What I Hope To See At The Eugene Celebration

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So I'm finally going to do the entire Eugene Celebration thing. In years past I've only been able to attend — maybe — one night of the EC due to my extensive September touring schedule. But this year I reversed the tables and got some of my relatives to visit me instead. "It's Eugene's biggest event," I told them. "How can I keep missing it?"

Well, I'm still (purposefully) missing the ass-crack-of-dawn EC Parade. (I mean really, why can't they hold the parade in the late afternoon/early evening of Friday or Saturday? There is no reason not to.) But I will definitely make it to the one-two punch of Menomena and The Helio Sequence on the Rogue Stage Saturday night. And this is why:

Menomena join Helio Sequence for HS's track "Keep Your Eyes Ahead" at the Crystal Ballroom on Sept. 6 for Musicfest NW.

Thanks for the tip, Merc.

Fast Computers

Fast Computers is pretty good, too. Playing before Menomena and Helio Sequence.

Submitted by Cara (not verified) on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 14:12.
I deleted my previous typing

I deleted my previous typing of "one-two-three punch of The Fast Computers, Menomena and Helio Sequence" because they are not in the video. But yes, they are pretty awesome. And further proof that Portland is where Good Eugene Bands go when they want to get better.

Submitted by Chuck Adams on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 15:14.

The best thing about the EC program is the fact that it actually lists the Fast Computers as "soul." Somewhere on I-5, Peter Dean is snickering.

Submitted by Molly Templeton on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 15:32.
"punk", "trance", etc.

Didn't see fast computers but Brandon (of the Helio Sequence) made it a point to tell everyone about the crazy genre descriptions on the program.... funny to hear that they didn't know what genre fast computers were either. Menomena was listed as "punk" ("Yha!, we're finally punk!") and the Helio Sequence was listed as trance.

Overall a great show but Menomena had some sound problems getting started and you could tell they were nervous starting out because of it. Once they were into their set they tightened it up pretty well and became their usual, amazing selves. If you caught them during the sound check then you got see Danny and Justin vocalizing a few lines of "don't worry, be happy" undoubtedly to mitigate some of the awkwardness of the situation.... very gracefully I might add.

The Helio Sequence was spot on and put on a great show. Brandon was not shy at all about whipping the sound guys into shape and had to repeatedly remind them that "this is a beta 58" (a reference to the famous Shure vocal mic with a blue ring around the mouth piece) I had made it to the front row by the time they went on and the performance was downright euphoric. Such a great evening and the weather was PERFECT in Eugene.... perhaps right around 70 or so not dipping down less the a couple of degrees the rest of the night/morning.

The only thing that could have made it better was the fantastic menomena/helio sequence collaboration they did for musicfest at the crystal ballroom. Apparently it was planned but menomena had to leave "early". To their credit they stuck around quite a while watching their tour mates perform off the side of the stage. According to some sources Danny was scheduled to play the same evening in Portland for the 31 Knots release party.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 10:36.

Was that the work of a clueless EC organizer, or a bit of prankstering by Peter?

Submitted by Jef (not verified) on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 05:54.

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