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Byline: BUZZWORTHY by The Register-Guard

The trend toward hyphenates/slashers in Eugene marches on!

First we had film actress/rock diva Juliette Lewis and her band rockin' out at a packed John Henry's. Then we had witty folk singer/actor Loudon Wainwright III telling his tales at the Shedd.

Now, coming to the University of Oregon's Beall Concert Hall is jazz musician/sketch performer Mark Pender.

Pender is a sidekick's sidekick, the trumpet player for Max Weinberg 7 on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." He frequently crops up in the show's skits, ranting about stuff in the news until O'Brien cuts him off.

But it's Pender's musical skills that bring him to Eugene. He will join the UO's Green Garter Band as a guest artist in a Wednesday concert. If the show's stated repertoire is to be believed, it should be quite an evening. Where else can you hear music by Ozzy Osbourne, the Ben Folds Five, Earth Wind and Fire and James Brown - all in one night?

And while Pender clearly has the chops, the Green Garter Band shouldn't disappoint. The band - 12 students on full scholarship - does it all: jazz, swing, pop and rock.

And while we're in the general vicinity of the UO music school, let's talk about jazz pianist Toby Koenigs- berg.

Koenigsberg, a piano instructor and associate director of jazz studies, has his first CD as a combo leader coming out. "Push" will be pushed into the world with an album-release show Saturday at Luna.

A show at Luna - or anywhere, for that matter - might be a good way to spend a potentially rainy Saturday. At least that's what the forecast calls for - a slight chance of showers Saturday.

C'mon. It's Memorial Day weekend in Western Oregon. You didn't think we'd escape it without at least a little rain, did ya?
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 27, 2005
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