10th Cherry City Music Festival schedule released

The 10th annual Cherry City Music Festival features more than 30 local and regional acts performing in nine venues throughout Salem, March 31-April 2, 2016. Highlights include an afternoon of emerging bands at Shotski’s Woodfired Pizza and Friday evening a Spanish-language performance by Oleada, at Taproot Lounge and Cafe. Performances are free to attend, although restrictions may apply to minors at some venues.

All events free unless noted

Thursday, March 31

Boon’s Treasury 888 Liberty St NE
9:00 p.m. The Ivie Meziere Acoustic Duo

CCTV Studios 575 Trade St (All ages)
Live KMUZ – CCTV simulcast 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Th’ Spicious Brothers
7:00 p.m. Amanda Richards and the Long Good Whiles
8:00 p.m. Richard Layton and the Troublemakers

Shotski’s Woodfired Pizza
9:00 p.m. Leann McClellan Band

Friday, April 1

Boon’s Treasury 888 Liberty St NE
9:00 p.m. Coyote Willie

CCTV Studios 575 Trade St (All ages)
Live KMUZ – CCTV Spanish Language simulcast 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Grupo Obzzecion
6:00 p.m. Ruta 14
7:00 p.m. Oleada

Duffy’s Hangar 2275 McGilchrist St SE
8:00 p.m. The Gusto Brothers

Shotski’s Woodfired Pizza
9:00 p.m. The Early Stuff
10:00 p.m. The Stan McMahon Band

Taproot Lounge and Cafe 356 State St
10:00 Oleada

Union Barrel House 136 High St NE
8:00 p.m. Faux Realz

Vagabond Brewing 2145 Hyacinth St NE
9:00 p.m. The Alkis

Saturday April 2

Boon’s Treasury 888 Liberty St NE
9:00 p.m. McDougall

CCTV Studios 575 Trade St (All ages)
Live KMUZ – CCTV simulcast 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. Edenfell
1:00 p.m. Allies From Nowhere
2:00 p.m. Mama Magnolia
3:00 p.m. Bermuda Love Triangle
4:00 p.m. Kelsey and the Next Right Thing
5:00 p.m. Blind J. Wakins

Duffy’s Hangar 2275 McGilchrist St SE
8:00 p.m. Johnny Wheels and the Walkers

Kraftworks Taphouse 241 Liberty St NE
11:00 p.m. The Sexbots

Shotski’s Woodfired Pizza
6:00 p.m. The Dead Giveaways
7:00 p.m. Wild Ire
9:00 p.m. JT and the Tourists

State Capitol State Park
12:00 p.m. Mama Magnolia
1:00 p.m. Scott Sky Johnson
2:00 p.m. Wild Ire
3:00 p.m. Sitka
4:00 p.m. Renascentia
5:00 p.m. M69s
6:00 p.m. Pending Black
7:00 p.m. Kelsey and the Next Right Thing

Taproot Lounge and Cafe 356 State St
7:00 Sour Alley solo

The Triangle 3215 Liberty Rd S
9:00 p.m. Simple Complications
10:00 p.m. Wire Monkey Mama

Union Barrel House 136 High St NE
8:00 p.m. Indigo Boyz

Vagabond Brewing 2145 Hyacinth St NE
9:00 p.m. Richard Layton and the Troublemakers

Cherry Swirl – Serving up Mix-n-Mash 2007

The mid-oughts proved a crucial time for culture and nightlife in downtown Salem. Traditional groups like Salem Downtown Association and Salem Convention and Visitors Association were defunded by the City and reconstituted in different forms. It would take years to re-establish those networks and the normal cultural programming stopped during the transition.

Jason shreds it with the Seditionists at Coffee House Cafe, May 2007.
Jason shreds it with the Seditionists at Coffee House Cafe, May 2007.

