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REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal @ Matt Arena (Eugene, OR – 11/15/11)

16th Nov 11 (Wed) 1 comment

I love shows by Cirque du Soleil.  I also dig some Michael Jackson’s music.  A perfect combination?

The short of it: No, not a perfect combination in my opinion.

The stage set-up, lights and costumes, dancers, live band mixed with Michael Jackson vocal tracks was TOP NOTCH.

The usual acrobatics from a Cirque du Soleil show were a bit toned down.  Well, more than a bit… A LOT.  The intro spray can skit was great, the few aerial artists were awesome, the pole dancer was awesome (but seemingly out-of-place), and the dancing overall was awesome.  One of the dancers was one-legged… wild stuff.

But… I don’t think people tend to go to Cirque shows for “dancing.”

They played a great mix of MJ’s music.  The live band was top notch, though sometimes a bit over the top with the crazy rocking (it just seemed out-of-place).

My bottom line opinion: I had fun, but I think if you’re a Michael Jackson fan and have some money to blow… go for it.  If you’re more of a Cirque fan, I’d recommend saving your money for one of their other terrific shows.  For me, it was more of a “price tag” thing.  With that being said, I understand the price tag based on the number of people & sets involved.  I just don’t think the pay-off was up to past Cirque experiences.

~Dan – np: Chali 2Na – Fish Outta Water

REVIEW: Le Serpent Rouge @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – 11/30/10)

1st Dec 10 (Wed) 4 comments

 FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM
12/3 update: emobie photographs added

Last night, the Indigo Bellydance group and friends brought Eugene the stupendously entertaining Le Serpent Rouge: An Evening of Beguiling Dance and Strangely Familiar Music.

Le Serpent Rouge is a traveling road show that captivates.  At its core it is the Indigo: made up of Mardi Love, Rachel Brice, and Zoë Jakes (L-to-R in picture to the right).

While they have danced in various groups — including the Bellydance Superstars, Beats Antique and the Yard Dogs Road Show — The Indigo is the group that they call home. They each bring their own influences to make their own modern dance forms unique. Love’s fluidity, Brice’s sinewy strength, and Jakes’ intensity and charm make their sum greater than each one individually. They are known to be theatrical and playful, often playing characters within their performances.

While rooted in Middle Eastern styles, their dance style for this tour might be found in an old West saloon mixed with a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The burlesque and tribal fusion bellydance fits snugly with steampunk-meets-flapper blues/jazz/jug band from the Crow Quill Night Owls and Gallus Brothers. Tub bass, washboard, kazoo, banjo, guitars, percussive bones, feathers, tattoos and legs.

Local group Blair Street Mugwumps were the openers the show… fantastic performers.  I had never heard them, but I had heard of them, and well, now I’ll make a point to hear more of them.  All fantastic musicians, and while not all that dissimilar from the main group, they were a noticeable difference from “just another opening band.”  A jug band with a modern edge.  Quite entertaining.

Le Serpent Rouge started with Rachel Brice coming out dressed as an old lady… and introducing the show for us.  The show was a nice mix of saloon tunes from Crow Quill Night Owls and the Gallus Brothers with dancing (group, duo and solo) and skits mixed in.  The dramatic side of the Indigo shone through in their silly stage presence.

As far as the backing bands… the Gallus Brothers were actually part of the Crow Quill Night Owls band, but then splintered off to do silly tricks, juggling, and of course… glitter throwing.  Here’s a shot of one of their silly tricks during a song…

Of course, the ladies of the Indigo were lovely… here are a few photos, with more at the bottom.  I’ll also post some from Margaret O’Brien (emobie photography) once she gets them edited… update: added 12/3.

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Tonight is their last night of the tour (Dec 1st at Portland’s Mississippi Studios).  For a list of where they’ve played, check below.

~Dan – np: PusciferC is for…

LE SERPENT ROUGE PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld
and Margaret O’Brien (emobie photography)
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

Le Serpent Rouge Fall 2010 Tour Dates

  • 11/5 – Seattle, WA – Market Theater
  • 11/6 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
  • 11/9 – Ashland, OR – CultureWorks
  • 11/11 – Sabastopol, CA – Hopmonk Tavern
  • 11/12 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
  • 11/14 – Reno, NV – The Great Escape
  • 11/16 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
  • 11/18 – Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture
  • 11/20 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
  • 11/23 – Los Angeles, CA – King King
  • 11/28 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
  • 11/30 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
  • 12/1 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

 

Rain Dance by Turf Feinz

9th Oct 10 (Sat) 1 comment

It’s raining in Eugene today… we don’t have dancers like they have in Oakland, though…


Dancers are No Noize (red jacket), Man (back jacket), BJ (striped shirt), Dreal (white shirt).
Directed and edited by Yoram Savion
http://www.YAKfilms.com

Simply stunning.  I don’t know if this is break-dancing, popping & locking, a combination of both, or something totally different.  Regardless, it’s awesome.

