Back Beat

Music news & notes from down in the Willamette valley.

Attention all hep cats! Bebop your way to The Jazz Station ’round 7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 5, for Smokey Beau’s Café. The audience can pick hot tunes from a menu of vintage swing and pianist Smokey Beau Belanksy, vocalist Dona Clark, bassist Eric Richardson, drummer Javier Gonzalez and sax man Fred Wesley will bring them to life. Zoot suits and Lindy Hop dresses encouraged.

Small Howl brings San Francisco’s post-punk, dream-pop band All Your Sisters to the Wandering Goat 8 pm Sept. 5; $5 suggested donation. Local fuzz rockers Empty Weather open.

The California Honeydrops bring an energetic mix of blues, gospel, New Orleans jazz and early R&B back to Eugene, but this time in an intimate house concert setting, 7 pm Sept. 11 at 755 River Rd; $20. Contact Mike Meyer at for more info.

Oakland garage punk bands Pookie & The Poodlez and Cumstain are performing at Tiny Tavern for PORK’s issue 12 release party 9 pm Sept. 7; $5.

Don’t miss: New Orleans’ hip-hop collective Jet Life featuring Corner Boy P, Young Roddy, Street Wiz and Monsta Beatz at WOW Hall (Sept. 6), fantastically fun local folk-rock outfit Beatrootband at Sam Bond’s (Sept. 7), Bellingham indie-pop rockers Learning Team at Luckey’s (Sept. 11).

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