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Eugene Weekly : Music : 03.10.05

Lunar Visions

Laurie Anderson, Tomasz Stanko at The Shedd.

BY BRETT CAMPBELL

When NASA called Laurie Anderson a few years ago and offered to make her the space agency's artist in residence, she hung up the phone. "I was sure it was a fan who had figured out my secret dream," she said, "and was trying to torture me."

Even before her breakthrough 1980 album Big Science, Anderson, whose pioneering blend of electronic music, violin, storytelling, visual and performance art made her one of the 20th century's most admired and innovative artists, had been fascinated by technology and its attractions and dangers. Now, after her two-year study of NASA from the inside, we'll get to see Anderson's "final report," a 90-minute multimedia spectacle called "The End of the Moon" Saturday, March 12 at the Shedd.

Long before the New Frontier, Americans associated outer space with the future, and Anderson's musical monologues will touch on those dreams and aspirations as well as their dark side — the militarization of space. But in Anderson's allusive, fractured style, the storytelling also references Thomas Pynchon, a heavily armed audience in Turkey, gay penguins, robots, nanotechnology, quantum physics, and much more — all refracted through her trademark wry humor and sense of absurdity.

We recently saw Beowulf recounted by a master storyteller/musician, Ben Bagby; Laurie Anderson is a modern bard, with a contemporary interpretation on our myths. Anyone interested in the art, music and science of our time should be at this absolutely essential event.

Don't let Laurie's lunar luminosity eclipse a lesser-known yet still brilliant light. Jazz and contemporary classical fans need to be at the Shedd on Thursday, March 17, when Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko brings his young quartet to town. After starting off as a free jazzer in the 1960s, Stanko steadily refined his sound to arrive at a dark, spare aesthetic that, by the 1990s produced some of the most beautifully atmospheric yet intensely exploratory music to emerge on the innovative ECM label.

Dubbing anyone the next Miles Davis (as happened to Stanko years ago) is as unfair and inaccurate as calling this month's folkie the next Dylan. Yet anyone who cherishes Miles' moody, broody 1960s quintet will love Stanko's haunting jazz noir. And his recent CDs, as well as the new ECM disk by his backing trio, affirm this group's position at the pinnacle of European jazz. The 62-year-old Stanko is one of the most original and compelling composer/performers in music today. In the Shedd's sweet acoustic, it should be one of Eugene's most intimately powerful concerts of the year.

 

 

Master Jams With Protégé

Oregon Art Beat to tape Jones, Robertson gig.

BY VANESSA SALVIA

Last May, 15-year-old Brooks Robertson, a finger-picking guitarist from Eugene, made it to the finals on Prairie Home Companion's "Talent From Twelve to Twenty" contest. He wowed the judges and won the contest, a remarkable feat considering Robertson had only started playing guitar three years earlier.

Brooks Robertson

His father played music and encouraged him to pursue it, but it wasn't until 2001 when father and son saw finger-picking guitarist Buster B. Jones in concert that something clicked. "It amazed me. I couldn't believe it," Robertson said. "His playing really inspired me to play. I just told my dad, 'That's what I want to play like.'"

Finger picking is a complicated style of playing where a pick is used on the thumb, freeing the other four fingers for more complex playing. "There's four strings you can be doing stuff with instead of just one. You can have a lot more going on," Robertson said. And Buster B. Jones had so much going on that Robertson became his protégé, learning Jones' unique style straight from the master.

As a teen in Iowa, Jones copied the guitar playing styles of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed. He never took formal lessons, so he learned his craft through trial and error, developing a technique all his own. "There's a lot of traditional players that Buster sprouted from but he changes it so much," Robertson said. "He's the only person I've ever heard who plays the way he does." Jones has a new CD due out this summer, and the pair will have more time to play together when Robertson isn't in school.

