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Josh Davis

Josh Davis

Mike Dillon was somewhere in Illinois, on the way to a gig, when he explained the general idea behind his band to The Messenger on the phone. “I’m taking a percussion ensemble, and taking it to the rock n’ roll environment,” says Dillon. “The way Tito Puente and Lionel Hampton

There is no other band that embodies the excitement and diversity of San Francisco, quite like Diego’s Umbrella, who will be performing at the Historic Ashland Armory on Fri., August 18 with (Portland’s) March Fourth Marching Band. Their stylistically eclectic sound includes elements of punk, ska, gypsy-jazz, folk, vaudeville and

It is said those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. But fans of Sacramento’s Ghost Town Rebellion, playing at Howiees on Front on July 21, have nothing to worry about. Because while they are tossing back drinks and cuttin’ rugs, they are also getting a history lesson—whether they

Touring bands passing through Southern Oregon between the Bay Area and Portland usually try to make a stop somewhere in the Rogue Valley. Medford, being the largest city in Southern Oregon, seems like the obvious destination. Ashland, being the cultural hub of the region also seems like a contender. But

We are lucky living in the Rogue Valley whether we know it or not. Portland is less than a five hour drive away and in between are some towns that are hosting some of the most exciting music festivals on the west coast. That means if you are willing to

Watching live music is exciting and usually the band’s goal is to make sure everyone in the crowd is having a good time. If they have a good time, that’s just an added bonus. But for Samvega, playing June 21 at the Haul in Grants Pass, playing is as thrilling

The magical thing about psychedelic rock is that it can take you places you’ve never been before, whether you were expecting to make the journey or not. The stage is the launching point and the performance can go in a million different directions, depending on the vibe of the venue

Fans of boundary-pushing experimental music have often been more likely to find those bands and musicians in the clubs of a metro area than on the radio. And while the Rogue Valley isn’t quite a major metro area, it’s right between two of the most adventurous music scenes in the

If you were to draw a Venn diagram of Seattle’s underground music scene it would probably look a lot like a Celtic knot of overlapping names and groups. And somewhere in the middle you would see the names Derek Fudesco, Pete Quirk, and Marty Lund, who have done stints in

Pop quiz: What do outlaw country artists like Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings have in common? They play the way they want and don’t compromise. They take the road less traveled and they travel on it every chance they get no matter how tired, homesick, lovesick or hungover they