LAURIE LEWIS
She was twice voted "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Associtation, and in '96 she was nominated for a "Best Traditional Folk Album" Grammy for her The Oak and the Laurel. Highly regarded as a Berkeley, California-based band leader, singer, songwriter, fiddler, guitarist and bass player, Laurie Lewis visits downtown Eugene. Friday, Cafe Paradiso.BF


 

GEORGE KAHUMOKU, JR.
Not just a master slack-key guitar player, Kahumoku's won several state and national awards for his work with the land. Based out of Maui, Hawaii, where he teaches in the Lahainaluna High School's Special Motivational Program, George has worked with Daniel Ho, Bob Brozman, Diana Aki and Norton Buffalo. His nature songs are infused with his love and respect for Hawaii and the planet Earth. Wednesday, WOW Hall.BF


KAWAIDA
Questing for spiritual liberation and enlightenment, Kawaida's four horns, two percussionists, bass, keys, turntables and vocal talents bring together organic hip-hop, jazz, funk, and Afro-Cuban in a celebration of life, existence, and love. Many a first-time concert-goer's been overheard saying "Who the heck are these guys?" Friday, Wild Duck. —BF

CHAMPAGNE SYNDICATE
After years of sticking to billiards and pool, Lucky's Tavern mixes in live music, hosting the locally infamous disco-funk of the Champagne Syndicate. With influences from Beethoven to Parliament Funkadelic to the Ramones, Syndicate never ceases to provide a groove-induced dancing frenzy. Saturday, Lucky's.BF


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Bitches and Witches
Folk and trance swirl us into Halloween.
BY VANESSA SALVIA

I Can Lick Any Son Of A Bitch In The House. That's not a threat, but a promise. A promise of great music, that is. That unusually long moniker is what Portland-based musician Mike Damron calls himself and his band. If that's what you're gonna call your band, you had better produce some good music. Damron and his crew do just that.

Damron was once the bass player for a band out of Dallas, Texas, called Tablet. Since moving to Portland, Damron has been singing and songwriting with ICLASOABITH.

LAND OF THE BLIND WILL PERFORM AT THE WITCHES' BALL, WOW HALL SATURDAY.

After hearing just a few intriguing songs, I know this is a show you'll regret missing. One song, "Saturday" is just fantastic. The lyrics reveal a 9-year-old boy who is neglected and abused by a drunken mother, but "that's OK 'cause I got my Saturday." On that cherished Saturday he's got cartoons and Cap'n Crunch. He's gonna go to a fishing hole, the Dairy Queen, watch baseball with his granddad on an old black and white TV, climb trees, eat his grandma's fried chicken and wash it down with grape Kool-Aid. Then he'll watch TV all night while Mom's down at the bar. But he also has to inhabit a pretend world in which his mother won't hit him anymore. I don't know whether to laugh with or cry for the boy, but I do know this is a song I like.

"Who's To Blame" eases the tempo but not the emotion. It's an honest look at life, which is frequently much harder than we know how to handle. We can find no comfort in a world where friends die and good folks suffer for no reason we can understand.

Damron's gravelly delivery and Southern drawl are perfect for these down-home songs, and his band's "pure '50s" look completes the vision. You can check out ICLASOABITH twice this week: Friday at Tiny Tavern and Saturday at Wetlands.

For the seventh year in a row, San Francisco band Land of the Blind will headline the annual Witches' Ball at WOW Hall Saturday, a benefit for Cauldron of Changes. Blind's four-piece ensemble creates a sound that is much larger than the sum of its parts, bringing the inner world of spirituality to vibrant life.

They call themselves "tribal-trance-world-dance," but no string of adjectives can adequately describe their intent. Lead singer Cyoakha Grace, who formerly called Portland home, has won the ASCAP award for young songwriters two years in a row based on material from her two self-produced CDs, Om and Blind. Ordinary Magic is the title of her band's recently released third album, and it includes songs that will appear in the upcoming film Treesit about Julia "Butterfly" Hill's tree-top environmental activism.

Grace creates what she calls "pop music for Druids," an exotic melange of inspirations from this world and beyond. The group's music expands upon their own inner spiritual worlds, attempting to build a bridge for the listener from our consumer-based disposable culture to a deeper tribal sense of community and responsibility. An impressive array of instruments from around the world contributes to the sense of global identity, including the didgeridoo, sitar, bouzouki, tablas, dulcimer, African hand drums and the most persuasive instrument of all, the voice. This show will reveal a new line-up for Land of the Blind, which promises separate sets for this show "mixing old and brand-new work, one down-tempo acoustic opening set and a full-out trancing-dance at the end of the evening."

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Bach at the Bar
Classical music gets downhome.
BY BRETT CAMPBELL

One of the worst things to happen to music is segregating it — relegating so-called high art to high-priced museums and concert halls, while popular music inhabits clubs, cafés and dance halls. This specious separation severs more ambitious art from its roots in popular culture, while erecting artificial barriers between artists and audiences.

