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REVIEW: Nellie McKay @ the Shedd (Eugene, OR – 10/29/10)

2nd Nov 10 (Tue) 2 comments

I wasn’t able to attend the Nellie McKay show at the Shedd in Eugene on Friday (due to Sufjan Stevens in Portland the same night).  I was completely torn, but I’ve had the opportunity to see Nellie several times since living here in the PacNW (four times in 3 years) and Sufjan far fewer times (i.e.- none).

I did send someone in my place… here are some lovely photos and a write-up of the show taken by guest blogger Margarita O’Brien from Emobie Photography

many more photos below

Margarita’s write-up of the show:

Let’s face it. I just love Nellie McKay. I am extremely grateful that The Shedd here in little ol’ Eugene, Oregon, keeps managing to bring her back. She has serious musical talent, diversity, and a quirky, silly sense of humor that I dig. That makes a great show when she’s solo, but holy cannoli, there was a five piece backup band! THAT makes for a phenomenal, knock-your-socks-off show.

The introductions for the band members were extremely silly (And just released on bail for jay walking…) and the crowd was enthusiastic so I will likely have the names completely wrong and I am seriously sorry about that, ‘cause these guys were the bomb diggity. It was seriously hard to hear with the laughing and cheering. Corrections greatly appreciated!

Guitar: Terry Park?
Bass: Willy Harvey
Sax: Mark Fischer?
Trumpet: Willy Mario?
Drums: Benjamin Barnum?
“That’s right! We have two willies!”

There are few things I tire of more quickly than a show with a “sound” that never changes.
Me-“Is this still the first song? Good Glory, it’s long.”
Dan-“This is the fifth song.”
Me-“*Giant Eye Roll*”

This exchange could not happen at a Nellie McKay show. She skillfully flutters her way through Big Band, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Pop, sweet old Doris Day tunes (and a number of Ella Fitzgerald tunes this time).  The band was right there with her making everything fuller, brighter, grander, and making it difficult for some folks to stay put in their seats.

The crowd was fairly enthusiastic and really seemed to love “Mother of Pearl.”  This is Eugene after all. There were even a couple zombies dancing around at the end.

Go See Nellie! She’ll make you think. She’ll make you laugh. She might make you whistle.


  • Bruise on the Sky
  • Sentimental Journey [Doris Day]
  • Do Do Do [Doris Day]
  • Caribbean Time
  • Dispossessed
  • Meditation [Doris Day]
  • Georgy Girl [The Seekers] (dedicated to Barbara Billingsly)
  • Vote for Mr. Rhythm [Ella Fitzgerald]
  • Bluebird
  • No Equality
  • The Portal
  • Dig It [Doris Day]
  • It’s Alright With Me (with skat)
    <<intermission – costume change>>
  • A-Tisket, A-Tasket [Ella Fitzgerald]
  • Beneath the Underdog
  • Crazy Rhythm [Doris Day]
  • Early Autumn [Ella Fitzgerald]
  • A Wonderful Guy [Doris Day]
  • Don’t Fence Me In [Ella Fitzgerald] (with group whistle)
  • Mother of Pearl (crowd favorite)
    “I’m Sarah Palin and I approve this message”
  • Adios
  • ¡Bodega!
    “Support the Arts, but sponsor a Bodega.”
  • Coosada Blues
  • I’ve Got Rhythm (impromptu instrumental as she ran to get her notes)
    “Don’t worry folks, they’re professionals!”
  • Broadway Melody
  • Really
  • Unknown Reggae (veggie anthem)
  • Encore: Zombie

Nellie’s 10/29 KLCC interview is here:

Nellie is out supporting her latest album, Home Sweet Mobile Home.  Check it out here:

More 2010 Tour Dates:
Oct. 30th SF Jazz Festival – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 1st Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
Nov. 4th The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: William Ryan FritchLibrary Catalog Music Series: Music for Honey and Bile

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KLCC Brewfest 2010

13th Feb 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Tonight I went to the 2010 KLCC Bewfest in Eugene, Oregon.  I volunteer poured, too.  Had a great time…

I shant go into the detail I did last year… I’m tired.  The best drinks, in my opinion… Oakshire Overcast (espresso stout), the Maui Brewing Coconut Porter, and the Crispin Cider.

