Entertainment

 

This year's Eugene Celebration entertainment line-up includes outdoor as well as indoor stage entertainment, running as late as 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights so that you can dance the day AND night away! See our listings below to all the outdoor and indoor stages that are open to you with your Eugene Celebration wristband!

 

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  McDonald Theatre stage Equinox Real Estate / KLCC stage LCC Atrium stage

KRVM / Eugene Weekly Broadway Stage
Intersection of Broadway and Willamette
Friday, August 23
 

Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition.

 
 

Ty Curtis’ musical journey continues to explore new territory. But the heartfelt lyrics, emotion wrought vocals and searing guitar licks are still there. At 25 Ty has already released four critically acclaimed CDs that feature his ever growing catalog of original songs. Ty’s compositions range from soulful ballads to roadhouse rockers to reggae and blues. And live performances cover the same wide range of material with drive and fire that fill the dance floors.

 
 

With well over 100 performances under her belt, 15-year-old Savanna Coen is called "Oregon's Teen Queen of the Blues" for good reason. Savanna is at home on any size stage, solo or with her band, belting out blues, originals, and pop tunes with her soulful vocal style similar to Adele, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin.

 

 
 

Sponsored by the Rainy Day Blues Society, the Rooster All-Star Jam is made up of local blues musicians. They perform in loving memory of Gavin "Rooster Fox, a local blues musician, historian, and enthusiast who encouraged Eugene to "keep it blue."

 

 

KRVM / Eugene Weekly Broadway Stage
Intersection of Broadway and Willamette
Saturday, August 24
 

A decade evolved from their debut at 2003′s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals.

 
 

Amongst the dusty records of UC Davis’ KDVS college radio station, Tom Shimura, who currently makes records as Lyrics Born, found too much to love. Sandwiched between gatefold LPs, 12-inch singles, dub versions and white-labels was a reservoir of inspiration that he would draw on for the following decades.

 

 
 

Psychedelic Soul, sometimes called black Rock, is a sub-genre of Soul music, which mixes the characteristics of Soul with Psychedelic Rock. It came to prominence in the late 1960s and continued into the 1970s, playing a major role in the development of Soul and Funk music. Over the past seven years, Monophonics have staked their claim as one of California's premier bands.

 
 

1939 Ensemble are an instrumental duo from Portland, OR. Metal and wood. Drums and vibes. Beats and melody. Jose Medeles and David Coniglio. Random precision through noise, 1939 Ensemble doesn’t just cross genres, they both embrace and exploit them, inviting each listener in through the familiar, and leaving them with something new to explore.

 

 
 

The Eugene Celebration Parade represents the best of Eugene in all its diversity. Not without controversy, this irreverent collection of left and right, alternative and traditional, new age and conservative never fails to delight, entertain, stimulate and provoke the dialogue and interactions that define our community. Ever on the edge of appropriately behaved, Celebration Parade participants are eager to share their own particular ideology for the enjoyment of the community and their fellow citizens.

 

 
 

Austin Farrell is an Acoustic/Folk/Reggae artist living and playing music in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Austin has been playing music professionally for a year now and has been compared to the likes of Jack Johnson, Bon Iver and The Middle East

 

 
 

Wanting to bring something to share on the mainland, Craig chose to focus on the ukulele before leaving Hawai’i for college. Although Craig had grown up playing the cello and piano, he wanted something that gave a little more distinction of coming from the islands. Craig has since been trying to further experiment with the ukulele in settings that aren’t typically associated with the instrument.

 
 

Sol Seed brings a distinct sound combining the best elements of Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop and Psychedelic Jam to form a positive musical fusion that is uniquely their own. Both Sol Seed and The Crescendo Show are semi-finalists in Eugene Weekly's Next Big Thing contest, with winners to be announced at the end of both band's short sets.

 

 
 

The Crescendo Show is an eclectic quartet of multi-instrumentalists, including Nathan Porter on piano, guitar, accordion and lead vocals; Kailyn Kubiak on guitar and lead vocals; Matt Kellam on bass and back-up vocals; Ricky Carlson on guitar, drums, banjo and back-up vocals. Both Sol Seed and The Crescendo Show are semi-finalists in Eugene Weekly's Next Big Thing contest, with winners to be announced at the end of both band's short sets.

