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Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live in Eugene, OR (McDonald Theatre 11.28.08)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live in Eugene, OR (McDonald Theatre 11.28.08)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live in Eugene, OR (McDonald Theatre 11.28.08)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live in Eugene, OR (McDonald Theatre 11.28.08)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live in Eugene, OR (McDonald Theatre 11.28.08)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live in Eugene, OR (McDonald Theatre 11.28.08)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live in Eugene, OR (McDonald Theatre 11.28.08)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live in Eugene, OR (McDonald Theatre 11.28.08)

Props to RR&TFB for the incredible instrumental cover of Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin"!

Now booked at the McDonald Theatre for November...


Nov. 21


Nov. 30

Good golly, Ms. Molly!

Also, I'm not saying '80s-themed dance nights should cease entirely (John Henry's 80s Night is still the funnest night of my week), but when is Eugene going to have a '90s-theme dance party? And one that doesn't suck?

Atmosphere sold out the McD (again) last night.
I missed Blueprint ... got there already into Ab Rude's set.
Ab Rude opening for Atmosphere in Eugene, OR 9.18.08

The signature Slug wave
Atmosphere in Eugene, OR 9.18.08

Atmosphere in Eugene, OR 9.18.08

Atmosphere in Eugene, OR 9.18.08

Slug's serious face as he ejects a troublesome "blondie" from down front.
Atmosphere in Eugene, OR 9.18.08

Atmosphere in Eugene, OR 9.18.08

Shout out to the friendly folks down front.
Atmosphere in Eugene, OR 9.18.08

Atmosphere in Eugene, OR 9.18.08

Funniest photo pass I've ever been given. Needless to say I stayed off the stage.
funniest photo pass ever

– WORDS: Zach Klassen • PHOTOS: Todd Cooper
Nas live at McDonald Theatre 5.14.08

I’m still not sure why Nas came to Eugene. This town doesn’t seem to be a prime center for his kind of listening demographic. However, I couldn’t be happier that he decided to make the trip out west and I’m sure that all the people who pushed, shoved and crammed their way into McDonald Theater last Wednesday night would be quick to agree with me. The place was packed. With a cannon of music spanning over a decade it was easy for Nas to keep the hits coming all night. In fact, the man has so many classic songs to perform that he wasn’t able to play them all in their entirety, stopping in the middle of some tracks in order to segue into the next. “There are too many songs,” Nas admitted. “But I’ll play as many as I fucking can.” And in some way, shape or form they were all accounted for. Opening with “Hip Hop Is Dead”, Nas moved through “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)”, “Black Republicans”, “NY State Of Mind”, “Get Down”, “Represent”, “Made You Look” (which I almost missed on the way to the bathroom), and countless others. You name it, he played it and the crowd loved it. At first I was unsure about how us Eugene folk would react to Nastradamus, but it was soon obvious that the rapper wasn’t leaving without a roaring reception as drinks were poured and weed smoke drifted around the theater. The show was solid from back to front, no doubt, but there was only one thing the crowd seemed disappointed about – no encore.

Nas live at McDonald Theatre 5.14.08

Nas live at McDonald Theatre 5.14.08

Nas live at McDonald Theatre 5.14.08

aka "How I Spent My Saturday" [photo edition]
These two events were such complete polar opposites that I had to post them together.

First, Hilary Clinton's "Solutions for America town hall" at South Eugene.

(Click any image to see the complete gallery from the rally.)

I'm sure a lot of you watched her speech on TV or heard it on KLCC so I'll save you the long summary. But I have to give her credit for doing a Q&A segment with the audience and bringing up the need to better regulate student loan sharks! Overall, I wasn't mad at anything Senator Clinton had to say (just her tardiness).

For the record, I was wrong about Hillary's choice of music. She played Dolly Parton and Gloria Estefan (not Josh Grobin and Celine Dione like I'd previously guessed.) And yeah, the rhythm got me.

Props to this young man for asking some good questions!

This sweet lady lifted our spirits with her enthusiasm and made me feel like I was in church when she wanted to pass around an offering donation plate.

Be sure to check out this week's issue (4/10) for an analysis of Clinton & Obama on environmental issues.

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Next, Paul Wall + Tech N9ne at McDonald Theatre

(Click any image to see the complete gallery of shots from Saturday night. )

Paul Wall held it down like a true "People's Champ" Saturday night. He spent a lot of his time in the lobby (before & after his set) shaking hands, meeting everyone, and autographing posters (& boobies).

The scene was NUTS ... packed full of crunk young'ns (as you will see in the photo gallery). I think Tech N9ne sells out every show he plays in Eugene but this was the first time I'd ever heard his music/seen him live. And I gotta say I really enjoyed myself. They had their performance DOWN! Well-rehearsed theatrics. Tight execution. Great light show!

PLUS, this was the first hip hop show that I've attended that sold grills at the merch table!

Of course the best music news I've heard in some time comes with a catch: the weekend Cat Power plays the McDonald (April 12) is the same weekend I'm supposed to be Seattle for the EMP Pop Conference. Damn! Maybe I'll just start driving south at about 3 pm on Saturday ...

E-40 performing at Lane Events Center - Eugene, OR - 4.30.07

"Show is cancelled due to rain/water damage to the stage. Refunds available at point of purchase." according to the dude who answered the phone at the McDonald. Not to mention it's windy as hell, cold and rainy outside. Think I'd rather stay in and watch Dexter anyways.

Hello all ... welcome to my first photoggablog. Words will be few & pictures will be plenty.
I hope to add to the visual element of the EW! Plan on seeing lots of shots of from concerts/events (paired with reviews at times) and some other freaky, random things I see around town that entertain me.

The Black Crowes Live - 9.30.07
I've wanted to see The Black Crowes live ever since I heard "Twice As Hard" back in nineteen ninety whatever. Sunday night, that finally happened. & I have to say, they didn't disappoint. Chris' voice and the whole band were on point. They've always been my kind of rock'n'roll band ... very seventies, heavy on the blues/soul-influence. I was really hoping to hear a couple songs (no, not that one), but oh well. They did sprinkle in some other favorites from both of their best albums (Amorica and The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion) in my opinion.
Check out their complete set list and more photos below (click any image to see the full gallery.)

The Black Crowes Live - 9.30.07The Black Crowes Live - 9.30.07

Set List:
1. No Speak No Slave ->
2. Gone
3. Hotel Illness
4. Greasy Grass River
5. Sister Luck
6. Darling Of The Underground Press
7. My Morning Song
8. Rockin' Chair
9. Soul Singing
10. Girl From A Pawnshop
11. Jealous Again
12. Thorn In My Pride
- encore -
13. Girl From The North Country (Bob Dylan cover)

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