Friday, October 19, 2018

Gino Matteo Band Rocks Eugene


Jade Bennett
By  Steven Masone

The good folks at Rainy Day Blues Society of Oregon, and The Westside Blues Jam at Jimmy Macs Overtime Grill Sports Bar Tavern in Eugene, Oregon, gave blues lover's a treat this past Thursday night! Gino Matteo  Band put on an excellent show with their dynamic, fresh and progressive style that rocked the house with several different levels, shades, and sides, they showcased their finely honed outstanding and tight act. From Gino's brilliant guitar work and soulful vibe, to Jade Bennett's singing like a blues Diva right out of an authentic old school blues speakeasy, one would have been satisfied. However, then the bass player; Michael Burnham and drummer Carson Ford were let loose and the talent factor went through roof. And it was outdoors! Look forward to catching them again as soon as possible.
 Gino: "Work hard at what you love, treat everyone you meet like family, and try to smile here and there". 
Through it all, Gino Matteo still holds true to what he believes. Being a rarity in today's Roots-Music world, Gino Matteo is a young man with an incredible knowledge and respect for the past. A true student of the life. Gino's performances are spontaneous, explosive, and original- a triple threat to the music world. 
Gino is the definition of an "old soul" with a voice as smooth as velvet but tough as nails. 
Gino writes music about his life as he lives it. His love, joy, and pain pour through his guitar and voice. 
Using the experiences learned over time, Gino Matteo's sound respectfully pays tribute to true roots music while adding a bit of his own life in between and is quickly carving out a name for himself being among the finest songwriters and guitarists in music. 
For the last several years, Gino served as the lead guitarist in the Sugaray Rayford Band traveling the world with the blues great. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

School of Blues Friday Nite Jam Presents Hank Shreve!


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Friday Nite Jam Jalisco Mexican Restaurant 941 Pearl st. Eugene, Oregon
When:Friday November 9, Dinner Set 7 pm  Under 21 allowed until 10 pm....2 am close. Food and full bar service until last call. NO COVER! Open "Blues Jam" (Emphasis on Blues) 8 pm Sign Up 7 pm Table Reservations for Dinner only. Call 541-517-5224



"Hank Shreve is quite simply one of the best harmonica players I have ever heard. He is a fiery, open minded, unique, musical harmonica player that can share the stage with any living player of any ability and hold his own or out shine them. He is a monster musician and a great person on top of that!"                                                                           Jason Ricci

Hank Shreve began playing harmonica at the age of 8 and has established himself as a major harmonica talent on the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest. Between the age of 8 - 18, he became proficient on other instruments such as Drums, Keyboards, Guitar, Dobro , Lap-Steel and Vocals, 


Hank Shreve - Lollipop Mama 2013-07-04 Live @ Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland, OR

Hank won the Northwest Harmonica Championship in 2008 and CBA’s Muddy Award for Best Harmonica in 2009 and 2013. Hank has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival and the Cognac Blues Passions in France with Karen Lovely, and Seattle’s Bumper Shoot with Magic Dick and Lee Oskar.  In November 2018, Hank will teach at the Jason Ricci/Winslow Yerxa Harmonica Collective, in New Orleans, with John Nemeth and Rick Estrin

Also Featuring: Brian James, 2014 Nashville Blues Challenge winner. David Vanderhoff, G TAllbright, Shawn Jackson, and Fifteen year old Prodigy Guitarist Marco Pena.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Blues Jam Eugene, Oregon...w/ Brian James

School of Blues Friday Nite Jam in Eugene, Oregon... W/ Brian James

School of Blues presents 
 Friday Nite Blues Jam Session-all ages
Where:Jalisco Mexican Restaurant 941 Pearl st. Eugene, Oregon
When:Friday November 2nd. Dinner Set 7 pm  Under 21 allowed until 10 pm....2 am close. Food and full bar service until last call.NO COVER!


Nashville guitar slinger and frontman Brian James brings his brand of blues and soul revival to the stage every time he sets foot on it. The Nashville 2014 Blues Challenge Winner and 2015 IBC representative reawakens the real music inspired by the pioneers while authentically contributing to the future of roots music. A fiery national touring act Brian James and The Revival have played festivals and clubs building a loyal following anywhere they go in support of his first release ’The Remedy” co-produced with drummer Tom DelRossi. Low end power house, Bart Pike of the late Jerry Reed’s band on bass. Brian James and The Revival represent an analog vibe in digitally saturated age.