Events like Summer in the City, where downtown streets were closed and bands played, ceased to exist without leadership or funding. Of course, the event itself was on its last legs anyway. It peaked around 1996, when Curtis Salgado played on Chemeketa next to Salem Center. The pavement was starting to cool when Salgado took the stage, around 9:30. The beer garden kept busy and there were hundreds of people dancing in the streets. We were having too much fun enjoying public space. No more beer garden after that year. Attendance dwindled. When they ended the annual sidewalk sale a few years later, the event’s fate was sealed.

Conlan Murphy's Reel Thug zine on display in the Coffee House Cafe green room, May 2007.
Conlan Murphy’s Reel Thug zine on display in the Coffee House Cafe green room, May 2007.

The lack of annual downtown events opened the door for Mix-n-Mash in 2007. The idea was hatched in Coffee House Cafe in May 2007. Lari DeLapp, the new owner, agreed to host a fundraiser with bands, art and poetry. Organizing the event was no small feat. Many different players needed satisfaction, which sometimes led to conflict. Commitment from bands to play a free show was difficult. There was no network for artists. After much wrangling and just plain stubbornness, bands and artists were booked and the show was on. According to the press, Nodding Tree Remedies, The Seditionists, Sad Panda and Gingerbread Patriots were scheduled to play on Friday, May 11.

Statesman Journal publicity
Statesman Journal publicity

What actually happened was totally different. Mixing multiple art forms during a single event resulted in unexpected stress and an even more spectacular experience for attendees. When one band dropped, more bands jumped on the bill. Some artists were no-shows. No house PA proved challenging. Despite the learning curve, pop, punk, hip hop and psychedelic bands came together to celebrate a new community downtown. A vacuum was filled, if only for a few hours in one location.

Jewelia Owens plays Coffee House Cafe
Jewelia Owens plays Coffee House Cafe
Rapt audience soaks in some Jewelia Owens.
Rapt audience soaks in some Jewelia Owens.

The crowds that came to see one band stuck around for the following. People stood on the sidewalk during the event and downtown shook with music, youth and culture. New connections were made. Visual artists met musicians. Boundaries were challenged and crossed. Egos were assuaged. Everyone smiled. A speaker was blown. Noise complaints brought the police at midnight. More than $400 was raised. It was a success on many levels. And a failure on others.

Kid Espi raps it up at Coffee House Cafe.
Kid Espi raps it up at Coffee House Cafe.
Nodding Tree Remedies joins the crowd after the show.
Nodding Tree Remedies joins the crowd after the show.

One very positive aspect of the event was the visual art exhibition in the green room. Offbeat crafts, mysterious acrylics and a black and white photo zine drew people in from the music and offered an oasis of creativity to chat with new friends.

Some funky art in the green room.
Some funky art in the green room.
Crap for sale.
Crap for sale.

Another surprise was the amount of kids/families coming to the show. Since there was no alcohol, all ages were coming in and staying late.

The younger crowd goes for a smoke break.
The younger crowd goes for a smoke break.

By the time Nodding Tree Remedies and the crowd stopped shaking the building, the cops had arrived and declared the event a success.

Show's over!
Show’s over!

After assessing the event, the next few months were spent drumming up support for a multiple venue, multiple artist event of some kind, which was scheduled for sometime in the fall…

Do you support live music in Salem? Hundreds of bands and thousands of fans gathered at the Cherry City Music Festival over the past 10 years. Your donation helps make this year extra special and keep concerts free. Please chip in for a grassroots event that is still exists after a decade.





Visit Shotski’s every Saturday until the Festival for the Cherry City Music Preview Series. Eight weeks of free concerts are performed on the newest stage in Salem.

Mix-n-Mash returns to Salem February 25-27 at Shotski’s.

Sign up for the Music Festival and we’ll try to get you a stage.

