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Southern Soul
Ruthie Foster at Café Paradiso.

BY VANESSA SALVIA
Ruthie Foster plays Café Paradiso on Wednesday.

Eugene's Cafe Paradiso will host blues and soul songstress Ruthie Foster on Wednesday, July 2. Foster, along with her musical partner Cyd Cassone, released Runaway Soul last summer. Percussionist Cassone provides backing vocals, djembe, congita, brushes, tambourine, and shakers. Foster delivers stellar vocal, acoustic guitar and piano performances.

Foster's ensemble is rounded out by Lloyd Maines on dobro, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion and percussion. Glenn Fukenaga plays upright and electric bass, while Riley Osborn plays Wurlitzer and Hammond B-3 organ. Gary Primich enhances the mix with his expert harmonica.

The result of all this is a CD full of blazing energy in every song. Foster was raised in the small Texas town of Gause, in an area rich with down-home musical talent. Foster's musical approach is chock-full of African-American gospel and soul influences, and her irresistible voice flows as smooth as honey. The CD is an appealing mix of original and traditional tunes; five out of 10 songs are Foster originals.

"Woke Up this Morning" and "Death Came a-Knockin" are great traditionals arranged by Foster and Cassone. Foster's "Home" is a great, seemingly autobiographical, song about youthful yearnings to leave home and see the world, then the too-late realization that home wasn't so bad after all. She sings "I used to want so much in a hurry/ they told me 'girl, you're gonna go far'/...Now it's on my mind, all the time and I dream about/ Dusty small towns and big families/ cooling my memory like a summer rain."

"Hole In My Pocket," penned by Terri Hendrix, slows down the tempo, but highlights Foster's melodious singing and a folksy style, which should broaden Foster's fan base. Foster's bright smile and good-natured ways charm her audiences everywhere and make her performances that much more enjoyable. She will be joined on Wednesday by local blues phenom David Jacobs-Strain. If you're a fan of honest blues and gospel, you'd be a fool to miss this show.

Forty-one-year-old musician Bob Mould blazed through the '80s and '90s with bands Husker Du and Sugar, and tempered the guitar-driven punk and pop of those bands with several contemplative solo releases. Bearing a thin resemblance to Mould's past work, his newest effort, Modulator, might confound some fans. Modulator — released on Mould's own Granary Music label, and fully performed and produced by him — still shows off Mould's distinctive, warm voice and well-timed guitar structures, but its electronic aspects are something new for Mould.

This release is Mould's first full-length since 1998's The Last Dog and Pony Show and shows him fully immersed in the world of sampling, loops and other effects. In fact, he has released other electronica under the name Loudbomb. Another recent shapeshift was quitting music altogether for nine months to take a job writing and directing World Championship Wrestling.

Obviously, Mould can be unpredictable, and he doesn't make decisions to please others. In synthesizers, samplers and computer effects he has found a "new set of tones, colors and processes with which to create pop songs."

This isn't music you might hear on any given dance floor, no. Mould has manipulated the genre to suit him, giving his audiences something doubly unexpected. He's fit, trim, and healthy and seems to have come to a realization that for music to be good, it doesn't have to be screamed at full volume. Mould will always be capable of composing penetrating lyrics, like this sample from "SoundOnSound." "She's pulling the weeds up slowly/ He's picking the pennies from her vest/ They're stuck in their own dimension and cashing in change for something less."

Give Modulator a chance, and you'll be pleasantly surprised to discover yet another facet of this talented and intriguing songwriter. Mould will be joined at this show by vocalist/guitarist Thalia Zedek, who has played for more than 20 years with bands like Come, Live Skull and Uzi. This show will surely be amazing, see it Sunday night at WOW Hall.

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AX BILLY GRILL & SPORTS BAR
999 WILLAMETTE ST. 484-4011
SA: Group Therapy--8; Jazz

BEANERY All Ages
5th St. 344-0221
SA: Siobhan--7

BLACK FOREST
50 E. 11th st. 344-0816
MO: Karaoke w/Jared--9

BRICK HOUSE
136 4th St., Spfd. 988-1612
SA: Grynch, Head Rush, Whore--9
TU: Cigar Swap--7; Big band, swing, jazz

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

CAFE PARADISO
115 W. Broadway 484-9933
TH: Chris Thayer--8:30; Acoustic alternative
FR: Cam Newton--9; World jazz guitar
SA: Chico Scwall and Friends--9
WE: Ruthie Foster, Cyd Cassone, David Jacobs-Strain--9; Gospel, blues, guitar

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

CLUB RIO BAR & GRILL
444 E. 3rd 484-2927
TH: Must See TV--8
FR: DJ Cruz--9; Salsa
SA: Fungus, Ailment, Grynch, Clutter--9
TU: Family Karaoke--6
WE: DJ Mike Wet 'n' Wild Wed.--9

CORNUCOPIA
295 w. 17th st. 485-2300
TH: Fiddlin' Sue--6; Sue-grass
FR: Red Pajamas--6; Folk
SA: Fiddlin' Sue--6; Sue-grass

