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Giant Show
TMBG, local label bennie, and of course, Fiesta Latina.
BY VANESSA SALVIA
They Might Be Giants performs Friday at the McDonald.

No one makes music like They Might Be Giants and in the words of Martha Stewart, it's a good thing. The duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell has 20 years behind them, 10 albums, 13 music videos and six TV theme songs and shows no sign of stopping. The two recently won a Grammy for the theme song to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle," which they wrote and performed. So what to do next? A children's record, of course.

With the release of No!, TMBG has produced a record the whole family will love. (Trust me — my 5 year old LOVES it, and it's infinitely better than listening to "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" for the millionth time.) The 17 songs on No! are rhythmic and catchy, with engaging lyrics and topics interesting enough to keep everyone happy. "Fibber Island" is a place you get to just by closing your eyes, where some very wacky things happen. "Our dog is two miles wide and all he talks about is pie" and "We swim on the ground, wheels are square not round. We eat chocolate by the pound."

"Four of Two" tells the story of a man who went to meet a date but the time on the clock never changed. He fell asleep and awoke to a strange futuristic world, but still no girl. "I Am Not Your Broom" and "I Am A Grocery Bag" are sure to be hits in your house.

Of course, there's the title track, which tells it like it is about that bane of childhood, the word "No." "If they say 'no' it means a thousand times no. No plus no equals no. All roads lead to no no no." There's only one song blatantly childlike, and that's "In The Middle In The Middle In The Middle," about safely crossing the street. Luckily, the lyrics are included in the CD booklet.

John Linnell has also completed the CD State Songs. The pair has plans to release Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns, which is an independently filmed (by award winning video producer A.J. Schnack) documentary capturing the band on stage, on the road and in the studio. TMBG will appear May 2 at the McDonald Theatre.

You'll laugh. You'll dance. You'll scratch your head in wonderment. You'll be hooked. On Saturday May 3, local start-up record label Schapendoes Records will have a benefit show at Samurai Duck. Proceeds from the event will go toward two of the label's future releases, which are planned for mid-May. Co-founder Jevon (no last name given), who plays in Eugene's Chevron, says "We're going to do a compilation and a 7-inch, too" (featuring two Chevron songs on colored vinyl). Performing at the benefit will be Chevron and Murder of Crows, which features ex-members of Mine 37, a local band that has also recorded a CD for Schapendoes Records. Portland's Wet Confetti ("kind of like a dark disco band," says Jevon), WW IV (formerly called The Little Twos) and Iodil, an electronic side-project of another Chevron member, will also perform.

All of the bands performing at the benefit will be on the CD, along with many others, such as Colorado's Ken and Tracer and Blake Brown. "Most of the bands were chosen by submission and we asked some of the bigger names to be on the CD and kind of got the name out," says Jevon. "It's cool because we got some rare stuff, like this band The Intima is giving us an improv track, and we're putting on an improv track as well."

Schapendoes has been a label for two years, and specializes in music that often flies under the radar of mainstream music mags, from math rock to guitar-driven ambient post-punk to electronic excursions. The label started up with a business loan, which the benefit will help pay back.

The label is focusing on this project for now and will likely take a break after the May releases. Meanwhile, Jevon says Chevron members still have the desire to find a quiet, small-town hideaway and do nothing but record music: "We're definitely going to be out of here by fall, we just still haven't decided where. We're looking for no distractions. We just want to live together in a low-stress place and record music for a year and hopefully come up with something cool." Catch them while you can.

Make sure you save some time this weekend for the 12th annual Fiesta Latina, held at Washington-Jefferson Park. Celebrations begin Friday at 6 pm with a performance by Raw Action Breakdance Crew, followed by local favs Los Mex Pistols del Norte. The Pistols, Eugene's own kings of Mariachi, never fail to satisfy the audience with their electric approach to traditional Mexican bullring and Mariachi music.

The always-popular Salsa Dance Contest semi-finals will also be held Friday. Headlining the Friday night bill is Seattle's Yerbabuena. This 11-piece band, based in Seattle, is making their Eugene debut this year. The group presents fantastic dance music from Cuba: son, danzón, chachachá and salsa. The party begins anew Saturday at noon with dancers from local schools, followed by the tropical rhythms of Son Melao. Trío Ritmo y Romance will perform romantic ballads. Traditional Mexican dance in authentic costumes will follow. Don't miss Mexican group Banda Vagos or the Salsa Dance Contest Finals.

