Hundred Dollar Jayhawks closes Pete’s Place
Friday, August 24
Pete’s Place, 356 State St. SE
9 p.m., free, 21+
By now you’ve probably heard that local institution Pete’s Place is closing its doors on Friday, August 24 after more than a decade of business (the building has been a bar of some sort for most of it’s 125-plus year history). Early reports of the closing suggested that the restaurant/bar would go out without much fanfare, but the powers-that-be must have changed their minds, because we’ve received word that they’ve enlisted that talents of Pete’s regulars Mick Bare, Chris Hooper, Timmy Myles, Tim Knight and Jeff Graham for a Hundred Dollar Jayhawks performance. The straight-up-rock-n-roll dished out by Bare and his blue-jean-clad gang is a fitting end for the latest incarnation of the historic blue-collar saloon. Who’s volunteering to pick up the cigarettes outside of Pete’s after this one?

The Apheliotropic Orchestra
Friday, August 24
Boon’s Treasury, 888 Liberty St. NE
9 p.m., free, 21+
In the summer of 2004, Shane Zuiderweg and his Bohemian instrument-toting friends pooled their talents together to form an alternative rock orchestra to open for Sleepytime Gorilla Museum along with Tom Farmer’s Strawberries at the Reed Opera House. Bringing in an act like SGM to Cherry City was novel and ambitious at the time, but so was forming an act like the Apheliotropic Orchestra in a town without a consistent venue for original music (Friday nights at Hemingway’s in Independence was the closest thing).Though they created a lasting influence on the local music scene, the band — like many of its grandiose size — found it difficult to stay together for long. Eight years later, and sparked by a stellar comeback performance at the Great Idea at Enchanted Forest’s Western Town stage, it appears “the orchestra” is back and better than ever.

Murmuring Pines, The Folly,
Saturday, August 25
Boon’s Treasury, 888 Liberty St. NE
9 p.m., free, 21+
What if I told you that Julian Snow (of Mill Race, Anbot Rodroid, Julian Snow trio, ect.) is the patriarch of a musical collective that is releasing a professional, polished single that fits right in with the digital buzzes and psychedelic touches of modern alternative pop? Such is the case with Murmuring Pines’ sludgy pop single “Viper” that has been circulating on homemade Warble Records compilation compact discs and is half of a split 7-inch with Kevin Rafn due out in September. Don’t get me wrong, “Viper” is great, actually, spectacular, but it is made possible by a collection of Daniel Rafn’s pummeling beats and tasteful production, the ridiculously captivating crooning of Lilly Gamaney and the subtle nuances of Snow and Katy Allen. It’s truly a collective effort. The track won’t graw at your brain like a bubble-gum jam, but it will haunt you. It’s eerie.

KMUZ 88.5 FM BackYard Bash Benefit
Sunday, August 26
Salem House Concerts, 468 21st NE
4 p.m., $20-25, all-ages
Salem area’s one-and-only community radio station is hosting a home-spun fundraising event with performers including genre-bending folk musician Anne Weiss, progressive singer-songwriter Cassandra Robertson and local jazz guitar legend Bill Hughes. The price is $25 for dinner and the show or $20 sans dinner. Tickets should be purchased in advance from Mark Nassar by sending check payment to the address listed above, calling (503) 378-7704 or e-mailing Nassar at For information about Salem House Concerts, visit Not to pile on the guilt, but it’s important to realize that keeping a community radio station on the air is a constant struggle, not a battle that is won.

Nearly Unplugged
Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1
The Triangle, 3215 Liberty Rd. S
8 p.m., $4-6, 21+
Eodum Industries has put together a two-day showcase of “the acoustic, solo and side projects of some of Salem’s finest.” For a reasonable price tag (see above), an attendee can get a pretty sound taste of what Salem has to offer — at least in a (nearly) un-plugged form. On Friday, Daniel Remington, Mitch Duafa’s new project The Electric Valley Band, Sam McBride’s new project The King Dot, For Charles (Andrew Quackenbush of Symmetry/Symmetry), and Beard of Bees highlight the list, while His Name Shall Breathe, Mick Bare and others are slated for Saturday. It may be a nice change of pace for the blasted ear drums of the regular local concert attendee.

Zero Season, Red Rooster
Friday, August 31
Duffy’s Hangar, 2275 McGilchrist St. SE
9 p.m., free, 21+
Though Zero Season just released its debut album this past Spring, the band has been at it for years under the moniker “Shift.” Dan Bodi (guitar, vocals), Nick Madderom (lead guitar), Wes Fisher (drums), and Tony Necas (bass) produce a solid brand of modern radio rock with crunchy guitars, manly-dude harmonies and soaring, standing-on-a-mountain-shaking-your-fist-at-the-crumbling-kingdom-beneath-you songs. It’s a road-map that’s worked for countless bands during the past 15 years, but seems to be a dying craft around these parts (KUFO?). On Friday, August 31st the local hard rock staple will lend a hand to upstart Red Rooster, who nabbed the opening slot at Duffy’s Hangar.

Stupid Man Suit
Saturday, September 1st
Gilgamesh’s Lounge, 210 Liberty St. SE
9 p.m., free, 21+
Stupid Man Suit has two baritone saxophonists. I should just end the description there, I mean, when have you heard of a band with two baritone saxophonists? The Los Angeles-based art school project is the type of weirdo, fresh take on avant garde free jazz that would build a massive cult following given a heavy helping of time and touring (and given the players’ art school pedigree, they may not have a lot of other options except to do just that). Though the band hovers between an interesting and intelligible groove and sounding like an aggravated ensemble warming up independently before a disappointing show, two bearded dudes playing dueling baritone saxophones is a sight to see (check it out at