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Holy pumpkins! It’s time for Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (known to most as Ginuwine). The Soul Train Music Award-winning artist brings his R&B “Pony” express — Grammy Award-winning songwriter Eric Bellinger and David Verity — with him to the Hult 7 pm Friday, Sept. 27. Part of the proceeds goes to Eugene’s own Housing Our Veterans, a transitional program to support veterans.

2011’s Next Big Thing winners Betty and the Boy met their Kickstarter goal of $5,000 to record, master and package the band’s first full-length album. The band will press vinyl if they surpass $7,000 by the fundraising close date of Oct. 4.

In other Kickstarter news: The Archaeological Legacy Institute, a nonprofit media streaming website for cultural heritage run out of Eugene, seeks to raise $38,000 by Oct. 23 to fund IndijiRadio — a 24/7 station dedicated to playing indigenous music from around the globe. For more information, visit

More Grammy winners are in town this week. The Nashville-molded, gravel-voiced Steve Earle pops into The Shedd with his band The Dukes (and Duchesses) 7:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 1. Americana wife-and-husband band The Mastersons open.

The Jazz Station hosts a night chockfull of powerful female vocalists 7 to 9 pm Wednesday, Oct. 2. Siri Vik hosts “Who’s Boss? An Evening of Attitude In Song” featuring Diana Aday, Jen Ferro, Rhea Gates, Mandy Rose Nichols, Marieke Schuurs and Sara Scofield putting their own spin on popular songs and standards alike, such as “Cry Me A River,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Whatever Lola Wants.”

Don’t miss: sweet and local indie surf-rock outfit Small Joys at Luckey’s (Sept. 26); Willamette Week music columnist and musician (and ballet composer) Nick Jaina (Sept. 27) as well as Seattle-based rising star and folk songstress Shelby Earl (Sept. 28), both at Axe & Fiddle; Beastie Boys-esque hip-hop artist Juicy Karkass from Portland at Wandering Goat (Sept. 28).

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