Author: Julie Eaton

Northwest Monthly Three Year Party

Northwest Monthly Three Year Party. Saturday, November 18th – 9pm at The Triangle  Aaron Nash aka ThatKidCry has put on 36 of these Northwest Monthlies in the last three years. He hasn’t missed a beat. I did a feature on his second year anniversary, so it only seems appropriate that I point you in his direction again this year. And this one is going to be his last for a few months. He’s expecting a double dose of new family members here in a minute, so he’s going to be busy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it...

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New Music Galore

I woke up the other morning and realized that a ton of Salem bands have recently put out singles, EPs, or full-length albums. That’s exciting and I want you to be excited too. Here’s the rundown on who’s putting out what. Jon Fro Out From Within – EP Jon Fro is one of the first artists I interviewed when I first started writing this page, and I couldn’t have run into a more generous musician. Not only is he constantly recording his stuff, he facilitates recording and shows for many other musicians in town too. And his reach transcends genres. In fact, he put me in touch with the hip hop scene in Salem, which I am very thankful. This album shows some definite maturing on Jon’s part, especially in the lyric category. He’s an earnest and authentic songwriter, and this album is a great addition to his catalogue. Available online at CD Baby, Bandcamp, iTunes and locally at Ranch Records and Harvest Records. Red Spectre High Octane – Single – Release Date Oct 27th Chris Pelka • Vocals/Guitar; Herbie Santos • Guitar; Jacob Wrecker • Bass; Chris Vanek • Drums. Chris Pelka likes fighter jets, as you can hear at the opening of this hard rock shredder. Do you remember that 70s movie “Heavy Metal?” This song could be on that soundtrack. Available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and at...

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Brides (is Tight)

“I took a walk on the treetops, but I woke up in my bed. I’m trying to deal with the doors locked, all inside my head.” It’s a frustrating time to be a woman. If you’re a woman who isn’t frustrated, lucky you. It can be especially frustrating being a woman in a male-dominated music industry, and I celebrate those who can navigate it with poise and dignity. One such woman is Jocelyn Paige – singer for Salem band, Brides. I met Jocelyn during an interview with Daniel Loren for his band Orchards, about eight months ago. At that...

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The Space’s 70s Music Tribute Weekend. Friday & Saturday Oct. 27 – 28th 7pm @ The Space Concert Club.

If you know me at all, you know I often bitch and moan about tribute bands and cover bands. So, why the hell am I picking these two shows at The Space? It’s nuanced. These decade celebrations are what we in the biz call a “one off.” That means, all the bands learn the songs for one show only. They don’t take it on the road and milk someone else’s music for all it’s worth. In fact, I played Dead Kennedys in their 80s theme show last New Year’s Eve, and it was a hoot. Also, it’s extra fun...

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Toxic Zombie, Dead Animal Assembly Plant, Hideous Monster and Grandma Dynamite

Sunday, October 29th at 7pm @ Shotskis Woodfired Eats. It’s called the Brainz and Butchers Tour and it’s the weekend before Halloween. This bill seems like just the ticket. I’ve never seen D.A.A.P. live, but they’re one of those bands with a highly imaginative backstory that has something to do with the 1800’s and cannibalism. They list their hometown as “The Sweetmeats Slaughterhouse.” So, there ya go. Also on the bill is Portland’s Toxic Zombie who lists themselves as Horror Based Rock n Roll. Hideous Monster is also from Portland and all three of these bands are highly theatrical...

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Music Inspires…

I’ve been wanting to have a photo section for a long time. Photos and live music go so well together and finally, I’ve got two pages to show off our scene. The goal is to have readers send in pictures for publication to really get the well-rounded community thing going. It’s a rush to see your name in print and even more thrilling to see your pictures. Please contact us on Facebook at Salem Weekly Music. Send us your music pictures!        ...

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Shotskis Battle of the Bands. Starts Saturday, October 14th @ 3:00pm.

Battle of the Bands? What’s going on here? They still do that? Well, sure. Why the hell not. And hey, the winning band is going to walk away with $1,000. So, that’s a pretty darn good motivator to do a little blast from the past competition. Here’s the schedule: First Round – Saturday & Sunday, October 14th & 15th at 3pm; Quarterfinals – Friday, October 20th at 5pm; Semifinals – Saturday, October 21st at 5pm; Finals – Sunday, October 22nd at 5pm. Rigorous! Each show is $8 presale or $10 at the door. Of course you want to go...

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Stary Olsa. Sunday, October 17th at 7:00pm at The Space Concert Club.

I bet you won’t see anything like this in Salem for a while. I’m a little out of my element, so I’ll take from the band’s bio: “STARY OLSA is a mediaeval Belarusian music band. The band’s repertoire includes Belarusian folk balladry and martial songs, Belarusian national dances, works of Belarusian Renaissance composers, compositions from Belarusian aulic music collections, Belarusian canticles of the 16th – early 17th centuries, as well as European popular melodies of the Middle Ages and Renascence.The purpose is to completely reconstruct (whenever possible) musical traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania where Belarus was the...

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King of The Mic

King of the Mic. Thursday, Oct. 12th @ 9:00pm at Shotskis Woodfired Eats. King of the Mic is back! Gregg Simpson aka: Theory, has been putting on these competitions for quite some time. He started out at CCTV, then Tequila Nights, and now he’s putting on his spitting bars show at Shotskis. This is how it works. Ten artists go head to head for three weeks straight. Two artists will be chosen from each round to compete in the finale for the grand prize of $500 and a free music video. Winners are chosen by crowd vote so supporters...

