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Last night to party like it's 2004.

Byline: Carolyn Lamberson The Register-Guard

New Year's Eve 2004 falls on a Friday - tonight - which means there are plenty of options for people who want to celebrate with a night on the town.

A family-friendly Last Night Celebration will take over Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. Eighth Ave., from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The entertainment will take on a global flavor, with everything from tango and West African drumming to Middle Eastern and Brazilian elements.

Samba Ja, that funky, 30-piece percussion carnival, will cap off the night.

The idea, Samba Ja member and Last Night organizer Steve Holtzman said, is to provide a place where families can celebrate the new year together

`(Puppet makers) Jeff Lake and Tamara Crafts and I have participated heavily with First Night for many years, and last year we decided that it wasn't OK that First Night no longer existed,' he said. `So we decided we would create our own event and call it Last Night.

`The three of us really enjoy community-based, all-ages events, and so we decided to do this.'

That first year, only three acts were on the bill. This year, the list has expanded to more than half a dozen. The emcee for the night will be "an old queen," former Slug Queen Accordiana. Admission will be $5 to $10 on a sliding scale.

New Year's Eve Faerie

Masquerade Ball

Dig out those fairy wings, robes and crowns. The audience is encouraged to dress the part today at 9 p.m. for the New Year's Eve Faerie Masquerade Ball at the WOW Hall.

On the bill will be the reunited three-piece Trillian Green, as well as Woodland, featuring a light show featuring images from the World of Froud.

The members of Trillian Green - Ben Klein (flute), Christine Gunn (cello) and Jarrod Kaplan (percussion) - first found each other at the 1994 Oregon Country Fair. For four years, they toured the Northwest and released two CDs.

The group's last show was at the WOW Hall on New Year's Eve 1997. After a reunion gig at this past summer's Faerie Worlds Festival in North Plains, they decided to get back together.

Kelly Miller-Lopez has a background in Celtic myth and Shakespeare; Emilio Miller-Lopez is a songwriter. Together, they created the mythical music of Woodland.

The music weaves ornate bardic poetry between sensual acoustic sounds and melody-driven, rhythmic tribal rock.

Tickets are $20 at the door. The doors open at 8:30 p.m.

The WOW Hall is at 291 W. Eighth Ave. The show is open to all ages.

RMS McConnell

The brothers McConnell - Roger, Maurice and Stefan - will play a rare gig tonight at Mac's at the Vet's Club, 1626 Willamette St.

As RMS McConnell, the boys were known for their hard-rockin' ways. Their single "Save a Little" even made a 1985 compilation called "Oregon's Best Rock," put out by KZEL.

But the band split up so the brothers could pursue their other interests - Maurice plays soulful piano with Mo'fessor, Roger plays guitar for the alt-rock band Sticky Mouse, while Stefan plays guitar and keys for the heavy rock band Fungus.

But because their loyal fans still request it, the brothers get back together for the occasional gig, and tonight will be one of them.

The fun will begin at 9:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best party hat, and complimentary champagne will be handed out for a midnight toast.

The cover is $5.

J.C. Rico & Zulu Dragon

If you like the idea of having a New Year's Eve flavored with stone country, jazz, funk, light rock, blues, R&B and gospel, Luna might be the place for you.

The nightclub at 30 E. Broadway will host J.C. Rico & Zulu Dragon today at 9:30 p.m.

Rico comes by his blues pedigree legitimately - his family lived in the Mississippi Delta region when he was born, then moved to Chicago when he was young. He also first started singing in church when he was 4 years old.

The cover for tonight's show will be $10.


For a New Year's with a little Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flair, head over to Cafe Paradiso, 115 W. Broadway, for a show tonight from Americani- stan.

The group has a regular gig at Cafe P the last Friday of each month, and tonight is no exception. The musicians play acoustic, ethnic instruments such as a kanun, a 76-stringed plucked zither; the harmonium, a keyboard instrument; and the dumbek and flat drums, among others. They also incorporate Western instruments such as the silver flute and hart.

The show will begin at 8:30 p.m. The cover is $5.

Satin Love Orchestra

Or, you could be in the mood to put on your boogie shoes. If so, the Hilton Eugene ballroom is the place to be.

The retro '70s funk-disco group Satin Love Orchestra will celebrate all things polyester tonight at the New Year's Eve Dance Party.

The disco inferno will light up at 8 p.m. at the Hilton, 66 E. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $20.