Eugene's Caliente will close the festival Saturday night. Come back Sunday at noon for Lo Nuestro and an encore performance by Bando Vagos. Orme Iré, an ensemble of Cuban percussionists, singers and dancers, will rumba the festival to a close. Many Spanish-speaking cultures will be represented at the wonderful food booths. Jewelry, clothing and arts and crafts will draw your eye. Children's events include pottery demonstrations, piñata making and breaking, clowns, magicians and more. This is an alcohol-free event designed to bring a sense of the excitement of a Latino street fair to the entire community. The sights, sounds and tastes of the festival will delight all ages from 1 to 101!

Children 12 and under are free, while adults pay a suggested donation of only $3. LTD is offering free shuttle bus rides every 20 minutes to the festival from downtown.

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ALASKA BUSH CO.

1030 HWY. 99 - 688-9027

TH: Post Riot People--10; Rock

AX BILLY GRILL & SPORTS BAR
999 WILLAMETTE ST. - 484-4011

SA: Mike Denny--8; Jazz

BEANERY ALL AGES
5th St. - 344-0221

FR: Edson Oliveria--7; Acoustic

BLACK FOREST
50 E. 11th st. - 344-0816

TH: Motherfunction--9:15; Funk
SA: WW4, Web Confetti, Intima, Chevron--9:15;
Rock benefit
SU: Open mic/w Pete Christie--9
FR: Open mic/w Pete Christie--9

BRICK HOUSE
136 4th St., Spfd. - 988-1612

FR: DJ Kamikaze—10; Hip-hop
SA: Trace Kincaid, Speedshift, Chain
of Being--9

Brenda Weiler plays cafe paradiso on friday.

CAFE PARADISO
115 W. Broadway - 484-9933

TH: Dan Mills--8:30; Fingerstyle guitar
FR: Brenda Weiler, Caseu Hurt--9; Songwriters
SA: Matt Rabe--9; Songwriter
MO: Luna Lacey, Alan Bennett--8:30; Songwriters
TU: Open mic--8

CHAPALA RESTAURANT
68 W. 29th Ave. - 683-5458

SA: Lo Nuestro—6; Latin
MO: DJ Mario Mora--noon, 10 pm
WE: Lo Nuestro—6; Latin

DIABLO'S
959 Pearl St. - 683-3855

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

DOWNTOWN LOUNGE
959 Pearl St.- 343-2346

TH: L80's night w/DJs Jon Smith, DMoeFunk, Ceez--9
FR: Carmizin--8; Groove funk fusion
Eagle Park Slim--10:30; Blues
SA: Basic Assumption, DJ Nemo, Courage, Rain--9; Rock, drum-bass, trance
MO: DJs Scott Von Rocket, Diablo, Monster Truck Bikini Girls--9
TU: Stone Cold Jazz, Kenny Reed--9
WE: The Idle Rich--8
Chain of Being--10:30; Jam rock

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: Patty McCullah--6; Jazz

FOOL'S PARADISE
460 Willamette - 338-9733

TH: Frogg's open mic—6:30

FOXFIRE
4740 Main, Spfd - 747-7900

TH: Ampt--9:15; Rock
FR: Motherfunction--9; Funk
SA: Phamous Phaces--9:15; Rock
SU: Karaoke w/Jarod--8
MO: Karaoke w/Jarod--8
TU: Jam Night w/Johnny Wilde--9:15

GOOD TIMES
375 E. 7th Ave. - 484-7181

TU: Rooster's Blues Jam--8

G WILLICKER'S
440 Coburg rd. - 338-9094

SU: Sonido Flamenco--6; Flamenco guitar

JO FEDERIGO'S
259 E. 5th St. - 343-8488

TH: Jo Fed's All Star Jazz Jam-9
FR: J.C. Rico--9:30; Jazz
SA: Skip Jones Quartet--9:30; Jazz
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

Los Mex Pistols del norte play the hult center, the wetlands and john henry's. See Thursday, may 10 Calendar, saturday and monday clubs.

JOHN HENRY'S
77 W. Broadway - 342-3358

TH: '80s Night--9:30
FR: Vagiant, Starantula, Pellet Gun, Ovulators--10; Rock
SA: The People's Scoot, Organic Assault Weapons, Dusty 45's, Toad in the Hole--9; Hip-hop; Irish, rock
SU: Planet Queen--10; Glitter and glam rock DJ
MO: The Koozies, I Can Lick any Son of a Bitch in the House, Los Mex Pistols--9; Counrtry rock, Mex.
TU: Stacked, The Last Chapter--10; Hard rock
WE: Bob Marley videos, interviews, music--8
Higher Ground Sound--10; Reggae dance hall

LAVELLE'S TASTING ROOM
5th St. public market - 338-9875

FR: Gus Russell--5:30; Jazz
SA: Jenny Payne--5:30; Jazz

LINGO'S BOOKS & COFFEE
941 Lincoln st. - 520-8470

TH: Sonido Flamenco--8:30; Flamenco
FR: Jack Howard & Tori--7:30; Acoustic
SA: M & M Show w/poetry, Michael Glowina & Mr. Jones, rap, Dr. Seuss reading--7; Variety

