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Squiggly Vaudeville Recap

 

We had many performances from local entertainers who volunteered their time to support two local establishments that help make Eugene special:  Tsunami Books for Network Charter School.

Eccentric clown John Roy read us some ee cummings and played some silly music.

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Mary Leighton and Maya Rabasa are running for school board and told us some words to convince us their a good fit for the position.

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Jon Deline did magic, sang us a song and juggled! what a triple threat.

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Student band “Feeble” played for us songs they have been practicing at school with their instructor Mara.

 

Ari and her Banjo is always a delight, such fast fingers.

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Local Poet and rabble rouser Jorah Lefleur

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Owzzla the OK and Stellar the Shaky are creative wacky clowns.DSC_0030.JPGDSC_0005.JPG

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I think Gabby Jesus is one of our funniest and most unique local voices. She told us about her problems dating.

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The beautiful and exotic Souzana danced for us with her wings and her finger cymbalsDSC_0125.JPG18157665_10155490147953690_1853719634190074026_n18198652_10155490148228690_7602823161677442280_n18194570_10155490147633690_3793339723139333643_n

My next squiggly show will be may 27 at Vanilla Jills. There again we will have Owzzla the OK, Invincible Vince and Cienna Jade and special guests Eden Powell and Mike McGowan.

 

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High Step Society

High Step society is going on tour and they released a new album! They always bring the funk and pack the house when they play here in Eugene. They are playing San Francisco and LA and many other places. Here are two drawings I made of this fun, energetic electro swing band. This picture is from a Rebecca Connor “Solo” show she played at Sam Bonds.

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this was one i sketched at old nicks. DSC_0965

I drew them over a year ago here.

 

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Osprey Flies the Nest 

This Eugene band plays charming folk rock with real touching lyrics about yoga, community, friendship and compassion! Some songs were just Osprey and their drum, others were a full band with guitar bass and keys. They aren’t sure about their name yet, so it might change. You can hear some of the songs here.

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EUGENE WOW HALL Psychedelic Ball: Egotones, The Shivas, Snow White

This delightful show, sponsored by Eugene Musicians Against Sexual Violence had psychedelic oil and water and ink and paint projections on the wall throughout the whole show provided by Mad Alchemy. To make these drawings, I inked, then penciled, then worked in images of oil and water shows. in the background.

I also added some gentle layers of lime and onion prints from my work at Mecca. ( This was fun, notice the “shivasshivasshivas” written in the background. Then I took a layer and made it super dark, put that over the regular layer, then erased circle shaped holes around their heads. If I had been less than confidant with my drawing, I sure could distract from messy details (such as sloppy hands) with some of this psychedelic mess, huh?

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The Shivas play classic psychedelic surfy rock and roll. Some tracks sound like the Kinks, others like the Doors or the Velvets, they all sound catchy and awesome. There are so many classic tracks. I love to listen to them while I drive, and I sing them in my head all the time. “You know what to do,” “you make we wanna die,” “Thrill yr Idols,” “baby I need you,” and many catchy more songs.DSC_1013.JPG

My favorite is probably “big mama casio.” (the swirl of the bands name looks pretty cool with the swirl of the oil and ink behind it! You might have to look hard to see the onion prints!

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Here is this illustration in a more traditional style. I had a fun time with detail in the shirts.

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EGOTONES play fierce, tried and true surf rock with the occasional wurlitzer keyboard riff and funny samples from old movies much like Man… or Astroman? I will definitely be checking them out more. The above drawing is superimposed over an oil and watercolor photograph. This next one I started filling it in with marker.

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Now here is the final piece with shading and full colors.

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Snow White play dark surfy trip hop in the lines of Phantogram.  Don’t they look like creepy ghosts in a cell world? Weeeeeeee. The keyboard player played long droning organ tones while the drum machine pounded away with LOTS of reverb and the guitarist chugged.

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There were other great bands too! I really enjoyed “the blimp”  (riffs reminded me of Zappa) but I wasn’t able to draw them. Psycho Magic is a great band too!

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PALEONS

Paleons play huge thundering spacey post rock! Shimmering, shattering, convalescing, coalescing, brobdignian riffs! They have an analog synth player! I often can’t hear what he’s doing under the volume of the cymbals and the huge guitar amps but… the gear is cool.

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Betty and the Babes

What a delight to catch Bettreena Jaeger’s band: they released recordings as “Betty and the Boy” but the other night at Old Nick’s it was Betty and the Babes.

Her voice sometimes could remind someone of Joanna Newsome and Beth Gibbons. There are beautiful arrangements of the strings played by Michelle and Nanci. Wearing costumes as ghouls made it especially fun for me to draw. I was entranced by the music and delighted by the “Nightmare Before Christmas” cover, “Sally’s Song.” Cool Inks, and fun to use grey as a color. 

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As a fun bonus, I was playing with an app that lets me make kaleidoscopes out of my drawings 🙂

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