Why?:To pass the torch to aspiring musicians, preserving The Blues, and just to have fun playing the Blues! 




With special guest artist Fifteen year old guitar prodigy "Marco"

School of Blues is a non-profit 501-(c)-(3) organization 


For info call (541) 517-5224 and see link...https://masoneassociates.blogspot.com/2011/04/project-pro-am.schoolofblueshtml

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PPA Performing Arts and School of Blues Debuts in Eugene, Oregon

   
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Americans have a love affair with music & entertainment. From Broadway musicals to the latest craze of talent shows that make stars and celebrities for new talent instantaneously. Oregonians have always had a love affair with it's performing arts probably more so than any other market it's size in the country. The recession had hindered a lot of the arts groups including our school's music and drama programs which serve as the gene pool that supplies our community with all the great talent for community theatre, ballet, symphony, music venues, etc... 
 Entertainment night life however has seen better days. Outside of the younger generation's club venues that cater to their likes and music, showroom and dinner shows along with Broadway musical productions on the regional playhouse level for the 35+ market is dwindling fast. Due to higher costs in overhead and talent, royalties, advertising,  producing quality productions are becoming cost-prohibitive.. The National Endowment for The Arts, (NEA) has  released the latest exhaustive survey that shows musicals are attended almost twice as much as non-musicals nationally. However, Oregonians love their performing arts and rally to help maintain them when a call goes out for support. Musical Theatre  has weathered some major storms with help from fans and Grant support. 
      
     
Pro-Am project is a Non Profit Organization where professional artists and business people teach young people, both academically stable, and those at risk... to learn all phases of a Dinner Theatre and a collaborative Performing Arts Program. There will be a professional food and beverage component and culinary school training program that will prepare students to not only become skilled in all phases as workers, but also provide entrepreneurial training and hands on management opportunities. Then if desired, cross trained in Theatre Arts. And vice-versa. As an after school and summer program, PPA will utilize family, community and school personnel to be involved with students internship and participation in PPAPPA will coordinate and liaise with family, educators, and any other relevant person or agency involved in student's counselling and guidance for future school and or job placement opportubities.
PPA & School of Blues is a project conceived by Producer Steven Masone. Masone produced Sacramento's first Musical Dinner Theatre in 1976. He then went on and Produced another Dinner Theatre in the Historic Old Sacramento District with The Bacchus Theatre Troupe. From Musicals to Melodrama, Improvisational Comedy Troupes and Musical festivals, Steven Masone brings his many years of experience to the Eugene area, where he decided to go back to college to finish his education that was put on hold as he was so busy with many different projects over the years. He is an actor, musician, dancer, choreographer, director, writer, media publisher, and Parent, raising his 14 year old Grandson. Masone also owns "Masone & Associates" Artist Management Company he is currently resurrecting from inactivity. Graduating from Lane Community College, Masone now is in his last year at Oregon State University.  Steven Masone is also very active in Veterans issues, and with Hope Center Director; James Rabe, working with the VA Hud/Vash teams, helped start and was Pgm director for the Veteran's emergency homeless shelter at The Hope Center @ 1161 Grant Street, Eugene, Or, where they also feed all the homeless hot meals every Friday opening at 10 am. Hundreds of veterans have been helped into permanent housing in the 5 years history of The Hope Center. He is currently the Chapter Coordinator for Guitars4Vets.



 G4vets teaches guitar lessons for our returning veterans as a music therapy vehicle to provide music and support for PTSD issues and awards brand new guitars after the 10 lesson series taught by volunteer instructors. There are 82 chapters in U.S. and growing. Over 13,000 have graduated from pgm. After support is continued with official VA support services. He is a member of American Legion Post # 3, and has partnered with The Kim Sticka PTSD and Performing Arts Foundation. Executive Director; Ron Sticka has invited Masone to serve on The PTSD Task Force being organized by that organization.
Picture      PPA will initially outsource much of the class room curriculum with established culinary business, and  performing arts programs in local high schools and college/technical schools where resources are available.The Theatre Arts program will be a first phase, where students will be involved with production of a musical chosen where the professional theatre company will have trained and rehearsed all students involved as cast members, and all other aspects of show. However, the professionals will appear and perform in the shows that will be competitively priced and staged like any regional level Dinner Theatre Operation. After School of Blues is on it's feet, Masone plans on producing an original Musical about the roots & evolution of American Music through The Blues in his Pro-Am concept Dinner Theatre.

