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
Righteuos 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.

Final night schedule

IMG_7018The streets were hopping downtown last night and music filled the air. Blasé was defeated just in time for the final night of the festival.

9 bands perform in 5 venues around Salem tonight so there’s still a chance to catch some music. Here’s the rundown:
Jam, rock at Franklin’s, prog, rock at Blacklite, chance, noise at ƒ/stop, 70’s rock at Boon’s and soul and The Tri.

All events are free. Go grab some.

Franklin’s Bottle Shop
9p-Rich McCloud Band
11p-The Folly

Blacklight Bar
7p-Fox Populi
8p-Feel Connected
9p-Tentacle Burn
10p-Slight of Hand

Fitzgerald’s
10p-Herd William

Boon’s Treasury
9p-Bradley Wik & the Charlatans

The Triangle
9p-Jon Fro and the Soul

Blasé hijacks broadcast, threatens downtown nightlife

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We were stunned last night at the close of the live broadcast when a mysterious character named Blasé hijacked the show and revealed his plan to destroy all remaining creativity in Salem and the world by midnight Saturday, April 6.

At 8:36 pm, as the Rain People were sharing about their missing bass player being grounded, the broadcast was overtaken on CCTV 22 for approximately 90 seconds by a man calling himself Blasé. A video file of the transmission can be seen here.

Details are unknown at this time about the existence of Blasédio waves or the claims of his success in destroying creativity over the past 30 years. The public is advised, however, to stay at home, watch television and surf the internets. We will update you on any status of Blasé and band changes during tonight’s broadcast starting at 6:00 pm on CCTV 22.

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