THIS WEEK AT THE CLUBS:
New bluegrass at Bond's; John Henry's re-opens.
BY VANESSA SALVIA
The Kingston, Ontario bluegrass quintet known as Luther Wright and the Wrongs is set to play Sam Bond's stage Wednesday night. The Wrongs are touring their most recent release, Rebuild the Wall, which is the entire Pink Floyd album The Wall re-done in total bluegrass style. Wright's stumble upon the bluegrass potential of the original Wall was "a flukey thing."
LUTHER WRIGHT AND THE WRONGS PERFORM AT SAM BOND'S ON WEDNESDAY.
Speaking from his hotel room in San Deigo, Wright says, "We figured we better do it before someone else does, and then after we got into it we realized no one else would ever! We just realized it was a good country and western, bluegrass record."
These cowpokes clutching banjos, fiddles and pedal steels redo every last note in their unique manner. While that surprising CD has given them a lot of press, Wright is quick to point out that they're not "a one-trick pony."
In fact, they had two original CDs under their belts before Rebuild, 1997's Hurtin‚ for Certain and 1999's Roger's Waltz. They've been busy recording three new CDs, one of original material and two of children's music. Broken Hearts is expected to be released in Spring, most likely on the same label that released Rebuild The Wall: BackPorch Records.
Wright says Broken Hearts is more representative of the band's live sound than anything yet recorded. "It's got a lot of snappy energy but there's some ballady stuff in there. It's kind of a journey through the three-month failed relationship syndrome that everyone's familiar with if they're over twelve," he explains.
The children's CD, Butterfingers, featuring Wright and Dan Curtis on guitar and The Wrongs along with another friend is available online and at shows. Wright says Butterfingers is kinda bluegrassy, and "some's a little Beatle-esque and some of it's like the Chipmunks. It's for all ages, but kids primarily." A second kids' record is "almost ready."
A Luther Wright and The Wrongs set mixes up music from all of the band's CDs; the musicians don't just play The Wall CD straight through. Wright believes the band "takes a lot of clues from the audience" and "if people are really rocking out we'll choose the really fast songs." The lads are "picking up speed" on this tour and look forward to a repeat of the great time they had playing Sam Bond's last time they were here.
The owners and operators of John Henry's plan to re-open that venue Dec. 5. Passing the last few inspections is the only hurdle remaining for the displaced Eugene venue, which will re-open at 77 West Broadway.
Oakland's Faun Fables had been booked there for Sunday night, but that show has been moved to Tiny Tavern. Mother Twilight (A Traveler's Tale), is Faun Fables' stunning CD. The songs on this CD were born out of Dawn McCarthy's solo travels through Europe in summer of 1997. The journals she kept of walking at twilight, her favorite time, were fertile sources of ideas. McCarthy's voice and spare guitar and dulcimer accompaniment are hauntingly beautiful, taking the listener back in time to an age in which the hills were draped in magical mist and shadows held ancient secrets.
The duo of McCarthy and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's Nils Frykdahl produce hypnotic rhythms augmented by McCarthy's enchanting vocal and lyrical style she calls "songtelling." Mother Twilight converses with anyone, but especially those who know the earth offers wisdom to willing ears, and those who believe the best hour of day is the liminal time before nightfall.
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Soulful Jones visits the Duck.
BY GLENN SHIRES
Get ready for an exhilarating evening when veteran bluesman Lloyd Jones visits the Wild Duck on Saturday. Touring in support of his newest record, Love Gotcha, Jones delivers soulful, beguiling, fluid guitar work, while his band of 15 years supplies funky horn arrangements and a rock solid rhythm section to concoct an invigorating listening experience.
LLOYD JONES PERFORMS AT THE WILD DUCK SATURDAY.
Born into a musical family, Jones started playing drums at age six. As a teenager in the 1960s and '70s, he backed several famous blues artists when they visited his hometown of Portland. During that time, he began dabbling with the guitar. By his early 20s, he was already a well-known guitarist and bandleader in the Northwest.
