May 22 - Wednesday @ 8:30 PM
Ticket Pricing: $8
Trevor Green, A California native, grew up on the beaches of Southern California where he spends as much time riding waves as he does strumming his guitar. For the past decade Green has toured heavily, establishing a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. Fusing world, funk, folk and jam rock into a high-energy performance, Green's music has a strong universal appeal. The versatile musician who makes use of vocals, guitar (6 and 12 string, lap slide, banjo, mandolin and ukulele), didgeridoo, stompbox and harmonica has been called "a musical breath of fresh air..." by Richard Wellenreiter, Cole Clark Guitars North America. Michael Billings of the Los Angeles Daily Journal remarked, "the skill-set of this finger-style guitarist's free form artistic ability combined with enthusiasm and apparent love of cultured music is showcased in a raw, live, unedited fashion."
Green's most recent notable accomplishment was recording three songs for the upcoming major motion picture, starring Sean Penn, 'This Must Be the Place', and also featuring David Byrne of the Talking Heads. "Being a part of this film with David and Sean was truly an honor. I have the deepest respect for both individuals for not only their amazing artistic accomplishments, but also for the humanitarian work they do as well." One of the tracks, an erie and mystical rendition of David Byrne's, 'This Must Be the Place' that Green covered for the film, is also featured on the film's OST.
May 23 - Thursday @ 8:30 PM
Ticket Pricing: $12 IN ADV/ $15 D.O.S.
Winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Contest and open division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition, John Standefer is a true master of fingerstyle guitar. He began playing the guitar in 1963, soon learning the Chet Atkins style by ear as well as studying music in a conservatory. These early accomplishments gave John a great start towards a career in music. By age 16, he had begun a lifetime as a professional guitarist and teacher. His musical interests continued to expand to include folk, pop, jazz and bossa nova music (among others). As a result, the guitar arrangements he has developed contain a surprisingly colorful blend of styles and genres.
Over his life John has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad performing concerts, teaching master classes and instructing Christian guitarists through his highly acclaimed Praise Guitar Workshop. John currently performs and teaches yearly at such events as the Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville and the Christian Musician Summit in Seattle. He has also performed and/or recorded with many other guitar greats as well, including Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, Pat Kirtley, Guy Van Duser, Richard Smith and Doug Smith. John also writes regularly for Fingerstyle Guitar and Christian Musician magazines. Recently John was inducted into the Clark County Hall of Fame in Vancouver, Washington where he also teaches a limited number of private guitar lessons.
It's this remarkable contrast that constantly fascinates audiences around the globe: They see a young man standing or sitting on stage, while hearing him play the most staggering version of "Cannonball Rag". Brooks Robertson just doesn't need much more than two thumbs, eight fingers and six strings on a wooden box to carry his listeners away.
Hailed by prominent exponents of his instrument like Nokie Edwards, Thom Bresh, John Jorgenson and Mason Williams, the young fingerstyle guitarist embodies the creative vision of a postmodern world: It's the music that counts. Brooks utilizes his superb technical abilities to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and surpass the borders of conventional genres. He merges hauntingly beautiful compositions, country rhythms and jazzy harmonies with funky licks into his very own art form – sometimes delivered with a punch, sometimes with a smile.
Brooks was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1989. Seeing Buster B. Jones perform at a festival near his home town became a life-changing experience for the kid from the sticks. Just eleven years old, he was immediately inclined to pick up the guitar. Soon, the world renowned fingerstyle virtuoso and instructor dedicated his spare time to introducing his new fan into the secrets of the fretboard, and after six months of lessons the natural talent performed his first show with his mentor.
When Buster B. Jones took him under his wings, Brooks began playing high-profile gigs such as the Nokie Edwards Festival, the NAMM Show in Anaheim, the Montreal Jazz Festival or the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield among others. By the time he was a teenager he had become the youngest endorsee of Godin Guitars and traveled to several states and foreign countries to perform. Brooks went on to play on Garrison Keillor's National Public Radio classic "A Prairie Home Companion" in 2004, where he won first place in a talent competition for 12 to 20 year old participants.
