Hello and welcome to Fall in the valley!  We’ve had some more exciting goin’s-on at the Calapooia Brewpub in the last couple weeks. Besides the reconfiguration of the brewery to increase production of your favorite fermentables, there is always something exciting musically.

On Friday, October 2nd, we hosted another warehouse show. Scheduled to play was Corvallis based Target For Tomorrow and The Horns of Destruction, what I call six pieces of booty shakin’ devastation. A mad bass/drum/guitar trio pared with three horns, this band had some decibal power, which is why I conspired to put them in the warehouse, with our new lighting setup. As if that weren’t enough, just three days before the event, I got a call from Charley McGowan. Charley is the drummer for Target For Tomorrow, and he’d been contacted by a band called The Bootz Orchestra who had a cancellation on their itinerary and were looking for a place to play. I said yes and it all went so smoothly it was like it was set up that way all along, right down to the poster. First of all, T4T brought what was essentially a mobile studio, right down to their own light trees, so there were spares of everything. On top of it they were extremely courteous and helpful of the folks of The Bootz Orchestra, so much so I thought they must have all known each other for a while. Not so, they all met for the first time that night.

The Bootz Orchestra, from St. Louis, Missouri is a folky rock band “[w]ith…a patchwork sound that melds influences from Balkan folk to Stravinsky.”

From left, Aaron Roy, Kyle Butz and Ashley King.

From left, Aaron Roy, Kyle Butz and Ashley King.

 

Nick Sweet (horn) and Aaron Roy (drums).

Nick Sweet (horn) and Aaron Roy (drums).

The video doesn’t do the sound justice but it gives you an idea. For a better representation of their sound, check out www.myspace.com/bootzorchestra.

Next up were the headliners…

Target 4 Tomorrow and The Horns of Destruction.

Target 4 Tomorrow and The Horns of Destruction.

 

From the side.

From left. Jason Lusk, Charley McGowan, Aaron Broussard, Michael Bod, Brian Fitzimmons and Orin Clark.

 

Here’s a little video taste, then my camera went to sleep…

During warm-ups and sound checks, I got a real treat as Jason Lusk is a sick bassist and is as big a Les Claypool fan as am I. I really wish I’d filmed some of that. Oh well, maybe next time. You can check these guys out at www.myspace.com/target4tomorrow.

This was the last show featuring our new brew system as a back drop. As of this posting it is online in the brewery. The majority of our live music happens inside the pub, but it’s been nice to play with our warehouse space this summer. The warehouse shows will be on hold, for the most part, through the winter as it gets colder that a well-diggers butt in there. But come on down to the pub for some great beer and food, warm hospitality and good music. Please feel free to provide any constructive feedback as we continue to bring an eclectic range of music to Albany. Thank you for your support!