Recent tours have taken Jones across North America and even to the Caribbean. He's played nearly every major blues festival multiple times, sharing the stage with the likes of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Etta James, Buddy Guy and many more music legends.
Despite Jones' success, he feels that the popularity of blues has decreased a great deal in recent years.
"We've played clubs where the owner asked us to stop at 11, because we have to make way for a DJ," he says. "People are lined up around the block, waiting to take Ecstacy and jump around to an electronic beat with no words and no melody."
Jones says he understands that younger generations want their own music and their own identity.
"It doesn't bother me," he says. "In the '60s, blues was brand new, exciting territory for young white audiences like myself. Now it's been chewed and digested. A lot of younger people want something different."
He says that his favorite modern blues artists, such as Jon Cleary, skillfully combine traditional blues with new sounds, creating music that is "raw, intense and smart with really good chord changes. It's encouraging to see that kind of talent."
"Eugene has a better blues scene than a lot of towns," Jones adds, giving much of the credit to deceased local blues hero Rooster. "Eugene was Rooster. He was the center of everything, he was friends with everybody, and he kept the blues scene going."
The long-awaited re-opening celebration of John Henry's Tavern draws ever closer and John Henry's booking agent Keith Martin says that once they're back in business, the second Monday of every month will feature live hip-hop.
Phil Bauer (AKA Ethic), an MC with the local hip-hop duo Strange Folks, will take charge of booking those hip-hop shows. His first few shows will feature The Burn Unit, Furious One, Balou the Sasquatch and other local artists that recently played the Northwest Lyrical Fest IV at the WOW Hall.
Bauer began booking hip-hop shows at John Henry's in March of 2001. He spent most of 2002 in Australia, where he recorded a CD with the Melbourne-based Battle Town Crew. After living in a city of three and a half million people, Bauer says he realized that Eugene has an incredibly large, vibrant hip-hop scene for a city of its size. He's optimistic that monthly hip-hop concerts at John Henry's will give an extra kick to the already flourishing scene.
Since its earliest days, hip-hop music has been criticized for being "dirty" and misogynistic. Bauer wants to combat those negative stereotypes.
"I'd like to shatter the misconception that hip-hop is all about violence, guns and disrespect toward women," he says. "You'd have a hard time finding hip-hop artists in Eugene who fit that mold."
"There's definitely a 'Northwest sound' in hip-hop," Bauer explains. "In Eugene, it's even more distinct. This city has a lot of character. It's a real laid-back place." As a result, most local artists write positive lyrics, ranging from serious and introspective to rollicking "party jams."
Bauer hopes to hear from new MCs who are looking for opportunities to perform. Local hip-hop artists can e-mail him at Ethic503@hotmail.com
