Set Time: 4:00–4:45 p.m., Fishbowl Stage
Jack Radsliff and Ken Mastrogiovanni have devoted themselves to the not long forgotten music of their middle school dances. Rooted in the jazz tradition, Jack and Ken bring the same improvisational approach to this music that helped spawn jazz standards from pop music’s past. From R. Kelly to Kelly Clarkson these two bring this repertoire from the sweaty gymnasiums of your middle school years to the stage right next to the EMU Chipotle of your present.
Jack Radsliff is a Eugene-based guitarist and composer. He moved to Eugene to pursue a masters in jazz performance at the University of Oregon where he is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. There he performs with the school’s premier jazz ensembles, JazzArts Oregon, and the Oregon Jazz Ensemble. With these groups and others, Jack has performed at just about every major venue in Eugene (Hult Center, Shedd, Wow Hall). This represents only a portion of his artistic endeavors. Jack’s dedication to his craft has led him to perform with Pacific Northwest heavyweights John Stowell, Don Latarski, Idit Shner, Roger Woods, and Siri Vik. Constant work as a sideman has prompted him to step into a new role: bandleader. Always looking for new avenues of expression, Jack devotes much of his time to compositions for his own groups. His works are currently being performed by his own quartet and JazzArts Oregon.
Eugene, Oregon native, Ken Mastrogiovanni, is a drummer currently studying at the University of Oregon. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Japanese and popular music studies, with a minor in music technology. In 2015, he received the Reno Jazz Festival Outstanding College Performer award. Mastrogiovanni has established himself as an important member of the Eugene jazz community, and is actively performing throughout the Pacific Northwest with various groups.
Stand Up Society
Show: 7:00–8:30 p.m., Falling Sky Pizzeria and Public House, EMU
The UO Stand Up Society (UOSUS) is a collection of student comedians on campus. They hold weekly meetings where members can participate in comedic writing exercises and receive constructive criticism about their original material. UOSUS holds weekly comedy open mics on campus and puts on stand up shows all over the Eugene area. Members range from professional comedians to those with no experience, all are welcome.
Set Time: 1:00–1:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage
Era Coda, an Oregon-based progressive band, formed in late 2014. They focus on intricate, complex rhythms while maintaining an accessible melodic sensibility. A broad range of inspiration defines the group with a sound that ranges from hauntingly eerie to light and whimsical. Time is irrelevant, but music is not…
Set Time: 1:30–2:15 p.m., EMU Green Stage
The UO Hip Hop Ensemble (the Illaquips) are a group of MCs and instrumentalists who write and perform hip-hop music. Featuring a full horn section, drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keys, cello, and original lyrics, the Illaquips have rocked audiences on radio and festival stages in Eugene since 2016.
Set Time: 6:00–6:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage
Dr Scientist is rock’s most mysterious new character, mixing vibey, raucous rock with pop.
Their newest LP release “Grief” is an ambitious concept album that mixes a much heavier, mature sound with vibey arrangements and catchy hooks. Dr Scientist’s sound melds many types of rock into an accessible, catchy formula which is best ingested LIVE!
Between writing melodies that have people asking “who’s that hot girl singing?” and crafting hooks that have people genuinely angry that it won’t leave their skull—people are left to wonder “is it all part of his plan, or is this just an elaborate experiment”
Set Time: 4:00–4:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage
We are a 5-piece, alt-rock band based out of Eugene, Oregon that creates atmospheric, danceable, alternative rock that is spicier than a jalapeño, zestier than a lemon peel, and creamier than New England clam chowder.
Set Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m., EMU Green Stage
The Domestics are: Michael Finn, Leo London, Kyle Moderhak, Matt Moore, and Brad Norton.
Long before they decided to join forces as the Domestics, Finn and London each spent years honing their craft as individual songwriters. After over a decade of writing and performing under his own name in Eugene, London moved to Portland in the summer of 2013 and found himself tracking piano for Finn at Flora Recording and Playback, studio of Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine. Finn works with Martine as an assistant engineer alongside artists like My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, Neko Case, and Sufjan Stevens. This first studio collaboration began a relationship which would eventually lead to the combination of Finn and London’s respective solo projects and to the recording of their first record over 15 days in the spring of 2014.
Less than a year after assembling a live band, the Domestics have triumphantly emerged as one of Portland’s most promising new acts. Their energetic live shows, as well as the strength of their forthcoming debut record, have garnered them a dedicated fan base and maelstrom of critical attention.
Set Time: 1:00–1:45 p.m., Fishbowl Stage
Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee and now residing in Portland, Oregon, Jacob Westfall is a 23-year old singer and songwriter with a strong appreciation for the craft of music and good food. His soulful vocals are often compared to singers like John Mayer and Sam Smith, and are further animated by astute guitar and kinetic live looping. Always writing, always creating.
