Musicians to make their mark

Hiring employers are not the only ones who have seen a record number of applicants, so has the Salem Public Library’s Battle of the Bands this year.

On Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., four bands play their original music in hope to win the top spot. Chosen out of the pool for this event was Friends for Enemies, The Timbreines, Seacast and The Volks.

Friends for Enemies from Dallas are a pop/punk hardcore band who were formerly know as Plan of Attack. These high school friends formed their three piece band a year ago. Salem’s The Volks bring their psychedelic and classic rock to the competition. With a keyboardist, guitarist, and drummer on board this quintet is led by lead singer Lily Breshears. Also from Salem, is pop rockers The Timbreines. Their aim to create upbeat crowd pleasing music should help them in this event which is partially judged by a decibel reading of crowd response. Last but not least, from Kelso, Wash., is indie rock band Seacats who blend guitar with catchy melodies.

Each of these acts has 20 minutes to impress the judges and the audience. At the end of the night, a winner is chosen based on scoring by three guest judges and the crowd reception.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at all library circulation desks for $5 in advance or for $7 at the door. The event is held in Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library.

Portland band plays release show in Salem

Rock band Merill, who formed in 2006, recently released their first full length album.

The five-piece group comprised of singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Merill, lead guitarist Eli Johnson, bass player Robert Finn, keyboardist Jeremy Dan, and drummer Michael Johnson have a 10-track CD titled “A Beautiful Disaster.”

“A Beautiful Disaster” is a line in the lyrics of the CD’s 3rd song ‘Little Miss Pretentious.'” It pretty much sums up my relationships with women,” Merrill said.

On Dec. 26 they headline a show at Boon’s for the first time.

Though the album was three years in the making, Merill has plenty of experience performing live. They’ve opened for bands such as Maroon 5, Counting Crows, and Augustana.

The first single off of the album is track number two, “The First Time.” Also included on the disc are songs ” Walk Alone,” “Another Yesterday,” “Let Me Go,” “The One Thing,” and more.

Merill’s Salem show is free and scheduled for 8 p.m.

“As good as this CD sounds, we’re already writing for the next one, which will be bigger and better,” Merrill said.

Christmas Choir Concert

Chemeketa Community College spread holiday cheer in their performance of “Tis the Season.”

The concert features a collection of Christmas classics performed as a mixed chorus with solos, duets, and small ensemble number. “Tis the Season” is a free concert held on December 3 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium housed in Building 6.

Among the carols are “When Christmas Comes to Town,”“Coventry Carol,” “O Holy Nigh,” “Breath of Heaven,” “Whatever Happened to Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “Shine for Me Again Star of Bethlehem,” and “Various Themes on Fa-La-La.”

To complete the chorus event there are stories, poems, and recollections interspersed between the solo and choral numbers. Audience members also have a chance to join in carol singing along with the Chemeketa Chorus.

In addition to the solos and duet, the combined choir performs seasonal favorites “Carol of the Bells,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and much more.