One of the hottest young cellists in classical music has decided to bash down those barriers, packing up his axe in the trunk of his hybrid car, and lighting out for territories unfamiliar to classical music — blues bars, rock clubs, C&W taverns. And now Matt Haimovitz brings some of the most powerful music ever written, J.S. Bach's sublime suites and sonatas for solo cello, to Sam Bond's Garage on Friday, Oct. 25.

Haimovitz is not just bringing the music to new fans and venues — he's also allowing the more intimate connection with unstuffy audiences to refresh the way he plays the music. Audiences on this tour have been divided about equally between Baroque aficionados and rock types who have seldom attended a classical concert.

Classical fans should note Haimovitz's secure pedigree (studies with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School, mentoring from the likes of Perlman, Barenboim, and Levine; awards galore; performances with major orchestras and conductors worldwide), and take a chance on this show: Even if you've heard this great music before, experiencing it in a suitably intimate venue among nontraditional listeners should be educational for all concerned.

And for those who may be justifiably suspicious of the snooty atmosphere of too many classical concerts, but want to hear great solo music, this is one of the best chances to hear a great soloist in a comfortable venue, and to support a fine, risk-taking musician's efforts to rescue great music from the elites and bring it back to the streets where it belongs.

Haimovitz's show is the latest example of Sam Bond's admirably adventurous programming. On Sunday, Oct. 27, the club brings the remarkable Tin Hat Trio to town. It's hard to pigeonhole this innovative group; musical travelers whose favorite destinations include the Penguin Café, Turtle Island, the Hot Club of Paris and other exotic venues will enjoy this show.

THT's members have worked with the likes of Tom Waits, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Don Byron, and others, and their dazzling new CD features guest appearances from Willie Nelson, John Martin (of Medeski & Wood), and John Fishman. The three musicians brandish a bushel of instruments — guitar, dobro, banjo, violin, accordion, harmonica, pianos, and more.

They've been labeled lounge/Americana, but, like so much of what goes down at Sam Bond's, Hat's music transcends any easy category, and fans of jazz, folk, classical and world music should check 'em out.

Another great place to hear music that's beyond category is The Shedd, the Oregon Festival of American Music's new home, where, on Sunday, Nov. 3, OFAM's Now Hear This! Series brings Fiddlers 4. Any concert that features Darol Anger (from Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, and so many other aggregations) or Michael Doucet (of the savory Cajun revival band BeauSoleil) would be worth the ticket, but these two regular Eugene visitors are also joined by acclaimed old-time fiddler/guitarist Bruche Molsky and world-music cellist Rushad Eggleston in danceable traditional and original music that swings from Appalachia to the bayous to Ellingtonia to Africa and points in between.

This quartet of master musicians will have the Shedd swinging, just as fiddler Alasdair Fraser did in his fabulous show a couple weeks ago. Fans of jazz, bluegrass and world music shouldn't miss this one. (And you can hear Anger's old band, the Turtle Islanders, at Portland's Reed College on Oct. 27.)

OFAM's classical concerts have done wonders for our town's musical culture; in fact, the only criticism I've had has been their neglect of local and contemporary composers. On Sunday, Oct. 27, members of OFAM's American Symphonia, led by master clarinetist Michael Anderson, redress those omissions with a concert of chamber music by the renowned Portland composer Tomas Svoboda at the Shedd. A Czech immigrant who's taught at Portland State University since 1970, Svoboda is known for music of considerable rhythmic drive and tonal harmony. The show will feature small-scale works for flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, clarinet and cello. If we want to hear music by composers of our time and place, classical fans should turn out for shows like this one.

Another excellent classical show happens at the UO's Beall Hall on Oct. 30 when acclaimed Chinese harpist Dan Yu plays music by Bach, Debussy and others.

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BAGEL BAKERY AA
760 Blair Ave. - 342-4390
Su 10/27: Three Rivers Showcase--10; Acoustic

BLACK FOREST
50 E. 11th - 344-0816
Th 10/24: Restricted Area-9:30; Rock
Fr 10/25: Roy G. Biv's Winter Farewell--9:30; Psychedelic rock
Sa 10/26: Halloween ball w/Jet Harris and his Hotrod Hellcats--9:30
Su 10/27: Open Mic--9:30
Mo 10/28: Emerald City Sessions--9:30
Tu 10/29: Restricted Area--9:30; Rock
We 10/30: Motherfunction--9:30

THE BRICKHOUSE
4136 4th St. Spfd. - 988-1612
Th 10/24: Karaoke--10
Fr 10/25: DJ Kamikaze--10; Dance
Sa 10/26: Throat, Grus, Whore--9

