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Natural Talent
Two hot acts for the end of the term
BY VANESSA SALVIA
BRENDA WEILER PLAYS CAFE PARADISO FRIDAY.

Two great shows, each totally different, bookend our entertainment this week. First up, Cafe Paradiso's Friday, Dec. 12th show features the return of Brenda Weiler as she celebrates the release of her brand new CD, Cold Weather.

The talented Weiler, 25, is a native of Fargo, N.D. She spent several years in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota before recently relocating to new digs nearby in Portland.

Weiler's adopted hometown of Minneapolis loved her enough to award her the City Pages "Best of The Twin Cities" Critics Pick for Best Female Vocalist, and she twice received the honor of Musician of the Year by the High Plains Reader.

This is an exciting time for Weiler. Cold Weather, her fifth release, is her first nationally distributed CD after seven years of perfecting her craft. It has also been released on Virt Records, home of label-mate Vienna Teng.

Music was a big part of Weiler's family life; her father held a doctorate in music and her seven other siblings all sang or played an instrument. Weiler played cello for 10 years and sang in choir, but it wasn't until the summer after her graduation from high school that she picked up the guitar. The music biz then opened its arms for her, and she decided to forgo college for one year as she explored the world of music.

That passionate pursuit led to an indefinite postponement of college and four independently released CDs, the last being 2001's well received Fly Me Back. Each CD cultivated for Weiler more and more acclaim, and each showed her gaining agility in her songwriting abilities.

Cold Weather shows Weiler inhabiting a less hospitable environment; she's got a chill she can't shake. The 10th track, "The Weather I'm In," most clearly illustrates her deeply felt, emotionally stark state when she solemnly croons "Don't ask me why/ don't ask me how/ all of this darkness and ugliness found me/ it won't be good."

Weiler has explained in past interviews that the songs on this CD are reflecting a growing sense of desperation she feels in the political and social state of the world. She has tapped into an eloquent discovery of the dark realms of sadness and struggle and managed to keep her confidence and vibrancy intact, pulling herself through these hostile lands and taking us along with her.

The legend of Petty Booka, Tokyo's favorite and perhaps only ukulele duo, comes to large life Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Sam Bond's. The two gals in Petty Booka, Shinobu Imai and Ren Takada, each play ukulele like they were born Polynesian. They throw in toy piano, slack key guitar, lap steel guitar and acoustic and electric guitar, while their five other bandmates handle bass, percussion, spoons, harmonica and Hawaiian steel guitar.

The twist is that the girls specialize in warping traditional popular songs into Polynesian/Country-Western gems you will never hear the likes of anywhere else: Blondie's "The Tide is High," Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made For Walking," even The Ramones‚ "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend." My favorites are the versions of "Pineapple Princess" and especially "Ukulele Lady."

The legend began in 1995 when their previous band, Flamenco A Go Go, disbanded. That band was set to record a version of "Karma Chameleon" for an '80s compilation. The two girls kept the commitment to record the song, backed up by a band called the Toconuts. That combination stuck and Petty Booka was born, with their first CD coming out the next year.

Opening the show will be Manischewitz — a new local act featuring at least one member of Mood Area 52 — who specializes in covering Henry Mancini tunes. Petty Booka will also be appearing for a short, free, all ages gig that same day at 5 pm at Feinstein's Museum of Unfine Art, on Willamette Street across from the downtown Post Office.



AX BILLY GRILL & SPORTS BAR
999 WILLAMETTE ST. 484-4011
SA: Carl Woideck--8

BEANERY All Ages
152 W. 5TH AVE. 342-3378
TH: Richie G, Michael Kevin Daly--7; Songwriters tribute
FR: Tom's Kitchen--7
SA: Edson Oliveria--7

BLACK FOREST
50 E. 11TH ST. 686-6619
FR: Station Wag--9:30; Rock
SA: Like Breathing--9:30; Rock
SU: Open Mic w/Pete Christie--9:30
MO: Karaoke w/Jared--9
WE: Norman Mesman--9:30

CAFE PARADISO
115 W. BROADWAY 484-9933
TH: Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert--8; Folk
FR:Mike Compton and David Long--7 pm; Bluegrass, Brenda Weiler--9; Singer/songwriter
SA: Box Set Duo: Jim Brunberg, Jeff Pehrson--8; Vocals, guitar, pedal steel
TU: Acoustic Music Open Mic--8
WE: John Shipe, Ed Cole, Dan Jones--8; Singer/songwriters

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

CLUB 50 All Ages
165 W. 11TH AVE
FR: Hip Hop Dance Party--9
SA: Hip Hop Dance Party--9

COFFEE GROVE COOPERATIVE
510 E. MAIN ST., COTTAGE GR. 942-8847
FR: White Mountain--8; Jazzy blues, timeless ballads