LONE STAR BAR AND GRILL
I-5 AT COBURG - 686-8686

TH: Girls Get Wild--9
FR: DJ John Michaels--9
SA: Karaoke--9
TU: Open Mic--9
WE: Coyote Ugly--8

LUCKEY'S CLUB CIGAR
933 Olive St. - 687-4643

WE: Kat Terran, Cat Kinsey--9:30; Acoustic

LUNA
30 E. Broadway - 434-5862

TH: Erik Muiderman—7; Guitar
Tim McLaughlin's 11 Eyes--9:30; Hip-hop funk jazz
FR: Erik Muiderman—6:30; Guitar
Rob Kohler Quartet--9; Jazz
SA: Erik Muiderman—6:30; Guitar
Robb, Price and Miller--9; Acoustic blues
WE: Barbara Dzuro--5:30; Piano jazz
Paul Orbell Group--8; Jazz guitar

MAC'S AT THE VET'S
1626 Willamette St. - 344-8600

TH: May Day Ballroom Blues--9:30
FR: Bourbon Renewal--9:30; Blues
SA: Deb Cleveland Band--9:30; Blues
WE: Eagle Park Slim Band--9:30; Blues

MCDONALD THEATRE
1010 Willamette St.

FR: They Might Be Giants, John Roderick, Sean Nelson--8; Rock

OREGON ELECTRIC STATION
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

QUACKER'S
2105 W. 7th - 485-5925

SA: Big Monti & The Blubinos--9; Rockin' blues
MO: Karaoke--9; Variety
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

Jason Webley and his accordion, sunday at sam bond's Garage.

SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 Blair - 431-6603
TH:
Justice not War Benefit w/Ed Cole, Dan Jones, Danny Dolinger, Sunken Grade--7:30; Variety
FR: Nimbus, Myshkin, Steve Owen--9:30; Variety
SU: Jason Webley--8:30; Accordian troubador
MO: Lizzie West--9; Rock
TU: Bluegrass Jam--9
WE: Garrett and Westcott--9; Acoustic

SAMURAI DUCK
980 Oak St. - 345-6577
TH:
Stacked, Station Wag, Fall From Disgrace--9; Fem-front hard rock
FR: Conception, Grynch, Rezjudikata--9; Metal
MO: Shag Night--9:30; '60s-'90s pop, punk, garage

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:
DJ Moondance--8; Variety, Latin dance
SA: DJ Moondance--8; Variety, Latin dance

TINY TAVERN
394 Blair Blvd. - 687-8383
TU:
Los Pistoleros--10; Latin polka

TSUNAMI BOOKS ALL AGES
2585 Willamette - 345-8986
SA:
King Wilkie, Vanilla Boys, Stan Owenby--8; Celebration of Elizabeth Anderson's life

WETLANDS
922 Garfield st. - 345-3606
SA:
Wyatt Herb, The Whopner County Country All-stars, Los Mex Pistols--10; Tex-Mex reggae, country

Shelly James Musicbox performs at the Wild Duck on saturday.

WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL
169 W. 6th - 485-3825
SA:
Shelly James Musicbox--9; Pop, soul, funky rock

WOW HALL ALL AGES
291 W. 8th Ave. - 687-2746
FR:
Gershwin BLX, Logic, Strangefolks, more--9; Hip-hop
SA: Club Groove--9; DJ dance
SU: Greg Brown & Box Set--6:30, 9--Folk
MO: Alix Olson, Pamela Means, @#$%in' Homoz--9:30; Spoken word, folk, dance

YUKON JACK'S
4th & W. Brdwy., veneta - 935-1921
FR:
Symptoms--9; Rock

 

CORVALLIS

BEANERY
2ND ST.
FR:
Michael Galinas--8; Acoustic
SA: Pete Kozak--8; Acoustic

BOMBS AWAY CAFE
200 NW. 53rd St. - 752-9011
WE:
Acoustic blues jam--7:30

CLUB ESCAPE
SNELL HALL, OSU - 737-1562
TH:
Gershwin BLX, Philosophy, Ethic, Future Sunz--9; Hip-hop
FR: Alfred Muro Latin Ensemble--8; Salsa

INTABA'S KITCHEN ALL AGES
1115 S. Third St. -
754-6958
SA: First Year anniversary celebreation w/Turkish Aksent, Kudana Marimba, The Hogwashers, Amadan--all day

SQUIRREL'S
100 SW. 2nd St. - 753-8057
FR:
Ramblin Rex Trio--9
SA: Open Country Joy--9:30

 

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