Cherry Swirl – A decade of Cherry City Music Festival – 2007

As a fan, watching the Salem music scene blow up in the late eighties and early nineties was a thrill every night of the week. The Ranch and Peppertree continued to rock heavy on Portland Road. Westside Station hosted transcendent shows with bands like the Dharma Bums and Cherry Poppin Daddies. Boon’s Treasury had regular music and big shows were thrown at Mission Mill. The Armory was still a spot on the map for Portland promoters. Mostly headbangers, the bands continued to draw large crowds and play loud shows. With all the options, Salem seemed to satisfy the area with live music.

Potatoe Famine at Coffee House Cafe
Potatoe Famine at Coffee House Cafe

Then things got even better. Mike Jones opened the Grand Theater with a steady stream of touring bands every weekend and local bands like the Violets and Carmina Piranha. Tommyjohn’s replaced the Rolling Bagel and found obscure acts that surprised everyone. Midweek shows downtown became the norm and Salem regained the reputation it lost in the 70s as a destination for entertainment. All was well in the world, and it would last forever.

Jewelia Owens at The Beanery
Jewelia Owens at The Beanery

Or at least until the turn of the century. By 2000, everything changed. With so many choices, attendance started dropping. Bored kids would trash bathrooms and upset venue owners. The ban on cruising had taken it’s toll on Ranch and Peppertree. Westside Station expanded their stage for larger touring acts and switched directions to cover bands. A wild Daddies show at the Mission Mill ended a streak of all-ages shows. Tommyjohn’s closed. Jimmy’s Guitar shuttered under controversy. Mike Jones gave up on the Grand Theater and took his record label to Portland. He felt like the Grand had turned into a day care center. Other than cover bands, live music became harder to come by. The scene fell into a state of hibernation.

Wintermuse at Copperjohn's
Wintermuse at Copperjohn’s

After years of dormancy, new music began to emerge downtown. In 2004, sporadic shows started up at the Cyrus Reed Ballroom. Punk shows took the stage at the soon-to-be Ike Box. Acting to avoid the downward spiral of the late 90s, fandom turned to promotion during a library fundraiser. In an effort to engage a younger demographic for collecting ballot signatures, it was decided to plan an event downtown that would feature local and national talent. With help from Julian Snow and Dino Venti, a concert was planned at Cyrus Reed Ballroom. Captain Beefhart’s Morris Tepper, Peter De Groot’s Anbot Rodroid, and the Julian Snow Trio played to 300 people and the effort to connect community through music was initiated.

Millrace at Coffee House Cafe
Millrace at Coffee House Cafe

It took a few more years to host another show from a totally unexpected path. Area filmmakers were asking for opportunities to make music videos. After pairing directors with bands to shoot a video, Mix-n-Mash 2007 was planned to show the videos. Cherry City Music Festival was born.

Scott Hartmann met up with The Funhouse Strippers in Ranch Record’s basement and shot “Murderer’s Thumb”, a high energy punk song about David Ballantyne’s(?) thumb.

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Another great music video was produced by Sean Farris and his magic elves. Stop motion animation paired with outer space music by Millrace made “Garden Gnome” entrancing.

2007 event schedule
2007 event schedule

Fifty bands were scheduled in eleven venues over 2 days in October. Seven of those still exist today. The Gusto Brothers, Phamous Phaces, Typhoon, Kalaloch, Easterly, Potatoe Famine and Marci Curtis Band are still kicking it like they were a decade ago. Randy Byrnes and Mark Seymour are still playing solo gigs. Ike Box, Boon’s Treasury, Stitch’s (?), Grand Ballroom and the Beanery are the only remaining venues. A moment of silence is reserved for Coffee House Cafe, Grand Vines, The Big Kahuna, Copperjohn’s, Six UltraLounge and all the bands that are no more.

Roger Nusic at Coffee House Cafe
Roger Nusic at Coffee House Cafe

In the weeks leading to the 10th Cherry City Music Festival March 31, April 1 and 2, more stories from the Salem music scene, past and present, will be shared on the web site in celebration of the community built by live entertainment in Salem.

