EW’s Next Big Thing 2013 will reach its apex this weekend at Eugene Celebration when finalists The Crescendo Show and Sol Seed compete for the grand prize (cash money, recording time, CDs, gigs, etc.) 1 pm Aug. 24 on the Eugene Weekly-KVRM stage. Catch 2012 NBT winner Volifonix at Oak Street Speakeasy 10 pm Aug. 24.
Several downtown venues have booked shows that pack quite the punch for the Eugene Celebration: Cozmic hosts the soulful Concrete Loveseat (Aug. 23) and indie power-poppers Pluto the Planet (Aug. 24); cool off with some bossa nova by Sun Bossa at The Jazz Station (Aug. 24). Luckey’s celebrates all weekend with Alder St. All-Stars, Mood Area 52 and Water Tower (Aug. 23), Hamilton Beach and Blue Lotus (Aug. 24) and Breakers Yard and the Craig Chee Band (Aug. 25). For full lineups, visit eugenecelebration.com.
And now for something completely different: Ty Connor & Co. have taken bar incident logs from local establishments such as Luckey’s, Sam Bond’s and Horsehead, and set them to a score. Catch Incident Log, and perhaps your own embarrassing, all-but-forgotten bar-close moment, performed by Connor, Dan Jones, Dave Snider and James R. West 9:30 pm Aug. 24 at Sam Bond’s; $5.
If you want to escape the festivities of Eugene Celebration and Kaleidoscope Music Festival but are still itchin’ for some live music, head to Cottage Grove’s Axe & Fiddle. Electronic folk duo yOya (Aug. 22), folk pop stars Ivan & Alyosha (Aug. 23), NBT semi-finalist Edewaard (Aug. 24), moody alt-rock band Everest (Aug. 25) and country-western indie songstress and rising Sub Pop Records star Sera Cahoone (Aug. 26) fill up this week’s roster.