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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band rolls into town next week, bringing its popular “Creole Christmas” show to the Tower Theatre. I conducted an interesting interview with band director Ben Jaffe last week. Here’s an excerpt:

Jaffe’s parents, Allan and Sandra, opened the hall in 1961 in an effort to help preserve and perpetuate New Orleans-style jazz, which was waning in popularity thanks to rock ‘n’ roll and more modern forms of jazz. The Jaffes were a young white couple who’d just moved to a segregated New Orleans from the north, but they jumped in with both feet, building their life’s work around music being made by older African-Americans.

“They never set out to create a music venue or to create a part of American history,” Ben Jaffe said. “They set out to be involved in a movement that they felt passionately about, and it led them down this path.”

Fifty years later, the hall is as strong as ever, though it hasn’t always been a smooth ride. Allan Jaffe died in 1987, and Preservation Hall experienced some “dark years,” Ben Jaffe said, due to lack of leadership. Jaffe took on that leadership role in 1993, and he’s been leading the venue’s renaissance in recent years.

“My biggest fear in the world is (the hall) becoming a museum piece,” he said. “That’s not what New Orleans music is to me. New Orleans music is vibrant and it’s alive and it’s a living, breathing tradition.”

You should go read the whole thing here. Be sure to check out the sidebar on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (playing a holiday show Thursday at the Tower), as well as the schedule of upcoming holiday entertainment options!

I also want to draw your attention to Page 4 of GO! Magazine, where I’ve written little blurbs about a couple of fine bands that work a little twang into their rock ‘n’ roll. First up is Lucero, the Tennessee-based alt-country band that will play the Domino Room Tuesday night. Next is The Parson Red Heads, a buzzy indie-pop band that draws influence from 1970s SoCal country-rock. They’ll be at McMenamins on Wednesday.

Elsewhere in the music section: local faves Empty Space Orchestra are going to fill the MadHappy Lounge with ugly sweaters and post-rock tonight, bluesman David Jacobs-Strain returns to the Silver Moon, the Mystic Roots reggae band plays The Summit, folk singer Cosy Sheridan visits the HarmonyHouse, and Casey Neill & the Norway Rats play a free show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Each week, before I plan out the music section in GO! Magazine, I sit down at the computer, scour every potential source of concerts I can think of, and make a big list of what’s happening in a given week. Some weeks, there’s an obvious headliner worth writing about. Other weeks, it’s a bit more puzzling figuring out who to feature.

And some weeks, a pattern emerges. That’s what happened for today’s music section, where we have short features on a whole bunch of bands (and/or shows) that fall under the giant, ill-defined umbrella of “roots rock.”

We have bluesy bands (Los Lonely Boys, Hillstomp) and more straightforward rockers (Leon Russell, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band) and we have bands that love to jam (Great American Taxi, Moonalice). You can read about all of those by clicking here.

We also have some real twangy acts (Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, The Pines and the West Wind Ranch Americana Music Festival), and we even branch into the funk and reggae worlds with Orgone and Mystic Roots. Read about those right here.

Elsewhere in the music section, there’s a concert by former “American Idol” Phil Stacey, a big local showcase featuring Eric Tollefson, Reed Thomas Lawrence and Erin Cole-Baker, and the grand re-opening of the MadHappy Lounge. And, as always, there are lots more options in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

(Roots photo by Aaron Escobar.)

January 8 in GO! Magazine

Friday, January 8th, 2010

After a holiday lull in Central Oregon’s live-music options, things are cranking up again at local venues. This week, we have a few things you should consider checking out:

-The Autonomics are young, hungry, and ready to take their music to another level. Read all about them here, and then be sure to catch them this weekend (or next), because they hope to move to Portland later this year.

-Finn Riggins is quickly becoming the chief ambassador for Idaho’s crop of new, young indie-rock bands. They’re in Bend next week for their third local show in six months. (Click here to download a song from the band’s new album, “Vs. Wilderness.”)

-Seattle’s The Missionary Position swaggers just like a band called The Missionary Position should.

-Call all your hardcore friends, kids: Liferuiner is coming to town, and they’re bringing a bag full of aural bricks with ‘em.

-Vaudeville and ragtime are touchstones for Oregon’s own Unkle Nancy and the Family Jewels, who’ll play at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom tonight.

-Attention all reggae-heads: California’s Mystic Roots will return to town on Thursday, and they’re bringing their hip-hop-flavored sound with them. Also on the bill: Monk, K-Boy and MC Mystic. All reggae, all night.

As always, that’s not all that’s happening out there, so click here to see all the options in The Bulletin’s online calendar. And if any of those links up there take you to a paywall, you’ll either need subscribe to the paper’s Web site or pick up a print copy of today’s edition of The Bulletin.