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Concert season has arrived.

Byline: Serena Markstrom The Register-Guard

CONCERT PREVIEW The 97 Days of Summer What: Festival-style rock concert When: 2:15 p.m. Saturday Where: Secret House Vineyards, 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the show

The Cowboy Junkies put on a good show in the drizzle to open the Secret House season in May, but Saturday's all-day, festival-style rock concert with headliner Everclear may be the show to usher in the sizzle of summer.

Even in late spring, however, avoiding drizzle is never fo' shizzle.

For its inaugural `97 Days of Summer" bash, FM radio's KNRQ has attracted a powerhouse lineup with successful acts from up and down the Interstate 5 corridor as the last three bands.

Portland's Everclear, which Entertainment Weekly calls "one of rock's most deserving success stories," has enjoyed hit singles and sold millions of records.

Seattle's Presidents of the United States of America resurfaced in an election year: 2004. In an official bio, members call themselves the "future leaders of buoyant, absurdist rock."

The Presidents disbanded in 1997, just two years after their surprise hit, a self-titled debut that cost only $8,000 to record and went double platinum. The flurry of success overwhelmed the band and they moved on to other projects.

Our own Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers are still just beginning to taste success. The Atlantic- signed, Eugene-born band promises its first full-length album, "So Many Musicians to Kill," is coming soon. In the meantime, catch the Soldiers on Saturday and again June 16 at the WOW Hall.

Other bands playing on two stages to help send Lane County into summer: the Supersuckers, Northwest Royale, That 1 Guy, Vaux, Schoolyard Heroes, TV 616, Farcry and Alterego. Ron Jeremy also will make an appearance.

The 97 Days event is all-ages, but there is a 21-and-older after-party at 10 p.m. at John Henry's, 77 W. Broadway. That show features the Supersuckers, Schoolyard Heroes and Burt Reynolds Overdrive.

Admission is $10 advance and $13 at the door, but it's $5 with your 97 Days ticket stub.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 2, 2006
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