Author: Julie Eaton

Eden Marie & KRYPTiC, ThatKidCry, Day Dreamer, Robotic Torres Garibo, ILLite Killaz, Steeze, 2LAZY, Watermelon Jones, More. Sunday, August 13th at Shotskis Woodfired Pizza. 4pm.

This is a Born Broke Die Famous Movement school supplies drive slash hip hop showcase. Our local hip hop community keeps proving that they have big hearts when it comes to community and especially the kids. This event is all-ages and free, but it’s a supply drive, so please bring essential school supplies donations for entry. They will be donated directly to Salem-Keizer and Stayton School Districts. This lineup is pretty much a “who’s who” of the Salem hip hop scene. This is a great opportunity to hear some of Salem’s best, enjoy delicious pizza and support the younger...

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Make Music Day Salem 2017

After experiencing Make Music Salem 2016 last year, I could not wait for the next one to come around. And here we are – Make Music Salem 2017 is upon us. If you were downtown for last year’s event, you know what a magical and community-building event it was. Salem broke all the records for participation with over 70 bands and 15 venues, and we’re on track to shatter those numbers this year. But first, a little background. HISTORY “Make Music Day” is an all-day music festival that always occurs on June 21st – the Summer Solstice. It started...

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Fear Dog and Danny Shaw. Thursday, June 8th at 7pm. ALL AGES. Shotskis Woodfired Eats

Yay! An all ages show at Shotskis. I haven’t been to Shotskis since the ownership change, but they’re putting on a lot of shows, music, drag, and comedy. Pretty cool. And I love that they’re answering the call for more all ages shows. Fear Dog is starting to be a hot commodity in the ol’ Capital City: indie, garage, 90s influenced. Danny Shaw is a massively talented singer/songwriter. He can hold the crowd just fine and he does this medley thing that’s really cool where he plays dozens of hooks from top 40 hits. It’s quite entertaining. I hope...

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Fischer’s Mill Music Fest. Saturday, June 10th at 2pm. Old Mill Park – Silverton

“SoundStream Music presents a FREE community celebration for the new Silverton Creekside Amphitheater in Silverton, OR. The Event is June 10th from 2pm-9pm. 7 Bands, Seven Brides Brewing, local food vendor booths from Creekside Grill & The Grotto Martini Bar and others, and even a booth explaining the history of the old Fischer’s Flour Mill.” The lineup includes: 2pm RockBand Academy, 3pm The Basinbillies, 4pm Oak Bottom Boys, 5pm The Crying Eyes, 6pm The Eric Lovre Band, 7pm Goshwood, 8pm Hearts of Oak. This is a free event in beautiful Silverton, Oregon. I’ve heard the new amphitheater is absolutely...

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Beef Kitchen, Americas, Team Skins, and Grand Head. Tuesday, June 13th @ 7pm. Fifty Pub & Grub

What’s this? Rockin’ out on a Tuesday? Why the hell not? There’s absolutely no reason not to. I got to see Beef Kitchen a while back. I liked them. It’s rock, but kinda spastic and a little trippy. The band’s primary members are Mick Bare (The Falcon) and Timmy Myles (Strawberries, Cherry City Deadbeats). They invite in a rotating cast of characters. When I saw them they had Tim Knight on guitar and a guest bass player. They’re fun to watch. Also on the bill is one of my all-time faves, Grand Head. There’s only two guys in the...

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Ride the Tiger

My noble quest to shine a spotlight on Salem’s young, up-and-coming bands continues this week with Showtigers. This one was my first “cold call.” I didn’t know anyone in the band and I have never seen them play. I saw that their upcoming show is their EP release, so I figured that would be a suffcient ice-breaker. I did listen to their previous 2016 EP “Passing Crowd” and found that they are certainly worthy. And then, one of those little affirmations occurred: I went to see Kylie Burbank play at Casa Rojas and Jared Richert – the singer/guitarist from...