Jones and Robertson have played many shows together locally and nationally, including Bangor, Maine's National Folk Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival and a Guitars for Life benefit gig in France. Robertson's goal is to win the annual national Fingerstyle Guitar Championship held in September in Winfield, Kan., which Jones himself won in 1990. This Friday's Luna show will be a special live Oregon Public Broadcasting videotaping for a segment of Oregon Art Beat.

Buster B. Jones with Brooks Robertson Luna, 8:30 pm. Friday, March 11 / $10. 434-5862.

 

 

Desert Drummer

Bjork's stoner rock sludgefest.

BY STEVEN SAWADA

For the first half of the '90s, Seattle grunge defined a generation's worth of rock. That's a given. The dreary skies, depressed economic conditions of old industry, and dense greenery were perfect fodder for this fresh face of rock with its new forms of guitar noise and youthful angst.

Brant Bjork and The Bros, Vic Du Monte's Idiot Prayer. John Henry's, 9 pm. Monday, March 14 / $5, www.johnhenrysclub.com

Simultaneously, yet culturally and geographically disconnected, a similar sounding music grew out of Southern California's palm desert area where cacti, Joshua trees and puffy clouds dominate the view. Stoner, or desert rock, as it was called, was as important to Southern California's music scene as Grunge was to Seattle's.

One man who helped pave the way for this sludgy, psychedelic down-tuned, riff-laden music was Brant Bjork. In 1987, Bjork, along with high school buddies Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri and John Garcia began KYUSS (pronounced Ka- Yuss), and the stoner's soundtrack was forever redefined.

Tad, Mudhoney and Nirvana were great bands, Bjork explains, but the guys from KYUSS were proud not to be from the Northwest. "After 10 years, people started to understand that KYUSS was the flipside to what was going on in Seattle," Bjork says.

That flipside involved thick, droney guitar riffs that enveloped entire songs; Guitars were tuned down to create Sabbath-like melodies. Stoner rock represented a new type of Americana, pulling from '60s psychedelia in the forms of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Iron Butterfly, as well as the motorcycle freedom rock of the '70s ala bands like Steppenwolf. It infused the combined essence of rock with what was going on in Southern California at the time: Low-riders, punk music, surf and skate culture.

After leaving KYUSS in 1994, Bjork went on to work with surfer-stoner rock band Fu Manchu, Oliveri's band Mondo Generator, as well as former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur's solo project. In '97 and '99, he collaborated with Homme on the Desert Sessions project, which essentially laid the groundwork for Homme's band Queens of the Stone Age. Creating his own music seemed to soothe his restlessness as a musician and in 1997 he released his first solo album, Jalamanta. In his solo work, Bjork, a drummer in the other bands he'd played in, was free to experiment and recorded all the instrument parts on his own.

He says he doesn't regret leaving KYUSS or not following Homme to found Queens of the Stone Age. There are no hard feelings between Bjork and the other band members. But, as he explains, his solo career allows him to tap into the music that inspires him. "My solo shit is definitely my priority," he said.

Bjork will perform with his live band, The Bros. Labelmates Vic Du Monte's Idiot Prayer will open the show.   

 

 

Ear To The Underground

BY MELISSA BEARNS

Folk Meets Punk Meets Rock

If you're looking for something low-key, a little different and free, check out David Boone at the 5th Street Beanery on Friday, March 11. On tour all the way from Missoula, Mont., Boone's not quite your average singer-songwriter. Yes, he's got the wonderful, sweet voice typical of all those oh-so-trendy bigger names like Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.

But he doesn't always use his "instrument" the way they do. He does sing lovely, melting melodies. But he also howls and moans in terse angry bursts then brings it down to a riff or a gentle melody for a roller coaster ride.

Even "Tuesday Night" — the best tune off his release Ignore The Orange Hand — starts out soft and sultry with a catchy little melody, then explodes out with a stricken, emotion-laden chorus at the end.

An added bonus is that Boone doesn't stick to one sound either, incorporating rollicking country beats and occasionally, hard rock distortion and punk-influenced angst.

