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A pair of distinctly Northwest trios play Luna.

Byline: Serena Markstrom The Register-Guard

After packing Luna for her CD release party in March, Jessica Parsons-Taylor is back as part of a jazz trio that will open Saturday for the Kris Orlowski Trio out of Seattle.


Orlowski released an EP called "The Compromise," which is six pop songs by a capable singer-songwriter.

His bio calls the sound "quintessentially Northwestern," which would put him up the same evergreen tree as Mat Kearney and Justin King - roots-rock pop for the REI-wearing, microbrew-drinking set that enjoys catchy melody and image-laden lyrics.

"The band brings their roguish antics, witty musical interludes and infectious, affable sense of belonging to their live shows, leaving the listener wanting much, much more," a bio says.

The show starts at 8:30 p.m. for a $5 cover. Luna is at 30 E. Broadway.

"One Dream at a Time"

Today, Cozmic Pizza

Consider it a kickoff to festival season.

From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, Cozmic Pizza will approximate a festival-like atmosphere - albeit indoors - with back-to-back bands playing to raise money for the Oregon Supported Living Program's client travel fund.

Deb Cleveland and the Vipers will headline the show. Give what you can, but as a guideline, organizers suggest $15 for an all-day pass or $5 per band. The event also features a silent auction.

The program is a nonprofit agency that supports adults with developmental disabilities. Find out more at

Cozmic Pizza is at 199 W. Eighth Ave.

"Normal Bean Live"

Today, Wildish Theater

For tonight's kickoff show on a mini-tour of the West, the "Normal Bean Show" will raise money for Eugene Peace Works and the Musicians Emergency Medical Association.

A third of the tour dates are in Lane County, so if you can't make it today, you'll have chances to see the bands next week in Florence and Cottage Grove.

Ken Petersen will be performing with the Nearly Normal Band. Johnny Midnite Productions' artists Bazil Rath- bone, the Freetones, Eugene's Natural Progression and mobile percussion group Samba Ja also will appear.

The show at Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St., Springfield, starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

On April 27, Andru Bemis opens a 7 p.m. show at the Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove, 641 Main St. The cover there is $5.


Saturday, Tiny Tavern

Local band Lo Flying Aircraft has morphed into Lo-Fly, a "rock-garage-experimental" act, according to www.myspace .com/starthousand.

"A new lineup has been organized, and fresh material is being written as we speak," the MySpace page reports. "The band's drastic transformation has inevitably led to a totally different sound and a higher level of intensity."

The band now features Jason Starshine on guitar and vocals, Ian Dixon McDonald on lead guitar, Pound Dog Ben on bass and Ian Haight on wooden cylinders and bronze discs.

Influences include Low, Coastal, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Tool, Bright Eyes and Jimmy Eat World, according to a bio.

The still-intact LaunchPad - a "science fiction and spy music glam band" - will open the free show at 10 p.m. Tiny Tavern is at 394 Blair Blvd.

Rhymefest 2007

Saturday, WOW Hall

Mackdub, Dzo, Michael Kay and Marvin Harley as "The Electric Soul Improv," Loon, Indo, Greenstate, Fellidale, Endr 1, Starbuks, Stupendous and DJ PSL will perform Saturday at the WOW Hall during Rhyme- fest 2007.

"This night will also be full of nothing less then the best hip-hop acts the area has to offer, including the man regarded by many as the greatest pure lyricist to walk the streets of the 541 - Dzo," a news release says.

Tickets are $10 at the door, and showtime is 9 p.m. The WOW Hall is at 291 W. Eighth Ave.

Jamie Stillway

Today, Sam Bond's

Saturday, the Axe and Fiddle

Sing Out! magazine compares Jamie Stillway's guitar playing to that of Bill Frisell and Leo Kottke. And in her biography, she's described as "eclectic and innovative."

This weekend, you can see her at Sam Bond's Garage and the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove.

The Oregonian called Stillway's 2005 release, "Mell of a Hess," a "stellar piece of work" and "instrumental guitar at its best." The album features members of Taarka, Jackstraw and the Foghorn Stringband, like Stillway all Portland artists.

For her Eugene show, Stillway will be accompanied by upright bassist Tim Renner, whom a news release says is one of Portland's most in-demand jazz musicians.

Sam Bond's is at 407 Blair Blvd., and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. today. The Axe and Fiddle show starts at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Sassparilla Jug Band is the headliner for both nights.

Each has a $5 cover.

The Slip

Tuesday, WOW Hall

The Slip is bringing a naughtily named band with it on tour.

Although this is an all-ages show, parents should know that the opener is likely to say something like, "Hi, we're Holy ---- and it's great to be in Eugene!" If your children are not ready to hear the F-bomb dropped several times over the course of the evening, it might be better to keep the young ones home on Tuesday.

For mature audiences, be prepared to watch the Slip live up to its claim to have brought the "epic" back to rock with its new album, "Eisenhower."

Jim James, from My Morning Jacket, told The New York Times about the Slip in an article that ran last July.

"Seeing them live was amazing," James is quoted as saying. "I instantly felt a bond with these three guys.

`You see so many tired, boring rock acts doing the same thing over and over, but these guys are reaching out. ... They're taking what we know of music and trying to twist it to a different place."

The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door.

The Retrofits

Wednesday, Cozmic Pizza

Out of Portland's indie pop scene, the Retrofits like to mix their jazz and mainstream sensibilities.

With the instrumentation of a jazz ensemble and the catchy melodies of a rock band, the band's debut, "Away From Here," features 12 original tracks.

The 2007 album had an all-star team working on it, with engineering by Dave Friedlander, who's worked on albums for Prince and Pink Martini, a news release says. Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, Jamie Cullum) mastered the recording in Hollywood.

"The band is now evolving, along with Denver's nationally charting the Fray, as one of the West's premier purveyors of expressive and engaging piano-pop," the band's publicity materials quote The Oregonian as saying.

The show starts at 9 p.m. for a $6 cover.

Horse the Band

Wednesday, WOW Hall

According to the WOW Hall, Horse the Band is an experimental, post-hardcore band from Lake Forest, Calif., with an 8-Bit videogame-influenced sound and a nickname to go with the territory: "Nintendo- core."

It's not just the sound, either. The band actually refers to Nintendo characters in some of its songs.

Horse has played the Warped Tour and the Sounds of the Underground tour, and has done shows with GWAR, All That Remains and Dragonforce.

Horse also has released three albums: "Secret Rhythm of the Universe," "R. Borlax" and "The Mechanical Hand."

"A Natural Death" will be released in June, a news release says.

Openers include the Number 12 Looks Like You, Light This City and So Many Dynamos.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Showtime is 8 p.m.
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