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Music news & notes from down in the Willamette valley.
The Changing Colors play Black Forest Aug. 16

The Black Sheep Family Reunion wasn’t all fun and games i.e., juggling fire and guitar strumming; after performing with Psyrup July 26, Ryan Tocchini broke several bones in his right leg — and he does not have health insurance. Sam Bond’s is hosting the Ryan Tocchini Tibia Upgrade Medical Benefit 7:30 pm Thursday, Aug. 15, with local favorites Yeltsin, The Stagger and Sway and The Koozies; $5-$20 suggested donation.


The Lion & The Wolf Tour, featuring Washington-based musicians Hillary Susz and Tommy Trzcynski, comes to Luckey’s 10 pm Wednesday, Aug. 21. Warm up for the show with Susz’s music video for “Blue Toyota,” a Thelma & Louise-styled love song that hits the perfect balance between Johnny Cash’s talking timbre and Neko Case’s haunting wails. Laugh at the PNW with Trzcynski’s “Punk Rock Saved Our Thug Lives”: “I got way more hops than a Northwest beer / I’m way more hick than a can of Rainier / Who the fuck knows about hip hop here?”


Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do! Start warming up your vocal chords because the Eugene Concert Choir and Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble are hosting evening auditions for the 2013-14 season Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Emmaus Lutheran Church. Get to know the old boys’ club and their works: Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass No. 2. To set up an audition, contact choir@eugeneconcertchoir.org or 687-6865.


Don’t miss: Country-rockers Truth & Salvage Co. and the gritty soul of Wes Sheffield at WOW Hall (Aug. 15); The Changing Colors, a dusty Americana outfit traveling from Colorado, at Black Forest (Aug. 16).