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Allen Stone
Allen Stone

Thanksgiving can be a slow music weekend for Eugene, but don’t let that turkey tryptophan give you couch lock. There are plenty of reasons to put on some pants and leave the house:

 

Allen Stone, the self-described “hippie with a soul,” brings his sunny, bright brand of R&B to Eugene 8 pm Tuesday, Dec. 1, at McDonald Theatre. While the Washington state native got his start singing at the church of his father, a preacher, Stone has since lost his religion. “I learned the history of the church and the conception of the Bible and learned about the religion and really just, like, didn’t believe it,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2012. “It’s not that I’m against what the church does, because I think the church does some really, really good things, as well as some negative things.” 

 

Sam Bond’s Garage has three great nights of local music in a row that will get you to dance off that fifth slice of pie you ate when you were already full. Electro-swing troupe High Step Society kicks it off 9:30 pm Friday, Nov. 27, with six-piece hot jazz-meets-Western swing Portland band Jacob Miller & The Bridge City Crooners. Next up is lounge-y cabaret band Mood Area 52 with Birdie Joe and Hot for Chocolate 9 pm Saturday, Nov. 28, followed the next night by the gritty rockabilly of Atomic Junkyard, joined by glam-rockers The Glam Cocks and “garage glam” Steel Kitty