Tones reunite for show back where it all started.
The a cappella group that got its start in Eugene in 1979, the Tones, will be together Thursday for a special dinner show.
Now spread out across two states and the District of Columbia, the Tones haven't performed together in Eugene since last year. They say they are excited to bring their interactive show to Blue Luna.
"We've just chosen this as a special place," the only female voice in the group, Lynda Duffy, says of the Blue Luna. "Be prepared to have loads of fun.
`It's really a cappella vaude- ville."
The Tones, who were together for 12 years in Eugene, encourage audience participation as they belt out classic favorites from the doo-wop era such as "Teenager in Love" and Motown hits.
Duffy, the lone Tone still living in Eugene, says the group plans to mix in two songs audiences have not heard them do before: "Blue Moon" and "I'll Be Seeing You."
The Tones have just released a remastered version of "Doo Wop 'Til Ya Drop!" that will be available at the show. Duffy advises to call ahead for a reservation, because the venue will fill up.
Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the music at 8 p.m. The show is $6 with a dinner order, $10 without.
Make a reservation by calling 484-2583. The Blue Luna Club is on the second floor at 1280 Willamette St.
PeaceJam Club benefit
Today, Cozmic Pizza
South Eugene High School students in the PeaceJam Club are trying to raise money to go to a national conference in September. And the students have recruited some local musicians to help them.
The newly formed hip-hop, funk and soul act Natural Progression will headline the event. The quartet of South graduates began playing together at Jo Federigo's less than six months ago and has quickly built a following.
Also slated to perform are Michelle (of Little Girl Big Spoon), the Tito Caplan Experience, the Jimmy Utterback Trio, Alliance and Undermine.
The event also will feature poetry.
The music starts at 7 p.m. for $5 to $10 on a sliding scale. All proceeds go to PeaceJam.
Cozmic Pizza is at 199 W. Eighth Ave.
Award-winning acoustic guitarist Michael Chapdelaine will bring his finger-style virtuosity to Luna for a show tonight.
He performs on both steel-string and classical guitars. His styles range from blues to Bach to country to R&B.
Chapdelaine is the only guitarist to win first prize in the world's top competitions in both the classical and finger-style genres. He won the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition as well as the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kan.
Tickets are $10, and showtime is 8 p.m. Luna is at 30 E. Broadway.
Saturday, Indigo District
Heading to Indigo District on Saturday? Don't be surprised to see the Cops show up. But these cops shouldn't be intimidating - unless, that is, you're afraid of politically conscious pop- punk.
The Seattle band formed in early 2004, and many of the group's first songs were written - and inspired - during the election season, Cops guitarist John Randolph says. Band members insist they aren't "over-the-top political or preachy," but they want people to think about the current state of affairs.
The Cops' debut album, "Get Good or Stay Bad," was recorded in traditional Seattle style - in a basement. It was released earlier this winter.
Listen for the Cops at 11 p.m., followed by the Divorce. Music starts at 10 p.m. with Clair de Lune. The cover is $3.
The Indigo District is at 1290 Oak St.
Saturday, Sam Bond's
Singer-songwriter Kevin O'Rourke's project Lo Fine is a mellow, melodic band out of Northampton, Mass.
The group's shows range from stripped-down acoustic duos to full band arrangements featuring pedal steel guitar and layered harmonies.
Lo Fine has drawn comparisons to Cat Power, Vic Chesnutt and Wilco. The All Music Guide gave its 2001 release "Nine" four of five stars: "This uniquely residential take on introspective alternative blues hits home a lot closer than the melodrama of many of its contemporaries."
Lo Fine takes over Sam Bond's Garage, 407 Blair Blvd., beginning at 9:30 p.m., the opener for Maggie's Choice and the Ovulators. The cover is $5.
Spice up your day with a Middle Eastern-flavored concert. The musicians of Americanistan will get dancers, including Razia and a duo dubbed Samar, moving.
Americanistan plays acoustic ethnic instruments with no synthesizers, trap drum sets or electric guitars. Flute, exotic kanoon and the earthy harmonium provide the melodic backdrop for songs sung in Turkish, Greek, Arabic and Romany.
