Welcome. And, yes! Hello! Welcome to WAMWoW #19. The Wammiest of the Wows.
I just heard last night that the Oak Street Speakeasy, one of our favorite venues in Eugene, will be closing its doors next month. B&R has played there dozens of times… so many that I lost count a long time ago. We were there right from the first day they were open. While it makes me sad to see a music venue shut its doors, Mac, the owner has hinted that she will re-open at another location. Eugene has a great music scene full of people who will undoubtedly support something new, so I’m not worried. This just makes me think about how quickly time passes. And how it’s easy to assume that some things will remain constant when you know damn well nothing does.
This band is a good example of that. We’ve been in transition constantly from the first day there was a band called Basin & Range. We’ve had more line-ups than a police station. Bud-dum CRASH! I’ll be here all night. But, seriously, folks. We remain true to our transitory nature and forge ahead. We often don’t know where we’re headed, but we know it when we get there. And we thank you for taking that journey with us through the years.
The next stop on our journey is a show at a little place called Luckey’s in Eugene, Oregon this Saturday. We are really excited about this show and we hope you are too. We will be playing with (and goddamn it, I am not fucking around here, people!) two of our FAVORITE bands from Portland: Otis Heat and The Best Dancers! You are smart people, so you have probably already downloaded their music and are planning on getting to Luckey’s early and making a night of it. So I won’t even tell you.
Speaking of The Best Dancers, they let me sit in with them for a couple songs the other night at The Analog in Portland and I had a fantastic time. Thanks to any of you who may have been at that show. What a great crowd! We’ll be sharing the stage with TBD the next two Saturdays, first at Luckey’s, then at Alhambra Theatre in Portland March 8th, so look for guest appearances from myself and Mr. Dan Mahoney during their sets at those shows.
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That just about brings us to the end of this edition of WAMWoW. You can find us in the usual places: the Facebooks, the Twitters. We’re looking forward to seeing you Eugenians (and some Portlanders who are making the trip down, we hear) on Saturday. Please bring at least two friends to the show so you’ll always have someone to dance with while the other one gets drinks. But pay for their drink because it’s really nice of them to do that. Golly, your friends are swell!