Friday School of Blues Jam @ New Jalisco Family Mexican Restaurant, 941 Pearl st. starting Nov 2 at & pm. Youth allowed to participate till 10:00 pm. Every Friday thereafter! Sundays @ 420 Main st, Springfield 3pm sign up.
Oregon schools in the majority of rural districts, have been without music and drama-theatre programs for years, causing a dearth of thespians and music majors to keep building their-talent pool with. This will happen wherever the arts are forsaken and sooner or later, the Community Theatre, Ballet, Symphony's talent pool as well as all of the local entertainment industry will dry up. Support the ARTS!





Tuesday, October 9, 2018

School of Blues Friday Nite Jam in Eugene, Oregon... W/ Brian James

School of Blues presents 
 Friday Nite Blues Jam Session-all ages
Where:Jalisco Mexican Restaurant 941 Pearl st. Eugene, Oregon
When:Friday November 2nd. Dinner Set 7 pm  Under 21 allowed until 10 pm....2 am close. Food and full bar service until last call.NO COVER!



Nashville guitar slinger and frontman Brian James brings his brand of blues and soul revival to the stage every time he sets foot on it. The Nashville 2014 Blues Challenge Winner and 2015 IBC representative reawakens the real music inspired by the pioneers while authentically contributing to the future of roots music. A fiery national touring act Brian James and The Revival have played festivals and clubs building a loyal following anywhere they go in support of his first release ’The Remedy” co-produced with drummer Tom DelRossi. Low end power house, Bart Pike of the late Jerry Reed’s band on bass. Brian James and The Revival represent an analog vibe in digitally saturated age.

 Friday November 9th -7Pm...Hank Shreve! Image result for Hank Shreve Hank Shreve is quite simply one of the best harmonica players I have ever heard. He is a fiery, open minded, unique, musical harmonica player that can share the stage with any living player of any ability and hold his own or out shine them. He is a monster musician and a great person on top of that!"                                                                           Jason Ricci

Hank Shreve began playing harmonica at the age of 8 and has established himself as a major harmonica talent on the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest. Between the age of 8 - 18, he became proficient on other instruments such as Drums, Keyboards, Guitar, Dobro , Lap-Steel and Vocals, 


Support School of Blues!
Why?:To pass the torch to aspiring musicians, preserving The Blues, and just to have fun playing the Blues! 

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With special guest artist Fifteen year old guitar prodigy "Marco"

School of Blues is a non-profit 501-(c)-(3) organization 


For info call (541) 517-5224 and see link...https://masoneassociates.blogspot.com/2011/04/project-pro-am.schoolofblueshtml

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Eugene-Springfield Oregon, School of Blues: Blues Jam Session

      School of Blues presents 


Sunday Afternoon Blues Jam Session-all ages

Image may contain: cloud, sky, outdoor and natureWhere: Dark & Stormy  420 Main St. Springfield, Or ...A cutting edge concept Garden Bar with Art Gallery and Original Music Venue. Gourmet Food Trucks on property. Eat & Drink in Family Friendly atmosphere. Excellent Chefs!
Brian James
When: October 21st & Every Sunday After - 3:00 pm sign-up… start @ 3:30 pm until…... no cover -Adult Beverages and Food-Truck Garden Bar 

 W/ Brian James the Nashville guitar slinger and frontman Brian James brings his brand of blues and soul revival to the stage every time he sets foot on it. The Nashville 2014 Blues Challenge Winner and 2015 IBC representative reawakens the real music inspired by the pioneers while authentically contributing to the future of roots music. 



Why?:To pass the torch to aspiring musicians, preserving The Blues, and for the pure love the Blues! 




