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Nellie McKay – Oregon reviews coming by Tuesday

4th Mar 12 (Sun) Leave a comment

Nellie McKay’s I Want To Live! show in Eugene on Friday was brilliant! Portland is tonight.  Here’s a small taste from Eugene…

More photos, reviews and setlists for both Oregon shows will be up by Tuesday early morning.

~Dan

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Nellie McKay in Oregon *this* weekend

29th Feb 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Nellie McKay plays the Shedd in Eugene on Friday, March 2nd and the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland on Sunday, March 4th.  Tickets are still available for both Oregon shows… so, get on it.  You won’t be disappointed!  I’ll have a review with setlists and photos of both shows posted early next week (likely by Tuesday).

I Want to Live!  a musical death row revue, conjures the life story of “a woman of dubious moral standards often a guest in seedy bars.”

New York Times’ Stephen Holden writes, “Inspired by the 1958 movie of the same name, I Want to Live! combines Nellie McKay’s virtually unlimited gifts as a singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, ukulele player, mimic, satirist and comedian into a show that is much deeper than its surface might suggest.  In the most lighthearted way they evoke a heartless environment of social injustice in which people who fall through the cracks are invisible to everyone else.”

“Pretty darned unique,” adds Michael Musto of the Village Voice.

“The McKay voice is a knife edged with honey. Which is good, because the words she writes are razor sharp beneath a homespun mantle.”Tony Gieske

It’s a rare treat to have Nellie in our neck of the woods; so I’ll be at both the Eugene and Portland shows. :)

~Dan – np: TW WalshSongs of Pain and Leisure

REVIEW: John Scofield Quartet @ the Shedd (Eugene, OR – 10/26/11)

29th Oct 11 (Sat) 3 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I showed up slightly late due; so came in right after they started their second song… and I hunkered down for some great music.  John Scofield Quartet features John on guitars, Michael Eckroth on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

The band played a mix of slower ballads and more upbeat tunes. John’s latest album, A Moment’s Peace, is slower and gentler, and the lead-off track “Simply Put” was the first tune I caught in the set – fantastic jazz balladry.  The quartet then moved into some covers, “Relaxin’ at Camarillo” (Charlie Parker) and “I Will” (the Beatles).  I didn’t catch the name of the tune right after “I Will,” but it was SMOKIN’

Other songs I caught during the Quartet’s long set were “My Foolish Heart,” “Hackensack” (Thelonious Monk), and “Green Tea.”  John is a phenomenal guitarist.  The show was a bit more reserved than I was going in expecting (compared to his work with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood), but it was a treat to watch a master at work.  They wrap up their mini-West Coast tour this weekend at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle.

more photos below

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~Dan – np: Under Byen Samme Stof Som Stof

JOHN SCOFIELD QUARTET PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2011 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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John Scofield @ the Shedd (photos by the weekend)

27th Oct 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

UPDATE 10/29 – REVIEW POSTED

Brilliant show by the John Scofield Quartet last night at the Shedd in Eugene, Oregon…

Busy week for me at work, plus Pomplamoose tonight at the Doug Fir Lounge (Portland).  Look for the Scofield Eugene photos and a review by the weekend.

Cheers!
~Dan

MRT – The Living River 6/3 (photos)

11th Jun 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

The McKenzie River Trust benefit concert, The Living River for the benefit of the McKenzie River, with Misty River & Doug Smith at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Eugene, Oregon – Friday, June 3rd, 2011:

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Photos by Margaret O’Brien (emobie photography)
http://emobiephotography.com/
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http://mckenzieriver.org/
http://www.mistyriverband.com/
http://www.dougsmithguitar.com/

~Dan – np: Les RhinocérosLes Rhinocéros

MRT’s Misty River benefit show (Eugene, OR)

4th Jun 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

Busy weekend… hitting the road for Seattle shortly for U2…

Last night was the McKenzie River Trust benefit show “The Living River” at The Shedd (Eugene, OR) with finger-picking wonder Doug Smith & folky group Misty River.  It was a delight.

emobie photography was in the house snapping away some photos.  I’ll post them here with her permission once they are processed (by Tuesday for sure).

In the meantime, check out the websites for MRT & the performers:

http://mckenzieriver.org/

http://www.mistyriverband.com/

http://www.dougsmithguitar.com/

~Dan

REVIEW: Madeleine Peyroux @ the Shedd (Eugene, OR – 4/5/11)

7th Apr 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Madeleine Peyroux has a new album coming out called Standin’ On the Rooftop.  The album, coming out June 7th on Decca, features Marc Ribot on guitar/banjo along with Me’shell Ndegeocello on bass.  No word on tracklist for the full-length, but she just released a preview EP called The Things I’ve Seen Today, which features the title track co-written by violinist Jenny Scheinman and a delightful cover of The Beatles’ “Martha, My Dear” (click picture to the right for samples).

This show in Eugene was her second time through in as many years.  I don’t recall if the band members were the same as last time, but regardless, they were all fantastic musicians.  While Ribot/Ndegeocello/Scheinman were not in the live band, all four band members created a vibe conducive to taking in Madeleine’s golden vocal chords.

They played a fairly jazzy set, and Madeleine’s lush vocals bounced around in more of a jazzy singer-songwriter feel than I remembered her from before.  As you’ll be able to see from the setlist below, she played a lot of the new material from the forthcoming album – much of it I was unable to unidentify.  If you have any assistance on the setlist, let me know in the comments.

Setlist: over 90 minutes

  • unknown
  • The Things I’ve Seen Today
  • Martha, My Dear [The Beatles]
  • “Muddy Mississippi”
  • You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go [Bob Dylan]
  • “seen my reflection underneath the moon”
  • “here we are… I’m only human”
  • Don’t Wait Too Long
  • Don’t Pick a Fight With a Poet
  • “Meet me in Rio”
  • “involuntary pass/past(?)”
  • Dance Me to the End of Love [Leonard Cohen]
  • unknown love song
  • Instead [with band introductions & solos]
  • Encore: J’Ai Deux Amours
  • “I hear music” [with band solos]

Fantastic show.  Madeleine was fairly chatty and in a great mood.  The Eugene crowd was fairly subdued, except for a particular “amateur comedian” named George who interacted a bit with Madeleine – which at one point said she should have him open for her. :)

Be on the lookout for her new album in June.  She’s hitting a few more West Coast & Canada dates (as well as a NYC date) between now and the end of June.  Check out more tour dates below.

more photos below

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Next show for me… quite possibly Ani DiFranco at McDonald Theatre in Eugene (4/12).

~Dan – np: PlatypusWhen Pus Comes to Shove

MADELEINE PEYROUX PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2011 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

Madeleine Peyroux Spring/Summer 2011 Tour Dates:
3/31-4/02 – Seattle, WA @ Jazz Alley
4/03 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
4/05 – Eugene, OR @ Shedd Institute for Arts
4/06 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center
4/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
4/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Luckman Theater
4/11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theatre
4/13 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
6/17-19 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
6/22 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
6/24 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada @ Royal Theatre (Victoria
International Jazzfest)
6/25 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada @ Centre for the Performing Arts
(Vancouver International Jazz Festival))
6/26 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada @ Winspear Centre for Music (Edmonton Int’l
Jazz Festival)
6/28 – Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada @ Theatre Granada
6/29 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ Theatre Maisonneuve (Fest Int’l De Jazz De
Montreal)
6/30 – Quebec, Canada @ Raoul-Jobin Hall (Palais Montcalm)

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