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Eugene Weekly : Music : 11.04.04

Surreal Spirito

Ethnic folk and chamber music mix in oRSo.

BY VANESSA SALVIA

In Phil Spirito's world, a bed of nails is as inviting as a carpet of velvety rose petals. Donkeys bray and howl at the moon with wolfish urgency, and sometimes a hiss or a sigh conveys more emotion than any stanza of poetry. Such is the surreality of Spirito's band oRSo.

oRSo performs Friday at Sam Bond's.

Having given life to their third release, My Dreams are Back and They are Better Than Ever, Spirito and company are no less cryptic, but there is a tinge of hope here that was missing on their previous two releases. oRSo's music is at times spooky enough to play as a Halloween soundtrack, and that eerie blend of ethnic folk and "Appalachian chamber music" hasn't changed. What's notably different is Spirito's well-developed songwriting. It seems more well-honed and the songs are more delicate and spacious than what he's proffered in the past.

Though many musicians have joined Spirito on stage and called themselves oRSo, Spirito's vision is most enhanced by the quartet of viola by Julie Liu of Rex, saxophone by Carlo Cennamo from HIM, and double bass by Griffin Rodriquez, also from HIM and Bablicon. In addition to those three, Spirito enlists drummer Doug Scharin, and guitarists Matt Schneider and Josh Larue on Dreams. Scharin and Rodriquez also share recording, mixing and editing duties.

oRSo will be performing Friday, Nov. 5 at Sam Bond's along with Sin Ropas, a duo featuring Tim Hurley and Danni Iosello. Formerly of Red Red Meat, Loftus and Califone, Hurley creates abstract pop with unfixed focus points. It sounds old and dusty, aided in part by their choice of instrumentation: piano, concertina, clarinet, harmonium, organ, korg, glockenspiel.

Following the release of their debut CD, Three Cherries, Hurley and Iosello received an academic Fullbright grant and spent a year on the German Baltic coast. Their second release, 2003's Trickboxes on the Pony Line, was the culmination of a year of home and studio recording they did while in Germany.

If that doesn't float your boat, perhaps Corrine, appearing at Cafe Paradiso that same night, will. Upon popping in her CD, Bound for the Living and hearing the first notes of the opening track, "Maybe Love Will Find You," you think "Bluegrass;" then her voice washes over you, and all you can think is "Wow!" There's a palpable energy stretched over a hard-driving country beat that transcends most modern bluegrass attempts. Unlike so many bluegrass impersonators, Corrine has no desire or need to affect a "twangy, hillbilly" voice. Throughout Bound she lets her warm, full, slightly husky voice shine in a beautiful blend of folk and country that's reminiscent of Emmylou Harris's subtle style. Guitarist Nina Gerber (who worked with Kate Wolf) and friends from The Waybacks offer musical support to Corrine's vocals and rhythm guitar.

Hailing from California's northern Sierras, Corrine's efforts are the most exciting country/folk/bluegrass body of work I have heard in a long time. Special guest Alan Glickenhaus from Higher Ground will also perform.

If you're looking for a band that funks up the rock, jazzes up the pop and souls up the, uh, soul, then check out JND at Luna Saturday, Oct. 6. This six-piece band from San Luis Obispo, Calif., creates a groove that will take hold of you and leave you boppin' all over the dance floor. Lead singer Damon Castillo has a smooth, suave vocal style and the music flows effortlessly. Castillo, a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, formed the group in 1997. In 2002 the group won an "Unsigned Band Competition" on radio's "Mark and Brian Show". Their prize was opening for supergroup Chicago at L.A.'s Greek Theatre. They opened and ended with a standing ovation. Suitably impressed, Chicago invited JND back the next night. The audience was wowed again, and now's your chance to find out what all the hullabaloo was about. Cheers!

 

 





Ax BILLY GRILLE & SPORTS BAR

SA: Mike Denny


BLACK FOREST

50 E. 11TH ST. 686-6619

TH: El Fabuloso, Ginger Hustlers, Stunt Poets--9:30; Rock

FR: The Crimes of Ambition, the New Usual--9:30; Rock

SA: 1 Point Star, Kieskagato--9:30; Rock

SU: Caught in the Act--9:30; Karaoke

MO: Karaoke--9:30

TU: Les Hell on Heels, Pistols at Dawn, The Wanteds--9:30

WE: Gle3K and Guests--9:30







CORRINE PLAYS CAFE PARADISO FRIDAY

CAFE PARADISO

115 W. BROADWAY 484-9933

TH: Blade Runner--7; Movie Night

FR: Corrine--8; Folk

SA: Rashomon--7; Movie Night

TU: Acoustic Open Mic--7:30

WE: Take Back the Folk Tour with Matt the Electrician, Southpaw Jones, Casey Holford--8




CLUB TSUNAMI

2222 CENTENIAL BLVD.

SA: DJ Tekneek--10:30; Hip hop, R & B

COFFEE GROVE COOPERATIVE

510 E. MAIN ST., COTTAGE GR. 942-8847

FR: Fortune Cookie--8; Folk

SA: Blue Road--8; Folk Rock


JACKSTRAW PLAYS AT COZMIC PIZZA FRIDAY.

