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Call for Entries – Concert Photos and Poster & Album Art Show (U.Oregon)

23rd Apr 13 (Tue) Leave a comment

Sorry for the late announcement, as the deadline approaches… but…

305799_157326424436555_477574662_nConcert Images – Call for Entries:

Seeking photography that features live music performance, musicians, music festivals or concerts for exhibit in the Aperture Gallery located in the Erb Memorial Union at the University of Oregon.

The exhibit, which runs 5/8/2013 – 5/19/2013, will coincide with the Willamette Valley Music Festival May 11, 2013.

Please submit up to five (5) .jpg images, with original dimensions, for consideration to by 4/25/2013.

430229_157326417769889_1337631221_nPoster and Album Art Show – Call for Entries:
West Coast Gig – Independent Music Poster and Album Art Exhibition 5/10 – 5/22

Seeking independent album art and concert posters from west coast bands, promoters or venues from 1990 and later for an exhibit at the Buzz Coffeehouse Gallery in the Erb Memorial Union at the University of Oregon.

Please submit pdf or jpg images of posters, with original dimensions, to by 4/25/2013

Accepted works will be reproduced and installed by the UO Cultural Forum during the Willamette Valley Music Festival May 11, 2013, in the Buzz Pub Stage Area.

The exhibit will run 5/10/2013 – 5/22/2013

~Dan – np: Tom WaitsRain Dogs
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs


REVIEW: Elton John @ Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, OR – 2/17/11)

18th Feb 11 (Fri) 6 comments

Vancouver 2011, photo by Adrian Lam,

The newly built Matthew Knight Arena, nestled at the University of Oregon in lovely Eugene, Oregon, hosted a supreme pop-star last night… the multi-million record selling Sir Elton John.  He’s been releasing records and trotting the globe for over 5 decades, he has a countless (or at least monumentally difficult to count) list of awards and sales records.  His tribute to Princess Diana (the “Candle in the Wind 1997″ single) sold 37 million copies alone.  He’s been brash & counter-culture, but more often than not, he’s been a shaper of pop culture and pop music.

So, why Eugene, Oregon for his kick-off U.S. date on his 2011 winter tour?  eh, maybe he’s a Ducks fan? Regardless of the reason, we were glad to host him and his band.  His band last night was Davey Johnstone on guitar, Nigel Olsson on drums, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Kim Bullard on keyboards, and a quartet of backing singers.

This was my first time to the Matthew Knight Arena (aka Matt Arena or Matt Court).  It is a gorgeous facility.  I tend to see artists play in much smaller venues, but it’s good to see a new venue in town to draw bigger arena acts.  I am in Portland a lot, but if I can stay in town for someone like the Foo Fighters, Leonard Cohen, Pearl Jam, Tool, etc – I will.

The show was, as expected, a “Greatest Hits Live” show with a handful of new tunes…

Setlist: about 3 hours

  • Funeral For A Friend
  • Love Lies Bleeding
  • Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
  • Levon
  • Madman Across the Water
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  • Daniel
  • Rocket Man
  • I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
  • Hey Ahab
  • The Best Part Of The Day
  • Gone To Shiloh
  • Monkey Suit
  • When Love Is Dying
  • Sad Songs
  • Piano Solo/Take Me To The Pilot
  • Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
  • Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
  • Candle in the Wind
  • Burn Down the Mission
  • Bennie and the Jets
  • The Bitch Is Back
  • I’m Still Standing
  • Crocodile Rock
  • Encore: Your Song
  • Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Check out photos from the Eugene show over at Eugene Weekly‘s blog:

Elton John’s show was full of energy.  I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest Elton John fan, but there were many songs that I knew.  With that many records and hit songs, even an avant-garde jazz & metal fan is bound to know more than half of the songs.  The band was tight – pretty much nailing the progressive rock parts on “Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding,” but the stage was set to let Elton shine.  He didn’t just sit back and let his backing band take charge.

Things I could have lived without… the crazy texters surrounding us, the people who whipped out their cellphones to take pictures and/or videos (from the nose bleeds), and well, yeah, the keyboard horn section.  Oh, and the crazy or drunk lady who eventually got ejected during “Candle in the Wind.”

Short and sweet: Elton put on a fantastic show, and I’m excited for more big events here in Eugene!

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Check out more tour dates below.