 

S.O.B's (Sounds of Brazil)

Few musicians have had the opportunity or the honor to study under the very players who defined a genre of music. David Burgess has. He studied guitar with Andrés Segovia, the man who defined classical guitar in the same way Miles Davis defined jazz.

But Burgess has other influences as well, namely the hot, steamy rhythms and grooves of Brazilian bossa novas, salsas and sambas and intertwines them with Spanish guitar and even contemporary pop into complex, rich songs. His technical brilliance is unparalleled except by the very best. Every track on Silver Nuggets and Fool's Gold breathes and pulses with emotion and depth. Cascades of flowing notes leave you breathless. Rhythmic nuances and startling percussion on songs like "Berimbau" are captivating. Fans are begging for another CD soon. And the few critics worth a grain of salt who've actually reviewed him are raving. Rightfully so.

The opportunity to see such a talented musician before he becomes really famous is rare, even for Eugene. So don't miss his show Sunday, March 13 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship on 2945 Circle Blvd. in Corvallis. $10.

 

 




AX BILLY GRILL & SPORTS BAR

999 WILLAMETTE ST. * 484-4011

SA: Mike Denny—8; Jazz

BEANERY All Ages

5TH ST. * 344-0221

FR: David Boone—7

BLACK FOREST

50 E. 11TH ST. * 686-6619

TH: Tricky P & Reotch—9:30

FR: The Absentee, The Vampirates—9:30

SA: Gel, Lucidic—9:30

SU: Caught in the Act Karaoke—9

MO: $1000 Karaoke Contest—9

TU: The Nicolette Helm Band—9; Blues






SINGER-SONGWRITER COSY SHERIDAN PLAYS THURSDAY AT CAFE PARADISO.

CAFE PARADISO

115 W. BROADWAY * 484-9933

TH: Cosy Sheridan, Brian Joseph—8; Singer-songwriters

FR: The Celtic Lineup—8

MO: Band open mic night—7:30

TU: Acoustic open mic night—7:30




CLUB TSUNAMI

2222 CENTENIAL BLVD.

SA: DJ Tekneek—10:30; Hip hop, R & B

COFFEE GROVE COOPERATIVE

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

FR: "Groovin' at the Grove"—8; Americana

SA: Rick & Lavinia Ross—7:30; Blues, folk


COUNTRY SIDE RESTAURANT

4740 MAIN ST. * 744-1594

TH & SA: Line dance lessons—7

SU-TU: Karaoke—8


COUNTRYSIDE

645 RIVER ROAD

FR: Music Alliance Blues Jam w/ Peter Giri and mystery star jammers—8

COZMIC PIZZA@THE STRAND All Ages

8TH AVE. & CHARNELTON ST. * 338-9333

TH: Dubliminal—8

FR: Global Funk Council—9

SA: Norma Fraser, The Morning After Band—8; Reggae

SU: Hip hop/spoken word poetry night—8:30

MO: An Act of Conscience—7; Film

TU: Open mic night—7

WE: Dungeness—8







DA HOUZE

915 OAK ST., DOWNSTAIRS * 345-7878

TH: Old School Karaoke, Kamikaze Hip Hop—8

FR: Rob and Carlos present Hip Hop Live—9

SA: DJ Mead—9

MO: Metal Trilogy Mondays—9

WE: Free Sushi Wednesdays—10





DOWNTOWN LOUNGE

959 PEARL ST.* 343-2346

TH: Open turntables—10; Funk, hip hop

FR: Savitri, Disco Organica—10; Rock, funky disco

SA: Tre Hardson (of Pharcyde), I-Chele & the Circle of Light, Genus Pro, Phormula—10; Hip hop, reggae

SU: Kung Fu Karaoke—10

MO: DJ Diablo & Supa J—10; Buttrock, funk, hip hop

TU: Free pool—10

WE: The Hounds—10; Funk







DUCK INN

1795 W. 6TH. *

TH & SA: Ben Coleman's Karaoke—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

