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Wild about Wilde
Hold Me Up to the Light CD pays tribute to Eugene folk musician Peter Wilde.
BY BEN FOGELSON
Kim Still and Brian Cutean with Peter Wilde at the Hold Me Up to the Light CD release surprise party.

You're an artist and whatever art you make, you make it with all your heart. You drum up little commercial interest for your work, but you keep at it, doing what you do. Years pass, and you meet many other artists in the same genre. You share work with them, and they share work with you. Life's good, but it's not easy.

Then one day, after many years of getting up in the morning and practicing your art, a good friend invites you out for the evening. You accept and the two of you end up at a wooden door. When you open the door, all your friends of many years are behind it, smiling, laughing and yelling surprise. For the last 12 months they've been meeting in secrecy, pooling their artistic talents together into a single work: a gift for you and all you've given over the years.

You're Peter Wilde, a local folk music hero.

Dozens of musicians and bands have recently bestowed Wilde with Hold Me Up to the Light, a newly recorded double CD set featuring 29 covers of Wilde's songs, from his politically rambunctious "Save Your Seeds," done by Mike West, to "Hold Me Up to the Light," played by the Sugar Beets. It chronicles the scope of Wilde's contributions to the annals of American folk music.

When you think of the amount of talent poured into the almost 30 tracks, each track by a different artist, Hold Me Up to the Light becomes bewildering and impressive, especially considering that through 12 months of recording, Wilde never got wind of the project. It wasn't until this March when he opened the door to Eugene's Studio Apocalypse that Wilde came face to face with a roomfull of love and labor pointed in his direction. Represented musically from all corners of the nation, slipped into 500 CD cases, tastefully done and ready for distribution, a country of folk musicians had made a stand for Wilde.

"What the fuck is going on?" he said, and they showed him the CD.

Talent from both coasts contributed, such as phenomenal east coast artists Tom Burris & Jabbering Trout, who open disc one with a howling rendition of Wilde's "Blue Buddha." The more local folk activists Chris Chandler and Anne Feeney play "Sourmouth Sprout," and Eugene favorite Laura Kemp adds the flow of her river-like voice in "Off to Montana."

The ringleader of the sonic subterfuge was Adam East of Portland musical group Adam + Kris. "I met Pete 10 years ago at Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas," says East, who produced Hold Me Up to the Light and contacted all the participating artists. "Traveling troubadours go there each year," he says. "Almost everyone who attends is a singer/songwriter. Shows run until midnight and everyone sits around campfires all night sharing songs. Pete had a baby last November and didn't make it. We missed him. Many people have come to know Peter's songs, and when we played them folks would sing along. Almost everyone we asked to be on the compilation already had some of his songs in their repertoire."

This May 17 proves that Kerrville isn't the sole festival where Wilde holds renown. At the Willamette Valley Folk Festival, bushels of local musicians will take the stage to announce the Hold Me Up to the Light CD release and to pay tribute to Wilde's contributions to the folk music community. From 7 to 9 pm on the Main Stage near the UO's Erb Memorial Union, Myshkin, Laura Kemp, Adam + Kris, Pass Out Kings and many other local and regional artists from the CD will perform renditions of Wilde's songs.

"I've generated such little interest in my work over the last 10 years," says Wilde, who also performs a post-festival show May 17 at Tiny Tavern, "that to have this many people respond really makes me believe in myself. I've got to start writing more songs."

For more information, see www.peterwilde.comor see the Willamette Valley Folk Festival insert in last week's EW.

Hold Me Up to the Light is available at House of Records and online at blueheronsound@aol.com

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Drumattica Debut
Floater morphs into electronica.
BY VANESSA SALVIA

Floater and TV:616 fans will now have another reason to get excited, as members of those popular bands embark on a new side project called Drumattica. Formerly based in Eugene where they consistently sold out shows, members of Floater relocated to Portland a couple of years ago. Floater's Robert Wynia joined up with drummer Brian Lehfeldt and longtime friend Keith Brown, both from TV:616, after Brown came to him with a disc of instrumental material and asked him to add vocals.