BROADWAY DELI
200 W. Broadway - 685-0790
Sa 10/26: Greg Goebel--5; Jazz
Su 10/27: Deco Moon--5
Tu 10/29: Cyndy Duerfeldt Trio--5

CAFE PARADISO   AA
115 W. Broadway - 484-9933
Fr 10/25: Laurie Lewis, Nina Gerber--8; Traditional
Sa 10/26: Karen Savoca, Pete Heitzman--9
Mo 10/28: Hershey's Showcase w/Matt Rabe--8:30
Tu 10/29: Open Mic--8:30
We 10/30: Andrew McKnight, Michael DeLalla--8:30

CHAPALA RESTAURANT
68 W. 29th Ave. - 683-5458
Sa 10/26: Lo Nuestro--6; Latin
We 10/30: Lo Nuestro--6; Latin

CORNUCOPIA AA
295 W. 17th St. 485-2300
Fr 10/25: Sweet Papa Low Down--6; Rock-a-Billy

DIABLO'S
959 Pearl - 683-3855
Th 10/24: Lady's Night--9; '80s and requests
Fr 10/25: Yummie Bootie Night w/Jon Smith, Tremor--9; Hip hop

DOC'S PAD
165 W. 11th - 683-8101
Th 10/24: All Request Night-9
Fr 10/25: DJ Alpyne--9; Hip hop
Mo 10/28: Roosters Blues Jam--8

DOWNTOWN LOUNGE
959 Pearl - 343-2346
T h 10/24: Lady's Night--9; '80s and requests
Fr 10/25: Heavenly Oceans, Wyatt Herb, Tim's Eleven Eyes, more--9
Mo 10/28: Capgun Suicide, more--9
Tu 10/29: Sir Basil, Luce, ColorField--9
We 10/30: Buckminster Filler--9

EMBERS SUPPER CLUB
1811 Hwy. 99 N. - 688-6564
Th 10/24: Billy McCoy--9; Country
Fr 10/25: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
Sa 10/26: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
Su 10/27: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
We 10/30: Billy McCoy--9; Country

FOOLS PARADISE AA
460 Willamette - 338-9733
Th 10/24: Frogg's Open Mic--7

FOXFIRE
4740 Main, Spfd - 747-7900
Th 10/24: Ampt--9:15; Rock
Fr 10/25: Blue Face--9:15; Rock
Sa 10/26: Halloween ball w/Wish--9:15; Rock
Su 10/27: Karaoke--7:30
Mo 10/28: Karaoke--7:30Tu 10/29: Jam with Anton--9:15
We 10/30: The Johnny Wild Band--9:15

GOOD TIMES TAVERN
375 E. 7th - 484-7181
Fr 10/25: The Danged, The Courtesy Clerks, Richard Hedders--10
Sa 10/26: Beard--10; Groove rock

HORSEHEAD BAR
99. W. Broadway - 683-3154
Th 10/24: Reagan-Bush Years w/Chris, Jen, John--10--'80s

JO FEDERIGO'S
259 E. 5th - 343-8488
Th 10/24: Jo Fed's All Star Jam--9:30
Fr 10/25: Olem Alves Quartet--9:30; Jazz
Sa 10/26: Gus Russel Quartet--9:30; Jazz
Su 10/27: Mark Allan--9
Mo 10/28: Funky Monday--10Tu 10/29: Barbara Dzuro--9:30
We 10/30: Paul Paydos Trio--9:30

JOHNNY OCEAN'S AA
Oakway Plaza - 342-7994
Fr 10/25: Lo Nuestro--6:30; Latin

LAVELLE WINE BAR
5th St. Mkt - 338-9875
Fr 10/25: Gus Russell--5:30; Jazz
Sa 10/26: Gus Russell--5:30; Jazz

LONE STAR BAR & GRILL
33140 Van Duyn Rd. - 686-8686
Th 10/24: John Michaels--9; Country DJ
We 10/30: Coyote Ugly Night w/John Michaels--9; Country

LUCKY'S POOL HALL
10th & Olive - no phone
Fr 10/25: Roy G. Biv--9; Acid rock
Sa 10/26: Champagne Syndicate--9; Jazz

LUNA
30 E. Broadway - 434-5862
Fr 10/25: Erik Muiderman--7; Acoustic, West Coast Rhythm Kings--9:30
Sa 10/26: Erik Muiderman--7; Acoustic, The Chestnut Quartet--9
We 10/30: Groove Carnival--9; Funky organ

MAIN ST. BAR AND GRILL
414 Main St., Spfd. - 744-2820
Fr 10/25: Pure--9; Rock
Sa 10/26: Pure--9; Rock

THE O BAR  
112 Commons Dr. - 349-0707
Tu 10/29: Karaoke--9

OVERTIME TAVERN   
770 S. Bertelsen - 342-5028
Th 10/24: West Side Blues Jam--8:30

