Tuesday, December 26, 2017

End of year business

A message from Jon Silvermoon:
 
First of all, I hope everyone had a good year and best of wishes for next year.  Thanks to everyone who helped out with Holiday Market this year.

The following artists have not participated in Holiday Market for several years, and I have had no contact with them for quite some time.  If I have not heard from them by Thursday, December 28th, I will be donating their CDs to charity on Friday.  All told that would be about 125 CDs.  If you know any of these, please feel free to pass this message on to them.

Neil Bjorklund
Brume
Cascade Chorus
Dreamdog
Flying Canoe
Girl Circus
Edson Oliveira
Renegade Saints
David Rogers
Seretta Shanahan
John Shipe
Sideroads
Soromundi Lesbian Chorus of Eugene

Thanks,
Jon Silvermoon
The Vipers featuring Deb Cleveland
541-689-3084

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fun Continues at Eugene Holiday Market Dec 22-24

Please stop by the remaining days of the 2017 Eugene Holiday Market at the Lane County Events Center (13th and Jefferson in Eugene, OR.) to check out all the crafts, food, fun, music and merriment! The Lane Musicians Coop booth is located by the main stage and a great place to pick up some CDs and other gift items. Don't forget that each day has a Dress-Up Theme Too!



Friday, December 22 - Dress Up Theme: Solstice Day
10:30 AMJim Crabbe
11:30 AMOlem AlvesSolo Jazz Performance
12:30 PMJerry ZybachOriginal and traditional blues
1:45 PMRudolf KorvSinger, Musician, Songwriter
3:15 PMThe HuckleberrysRoots, blues, americana
4:45 PMGumbo GrooveFungrass
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMGabe Schliffer
2:00 PMRandy HainesAcoustic sixties covers
4:00 PMRick LeightonOriginal and cover folk rock blues


Saturday, December 23 - Dress Up Theme: Glitter/Shiny Day
10:30 AMJanet Naylor & Marco CaturegliScottish Small Pipes & Harp
11:30 AMGypsy MoonMediterranean and latin guitar
12:30 PMEmerald Valley Voices30-person choir
1:45 PMThe KlezmonautsCutting edge Klezmer
3:15 PMKefBalkan dance music ensemble
4:45 PMThe Blues Club ProjectOld to modern blues
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMChip CohenDr. Horsehair Himself
2:00 PMKaren StingleSeasonal songs on Recorder
4:00 PMJerry ZybachOriginal and traditional blues


Sun, December 24 - Dress Up Theme: Ugly Sweater/Pajama Day
10:30 AMCullen VanceMulti-dimensional storytelling
11:30 AMHumble GeorgeSarcastic Jazz/Blues, Jazz, Ragtime
12:30 PMRichard CrandellMagical Mbira
1:30 PMSimple HarmoniesEclectic oldies, folk & Americana
3:00 PMBalanat Belly Dance PlayersMid-east inspired music and dance
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMSemiSweetA capella duo
2:00 PMRicardo CardenasClassical guitar

Two shifts still open on Dec 24

A message from Jon Silvermoon.

Two shifts still open on December 24th
at the Eugene Holiday Market 
945 am – 1215 pm
1200 pm – 230 pm
 
If anyone can do one or both of them, please let me know.  There a some new people who brought their CDs to the booth who have not signed up for a shift.  Please sign up.
 
Also, if you are getting this email and have done the booth in the past but not this year, please make arrangements to pick up your CDs.  You can email me and we can set a time after the market if that is more convenient for you.
 
Thanks,
Jon
 
Jon Silvermoon
The Vipers featuring Deb Cleveland
541-689-3084


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Musical Fun Continues at Eugene Holiday Market


Here's what is planned on the Eugene Holiday Market Main Stage and in Holiday Hall (at the Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR.) on Dec 17, 18, 22, 23 and 24. Be sure to stop by the Lane County Musicians Collective booth right by the Main Stage to sample regional music and pick up some CDs. 
 
Food booths in the International Food Court will offer a large variety of delectable delights.

 
  DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 5, take Exit 194-B to Eugene (I-105). Continue on I-105 until it ends at 7th Ave. Continue straight ahead on Jefferson to 13th Ave., continue on under the big electronic sign which is the entrance to the Fairgrounds. Holiday Market is in the Exhibit Hall, ahead on your right as the entrance drive curves into the Fairgrounds. Drive past the building via the driveway that passes its left side to the main parking lot and main building entrance. Parking and admission are free.