Next show for me… Godspeed You! Black Emperor tonight in Portland (Crystal Ballroom).  Look for a review later this weekend…

~Dan – np: MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die,  But You Will

Elton John 2011 North American Tour Dates

  • 14-Feb-2011 Victoria BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
  • 15-Feb-2011 Victoria BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
  • 17-Feb-2011 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
  • 19-Feb-2011 Reno, NV Event Center
  • 24-Feb-2011 Kahului, HI Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • 25-Feb-2011 Kahului, HI Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • 11-Mar-2011 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
  • 12-Mar-2011 Worcester, MA DCU Center
  • 16-Mar-2011 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • 18-Mar-2011 Norfolk, VA Ted Constant Convocation Center
  • 20-Mar-2011 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • 23-Mar-2011 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
  • 25-Mar-2011 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
  • 26-Mar-2011 Baltimore, MD First Mariner Arena
  • 27-Mar-2011 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
  • 06-Apr-2011 Bismarck, ND Civic Center
  • 08-Apr-2011 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
  • 09-Apr-2011 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
  • 10-Apr-2011 Billings, MT Matra Park
  • 22-Apr-2011 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
  • 23-Apr-2011 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
  • 06-May-2011 Duluth, MN Amsoil Arena


RECIPE: “Go Ducks” Guacamole

10th Jan 11 (Mon) 2 comments

So, I’m not a sports guy (understatement).  My main thing is music (as if I really need to tell you that)…

Well, I’m in Eugene, Oregon, and regardless of my general sports indifference, I still support the Ducks!  I went to the University of Oregon for a stint (I’m a PhD dropout if you’re keeping score at home).  I’m going to a BCS National Championship Game party tonight, and I’ll be supporting the Ducks against the Auburn Whatstheirfaces

I really don’t know what the Ducks’ chances are… football is the one played with the parabolic ball, right?  Anyway… what I’m bringing to the party is a super easy recipe

“Go Ducks” Guacamole

serves 179 chips, give or take


  • oil for sautéing
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 yellow peppers (you know, for the yellow)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbl taco seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 4-5 medium/large avocados
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • juice of 2 limes (2-4 Tbls or so?)


  1. Cut up onion, pepper & garlic.  Saute in 1-2 Tbl of oil until soft, slightly browned.  Add taco seasoning, stir.
  2. Cut up avocados, add to large mixing bowl.  Mash avocados with a fork or large wooden spoon.
  3. Add onion, pepper & garlic mixture.  Dice and add tomatoes.  Add chili powder and salt (to taste).  Add lime juice (to preserve).
    This is meant to be enjoyed immediately (or as close to it as possible)!  Do not make it “well in advance”…

Worst case… the Ducks lose.  Well, there will still be music to get us through (just hopefully not more from Sebastian Bach).

This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.

Update: this would also work really well for the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl XLV. :)

~Dan – np: ReptetChicken or Beef?

Oregon Bach Fest preview with Trio Voronezh

4th May 10 (Tue) 1 comment

The good music is matched by the good deals at the University of Oregon when the Oregon Bach Festival and the Duck Store present a season preview party Thursday, May 13 from 5:30 to 7 pm. On tap are ticket discounts, book discounts, beer, wine, and other refreshments, and a live performance by Trio Voronezh.

Conservatory trained in their native Russia, the members of Trio Voronezh played for money on the streets of Europe until discovered by a friend of the Oregon Bach Festival. Playing classical favorites on Russian folk instruments with showmanship and virtuosity, they made their American debut at the festival in 1996. After several return tours they became U.S. citizens, with Eugene as their home base for recording and touring.

During the OBF preview event participants can get vouchers for ticket discounts of up to 20% for selected concerts, and get discounts for 20% off general books in the Duckstore, an OBF sponsor. OBF staff members will be present to answer questions and assist with ticket orders online at the event.

The party takes place in the “Literary Duck” on the second floor of the Duck Store building at 13th and Kincaid in Eugene. Free refreshments include beer from Eugene City Brewery, wine, soft drinks and snacks.

The UO’s Oregon Bach Festival takes place June 25 through July 11 in Eugene, Bend and Portland. Tickets for the Festival go on sale over the counter at Eugene’s Hult Center ticket office on May 11. For complete schedule and ticket information call (541) 682-5000 or click

For regular OBF-related updates, check out the Official OBF blog.

~Dan – np: King’s XOut of the Silent Planet

REVIEW: Oregon Percussion Ensemble’s FRANK ZAPPA Tribute @ UO’s Beall Hall (Eugene, OR – – 3/7/09)

8th Mar 09 (Sun) 6 comments

I went to the University of Oregon’s Beall Concert Hall yesterday afternoon for a wonderful tribute to Frank Zappa put on by the UO College of Music’s Oregon Percussion Ensemble, conducted by W. Sean Wagoner.  It was a show that I found out about in the Eugene Weekly… yay for the local entertainment rag for giving us last minute cool info!