WE: Nancy & John Jany—5; Jazz

GAME DAY SPORTS BAR

1156 HWY. 99 * 607-2485

SA: B-Side Studio presents Incyte & J-Philly—9; Hip hop

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 Jam Session—9

FR: J.C. Rico—9

SA: Kristen Chandler—9

SU: Mark Alan—9; Jazz

MO: Skip Jones Hammond Organ Trio—7:30

TU: Barbara Dzuro—7:30

WE: Olem Aves & Mike Hanns—8







JOE'S BAR & GRILLE

25 W. 6TH * 221-3360

TU: DJ Tekneek—10; Hip hop, R & B

JOGGER'S BAR & GRILL

710 WILLAMETTE ST. * 343-0224

TH & FR: Karaoke—5

SA: Dancing w/DJ Ty—19; Old school hip hop

MO: Working Man's Blues Jam—9

TU: Dancing w/DJ Ty—9; Old school hip hop

WE: Karaoke—5





JOHN HENRY'S

77 W. BROADWAY * 342-3358

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

FR: High Priestess Body Modification Celebration—10

SA: Freaks in the House w/ DJ Steve Sawada & The Audio Schizophrenic—10

SU: John Henry's Broadway Revue—10; Burlesque, variety

MO: Brant Bjork & the Bros., Vic DuMonte, Satin Fury—9

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






LATITUDE 10 CAFE All Ages

2757 FRIENDLY * 343-3460

SA: Paul Prince—6; Slack key & African guitar

LAVELLE'S WINE BAR & BISTRO

5TH ST. PUBLIC MARKET * 338-9875

TH: Skip Jones—5; New Orleans piano

FR & SA: Gus Russell—5; Jazz piano

WE: John Crider—5; Jazz piano



LION'S DEN LOUNGE

205 COBURG RD. * 342-5201

SU: Blues jam w/ Jerry Zybach—7

ARMY OF FRESHMEN ROLL INTO LUCKEY'S ON TUESDAY.

LUCKEY'S CLUB CIGAR

933 OLIVE ST. * 687-4643

TH: The Sweater Club, Dan Jones & the Squids—10; Indie

FR: Armored Frog, The Angry Orts—10; Indie

SA: Stacked, The Ginger Hustlers—10; Rock

TU: The Empty Mouths Benefit Tour w/ The Sloppy Meateaters, Army of Freshmen, The Third Estate—10; Rock

WE: Savitri, The Quick & Easy Boys—10; Cowboy funk





LUNA

30 E. BROADWAY * 434-5862

FR: Erik Muiderman—6; Singer-songwriter; Buster B. Jones w/ Brooks Robertson—8:30; Fingerstyle guitar