Drumattica plays the WOW Hall on Saturday.

As Wynia explains it, he "just tore into it and started writing lyrics right away. It was so very different from anything I'd ever done and I was attracted to the challenge and the newness of it." Wynia admits that his role in Drumattica and the overall idea of what they are trying to accomplish differs greatly from his work in Floater. For one, Wynia does not play bass in Drumattica. "Floater it is not," he says. "There's a much more sexual and trancelike vibe to the music. It's less psychedelic and more pop. A definitely danceable, acid-house kind of show instead of the theater of Floater."

Drumattica's collaborative approach is also very different from what Wynia is used to with Floater. Brown composes the songs for Drumattica without Wynia. He programs beats, lays out the bass lines, and then collaborates with Wynia over what to keep or change. With Floater, "It's much more me from the ground up. There's also the fact that we're working with electronics instead of an actual band. With Drumattica there's just me and Keith and some machines so the creative process is different."

Jennifer Folker from Portland's Dahlia duets with Wynia on two tracks and sings on another. The addition of a female vocalist adds an exciting dimension to Drumattica's music. Wynia feels that she is "damned talented" and "gives a powerful feminine quality to our music."

Brown and Lehfeldt, formerly of Sweaty Nipples, performed their first show as Drumattica opening for Floater on New Year's Eve 2001. Lehfeldt and Brown are joined by Erik Hansen, a.k.a DJ Slowburn, and bassist Brandon Michael, who has also played with TV:616. Drumattica's CD, A Part of Something, was released May 6th. A CD release party for for Drumattica and guests Deflower (featuring TV:616 member Scott Watkins), will be Saturday night at WOW Hall. Avery Bell opens.

Seattle's Living Daylights will once again return to Eugene, performing at Sam Bond's Wednesday. Enthusiastic crowds greet the Daylights whenever they come to town. Fans are drawn to the powerful music of alto/tenor saxophonist and flautist Jessica Lurie, Arne Livingston's electric bass and Dale Fanning's drums. This jazz trio, commonly called "explosive," is known for "mixing the fun of funk and soul-jazz grooves with the edgy punch and teeth of the avant-garde."

Because the Daylights comprises a three-piece featuring a unique combination of instruments, the members can effectively merge groove-oriented jam music with an electrifying "sax attack" that will leave you breathless. The popular group performs regularly all across the U.S. and in Europe.

Living Daylights released its third CD, Electric Rosary, in September 2000 to critical acclaim following the 1999 and 2000 Earshot Jazz Awards for Best Northwest Electric Jazz Group. The group's fourth CD, Night of the Living Daylights, was self-released May 14th. It was recorded live during two nights of shows at Seattle's Sit N Spin in October 2002

Lurie keeps herself very busy performing and recording with the Jessica Lurie Ensemble, The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet and collaborations with many nationally known figures, including Eyvind Kang, Wayne Horvitz and The Indigo Girls. Livingston's resume includes having performed with Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Bob Moses and Antonio Hart. Fanning's percussive expertise led him to the slot of principal drummer on the Smithsonian Institute's 1999 recording, Safarini-Music of African Immigrants. He also leads rhythm and cultural diversity workshops at colleges and universities across the country and plays with quintet Vitamin B3.   

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AX BILLY GRILL & SPORTS BAR

999 WILLAMETTE ST. -- 484-4011
SA: Gus Russell--8; Jazz

ANNEX ALL AGES
23 W. 6th St. -- 431-1111
MO: 2 Bucks Short, Anatomy of a Ghost, Cap Gun Suicide, Fear Before the March of Flames--8; Punk

BRICK HOUSE
136 4th St., Spfd. -- 988-1612
FR: Fever--10; DJ dancing, hip hop, top 40
SA: Waylaid, Ego Machine, Silverhawk--10

CAFE LUCKY NOODLE
207 E. 5th Ave. -- 484-4777
TH: Raging Family--9:30; Trip-hop
SU: Brothers of Beat--9; R&B, hip hop, reggae

JACQUI MCSHEE AND JOHN RENBOURN PERFORM WEDNESDAY AT CAFE PARADISO.

