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Music news & notes from down in the Willamette valley
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Way to go, Eugene-area musicians. EW’s Next Big Thing racked up 113 submissions by 75 artists and bands. On to phase two: On an undisclosed day this week in an undisclosed location, NBT judges will gather to pick which 16 acts will move on to the semi-finals at the Lane County Fair July 26-28. Look for smoke signals and announcements in our July 11 issue.

 

The fireworks may have left ringing in your ears, but you should still check out the inaugural Cascadia Music Festival. Hosted July 5 at Eugene’s newest summer venue du jour, Mt. Pisgah’s Emerald Meadows, the festival is headlined by Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and joined by Railroad Earth, the Tony Furtado Band, Jelly Bread and the Shook Twins.

 

Art and the Vineyard has a solid music line-up this year, including teen blues sensation Savanna Coen (5 pm July 4), neo-bluegrassers  Sassparilla (5:30 pm July 5), the jazzy Concrete Love Seat (6 pm July 6) and the alt-folk-cabaret Troupe Carnivàle (8 pm July 6).

 

The Kaleidoscope Music Festival (Aug. 23-25) has rolled out phase three of its line-up: Hip-hop icon Nas will be joining headliners Bassnectar and Empire of the Sun. Other additions include Minus the Bear, Capital Cities, DJ Shadow and Schoolboy Q.

 

There’s still time to register for the WOW Hall Music’s Edge 2013 Summer Rock Camp (for ages 10-18). There are two one-week sessions, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 26-30, which culminate in gigs at the Whiteaker Block Party and the Saturday Market.

See wowhall.org/music-camps for details and registration.

 

Don’t miss: the “bitchin’ rockabilly” of The Double Deuce at Luckey’s (10 pm July 5), Hoist the Colors playing their blend of punk rock, folk, bluegrass and traditional Irish music at Axe & Fiddle (8:30 pm July 6) and DIY bookers Small Howl present the effervescent and moody indie sounds of Stephen Steinbrink at Wandering Goat (8 pm July 9).