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23 W. 6th St. - 431-1111
Th 11/28: Techno Fantasy--9; Trance, house, breakbeats
Fr 11/29: Cage dance contest--9
Sa 11/30: DJ Tekneek--9; Hip-hop
50 E. 11th - 344-0816
Sa 11/30: Tamaras--9:30; Folk rock
Su 12/1: Open Mic--9:30
Mo 12/2: Emerald City Sessions--9:30
We12/4: Motherfunction--9:30; Soul
4136 4th St. Spfd. - 988-1612
Th 11/28: Karaoke--10
Fr 11/29: DJ Kamikaze--10; Dance
Sa 11/30: Whore, Broken Sylence, Circle of Pain--10; Hard punk rock
CAFE PARADISO AA
115 W. Broadway - 484-9933
Th 11/28: The Clumsy Lovers--8; Bluegrass
Fr 11/29: John Shipe--9; Folk
Sa 11/30: Michael Cochram Trio, Wryley--9; Folk
Su 12/1: Norman Mesman--7; Flamenco
Mo 12/2: Gordon Kaswell, Justin Hopkins--8:30; Songwriters
Tu 12/3: Open Mic--8:30
We12/4: Tony Kaltenberg--8; Guitar
5th & Pearl - 484-4065
Fr 11/29: Kenny Reed--9:30; Jazz
Sa 11/30: Eagle Park Slim---9:30; Blues
Tu 12/3: Steve McCallum--9:30; Blues jam
68 W. 29th Ave. - 683-5458
Sa 11/30: Lo Nuestro--6; Latin
We12/4: Lo Nuestro--6; Latin
730 E. Broadway - 344-6673
Tu 12/3: Mr. Bill's Traveling Trivia Show--8
959 Pearl - 683-3855
Fr 11/29: Tremorville w/DJs Tremor, Jon Smith--9; Hip-hop
Sa 11/30: DJs Howie, Anmar--9; House
We12/4: Community Sound System--10; Dancehall reggae hip-hop
959 Pearl - 343-2346
Fr 11/29: Clutter, J.J. Paradise Players Club, YOB, more--9; Heavy rock
Sa 11/30: Darcy Lee and Motherfunction--9; R&B, soul, hip-hop
EMBERS SUPPER CLUB
1811 Hwy. 99 N. - 688-6564
Th 11/28: Billy McCoy--9; Country
Fr 11/29: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
Sa 11/30: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
Mo 12/2: Michael Anderson Trio--9; Variety, country
We12/4: Billy McCoy--9; Country
460 Willamette - 338-9733
Th 11/28: Frogg's Open Mic--7
4740 Main, Spfd - 747-7900
Th 11/28: Ampt--9:15; Rock
Fr 11/29: Mr. Wizard, White Lightning--9:15; Rock
Sa 11/30: Repeat Offender--9:15; Rock
Su 12/1: Karaoke--7:30
Mo 12/2: Karaoke--7:30
Tu 12/3: Emerald City Jam--9:15
We: The Johnny Wild Band--9:15
GOOD TIMES TAVERN
375 E. 7th - 484-7181
Fr 11/29: The Visible Men, Wheel of Meat, 100% Chips--10; Eclectic
Sa 11/30: Tanglewood--10; Bluegrass
99. W. Broadway - 683-3154
Th 11/28: Reagan-Bush Years w/Chris, Jen, John--10; '80s
605 W. 19th - 431-0513
Fr 11/29: David Rogers--6; Guitar
259 E. 5th - 343-8488
Th 11/28: Jo Fed's All Star Jam--9:30
Fr 11/29: Thomas Mackay Quartet--9:30; Jazz
Sa 11/30: Mystery Quartet--9:30; Jazz
Su 12/1: Mark Allan--9; Guitar
Mo 12/2: Funky Monday--10; Open mic
Tu 12/3: Barbara Dzuro--9:30; Piano
We12/4: Paul Paydos Trio--9:30; Jazz
JOHNNY OCEAN'S AA
Oakway Plaza - 342-7994
Fr 11/29: Lo Nuestro--6:30; Latin
LAVELLE WINE BAR
5th St. Mkt - 338-9875
Fr 11/29: Gus Russell--5:30; Jazz
Sa 11/30: Gus Russell--5:30; Jazz
LUCKY'S CLUB CIGAR
933 Olive St. - 687-4643
Mo 12/2: Psychadelic Mondayze--9:45
30 E. Broadway - 434-5862
Fr 11/29: Eric Muiderman--7; Jazz Orbell, Kohler Quartet--9; Jazz