COZMIC PIZZA@THE STRAND All Ages

8TH AVE. AND CHARNELTON ST. 338-9333

TH: The Rhythm Pimps--9; Garage Funk

FR: Jack Straw--9; Bluegrass Jam

SA: PK Dwyer Band--9; Folk Blues

MO: Karaoke Benefit Show--5; Variety

TU: End of Suburbia--7; Film

WE: Best of Open Mic--8; Variety





DA HOUZE

951 OAK ST. 345-7878

FR: DJ JFM--9; Hip hop

DIABLO'S

959 PEARL ST. 683-3855

TH: Ladies Nite, 80s music--9; Ladies Free

FR: Supa J, Gen. Erik--9; Hip-Hop

SA: Vinyl Pimps--9; House



DOWNTOWN LOUNGE

959 PEARL ST. 343-2346

TH: Android Ethic, the Adjustments--9

FR: Unkle Nancy, Mr. Plow, Voodoo Organist--9; Rock

SA: Coretta Scott, The Crash Engine, Core 13, A Taste for Murder--9; Punk

SU: Kung Fu Karaoke--9

MO: Denise Steele, DJ Diablo, DJ Joe--9

TU: West Coast Swig, Stone Cold Jazz--9

WE: Cheapskate Wednesday--9; Hip-Hop







DUCK INN

1795 W. 6TH AVE.

TH: Ben Coleman's Karaoke--8

SA: Ben Coleman's Karaoke--8


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



GOOD TIMES

375 E. 7TH AVE. 484-7181

TU: Rooster's Blues Jam--8

JOE'S BAR & GRILLE

25 W. 6TH 221-3360

TU: DJ Tekneek--10; Hip hop, R & B

JOHN HENRY'S

77 W. BROADWAY 342-3358

TH: '80s Night w/Chris, Jenn and John--10

FR: The Shudders, The Piss Shivers, Heavenly Oceans--9; Benefit for Kelani & Marietta

SA: Melissa Ferrick, Tegan and Sara--8

SU: Bad Wizard, The Witnesses--7:30, Broadway review--10; Burlesque

MO: DJ River--9

TU: Citizen Cope--9

WE: DJ Kal El vs. DJ Tekneek--10; Reggae, hip hop







LATITUDE 10 CAFE

2757 FRIENDLY ST. 343-3460

SA: Edson Oliveira--6; Latin guitar

LAVELLE'S WINE BAR & BISTRO

5TH ST. PUBLIC MARKET 338-9875

TH: Skip Jones--6

FR: Gus Russell--5

SA: Gus Russell--5


WE: John Crider--6



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

WE: Coyote Ugly--8




LUCKEY'S CLUB CIGAR

933 OLIVE ST. 687-4643

TH: Testface, Beltline, Chevron and Heavenly Oceans--9:30; Indie rock

SA: The Shudders, Ed Cole and the College Girls of Tora Bora, The Woods--10

SU: Lucero, Joshua James and the Runaway Trains--10

TU: The Manis Trio--10; Jazz

WE: Wasteband Tuck--10; Party rock





LUNA

30 E. BROADWAY 434-5862

TH: Garrin Benfield, Laura Kemp, Erik Muiderman--8; Singer/songwriters

FR: Erik Muiderman--7; Singer/songwriter, JC Rico and Zulu Dragon--9:30; Blues

SA: Erik Muiderman--7; Singer/songwriter, JND--9:30; Funk, pop, rock

WE: Ala Nar--8:30; Middle Eastern




MAC'S AT THE VET'S

1626 WILLAMETTE ST. 344-8600

TH: Thursday Night Blues Jam--9

FR: The Valley Boys--9:30; Rock

SA: Deb Cleveland and the Vipers--9:30; Rock

WE: Christie & McCallum--7; Honky tonk




COLONEL CLAYPOOL PLAYS FRIDAY AT MCDONALD THEATRE.

