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June 23, 2015 10:42 AM

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Words by Bryan Kalbrosky • Photos by Todd Cooper

When Joey Bada$$ pulled into WOW Hall with the Pro Era tour bus around 5pm after an 11 hour drive on Thursday, June 18, it was his first time in Eugene.

My thrill was damn near tangible: I’ve recently decided that I want to be a rapper when I grow up. Rappers, obviously, are the coolest dudes with the coolest lives. When I tell people about this new career ambition, they want to hear me try my hand at freestyle. I have no idea how to freestyle rap. Much like the requisite medical school before performing surgery, there is plenty of necessary practice required before perfecting the art of rapping.

Denzel Curry (age 20), Mick Jenkins (24) and Joey Bada$$ (20) have all proven their incredible prowess in the early stages of their respective careers. In fact, when I had a chance to speak with Joey before the show, his professionalism focused on operating his Pro Era record label.

“Just another day at the office, if you know what I mean,” he said. “Well, you probably don’t know what I mean.”

For these rappers, as impressive as they already are (especially considering their ages), they’re also out there doing their jobs … just like everybody else. Sometimes it takes a few steps back from the chaos of our own lives to reach that realization.

Denzel Curry was the first to hit the stage on Thursday, and he immediately sparked a high-energy mosh pit. For a good sample of his music, check “Threatz” — and make sure to watch the surprisingly artsy music video.

Mick Jenkins, who went on stage around 10 pm, began his set with hit single “The Waters” (which was the title track off his latest mix tape) and made the crowd feel loose. Several times he began a “DRINK MORE” chant with a “WATER” call and response. Later in the show, Jenkins asked the crowd if he could perform “brand-new shit nobody heard yet” before delivering what sounded like a rhythm-based slam poem.

I also dug the backup singer for Mick Jenkins, who reminded me of Frank Ocean. He rocked a black checkered bandana and added a nice dimension to the show. Jenkins also waxed a bit political after playing a cover of “Fuck Tha Police” when he admitted that he “got it bad ‘cause he brown.”
In perhaps the most surprising moment of the show, someone threw a glass bottle on stage that shattered. Jenkins cut the music, and the crowd began to chant “get the fuck out!” at the culprit until security arrived.

My favorite moment from Jenkin’s set came when he talked about the correlation between Lil Wayne’s lyrics and a recent murder case. He explained that he hoped to inspire people to drink more water, rather than induce violent behavior, in his own lyrics.

Joey Bada$$ brought out a stage setup that looked intergalactic, with lamps that changed colors during the show. He sampled Snoop Dogg in tribute to the West Coast, and sampled Biggie Smalls — who he says is his biggest creative influence.

“I always tell people the first person to ever inspire me to hip hop was Biggie,” Bada$$ told me. “When I first heard Biggie when I was a child, it was just like, I was literally hypnotized by his ‘Hypnotize’ song.”

Bada$$ also played songs from the mix tape 1999 (2012), including “Fromdatomb$” which features the stanza: “Big ups to Brooklyn, home of the Era.”
He did his own rendition of “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie (1982), which is a bit of a tribute to Jay Z’s similar remix. He also dedicated a song to his favorite producer of all-time, J. Dilla.


Bada$$ performed as tribute to his fallen homies, including late label founder Capital STEEZ. This came with an actual moment of silence for STEEZ and his cousin Junior B, before he played Pro Era’s track “Like Water” — which received a warm reaction from the crowd.
His performance sounded best a capella, or when his DJ was beatboxing for him. The best song of the night was “Christ Conscious” from new album B4.DA.$$ (2015). Bada$$ also asked for a mosh pit, the biggest in Eugene history, before his final song. Then he promised to sign all purchased merchandise after the set.
“I ain’t never been to Eugene, Oregon, before, but you could’ve fooled me,” Joey said from the stage. “Make some noise if you’ve been waiting for this concert for awhile.”




June 23, 2015 01:05 PM

Members of the group Honor the Treaty of 1864 saddled up their horses in Chiloquin, Oregon and have been riding their mounts over the Cascades to the state Capitol in Salem. They plan to arrive in Salem Wednesday, June 24 and rally on the issues of tribal water rights, the Klamath Basin Water Agreements, Senate Bill 133 and a proposed LNG pipeline.

S. 133 in the U.S. Senate is the Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2015.

According to Honor the Treaty of 1864: "The group ride stands for the right for the voice of the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin people to be heard. While tribal politicians often publicize their agenda it is rare that the tribal people have an opportunity to have their voice heard.”

Tribal member Garin Riddle says in press statement  that “the ride shows the lengths we are willing to endure to exercise our right to be fully heard and understood. We the people are against fracking pipelines, we are against Senate Bill 133, and we are against any negotiations relinquishing our treaty rights."

Members of Honor the Treaty of 1864 have been calling attention to disagreements over the way tribal representatives are negotiating Klamath Basin water agreements.

