Juneau bands Sound Off

A two-stage, five-hour, eight-band concert set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, at Centennial Hall

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2005

A little over a month ago, Eric Tollefson, Dave Conway and Marlon Lumba sat down to discuss the idea of organizing some sort of all-ages show that brought together an assortment of local bands in a festival-type setting.

It's turned into The Sound Conference, Fri-day's two-stage, five-hour, eight-band bill at Centennial Hall.

Proceeds from the show will go The American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Tollefson hopes the concert will turn into an annual tradition, a la the Alaska Folk Festival.

"My dream is not only that we can get these different genres together, but also try to get a name (headliner) after a couple years," he said.

Friday's show will start at 8:30 p.m. and needs to end by 12:30 a.m. Advance tickets are $15 at Capital Records and Rozwick Giles, or $20 at the door.

The show will take up two of the three Centennial Hall ballrooms and will be split up on two stages to eliminate down time between bands.

Eva Carrillo will be the host. Rozwick Giles is supplying the sound equipment. Pizzeria Roma will sell pizza and soft drinks.

"I think it's important for the youth to be able to have a music scene," said Lumba, aka DJ Astronomar. "I want to try to help build a scene where everyone in the community can be involved and check out what's going on in their hometown."

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The Sound Conference lineup:

• SPASM will play its first concert in almost a year. Guitarist Hans Thedinga has been at college in California, and bass player Adam Dur-and is studying music in Minnesota.

The group - also with drummer Matt Heckler and singer Steve Okegawa - formed out of band class at Juneau-Douglas High School. It turned into a mix of punk and music theory, influenced by System of a Down, Weezer, NOFX and Bad Religion.

"All of us like different music," Thedinga said. "We have a wide variety of influences from funk to metal to classical to punk. It all comes together."

Spasm has about seven originals, no covers, and is working on a compact disc that it hopes to finish this summer.

• THE ANIMATRONIC STAGE SHOW will play a short set early in the evening, likely its last appearance in town for a few months. The band is on hiatus for most of the year, as bass player Sadie Ingalls attends college. Animatronic played earlier this summer at Concert in the Park, and guitarist Lacey Ingalls spun records at the end of last week's concert at Marine Park.

DJ Astronomar will play with the group Friday, as will MC LukeWarm and MC Jake Good. The band also includes Doug Bridges (saxophone) and Dale McFarlin (drums).

Animatronic combines sampling and bass progressions with funk and jazz grooves, drum and bass explorations and freestyling.

• PATRICE HELMAR has hosted open-mic nights at The Alaskan and the Imperial, and is known for, among other things, her rendition of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" She also turned in a haunting version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" during this year's Alaska Folk Festival.

But her original songs, as showcased on a short EP she released last summer, are more remarkable for their misty and mysterious looks at the specters and faded dames that haunt bar stools, windowsills and the wrong sides of railroad tracks.

Her Friday set will include originals and covers. C. Scott Frye will join her on stage.

• ACCOLADE i.e. guitarist Eric Tollefson and drummer Scotty Mackinnon, play mostly acoustic originals written by Tollefson, occasionally veering into jazzy and Spanish acoustic flavors.

"It's not as rock as Jack Johnson, not as bubble-gym as John Mayer and not as jam-bandy as Dave Matthews, but all of those guys are big influences," Tollefson said.

• URBANA DESERT released its 14-song debut self-titled, self-recorded album last month and will be playing a few of those songs, as well as a few even newer originals.

The group (Brandon Sivertsen, Justin Heard, Travis Croteau and Nels Sanford) opened for Green Plastic's take on Radiohead's "OK Computer" a few months ago at the Hangar Ballroom and also recently played a benefit show at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

"There's not so much of a music scene in Juneau, so things like this help people realize there's something going on," Sivertsen said.

The band's CD is available at Capital Records and Sequence Skateboard Shop.

• ASTRONOMAR, RILLO, JAKE GOOD AND TRUE EYES have been working on developing a consistent hiphop collective in Juneau. The group has solidified this summer with "The Traffic Jam," 4-6 p.m. every Friday on KBJZ LP-FM 94.1; the Monday night RAW events at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar; and the Melted Wax nights Wednesday at the Alaskan.

Last month Astronomar took second place at a DJ competition at Juice 3 in Anchorage for the second year in a row.

Rillo (Ryan Carrillo), also known as Nynosev, is a 20-year-old composer and writer. Good, 21, has relocated to Juneau from Spokane and plans to finish his art degree at University of Alaska Southeast. True Eyes is from Angoon and has been in Juneau for a while.

• WHAT REMAINS released its first full-length, "What Remains Destroys All Monsters," this May. Friday, the band will play with a different lineup.

Jason Messing (ex-Shore Whores) will take over on drums, as Walker Janelle has left for college. Jesse Van Sickle will sit in for guitarist Nick Parmentier, who is traveling through Europe. Guitarist-vocalist David Conway and bassist-vocalist Ryan Sotomayor write most of the band's current material. Conway will play an electric guitar for the first time at a What Remains show.

"Some bands don't fit the mold for every show or don't fit the bar scene," Conway said. "This is a good chance for the guys who play music to go out and find other bands that don't get as much exposure."

• THE BASTARDS formed a few years ago as a cover band but have recently written five or six original songs that they intend to showcase at The Sound Conference. Next week the trio heads into the studio, probably with Bob Cole, to record its first demo.

The Bastards (Jeff Temple, guitar and vocals; Ethan Simons, drums and vocals; Regan O'Toole, bass and backup vocals) opened for punk legends The Misfits a few months ago at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

They play mostly rock and punk covers.

"Being a working band, the only way to make any money is to play a show at a bar or some other event that serves alcohol," Simons said. "This is a good deal for the kids and that definitely doesn't happen a lot in this town."

For more, visit http://www.bandzoogle.com/users/thebastards.

• Korry Keeker can be reached at korry.keeker@juneauempire.com.



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