Sa 11/30: Eric Muiderman--7; Jazz Noah Peterson Quartet--9:30; Jazz
We12/4: Piano jazz--5:30
MAC'S AT THE VET'S
1626 Willamette St. - 344-8600
Th 11/28: Pete Christie, Sue McCallum--7
Fr 11/29: Tony Figoli--9:30; Rock
Sa 11/30: Toad in the Hole--9:30; Rock
MAIN ST. BAR AND GRILL
414 Main St., Spfd. - 744-2820
Fr 11/29: Pure--9; Rock
Sa 11/30: Pure--9; Rock
1010 Willamette St.
Mo 12/2: Blues Traveler--8; Harmonica groove rock
THE O BAR
112 Commons Dr. - 349-0707
Tu 12/3: Karaoke--9
770 S. Bertelsen - 342-5028
Th 11/28: West Side Blues Jam--8:30
Sa 11/30: Cheeseburgers--8; Parrot head music
2105 W. 7th - 485-5925
Sa 11/30: Dragonfly--9; Rock
We12/4: Quacker's Blues Bash--8:30; Blues jam
225 Coburg - 342-5181
Fr 11/29: Rock-it--9:15; Rock
Sa 11/30: Rock-it--9:15; Rock
100 E. Broadway - 484-1747
Fr 11/29: Jose Cruz--10; Salsa
Sa 11/30: Pachanga Latina--10
Tu 12/3: 80's Night--9; Retro, reggae
We: Salsa w/Emilio Menendez--7
SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 Blair - 431-6603
Fr 11/29: The Leftovers--9:30; Traditional country
Sa 11/30: Old Time Jam--5
Family Feud--9:30; Comedy
Su 12/1: Richard Buckner--9; Folk
Mo 12/2: Ed Cole--9; Rock
Tu 12/3: Bluegrass Jam--9
We12/4: Abandon Ship--9; Rock
980 Oak St. - 345-6577
Fr 11/29: Fusion Ball, Ailment--9; Alternative, metal
Sa 11/30: Chain of Being, Disdain, Todd Jihad & the Taliband--9; Rock
444 E. 3rd - 484-2927
Th 11/28: Family Karaoke--6
Fr 11/29: DJ Mario Mora--9; Salsa, Merengue
Sa 11/30: Salsa, Merengue--10
Valley River Inn - 687-0123
Fr 11/29: Paul Biondi and Friends--8; '60s rock
Sa 11/30: Tom Grant Duo--8; Jazz, swing
15th and Willamette - 342-8111
Sa 11/30: Olem Alves, Mike Hanns Duo--6; Jazz
394 Blair - 687-8383
Fr 11/29: The U-Gene Band--9; Folk, rock, soul
Su 12/1: Faul Fables, Sam Hahn Band--9; Acoustic
Tu 12/3: Los Pistoleros--10; Latin polka
WETLANDS BREW PUB
922 Garfield - 345-3606
Sa 11/30: Blasphemous Abnormality, No Where Boys, more--10; Punk
WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL
169 W. 6th - 485-3825
Sa 11/30: Lloyd Jones--9:30; Blues
WOW HALL AA
291 W. 8th - 687-2746
Sa 11/30: Our Lady Peace, Fingertight--7:30; Rock
Tu 12/3: Cyril Pahinui, Patrick Landeza--8:30; Hawaiian guitar
We12/4: Guttermouth, Pulley, Bastard Saints, more--8:30; punk rock
4th & Broadway - 935-1921
Fr 11/29: Johnny Law--9; Rock
Sa 11/30: Johnny Law--9; Rock
Su 12/1: Karaoke--6
THE BEANERY CORV. AA 500
SW 2nd St. - 753-7442
Fr 11/29: Acoustic Blues Jam--8
Sa 11/30: Glen David Zucker--8; Guitar
BORDERS CORVALLIS AA
777 NW 9th St. - 738-0580
Fr 11/29: Rosewynde--7; Harp, flute duo
FOX & FIRKIN
202 SW 1st. - 753-8533
Fr 11/29: Northwest Royale--10; Hard rock
Sa 11/30: Deep Woods Band--9; Classic rock
We12/4: Trivia w/Jake and Rob--8
NEW MORNING BAKERY
2nd St.Ç 754-0181
Sa 11/30: David & Alex Hargreaves--7:30; Bluegrass jam
225 SW. 4th St. - 754-3663
Fr 11/29: Acoustic Blues Jam--7:30
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