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.Bi-Polar Music
Ego Machine, Fure this week.
BY VANESSA SALVIA

Ego Machine, a Eugene band formerly known as Mr. Sparkle, will perform March 15 at Springfield's Brickhouse, along with Hot For Chocolate and Speedshift.

The three members of Ego Machine have a creative rapport that comes only with time. Vocalist Jerry Leach and guitarist Dave Hiner have known each other for 15 years. "We grew up together," says Leach. That familiarity led to the formation of Mr. Sparkle. "Dave's played in various bands around town and we had played in a band when we were kids. Dave was unhappy with the band he was in, but he really liked the drummer, so we started playing." That drummer was Mike Baker who is still a member of Ego Machine three years later.

At first, the band spent time searching for a singer. Leach explains, "We just got tired of looking for one, so I started singing, and that's pretty much how it started." For two years the trio performed under the moniker Mr. Sparkle, but then hit a snag when it was discovered that a former member of the popular indie band Pavement had started a band in Portland with that same name.

"Once that happened we saw that as a good opportunity to change the name. [Mr. Sparkle] was kind of a joke name that we chose out of laziness, I guess because we couldn't think of anything better." Despite the fact that the band's attorney felt they should keep the name and go after the Portland band, Leach says that didn't sit right with the guys.

"That's silly. You know, it's a name that has been used by other bands across the country so I didn't see any reason to fight it. I never even contacted the other band, but it would have been nice to talk to them and laugh about it." The band now known as Ego Machine has been working on a full length album for several months, "at our leisure," jokes Leach. "The material is really varied. Some of it will be really rock-y, some of it will be more experimental. It's taking longer because we've been writing new material."

One song, called "Booking Agent" sounds like jazz when it first starts out, then for a short time it sounds like death metal, then all of a sudden it's a straight ahead rock song," says Leach. "Dynamically it was something I wanted to have represent a manic state, almost like it's bi-polar music."

 

Also on Saturday, Eugene's Luna club will host popular singer/songwriter Tret Fure. Fure, pronounced like "fury," has been playing guitar for 40 years and impressing audiences with her unique brand of folk since the early '70s. Fure, 52, has been touring since she was 19 and has seen many changes in the music business.

Fure entered the music world at a time when women were less accepted but she soldiered on, finding a niche in the world of "women's music." She debuted in 1970 with her CD Mousetrap, and has released eight other CDs since then. Fure's Luna show will celebrate the release of her most recent CD, My Shoes.

My Shoes is Fure's second solo CD after the dissolution of her personal and profess-ional partnership with Cris Williamson. The 13 songs reflect Fure's conscious decision to create more subdued folk, more similar to those on her last CD, Back Home, than to the rambunctious rock/pop she has done in the past. Deeply personal lyrics and bright melodies will continue to please fans who have followed her for years, as well as gain her new attention.

The divine Ms. Fure keeps herself mighty busy on and off the stage. She has released a cookbook of original recipes, started a clothing line and opened a retail outlet. She has also created a music festival, Tomboy Girl Fest, slated for July 26th in Madison, Wis. The festival will feature Fure, Ubaka Hill, Diedre McCalla, Alix Olson and others.

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ANNEX ALL AGES
23 W. 6TH ST. * 431-1111
TH: Techno Fantasy--9
FR: Cage Dance--9
SA: DJ Tekneek--9; Hip-hop
WE: Syntax--9; Dance

BEANERY ALL AGES
5TH ST. * 344-0221
SA: Sally Palmer--7
SU: Lorna Hunt--7

 

EAGLE PARK SLIM AND HIS BAND PLAY FAT BLUES WEDSESDAY AT THE VET'S CLUB.

