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Eugene LIVE! – A Night of Local Jamz, features The Graduating Class, smear, Dirty Skeeze, Lofty, The Juniper Berries, The Macks, Novacane
January 10 • 8:00 pm• $8 – $10
On Thursday, January 10, the Community Center for the Performing Arts in association with Ninkasi and EventStar Productions kick off Eugene LIVE!, a new series of showcase concerts that highlight regional performers. The first event, entitled A Night of Local Jamz, features The Graduating Class, smear, Dirty Skeeze, Lofty, The Juniper Berries, The Macks and Novacane.
Each night the audience will vote for their favorite band. Those artists will come back for a showcase event where the performing artist with the most audience votes wins a recording package at Ninkasi Recording Studio and a slot on a select 2019 EventStar Productions festival.
Formed under the moniker Hemlock Lane a different name and with a completely different sound in 2013, Eugene-based indie R&B band The Graduating Class has toured the country, released a single with famed producer Mark Needham and competed in the prestigious Sound Off music competition. Characterized by tubed distortion, heavy psychedelic guitars and driving rhythm, smear was recently signed to SPACECASA Records and is set to release their debut EP, supported by West Coast winter and Southwest spring tours. Dirty Skeeze is a four-piece, all-original, bar band that was founded in August 2015 on the cold streets of Sitka, Alaska, and has recently moved to Eugene. Driven by an ear for jazz harmony and improvisation, new piano trio Lofty seamlessly flows between ideas inspired by different genres, especially funk, hip-hop, and Latin. The Juniper Berries, a 4-piece garage/pop band from Ashland, self-produced their debut record in 2017. A young 4-piece garage rock and roll band from Portland, The Macks boast a DIY ethic — producing all music, videos, merchandise and art to a studio standard themselves; they released their debut EP Happy Camper in 2016 and the debut album Camp Poppa in 2017. Beginning their musical endeavors at the socially awkward age of 15, Eugene band Novacane has spent the better half of the last decade meticulously crafting their own brand of self-titled “Psych Pop”.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show, and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 8:30. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages (6-11 half price at the door when accompanied by parent or adult guardian; five and under no charge). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-2746.