Every member of Stan McMahon Band has roots in Salem. I’ve known them for at least 20 years and I met them all right here. All but Stan have moved to Portland long ago, so it’s always a delight to have them down for a visit. Stan writes the songs, sings and plays guitar; Rob Scrivner – guitar; Aaron Smith – guitar; Nathan Jr. – bass and Dan Coble – drums. Stan writes infectiously catchy pop songs that have been featured on “Jersey Shore,” (go ahead, give him crap about it…he don’t care about all that) and the critically acclaimed New Zealand series, “High Road.”
Also on the bill is Fernando Viciconte. I haven’t seen him perform – yet – but have heard amazing things about his music and his performance. From his website bio: “Fernando Viciconte-the Portland, Oregon troubadour with twenty years of local and national acclaim under his belt-crawls from the wreckage of the recent past unbowed, bruised but unbroken. He has survived major surgery for a throat condition and thus what could have been existential silence for ‘that voice’. It’s a voice that caused countless rags like Billboard, Magnet, Paste, The Oregonian, No Depression (and on and on) plus fellow musicians like Peter Buck from REM, Don Dixon, and Steve Wynn to rave wildly about the feeling it evokes when he’s singing his songs of dark despair and faint hope. These rock n roll laments, in both Spanish and English have captured the imaginations of his hometown for seven records, countless compilations, and memorable shows. Now Fernando–and ‘that voice’ –has emerged stronger than ever with a full-length LP entitled “Leave the Radio On”, produced with Luther Russell (Fever the Ghost, Richmond Fontaine) & Mike Coykendall (M.Ward, She and Him) and led off by his first 45 release ever, “The Dogs b/w “Donna (The Pride Of Topeka)’ as well as several major upcoming tours. The new album features a virtual who’s who of Portland’s finest musicians, including Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM and members of M.Ward, Elliott Smith, Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. This is a new chapter in Viciconte’s ever-evolving musical trajectory, a career marked by creative integrity and an almost painful honesty which attracts fans from high and low that still believe in the redemptive power of rock and roll. And ‘that voice’.”
And, it’s at The Space. Which, I don’t want to play favorites, but what can I say? This is currently my favorite place to see a show in Salem. $5. 21 and over. The Space Concert Club • 1128 Edgewater St NW, Salem • 971-208-3995. www.spaceconcertclub.com.