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Good Times Done Right

Alyssa Delgado doesn’t half-ass anything. She told me as much when we met to chat about her latest project, “The Wah Wah Music Fest.” Salem has certainly benefited from her fire, as she and her partner, Evan have brought us the most successful, locally-owned, downtown coffee shop, The Governor’s Cup. As you might know, The Gov Cup isn’t just coffee. It’s a popular gathering place, a living room for all walks of Salem life and has been a consistent Friday night music venue for the last six years. But this article is not about The Gov Cup. Although, Alyssa...

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Augustana Jazz Quartet. Thursday, September 21st @ 7pm at Christo’s Lounge.

I don’t know anything about jazz. But I gotta tell you, I’m getting sick of the same ol’ same ol’. It happens. And, Christo’s has quality jazz performers, every Thursday night. Did you know that? Well, they do. This quartet features the versatile Marilyn Keller on vocals; George Mitchell on keys; Kevin Deitz on bass; and the drummer will be announced. That’s how good these guys are. They aren’t sweating that they don’t know who’s going to be playing drums. They’ll figure it out. Anyway, I’m feeling jazz and Salem has this great outlet. Go check it out....

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Northwest Monthly Volume 35. September 23rd @ 9pm at The Triangle.

Aaron Nash (ThatKidCry) is still going strong hosting these Northwest Monthly shows every damned month…for 35 months now! That’s incredible and it’s time to give him another shout out for all his hard work. Aaron is one of the most awesome dudes you’ll meet and he knows how to curate a hip hop show. He only gets professionals. This time around he’s got FatBoy, The Marvel, B Lit, Aerosol, NRG TRiBE & Devmo, Cerebral Cortext with DJ Nykon on the wheels. ThatKidCry will be your host, as always. Mike Heffley doing sound. I’ve been to a handful of these...

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Hurricane Harvey Save the Furry Refugees Benefit. September 30th @ 2pm at Shotskis.

You know me, now. You know I’m going to pick a show that’s trying to help. This time, they’re helping the critters that got the ass end of hurricane Harvey in Texas. You can’t forget about the pets, people! This is a benefit show, so be prepared to give at least $5 at the door. There will be seven bands and several local merchants reaching out to help out the Bayou City Animal Shelter in Dickinson Texas. They are a shelter caring for many animals of evacuees and others who have lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey. In Shotskis...

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Totality

Photo by Mike Murphy Today I experienced a total solar eclipse. Well, all of Salem did and I certainly hope you got out and took all in. It was beyond amazing for me. It’s difficult to explain, but I now completely understand why some people choose to become “eclipse chasers.” It really was quite a marvel. But now, I’m kind of in a post-eclipse funk. I want to experience it again, and I just can’t. So I sit down to write this article, pouting, and I put on the new Moon of the Wolf Album. And yeah…I note that...

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Oregon State Fair @ the Oregon State Fairgrounds

We don’t usually pick out the big shows; they already get a lot of hype. But, this year has a couple goodies that made us take notice. Joan Jett and Third Eye Blind (guilty pleasure). The fair can be awesome or a living hell depending on what kind of person you are. But, you can go see shows and not have to deal with the crowds, so there’s that. This year’s highlights are Dwight Yoakam 8/25; Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 8/26; Josh Turner 8/28; Kenny Loggins 8/30; Third Eye Blind 8/31; Vince Neil 9/1; Trace Adkins 9/2; Eddie...

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Night Lizard and Sleep Millennium. Saturday, September 2nd @ 9pm at Kraftworks

This is Kraftworks Taphouse’s third-year anniversary bash. It’s also going to be the last show in 2017 for Night Lizard. I wonder why? Anyway. Night Lizard is an electronic dance duo and always packs the house. Sleep Millennium is an indie rock, Portland/Salem hybrid featuring Salem’s own Jarred Venti and Ronan Baker. I believe this is only the second time they’ve played in Salem, so this will be pretty neat to see them at Kraftworks. They’re offering $1 off all their draft beers and swag. Yeah. They’ve made a promise of swag. 21 and over....

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Green Jellö, Headless Pez, Grandma Dynamite, Marc & The Horsejerks. Sunday, September 3rd @ 8pm at Shotskis Woodfired Eats

I’m going to be as clear about this as possible: You need to go to this show. I saw Green Jello last year at the now defunct Duffy’s Hangar. It was amazing. Green Jello came out in the 90s with their one big hit “Three Little Pigs.” They call their shows puppet shows and this is what they do: they pull a bunch of folks out of the audience, take them backstage and puts big paper mache puppet heads on them. Then, they are apart of the stage show. Lead singer Bill Manspeaker is a great front man; he’s...

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The Sound of Ghosts, Dead Wood Standing, Acousta Noir Tuesday, August 8th at The Space Concert Club. 8pm.

Salem gets a lot of touring bands coming through from all over the country, and sometimes the world. I’d like to shine a spotlight on that, because sometimes I don’t think the live music loving public realizes it. There’s a world of music out there, and they’re coming to our town…let’s support them. The Sounds of Ghosts contacted me and asked for a mention, so they get it. They’re coming all the way from LA to treat Salem to their “completely unique sound,” drawing from folk, bluegrass, blues, and rock. They’ll be sharing the stage with local faves Dead...

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Long Hallways,There Is No Mountain, Tied to a Grizzly Album Release Friday, August 11th at Shotskis Woodfired Pizza. 8pm.

This is a much anticipated album release for Tied to a Grizzly. Grizzly used to be a one-man operation of acoustic alt/folk songs. Not too long ago Colton Houser added Lizzy Brock (formerly of Orchards) on viola and Rebecca McDade on vocals and guitar, and they’ve already busted an album out. I have yet to hear them together, but I know each is very talented and I’m super excited to hear the album and see them perform live. They’re kicking out all the stops for this show: albums, t-shirts, posters, stickers…the works. They’ll be joined by Portland based, “emotive...

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