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Julia Holter
Julia Holter

Grab some saddle shoes and head to the upstairs ballroom at the Vet’s Club (1626 Willamette) 7 to 10:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 10, for the three-year anniversary swing dance of Track Town Swing Club. We featured Track Town founder Nick Davis in EW’s September dance issue (“Swing Kid,” 9/10), and he’ll be leading an intro lesson with other Track Town members from 7 to 8 pm. Then show off your Lindy hop moves to the sounds of the 22-piece Blue Skies Big Band; $10 for lesson and dance entry. For more info, visit

The old-school funk and electronic genre mashup has been perfected by none other than Big Gigantic — see their brand of livetronica 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 8, at McDonald Theatre; $22-$25, all ages. The Boulder-based group (Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken) uses recorded electronic beats, live sax and percussion and will be joined by electro-funk band The Floozies, whose style pairs flawlessly.

It’s good to see Beirut return to Eugene. The indie-rock  “Balkan-folk” band lead by Zach Condon will be touring with new music off their summer 2015 release No No No. Opening for Beirut is ethereal multi-instrumental gem Julia Holter, the only solo female act to grace the McDonald stage this testosterone-drenched season. Music starts at 8 pm Sunday, Oct. 11; $32.50-$35, all ages.

If you’ve been waiting for a sensual serenade, you’re in luck: Joseph Anthony Somers-Morales — known to most as emerging R&B artist SoMo — is coming. You may recognize SoMo from his hot-and-heavy chart topper “Ride” or from YouTube fame. Another rising R&B artist, Jordan Bratton, joins established rapper Kirko Bangz to open the show at 7:45 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14, at McDonald Theatre; $23-$27, all ages.

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