With special guest artist Fifteen year old guitar prodigy "Marco"

School of Blues is a non-profit 501-(c)-(3) organization 


For info call (541) 517-5224 and see link...https://masoneassociates.blogspot.com/2011/04/project-pro-am.schoolofblueshtml

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fifteen Year Old Guitar Prodigy Emerges in Northwest Blues Scene

Marco Peña

by steven masone
Last time I found a Diamond in the rough, was when Steve Clausman, of Claussie Productions, and I listened to a tape by fledgling rockers and band mates... called City Kid. What we heard caused us to arrange to see them at their next practice session in their garage. They were a power trio instrumentally, with a lead singer. Later, renamed TESLA. Frankie Hannon, was a 16 year old guitar prodigy. Singer Jeff Keith, guitarist Frank Hannon, bassist Brian Wheat and drummer Troy Luccketta were the original City Kid who later added guitarist Tommy Skeoch.
TESLA
Steve Clausman hired me to partnership with him to consult on working with another one of his Bands; Ian Shelter. Steve was new to the music business, and asked me after the audition if I thought City Kid had potential, I told him if he didn't sign them... I would! We already had a concert planned for Ian Shelter at the American River College Campus in Sacramento and let City Kid open up for Ian Shelter. Steve was promoting Ian Shelter's EP "Show You" 
...otherwise he would have given top bill to City Kid, which was my recommendation. Of course City Kid stole the show







Ian Shelter EP "Show You"



I met Marco Peña at a Blues Jam in Eugene, Oregon just last month and did a set with him and other jammers.



As soon as he started playing, he was "Shredding" like I remember Frank Hannon did that sold Steve Clausman on signing him and City Kid. The "Buzz" about town of a "Guitar Prodigy" has hit the Eugene music scene. Marco Peña started jamming with seasoned pro's just in the last month. Marco and his band mates have only been together a couple of months and pulled off two... one in a half hour sets at the Maker's Faire held at the Science Center where this video was taken.





However, the "Buzz" will also be revving up about the band forming to back up Marco soon. ( not players in video) Marco Peña has signed with Masone & Associates' "School Of Blues." School Of Blues is a blues and rock component of Project  PRO/AM  (PPA)




PPA is a pilot program where professional artists
and business people teach young people, both
academically stable, and those at risk... to learn
all phases of a Dinner Theatre and a collaborative
Performing Arts Program. The professional food
and beverage component will be a culinary school
training program that will prepare students to not
only become skilled in all phases as workers, but
also provide entrepreneurial training and hands
on management opportunities. Then if desired,
cross trained in Theatre Arts. And vice-versa.

As an after school and summer program, PPA will

utilize family, community and school personnel to be
involved with students internship and participation
in PPA. The Executive director of PPA will
coordinate and act as case worker as to students
progress, liaise with family, educators, and
any other relevant person or agency involved in student's
counselling for future school and or job placement.

PPA will initially outsource much of the class room

curriculum with established culinary and business
programs in local high schools and college/
technical schools where resources are available.

The Theatre Arts program will be a first phase,

where students will be involved with production of
a  musical chosen where the professional theatre
 company will have trained and rehearsed all
students involved as cast members, and all other
aspects of show. However, the professionals will
appear and perform in the shows that will be
competitively priced and staged like any regional
level Dinner Theatre Operation.

The student productions will then be performed and

produced by the students themselves  for
the amateur non-profit program. And where appropriate;
gratis pricing. ( As inducement for underprivileged
youth to encourage their participation.)

The long range goals of PPA will be to coalesce the

program into a School for the Performing and
Culinary Arts. The students will be challenged to
work towards completing their formal education
while gaining invaluable experience, skills, problem
solving, in an atmosphere designed to instill self-
confidence and social interaction and team work
with peers in a culturally diverse environment.

Students will learn valuable customer and human
relations, with cross training in the guest
relations aspects of Theatre, Food & Beverage
and Hospitality Industry.

PPA will use resources available to evaluate
students skill level and proficiency to assist in
capitalizing on their strong areas and develop
leadership skills with internships at participating
organizations and businesses PPA will partner
with.

PPA will utilize a mentor-ship model where college
level students will mentor the younger students
and tutor those who have need to bring their
academic scores to acceptable levels as "staying in
school" will be a requirement for participation in PPA.







School  of Blues

Sunday Afternoon Blues Jam Session-all ages Where: Dark & Stormy 420 Main St.
Springfield,
Or
When: October 21st & Every Sunday
After - 3pm sign-up… start @ 3:30pm
until…... no cover -Adult Beverages
and Food-Truck Garden Bar Featuring 2014 Nashville Blues Challenge
Winner Brian James and Introducing
Marco Peña
Why?:To pass the torch to aspiring
musicians, preserving The Blues, and just to
have fun playing the Blues! School of Blues is a non-profit 501-C-3 organization

See PPA School Of Blues info here