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.Baroque Folker
Proctor at Paradiso; punk at WOW Hall.
BY VANESSA SALVIA

Brace for a night of punk rock Thursday, April 3rd, when F-Minus, Blasphemous Abnormality and Before Braille blast into WOW Hall. Before Braille doesn't quite mesh musically with the other two hardcore and thrash acts on the bill, but that's just fine with the band. Though their music has been dubbed "emo-core," the musicians say they "bristle" at being stereotyped and categorized. They are unapologetically DIY (do it yourself — a philosophy of being an independent act and not relying on artificial major label exposure and support) and just want their music to speak for itself.

Spawned in Mesa, Ariz., the same ground that produced the popular group Jimmy Eat World, Before Braille started with four high school friends who joined forces about three years ago. Lead vocalist/guitarist David Jensen and guitarist Hans Ringger teamed up to write songs. Bassist Brandon Smith and drummer Kelly Reed joined in the efforts. Guitarist Rajiv "Reggie" Patel came on board and Before Braille was born.

The name, according to Jensen, relates to using guidelines to realize goals: "Everybody battles rules, but there are some that help you achieve. Braille is an example...with universal guidelines, a whole new world opened up."

Proudly citing Fugazi as a marked influence, Braille debuted with The Rumor, released in Sept. 2002 on Aezra Records. Braille's musical style is difficult to convey through words, which accounts for some of the attempts by music critics to pigeonhole the reluctant stars. The 15 songs on The Rumor ably slither from chunky power pop to guitar-led intricacies to quiet, passionate musings on life's vagaries. The lyrics and music are honest and from the heart, whether it be surreal and dream-like or visceral and raw.

F-Minus, a hardcore band from Huntington Beach, Cal., debuted on Hellcat Records in 1998 with Failed Society. The band's latest, Wake Up Screaming, was recorded by the master knob-twister Steve Albini. Finally, Eugene's three-piece thrash-punkers Blasphemous Abnormality are Andy Larson on guitar and vocals, Denver Hamlin on bass and vocals and drummer Ken Roberts. The group's been together two years, and won the WOW Hall's 2002 contest for Best Band Name.

Chris Proctor performs Friday at Café Paradiso.

Switching genres, on Friday, April 4th, Cafe Paradiso will host fingerstyle guitarist Chris Proctor. Proctor is touring in support of his newest release, Influence. Proctor has released nine recordings in all, and Influence is his seventh solo recording. Proctor's virtuosity has often been compared to Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges and he is sometimes billed as "baroque folk." Since winning the National Fingerstyle Guitar competition in 1982, Proctor has toured constantly. He records both his own compositions and his own arrangements of others' songs.

Nationally recognized as a master of fingerstyle guitar and as a steel-string guitar promoter, Proctor has also published several books and videos instructing others in his style of playing. His recent pursuits include the release of his fifth book of guitar transcriptions for Mel Bay Publications. As an endorser and clinician for Taylor Guitars since 1984, that company recently honored him with the new "Chris Proctor Signature Model" guitar. Proctor also has a track on an upcoming Windham Hill recording highlighting instrumental guitar called "Wood and Steel 3."

Proctor is also known for his ground-breaking uses of the electronic bow. As a performer, Proctor lets the guitar become the prime instrument of expression, releasing all of its components — rhythmic, melodic and harmonic, and allowing them to fully flourish. It's been several years since Proctor has performed in Eugene, so this promises to be a special evening.   

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ANNEX ALL AGES
23 W. 6TH ST. * 434-1111
TH: Techno Fantasy--9
FR: Cage Dance--9
SA: DJ Tekneek--9; Hip-hop

BEANERY ALL AGES
5TH ST. * 344-0221
FR: Edson Oliveria--7

SA: Dan Mills--7

BRICK HOUSE
136 4TH ST., SPFD. * 988-1612
FR: DJ Kamikaze--10; Dance

SA: Speed Shift, Grynch, Stacked--10

CAFE PARADISO
115 W. BROADWAY * 484-9933
TH: Bill Bourne--8

FR: Chris Proctor--9
SA: Michael Cochram Trio--8
MO: Rebecca Helmer, Patty McCulla, Charlotte Vanderwolf--8:30; Songwriter's showcase
TU: Acoustic open mic--8
WE: Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Band--8