 
 

Caroline Bauer is a folk singer/songwriter living and performing in Eugene, OR. Bauer is best known for her poetic lyrics and powerful love songs. Young, but wise beyond her years, Bauer pairs intricate acoustic guitar playing with her pure and haunting voice to create a vulnerable and unprocessed folk sound that is unique to her own personal style.

 

KRVM / Eugene Weekly Broadway Stage
Intersection of Broadway and Willamette
Sunday, August 25
 

Shook Twins are a quirky folk band now hailing from coniferous forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman & Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, djembe and their signature golden egg.

 
 

Oregon-native Nahko, born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures suffered an identity crisis from an early age. But the unifying power of music entered his life as a healing remedy. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche and began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing.

 
 

Comprised of Kevin "Gus" Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national resonator guitar), the father and son combo of Ross "Dagger" Macdonald (harmonica) and Colin "Sweet Pea" Macdonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals, accordian, washboard), and Justin Burkhart (drums), Sassparilla offers one of the most entertaining, sweaty live shows in the Pacific Northwest.

 
 

Based out of the Campbell Club Student Cooperative, in Eugene Oregon, the Alder Street All Stars came together in late 2006 to play a fund raiser aimed at helping a member of their community facing deportation. Received well by the audience and having a good time playing together, the band kept it up.

 


Equinox Real Estate / KLCC Stage
Intersection of 8th and Olive
Friday, August 23
 

Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin's electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae-soulful, chanting, edgy. Vaughn's potent lyrical style and his brother Ron Benjamin's exquisite production, vocals, dub, arrangements, keyboard & bass musical arragements form the nucleus of this musical - rootsy heavy sound, which includes: Christian Molina (drums), Edmund Fieulleteau (guitar), Edwin Byron (guitar) and Ras L (keyboards).

 
 

Napoleon, Joseph, Moses, Isaac and JJ Sabbah, all brothers, are the African Showboyz. The boyz were born and raised in Binaba, a small village in the north east region of Ghana, West Africa. In Binaba, it is the way of the village for the men to marry multiple wives. The Showboyz are born from the same mother and the same father, though collectively there are 54 children from their father descent.

 
 

The Highlife Band is an authentic and unique reggae band from Seattle, Washington. Rhythms from the Spanish and French Caribbean are combined with Jamaican rockers, bif-baf, steppers, one-drop, and dancehall reggae traditions. The lyrics are direct, and sing of love and conscious direction in everyday life. Live performances are power-packed and the performers animated and engaging.

Equinox Real Estate / KLCC Stage
Intersection of 8th and Olive

Saturday, August 24

 

Set One: After more than a decade of rare and singular performances, the Pacific Northwest musical collective known as The Floydian Slips continue to tear through the discography of classic Pink Floyd, performing many of the iconic hits composed by the British-rock band. Each Floydian Slips concert is different, with unique set lists and special effects, although the band has evolved into a “greatest hits” tribute during the past decade and change.

 
 

Set Two: Floydian Slips, an eight-piece band, has grown into a musical ensemble that captures the essence of Pink Floyd songs. With spot-on vocals, perfect guitar solos, epic keyboard layers and true-to-life drum and bass grooves, the real Pink Floyd experience is enhanced during Floydian Slips concerts with unique visuals specifically designed for each show.

 

 
 

San Francisco rock quintet New Monsoon is the collaborative vehicle for the vocal and instrumental prowess of founding members Bo Carper (acoustic guitar and banjo), Jeff Miller (electric guitar) and Phil Ferlino (keys). Now well into its second decade of national touring, the band also features the muscular rhythm section of Marshall Harrell (electric bass) and Michael Pinkham (drums).

 
 

Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo Hillstomp is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works.

 
 

Poor Miner's Union, initially a power trio, consisting of Mike Self, Ian Rasor, and Justin Barnett, blossomed into a five-piece, featuring saxophone and keyboards. After moving to Eugene, Mike began playing as an acoustic duo with singer/rhythm guitarist Joshua Tate. Shortly thereafter, Ian relocated to Eugene, and the band was revived with the drumming skills of noted local percussionist, Jimmy Doucette.