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COLLEEN R. KITCHEN Friday, May 26th at 6pm at Casa Rojas Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

I’m looking for something completely different these days. And here she is – Colleen R. Kitchen. She plays latin jazz on keyboard and composes and throws in some covers. I went to listen to her stuff and the first song I found was a spoof on “Girl from Ipanema” called, “The Thing from Mar-a-Lago.” Yes, it’s about Trump and it doesn’t sound like she’s a fan. That’s fine with me. But, that was all the spoofs I found. She has a cool sound and it’s definitely different than the usual fare here in Salem. Also, Casa Rojas is a...

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HOPE, PRAY, LOVE AND SUPPORT SIENNA W/ PERF BY GABE COX Friday, May 26th at Shotskis at 6pm.

Grab your tissues. Sienna is 6 years old and she was just diagnosed with DIPG – an incurable and inoperable form of brain cancer. There are treatments, but they come along with terrible side effects and the survival rate is around 1%. Her family is going to have bills and they want to have the means to give Sienna everything while she’s still with them. You see why I picked this show. I want Sienna to have a rich and stress-free life, and so do you. This show starts at 6pm and goes to close. Please swing by and...

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LE FOMO, Project Sunshine, and Jocelyn Paige – Saturday, June 3rd at Fifty Pub & Grub at 9pm.

Le Fomo comes to Salem from Oakland. Like I said before, I’m looking for something out of the ordinary, and again, this duo fits the bill. Le Fomo describes themselves on Facebook, “dance-o-matic gender fuck wave, vibrational offerings for liberation, angsty dirty electro garage punk, dancey noise pop, frenetic synth, melodramatic + minimalist.” So get down with that. So many talented folks in the Oakland area and I’m excited to see them. And I know Salem loves to dance, so giddyup. Le Fomo puts on a crazy show with projectors and all kinds of surprises. Let’s show this touring...

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Night of the Lizard

My best friend, Shauna loves Night Lizard. She rarely misses their shows and I’m usually along for the fun. So when Brandon Hill contacted me about their next show in Salem this Saturday, I knew I had better write about them. I had actually already found out about the show online; Brandon makes fantastic show posters – a lost art. I’m always excited to see what he comes up with, and this one’s no exception. He said he thinks he actually enjoys making the show posters more than the actual shows. Like I said, I’ve been to several Night...

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Jon Fro CD Release w/ Jayson Selander, Kylie Burbank, Dustin Hayes and Louis Russell Friday, May 19th at The Space Concert Club at 8:30pm.

Jon Fro is a solid guy and he works hard at this music thing. He’s a huge asset to the Salem scene, so this will be a treat. I’m a little confused why he hasn’t sent me an advance copy of his new CD “Out From Within” that he’ll be celebrating this night (HINT HINT). I’m looking forward to hearing it. Joining him are two more of our faves here in town, Jayson Selander and Kylie Burbank. If you know me, you know I could go on and on about Kylie. What a beautiful voice she has. I haven’t...

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Thollem’s Hot Pursuit of Happiness, Marc & The Horsejerks, Vortex Remover Friday, May 19th at The Fifty Pub at 9pm.

If you’re looking for something a little more on the unusual side, this is where you should be. Thollem definitely should be seen. He’s spent the last 10 years touring North America and Europe. He’s played over 1,000 shows and has collaborated with over 100 artists. He’s critically acclaimed and is an insanely brilliant keyboardist/noise/singer/songwriter extraordinaire. Also on the bill is Marc & The Horsejerks. How does one explain this rag-tag troupe of songsters? One doesn’t. It’s one of those, you have to see it type of things. Also staff favorite VortexRemover. What more can we say about this...

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Rllrbll, Kyle Morton, Orchards, and Dancing Plague of 1518  Saturday, May 20th at The Space at 8pm.

One does not simply ignore when Portland royalty, Rllrbll (pronounced, Rollerball) is in town. It would be folly. Not only does this prolific trio crank out some of the most hauntingly, trancey and instantly beautiful songs, but they’re damn fine humans on top of it. That ALWAYS helps. Also on the bill is Kyle Morton of Typhoon, Orchards and Dancing Plague of 1518 to round out the evening with some gothy darkness. Oh yeah. did I mention this is The Space’s 1st year anniversary show? Well it is. Can you believe it? If haven’t been to the Space yet,...