MCDONALD LOUNGE

1010 WILLAMETTE ST.

FR: Col. Claypool's Bucket of Brains, Gabby Lala--7; Rock

SA: Hell's Belles--9; AC/DC tribute

SU: George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic--8; Funk

WE: John Prine--8; Folk




THE O BAR

155 COMMONS WAY 349-0707

TH: Thirsty Thursdays: DJ Johnny--9; Hip hop, dance

TU: DJ Jared--9; Karaoke


OREGON ELECTRIC STATION

27 E. 5TH 485-4444

FR & SA: Don Latarski Group--8; Jazz

OVERTIME TAVERN

770 S. BERTELSEN 342-5028

TH: West Side Blues Jam—8:30

SA: The Cheeseburgers--8


PEABODY'S

444 E. 3RD AVE. 484-2927

FR: Patrick, Giri & Axel--8; Acoustic rock, blues

TU: Tim Patrick, Peter Giri--8; Acoustic variety, humor


PERUGINO

767 WILLAMETTE ST. 687-9102

WE: Irish Jam--7; Celtic

PRIME TIME SPORTS BAR

1360 MOHAWK 746-0549

SU: DJ Jared--9:30; Karaoke

QUACKER'S

2105 W. 7TH 485-5925

MO: Karaoke--9; Variety

WE: Blues Jam--8:30


RAMADA INN

225 COBURG 342-5181

FR & SA: Johnny Law & the Rebels--9:15; Rock

SAM BOND'S GARAGE

407 BLAIR 431-6603

TH: The Buscuit Burners, Cascade Colonels--9; Bluegrass

FR: ORSo, Sin Ropas--9:30; Rock

SA: Ala Zingara, Cross Eyed Rosie--9:30; Variety

SU: Nowhereman, Whiskey Girl--9; Friends of KRVM benefit

MO: The Tiptons--9; Avant jazz

TU: Bluegrass Jam--9

WE: The Sugar Beats--9:30; Rock







SAMURAI DUCK

980 OAK ST. 345-6577

FR: Debris, Ikonoklast, Domesticide--9

SA: Whore, The Meat Shits, Mummification, Blind Legacy--9

SU: Tales From the Crate--10

MO: DJ Syncronoise--9

TU: A8a8a8--9





SAM'S PLACE

825 WILSON ST. 484-4455

TH: Judy K--9

FR: Juke Joint Blues--9:30

SA: McKenzie Blues Project--9



STACY'S COVERED BRIDGE

401 E. MAIN ST., COTTAGE GROVE 767-0320

WE: Open Mic Night w/Ron O'Keefe--8:30

SWEETWATER'S

VALLEY RIVER INN 687-0123

FR & SA: River City Rhythm and Blues--8:30

TAP 'N' KEG

1704 MAIN ST., COTTAGE GROVE

942-8713

WE: DJ Jared--9; Karaoke

TAYLOR'S BAR AND GRILL

894 E. 13TH AVE. 554-5320

FR: DJs Smur & Tekneek--10; Hip hop, R & B

WETLANDS

922 GARFIELD ST. 345-3606

SA: Genus Pro, SoundProof, Money Shot and others--10; Hip hop

WOW HALL All Ages

291 W. 8TH AVE. 687-2746

TH: Built to Spill, Mike Johnson, Ape Shape--9; Rock

FR: Forbidden Beauty w/Helene Eriksen--7:15; Afghan dance

SA: Club Groove--9; DJ dance

SU: ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Dance Disaster Movement, Forget Castles--8:30

MO: Stan Ridgway, DeVotchka--8:30; Singer/songwriters

TU: Rebirth Brass Band, Carlos Washington & The Amazing Giant People--9:30; Jazz, funk

WE: Pepper, ASG, Mastro3, The Sweater Club--8:30; Reggae, rock







YUKON JACK'S

4TH AND W. BRDWY., VENETA 935-1921

FR & SA: Go 211--9; Rock

 

CORVALLIS

FOX 'N' FIRKIN

202 SW. 1ST ST. 753-8533

FR: The Dimes, Android Ethic--9

WE: TenPas' Tricky Trivia--8:30


THE PEACOCK TAVERN

125 SW. 2ND ST. 754-8522

TH: DJ Tekneek--10; Hip hop, R & B

SU: The Nairobi Boys--6; Jazz

WE: Neal Grandstaff, Ray Brassfield--8:30; Blues, jazz



PLATINUM NIGHT CLUB

126 SW 4TH ST.

FR: Hell's Belles, I Can Lick any SOB in the House, Knockout John--8; Rock

SA: DJ Hes--9; Football afterparty