Do you support live music in Salem? Hundreds of bands and thousands of fans gathered at the Cherry City Music Festival over the past 10 years. Your donation helps make this year extra special and keep concerts free. Please chip in for a grassroots event that is still exists after a decade.





Visit Shotski’s every Saturday until the Festival for the Cherry City Music Preview Series. Eight weeks of free concerts are performed on the newest stage in Salem.

Mix-n-Mash returns to Salem February 24-27 at Shotski’s.

Sign up for the Music Festival and we’ll try  to get you a stage.

Here are a few more photos from the first Mix-n-Mash in 2007.

Doug Hoffman and David Fox at the milk bar in Coffee House Cafe
Doug Hoffman and David Fox at the milk bar in Coffee House Cafe

Mitch Duafa, Casey Ocupe, others at Coffee House Cafe
Mitch Duafa, Casey Ocupe, others at Coffee House Cafe

2007 line up:

40 Hundred Thousand Locked Up Guns
Doubledutch
Elec Morin
Eskimo and Sons
Ghosties
The Last Slice of Butter
Typhoon
White Lighter
Jr. and the Farm
Breviamor
Cardboard
The Duafa Project
Martyrs of Sound
Millrace
Nodding Tree Remedies
Roger Nusic
Worrynauts
Casey Hurt
Mark Seymour
Seahorse
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Hot in Pursuit
Kid Espi
Parfait a.k.a. Le Verbe
Quivah
Rachele
Rehab Records
Trifekta
Carmina Luna
Jewelia Owens
Marci Curtis Band
Aberrant Contortions
Akuma
Altar of Thrond
Boy Named Sue
Brainsic
I’m a Tornado
Jean Grey
Sunday Straight Jacket
Sad Panda
Easterly
Guards of Metropolis
Jesus Presley
LeNunes
Root Villa
Cumulus
Kalaloch
Mark Lemhouse
Pass Margo
Phamous Phaces
Quandry
Ray Charles Manson Family Feud
Righteous Animal
Stillfire
The Gusto Brothers
The Nettles
Potatoe Famine
The Funhouse Strippers
Moothart

Cherry City Music Festival Preview Series starts February 6 at Shotski’s

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Local music will take the stage at Shotski’s, 1230 State St., every Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. until April, when the Cherry City Music Festival celebrates its 10th year of jamming in Salem. Starting with the Gusto Brothers on Saturday, February 6, the free, 21 and over preview series will include bands that were in the Festival over the past decade.

Sign up to play March 31, April 1 or April 2

Cherry City Music Festival Preview Series:

FEB 6 The Gusto Brothers
https://www.facebook.com/gusto.brothers.3/

FEB 13 Jake Blair Band
http://www.jakeblairband.com/

FEB 20 Indigo Boyz
https://www.facebook.com/theindigoboyz/

FEB 24 Mix-n-Mash 7:00 pm Ignite Salem 7
http://ignitesalem.org

FEB 25 Mix-n-Mash 7:00 pm Wild Ire (EP release) w/The Dead Giveaways
https://www.facebook.com/wildireband/

FEB 26 Mix-n-Mash 11:00 pm Night Lizard
https://www.facebook.com/lightnizard/

FEB 27 Mix-n-Mash 9:00 Gabe Cox Band
https://www.facebook.com/gabrielcoxmusic/

MAR 5 Phamous Phaces
https://www.facebook.com/Phamous-Phaces-172979596368297/

MAR 12 City of Pieces
https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Pieces-876761219006991/

MAR 19 Ivan de Prume
https://www.facebook.com/ivandeprume/

MAR 26 Eric Lovre Band
https://www.facebook.com/The-Eric-Lovre-Band-1712215282336971/

The Sexbots perform space age desires at Kraftworks Taphouse, Saturday, April 4, 2015

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Portland-based artist Ilima Considine stirs up erotic obsession with her experimental electronica project, The Sexbots,  at Kraftworks Taphouse. Be prepared to cross some boundaries and experience new territory as Ilima guides you through surreal alien landscapes with her high voice and unique delivery.  Art pop fans will be enthralled. Lift-off for the free, 21+ performance is 11:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015.