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Gift of Gab, Lana Shea, ThatKidCry, The Mystics, DJ Hit N Runn Thursday, April 27th @ 8pm @ Kraftworks

Alex Kruse, owner of Kraftworks Taphouse downtown Salem, doesn’t put on a lot of shows. But when he does, they’re usually amazing. Including this little gem. Gift of Gab (in case you didn’t know) is the frontman of the legendary supergroup Blackalicious: a hip hop duo from Sacramento, CA. Gift of Gab has been praised by critics for his rapping skills and has been called a “walking encyclopedia of MC styles.” It’s pretty exciting to have him performing here in Salem and also that he’ll be sharing the stage with some of our own homegrown talent. AND, there will...

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2000’s Music Decade SuperFest Friday, April 28th & Saturday, April 29th @ 5pm @ The Space

Welp, tribute bands seem to be all the rage these days. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but, if you can’t beat ‘em – join ‘em. And, I actually do kind of like these one-off shows. The Space has hosted a couple of these decade, themed nights. This time – it’s the 2000’s. Local musicians will be performing songs by Fu Manchu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Shins, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Tenacious D, The Killers, The Mars Volta, Fall Out Boy, Muse, Interpol and Queens of the Stone Age – to name most of them. They’re doing...

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The Windermeres, Bear Witness, and Wild Ire  Rock. Friday, May 5th @ 8pm. Dance Hall – 241 State St.

I’m liking this – the quest to bring the all-agers into the fold continues. And it should continue. Salem’s got mad talent under 21, and I’m always giddy when I see an all-ages show posted. And so I plug plug plug. The Windermeres are coming all the way from Denver, CO to share their energetic and catchy pop-punk originals with us. Also playing is Bear Witness: a progressive rock group from Keizer. Headlining is Wild Ire from Salem, Oregon. I saw Wild Ire about a year ago and thought they were pretty good. I saw them again last weekend...

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Percy Lounge

I’ve been talking a lot about the younger set of musicians coming up in Salem and how the scene needs to start accommodating more all-ages venues. One of these bands, one that has inspired me to look deeper into the younger crowd is Percy Lounge. About a year ago, I started a list of all the bands I could find in town, and then tried to find their music and have a listen. At the time, Percy Lounge was intriguing to me – maybe it was as simple as their name, but all I could find online was a...

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The Many Many Jam Nights • All Over Town

You don’t have to be in a band to get up on stage and do your thing. It’s a great way to stay in practice, meet other musicians in town, and get used to playing on a stage in front of people. Salem has quite a few open mics and jam nights. I think I’ve tracked them all down, but I’m sure they’ll keep popping up. So here’s the lowdown as far as I know. If I missed some, let me know. Monday: Shotski’s Blues Jam Night • 6 – 10pm • All Ages; Hump Day Jam at South...

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Deadcode (pdx), Aether Theory and That Coyote Friday, April 14th @ 8pm at The Space.

Aether Theory is one of my favorite bands in town. Yeah, I’ve got a few, but they’re much more on the heavy side. But they’re not your typical metal band. They tastefully weave in some prog, some jazz, and some viking head banging goodness. Dylan Hawthorne’s vocals are a perfect compliment to the heavy guitars and slides nicely into the jazzy parts. Guitarist Jared Norris says he doesn’t really get into the whole recording an album thing, but I’m working on him, as I’m sure many other are too. Also on the bill is Portland’s deadcode – a prog...

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Community Website Fundraiser. Saturday, April 15th. Noon to Midnight @ Shotskis Pizza.

From the Facebook Event: Salem Music Scene is hosting an all-day music fest with local artists to raise money for a music community website. We’ll be showcasing over 12 acts in 12 hours with everything from acoustic singer/songwriters to rock to hip-hop! CCTV Salem will be recording this event as well, so get yourself on TV while you’re enjoying some great grub and drinks and awesome local music. Suggested $10 donation at the door. All ages until 9 PM. Artists include: Rich McCloud Music, Percy Lounge, Songs for Alice, Elvicious Cash, Robotic Torres, Giancarlo Marcelo (Gian Marr), Tyrell Opb...

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