It’s all done for the year… but check back at for next year’s in early/mid-February 2011.

~Dan – np: Wayne HorvitzFilm Music 1998-2001

I had beers…

8th Feb 09 (Sun) 5 comments

The last two nights (Feb 6 & 7, 2009) was local Eugene NPR station KLCC’s microbrew festival.  I went last night.  My wife dropped me off at the fairgrounds after a nice Indian meal (and then picked me up afterwards… she rocks).  It was $15 to get in, which included a commemorative (4 oz?) glass and two drink tickets.  Additional drinks were $1; so I did the “express admission” which included 12 drinks for $25 total (no price break, but I didn’t have to go back to the drink ticket line).

There were 51 booths with at least 2 beers a piece on tap… so, 12 beers didn’t scratch the surface of all that was offered, but it did pretty good damage.  I generally stay away from IPAs, and I like stouts, porters, wheats… Anyway, here’s what I had (not in any particular order… outside of the order they are in the KLCC program):

  • 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat (San Francisco) – this beer was delightful, very subtle watermelon flavor… I love wheat beers in general, and this one would be fantastic in the summer…
  • Ace CiderThe Joker Hard Cider (Sebastopol, CA) – high alcohol content, and kind of weak flavors, in my opinion… this one didn’t get past the initial sip.  Ace’s pear cider is very good, though.
  • Green MountainWoodchuck Amber Draft Cider (Middlebury, VT) – a classic for me.  I was drinking Woodchuck before I liked beer.  The guy at the booth was shocked that I had it before, as it’s new to the Oregon territory.
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB)Survival Seven Grain Stout (Portland, OR) – while its name doesn’t suggest, it’s got coffee in it as well.  not as strong as (a fave) Oakshire Overcast, it was still very delightful.  a friend from work was volunteer pouring this one, too… so it was nice chat amongst the beer fiends.
  • LaurelwoodVanilla Porter (Portland, OR) – nice and delicate.  I think by the time of the evening when I had this, I was looking for more vanilla, but it was still very nice
  • NinkasiOatis Oatmeal Stout (Eugene, OR) – a local favorite of mine… excellent, and it compares well with one of my favorite beers – Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.
  • North CoastBrother Thelonius Belgian Ale (Fort Bragg, CA) – Named after the jazz piano great, I had had a bottle of this before.  It’s good, but you have to be in the right mood… it’s something like 9% alcohol and kicks your butt.  I couldn’t drink my whole sample glass… too strong…
  • OakshireOvercast Espresso Stout (Eugene, OR) – my 2nd fave of the night right behind Young’s DCS.  I get this beer a lot at restaurants around town.  It’s a gem of Eugene, if you ask me.
  • PyramidApricot Ale (Portland, OR) – I’d seen this in stores before, but never tried it.  Last night was the perfect time… much more fruit flavor than the watermelon ale (but not as much as Woodchuck).  Very good… I don’t think I could do a whole 6-pack of this, but it was definitely tasty.
  • Rogue AlesChocolate Stout (Newport, OR) – oh, how I wish when Rogue was looking for filling their Controller position they would have allowed me to work from Eugene (rather than move to Newport on the coast).  They make great beers, and their chocolate stout is no exception.  Like Young’s, Rogue’s chocolate stout is actually made with real chocolate in the batch (some are just called that from the dark color and chocolate maltiness).
  • Roots OrganicChocolate Habañero Stout (Portland, OR) – I had already had my fill of espresso and/or chocolate stouts, but the habañero had me at “hello.”  It was a very nice beer with a little spice on the front and much more spice on the back end.  I really liked it.  Very similar to the Lagunitas Frank Zappa beer I posted about the other day.
  • Young’sDouble Chocolate Stout (London, England) – so smooth, creamy & delicious… you get the rolling, settling effect when it comes out of the tap into the glass.  mmm…

I will say that I didn’t drink all 4 oz of all of the above beers.  Some of them got a sip/gulp and then dumped the rest (mainly because I didn’t want to be totally trashed).  Of all of the local (fantastic) beers, my favorite was the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (from England).  It’s always been a favorite of mine, and while the local beers gave it a run for its money, once it touched my lips, I knew it still had my heart.

Two beer posts in a row… yeah, probably a new record

~Dan – np: The Beatles1

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