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Q Fest 2003 captures a certain Evanescence.

Byline: Lewis Taylor The Register-Guard

"Dark beauty with a rock edge" is one way to sum up Evanescence. That's the description given by the group's progressive metal label, Wind-Up Records (home of Creed).

Or, if you prefer, "Linkin Park meets Tori Amos."

Or "gothmetal electronica."


Whatever you choose to call it (they were even dubbed a modern-day version of the 1980s Christian metal band Stryper before their propensity for drinking and swearing got them in trouble), Evanescence is not, as its name suggests, vanishing anytime soon.

The Arkansas group first announced its arrival with "Bring Me to Life," a single that featured the vocals of Paul McCoy from the band 12 Stones. That song, which was featured on the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck film "Daredevil," also made it onto the group's debut, "Fallen," which came out in April.

The album has nearly gone double platinum. And singer Amy Lee and bassist-songwriter Ben Moody have continued to pilot the group through a successful tour.

Evanescence stops Tuesday at Eugene's Cuthbert Amphitheater in Alton Baker Park, to headline Q Fest, an outdoor summer concert put on by the FM radio station KNRQ. Other acts on the bill include Cold, Revis and Finger Eleven.

The event also will feature a Nintendo gaming area with `F-Zero GX,' `1080: Avalanche' and `Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike' and other games. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $26.50.

Alberta Adams

Alberta Adams, Detroit's Queen of the Blues, got her start on Detroit's Hastings Street in the 1940s alongside John Lee Hooker, Baby Boy Warren, Boogie Woogie Red and other rising stars.

Originally a dancer, she became a singer when the band's vocalist didn't show up. Now, more than 50 years later, Adams is still beltin' the blues.

On tour to promote her new Blue Angel CD, Adams comes Saturday to the Vet's Club Ballroom, 1626 Willamette St. The Vipers with Deb Cleveland will open the show at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance at Mac's at the Vet's Club, CD World and other outlets or $15 at the door.

De La Soul

De La Soul may no longer be on the rise, but the Long Island trio remains a towering hip-hop presence 14 years after the release of their ground-breaking second album, `3 Feet High and Rising."

That record, which sampled everyone from George Clinton to Hall & Oates, drew in hip-hop heads and rap neophytes alike.

Now touring behind the singles collection "Timeless," Dave (formerly known as Trugoy), Maseo and Posdnuos come to the McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette St., on Monday for what promises to be a huge night of hip-hop. PT Movement, Boom Bap Project and Portland's own Lifesavas will open the show, which starts at 9 p.m.

The Lifesavas are supporting their impressive new release, "Spirit in Stone." Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 day of show.

The Slip

The Slip slides into the WOW Hall, 291 W. Eighth Ave., on Tuesday for an 8:30 p.m. show.

The Boston jazz-pop trio first came together over Miles Davis' famous composition "So What," which the band deconstructed and put back together with equal parts distorted guitar and driving drums. Since then, the group has carried on in much the same vein, attracting followers from both the jazz world and the jam band universe.

The Slip's trip to the Northwest is prompted by a performance at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival and the release of two new live albums, one acoustic, one electric. Tickets to Tuesday's show are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

The Wailers

The Wailers are still synonymous with Bob Marley. But these days, many people think of Aston "Familyman" Barrett when they hear the name of Marley's former backup band.

Now the group's bass player and band leader, Barrett joined up in the early 1970s along with his brother, the late Carlton Barrett, and oversaw some of the Wailers' finest moments. Not only did he play with the group, but he also helped produce "Natty Dread," "Uprising," "Exodus" and other classic Wailers recordings.

After Marley's death in 1981, the Wailers dissolved briefly, but Barrett brought the group back to life.

The Wailers will be at the McDonald on Wednesday. Another Jamaican group with a storied past, Israel Vibration, will open the show at 9 p.m.

Formed in a rehabilitation clinic for children battling polio, Israel Vibration has seen disease, poverty and homelessness. And it has been on the losing end of a battle with their former producer and record label.

Now, led by Skelly and Wiss, the group is promoting its latest RAS Records release, "Fighting Soldiers."

Tickets to Wednesday's show are $23 in advance or $25 day of show.


The Wailers carry on the tradition of Bob Marley with Aston "Familyman" Barrett in charge. Alberta Adams, known as Detroit's Queen of the Blues, is at the Vet's on Saturday. The Slip will sail into the WOW Hall on Tuesday for an 8:30 p.m. show.
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Date:Aug 29, 2003
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