Saturday, December 17 - Dress Up Theme: All That Glitters
10:30 AMLinda YappThe Lemondrop Fairy
11:30 AMDavid Rogersoriginal songs of the new west
12:30 PMSacred Harp Singerstraditional American acapella shapenote singing
1:45 PMMike & Carleen McCornack and the Garden Variety BandContempory Folk, singer-songwriters
3:15 PMThe JivemastersSwinging blues
4:45 PMWhat Yo Mama Warned You AboutBlues, funk, rock & roll
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMGlenn FalkenbergCeltic harp & hammered dulcimer
2:00 PMJerry Zybachoriginal and traditional blues
4:00 PMRobert Meadeenergetic acoustic


Sunday, December 18 - Dress Up Theme: Leopard Colony
10:30 AMRob Tobiassoul filled kid songs
11:30 AMRooster & His Barnyard BucketeersBalkan Pre-War jazz and Ragtime
12:30 PMSteve GoodbarStraight up bluegrass
1:45 PMRed Pajamashigh energy folk rock originals
3:15 PMSoromundi Lesbian Chorus of Eugenespiritual, political, women's and multicultural music
4:45 PMThe Dennis Smith Projectoriginal folk rock
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMCascade Harp Ensembleceltic harp
2:00 PMWalker T. RyanUnderdog American music
4:00 PMEdson OliveiraBrazilian Bossa Nova


Thursday, December 22 - Dress Up Theme: Seasonal/Solstice
10:30 AMChico SchwallAmerican folk songs & singalongs
11:30 AMJanet Naylor & Linda DanielsonIrish & Scottish music on harp & fiddle
12:30 PMLCC Faculty Jazz Bandexpert jazz
1:45 PMBuffalo RomeoClassic Americana and award winning originals
3:15 PMSlightly Retro Jazzas advertised
4:45 PMThe Never Ever Bandoriginal folk rock
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMJeff Robertsacoustic guitar
2:00 PMJanet Naylor & Linda DanielsonIrish & Scottish music on harp & fiddle
4:00 PMTBA 


Friday, December 23 - Dress Up Theme: Holidaze in the Tropics
10:30 AMInvincible Vinceseriously funny magic
11:30 AMThree of Heartsfolks in harmony
12:30 PMSweet Riverswing, folk & Delta blues classics
1:45 PMMorningstaroriginal folk
3:15 PMGerry Rempel Jazz Syndicatejazz
4:45 PMRamblin' Robert & The McKenzie Driftersbluegrass
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMTBA
2:00 PMRicardo Cardenasclassical guitar
4:00 PMRichard Crandellmagical mbira


Saturday, December 24 - Market closes 4 PM! - Dress Up Theme: Pajamas/Ugly Holiday Sweaters
10:30 AMSharon Rogersfamily favorites
11:30 AMThe Post Projectworld music on the Hang Drum
12:30 PMThe Rosen Sistersextraordinary fiddlers
1:30 PMBarbara Healy Trioblues & soul
3:00 PMAmericanistanMiddle Eastern dancing and music
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMSemiSweeta cappella duo
2:00 PMJill Ledetethereal experimental piano music







Thursday, November 24, 2016

After Thanksgiving at Eugene Holiday Market


A big three-day weekend is planned after Thanksgiving at the Eugene Holiday Market. The Lane County Musicians Collective will have its booth set up. Please feel free to stop by, sample some of the regional music, and then pick up a bunch of gifts for all your family and friends! Many of our Coop's members will also be appearing on Friday - Sunday on the Main Stage and in Holiday Hall (just down the corridor a short ways.)   
Friday, November 25- Dress Up Theme: Black & White Friday
10:30 AMRich GlauberMusic in Action!
11:30 AMTwo Easyacoustic originals
12:30 PMThe Alves Brotherstalented kids on guitar
1:45 PMDeer & Antelope Bandrock, oldies, blues and jazz
3:15 PMTim McLaughlin's Revolving TrioBoogaloo Funk Jazz Power Trio
4:45 PMThe HuckleberrysRoots, blues, americana
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMMark RossAmerica's most famous unknown folksinger
2:00 PMJerry Zybachoriginal and traditional blues
4:00 PMTBA
 