According to a press release: Quinten Bettles the ride organizer said:

“The riders are carrying with them an Oregon State flag that was obtained by Priscilla Bettles from former Oregon Governor Tom Mcall and given to Marine Cecil J. Bettles when he shipped out to Vietnam. As Cecil was leaving Vietnam he met Marine Ray Fryberg who just arrived in Vietnam. Ray Fryberg brought this flag home and gave the state flag to Marine Quinten J. Bettles whom passed the flag once again. This flag was passed to a 7th Generation Marine named Cecil K. Bettles whom carried the colors throughout his tour in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Marine Cecil K. Bettles brought the flag home once again and this is the flag that is being carried to the State Capitol. This Oregon State flag was carried with honor at peril of life and limb by United States Marines who are also Tribal people.

Riders plan to present the flag to Governor Kate Brown and ask her ‘Will you Honor the treaty of 1864’?”

Supporters are welcome to join in Salem or along the route. To offer support or join the rally, contact Eric Cooper 541-591-0975 or Quinten Bettles 541-591-0952.

More information at facebook.com/treatyof1864

Photos courtesy the Bettles family.

June 23, 2015 02:43 PM

The weather might be heading for the triple digits this weekend. Some people will head for the river, others for the coast, and some of us will head to Philomath (just outside Corvallis) for three days of watching riders ask large hooved mammals to prance like equine ballet dancers one day, then run balls-to-the-wall over ditches, logs and oddly shaped immobile obstacles the next. It's time for the 18th annual Inavale Farm Horse Trials.

The event runs over three days, starting Friday, June 26 with dressage. That would be what Stephen Colbert famously (among dressage riders anyway) called "competitive horse prancing." In eventing the goal is to get the lowest score in dressage possible and not accrue any more points. 

(Trying to demonstrate some stretch at the trot during dressage)

After that more subjective portion of the event wraps up, the horse trials moves on to cross-country day on Saturday June 27. This is the most spectator-friendly day (and the hottest in the forecast) with horses galloping at speed over logs, brush, ditches, water and more. Horse watchers can (carefully and out of the way of 1,000 lbs of horses running at 20 mph) wander out on to the course to watch up close.  Horses can get points added if the rider goes too fast or too slow. Twenty points are added if the horse refuses a fence and the score increases with each refusal. There will also be some stadium, aka show jumping that day.

(Big jump over a small cross country fence)

The majority of the show jumping will be on Sunday — as Inavale explains, this is the part of the weekend that involves "exact riding" over obstables that fall down and incur "jumping faults" — four per knockdown or if the horse refuses the fences. Lower levels eventers but some of the competing eventers, as riders in horse trials are called, will also do some cross country on Sunday, so if you come watch on the day the weather is cooler, you can still see some of the faster, bolder action.

The winners finish on the lowest score.

The event is free to watch, roughly 8 am - 5 pm June 26-28 at 31786 Horse Farm Lane, Philomath, Oregon.

June 19, 2015 02:48 PM

Though the date to file candidacy for the 2016 Eugene race for mayor isn't until September, ShelterCare Developmental Director Lucy Vinis told EW today that she is "in a very serious exploration" and has "a serious intention of running" for mayor of Eugene in 2016.

Vinis says she moved with her husband and son to Eugene in 1991, and it was an excellent place to raise a family. "I just want other families to have that experience of Eugene, to live well in this community," she says.

Vinis has worked at ShelterCare for six and a half years, and her job as developmental director entails "engaging the community in understanding and supporting the work that ShelterCare does" to help the unhoused. Before that, she worked with EarthShare of Oregon.

Although Vinis says it's too early to be naming endorsements, she says that Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is aware that she is running and "I think she's happy that I'm running."

Vinis says she was Eugene City Council member Alan Zelenka's campaign manager in 2006, and she was very active in Piercy's 2008 campaign for mayor.

She says she thinks her background in nonprofits has well-prepared her for the job of mayor. "I do feel that my work with ShelterCare and EarthShare of Oregon, building that strong community conversation around a particular issue and engaging people to find solutions, is good preparation for running for the mayor's office," Vinis says.

Image courtesy Lucy Vinis:

Image courtesy Lucy Vinis

June 19, 2015 11:05 AM

Going viral in a political-geek sort of way is a video compilation of Oregon state legislators reading mean emails from constituents. In the vein of Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" your elected representatives read the nasty emails they've been getting. 

Local electeds Val Hoyle and Chris Edwards appear half way through the video and read their correspondence complete with curses, mispellings and typos. Rep. Tobias Read kind of gets the best one — "Your a democrat and a Libt*," But the pure misogyny aimed at Hoyle is not bad either.

June 18, 2015 04:42 PM

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new series of videos intended to encourage recreational fishing in Oregon. Fishing license sales have been dropping over the years, which has reduced revenue for ODFW.