COZMIC PIZZA @ THE STRAND All Ages
199 W. 8TH AVE. 338-9333
TH: Willamette Jazz Society Jam w/Kenny Reed--7
FR: Famine Relief Benefit Concert w/Boka Marimba, Njuzu Nbira, Jennifer Kyker, Paul Prince, Kudana Marimba, Vakasara Nbira Group--7; African
SA: The Raventones w/TR Kelly--8
SU: Americanistan--5; Middle Eastern music, bellydance, Midnight Sun Quintet--7:30; Jazz
MO: Cozmic Family Theater Film Club--5; Film, Acoustic Night w/ Ila Kreigh--8:30
TU: Salsa Night--7
WE: Open Mic--6; Poetry and Music, Mind Set w/Philosophy--9; Positive hip hop

DIABLO'S
959 PEARL ST. 683-3855
TH: Salsa--9, Thirsty Thursday w/DJs Jose Cruz, Supa --midnight; Electronic
FR: Big Beats w/DJs Dinari, Supa J--9; Hip Hop
SA: Big Pimpin' House Night w/DJs Howie, Anmar--9; House, electronic
WE: All Request Night w/Surprise Resident DJs--10

DOWNTOWN LOUNGE
959 PEARL ST. 343-2346
TH: The Devil Brothers--10; Old school, funk, R&B
FR: Subside, element521, Hollowman--10; Rock
SA: Trio Grande, Funktifino--10: Funk, jazz
SU: Illamental w/DJ Dinari, guest MCs--10; Hip hop
MO: Monster Truck Monday w/DJs Diablo, Von Rocket--9; Obscure 80s punk, butt rock
TU: Study Hall Tuesday: Stone Cold Jazz w/Kenny Reed--9
WE: Funk Jam--10

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

FOOLSCAP BOOKS All Ages
780 BLAIR BLVD. 681-9212
FR: Indie Rock Extravaganza w/ The Dead Americans, Ed Cole & the College Girls of Tora Bora--9

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

INDIGO DISTRICT
13TH AVENUE & OAK STREET. 434-6553
FR: The Anxieties, The Lo-Cals, Girls Gone Wylde--9; Punk
SA: Carnival of Chaos--9:30; Variety, puppets, dance, DJs, interactive art, more
WE: Lick--9; Glam rock, electro, dance

JO FEDERIGO'S
259 E. 5TH AVE. 343-8488
TH: Jo Fed's Jazz Jam Session-9
FR: Jeff LaPalme Quartet--9:30
SA: John Crider Quartet--9:30
SU: Mark Allan--9; Acoustic guitar
MO: Funky Monday w/Skip Jones Hammon Organ--9
TU: Barbara Dzuro--8:30; Jazz piano
WE: John Crider Duo--9

JOGGER'S 
BAR & GRILL

710 WILLAMETTE ST. 343-0224
TH: Karaoke w/DJ Bond--10
FR: Karaoke w/DJ Bond--10
TU: Karaoke w/DJ Bond--10
WE: Karaoke w/DJ Bond--10

JOHN HENRY'S
77 W. BROADWAY 342-3358
TH: 80s Night w/Chris and Jenn--10
FR: Surrounded by Ninjas, DJ Grasshopper, local improv musicians--10
SA: Innergroove w/DJs Dan Craig, DJ Shawn, Greencell--10; Techno, house, trip hop
SU: Broadway Revue--10; Burlesque, magic, music
MO: The Red Elvises, The Danged, The Sawyer Family--8
TU: Blasphemous Abnormality, The Defocators, Big Bubba--10
WE: Reggae vs. Hip Hop w/DJ Kal El, DJ Tekneek--10

THE KEG
4711 W. 11TH AVE. 345-5563
SA: Karaoke and dancing w/Jared--9

KELYNSKI'S SPORTS PUB
1712 IVY ST., JUNCTION CITY 998-5688
TH: Karaoke w/Clydester--7
FR: Karaoke w/Clydester--7
SA: Karaoke w/Clydester--7
SU: Karaoke w/Clydester--5
WE: Open Mic--6 pm

LAVELLE'S WINE BAR & BISTRO
5TH ST. PUBLIC MARKET 338-9875
FR: Jenny Payne--5; Jazz
SA: Chris Stubbs--5; Jazz

LEGEND'S GRILL & STADIUM CLUB
44 E. 7TH AVE. 683-5160
FR: Karaoke w/Jared--9
WE: Open Mic w/Wade Zev--9

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

LOS GROUCHOS
100 E. BROADWAY 484-1747
TH: Hip Hop DJ--10
FR: DJ Jose Cruz--10; Salsa
SA: DJ Cristobal--10; Salsa

LUCKEY'S CLUB CIGAR
933 OLIVE ST. 687-4643
TH: Means of Ignition, The Visible Men, The Hindi Guns--10; Funky, punky rock
FR: Sting Shark, The Rhythm Pimps, Champagne Syndicate--10; Reggae, funk, pop
SA: Toad in the Hole, Hill Stomp--10; Irish folk, ragtime bluegrass
TU: Carribean Voodoo Man Witch Memorial Jazz Night--10
WE: Trio Grande--10; Funk, jazz

DAVID FRIESEN PLAYS LUNA TUESDAY.