Saturday, November 26 - Dress Up Theme: Mad for Plaid
10:30 AMBallet Folklorico Alma de MexicoChildren performing traditional Mexican dances
11:30 AMLisa Lynne & George Tortorelliharp and world flutes
12:30 PMWalker T. RyanUnderdog American music
1:45 PMSun BossaBrazilian Bossa Nova
3:15 PMOlem Alves & Inner Limitsfunk groove
4:45 PMThe Texas ToastersWestern Swing
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMDavid Rogersoriginal songs of the new west
2:00 PMGlenn FalkenbergCeltic harp & hammered dulcimer
4:00 PMMichael Hallfolk
 
Sunday, November 27 - Dress Up Theme: Faux Fur & Feathers
10:30 AMLorna Millerlittle kid's jamboree
11:30 AMGordon Kaswell & Jerry Zybachblues, faves, etc.
12:30 PMLaura Kempfavorite local folksinger/songwriter
1:45 PMDan Cioperacoustic folk/rock and reggae
3:15 PMKefBalkan dance music ensemble
4:45 PMSteel WoolHarmony Powered Acoustic World Folk-Rock
In Holiday Hall
12:00 PMLisa Lynne & George Tortorelliharp and world flutes
2:00 PMChip CohenDr. Horsehair Himself
4:00 PMK-ToneFolk with southern flavors

      

Monday, November 21, 2016

Opening Weekend at Eugene Holiday Market



Held at the Lane Events Center (796 West 13th Ave., Eugene, OR), Eugene Holiday Market features hundreds of artisans with quality, hand-crafted items. Saturday/Sunday November 19-20 was opening weekend for the Holiday Market. I especially like the non-stop entertainment perfect for the season.

I appreciated the opportunity to be the opening act on the main stage on Sunday, Nov 20. I interspersed jazz standards with interactive kid's songs. Everyone seemed to enjoy the variety for all ages. I saw several folks singing, clapping, dancing along. A few young volunteers helped me out on "Strike the Bell" (accompanied by concertina) and "My Aunt Came Back" and "Sambalele." Also saw folks singing along with "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Call Me Irresponsible," and "I'm Confessin' That I Love You."


Then, The Celtic Tradition (Linda Danielson, Janet Naylor and I) took the stage for special Scottish/Irish Holiday shows at 11:30 am (Main Stage) and 2 pm (Holiday Hall). Assistant Market Manager Kim Still even caught us on video playing a Scandinavian waltz called "Bond Vals" (Farmer's Waltz), as well as "Shady Grove." The day's dress-up theme was "Hats, Ties & Tiaras," and Ms. Kim Still was decked out in a cute homemade dress and antique hat from the 1940s.       


After us was Ghillie Dhu & The Dohun'ts (Jeremy Wegner, Chico Schwall, Hilary Jones) with some rousing reels and jigs for our dancing pleasure. I video'ed their set with "Pigeon on a Gate, Monahan Twig, and Jenny Dang the Weaver" and their closing set of jigs and hope you enjoy them.
 

Other acts appearing opening weekend were Eugene Bhangra Youth Group, Richard Crandell, Jerry Zybach & Adam Scramstad, Carolyn Cruso, Tatiamo, Gypsy Moon, Bow & Airo, Jill Ledet, Robert Meade, TheTraceys, Rusty Still, Dirty Dandelions, Gordon Kaswell and Lonesome Randall. WOW!


Food booths in the International Food Court always offer a large variety of delectable delights. I had a great steak burrito from Saritza's Mexican and a refreshing raspberry cooler from the Lemonade Gourmet. My wife had a tofu dish from Bangkok Grill. My bandmates enjoyed crepes from Edible Improv. Check out all the Holiday Market food choices here.   


For the "I Spy Elves" Game, Market artisans created unique elves to be displayed in booths throughout the Market on Opening Weekend, November 19-20. People picked up an Elf spotter's card, then wandered the Market, and wrote down the booth number where each elf was seen. Those finding at least six elves were entered into a drawing to win one of the elves. Those locating 20 elves were entered into a grand prize drawing to win $100 in Holiday Market gift certificates! Check the website to see some elves that folks were looking for. There were also silly clues to help locate them. What a fun activity for families and kids of all ages!


