Author: Julie Eaton

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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The Pursuit

I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. ~ Jackie Robinson Passion. Persistence. Patience. Qualities that are beneficial to anyone’s life, but absolutely necessary if you’re dealing with the music industry and the foster care system. Random? What does music have to do with the foster care system? In the case of Stereo RV’s upcoming EP, “Human:” Everything. A Bit of Background Stereo RV, (formerly Pending Black), is a radio ready pop group based right here in Salem, Oregon. This ambitious duo is made up of...

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I Do Care About You

O! Salem music scene, I love thee. Let me count the ways: New venues opening their doors to live music, touring bands are increasingly no longer skipping over us and more and more new bands are cropping up. Many of these new bands are young’ins. The next generation is getting their footing and putting out some terrific stuff. Actually, most of these younger bands aren’t “new” at all. They’ve been playing parties, house shows and private events for a while; they exist where they can, because they’re not old enough to play in the clubs. Which reminds me that...

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Orchards (Album Release), His Name Shall Breathe, Homatawk, Old Age and Tied To A Grizzly. Friday, March 17th at 8pm @ The Space Concert Club

Orchards (Album Release), His Name Shall Breathe, Homatawk, Old Age and Tied To A Grizzly. Friday, March 17th at 8pm @ The Space Concert Club. Lots of bands, I don’t have space to go into each one, but obviously this is an action-packed show. All amazing bands from all over the Northwest. Also, It’s Orchards’s album release for “A Shallow Birth.” Daniel Loren brings more of his dark gothy goodness to this album with all the lush layers you’d expect. This evening is a must-see....

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Potatoe Famine and Whiskey Nick. Saturday, March 18th at 8pm @ Fifty Pub & Grub

This is not just an obligatory St. Patrick’s day recommendation. I mean, yeah, it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and Potatoe Famine is a punk rock band with a definite Irish flair, but they also bring the goods. Their shows are always a rowdy good time. And this is their time. This is one of three shows they’ll be playing over the holiday. Also playing is Whiskey Nick. He is old time country. Read: good country. No songs about pickup trucks and tractors. Think Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash goodness. Free...

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Make Music, Salem!

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than excited about Make Music Day Salem coming around again. Last year’s event was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had in Salem. And I’ve lived here a long, long time. It was so good the City of Salem bestowed their “Distinguished Project Award” upon organizers Mark Green, Doug Hoffman, Carlee Wright and Brian Hart. (You may recognize Mark Green from RiverCity Rock Academy, Doug Hoffman from the wildly popular nightclub The Space Concert Club, and Brian Hart and Carlee Wright from bringing TedTalks to Salem, among many other things.)...

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Percy Lounge, CaveDweller, Mr. Frederick and Danny Shaw 8:30pm at Fifty Pub n Grub

I always want to showcase the Percy Lounge shows. So much that I force myself not to. But man…they’re playing with CaveDweller who I saw last weekend for the first time and I immediately declared them my new favorite Salem band. I have limited space, but I’ll tell you to keep an eye out for both of these bands. They’re super young and it’s such a relief to hear such maturity in their music. Both very solid bands. Also on the bill is Danny Shaw, also a relative newcomer. Acoustic with a great voice. Mr. Frederick is my boyfriend’s...

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Captain Wails, The Folly and Cold Static • Rock 9:00 pm • The Space Concert Club

Let me ask you one question: Do you like your rock n roll straight up without a lot of bs? That’s what I thought. I could tell that about you by just looking at you. Well in that case, this is the show for you. Captain Wails has been rocking the NW for a little over a year now, hailing originally from Illinois. The Folly have been around the valley for quite a while now with their 90s influenced alt-rock. And this will be a first show for quite a while for Cold Static. With a mix of Portland...

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Potatoe Famine • Irish Punk Rock March 11th at 8:00pm at Vagabond Brewing

Devin Skelton has been fronting this raucous band of Irish punk rockers for over a decade. And since they play Irish flavored punk, you know that St. Patrick’s Day is their big time of year. For several years now, they’ve been playing a series of four or more shows around town, sometimes with a couple shows on the actual St. Patrick’s Day. This year is no different. AND I will point out, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year. This show at Vagabond is the first in their four-part series: this show, then two shows on March...

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Shitwolf’s Last Show with Friends and Witch Breath  Friday, February 17th, 8pm at The Fifty Pub

Aw man. It’s always a bummer when a local band calls it quits. But, it’s comforting to know that there’s no bad blood. Just members moving away and moving on. Shitwolf is some intense thrash punk and since this will be their last show, they’re going to give you all they’ve got. They’ll be joined by some of their friends and by another Salem thrash metal band, Witch Breath. I also really wanted to pick this show because it will probably be the last time I’ll get to type the name “Shitwolf.” Sorry/not sorry. Free...

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Rival Rust and DJ GitDown Wednesday, February 22nd, 9pm at The Triangle

DJ GitDown has been doing his “GitDown Wednesdays” for quite a while now, and he’s got them booked up through April, with no end in sight. He always hosts a guest DJ and this week it’s Rival Rust. The other cool thing is he leaves open decks for anyone to come do their thing. But you must have your own gear or a laptop with Serato Scratch Live and message GitDown at least 2 days prior. Rap/Hip Hop. Always...

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Within Sight, Cathedral Hills, Proclaimer, and Harlit Skyline Friday, February 24th, 7pm  at Midway Music – Albany

Albany seems to have a pretty darned active Punk/Metal scene that’s centered around a music store – Midway Music. I’ve never seen these bands and I’ve never been to Midway Music, but I’m damned curious. Google maps tells me Albany is a quick 18 miles south from Salem, and by the consistent shows I see going on down there, I’m thinking it’s worth the trip. Also, kudos for the amazing show posters they make for every show. Midway Music is located at 113 3rd Ave, Albany. 503-881-8432....

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“In Heaven, Everything is Fine…”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Salem music scene in the 90s was totally righteous, dude. Sorry/not sorry. Maybe I’m part Grumpy Old Man, “In my day, all the clubs in town hosted bands playing original music. AND WE LIKED IT!” There were so many bands drawing large crowds that venues were cropping up in the most unlikely places. Anyone remember the Ethiopian restaurant Queen of Sheba? Even the Westside Station was a major hotspot in town for all original bands from up and down the I-5 corridor. In fact, it was at the Westside...

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Get Busy Livin’

I’m a sucker for a redemption story, so I’m inspired to help write one on this page. If you’ve lived in Salem for any amount of time and pay attention to the music scene, you’ve heard the name of blues guitarist, Gary Burford. He’s been out of the game for while, but he is back, and he wants you to know that. With the recent return of Tim Knight’s shop, Guitar Castle, where Burford once worked back in the 90s, doing a piece on Burford seemed appropriately nostalgic and also warranted. He’s had an interesting and tumultuous life, but...

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