June 18, 2015 05:08 PM

Today marks the first day of Oregon Cider Week, June 18-28, and beergarden. (777 W. 6th Ave.) is teaming up with WildCraft Ciderworks for Snakebite Night. Don't worry, it doesn't involve any actual snakes — snakebites are alcoholic beverages composed of equal parts beer and cider. 

According to its Facebook page, beergarden. is tapping four snakebites, all made with WildCraft Ciderworks cider, tonight (June 18) from 6 to 8 pm: 

Number one is a Marzen from Agrarian Ales paired with WildCraft's Wild Rose cider, number two is a Paulaner Heff-Weissbier blended with Licorice Fern cider, number three is Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. mixed with Snake River Rye barrel-aged cider and number four is shake chocolate stout from Boulder Beer Co. paired with Black Currant cider.

See more on beergarden.'s Facebook page or read our story on the new beer venue here.

Also today, The Tap and Growler (207 E. 5th Ave.) is hosting WildCraft Oregon Botanical Tap Takeover, tapping four WildCraft ciders made with Oregon botanicals, inlcuding Lilac Fermented Semi-Sweet Cider and new flagship cider Wild Rose. 

Other events include a June 22 Party Downtown Botanical Cider Pairing Dinner at 64 W. 8th Alley and a four-bottle cider release at The Bier Stein (1591 Willamette St.) June 26.

Drive a few miles north and hit up 2 Towns Ciderhouse Tap Room (33930 S.E. Eastgate Cir.) in Corvallis for 20 percent off everything in its taproom during Oregon Cider Week. On June 20, from 7:30-10 pm, check out the release of 2 Towns' Peach Saison while catching a Timbers game, and on June 26, from noon-10 pm, enjoy the Made Marion Release Party, celebrating 2 Towns' summer seasonal. 

2 Towns is coming to Eugene for a handful of tastings, releases and tap takeovers June 18-25, starting with a tasting today (June 18) at The Bier Stein. Check out the full list here.

June 16, 2015 03:11 PM

Local physician Pamela Wible, M.D., has a fun new video encouraging medical doctors to create better clinics.

June 15, 2015 12:34 PM

Qatar somehow landed a lucrative World Cup siting in 2022, but how many migrant laborers will die from heat stroke and horrid working conditions? Click on the story to read more.

June 11, 2015 01:27 PM

Blue Oregon, a progressive blog, takes a cricital look at the recent history of editorial positions of The Oregonian under former Publisher N. Christian Andersen, who is now editor and publisher of The Register-Guard. Click on the story to link to the blog and activate the blue links.

June 10, 2015 03:04 PM

As EW worked on its latest story on the issue of rape on the University of Oregon campus, HBO's Vice contacted us for permission to use our cover image from last year's story on sexual assault, created by our own Trask Bedortha. If you watch the intro sequence you will see EW up there with Time Magazine

HBO's preview doesn't show the cover but it gives you the gist of this important issue that is not going away. 

The EW story, Rape U, delves into several sexual assault cases on the University of Oregon campus and what is — or is not — being done; Vice mentions the UO only in passing.

Our May 28 story, "Dragged Through the Mud," shows the UO still has far to go, and reveals the UO has not once, but at least twice taken a student's mental health counseling records.

The Oregonian picked up that aspect of the story, and today Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a bill that would prevent the release of those records in the future

June 5, 2015 04:29 PM

What better way to spend a day of Eugene Beer Week than a little botanical exploration? It was a great hike last night for Beers Made by Walking Eugene with the McKenzie River Trust and Claim 52,  Falling Sky, and Viking Braggot at the Berggren Watershed Conservation Area to talk about some of our Native and non native plants that could be purposed for making inventive ales. Beers made by walking Eugene -1 Beers made by walking Eugene -5 Beers made by walking Eugene -6 Beers made by walking Eugene -7 Beers made by walking Eugene -9 beers made by walking eugene -11 Beers made by walking Eugene -13 Beers made by walking Eugene -17 Beers made by walking Eugene -18 Beers made by walking Eugene -20 Beers made by walking Eugene -22 beers made by walking eugene -25 Beers made by walking Eugene -26 Beers made by walking Eugene -29 beers made by walking eugene -31 Beers made by walking Eugene -33 Beers made by walking Eugene -36 Beers made by walking Eugene -37 Beers made by walking Eugene -38

June 4, 2015 03:11 PM

Here are some of the photos we took for the cover and this weeks story on the LCC ReFashion lab.
Read the story here: http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20150604/lead-story/pretty-paper
Photos:Trask Bedortha Dress: Ariana Schwartz • Hair: Gwynne McLaughlin, Studio Mantra •  Make up art: Marisa Shute • Models: Katrina Jones, Ericka Weist, Savannah Weatherford

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 08

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 02

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 14

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 15

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 19

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 17

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 20

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 18

Photo- Trask Bedortha  Dress - Ariana Schwartz - Hair - Gwynne McLaughlin - Studio Mantra Make up art - Marisa Shute - 22