CHANTERELLE
5TH & PEARL ST. * 484-4065
FR: Tao of Jazz--9:30
SA: Bar Menu Jazz Trio--9:30

CHAPALA RESTAURANT
68 W. 29TH AVE. * 683-5458
SA: Lo Nuestro—6; Latin

WE: Lo Nuestro—6; Latin

DIABLO'S
959 PEARL ST. * 683-3855
TH: Request night—9; Requests w/DJs Jon Smith, Ceez

FR: Tremorville—9; Hip-hop, request
SA: House night w/DJs Howie Fresh, Anmar-9
WE: Underground Open Mic w/Community Sound System, DJ Marko--9; Open mic, hip-hop

DOWNTOWN LOUNGE
959 PEARL ST.* 343-2346
TH: L80s Night w/ DJs Jon Smith, Turbo CEEZ, DMoeFunk-9

FR: Art opening--6 Carmizin--8; Acoustic jazz, funk fusion Nimbus--11; Electro groove
SA: D-Moe vs. Dinari--10; Scratch, hip-hop

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: Zulu Dragon w/J.C. Rico--6

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

FOXFIRE
4740 MAIN, SPFD * 747-7900
TH: Sik9, Kaddisfly, Unjust, Whore, Ampt--9; Hard rock
FR: Johson Unit, Blueface--9:15; rock
SA: Repeat Offender, Paradox--9:15; Rock
SU: Karaoke w/Jarod--8
MO: Karaoke w/Jarod--8
TU: Jam Night--9:15
WE: Johnny Wilde Band--9:15

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

JAKE'S ON THE GREEN
2000 CAL YOUNG RD. * 344-2000
SA: David Rogers--6:30

JO FEDERIGO'S
259 E. 5TH ST. * 343-8488
TH: Jo Fed's All Star Jazz Jam-9

FR: Lazoo--9:30; Global funk
SA: Jeff LaPalme Quartet--9:30
SU: Mark Allan--9
MO: Open Mic w/Skip Jones the Boogie Woogie Man—10
TU: Barbara Dzuro—8:30; Jazz
WE: Latin Flavor w/Paul Paydos Trio—9; Latin jazz

PAPA'S SOUL KITCHEN COOKS IT UP FRIDAY AT JOHN HENRY'S.

JOHN HENRY'S
77 W. BROADWAY * 342-3358
TH: '80s Night--9:30

FR: Papa's Soul Kitchen, Burn Unit, Big B and the Goods--10; Funk, hip-hop
SA: Ovulators, the Grand Letdown, Mine 37, Oliver--10
SU: Degobah System, Standing Wave, Nimbus--8
MO: Kaddis Fly, Avatar, Outset, Dualsec--10; Metal
TU: Avery Bell CD release w/Cocaine Unicorn, (the concubot), the Lions--10
WE: Bob Marley videos, interviews, music--8 Higher Ground Sound--9:30; Reggae dance hall

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

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
TH: Feederz--8:30; Punk
FR: Johnny and the Post Riots--8:30; Rock
SA: Bamiki--8:30; Reggae

THE ALAN JONES SEXTET PLAYS SATURDAY AT LUNA.

LUNA
30 E. BROADWAY * 434-5862
FR: Erik Muiderman—6:30; Guitar West Coast Jazz Ensemble--9; West coast jazz
SA: Erik Muiderman—6:30; Guitar Alan Jones Sextet--9:30; Drum jazz
SU: Buster B.'s Guitar Bash--6; Guitar jam
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: Jivemasters--9:30; Jump blues, swing
SA: Pass Out Kings--9:30; Punk
WE: Eagle Park Slim Band--8

MAX'S TAVERN
550 E. 13TH ST. * 349-8986
FR: Olem Alves Funk Band--10

BUJU BANTON RAPS REGGAE TUESDAY AT THE MCDONALD THEATRE.