PLANET GOLOKA   AA
679 Lincoln St. - 683-7155
Fr 10/25: Mantra Jam--7
Sa 10/26: World Beat Dance Party--8
Su 10/27: Dinner and Chant--6:30
Mo 10/28: Banjo Man--7We 10/30: Kava Ceremony--6:30

QUACKER'S   
2105 W. 7th - 485-5925
Fr 10/25: Darcy Lee and Motherfunction--8; R&B, soul
We 10/30: Blues Jam--8:30

RAMADA INN   
225 Coburg - 342-5181
Fr 10/25: Coupe De Ville--9:15; Rock
Sa 10/26: Coupe De Ville--9:15; Rock

RUMBA ROOM  
100 E. Broadway - 484-1747
Th 10/24: Cuban Wheel w/Mike and Simona--8
Fr 10/25: Pachanga Latina--10
Sa 10/26: Strictly Salsa Night--10
Tu 10/29: 80's Night--9; Retro, reggae
We 10/30: Salsa w/Emilio Menendez--7

SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 Blair - 431-6603
Th 10/24: The Paperboys--9
Fr 10/25: Matt Haimovitz--9:30; Solo cellist
Sa 10/26: Old Time Jam--5,
Matt Butler Band--9:30
Su 10/27: Tin Hat Trio--9; Chamber
Mo 10/28: Juan-Carlos Formell--9
Tu: Bluegrass Jam--9
We 10/30: Flamenco dance night--9

SAM'S PLACE
825 Wilson - 484-4455
Fr 10/25: Karaoke--8
Sa 10/26: Etoufee--9; Swamp rock

SAMURAI DUCK
980 Oak - 345-6577
Th 10/24: Alan Hertz--9
Fr 10/25: Digital Nomads--9
Sa 10/26: Motherfunction--9
Mo 10/28: Lizard King, Oral Sex--9
We 10/30: Community Sounds--9

SENOR FROG'S   
444 E. 3rd - 484-2927
Th 10/24: Family Karaoke--6
Fr 10/25: DJ Mario--9; Salsa, Merengue
Sa 10/26: Salsa, Merengue--10

STARBUCKS AA
13th Ave., Alder St. - 338-4100
Fr 10/25: Mark Allan--8; Acoustic

SWEETWATER'S
Valley River Inn - 687-0123
Fr 10/25: The Valley Boys--8; Rock
Sa 10/26: The Valley Boys--8; Rock

TAYLOR'S    
894 E. 13th - 344-6174
Sa 10/26: Mojo--10; Rock

TINO'S RESTAURANT   
15th and Willamette - 342-8111
Sa 10/26: Olem Alves, Mike Hanns Duo--6; Jazz

TINY TAVERN    
394 Blair - 687-8383
Fr 10/25: I can lick any Sonofabitch in the House--9
Sa 10/26: Bright Brown, Lorn Cor--10; Variety
Tu 10/29: Los Pistoleros--10; Latin polka

TSUNAMI BOOKS   AA
2585 Willamette - 345-8986
Fr 10/25: Oregon Book Awards reading w/Joseph Millar and others--7:30
Sa 10/26: Neal Gladstone--7:30, Music, comedy

WETLANDS BREW PUB   
922 Garfield - 345-3606
Sa 10/26: Jackass Willie, I can lick any Sonofabitch in the House--9

WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL   
169 W. 6th - 485-3825
Fr 10/25: Kawaida--9:30; Funk, roots rock
Sa 10/26: Satin Love Orchestra--9:30; Disco

WOW HALL   AA
291 W. 8th - 687-2746
Th 10/24: GWAR, Bloodlet, Cattle Decapitation--7:30; Heavy metal
Fr 10/25: Mark Schatz and Friends, Peter Wilde--9:30; Bluegrass
Sa 10/26: Witches' Ball w/Land of the Blind, Serpentina a la Nar, more--9
We 10/30: George Kahumoku Jr.--8:30; Hawaiian slack-key

YUKON JACK'S  
4th & Broadway - 935-1921
Fr 10/25: Forrest T. Black--9
Sa 10/26: Forrest T. Black--9
Su 10/27: Karaoke--6

 

CORVALLIS CLUBS

THE BEANERY CORV. AA
500 SW 2nd St. - 753-7442
Fr 10/25: Pete Kozak--8
Sa 10/26: Glen David Zucker--8

FOX & FIRKIN
202 SW 1st. - 753-8533
Th 10/24: Girgus Bond--9; Rock
Fr 10/25: Simonsomething--10; Rock
Sa 10/26: Lynn Frances Anderson--9; Folk
Su 10/27: Sally Adler--6; Jazz
We 10/30: Freebo--9; Rock

NEW MORNING BAKERY    
2nd St. 754-0181
Sa 10/26: Jim Hershey--7:30

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