Update: it’s called turf dancing or turfin’…

~Dan – np: Over the RhineThe Long Surrender

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Holy Fuck’s Sept/Oct 2010 Tour

10th Aug 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

They’re at it again… never letting up, the live-groove-electronic foursome of Holy Fuck is most likely coming to your town (unless you unfortunately live in somewhere in Nowheresville).  You should do whatever you can to make it there!  You won’t be dissappointed…

http://holyfuckmusic.com/tour/

Holy Fuck’s 2010 Fall Tour

  • 8 Sep Zanzabar Louisville, KY
  • 9 Sep Bottletree Birmingham, AL
  • 10 Sep BOMB Festival at Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA
  • 11 Sep Mohawk Austin, TX
  • 12 Sep Walter’s Houston, TX
  • 13 Sep Alabama Music Box Mobile, AL
  • 14 Sep New Earth Music Hall Athens, GA
  • 15 Sep Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
  • 17 Sep Black Cat Washington, DC
  • 18 Sep (Le) Poisson Rouge New York, NY
  • 19 Sep Paradise Boston, MA
  • 20 Sep Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
  • 21 Sep Soundlab Buffalo, NY
  • 22 Sep Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA
  • 23 Sep Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
  • 24 Sep Pygmalion Music Festival Champaign, IL
  • 25 Sep Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
  • 26 Sep The Magic Stick Detroit, MI
  • 27 Sep London Music Hall London, ON
  • 28 Sep The Studio at Hamilton Place Hamilton, ON
  • 29 Sep The Phoenix Toronto, ON
  • 30 Sep POP Montreal at Espace Dell’Arte Montreal, QC
  • 1 Oct Red Dog Tavern Peterborough, ON
  • 2 Oct Capital Music Hall Ottawa, ON
  • 3 Oct Little Montreal Sudbury, ON
  • 5 Oct The Pyramid Winnipeg, MB
  • 6 Oct Louis’ Pub Saskatoon, SK
  • 7 Oct Republik Calgary, AB
  • 8 Oct Pawn Shop Edmonton, AB
  • 9 Oct Pawn Shop Edmonton, AB
  • 11 Oct Element Victoria, BC
  • 12 Oct Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
  • 13 Oct Neumo’s Seattle, WA
  • 14 Oct Holocene Portland, OR
  • 16 Oct Teasure Island Music Festival San Francisco, CA
  • 17 Oct Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
  • 18 Oct Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
  • 20 Oct Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
  • 21 Oct Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
  • 22 Oct Firebird St. Louis, MO
  • 23 Oct Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN

I’ll be at the Portland gig, fo’ sho’…

~Dan – np: Portland Cello ProjectDaytrotter Session 2010

Infamous Love Songs :: Over the Rhine & Cincinnati Ballet

19th Jun 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

I’m not in Cincinnati anymore… but part of my heart is there, especially with folksy-pop duo Over the Rhine.  They are collaborating with the Cincinnati Ballet.  It is a ways off, but tickets on-sale now for next April’s shows (2011)…

INFAMOUS LOVE SONGS with OVER THE RHINE
April 29-30, 2011 | Aronoff Center for the Arts
Choreography: Devon Carney, Missy Lay Zimmer, Andrew Hubbard, Donald Byrd Music: Over the Rhine

[3 WORLD PREMIERES] Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan offers an audacious and adventurous series.  Linford Detweiler and Karen Bergquist’s internationally beloved band Over the Rhine performs live for three performances.

Three choreographers bring artistic movement to this exciting live performance.  Devon Carney, Associate Artistic Director, blends classical vocabulary and contemporary energy.  Exhale Dance Tribe’s co-founders and artistic directors Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard offer their daring lyrical and narrative style.  Donald Byrd, artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle and former artistic director of Donald Byrd/The Group brings his internationally acclaimed contemporary vision.

[Click here to read more about Over the Rhine and the choreographers]

PERFORMANCES:
8:00 pm : April 29 & 30, 2011  |  2:00 pm : April 30, 2011

Ticket Info: http://www.cballet.org/performances/infamouslovesongs

~Dan – np: Dream TheaterBlack Clouds and Silver Linings

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