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Still Water Vibes grooves Brown’s Towne Lounge April 4, 2015

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2014 Muddy Award Nominee and Journey to Memphis finalists Still Water Vibes bring their tight blues to Brown’s Towne Lounge on Saturday, April 4, 2015 during the closing night of the 9th Cherry City Music Festival.

Their studio performance at Capital Community Television at last year’s Festival was phenomenal and they received well-deserved praise from the Cascade Blues Association last summer. We’re just glad when they can play in town. The fre 21+ performance starts at 10 pm.

Live music at Holiday Cheer Pop Up in Salem Center December 10-14

Rich McCloud, Slow Looks and Attitude Adjustment Bureau jam inside the mall during Holiday Cheer Pop Up in Salem Center, a five-day celebration of locally-made art, music, food and drink. Other activities include Winter Cheer Pub Crawl and Festivus. More information at salemdowntown.net

Wednesday, December 10 7:00 p.m. Rich McCloud
Thursday, December 11 5:00 p.m. Slow Looks
Friday, December 12 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Winter Cheer Pub Crawl
Saturday, December 13 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Festivus
Sunday, December 14 2:00 p.m. Attitude Adjustment Bureau

41 bands in 9 venues during 8th Cherry City Music Fest

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Cherry City Music Festival starts tomorrow. Almost all performances free and 21+. Minors encouraged to visit the live broadcast at Capital City TV and be part of the studio audience. Thanks to all the volunteer musicians, crew and venue owners. Enjoy your friends and neighbors making music!

Here’s the latest schedule.
April 3
Boon’s Treasury
9:00 Skip vonKuske’s Cellotronik
Capital City TV
6:00 Jocelyn Paige
7:00 Stillwater Vibes
8:00 Daniel Franklin
Duffy’s Hangar
8:00 Dupree Diamond Dudes
The Triangle
8:00 Open Jam with Joe Kyle
Vagabond Brewing
8:00 Michael Hamlin Taylor
9:00 Brothers Bror
10:00 Walking Eagles

April 4
The Half Penny
9:00 Sacred Road
Boon’s Treasury
9:00 Oh My Mys
Brown’s Towne Lounge
9:00 Corey Knowland
Capital City TV
6:00 Elvicious Cash
7:00 Sour Alley
8:00 Thunder Road
Duffy’s Hangar
8:00 Wax Trap
The Triangle ($5)
9:00 Skrilla, King Rawllie, lucky b., International Famous Uneekint, Shameless
Vagabond Brewing
9:00 The Folly
10:00 3 Bit Bourbon

April 5
The Half Penny
9:00 The Koz
Brown’s Towne Lounge
9:00 The Pumps, The Hundred Dollar Jayhawks
Boon’s Treasury
9:00 Strangled Darlings
Capital City TV
12:00 Psychic Echo
2:00 Poison Love
3:00 Walking Eagles
4:00 Anchor Chain
5:00 Transendia
Duffy’s Hangar
8:00 Gabe Cox CD release party with PB&J and Wil Kinky
Gilgamesh Brewing
9:00 Sam Cooper Band
The Triangle ($5)
9:00 Sunspot Jonz, Kelu, Sea One, Cannabidoids
Vagabond Brewing
9:00 I am a Zombie, Sour Alley

Two Doug’s Worlds a day until the festival April 3, 4, 5


A few years back we led into the music festival with a television series, Doug’s World and Elizabeth’s Too. It 26 episode program featured local live music, interviews and other stuff. This year, we’re rebroadcasting two shows a day on CCTV and a few more online, like this of the Dandy Warhols playing at The Great Idea at Enchanted Forest. See it on cable channel 23 at 10:30 tonight.
Still time to sign up for a studio shoot or stage at the 8th Cherry City Music Festival.

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