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Benefit concert will feature sounds of the Clash.

Byline: POP NOTES By Serena Markstrom The Register-Guard

Plenty of strummers will be using their hands at the WOW Hall on Saturday so that local skaters can use their feet soon at a new park.

An Evening of Tribute to Joe Strummer will feature performances by ZZ Clash, Casey Neill and the Underlings. It also benefits the Strummerville Foundation for New Music, started after Strummer's 2002 death.

Strummer played guitar, sang and wrote songs for the Clash from 1976 until the group disbanded in 1986. After the Clash, Strummer composed scores for movies and toured solo and with his band the Mescaleros.

A bunch of guys from popular local bands formed ZZ Clash just for this fundraising event.

On guitars will be Dan Jones, Jake Pavlak and Scott K from Dan Jones and the Squids, Yeltsin and Pass Out Kings, respectively. Bassist Dan Schmid, who plays with Frank Black's band and with the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, and drummer Jivan Valpey, who seemingly plays in half of the bands in town, round out the lineup.

ZZ Clash has a tribute to Strummer planned, with early to midperiod songs from the albums "The Clash," "Give 'em Enough Rope" and "London Calling," a news release says.

The Underlings will open the show with guests Alex Fletcher on second guitar and Stephen Mathyss on mandolin, melodica and sound effects.

Organizers say they will play the earliest part of the Strummer catalog.

Casey Neill will leave his Norway Rats in Portland and play solo for this show.

Funds from the concert, which costs $10 to attend, will go toward funding a skate facility at Washington-Jefferson Park and the fund named for Strummer that helps youth.

The 8:30 p.m. event will include a raffle. The WOW Hall is at 291 W. Eighth Ave.

Bongo Love

Monday, Cozmic Pizza

In the Little Italy sections of big cities, you might hear sweet violin music while nursing a carafe of red table wine. In Eugene, we have our own Little Zimbabwe. Only it's not a actual neighborhood, the drink is a sturdy microbrew and the food is organic salad and pizzas.

Cozmic Pizza is hosting yet another concert featuring Zimbabwean music, this time with Bongo Love as the headliner.

Locals in the Zimbabwean music community may not all live in the same neighborhood, but the events have a congenial and neighborly feel to them.

Monday is the latest chance to experience this phenomenon firsthand as a group of four men spread their joyful musical messages featuring prominently, you guessed it, bongos.

A music video on the band's Web site shows them frolicking about on a peaceful-looking beach singing in English about loving to come home. In other songs, they use the Shona and Ndebele languages.

The band's home is Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where lead vocalist and drummer John Mambira started the group. Themba Mawoko is lead marimba player, Trymore Jombo plays mbira and Mpho Mambira plays baritone marimba.

The band's first recording is called "Afrocoustics," and that's also what they call their genre of music, according to a news release.

The news release says the band has played three sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Dispatch, which reunited to hold special fundraising concerts for Zimbabwe.

Portland band Pachi Pamwe will open this show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is on a sliding scale between $8 and $15.

Cozmic Pizza is at 199 W. Eighth Ave.

Jug-R-Not Music Festival

Saturday, All American City Square, Cottage Grove

The Jug-R-Not Music Festival in Cottage Grove is eight hours of music christening a newly renovated community park, a news release says.

What better way to bring good vibrations to a public park than to invite bands from Cottage Grove, Eugene and Portland to make the air above the park as beautiful as its new look?

Some new features of the park are a pavilion featuring a historic fire hose and public restrooms, a news release says.

Jug-R-Not starts off at 3 p.m. with Anticipate Pie, an acoustic rock act. Flat Stanley (swing, jazz) plays at 4 p.m.; Rollie Tussing (country, blues) at 5 p.m.; the Huckleberries (country) 6 p.m.; Acoustic [ETH]touffe (swamp rock) 7 p.m.; and Sidestreet Reny (dust bowl blues) 8:20 p.m. Jeezum Crow (blues, rock) closes it down starting at 9:40 p.m.

The Axe and Fiddle organized this free event with sponsorship from local groups.

Floydian Slips

Saturday, Cuthbert Amphitheater

Playing their 20th show after more than a decade as a tribute act, the Floydian Slips will perform classic Pink Floyd songs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cuthbert Amphitheater.

This band of Northwest all-stars covers songs from the British rock band. The show features special lighting effects, video and props.

"We don't try and capture the look of the old Pink Floyd concerts or mimic their stage shows exactly," a news release says. "We adopt the same spirit of creativity and freedom that they always employed in their stage shows."

The Cuthbert is at 555 Day Island Road. Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 at the gate.

Rock the Future! Off the Grid Music Festival

Saturday and Sunday, Silvan Ridge/Hinman Vineyards

Bands and solo artists from Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Idaho, and beyond are descending onto the idyllic Silvan Ridge stage to play an outdoor festival that also hopes to draw awareness to a number of social and environmental issues.

The first-ever Rock the Future! Off the Grid Music Festival starts Saturday at the winery, 27012 Briggs Hill Road, off Territorial Highway in the Crow area.

The festival is a "celebration of sustainability in support of area community groups involved in social, environmental, health," a news release says. "(W)hen people are brought together in a shared experience, something magical happens."

Community groups are allowed to set up their booths at no cost. The part of the festival originally scheduled for today has been canceled, and camping is available off-site only.

Music starts both days at noon. Highlights for Saturday include Kaddisfly, Adrian Bourgeois, Katelyn Berreth and Lazybones.

Tickets are $10 each day and parking is $3.

Chris and Thomas

Thursday, Cozmic Pizza

A press release for Chris and Thomas says, "The duo's ability to bring a fresh spin on genres that have lost their niche in mainstream music makes them quite the anomaly."

If the Kings of Convenience pull into mind the manly harmonizing of Simon and Garfunkel, Chris and Thomas follow that trend - but neither act is an anomaly, at least not in this town. Maybe they would stand out more in places that attract fewer male singer-songwriters who dare to be soft and sensitive.

It's not surprising this is the type of music Chris and Thomas would make. Consider that they met in art school in Liverpool - the same school John Lennon and Paul McCartney attended, the release points out.

"They sang for the queen while they earned music degrees in film composition," the release says.

Mark Howard, a producer and engineer who had worked with Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, recorded their full-length debut, "Land of Sea."

Their "woven harmonies and sparse instrumentation will make you think of big skies with small clouds," the release says.

Well, to be fair, if you are in Cozmic Pizza you might be thinking of big skies and clouds because of that mural, but in this case, you'll be able to close your eyes and conjure that image aurally.

Chris and Thomas play at 8 p.m., followed by Chesapeake Blue. The cover is $5.
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