For epic chugging orchestral shimmering post rock with cello and keyboards, look no further than Eugene’s “this patch of sky.”
Dragons are real and magic is real. You can see Fooble perform kid’s shows and he will explain how he learned the ancient secrets and can help you realize your potential for magic. I saw them at Oregon Country Fair. They also perform at other events including faerie worlds.
Noah Mclain performed with many guests including JenUine the unicorn. Check out their website here.
Mary Lambert is an amazing talent. She received lots of attention when her vocals appeared on the top 40 hit “Same Love” by Macklemore but she writes her own songs and they kick ass! Her funny and heart wrenching songs such as “Lay your head down” will make you tear up and giggle. She says she loves Harry Potter, Sarah McLaughlin, and that cheese makes her cry and assault weapons are terrible and… well you just have to hear it.
Just listen to them and try not to burst into a smile! I’m not sure I’ve ever heard any song that captures what it’s like to be head over heels in love as well as “hang out with you.”
I first saw Mal Blum over ten years ago at open mics in New York such as at sidewalk cafe. I thought they were often the most talented person performing among many great acts. Their songs are touching and personal. Listen to them here.
Nellie played at the Wow Hall for us on an antique piano.
When I saw her last she was performing a musical she wrote about the trans man jazz band leader Billy Tipton. many of the songs were traditionals from the era when Billy was playing. There was lots of political humor and relevant comments on gender and race. Thank you Nellie for being so wonderful and feisty. Great backup band too!
Nellie glows and and she radiates talent and humor. Her cover choices are fascinating and delightfully reimagined and her originals are charming and quirky. I drew her years ago too! Check out this old post
Stovokor are from Portland, Oregon. They dress as Klingons, sing in Klingon, and have humorous stage banter. They told us we were honored to be in their audience and sang about honor and glory in battle. They are on Bandcamp and sometimes play in Washington and California at sci fi conventions.
I know the arms and guitars get to be confusing and messy, in my defense, a six member band is a challenge to fit on a single page.
It was fun to watercolor many shades of grey and black. I sprayed India ink on the bottom of the page.
A silly idea I had with my clown friend was a subscription based sad clown painting service. Here are some sad clowns I drew for this absurd project.
This band does not disappoint! Their stage show is a smorgasbord of glitter, confetti, balloons and excess! Their music is fun and glimmering too, with a touching message of love and fun!
Here are some kaleidoscopes
Here are some photos I took at the show
We splurged and got the VIP tickets so we got to meet them and get a photo. I told Wayne once I played in a cover band that covered Yoshimi part 1 and 2, “with all your power,” “the yeah yeah yeah song,” and “bad days.” He was impressed that I’d made the drawing so fast and told me everyone’s names and said I really captured Derek.
They had the biggest disco ball imaginable.
Totally washed out in the stage lights, but I took pictures for my reference.
Classic 90s swing band the Squirrel Nut Zippers are on tour again with Suite Cella Blue from the White Ghost Shivers and Dr. Sick from the Asylum Street Spankers! The show was fantastic and they played many classics. They have a new album out, their first in 18 years! This is a drawing I made of them in 2009, where they played in San Francisco with original female vocalist Katherine Whalen.
I made some large horn signs for HONKFEST, a free outdoor festival here in Eugene that celebrates brass bands! Brazilian music, marching bands, klezmer, and more! Bands tour from Seattle and beyond! What a fun party!
Neon Brass Party \\ Seattle
Humboldt Bandemonium \\ Humboldt County
Beat Crunchers \\ Eugene
Samba Ja \\ Eugene
Kef \\ Eugene
One More Time Marching Band\\ Eugene
The Friendly Space Goblins \\ Corvallis
Unpresidented Brass Band\\ Eugene & PDX
Hearticorn Brass Band \\ Eugene
Pakava It \\ Moscow