 
 

Comprised of guitarist Jay Waylett, bassist Justin Alric, and drummer Matt Veeder, the Upstate Trio is a veritable feast for the ears, incorporating elements of rock, funk, reggae, blues, and jazz in their music. In live performances, the agile threesome seamlessly bob and weave through sets that include rousing, provocative originals as well as covers ranging from rocking Phish, Zeppelin, and Talking Heads tunes to intimate jazz standards.

 
 

Based right here in Eugene, The Horrible Men features Patrick Whiting = Guitar and Vocals - Jesiah Love = Banjo and Vocals - Todd Friedman = Bass and Vocals - Peter Popplewell = Mandolin and Vocals.

 

 

Equinox Real Estate / KLCC Stage
Intersection of 8th and Olive

Sunday, August 25

 

Pickwick's DIY history of making & distributing their own records continues into 2013 with the Spring self-release Can't Talk Medicine, initially available digitally via iTunes and on CD at your local CIMS-affiliated independent record shop. The Cold War Kids' Matt Maust is guilty of the album's cover design. The band travels to SXSW in March before embarking on a headlining tour of the continental U.S. in April.

 
 

The Moondoggies features Kevin Murphy (guitar, vocals), Caleb Quick (keyboards, vocals), Carl Dahlen (drums, vocals), and Robert Terreberry (bass, vocals). The band has released two albums and one EP on Hardly Art, an imprint of Sub Pop Records. In Late September 2012 the band went into Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington, to begin their third full-length.

 
 

Tiburones is a wild, new musical project joining the sometimes unhinged vocals of Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza with the fiery intensity of Nick Delffs of the bands Shaky Hands and Death Songs. The vibrant, incessant beat of Tiburone is an intoxicating three-piece with enchanting harmonies and syncopated percussion, electric guitar, bass, and keys. The band frames the sound of folk with beat-heavy rhythms and songs that split the sea.

 
 
 

Writing about things he doesn’t understand helps Jeff Martin make sense of the world around him. The mystery of songwriting is what draws him to the craft, and it is this mystery that leaves the listener breathless and amazed at the remarkable character of this passionate artist. “Songwriting,” he says, “pulls me deep into my head, and teaching drags me back out into the real world.”


LCC Atrium Stage
Intersection of 10th and Olive
Friday, August 23
 

Zepparella is an all-girl powerhouse from San Francisco playing Led Zeppelin's music. More than just a tribute band, Zepparella shows replicate the powerful improvisational musical journey for which Zeppelin shows were renowned. Drummer Clementine is the founding member of Zepparella. From the beginning of her musical career, her goal has been to be onstage every night.

 
 

Blue Lotus Formed in 2010 after a chance encounter at the Oregon Country Fair, singer/songwriter Brandelyn Rose and now 17-year old guitar prodigy Felix Blades sparked a unique and collaborative friendship that has attracted other talented artists including Ben Bosse on bass, Peter Allen on percussion, Ron Puso on keyboards and Bob Becker on drums.

 
 

Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Our songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration.

 

LCC Atrium Stage
Intersection of 10th and Olive
Saturday, August 24
 

Indie rock band Pinback was formed in 1998 by singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow. Tom Zinser, Chris Prescott, and Mario Rubalcaba have all contributed drums to the band's albums. Aside from Smith and Crow, the current line-up of the live band features Prescott on drums.

 
 

Menomena is an indie rock band featuringf Justin Harris and Danny Seim, both share singing duties and frequently swap instruments while recording. In concert, Seim plays drums while Harris swaps between a myriad of instruments. After giving away homemade demo CD-R recordings at local shows, Knopf, Harris, and Seim stuck with the DIY aesthetic of their early demos by recording their first album themselves. The result was their nine-song debut, I Am the Fun Blame Monster!

 
 

Formed by Russell Pollard (who formerly played with Sebadoh, The Folk Implosion, and Earlimart) in 2007, Everest caught national attention with the release of 2010 sophomore album, On Approach. While the record helped propel them onto bigger stages and put them in front of bigger audiences, most of the band felt the record only scratched the surface of what they could do.

