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Andy and Renee play at Mac's on Tuesday

Andy and Renee will play Mac's Restaurant and Night Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Andy Hill and Renee Safier met at the University of Denver. They have since "carved out a unique musical niche for themselves," a news release says.

Hill's songwriting is influenced by Van Morrison, the Band, Neil Young, Bruce Spring steen, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan.

Safier won the Telluride Blues Festival in 2005.

The release describes Hill's music as having a "boundary-pushing use of the language, sweeping vocal harmonies, unforgettable melodic content and tightly crafted arrangements."

The duo is backed by the band Hard Rain. They have played the Los Angeles House of Blues and the El Rey Theatre in Hollywood, as well as the Telluride Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and the Bob Dylan Festival in Alba, Italy.

Admission is a suggested donation of $15. Mac's is at 1626 Willamette St.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band comes to the WOW

The legendary New Orleans Dirty Dozen Brass Band is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a new album and a tour.

The group stops Monday for a show at the WOW Hall with a new album in tow. It's "Twenty Dozen," released in May on the Savoy Jazz label.

Hailing from the Crescent City's famed Trem neighborhood, the group "revolutionized the New Orleans brass band by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style," a news release says.

Original members Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris, Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns and Kirk Joseph are all on tour supporting the new album, which features 11 songs.

Two newer members round out the seven-piece band.

"It's a big old musical gumbo, and that probably made the difference, separating us from other brass bands out of New Orleans," Lewis says in a news release. "It put a different twist on the music.

"We were not trying to change anything. We were just playing the music we wanted to play and not stay in one particular bag."

Pimps of Joytime open the concert at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. The WOW Hall is at 291 W. Eighth Ave.

Maize Lounge closes, thanks supporters

The music venue, bar and restaurant Cornucopia Maize Lounge has closed its doors.

The business's Facebook page thanked supporters but did not elaborate on a reason for closing.

Cutean, Dersham play Thursday at Tsunami

Local musician Brian Cutean will join Massachusetts songwriter Dave Dersham, who was born in Eugene, for a Thursday gig at Tsunami Books.

Dersham is touring with his new album, "Gilding the Lillies," and has not played his hometown "in a while," according to a news release. "His music is refreshing and literate, politically astute, powerful and moving," the release says.

Cutean is "an animated songwriter- performer with an unusual writing voice and perspective in these days of swift change, overwhelming news and the glut of a manufactured culture," the release says.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St. Tickets are sliding scale of $5 to $10.

And true to Cutean's longstanding policy, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 3, 2012
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