Out and about

There are, of course, any number of shows at clubs around town.

Coupe de Ville and Rock-It! will cruise the Ramada Inn, 225 Coburg Road (9:15 p.m., $20) ... Sam Bond's Garage, 407 Blair Blvd., will play host to the Sugar Beets (10 p.m., $10) ... Fenceline will rise up at the Countryside in Springfield, 4740 Main St., (9 p.m. $10, with breakfast served at 2 a.m. ).

There will be some rockin' and rollin' at Diablo's/Down- town Lounge, 959 Pearl St., with Silverhawk, the Pitbosses, Muddy River Nightmare Band and Jet Harris and the Hotrod Hellcats (10 p.m., $10)

Side Project is the main dish at Jo Federigo's, 259 E. Fifth Ave. (9 p.m., $10) ... Norma Fraserand Mastro 3 will party at the Lucky Noodle, 207 E. Fifth Ave. 9:30 p.m., $5) ... It's a triple bill at the Wetlands, 922 Garfield St., with Sawyer Family, Toad in the Hole, the Whopner County Country All-Stars (9 p.m., $5) ... John Henry's, 77 W. Broadway, will host a New Year's Eve special edition of the Broadway Revue burlesque and variety show (10 p.m., $5).

Bobby Six Crows Henderson and de Riggin' Warriors fly into Club Rock, 535 Main St., Springfield (9:30 p.m., $5).Hot for Chocolate, the Fast Computers and Touch Force will punk up Luckey's, 933 Olive St. (10 p.m., $3) ... The Scoundrels will jazz up Sam's Place, 825 Wilson St., (9 p.m., $3).

If it's the Embers, 1811 Highway 99, it must be the Michael Anderson Trio (9 p.m., free) ... Erik Muiderman will be at his usual haunt, Luna, 30 E. Broadway (7 p.m., free), while Gus Russell will be at his, the LaVelle Wine Bar in the Fifth Street Public Market, 296 E. Fifth Ave. (5 p.m., free) ... Also in its favorite spot is the Don Latarski Group, at the Oregon Electric Station, 27 E. Fifth Ave. (9 p.m., free), while Latago will be at the Woodsman Grill in Springfield, 117 S. 14th St. (9 p.m., free).

The Divers will get all retro at New Max's, 550 E. 13th Ave. (9 p.m., free) ... The Survivors will cover the spectrum at the Old Pad, 3355 E. Amazon Drive (9 p.m., free) ... Vida Girls will rock Quacker's, 2105 W. Seventh Ave. (8:30 p.m., free) ... And Big Bamboo will sprout up at SweetWaters at the Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Drive (9 p.m., two-drink minimum) ...

On the road again

If you are heading up to that large city at the mouth of the Willamette for the new year, don't worry: You can have a little bit of Eugene with you.

First off, the Oregon Country Fair is co-sponsoring a Crystal Ball at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside.

The ball will feature musical performances from Flowmotion and the Steve Kimock Band, in addition to performances from various Country Fair performance artists: stilt walkers, fire-dancers and a lighted-mask procession.

Be sure to arrive in costume and be ready to join in the drum circle. The 21-and-over show begins at 8 p.m. today. Tickets are $30.

Meanwhile, it'll be a busy night for two Eugene musicians. Steve Perry and guitarist Jason Moss first will rock the house at the Doug Fir Room, 830 E. Burnside, Portland, with their glam band White Hot Odyssey. Tickets are $25.

Then Perry and Moss will change out of their platforms and into their wingtips and rush over to the Roseland, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., where their other band, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, will swing into the new year with the Crazy 8's.

Tickets are $20 and $35.

Reach Carolyn Lamberson at 338-2341 or clamberson@


7:30 p.m.: Tango Trio, tango dance music with a twist

8:15 p.m.: Scarlett O'Slimera & Friends, Eugene's reigning Slug Queen

8:30 p.m.: Grupo Capoeira, traditional Brazilian music and fight/dancing performance

9:30 p.m.: Ala Nar, Middle Eastern music and belly dance performance

10 p.m.: Village Pulse, West African drumming and dance

10:30 p.m.: Macaco Velho, Brazilian forro dance music

Midnight: Samba Ja, carnival-style percussion ensemble and fire-dancing outdoors


The members of Trillian Green - Christine Gunn, Ben Klein and Jarrod Kaplan - play at the WOW Hall tonight.
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Date:Dec 31, 2004
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