May 24 - Friday @ 9:00 PM
Ticket Pricing: $8 IN ADV/ $10 D.O.S..
“Daddy was a seeker,” says Mare Wakefield. “Eventually he became a Salvationist minister. Mama was more of a gypsy, loving nothing more than a long, clear stretch of open highway.”
Mare grew up with wanderlust embedded in her DNA, and lived in 8 different places by the time she was 10 years old. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,” she says. “We had our rural Wisconsin accents down in two weeks flat. And eighteen months later we were drawling like native Texans.”
This versatility and love for travel is evident in Mare’s music as well. Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and South Dakota plains, and take side-trips to ancient Babylon or the streets of Amsterdam. The journeys go inward too, exploring valor and valentines, hope and heartbreak, and the occasional whiskey-soaked barroom brawl. Story and song are woven seamlessly together by Mare’s intimate delivery and gift for melody. Currently based in Nashville, Mare—pronounced Mary—continues her journey by co-writing with hit songwriters and burning up the highways with her piano-playing husband (aptly named Nomad!) and Martin acoustic guitar in tow.
May 25 - Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Ticket Pricing: $6
Black Magdalene is an organic darkwave ensemble, whose soundscape of haunting middle eastern tones and rhythms luxuriously navigate between dark, atmospheric percussion and beautifully intricate instrumentation.
Based in Eugene Oregon, the group was formed in early Beltane 2011 by Star Wrey of Splendor & the Resistance, Victor St. Petersburg of Defeating the Purpose.
Joining the group for live performances are veteran dancers; Ruby McConnell formally of The Red Raven Follies and Margarita O'Brien of Hip Service. These enchanting ladies weave an ethereal tribal fusion dance spectacle of original choreography inspired by their interpretation of the music accompanied by Christopher Pfeffer of Ala Nar on Arabic tabla (doumbek).
Black Magdalene beckon the willing into a realm where the majickal and the mechanical cohabitate within otherworldly harmonies..
Maca Rey is a blend of Latin rhythms, Rock, and World Funk all clinging to Psychedelia. They have been captivating audiences with tight, provocative, high-energy performances. Thoughtful songwriting takes full advantage of various musical backgrounds and instruments from around the world. Maca Rey fuses their diverse influences into music that is bumping, positive, and super hot.
El Flowious' music can be described as Contemporary World with an attitude. An instrumental mix of Ethnic, Progressive, New Age, and Electronica, El Flowious ties these genres together in a way that is familiar yet fresh at the same time. Songs like "Under the Eastern Sky", and "The World Awaits" take the listener back in time to ancient Asia, then gently blends into modern form. The house pounding pulse of "CRS" will slap you in the face, while "Reality Grooves" sets you into upbeat Electronica chill mode. From the orchestrated progressive rock CD opener "A Question of Reason" to the peaceful piano of "The Kindness of Stranger", this album covers a lot of musical ground. Flowie has now put together a band of musicians that are second to none. "I always wanted to be playing with people that are better musicians than I am. A group that will challenge me to improve my game, and grow". And that he has certainly done. "The live takes of these songs are really something else. There's this awesome Jam feel now added to the music. I opened the door for the band to be the Artist that they are. I want them to have real input, and show there own creativity, and interpretation of the songs." With Josh Betschart on Drums - Keith Blevin on Keys and Electric Violin - Kiley Graham on Violin and Percussion , and Luke Oschenbien on Guitar.
May 30 - Thursday @ 8:00 PM
Ticket Pricing: $5
May 31 - Friday @ 8:00 PM
Ticket Pricing: $7
The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Alt-folk String Band. The Bushes’ innovative acoustic sound draws from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a rich patchwork that shares threads with artists like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Sean Hayes, and Crooked Still. Joyful singing and songwriting are supported by carefully constructed soundscapes that feature virtuosic fiddle.
