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Byrd will perch today at The Axe & Fiddle

COTTAGE GROVE - Jonathan Byrd, a seventh- generation North Carolinian, is a natural storyteller, on paper and musically.

As he put in his detailed, rambling, entertaining life story on his website: "My granddaddy's granddaddy's granddaddy was born in Caswell County in 1795.

"Maybe we go back further; I don't know."

The most-recent album release from the folk singer and guitar player, who has been compared to Doc Watson and Tony Rice, is a collaboration with Northwest singer Chris Kokesh (Misty River), an 11-song duet called "The Barn Birds."

Byrd is bringing his "musical theater" to The Axe & Fiddle, 657 E. Main St., at 8:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $10.

Gift of Gab yaks it up tonight at Cozmic

Rapper and MC the Gift of Gab is primed to move the Cozmic stage tonight.

Many know Gift of Gab from his critically acclaimed hip-hop work as one half of the duo Blackalicious and a third of the Mighty Underdogs.

The San Francisco Bay Area rapper's most recent solo album, his third, is "The Next Logical Progression."

The show is being billed as a birthday bash for Gift of Gab. Helping him celebrate are his openers, Oregon hip-hop artist Landon Wordswell and Portland rapper- producer Tope.

Grab tickets in advance for $12, online at or get them for $15 at the door, 199 W. Eighth Ave.

Tracy Grammer to play bookstore on Saturday

Folk singer Tracy Grammer rose to acclaim as one part of the duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. The two performed and recorded three albums together from 1998 to 2002, until Carter's untimely death from a heart attack.

Grammer continued on her folk path, releasing albums of original material and cuts from the Carter and Grammer archives, including her latest, "Little Blue Egg."

Whether performing new or classic work, Grammer's clear voice and violin and guitar playing pair nicely with her well-respected songwriting.

Grammer will be in concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St. Tickets are $16, $14.50 in advance, available at Tsunami or by calling 541-345-8986 (with $1 service charge).

UKEtoberfest plans events all weekend

SPRINGFIELD - Several public ukulele-inspired performances are happening locally as part of the three-day UKEtoberfest.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, three diverse musical acts will be presented at the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater. The concert is being paired with a talk about Springfield's agricultural history.

Scheduled ukulele performers: Aaron Keim and his wife, Nicole, known as the Quiet American, playing early folk and bluegrass; Stuart Fuchs, playing jazz, roots and Latin; and Casey MacGill, playing early 1900s swing tunes. Tickets for the all-ages show are $15.

Go to to purchase tickets online. Follow the instructions in the upper-right-hand corner of the Web page.

Throughout the weekend, Plank Town Brewing Company, 346 Main St., will offer free shows featuring UKEtoberfest-related artists.

At 9:30 p.m. today, husband-wife duo the Quiet American will play modern folk revival music. On Saturday, MacGill is scheduled to play in his swinging uke style. And on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Wallop Sisters will play their unique and quirky style of uke fusion.

For information about UKEtoberfest, go online to

Fujiya and Miyagi coming to the WOW

British trio Fujiya and Miyagi are stopping in at the WOW Hall tonight to share their "poptronica" dance music, a swirling mix of synthesizers, samples and dramatic vocals influenced by their love of '70s "krautrock."

The group's May release, "Artificial Sweeteners," brought Steve Lewis, Matt Hainsby and David Best back to their electronic roots. It has a sound akin to their first two albums - 2003's "Electro Karaoke in the Negative Style" and 2006's "Transparent Things."

The 9 p.m. show at WOW Hall, 291 W. Eighth Ave., is $15, $12 in advance. Tickets are being sold at the CD & Game Exchange, House of Records, Skip's CD World, UO Ticket Office, WOW Hall and online at
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 10, 2014
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