CAFE PARADISO
115 W. Broadway -- 484-9933
TH: Brian Webb, Heather Christie--8:30; Songwriters
FR: Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene--8:30
SA: Tony Kaltenberg--9; Guitar
MO: Songwriter's showcase w/Spun Honey--8:30
TU: Musician's open mic--8
WE: John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee--8; Folk

CAMPBELL CLUB
1670 ALDER ST.
TH: Open mic--7
FR: Degobah System, Nimbus--10; Funk, groove

CHANTERELLE
5th & Pearl St. -- 484-4065
FR: Deco Moon Jazz--9:30
SA: Midnight Sun--9:30; Jazz

CHAPALA RESTAURANT
68 W. 29th Ave. -- 683-5458
SA: Lo Nuestro—6; Latin
WE: Lo Nuestro—6; Latin

CORNUCOPIA
295 w. 17th st. -- 485-2300
FR: Sweet Papa--6; Swing
SA: Hilary Jones & Stephan Mathys--6; Celtic

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: Eagle Park Slim--7:30; Blues, Hester Beasly, Chain of Being--8; Rock
SA: Some Cheap Christ, Pocketface, 2 Bucks Short--10; Rock, ska, punk
MO: DJs Scott Von Rocket, Diablo, Monster Truck Bikini Girls--9
TU: Stone Cold Jazz, Kenny Reed--9
WE: Honey Bucket--9:30; Rap, rock, Organic Assault Weapons post Roots show--12

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

EUGENE WINE CELLARS
255 Madison st. -- 342-2600
WE: Mark Allan--6; Jazz

FOOLSCAP BOOKS
780 Blair Blvd.
SA: Poetry slam w/Dead Americans--8; Poetry, music

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

FOXFIRE
4740 Main, Spfd -- 747-7900
FR: Rubberneck CD Release--9:30; Funk

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: The Side Project--9:30; Jazz
SA: Skip Heller 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

JOHN HENRY'S
77 W. Broadway -- 342-3358
TH: '80s Night--9:30
FR: Wheel of Meat--6; Happy hour music, Genus Pro, Organic Assault Weapons, Strangefolks, Balou and the Goods, more--9; Hip hop
SA: Ovulators--5; Live radio/internet show, Papa's Soul Kitchen, Brothers of Beat--10
SU: Rhythm Pimps, The Maybe Happening, The Woods--10
MO: Stand-up improv comedy and magic--10
TU: Zawadi--10; Reggae
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
741 Lincoln st. -- 338-8244
SA: Paige & Tony--7:30; Acoustic folk rock

LONE STAR BAR AND GRILL
I-5 AT COBURG -- 686-8686
TH: Girls get wild--9; DJ dancing
FR: Guys get wild--9; DJ dancing
SA: Karaoke--9
TU: Open mic--9
WE: Coyote Ugly--8

LUCKEY'S CLUB CIGAR
933 Olive St. -- 687-4643
TH: Savitri--10; Jazz, funk, jam
FR: Innerstate, Juke Joint--9:30; Rock, blues
SA: Pellet Gun, YOB, The John Shipe Band--9:30
WE: Savitri--10; Jazz, funk, jam

LUNA
30 E. Broadway -- 434-5862
TH: Walkabout Ensemble--9; Jazz
FR: Erik Muiderman—6:30; Guitar,
Cynthia Mullis--9; Jazz saxaphone
SA: Erik Muiderman—6; Guitar,
Shelly James Musicbox--8:30; Soul, pop, rock
TU: Alpha Psi fundraiser open mic--7, Tim McLaughlin's 11 Eyes--9; Jazz

MAC'S AT THE VET'S
1626 Willamette St. -- 344-8600
TH: Christie & McCallum—7; Oldies, country
FR: J.C. Rico--9; Blues
SA: The Danged, the Ovulators--9; Rockabilly; punk
WE: Eagle Park Slim--9; Blues