LUNA
30 E. BROADWAY 434-5862
TU: David Friesen, Jeannie Hoffman, Jerry Hahn, Gary Hobbs--7; World-class holiday jazz

MAC'S AT THE VET'S CLUB
1626 WILLAMETTE ST. 344-8600
TH: Christie & McCallum--9; Honky tonk, rock
FR: Basic Assumption, High on Peeps--9; Original rock
SA: The Vipers featuring Deb Cleveland CD Release Party--9:30; Blues
WE: Open Mic w/Pete Christie--7

THE O BAR
1 COMMONS WAY 349-0707
SU: Handyband--9; Pharmaceutical funk
TU: Karaoke w/Jared--9

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

PLANET GOLOKA
679 LINCOLN ST. 465-4555
TH: Srila Prabhupada--6:30; Film
FR: Open Music Jam--7
SA: Kirttan Dinner--6:30
MO: Original Songs Open Mic--6:30
TU: Poetry Night--6:30
WE: Kava Circle--6:30; Ritual

PRIME TIME SPORTS BAR
1360 MOHAWK RD. 746-0549
SU: Karaoke w/Donny--9

QUACKER'S
2105 W. 7TH 485-5925
SA: Dr. Bundy's Rock Review--9; Rock, blues
MO: Karaoke--9; Variety
WE: Quacker's Blues Bash—8:30; Blues jam

RAMADA INN
225 COBURG
342-5181
FR: Rock-it--9:15
SA: Rock-it--9:15

SAM BOND'S GARAGE
407 BLAIR 431-6603
TH: The Living Daylights--9: Jazz
FR: Ty Connor and guests in "Delivery from Usville"--9:30; Spoken word, music
SA: Ala Nar w/Astryd Demichele and guests, Astryd's Fourth Annual Student Show--8; Middle Eastern, bellydance
SU: Second Annual Sam Bond's Film Fest--8
MO: Scrambled Ape w/cartoons--9; Avant jazz
TU: Bluegrass Jam--9
WE: Petty Booka, Manischewitz--9; Variety

SAM'S PLACE
825 WILSON ST. 484-4455
FR: The U-Gene Band--9:30; Rock, folk, soul

AT THE SPINE PLAYS SAMURAI DUCK THURSDAY.

SAMURAI DUCK
980 OAK ST. 345-6577
TH: At the Spine, Birds of India, Pelletgun--9:30; Indie rock
FR: Whore!--9:30; Metal with attitude
SA: The Sawyer Family, Joshua James & the Runaway Trains--9:30; Rockabilly
SU: Freestyle Hip Hop Party--9:30
WE: GOTO: xy, Mos-8, Opter, Gleek, Dianoga--9; 8-bit, turntablism

S.T.U.N. PLAYS THE WILD DUCK THURSDAY.

SWEETWATER'S
VALLEY RIVER INN 687-0123
FR: Nicolette Helm Band--8; High-energy R&B
SA: Adam Comer Band--8; Contemporary funk rock, jazz-flavored R&B

THE VOLCANO
535 MAIN ST., SPFD.
WE: Ozone Baby--9:15; New rock, classic rock

WETLANDS
922 GARFIELD ST. 345-3606
SA: Northwest Royale, 5south, fivefootthick--10; Metal, hardcore

WILD DUCK MUSIC HALL
169 W. 6TH 485-3825
TH: Vendetta Red, STUN, Armor for Sleep, Pris--7:30; Alternative
SA: Wild Nights w/DJ Titus and Jayson--10; Hip hop, R&B, Dance, Retro

DRUMATTICA PLAYS WOW HALL FRIDAY.

WOW HALL All Ages
291 W. 8TH AVE. 687-2746
TH: The Hanson Brothers, The Bastard Saints, Not A Part Of It--8:30; Hockey punk
FR: TV:616, Drumattica, Deflower--8:30; Hard rock
SA: Membership Party: Broadfunk, Scrambled Ape, Abaqua, Scott Franzen--7; Funk, tap, cartoon jazz, more
SU: The Flying Other Brothers Band, Higher Ground--8:30; Jam rock

 

CORVALLIS

FOX 'N' FIRKIN'
202 SW. 1ST ST. 753-8533
SU: Blues Jam--6

MURPHEY'S
3740 SE 3RD ST. 758-9000
SU: Nairobi Bois--6; Jazz

 


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