Set Time: 3:00–3:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage
As the young ambassadors for the PN-Dub’s outdoor activities and lifestyle—surfing, hiking, skateboarding, and snowboarding—we like to party like our album’s first single “Rip It Up Slow”, a warm, danceable, pop-reggae song. Comprised of brothers Madison Fischer (lead vocals, percussion) and Marcus Fischer (lead vocals, guitar, bass), Tanner Steinmetz (guitar, bass, backing vocals), Kevin Downes (guitar, backing vocals, percussion) and Jeff Wagner (drums), Foreign Talks has grown a lot since forming in 2011. Vancouver, Washington-based quintet Foreign Talks follow-up their 2013, self-titled debut with “No Ceilings”, a vast departure from the hook-laden, indie-pop of their debut. And while “No Ceilings” is still chalk-full of memorable, alluring melodies, the outfit (now a five-piece) has expanded into a more reggae-driven sound, while still adding their love of indie-pop into every number.
Set Time: 5:00–5:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage
“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”—Anthony G. Oettinger
Unlike Mr. Oettinger, we have no interest in arrows or bananas. Having said that, the Neon Bandits are spreading their peels and are ready to fly! We play a variety of genres from funk to reggae with rock in between. We are looking to record an EP of original songs in late spring to be out mid-summer.
Please bring: heaps of attitude, a passion for produce, and ANYTHING NEON!
Don’t bring: banana peels, bad juju, or false gods.
Set Time: 2:00–2:45 p.m., Fishbowl Stage
Hello world. My name is Amy Jones. I don’t have anyone to talk about me in third person yet, so this is it. I am a singer/songwriter, and I occasionally fumble around on instruments. Thank you for wanting to find out more about who I am.
I am extremely proud of my debut EP “If You” that I produced and released in the summer of 2011. It contains four original songs that I poured my heart and soul into. I can’t express how excited I am to finally be back in the studio where I am currently recording my first full length album, “Empty Glasses”. I’ve recruited some amazing players for this project, and hope to release it before the end of 2017—stay tuned!
Before moving to Eugene, I lived in Los Angeles for ten years. There, I had many opportunities to express myself musically. I performed with my incredible band all around the city and the surrounding area. I also worked with Grammy nominated Rhythm and Blues songstress Nikkole. I toured the country with her in 2008 as a back-up singer and dancer. We opened for Boyz II Men, Macy Gray, Bobby Brown, Jon B, Ambrosia, Blood Sweat and Tears, and The Temptations to name a few. The music publishing company, Luke Hits LLC, hired me in 2009 to write and record for their catalog, which was subsequently used for film and television. And in 2010, I spent the spring and summer singing on a cruise ship in Alaska!
Working as a lead and back-up vocalist has led to many experiences and friendships, all of which I am very grateful for. In 2000, I was hired by Wendy MaHarry to write and perform harmonies on her live album “Released”. I have also recorded and performed with Jonathan McEuen of Hanna-McEuen, Jesse Siedenberg of A Fine Frenzy, Daniel Ash of Love and Rockets and Bauhaus, Preston Smith, and many others.
Set Time: 2:30–3:15 p.m., EMU Green Stage
We began as an idea and a road trip to Oregon. Spectrum Lake is a DreamPop, Minimal Progressive, Synthpop band. Our music aspires to create sonic landscapes and dream-like atmospherics through the use of spacious textures and sounds, all while giving you a catchy groove to get swept away with.
Set Time: 8:15–9:15 p.m., EMU Green Stage
Twister means something more than just an electronic musician. The point of Twister is to create an environment where you feel like nothing else matters. Music is one of the most powerful forces in the universe, and we can use it to unify all types of people regardless of their differences. Twister utilizes heavy electronic music to relieve the audience of their aggressions through pulsating, head-banging rhythms, followed by beautiful melodies and awe-striking drops. My goal is to create timeless music that will speak to crowds of all different types. Over time, I hope to create a community that revolves around love and the acceptance of everyone, and I believe my music will allow me to accomplish this. Life is a piece of art, and this will be how I paint my picture.
Red Pants Trio
Set Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Fishbowl Stage
Red Pants Trio is Tony Glausi (keys), Joshua Hettwer (sax), and Ken Mastrogiovanni (drums). When RPT first formed in 2013, its food-crazed musicians were performing weekly at a local waffle house. Through such constant exposure and countless hours of practice soon came higher-profile performances, a full-length record, and music video releases. Regarded for their lightheartedness and spontaneity, RPT synthesizes their jazz, pop, and hip-hop influences to form a truly unique sound. In their own words, “You gotta listen to understand”. Their 2014 debut album ‘Square One’ is available on Bandcamp and their new music and music videos can be found (and should most definitely be watched) on YouTube.
Set Time: 2:00–2:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage
Set Time: 3:00–3:45 p.m., Fishbowl Stage
Loftän is a German and American pop music duo based in Eugene, Oregon. Janell Riedl, an Oregon native, and Julia Mahncke, a recent transplant from Germany, met in the summer of 2015 at a Pilates studio. They started talking about music and jamming together and very quickly realized they should make this a thing. The duo’s indie, pop, folk sound is based around the women’s vocal harmonies. Their most recent music video for “Undercover Girl” was premiered on NorthwestMusicScene.com.
