Back Beat

The Black Sheep Family Reunion wasn’t all fun and games i.e., juggling fire and guitar strumming; after performing with Psyrup July 26, Ryan Tocchini broke several bones in his right leg — and he does not have health insurance. Sam Bond’s is hosting the Ryan Tocchini Tibia Upgrade Medical Benefit 7:30 pm Thursday, Aug. 15, with local favorites Yeltsin, The Stagger and Sway and The Koozies; $5-$20 suggested donation.

The Lion & The Wolf Tour, featuring Washington-based musicians Hillary Susz and Tommy Trzcynski, comes to Luckey’s 10 pm Wednesday, Aug. 21. Warm up for the show with Susz’s music video for “Blue Toyota,” a Thelma & Louise-styled love song that hits the perfect balance between Johnny Cash’s talking timbre and Neko Case’s haunting wails. Laugh at the PNW with Trzcynski’s “Punk Rock Saved Our Thug Lives”: “I got way more hops than a Northwest beer / I’m way more hick than a can of Rainier / Who the fuck knows about hip hop here?”

Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do! Start warming up your vocal chords because the Eugene Concert Choir and Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble are hosting evening auditions for the 2013-14 season Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Emmaus Lutheran Church. Get to know the old boys’ club and their works: Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass No. 2. To set up an audition, contact or 687-6865.

Don’t miss: Country-rockers Truth & Salvage Co. and the gritty soul of Wes Sheffield at WOW Hall (Aug. 15); The Changing Colors, a dusty Americana outfit traveling from Colorado, at Black Forest (Aug. 16).

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