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WOW HALL MEMBERSHIP PARTY WITH EGOTONES, CONNECTARINE, CUCHULAIN,  NATI POPOVA & SPECIAL GUEST PRIYO

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
December 17, 2022 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
Free for CCPA Members; $15 guests of members, $8 ages 6-11, 5 and under free

WOW HALL MEMBERSHIP PARTY CELEBRATING THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WOW HALL 1932-2022 WITH EGOTONES, CONNECTARINE, CUCHULAIN,  NATI POPOVA & PRIYO

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By Bob Fennessy, CCPA Membership Coordinator 

On Saturday, December 17, the Community Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the WOW Hall at the WOW Hall Membership Party, featuring entertainment by EGOTONES, Connectarine, Cuchulain, and Nati Popova with special guest Priyo.  A buffet dinner will feature food and beverages prepared by some of Lane County’s best restaurants and suppliers!

 

EGOTONES

 

Back in 1964, when I was but a twelve-year-old, the older brother of one of my best friends brought home a new album titled (The) Ventures In Space.  Thank you Jerry Thompson, for the intro to one of my favorite albums and artists.

Much later in life, after I began working at the WOW Hall, Man or Astro-man? became one of my favorite acts to publicize – after all, what better material to work with than a band of actual extraterrestrials.

I mention the above because Eugene’s EGOTONES picked up where the aforementioned bands left off.  Like the others, they play instrumental rock that is grounded in surf music but aims for the stars.  Formed in 2008 by multi-instrumentalists Austin Armijo and Christian Layton, EGOTONES have been exploring the sonic intersections of surf, spaghetti western, psychedelic rock and points heavier for over a decade. With the addition of drummer Jarryd Bishop and bassist Davis Koier (and without the constraints of a vocalist) the band is free to indulge a wide spectrum of creative ideas, drawing on influences from CAN to Ennio Morricone.  

EGOTONES latest release, 2021's Geodesic Dome, slithers and thunders through a dizzying cinematic landscape in its concise 35 minutes.  Large portions of the recording (all recording and mixing was done by the band) were tracked at the WOW Hall, taking full advantage of the Hall's natural reverb provided by its historic hardrock maple floating dance floor.  

 

CONNECTARINE

 

Connectarine and EGOTONES have one thing in common that you may not be aware of – both bands have WOW Hall employees in their lineup.  EGOTONES’ bassist is our Assistant Stage Manager and Monitor Engineer, while Connectarine includes our House Manager and Development honcho.

Connectarine is a multi-instrumental string band playing greengrass-inspired originals and juicy interpretations of classic rock, blues and 90s alternative: from Fleetwood Mac to Gnarls Barkley to the Violent Femmes to just a touch of Dead.  Currently a seven-piece, the band started with a core group of four women with two female vocalists -- mezzo soprano and contralto -- alternating lead and weaving intricate harmonies.

Jams featuring viola, mandolin and heavy guitar riffs are improvised: no two shows are ever the same. Founded in Eugene in 2020, Connectarine has played Fair in the Clouds, Alluvium, Sam Bond's, Blairally, Whirled Pies, the Hippie Museum, and the Cozmic Events series at OG Corner Market. 

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Featuring WOW Hall House Manager Desiree on viola and vocals, longtime Music's Edge Rock Camp director and Simple frontman Tim McLaughlin on lead guitar, Simple and Token Rhymes bassist Dan Wonsover on drums, Kelsey Irvin on vocals, Leah Palmer on rhythm guitar, Kristie Munro of the Glass Roots band and Meraki Collective on bass, and David "Caveman Dave" Dougherty on mandolin, Connectarine will play songs you love and bring us all together again.

You can also catch Connectarine at The Flying Squirrel on Veterans' Day (11/11).

 

CUCHULAIN

Cuchulain is a low-voiced songwriter with a wry wit. The NPR Music-featured folk singer released an album of long-distance pandemic collaborations called FEAT on Nov 5, 2021, that was accompanied by a release concert at the WOW Hall.  That record has been called "an as-yet-unpublished portion of the Great American Songbook." 

Cuchulain's deep baritone and clever lyrics have drawn comparisons to Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash. From rooms as big as the Kennedy Center or as small as a friend's living room, Cuchulain's lyrics have brought laughs and tears to audiences across the US. His ‘Sing In The Shower “single release tour took him across the US and Europe in the summer of ‘22.

Cuchulain (pronounced “ka-hoo-lin”) was named (by his parents) after the famous Irish mythological hero. As he explains, “Every Irish person knows this name, but no one is named it.”  

Like his mythological namesake, Cuchulain has journeyed far and wide, finding himself and his songs shaped by each place he stops. He has honed his genre-bending version of folk music by incorporating the sounds of his many hometowns – most recently Eugene.

 

NATASHA POPOVA & PRIYO

 

Natasha Popova is a violinist who plays worldwide. She started to play violin at age of five. Classically trained at the prestigous Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, she won many regional and international violin competitions in Russia and Spain. Traveling around the world, she performed as a soloist with major symphony orchestras of Russia and Germany.  Nati also collaborates with many internationally recognized artists, including Arkady Shilkloper, Charlie Armstrong, Sergei Penkin and others.  Most recently, Nati has been playing and recording with guitarist Priyo.  

Born in Sicily of opera singer parents, Priyo has spent his whole life exploring the traditions and frontiers of music.  A famed figure of the Northwest music scene, Priyo was the musical maestro behind the innovative and somewhat legendary group Lost At Last.  His band Gypsy Moon continued the sensuous evolution of the trance-dance sound.  

“Natasha and I have developed a repertoire that spans both time and space,” states Priyo.  “We play old music.  Hundreds of years old music.  Music that has been delighting people over the centuries.

“Come and travel back in time with us!”

 

 

BRING AN APPETITE

 

Due to COVID, in 2020 the CCPA celebrated its 45th Anniversary with an on-line party.  Last year the celebration was both live at the WOW Hall and live-streamed.  But 2019 was the last time we were able to hold the full event with food and beverages donated by 85 area restaurants and other businesses.  This year we are once again planning a buffet-style dinner and we hope to see a similar number of businesses participating.  

            The Community Center for the Performing Arts was incorporated to save the Woodmen of the World Hall from demolition and keep it available to the community.  On December 10, 1975, the WOWATHON began with live entertainment 24 hours a day for five days and raised the down payment.  Today, the organization enjoys a broad base of community support, as demonstrated by the  list published in this issue.  

            Admission to the Membership Party is free for members (members note: If your expiration date on your mailing label is current, you can bring it to speed up admission).  Memberships are available at the door for $15 to $40 or more.  Members are encouraged to bring guests at a cost of $15 for adults, $8 for ages 6-11; five and under free.  

To become a supporting member of the WOW Hall, or to check your membership status, visit the office or call 541-687-2746 during box office hours (noon -5:00 M-F).

Doors open at 7:00 pm with Nati & Priyo at 7:20, Cuchulain at 8:20, Connectarine at 9:10 and EGOTONES at 10:00.

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The W.O.W. Hall will comply with all COVID-19 Guidelines issued by the State of Oregon and the CDC at the time of the event. This may entail limitations on capacity that might be lower than the number of tickets sold and/or event cancellation.

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