Author: Julie Eaton

JFK 5.0

Joel F. Kinney, the namesake and driving force behind the local venue packing band JFK is turning 50 years old. He’s bringing his milestone celebration to Half Penny this Saturday, January 21st, starting at 9pm. Joel has been rocking since the 80s, when he formed his first hard rock band, Ally (see photo). He performed at parties and even had a few shows at his high school, McNary in Keizer, Oregon. It might seem odd that a high school administration would allow a rock show in the cafeteria; but that is a testament to Joel’s upbeat and gregarious personality....

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Wonderly and Slater Smith

Friday, December 9th @ 9:00pm Wonderly is a woodsy folk duo comprising of Ben Landsverk and Jim Brunberg, owner of the wildly popular Portland venue Mississippi Studios. These guys have some seriously sweet harmonies. Slater Smith is lead for The Weather Machine, also a Portland based alt-rock/folk group. His raw passion for what he does just oozes out with every performance. Governor’s Cup •...

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Valiant Bastards, Existential Depression, Carve the Earth and Nihilist Nation

Saturday, December 10th @ 9pm We’ll give you three guesses what kind of music show this is, and the first two don’t count. You’re right! It’s a metalhead’s dream. The latest offering by Marion County Underground – one of Salem’s premiere metal booking companies. All these bands hail from Portland except Existential Depression, who are from Bend. Come on out and get your holiday frustrations out with some grinding hardcore metal. You know you need it. Fifty Pub & Grub •...

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Night Lizard, M69s and City of Pieces

Friday, December 16th @ 9:00pm Three of Salem’s favorite bands packed into one eventful evening. This is also a birthday celebration for Steve Cannon – guitarist for Salem’s Songs for Alice and all around excellent human being. Starting the night will be the pop/punk power trio City of Pieces. They haven’t performed in a month of Sundays, so it’s going to be great seeing them back at it. The straightforward rockin’ M69s are back at it with some new songs recorded back in November and finishing out the night is Night Lizard – Salem’s electronic dance darlings. We predict...

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Awake

Eight years is a long time to do anything. But that’s how long Josh Brewer, mastermind and founding member of Dusks Embrace has been pursuing and perfecting this project. Eight years and countless lineup changes have brought him to Dusks Embrace’s sixth and latest album, “ReAwakening.” Two of those eight years have been spent carefully crafting this album alone. I listened to ReAwakening and then met with the band downtown at Taproot. This is a serious album; it is apparent that the band put much effort into its final form. I don’t like making comparisons when it comes to...

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Drumroll, Please…

Salem Weekly Music is pleased to introduce Austin Rich as our newest music writer. Austin has a Rich (heh) background in writing, music and broadcasting. He’s written tons of music and show reviews, zines and he currently has a radio show on KMUZ called Mid-Valley Mutations, which airs Friday nights at 10pm. Austin has lived in Eugene and Portland and now calls Salem his home. He has a wealth of knowledge of Northwest bands and music. For now, he will be focusing his efforts on album and show reviews, as we know that has been something that the music...

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We Got This…

Salem has a hip hop scene, due in large part to the seemingly tireless efforts of Aaron Nash, stage name “ThatKidCry”.  If there’s a rap show going in on town, look closely at the flyer. Chances are he’s either curated it, or he’s performing. Not only does he put on tons of shows, he also has an impressive catalogue of music and videos. He has nine releases all on bandcamp for your enjoyment. I’m listening to “Words to Remember – Mixtape” right now, and his variety in style is impressive and refreshing. The title track features Salem’s own hugely...

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Remy Gnol (pdx), Uneasy Chairs (sea), Justin Smith(pdx), and devils/club  • Noise

Thursday, November 10th @ 8:00pm Here comes a night of experimental noise artists representing the NW from Salem to Seattle. A little local Salem slant – Uneasy Chairs is Salem’s own Patrick Gundran, who has called Seattle his home for years now. He was bass player for Pilot, a 90s band fronted by Jeremy Wilson after the Dharma Bums.  Details: ~an evening of experimental new music~ with: from Portland: Remy Gnol (Brown, Hive, Tecumseh) shape-shifting-hallucinatory-noise. http://www.remygnol.com/ https://jeremylong.bandcamp.com/ from Seattle: Uneasy Chairs free improvised guitar attacks. https://uneasychairs.bandcamp.com/ from Portland: Justin Smith harsh noise violin destruction. http://noisesmith.org/noise/ from Salem: devils/club hardware/synth/controlled/chaos...

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Oregon Valley Boys • Western Swing

Saturday, November 12th @ 9:00pm This is something you don’t see everyday. Oregon Valley Boys are bringing their western swing chops to The Space. This is an award winning sextet, y’all: Western Swing Album,” “Best Western Swing Band;” Bandleader Randy “Tex” Hill 2014 inductee into the Pacific Northwest Western Swing Music Hall of Fame and 2016 Cowtown Western Music Society DJ of the Year. Dig out yer boots and come swing. The Space Concert Club • $5 Suggested Donation for the...

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Nodding Tree Remedies Album Release w/ Night Lizard • Psychedelic Pop

Saturday, November 19th @ 9:00pm They’re baaaack! These human beings always put on a trippy, unpredictable, and multisensory engaging show. They packed The Space a couple months back and they had to turn folks away. Don’t miss them this time, as this their album release party for, “Ultra Violet Tots.” Sounds delicious. Taproot Lounge & Cafe •...

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What Would Superchurch Do?