The show was great… about 90 minutes including breaks.  All percussion, except for a bass player and a violinist for “The Black Page Part 1 & 2.”  OK, there was a pianist and a tap dancer, too… but those are technically percussion instruments. :P


  • Concerto No. 1, Op. 12.3(1986) – composed by Ney Rosauro, soloist: Paul Owen (marimba)
    • I. Saudacao (Greetings)
    • II. Lamento (Lament)
    • III. Danca (Dance)
    • IV. Despedida (Farewell)
  • Ionisation for thirteen percussionists (1929-1931) – composed by Edgard Varese
  • Waltz (1958) – composed by Frank Zappa, soloist: Merlin Showalter (vibraphone)
  • Magnesium Zapp II (2009) – composed by Charles Dowd
  • The Black Page Drum Solo (1976) – composed by Frank Zappa, soloist: Paul Owen (drumset)
  • The Black Page, Part I (1976) – composed by Frank Zappa
  • The Black Page, Part II (1976) – composed by Frank Zappa

The first part of the first piece (Saudacao) was very Zappaesque… heavy on the marimba and xylophonic percussion… fast melodies, and the crazy percussive triplets or whatever you drummers call them. :)  The rest of Concerto No. 1 wasn’t as Zappaesque, but it definitely was a great warm-up to the rest of the show.  Paul Owen’s marimba work was great and the rest of the band really broke loose on this 20-something-minute piece.

Next up was Ionisation by Edgard Varese, from whom Zappa had only one degree of separation… the conductor for the first performance of Ionisation in the 30s was Nicolas Slonimsky, who later became a friend of Frank’s and also went out on tour with Zappa’s early 80s band.  The piece was an avant-garde percussive piece, if set-up as designed (which I assume they did) was 3 bass drums, 2 Side drums, 2 Snare drums, tarole, 2 bongos, tambourine, tambour militaire, crash cymbal, suspended cymbals, 3 tam-tams, gong, 2 anvils, 2 triangles, sleigh bells, chimes, celesta, piano, Chinese blocks, claves, maracas, castanets, whip (instrument), guiro, high & low sirens, and a lion’s roar.  I don’t remember a whip or lion’s roar… but regardless, it was fun and adventurous.

Waltz was the first official Zappa piece of the afternoon.  It was about a 2 minute, 12-tone vibraphone solo by Merlin Showalter.  It seemed like it was over before it started, but it was a nice piece.

Magnesium Zapp II continued in the Zappa theme… though not written by him.  It was written by UO Director of Music Charles Dowd, who drew inspiration from Frank Zappa’s “Girl in the Magnesium Dress” from The Yellow Shark.  It was somewhat avant-garde, improvisational with some structure.  It also had small melodies written in to represent F-R-A-N-K and Z-A-P-P-A, which they went over beforehand… and it was fun to pick it out when they were playing it.  Basically a 26-note run equating to the English alphabet… blah blah blah, you do the math.

Next up was The Black Page… I’d seen Terry Bozzio play this at the 2006 Zappa Plays Zappa tour in Louisville, and for the uninitiated, Zappa wrote it as a technical challenge.  The musicians dreaded seeing all of the black notes on the page… hence its name.

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Percussion/Battery drum transcript (PDF):


The Ensemble started this as simply a drum solo by Paul Owen.  He did a great job on this 3-4 minute very technical solo.  Then the solo was played again by Paul… and 9 more drummers (and a tap dancer) at the same time, nearly perfectly in sync.  It was quite mind blowing seeing all 10 drum sets around the front of the stage when we got back from the short intermission, but I had no idea they all be playing the solo together.  Crazy good stuff.  The only downside, we could barely see the tap dancer (Alli Bach) as she was behind the drum sets, but she was going nuts and hitting all of the notes as well… per W. Sean Wagoner (the conductor), this was the world premiere of a tap dance transcription for The Black Page. :)

After the solo(s), they played the Black Page in both Zappa’s variations… the “Hard Version” and the “Easy Teenage NY Version.”  Much more melodic (not all on drums, as some of the drummers moved to play other instruments).  They were also joined by piano, electric violin and bass.  Great stuff… about 5 minutes for each version.

Good stuff… well worth the $5… like criminally worth it.

~Dan – np: Ben Folds FiveWhatever and Ever Amen

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