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Music news & notes from down in the Willamette valley
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Rapper YG only just released his debut album, My Krazy Life, in March. In the summer of 2013, however, he garnered more than 75 million views on YouTube with his single “My Nigga.” You could say he has a following. For someone who’s not even old enough to rent a car, YG has already worked with quite the hip-hop roster: Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign and Drake. YG brings his My Krazy Life Tour to Dusk nightclub (44 E. 7th) 9 pm Thursday, May 15. In a recent interview with BET, YG’s mom (who opens up his album with “Momma Speech Intro”) recalls her son’s dedication to skateboarding. Afterparty at the WJ Skatepark?

 

The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestra, formerly Arts Umbrella, closes out its 80th season (yes, you read right, 8-0) with concerts May 20-22 at the South Eugene High School auditorium. The beginning of the end starts with the String Academy 2 and the Little Symphony Spring Concert 7:30 pm Tuesday, May 20, followed by the Junior Orchestra Spring Concert 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 21, and the Youth Symphony Spring Concert featuring clarinet soloist Hannah Tam 7:30 pm Thursday, May 22. Expect to hear a youthful jolt of Wagner, Sibelius, Debussy and more. For tickets, visit ESYOrchestras.org.

 

Eugene’s “local hero of saxophone” and origami artist Tomo Tsurumi is recovering at RiverBend from a serious bicycle accident in which he was hit by a car in early May. Tsurumi was wearing a helmet and suffered no brain trauma and is able to walk, but the impact caused several fractures to the face and neck. Tsurumi passed a message to EW through his partner Liliana Darwin López: Always wear a helmet and drivers — share the road.  Learn how to support Tsurumi in his recovery here. Downtown won’t be as vibrant until we hear the sounds of his sax again.