 
 

All The Apparatus is an 11 piece band from Portland, Oregon. They have garnered comparisons to Gogol Bordello, Devotchka, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. But, one listen will have you calling their sound uniquely All The Apparatus.Their sound was shaped from their roots as a busking street-act, honing their skills on the sidewalks Waikiki.

 

 
 

Leo London writes a lot of songs. Continues to be poor and mostly unknown but has a really nice view of the town and a pretty rad record collection. Vinyl issue of the new record to be released soon!

 

 
 

Hong Kong Banana as it stands is a 5 piece rock band with influences ranging from early 60's to now Garage/ Soul/ Blues/ Rock. You can probably hear more specifics even those we wouldn't have considered as our actual influences by listening. At this point we are just having fun.

 

 
 

Eugene- based primitive blues duo Mudpuppy incorporates a mix of the traditional style of artists like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough with the sounds of the punk/lo-fi blues scene. Hard hitting drums smothered with amped up slide guitar. Influenced by everything from delta and hill country blues to grunge and punk music.

 

LCC Atrium Stage
Intersection of 10th and Olive
Sunday, August 25
 

Authenticity is the key to the music of Rockabilly Hall of Fame members Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Although they've moved from their rockabilly roots to a sound that encompasses folk, bluegrass, Western swing, Cajun, and mariachi influences, the six-piece Southern California-based band continues to be faithful to the music of the past. Despite their connection with days gone by, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys maintain a foot in the present as well.

 
 

Tony Furtado is an indie record label's dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He's been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation- hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts.

 
 

The Far West came together in early 2010, each member having left other bands to pursue a unique sound they weren't getting elsewhere. Robert Black, hailing from Texas has played in dozens of bands from the plains all the way to the coasts. In his Texas days he backed a number of bands in all day BBQ hoedowns and late night jam sessions. In Los Angeles, after working as a session bassist for several LA bands like Leslie & The Badgers, West of Texas & many others, he met singer Lee Briante.

 
 

Through wicked curves and twisting turns, the Stagger and Sway delivers acoustic-driven Americana with a Rock and Roll temper that’s both off-kilter and spot-on. Centered around songwriter Mike Last’s intimate melodies, ear-catching lyrics, and unique bite, this Eugene, OR four-piece lands somewhere in the spectrum between Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie, delivering “smart under-stated, impeccably crafted songs” with skilled precision and artful abandon.“


McDonald Theatre Stage
1010 Willamette Street
Friday, August 23
 

A sublime fusion of funk, blues, acid jazz, tribal rhythms and hot breakbeats, Reeble Jar genuinely represents the Pacific Northwest through their unique and original music. Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, these five talented individuals have embarked on a musical mission of groove and unity, intertwining a full spectrum of sound connoisseurs along the way.

 

 
 

Formed in 2005, The Quick & Easy Boys quickly made a name for themselves in Eugene performing shows that are an interactive party with electrifying stage antics and profound musical moments as the trio pours out every ounce of their energy, leaving nothing behind. The core members – - Jimmy Russell on guitar, Sean Badders on bass, and Michael Goetz on drums – - have continued to evolve musically…and audiences continue their enthusiastic calling of “Yeah Bud!” at every show.

McDonald Theatre Stage
1010 Willamette Street
Saturday, August 24
 

Garrick Bushek a.k.a Marv Ellis has been performing live positive hip hop for almost a decade. He has opened for Nas, Bone, KrS-One, Speech (of Arrested Development), Tre Hardsen (of Pharcyde), Souls of Mischief, Lyrics Born, Mr. Lif, The Living Legends, Ozomotli, C RayZ WalZ, The Coup, Blackalicious, just to name a few. He is currently working on his second solo album entitled "Dream Catcher Juice."

 
 

A world traveler based in Oakland, CA Lafa Taylor is an achieved singer/emcee/producer. His music carries a message of inspiration and activation, while staying gritty, bassy, and most importantly danceable. Lafa’s live show is energetic, dynamic and unique. He has a great talent for connecting with his audience and working with the energy of the crowd.

 

 

 

 



 

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