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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.


this was one i sketched at old nicks. DSC_0965

I drew them over a year ago here.


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Manchino play heavy classic sounding rock and roll. I half expected their riffs to turn into the familiar”crazy train,” and sometimes they cover Cream,  but they played originals for us at Sam Bonds. manchino2


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I went to two comedy shows in one day! Here are my drawings.

There was a graduation celebration for Leigh Anne Josheway’s comedy writing class. Jeff, Bernie, Susan and Bethany were all doing comedy for the first time!  Susan is an aerobics instructor and had us cracking up with her stories of her childhood.  Bethany claimed to be a “feminist flight attendant” who enjoys keeping people from accessing airline bathrooms with the beverage cart. The pepper haired man in the bottom right is Jeff Jaesch.

Then I went to the wayward lamb for “The Best F*cking Comedy Show Ever” with Alex Rios, Seth Milstein, George Baltzer, Caitlin Weierhouser and Beth Pinkerton.

George recently returned from New Zealand.

Beth tells erotic stories and claims to “love offensive humor.” She won Eugene’s best stand up comedian in 2015.

Caitlin is a total pro, full of silliness, rage and absurdity. She creates her own genre of performance art comedy. She is unique and ferocious.

Alex is Portland based. He’s not afraid to weird an audience out and make us laugh out of awkward embarrassment. His Twitter is @RiosHoneybear

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Three for Silver

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One of the most delightful, talented bands I’ve seen in Oregon: Three For Silver. Some compare them to Tom Waits, I think they sound a bit like Dark Dark Dark and the Squirrel Nut Zippers! I do like to draw accordions. Andrew played clarinet at this show and played on their album. They said they were friends with another band I have drawn, the G String Orchestra.

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Crushed Out! and Browntown

Crushed Out have an amazing retro sound: a very surfy wet guitar tone and peppy drums.  A couple covers were quite welcome and got the crowd up and dancing. Someone might superficially call them a “rockabilly White Stripes.” Vocals are high and airy, like Elliott Smith or Crosby Stills and Nash. Lots of lyrics about love, birds, sharks and surfers. My favorite was “Sweaty, Sweaty Dress” and I’ll never get the epic riff from “To Sing True of Love” out of my head.

I tried a realistic look

I tried a realistic look

Moselle does the art for her band, I think its neat that a single person does all the art for the merch, cd covers and t shirts, that way there is a single vision and oeuvre. She puts waves and dripping water in the art, so I put some in my drawing. She also did animation for the music video, “to sing true of love.” She told me part of touring which is just as important as sharing music with fans is seeing the beauty of the natural world in our National State Parks. She listed her favorite as the Anhinga trail in the florida Everglades because it was so full of wildlife. “Like a zoo, but the animals are free and in their habitat.” Another thing I like to ask touring bands is, “what do you eat on tour?”

Moselle- “We like to cook rice and a vegetable, a one pot cowboy meal. We try to eat out as little as possible. We eat souerkraut, mac and cheese with Kale, one treat we really like is canned trout from Trader Joes, on a stone wheat cracker with onions.

Raw onions?


She said the band raised money to record their album by playing in small New Hampshire bars in the Mt. Washington Valley. “We brought our own sound system and we’d play for 3 hours for a couple hundred bucks. We started a music scene, kids started bands just for the chance to open for us. We played at the Red Fox restaurant in Jackson, New Hampshire and it eventually turned into the weekly dance party in town. We read an article that listed us in the top 10 bands of New Hapshire and we said, “Who are the other 9? we want to be friends with them!” -Moselle

Was guitar your first instrument?

“I started playing when I was 11, to Led Zeppelin and Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” Guitar was  basically the first instrument I stayed focused on.” -Franklin

Two of your songs have a very cool blues vibe, with turnarounds. (Early in the Morning and Wormtongue)
I think that makes them sound a lot like the White Stripes, ( is that what someone really unfamiliar with the blues guitar would say?) Is it really Mississippi John Hurt or someone older who popularized those familiar turnarounds? did you first play blues turnarounds learning Jimmy Paige songs?
I like how all the songs sound surfy, but they all sound different too.
Maybe “Mermaid Chant” has the most surf-like riffs, but “True Love” sounds like Buddy Holly or a girl group song.