MCDONALD THEATRE
1010 WILLAMETTE ST.
TU: Buju Banton--8; Reggae dance hall

NOTI PUB
22506 HWY. 126, NOTI
SA: U-Gene Band--9

OREGON ELECTRIC STA.
27 E. 5TH * 485-4444
FR: Don Latarski Trio—8; Jazz

SA: Don Latarski Trio—8; Jazz

OVERTIME TAVERN 770 S. BERTELSEN * 342-5028
TH: West Side Blues Jam--8:30
SA: Juke Joint Blues--8

QUACKER'S
2105 W. 7TH * 485-5925
SA: Eagle Park Slim Band--9; R&B, Soul

WE: Quacker's Blues Bash—8:30; Blues jam

RAMADA INN
225 COBURG * 342-5181
FR: Johnny Law and the Rebels--9:15; Rock

SA: Johnny Law and the Rebels--9:15; Rock

SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 BLAIR * 431-6603
TH: Beth Amsel, Jeffrey Focault--9; Songwriters

FR: Shanti Groove--9
SA: Will Bernard and Motherbug--9:30
SU: Bugs Henderson--9; Blues
MO: Sour Mash Jug Band--9; Acoustic
TU: Bluegrass Jam--9
WE: James Low, Salt Lick--9; Alt. country

SAMURAI DUCK
980 OAK ST. * 345-6577
TH: The Soul'Stirs w/TeddyBoyRoix--9:30; Pop, soul, R&B

SA: Sik9, Rezjudikata, Whore!--9:30; Metal
MO: Shag Night--9:30; '60s-'90s pop, punk, garage
TU: Amblin & Morgan, Kevin Saturna, Rebecca Rae Helmer--9:30; Acoustic & piano
WE: Stacked, The Perverts--9:30; Indie hard rock

SENOR FROG'S
444 E. 3RD * 484-2927
TH: Family Karaoke--6

FR: DJ Jose Cruz--10; Salsa
SA: DJ Alberto--10; Cumbia, Banda, Merengue-10

SWEETWATER'S
VALLEY RIVER INN * 687-0123
FR: Paul J. Biondi & Friends--8; Jazz

SA: Shelly James Musicbox--8; Pop, motown

TINY TAVERN
394 BLAIR BLVD. * 687-8383
FR: Jeannie and Cissy--9:30; Country blues

SA: Bamiki--9:30; Roots reggae
TU: Los Pistoleros--10; Latin polka

WETLANDS
922 GARFIELD ST. * 345-3606
SA: 2 Bucks Short, Cap Gun Suicide, Handgun Bravado, AlterEGO--10; Punk rock

WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL
169 W. 6TH * 485-3825
FR: McClusky Brothers--9:30; Bluegrass, rock

THE WONDERLAND
230 MAIN ST., SPFD. * 998-9570
FR: Bobby Six Crows, Desiree Ten Bears—7; Songs for peace

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND PLAYS WEDNESDAY AT THE WOW HALL.

WOW HALL ALL AGES
291 W. 8TH AVE. * 687-2746
TH: F-Minus, Blasphemous Abnormality, Before Braille--8:30; Punk rock

SA: Club Groove--9; DJ hip-hop, dance
SU: Dub Narcotic Sound System, Operation Makeout--8:30; Punk
WE: Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Hazy Malaze, Kaki King--9; Steel guitar

YUKON JACK'S
4TH & W. BRDWY., VENETA * 935-1921
FR: Steppin' Out--9
SA: Steppin' Out--9

 

CORVALLIS

BEANERY
2ND ST.
FR: Briefcase--8

SA: Coffee Romance--8
WE: Joseph Pusey & Bellydancers--8

BIG RIVER RESTAURANT
1ST ST.
SA: Sun Bossa Duo--8:30; Brazilian

INTABA'S KITCHEN ALL AGES
1115 S. THIRD ST. * 754-6958
SA: Mark Stuart--8; Brazilian, reggae, jazz

SQUIRREL'S
100 SW. 2ND ST. * 753-8057
FR: Ramblin' Rex Trio--9

SA: Amadon--9:30

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