Author: Julie Eaton

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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Trannysaurus Rox, Tig Bitty, Bobbi Wasabi and Megathruster

Oh boy Salem. You’re going to want to strap in…or perhaps, strap on would be a better turn of phrase for this gender bending evening. This raucous Seattle spectacle classify themselves as “Butt Glam,” which isn’t a musical genre I’ve ever heard of before (I don’t think.) From the research I’ve done, they’re nothing like I’ve ever seen before, which – yay. If you know me, you know I delve into the realm of alter-ego stage personas, but T-Rox takes it to a whole other level. Here we go: Einstein Jones on drums, Saint Dickulus also on drums, Bruno...

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Inanimate Existence, Omnihility, Morbid, Fascination and Dead Nexus. Saturday, September 10th @ 8:00pm.

They say heavy metals aren’t good for the human body. But I’m saying heavy metal is. It’s nuanced. Inanimate Existence is from the Bay Area and they’re on a 10 city, west coast tour to promote their latest album, “Calling From a Dream.” Omnihility reigns from Eugene and will undoubtedly melt your face clean off. Also on the bill is Salem’s own Morbid Fascination and Dead Nexus. Dead Nexus just released their EP, “Bound by Flesh.” All these bands are on the ball and have their music on various websites. BUT, why don’t you wait for the show and buy...

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Progress is impossible without change – George Bernard Shaw

I’ve always loved Portland more than Salem. I know that statement is going to make some readers nod in agreement and others want to put this paper down in disgust. I wish you wouldn’t; I promise this isn’t a “Portland is better than Salem” article. I do love Portland and it breaks my heart what’s going on there. It really hit me attending a show at The Know on Alberta Street recently. It took me almost an hour to get from the Terwilliger curves to Alberta Street. On a Thursday. At 7pm. People from all over are flocking to...

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Salem Bowie Tribute Show: Encore. Saturday, August 20th @ 5:45pm – Keizer Rapids Amphitheater

Back by popular demand. This tribute band is jam packed with local heroes including Jarred Venti, Charles Normal, Elvicious Cash, Ronan Baker, David Fox and more, believe it or not. They did this once before at Shotskis and packed the place to the delight of everyone. Awesome thing about this show, besides it being free this time, is that it’s outside and all ages. Bring the whole family! I have yet to see a show at this venue, so I’m really looking forward to hanging with my fam, eating some sweet picnic and hearing some buddies do Bowie. If...

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Stan McMahon Band and Fernando Viciconte – Saturday, August 20th at The Space Concert Club @ 9pm

I hesitate picking two shows on the same date, but sometimes it just happens that way. And the thing is, you can catch the Bowie Tribute show earlier and still make it to this show, ok? 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....

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Tyler M King & The Decades, Carissa Johnson, Superchurch and Songs for Alice. Saturday, August 27th at The Space Concert Club @ 9pm

This is a jam-packed bill for sure. Four bands, nicely paired. If you like your rock n roll straightforward with notes of punk, garage rock and 90s alt, you’re going to love this show, so you better come. Carissa Johnson is flying all the way from Boston just to play music for you. She’s a rocker and made me think a little bit of Veruca Salt from the 90s (I love Veruca Salt.) Tyler M King hails from Portland and they put together melodic rockin’ little ditties as well. They’ve played Salem a few times now, and always gets...

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Nodding Tree Remedies

Julie: “Any significance to the name, Nodding Tree Remedies?” Chance: “It’s how air pets the trees as they sway on the 45th parallel. Does that help?” Julie: “No.” I took a break from the Salem music scene from 2000-2010 to do the mom thing. Even so, I had heard the name Nodding Tree Remedies (NTR), and presently heard a buzz that they are performing again. When I saw that they are booked to play The Space on August 5th, I decided to find out what they’re about. As I asked around, one thing became clear: they put on a...

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Shovelman Friday, August 5th @ 8:30pm

Have you ever wanted to watch a man play a shovel live? This is your chance, come down and welcome Shovelman as he makes his debut on the Vagabond Brewing stage! Not only is his act novel, he’s critically acclaimed. From his bio: Shovelman’s industrial barnyard blues has been likened to the music of Tom Waits, Morphine and The Black Keys. Shovelman has become infamous on the west coast festival circuit, sharing stages with acts such as Primus, Beats Antique, Jason Webley and Reggie Watts. He has also performed alongside the west coast’s most prominent bohemian circus troupes, including...

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The Space’s SIN Comedy Night Sunday, August 7th. Doors @ 7pm, Comedy @ 9pm

Ok, so it’s not music, it’s comedy. As of yet, comedy doesn’t have a home in the listings here at Salem Weekly, but I’m working on it. The Northwest has some really funny people and they’re showing up at music venues and even sometimes performing with live music acts. So I think it’s a pretty good fit. Keep an eye out for their very own section coming soon. In the meantime, this show features: Rochelle Cote, Patrick Thomas Perkins, Dan Weber, Scoot Herring and Iris Jean Gorman. This show is curated by Will Gibbons and promises to be a...

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