BRICK HOUSE
136 4TH ST., SPFD. * 988-1612
TH: DJ Bombshell--9; Karaoke
FR: DJ Kamikaze--9; Hip-hop
SA: Hot for Chocolate, Speedshift, Ego Machine--9:30
WE: DJ Shadow--10; Rock

CAFE PARADISO
115 W. BROADWAY * 484-9933
TH: Claudia Schmidt, Sandy Holder--8; Folk
FR: Neil Bjorklund Trio--9
SA: Jaime Anderson--7
SU: Michael McNevin--8
MO: Fred Eaglesmith--8; Alternative country
TU: Acoustic open mic—8
WE: Nick Vinther & Candy Apple Orange--8:30; Rock

CHANTERELLE
5TH & PEARL ST. * 484-4065
FR: Stone Cold Jazz--9:30; Blues
SA: Midnight Sun--9:30; Jazz

CHAPALA RESTAURANT
68 W. 29TH AVE. * 683-5458

SA: Lo Nuestro—6; Latin
WE: Lo Nuestro—6; Latin

DOWNTOWN LOUNGE
959 PEARL ST. * 343-2346
TH: L80s Night w/ DJs Jon Smith, Turbo CEEZ, DMoeFunk-9
FR: (the concubot), Careen--10; Rock
SA: Old Man Clemins--8; Groovy funk rock
MO: Avery Bell, Craig the Magician, more--10; Fiddle
TU: Stone Cold Jazz--9
WE: Collin's Funk Soup--10; Funk, soul, groove

EMBERS SUPPER CLUB
1811 HWY. 99 N. * 688-6564
TH: Billy McCoy—9; Country
FR: Michael Anderson Trio—9; Variety, country
SA: Michael Anderson Trio—9; Variety, country
WE: Billy McCoy—9; Country

EUGENE WINE CELLARS
255 MADISON ST. * 342-2600
WE: Olem Alves & Friends--6; Jazz

FOOL'S PARADISE
460 WILLAMETTE * 338-9733
TH: Frogg's open mic—6:30

FOXFIRE
4740 MAIN, SPFD * 747-7900
SA: Fungus--9:30; Rock

GOOD TIMES
375 E. 7TH AVE. * 484-7181
TU: Rooster's Blues Jam--8

JO FEDERIGO'S
259 E. 5TH ST. * 343-8488
TH: Jo Fed's All Star Jazz Jam-9
FR: Gus Russell Quartet--9:30; Jazz
SU: Olem Alvez Quartet--9:30; Jazz
MO: Open Mic w/Skip Jones the Boogie Woogie Man—9:30
TU: Barbara Dzuro—9; Jazz
WE: Latin Flavor w/Paul Paydos Trio—9; Latin jazz

JOHN HENRY'S
77 W. BROADWAY * 342-3358
TH: '80s Night--9
FR: Nimbus, Degobah System--10; Jam rock
SA: Tympanic--10; Jam rock
SU: Headnod Express Tour--10; Hip-hop
MO: Wheel of Meat--7
Brothers of Beat--10
TU: Andy's B-day w/Off With Their Heads, the Defecators, The Snukas, Bastard Saints, more--9:30
WE: Higher Ground Sound--10; Dance hall reggae

JOHNNY OCEAN'S ALL AGES
OAKWAY PLAZA * 342-7994
FR: Lo Nuestro—6:30; Latin

LAVELLE'S TASTING ROOM
5TH ST. PUBLIC MARKET * 338-9875
FR: Gus Russell--5:30; Jazz
SA: Gus Russell--5:30; Jazz

LINGO
941 LINCOLN ST. * 520-8470
TH: Six DJ bash--7; House, trance

LONE STAR BAR AND GRILL
I-5 AT COBURG * 686-8686
TH: Open Mic w/John Michaels--9
FR: DJ John Michaels--9
SA: Karaoke--9
WE: Coyote Ugly--8

LUCKEY'S CLUB CIGAR
933 OLIVE ST. * 687-4643
FR: Johnny Jughead, Moral Crux--9
SA: Solstice, Dagobah System--9
MO: Psychedelic Monday—8:30
TU: Central Services--9
WE: The Divers--9

LUNA
30 E. BROADWAY * 434-5862
TH: John Stowell, Paul Orbell--8:30; Jazz
FR: Erik Muiderman—6:30; Guitar
Deb Cleveland Band--9:30; R&B, soul
SA: Erik Muiderman—6:30; Guitar
Tret Fure--9; Singer/songwriter
WE: Barbara Dzuro--5:30; Piano jazz

MAC'S AT THE VET'S
1626 WILLAMETTE ST. * 344-8600
TH: Christie & McCallum—7; Oldies, country
FR: Toad in the Hole--9:30; Irish drinking music
SA: Lazoo--9; Acid jazz
WE: Eagle Park Slim Band--9; Blues

MAX'S TAVERN
550 E. 13TH ST. * 349-8986
MO: Toad in a Hole, Black Patent--7; Irish drinking music

MCDONALD THEATRE
1010 WILLAMETTE ST.
TH: Leftover Salmon, The Flying Other Brothers--8; Polyethnic Cajun slamgrass
SA: Common, Gangstar, Talib Kweli--9; Hip hop

 

FRED EAGLESMITH PLAYS ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY ON MONDAY AT CAFE PARADISO.