I’ve seen some guitarists play with several delay pedals in chain. How do you get your delay tone? Are the same pedals you play with live the ones on the record?
You had two amps, right? what is the reason for that? does a different mix go to each one?
Is one clean and loud, and the other… a tube? with more of a crunchy or “tight” sound?”
“I have one delay pedal that is a ‘tape echo simulator’. I used a 1968 Echoplex tube tape echo on our album TEETH, but live the unit gets hot and stops producing echo in the middle of the show. So I’ve bought this El Capistan Strymon echo pedal. It’s almost identical to the analog tape echo. I have a Spring reverb running through a 1965 Fender Bassman, to get a surfy guitar sound. I have the tape echo running through a 1964 Silvertone 1483 bass amp so the sound is wider. Everything of mine is vintage but the pedals and my stratocaster, which is new from a builder in NYC.”

Here I went full on silly cartoon.

Here I went full on silly cartoon.



This is a monotype, I painted watercolor and water soluble markers on a sheet of plexiglass over the original drawing. Then I pressed it against a wet piece of printing paper and transferred the image.

to see the old post i made about this band look here. (the drawings are better this time.)

Brown Town from Corvallis

Brown Town from Corvallis

Brown Town opened the show, they are a garage rock band from Corvallis. They play a fun bouncy style reminiscent of the Kinks. One member sings and plays the tambourine and another looks like Chris Dowd. They played a Monkees cover.

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Trudy Bauchery Variety show!

This weekend I got to catch Trudy Bauchery’s Variety show.

I love to draw at burlesque shows and dance performances.

I tried drawing in pen and then coloring with soft pastel. 

Trudy wore her Green Alien costume.Image

Ivana Mandalay  was an out of town guest.

Zora Phoenix brought her glam and glitter and a couple songs.

Julia was a cutie who was selling raffle tickets.

Bayou Bettie had fun Starwars and Adventure Time tattoos. 

Fleur de Sel was the one wearing the head dress animal mask!
Mike Mc Gowan did comedy,
 Babs Jamboree hosted the show.

Lippy Sue and Bruno


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2 shows, Bend and Bleepin Funny

I have added two shows to my schedule

This Saturday, April 19

I am at the Second street Theatre in Bend

The price is 8 in advance and $10 at the door. I am opening for Jake Woodmanse!

Also Sam bonds garage (Eugene)  April 26 5pm Free and ALL AGES

Conor Armor, Cress Bates, Nicole Deluise, Melody Dodd, Terry Geil, Ashley Hope, Mike McGowen, Me, Sarah White, Cailin Wolff, and the Out of Our Minds Improv Troupe.




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Mood Area 52, delightfully quirky, tango, jazz, country and experimental, real kitchen sink music.ImageImage


This fun band reminded me of Paper Scissors… their keyboard player played funky clavs, wurlitzer and B3 sounds… They played “National Anthem” from Radiohead. A very impressive cover of “Sail” by Awolnation. I think that is an excellent song that is not excellent when performed by the original artist. They also played some original funky reggae. Their singer was so beautiful. A joy to listen to and a delight to draw. Great band. Eleven Eyes. Their website is not up to date. there are photos of people not in the band, no photos of Emily, and it says there is a turntable player (there wasn’t tonight) but oh well, websites can be hard to keep up to date. Their music is fast, funky, horny and fun. Reminds me of Ulu and Brazilian Girls. They had a guest “Uncle Nancy.” Who I saw years ago play with his band “The Family Jewels” in Oakland.

Here is a video!

I didn’t take it, but it shows a smidgeon of how awesome they are!

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Mood Area 52

Mood Area 52 is a Eugene based band that experiment with many different genres. They play indie pop sure, but they also play some Tom Waits like dirges, Tangos, traditional Russian Music and just for good measure a spot on Country song or two. I thought they were wonderful.


They are playing many shows in October including Halloween and All Hallows Eve eve (oct 30, 31) at Portland’s Mission Theater with their live soundtracks to F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and Buster Keaton’s The Boat. I can hardly wait!

check out their full schedule here



I apologize to Amy for not getting her face right, but wow, i sure did a great job on that hand (Billy’s, directly above).

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