DOWNTOWN LOUNGE
959 Pearl St. 343-2346
TH: L80's night w/DJs Jon Smith, DMoeFunk, Ceez--9
FR: John Barley--8; Acoustic rock, Ritmo de la Noche--10:30; Latin jazz
SA: OSO REY--7; Acoustic rock. DMoe vs. Dinari--10; Scratch, hip hop
MO: Fareed Haque Group--10; Hypnotic trance
TU: Stone Cold Jazz w/ Kenny Reed--9

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
FR: Eclypse--10; Jazz, blues, R&B, soul

GOOD TIMES
375 E. 7th Ave. 484-7181
TU: Rooster's Blues Jam--8

JO FEDERIGO'S
259 E. 5th Ave. 343-8488
TH: Jo Fed's All Star Jazz Jam-9
FR: The Jazz Menagerie Quartet--9:30
SA: Jeff LaPalme Quartet--9:30
SU: Mark Allan--9; Acoustic guitar
MO: Open Mic w/Skip Jones the Boogie Woogie Man—10
TU: Barbara Dzuro—8:30; Jazz piano
WE: Latin Flavor w/Paul Paydos Trio—9; Latin jazz

THE ITALS, SOME OF THE BEST REGGAE ON THE GLOBE, SATURDAY AT JOHN HENRY'S.

JOHN HENRY'S
77 W. Broadway 342-3358
TH: 80's Night w/Chris, Jenn and John--9:30
FR: Wheel of Meat--6; Happy hour big band, I'chele and the Circle of Light, Big B and the Goods, Bamiki--10
SA: The Itals--10; Vocal roots reggae
SU: Sputter Doll, Stacked, The Other Left, The Wobblies--10
MO: Live hip hop--10
TU: Live Wire, Avatar, Outset--9; Motley Crue Tribute
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: Jenny Payne--5:30; Jazz
SA: Barbara Dzuro--5:30; Jazz piano

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: Central Services, 937--9
FR: Hot for Chocolate, the Ovulators--9
SA: Basic Assumption--9

SON MELAO MAKES THE CROWD SWEAT FRIDAY AT LUNA.

LUNA
30 E. Broadway 434-5862
FR: Erik Muiderman—7; Guitar, Son Mela'o--9:30; Latin dance jam
SA: Erik Muiderman—6:30; Guitar, Sun Bossa--9:30; Brazilian
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: Christie & McCallum—7; Oldies, country
FR: Brian Chevalier & His Electric Blues Band--9
SA: J.C. Rico & Zulu Dragon--9; Blues

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
SA: The Cheeseburgers--8; Parrothead music

PERUGINO
767 WILLAMETTE ST. 687-9102
WE: Irish Jam--7:30; Celtic

QUACKER'S
2105 W. 7th 485-5925
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

LESLIE HELPERT PLAYS SATURDAY AT SAM BOND'S GARAGE.

SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 Blair 431-6603
TH: Clarence Bucaro, Rev. Greg Scott--9; Blues
FR: The Foghorn String Band--9:30; Old time
SA: Leslie Helpert--9:30; Acoustic
SU: Irish Jam--4, Two High String Band--9; Bluegrass
MO: Bingo--9; Comedy, prizes
TU: Bluegrass Jam--9
WE: The Sourmash Jug Band--9; Old Time

SAMURAI DUCK
980 Oak St. 345-6577
TH: Off With Their Heads, Rezjudikata--9:30; Metal, hard rock
FR: Station Wag, Maple Mars--9:30; Pop rock
SA: Wrekcreation, Blind Nil--9:30; Grunge punk
TU: Anti-Anti, The Daryls, Bind Nil--9:30; Punk
WE: Dixie Witch, Unida, YOB--9:30; Doom, sludge, grind

SWEETWATER'S
Valley River Inn 687-0123
FR: Shelley James Musicbox--8; R&B, soul, pop
SA: Brian Chevalier and His Electric Blues Band--8

TARASCO'S
100 E. Broadway
FR: Salsa w/DJ Mario Mora-9

TINY TAVERN
394 Blair Blvd. 687-8383
FR: Dan Jones and the Squids, Candy Shazz, Sunken Grade--9:30
TU: Los Pistoleros--10; Latin polka

WETLANDS
922 Garfield st. 345-3606
SA: Evin's B-Day Bash w/Pass Out Kings, The Hellenbacks, The Mos Generator, American Hit List, more--8; Rock, punk

WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL
169 W. 6th 485-3825
SA: 4-Word--9:30; Reggae

BOB MOULD GETS ROCKIN' ELECTRONIC SUNDAY AT THE WOW HALL.

WOW HALL All Ages
291 W. 8th Ave. 687-2746
TH: Ai-Churek, Sarymai Urchimaev--8:30; Tuvan music, ceremony
FR: Jupiter Hollow, Sweet Island Thyme, Nimbus, Bamiki--8; Jam rock, reggae
SU: Bob Mould, Thalia Zedek--9:30; Rock
TU: Aceyalone, Prince Paul, Eyedea, Sleep--9; Hip hop

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

CORVALLIS

BEANERY
2ND ST.
SA: Sammusson & Tommassi--8

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

FOX 'N' FIRKIN'
202 SW. 1st ST. 753-8533
TH: Chain of Being--9; Rock
FR: Embra--9; Rock
SA: Deep Woods Band--9; Classic rock
TU: Tenpas Tricky Trivia--8

 

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