Remember me telling you how I was out of the Salem music scene for a while to be a mom? Well, one of the first bands I heard upon my return was Superchurch. I had already met drummer, Trask Schulte, who was playing guitar and singing in another Salem band, Years (now Paste.) I loved Years (Paste) and was excited to see Trask’s other project, Superchurch. They were playing The Triangle with now defunct Allies From Nowhere, and I recall talking with Trask and singer/guitarist Derek Vaslev on the back porch. I didn’t know what to expect – Vaslev...

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mARMITs, TV Mike & The Scarecrows, and Midnight Persuasion

Saturday, October 29th @ 6pm. Wildcat, the interdimensional longshoreman/neon harvester who is the mastermind and brutal overlord of mARMITs has once again slipped into a coma. Don’t feel bad. This is the only time mARMITs get to escape their bondage, with help of Wildcat’s separated siamese twin, Shmarmy. And when they slip out, they blow your mind with their freaking weird and terrifyingly catchy pop/rock concept opera. Something like that. Also playing is TV Mike and The Scarecrows. A “cosmic twang stomp” group all the way from Oakland. Also, Midnight Persuasion – Salem’s own heavy rocking, punktroopers. There’s also costume...

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Blue Gardenia • Jazz • 1859 Cider Co.

Wednesday, November 2nd @ 6:00pm. Salem used to have a pretty vibrant “First Wednesday,” back in the days of yore. Actually not that long ago. Due to city mismanagement (or something) it died. But that never let us stop anything. Downtown businesses are leading the charge to bring that vibrancy back to the downtown core, and I salute them! This will be 1959 Cider Co’s first in a series of First Wednesday musical events. Excellent! If you haven’t been there, go. It’s in a novel location, in the alley between Chemeketa and Court street. It works and works well....

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RiverCity Rock Academy Fall Preview

Saturday, November 5th @ 5:00pm About RCRA: It began with numerous discussions about the tremendous musical talent in the Salem and surrounding areas, but there not being a place where teens could come together on a regular basis, learn from music professionals as a group, and play some great music together as a band.  Over time those conversations evolved into planning, developing, promoting and starting up a music training program that was educational, rewarding and fun. Check out their Teen Programs, Adult Program and Advanced Performance Program as they perform some great music at RiverCity Rock Star Academy’s Preview...

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Third Thursdays with Elvicious Cash

As you may already know, Venti’s Downtown has completed their remodel and is now hosting live music on their street-level expansion. They’ve been hosting regular Thursday night shows for a while, and now some local artists have secured a recurring spot. Elvicious Cash, a.k.a.Mark Parrish, is one such performer. He will host every third Thursday, featuring local artists. Mark has been an active participant in the NW music scene in Portland and Salem since 1986. In 1999 he moved to Salem where he booked and played with scads of locals representing a wide spectrum of musical flavors: metal-ish Wicker...

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Movers, Shakers, Music Makers – Vol II

Yes, volume two. It’s now officially a recurring feature on this page. A dedication to the passionate and hard-working artists in our city, who deserve all the accolades. I want to shine a light on the quiet, unassuming background players who are actually doing amazing things for Salem’s cultural identity. And seriously, there’s no one more humble about it than Stan Keightley. It is with much affection and admiration, that I dedicate this article to him. I’ve had the honor of knowing Stan for close to 15 years. He is a solid, stand-up man and he’s had his capable...

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Hot Panda and Songs for Alice @ The Space Concert Club

Monday September 19th @ 9:00pm. This will be the second show in Salem for Vancouver BC pop/punk band Hot Panda. They played with City of Pieces, earlier this year. Hot Panda definitely has a Pixies thing going on, but not hit-you-over-the-head with it type of thing. I mean, if you were a musician anywhere near the late 80s early 90s and didn’t get some Pixies on you, I’d have to wonder about you. But of course, they’re more than that. Sometimes they’re real fuzzy, almost Velvet Undergroundesque and other times they’re pretty straightforward pop music. And you know what?...

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The Mighty Dreadful Stringband • Bluegrass/Folk.

Friday, September 23rd @ 8:00pm. To be perfectly honest, it was their name that got me interested. I love self-deprecating humor. And, it’s all the better when a band who calls themselves “dreadful” is anything but. Coming all the way to us from Seattle, Washington, The Mighty Dreadful brings Kelly Erb on fiddle and vocals; Clayton Kaiser on mandolin, guitar, and vocals; Nick McClean on guitar and vocals; and Andrew Lowe on bull fiddle. I want to see a bull fiddle, I’ll tell you right now. Refreshing vocal melodies and instrument work. My parents loved this kind of music...

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The Ellen Whyte Band • Blues

Friday, September 16th @ 8:30pm. Those who know me, know I’m not a giant blues fan. But, I don’t let that influence what I pick on my page (ideally.) BUT, I am not picking Ellen Whyte just to be fair and balanced. I’m picking her because she is phenomenal and she does the blues right. She is such a monster talent and has such a spot-on voice; don’t just take my word for it – she’s an award winning blues performer including a couple considerations for Grammys. I’ve seen her a couple times and was truly captivated. She has...

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From the desk of Salem Weekly Music

There were rumors…   Duffy’s Hangar is closing.  And, it is no longer a rumor – they’re closed.Their last day was August 31st. I sleuthed around to get the scoop on what the future of this venue will be. A reliable anonymous source told me that a woman named Debra is buying Duffy’s or has made some sort of a business trade. Debra started Half Penny with Monty Miller and has owned Copperjohns and currently owns 12th St Pub. RUMOR has it that Duffy’s will be turned into a Honky-Tonk bar. My first question was, what’s a honky tonk bar?...

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