SA: Grasshoppah—9; Folk funk bluegrass fusion


MAC'S AT THE VET'S

1626 WILLAMETTE ST. * 344-8600

TH: Mo'Fessa Blues Jam—8

FR: Dr. Bundy's London Rock Revue

SA: The Vipers w/ Deb Cleveland

WE: Christie & McCallum




MCDONALD THEATRE

1010 WILLAMETTE ST.

SA: Jonny Lang—8

MONROE STREET CAFE

1193 MONROE ST. * 343-0863

TH: The Ginger Hustlers, J-Star—7

FR: Andrea Lee—8

SA: Halo Jones—7

SU: Poetry open mic—7

MO: Drum & Dance Circle

WE: Open mic—7






THE O BAR & GRILL

115 COMMONS * 349-0707

TU: Karaoke w/ Jared—9

OREGON ELECTRIC STATION

27 E. 5TH * 485-4444

FR & SA: Don Latarski—8

OVERTIME GRILL

770 S. BERTELSEN * 342-5028

TH: Blues Jam—8

FR: Mickey & the Mojo Hitmen—8


PEABODY'S

444 E. 3RD AVE. * 484-2927

FR:  Tim & Peter—8; Hot and tasty acoustic

SA:  Music Alliance Blues Jam w/ Skip Jones, JC Rico, Peter Giri & others—8

TU: Patrick & Giri—8; Hot & tasty acoustic

WE: Gordon Kaswell—6; Piano bar




PERUGINO

767 WILLAMETTE ST. 687-9102

WE: Irish Jam—7; Celtic

QUACKER'S

2105 W. 7TH * 485-5925

TU: Karaoke—8:30

WE: Blues jam—8:30


SCRAMBLED APE PLAY GERMAN CABARET MUSIC, JAZZ STANDARDS AND MORE MONDAY AT SAM BOND'S

SAM BOND'S GARAGE

407 BLAIR * 431-6603

TH: The Happy Bastards, Station Wag, Fingers Cut Megamachine—9; Rock

FR: Etouffee—9:30; Cajun rock

SA: Laura Kemp, Steve Smith—9; Americana

SU: Irish Jam--5

Laura Cortese—9:30; Irish

MO: Scrambled Ape—9; Ottoman jazz

TU: Sam Bond's Bluegrass Jam--9

WE: The Brothers Past—9; Rock








SAM'S PLACE

825 WILSON ST. * 484-4455

SA: Paradox—9; Classic rock

SAMURAI DUCK

980 OAK ST. * 345-6577

FR: Beneath the Torns, others—9:30

SA: The Future Funk Collective—9

SU: Buried Inside, Necryptic, Chainsaw Sex Vikings—9

MO: Industrial night w/ live fire dancing—9

TU: DJ Ephrin—9

WE: Retro night—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: The Jim Basnight Band—8:30

TAYLOR'S BAR AND GRILL

894 E. 13TH AVE. * 344-6174

TH: DJ Smuv & DJ Tekneek—10; Hip hop, R & B

MO: DJ Tekneek

TU: Karaoke



TINY TAVERN

394 BLAIR BLVD. * 687-8383

SA: Nero, Simpleman—9; Modern indie

MO: 15 Minutes of Fame w/ Ol' What's His Name's Open Mic—9

WE: DJ Secret Hippie's Disco Inferno—9



WETLANDS

922 GARFIELD ST. * 345-3606

SA: PB Army, No Cash Value, Richard Hedders, The Perverts—10; Punk rock

THE SUGAR BEETS CELEBRATE THEIR 15TH ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY AT THE WOW HALL.

WOW HALL All Ages

291 W. 8TH AVE. * 687-2746

TH: KRS-One, Boom Bap Project, Debaser, Soundproof, The Phormula—8; Hip hop

SA: The Sugar Beets 15th Anniversary Show—8:30; Psychedelic bluegrass

MO: Pepper, Authority Zero, Beautiful Girls—8:30

WE: The Decemberists, Okkervil River—8:30




 

CORVALLIS

AJ'S

137 SW 2ND * 752-7570

FR: Rhapsody in the Vineyard wine tasting—4

BOMBS AWAY CAFE

2527 NW MONROE * 757-7221

TH: John Bliss XTET—7:30; Jazz

FR: Laura Kemp—9:30

WE: Johnny Bluesky—6; Americana



IOVINO'S RISTORANTE

126 SW 1ST ST. * 738-9015

SA: Sam Holmes—9; Singer-songwriter

WE: Thriving Theatre!—9; Wacky improv


MURPHY'S

2740 SE 3RD ST. * 738-7600

SA: Magpie reunion show—8:30

PLATINUM NIGHT CLUB

126 SW 4TH

FR: Rubberneck, The David Samuel Project—9

MO: Karaoke night w/ Patches—9

WE: Kyoko, others—9



SQUIRREL'S

100 SW. 2ND ST. * 753-8057

SA: Jive Kitchen, Flaming Inhalers—9:30

TOMMY'S PEACOCK

125 SW 2ND ST. * 754-8522

FR: Prime Rib—9; Blues, rock, jazz

SA: Fate 55—9; Classic rock

WE: Improv blues & jazz jam w/ Neal Grandstaff & Ray Brassfield—8:30



UNITARIAN FELLOWSHIP

2945 CIRCLE BLVD.

SU: David Burgess—9; Brazilian/Spanish guitar