MULLIGAN'S PUB
2841 WILLAMETTE * NO PHONE
TH: The Crow Jam, Bobby Six Crows and de Riggin' Warriors—8; Logger rock

OREGON ELECTRIC STA
27 E. 5TH * 485-4444
FR: Don Latarski Trio—8; Jazz
SA: Don Latarski Trio—8; Jazz
MO: O'Carolan's Consort--6:30; Irish harp, flute

OVERTIME TAVERN
770 S. BERTELSEN * 342-5028

TH: West Side Blues Jam--8:30
SA: The Valley Boys--8; rock

Q STREET BILLIARD
215 Q STREET, SPFD. * 988-0294
TH: Q-Street Blues Jam--8
FR: Forest T. Black Band--9; Blues
SA: Forest T. Black Band--9; Blues

QUACKER'S
2105 W. 7TH * 485-5925
SA: Darcy Lee and Motherfunction--9; R&B, soul
WE: Quacker's Blues Bash—8:30; Blues jam

RAMADA INN
225 COBURG * 342-5181
FR: Coupe De Ville--9:15; Rock
SA: Coupe De Ville--9:15; Rock

SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 BLAIR * 431-6603
TH: Montage--9; Jazz
FR: The Klezmonauts, Dromedary--9:30; World music
SA: Taarka--9:30; World beat
SU: Brian Qutean, Juliet Wyers, Samusson and Tomassi--8:30; Songwriters in the round
MO: Tom's Kitchen and Friends--9
TU: Bluegrass Jam--9
WE: Scott Fisher--9; Rock

SAMURAI DUCK
980 OAK ST. * 345-6577
FR: Force Fed--9:30
SA: Odds Against Tomorrow, the Fascination--9:30
MO: Shag Night--9; '60s-'90s pop, punk, garage
TU: Comedy Night w/Randy Mendez, Mac Chase, others--9:30
WE: Idiot Savavants, Station Wag--9:30

SENOR FROG'S
444 E. 3RD * 484-2927
TH: Family Karaoke--6:30
FR: DJs--10; Techno, rock
SA: Salsa, Merengue-10

SWEETWATER'S
VALLEY RIVER INN * 687-0123
FR: The Cheeseburgers--8; Parrothead music
SA: Mike Denny Trio--8; Jazz

TINY TAVERN
394 BLAIR BLVD. * 687-8383
TU: Los Pistoleros--10; Latin polka
WE: Captain Vs. Crew--11

WETLANDS
922 GARFIELD ST. * 345-3606
SA: Gamestaz--10; Hip hop
MO: Strange Folks CD release w/Organic Assault Weapons, the Burn Unit, Big-B and the Goods--10; Hip hop

WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL
169 W. 6TH * 485-3825
FR: Satin Love Orchestra--9:30; Disco
SA: Caliente--9:30; Salsa, Latin jazz
 

JOHN BROWN'S BODY PLAYS ROOTS REGGAE WITH A MODERN TWIST SATURDAY AT THE WOW HALL.

WOW HALL ALL AGES
291 W. 8TH AVE. * 687-2746
TH: California Guitar Trio, Tom Griesgraber--8:30; Acoustic guitar, chapman stick
FR: Soul Sessions w/DJs On Lee, Max Sunshine, Andrew Mataus--8; Dance
SA: John Brown's Body, I'Chele and the Circle of Light--8:30; Reggae
SU: Fishbone, Organic Assault Weapon--9; Ska, funk

 

CORVALLIS

BEANERY
2ND ST.
FR: Second Crass Act--8
SA: Joseph Pusey and the Bellydancers--8

INTABA'S KITCHEN ALL AGES
1115 S. THIRD ST. * 754-6958
SA: Turkish Aksent, Mahmut Genceli, Sally Cowan--9

NEW MORNING BAKERY ALL AGES
2ND ST. * 754-0181
FR: Wave Doogie--7:30

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