All Holiday Market 2016 Dates include:
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 19-20; Fri.-Sun., Nov. 25-27; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 3-4; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 10-11; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 17-18; Thur.-Sat., Dec. 22-24. Hours are 10 am - 6 pm (but closing at 4 pm on Dec. 24)

For a complete artisan and entertainment schedule, see the Holiday Market webpages






DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 5, take Exit 194-B to Eugene (I-105). Continue on I-105 until it ends at 7th Ave. Continue straight ahead on Jefferson to 13th Ave., continue on under the big electronic sign which is the entrance to the Fairgrounds. Holiday Market is in the Exhibit Hall, ahead on your right as the entrance drive curves into the Fairgrounds. Drive past the building via the driveway that passes its left side to the main parking lot and main building entrance. Parking & admission are free.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The E-Lazztic Duo of Mary Schaffler and Joe Ross

Who can't relate to the Jazz, Latin, Broadway Classics from our Great American Songbook!? The E-Lazztic Duo of Mary Schaffler (vocals) and Joe Ross (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals) offers something for everyone from the eclectic repertoire of the 1920s through today. It's much loved music for dining, dancing, lounging and enjoying at restaurants, lounges, parks, fairs, festivals and special events.


The duo calls themselves "e-lazztic" because of their appreciation for a large, diverse, variety of eclectic music under the jazz umbrella. They emphasize flexibility and elasticity to  entertain and leave audiences with memorable musical experiences. "E-lazztic" also because the duo sounds like a much bigger band by using programmed accompaniment tracks of drums, bass with occasional saxophone or trumpet. "It's a real fun experience for all." says Ross. "Our accompanists are real tight professionals, and they're very dependable, reliable and easy to get along with." Take a twirl through the musical decades with Schaffler and Ross. Like two mint juleps on a foggy night, their relaxing music goes down easily from dusk 'til dawn. 
  



Check out this video on You Tube that captures some of the variety offered by the Schaffler & Ross Duo, as well as the excitement they generate! Ross also performs regularly as a soloist, such as in these videos featuring his guitar ("What a Wonderful World") and mandolin ("I'm Beginning to See the Light").  



Mary Schaffler’s love of jazz music started in childhood. Both her parents lived through the golden era of jazz and swing of the 30s and 40s. Mary’s mother played Fats Waller and Benny Goodman on the stereo with original 78s. Mary’s former vocal and music instructor, Gayle Caldwell was a gifted songwriter and vocalist with the New Christy Minstrels in the 1960s. Gayle encouraged Mary to perform jazz standards such as Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child”. 

Mary has appeared as a guest vocalist with many Northern California jazz artists such as Richard Cooper, Terry Simick, Francis Varnek and Queen Jane. She was lead vocalist for the jazz group “Ain’t Misbehavin” from 2013 to 2014. Mary enjoys singing many different forms of jazz including swing, bossa nova, samba, big band, Latin, tin pan alley and fusion. She feels that singing jazz fuels her desire for self-expression as an individual in a cooperative effort. This open collaboration can be highly rewarding while entertaining the audience. She also currently manages and sings with a 5-piece band called Local Honey. The honeys do a variety of music including western swing, indie rock, classic rock, country rock, jazz and world music.

Blessed with ten thumbs when born in Virginia, many years of practice have paid off for Joe Ross who now dabbles with many instruments. Raised a “military brat” in Japan, his music career started on organ in sixties rock/soul bands in Yokohama. Bluegrass, Celtic and Old-Time music entered his life in the 1970s at the University of Oregon. Over the years, he’s picked up guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, dulcimer, concertina and ukulele.  He's also branched into Western Swing, Polka, Latin and Jazz Music.

Performing regularly as a soloist, Joe can also be seen with Umpqua Valley Bluegrass Band, Celtic Tradition, Keynotes Polka Band and Alamojo Western Swing Band. His eight albums (available at Amazon and CDBaby) span from Celtic to Bluegrass, Swing to Jazz, Folk to Children's music. He also writes for music magazines and blogs, gives lessons at Absolute Sound & Music (Roseburg), and tells stories. Happily retired in 2010 from his day job supporting the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe now works full-time to share and encourage the “enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of making music together.”

For more information about The "E-Lazztic" Duo of Mary Schaffler and Joe Ross, please call 541-673-9759 (Joe) or 541-404-1505 (Mary). You can also reach them via Joe's Facebook, Mary's Facebook or by e-mailing to rossjoe@hotmail.com or marys42@yahoo.com