Axe and Fiddle

Photo by Mary Goree

Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a hip-hop orchestra that includes acoustic strings and woodwinds, 2 MCs, funk drums and a lyric soprano, all led by Korean-born composer and pianist JooWan Kim. They’ll bring their unique music to Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, September 4th.  JooWan Kim speaks with Eric Alan, in an interview that includes some of the ensemble's groundbreaking music.

Whetherman, Live at KLCC

Aug 20, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Whetherman is the stage name of Nicholas Williams, who has released six CDs in recent years on an independent path, including his latest CD Seeds for Harvest. He’s also been touring relentlessly during those years as well, whether it’s with a full band or solo. He’s continuing that touring with two performances in the KLCC listening region, including August 20th at Cozmic in Eugene, and on Friday night, August 21st at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove. He stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and stories.

Photo by Eric Alan

Steven Graves brings his American roots music and a full band to the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on July 31st, and to Cozmic in Eugene on Saturday evening, August 1st. Both shows are free. The band is touring behind the sixth and newest Steven Graves CD, Mission Bell, which includes appearances from longtime KLCC friends Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai, who co-produced the CD with Steven. The Steven Graves Band visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation on a hot Friday afternoon.

Photo by Eric Alan

Over the course of fourteen albums and a decade of touring the world, John Craigie has merged wit and observation in his mix of music and storytelling, which continues in his latest CD Working on My Farewell. He has several upcoming local appearances, including at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove tonight, July 8th, at the Oregon Country Fair, and in Florence at the Kenneth B. Gallery on July 15th. He’ll also be up at Horning’s Hideout for the Northwest String Summit on July 17th. He visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Jonathan Richman continues to pursue his unique musical path, long after his band the Modern Lovers helped define the punk era in the 1970s.  His career has included numerous solo albums, a major onscreen role in the hit movie There’s Something about Mary, and many appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He speaks with Eric Alan about his influences, his dislike of digital technology, and the beauty of English as a songwriting language. Includes music from his new 7" vinyl singles.

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Casey Neill has brought his socially conscious and eclectic music to the world for twenty years now, and his current band the Norway Rats are touring behind their most recent CD All You Pretty Vandals, produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. Before bringing a full-band show to the Axe and Fiddle tonight in Cottage Grove on Friday, May 22nd, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Evangenitals are a thoroughly eclectic band founded by playwright and director Juli Crockett, along with jazz and gospel vocalist Lisa Dee. They make music that has been described as ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp. On their new album, Moby Dick: Or, the Album, they’ve brought Herman Melville’s classic novel into the musical realm.

Mbrascatu Live at KLCC

Feb 13, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

The band Mbrascatu creates a unique mix of the sounds of Italy and Portland, led by the vocals and songs of Andrea Algieri. They released their second CD, Tempo, in 2014 and they’re out touring now with two shows in the KLCC listening region. Friday evening, February 13th, they’re at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and they’ll appear at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene on Saturday, February 14th—Valentine’s Day. Two of the five band members (Andrea Algieri and John Sabestinas) joined us for an acoustic set in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Alice DiMicele celebrates the release of her thirteenth album, Swim, with a couple of performances in the KLCC listening region, including Thursday evening, January 29th at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and Friday evening, January 30th at Tsunami Books in Eugene.  Alice DiMicele stopped by the KLCC studios, along with Mikey Stevens, to perform three songs off of Swim.

Songwriter Jeffrey Martin performs live in the KLCC studios, as well as introducing the recorded title track of his brand new CD, Dogs In the Daylight. He'll perform at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday, September 4th, and at the Sisters Folk Festival September 5th to 7th. 

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