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Albany teen breaks out

with local performances

Alexis, a 14-year-old Albany resident who already has a contract with Warner Bros. Records Nashville, will introduce a new backup band and record a video at 8:30 p.m. today at Luna, 30 E. Broadway.

The country pop singer-songwriter penned 10 of the 12 songs for her debut album, which is due to be released early next year. The cover charge is $10.

The singer also will perform sets at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday on the Caribbean Breeze Stage at the Lane County Fair, 796 E. 13th Ave. It's free with fair admission.

Free-jazz pioneer heads

busy week of concerts

The John Tchicai Trio will play modern jazz at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. Eighth Ave.

The trio consists of Tchicai on tenor sax, bass clarinet and vocals, Matt Marucci on drums and Mark Oi on guitar. Admission is $10.

Born in Copenhagen, Tchicai was a leading exponent of avant-garde jazz in New York during the 1960s. He contributed to "Ascension," John Coltrane's landmark free jazz recording.

Other musical highlights:

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will play swing, jazz and blues in a 21-and-over show at 9 p.m. today at the McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette St. Tickets are $20.

Bluesman Kenny Neal - who was born in Baton Rouge, La., and toured with Buddy Guy when he was 17 - will play at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Jungle, 23 W. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $5.

British finger-style guitarist John Renbourn will play at 8 p.m. today at Cafe Paradiso, 115 W. Broadway. Tickets are $16.50. Renbourn, guitarist Bert Jansch and singer Jacqui McShee formed the folk-rock group Pentangle in 1967 and kept it going until 1978. Renbourn later formed his own group.

Troubadour Brian Cutean will celebrate the release of his new CD, "Hearthearth- earth," in an all-ages show at 8 p.m. today at Cozmic Pizza. Admission is $6 to 10 on a sliding scale.

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Title Annotation:Entertainment; Music Sideshow
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 13, 2004
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