MAX'S TAVERN
550 E. 13th st. -- 349-8986
FR: 8 Track Liberators--9:30

MCDONALD THEATRE
1010 Willamette St.
TH: Michelle Shocked--8; Music, comedy, satire
WE: The Roots--8:30; Hip hop

OREGON ELECTRIC STATION
27 E. 5th -- 485-4444
FR: Don Latarski Trio—8; Jazz,
The Tones--9; A Cappella
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
TH: Jerry and the Stage Hogs--9; Blues, rock
FR: The Willies--9; Rock
SA: Eugene Piano Summit--9; Piano pop, rock
MO: Karaoke--9; Variety
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

THE KITCHEN SYNCOPATERS HOLD A JUG MUSIC CD RELEASE HUM-DINGER THURSDAY AT SAM BOND'S GARAGE.

SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 Blair -- 431-6603
TH: The Kitchen Syncopators CD release--9; Jug band
FR: Iodil, Jared Grabb, Blake Brown, WW IV--9:30; Acoustic rock
SA: Jackstraw, High Strung--9:30; Bluegrass
SU: Lennonite Choir and Friends--8:30; Acoustic
MO: Courtney C, Patty--9; Acoustic
TU: Bluegrass Jam--9
WE: Living Daylights--9; Jazz funk

SAMURAI DUCK
980 Oak St. -- 345-6577
TH: Fuck God in the Face, Avoid the Future Shadow, The Woods--9:30; Metal
FR: Grus, Avatar, Outset--9:30
SA: Station Wag--9:30
MO: Shag Night--9:30; '60s-'90s pop, punk, garage
TU: Comedy Night, Amblin & Morgan--9:30; Comedy, Acoustic
WE: Grus, Stacked, Says Us--9:30

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

LITTLE CHARLIE AND THE NIGHTCATS PLAY JUMP BLUES FRIDAY AT THE WILD DUCK.

SWEETWATER'S
Valley River Inn -- 687-0123
FR: Tall Jazz--8
SA: Mike Denny Trio--8; Jazz

TINY TAVERN
394 Blair Blvd. -- 687-8383
FR: The U-Gene Band--9; Hippie funk
SA: Post Folk Festival party w/Peter Wilde, Myshkin, Danny Dolinger, Adam + Kris, Tom Heinl--10; Variety
TU: Los Pistoleros--10; Latin polka

WETLANDS
922 Garfield st. -- 345-3606
SA: The Wanteds, Spanish for 100, Basic Assumption, Heavenly Oceans, more--10; Indie

WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL
169 W. 6th -- 485-3825
FR: Little Charlie and the Nightcats--9:30; West coast jump blues
SA: Caliente--9:30; Salsa, Latino jazz

BUSDRIVER DROPS OFF HIP HOP AT THE WOW HALL FRIDAY.

WOW HALL ALL AGES
291 W. 8th Ave. -- 687-2746
TH: Tympanic, Ancestor Radio, Justin Hopkins--9; Jam rock
FR: Bus Driver, Radioiactive as the Weather, Awol One, Andre Afram Asmar--9:30; Hip hop
SA: Drumattica, Deflower, Avery Bell--9:30; Rock
SU: Jeremy Camp, Seven Press, Shawn McDonald--6:30; Christian contemporary, Swingin' Utters, Youth Brigade, Pistol Grip--9:30; Punk rock

 

CORVALLIS

AJ's
137 SW 2nd. -- 752-7570
SA: The Nettles--9:30; Celtic

BEANERY
2ND ST.
FR: Acoustic Showcase--8
SA: Siobhan--8; Acoustic
WE: Joseph Pusey and the Bellydancers--8

BIG RIVER RESTAURANT
1ST ST.
SA: Edson Oliveira Duo--8:30; Brazilian

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

FOX 'N' FIRKIN'
202 SW. 1st ST. -- 753-8533
FR: Stacked, Ego Machine--10

SQUIRREL'S
100 SW. 2nd St. -- 753-8057
SA: Zeke Davis, Noumena, Tourist--9

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