Set Time: 6:00–7:00 p.m., Fishbowl Stage
Raised in Austin, Texas, home to one of the largest live music scenes in the world, 19-year old music student, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Joshua has been able to smoothly melt modern sounds of alternative, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and electronic music under vocals influenced by the likes of Daniel Caesar, Majid Jordan, Alina Baraz, and Sampha. Joshua’s music depicts vivid encounters, loss, and introspection. His collection of tracks is in its youth but have shown great promise as they evoke a sense of angst in his fans as they wait for the release of his first full length project on May 20, 2017.
Set Time: 5:00–5:45 p.m., Fishbowl Stage
Alivia is an American singer-songwriter who grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and later moved to Los Angeles, California to begin pursuing her career in music. Upon moving in 2013, Alivia attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she studied music and now continues her studies at the University of Oregon as a Popular Music Major. Alivia is an indie and alternative artist whose music can be described as an eclectic mix of folk, indie-pop, and alternative soul sounds—though she likes to genre bend. Alivia’s lyrics often revolve around themes of identity, nostalgia, and self-reflection, but these themes evolve and express themselves differently in each of her tracks. Alivia recognizes a large mix of influential artists ranging from Jo Stafford, Nina Simone, and Erykah Badu to Lana Del Rey, Banks, and the Fleet Foxes. Alivia also finds inspiration from a large pool of producers like Pretty Lights, Ta-ku, Grimes, and many more. The Willamette Valley Music Festival will be Alivia’s first festival debut, though she has performed at many other venues like The W hotel, Genghis Cohen, and AMPLYFi in the past. Currently, Alivia is in the process of putting together a four-song EP while working on collaborative projects with producers like Joshua Berliner, who will also be performing at the Willamette Valley Music Festival. In the future, Alivia plans to continue performing at music festivals, and hopes to release an album very soon.
Set Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m., EMU Stage
At first glance, many would not expect this young, blonde girl to have achieved so much in the rap game. Wynne, a self-taught lyrical heavy hitter from Portland, OR, feeds her energy through a world that has stereotyped her abilities. Since the age of nine, Wynne has been honing in on her talent for words, rhythm, and melodies by writing and performing her own rap music. She describes her musical style as Kendrick Lamar with a feature from Julie Andrews. By the age of 20, Wynne has garnered attention from some of the most impactful entrepreneurs, writers, artists, and executives in the music industry for her strong-headed nature, natural talent in front of a mic, and unmatched work ethic. Wynne’s career began to expand when Snoop Dogg got a hold of one of her videos and it hasn’t slowed down since. Not only is Wynne typically the youngest in the room, but also the only woman. She hopes to inspire other young women to fight for what they believe and become bosses on their own terms. Frequently referred to by fans as Wynnie (referencing the character Winnie the Pooh), this self-proclaimed “Queen Honeypot” packs surprises in every punch of her artistry.
Set Time: 4:15–5:15 p.m., EMU Green Stage
Founded in the depths of the UO dormitories, Spiller is a four-piece band that brings you a three-course meal of indie rock, jamming, and jazz. Live experience includes a buffet of rippin riffs and blastin beats. If you dig dadcore, house plants, and coffee tables, look no further.
Sir the Baptist
Set Time: 9:30–10:30 p.m., EMU Green Stage
Sir the Baptist, hip-hop’s holistic lyricist, is proving himself to be a chaplain of the modern rap culture. He’s an internationally known artist signed to Atlantic Records, nominated for the BET award, and acknowledged by Forbes, Jay Z, Billboard, CNN, Late Night with Seth Meyers, People Magazine, BBC Radio 1, NPR, the Grammys, and many others for his trailblazing cause of “healing hip-hop”. As a second-generation cultural minister who grew up in the historically rich Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the idea of cleansing the culture has called to Sir the Baptist since birth. CNN states that Sir the Baptist is achieving this through a “balance between religion and life”. By using the power of hip-hop’s influence, Sir the Baptist records compelling stories about real people as modern parables to strip away the shame and embarrassment that too often keep people from seeking help. He delivers that same message in his album Saint or Sinner via Atlantic Records (coming May 12, 2017). The congregation is taking on an emotional rollercoaster as Sir the Baptist weaves his way through tales of honesty, love, joy, pain, truth, and enlightenment; listeners are left with ideas of hope and the possibility of change. Sir the Baptist isn’t just a recording artist, he’s also the author of The Travelogue of a Visionary and major national and international news outlets frequently call upon him for his opinion on current events. In his tireless advocacy for humanity, his urban church and charitable organization (Tymple and DeedPin respectively) have brought awareness, funding, and care to countless foundations and over 100,000 music-festival goers in the summer of 2016 alone at festivals such as Lollapolooza, Made in America and more. Sir the Baptist was also honored by the Mayor of Chicago for his contribution to HIV and AIDS awareness. After over five million streams, two major films and one album, Sir the Baptist is well aware that there’s so much more work to be done.