A longtime Northwest favorite, the band has developed into a national act, with recent tours across the US and Europe. Their live show is joyous and vibrant with an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats.
The Blackberry Bushes Stringband has that rare magic that allows them to artfully fuse sounds from many genres into a bluegrass instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. This is a daredevil sound that is delicate,bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing.
Alder Street is an equation with a myriad of variables that have added, subtracted, and multiplied, but never divided. After 7 years of applying their “method” they have produced a group of constants that continues to expand the scope of genres in contemporary music. With the personal lives of each member keeping up with this evolution, Alder Street remains dedicated to its formula of never ruling anything out when it comes to musicians or their influences.
With the “traditional” bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and screaming muddy blues stylings of Alder Street's first studio album Beer Made, they set off on a journey that has been characterized by some as “traditional instruments played in a non-traditional manner” and “You ain't jug, you thug.” Next, the band produced Too Drunk To Folk. This group of formulated chords and harmonies continued this experiment with new members and a completely new approach to song writing. It was figured that with the more members writing and contributing to the process, the more influence would shine through and help them further their goal.
June 1 - Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Ticket Pricing: $10
Two time Emmy award winning storyteller, Mark Lewis, joins us for an evening of storytelling and dance!
Fusion Friendly presents “Myth, Movement, and Magic,” featuring Emmy award-winning performer and storyteller Mark Lewis. Through storytelling, dance, and theater, this production weaves myths and legends of Goddesses from around the world.
June 2 - Sunday @ 8:00 PM
Ticket Pricing: $8 IN ADV/ $10 D.O.S.
It’s hard to put your finger on Laura Meyer. On the title track of her new albumBeen Here Before, she starts off sweetly singing: Been here before/ Got a rope against my neck/ Been here before/ I guess I never left. The tender folk vocals don’t prepare you for the striking left turn the album takes next, delivering the hard driving blues of “Motel Room Blues #1.” Meyer looks like a sweet little waif, but there’re dark corners seething under her ingénue exterior.
Alternating between folk and blues, she’s a skinny white chick with soul to burn, and inside are tough-minded songs that simply don’t seem like they could have come from her. On “Don’t Let Them Collect You,” a martial new wave beat delivers an edict about being trapped by exactly the sort of stereotyping I’m engaging in: Don’t let them collect you/ Don’t let them collect you/ They’re just trying to get you/ Put you on their shelf// No one’s gonna protect you/ no one’s coming to the rescue/ they’re just trying to dissect you/ So you better take care for yourself.
“Jeff Martin’s a marvelous songwriter, effortlessly drawing out fully-fleshed stories and lush natural metaphors from a simple folk music structure. He’s an incredibly rare find among today’s glut of singer-songwriters: a songwriter whose songs are immediately affecting. These are the kind of songs that can change you.”
— Devon Leger, No Depression
June 21 - Friday @ 8:30 PM
Ticket Pricing: $5 Donation
The Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a venue to foster performance, education, and enjoyment of Middle Eastern Dance and music here in Eugene, Oregon. The organization was founded in 1991, and now has a membership of more than 120 performers, musicians, students, and supporters of Middle Eastern music and dance.
We maintain a membership in the Lane Arts Council, and try to bring Middle Eastern dance and music into the public eye. The guild is open to any who share our vision of trying to educate and entertain with Middle Eastern dance, music, and culture. We have performers, musicians, artists, former dancers, and people who are “just fans” on our membership list.
Every Wednesday @ 8:00 PM
Ticket Pricing: Donation
Sean's Music Study presents a showcase for Sean's student bands to perform rock n roll, pop, jazz and worship. Solo acts welcome as well. Donation collected in tip jar and at the door.
Every Wednesday @ 5:00 PM
Ticket Pricing: Free
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