Razia was named 2004 professional belly dancer of the year by the Middle Eastern Dance and Culture Association. She teaches classes in Eugene at TaDa Dance Studio and the Dance Factory.
The 9 p.m. show will include performances by Elena Villa and Salome.
Tickets are $6.
Saturday, WOW Hall
Swedish metal-head Mikael Akerfeldt says any attempts to pigeonhole his band, Opeth, are futile.
The dynamic five-piece plays long, melancholic tunes with elements of death metal, folk, goth, classical and jazz.
"We've gradually built our sound to the point that we can do whatever we want," Akerfeldt says in a news release.
"The fans I want to have are the fans that are interested in music. It doesn't really matter what specific style they prefer."
On Opeth's latest album, "Ghost Reveries," the group adds a touch of psychedelia and space metal.
Opeth plays on a 6:30 p.m. bill with Devil Driver, Dark Tranquility and Northwest Royale.
Tickets the concert sold out midweek.
Sunday, Sam Bond's Garage
Girlyman is a three-part harmony trio that has toured nationally with the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. The group's biography describes it as a modern day Peter, Paul & Mary - only edgier, and with a quirkier sense of humor.
Girlyman is Nate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu and Ty Green- stein. They share songwriting duties, lead vocals and swap around a host of instruments in order to create their harmony-driven sound.
In 2004 Girlyman released its debut "Remember Who I Am" on Indigo Girl Amy Ray's indie imprint, Daemon Records. Last year, it released "Little Star" on the same label.
Girlyman takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. for an $8 cover.
Since the Pat McGee Band was born in the late 1990s, the group has built a fan base with word-of-mouth advertising that stems from its no-nonsense live performances.
Known for touring often and touring well, the Virginia band is making its latest go-around in support of its fourth album, a rerelease called "Save Me."
"This is a real guitar-driven record with a major emphasis on songwriting," frontman Pat McGee says in a news release. "We went into the process with one goal: to make it believable.
`It's not about perfection, it's about authenticity."
The Pat McGee Band will keep it real starting at 7 p.m. Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers are also on the bill.
Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door.
Wednesday, WOW Hall
The New York Times says this about Oneida:
"(Oneida) plays rock minimalism with its finger in a socket. It's all distorted guitars and overdriven keyboards, with riffs that repeat and repeat until the music is both hypnotic and hysterical."
After working on its latest release, "The Wedding," for several years, the band has added complex, lush string arrangements.
"The emotional complexity of the music is unmatched - except maybe by the steel-drum version of 'Stairway to Hea- ven,' ' Brian Coughlin says in a press release. Coughlin helped arrange some of the songs.
Guests Parchman Farm and the Mood will warm the stage for Oneida beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
San Francisco Bay area-based blues harp player and vocalist Phil Berkowitz and his band will turn Thursday into a night of traditional blues.
Berkowitz has been working his energetic musical style for almost a decade. His most recent venture is a CD honoring the legendary music of Louis Jordan.
Berkowitz starts blowing his harmonica at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 at Adam's Place, $14 day of show.
Lennon and Shannon Curfman
Thursday, WOW Hall
Lennon Murphy and Shannon Curfman may seem an unlikely pairing, but they're the perfect fresh faces for KRVM's "Women in Music" showcase.
The two artists-on-the-rise come together for the Lennon and Shannon Curfman National Tour.
Known for doing hard time on the Warped Tour, Lennon, who uses only her first name, brings a dark presence to the proceedings. Her latest, "Damaged Goods," is due out in May.
Curfman, with her purrs and growls, provides a more searing experience.
Lennon and Shannon Curfman play at 9 p.m., with Grynch, Blunt Point and Forrestal's Fall opening.
Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
Register-Guard reporter Lewis Taylor contributed to this report
The Tones got its start in Eugene in 1979. The members, now scattered across the nation, will reunite for a show Thursday. Michael Chapdelaine has won a lot of praise and more than a few prizes with his guitar. He's the only guitarist to win the world's top competitions in both the classical and finger-style genres. Chapdelaine plays at Luna tonight.
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|Date:||Mar 10, 2006|
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