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"The T Club brings it together"

For Eugene's T Club, music is as much about family and friends as it is about songs. With almost enough band members to field a baseball team and an ongoing effort to bring together Oregon's best and brightest new bands, this reggae-influenced jam outfit is keen to set a new standard in the realm of musical kinship.

"It's a musical family," explains T Club vocalist and guitarist Nate York. "We all love and support each other."
if you go

Who: The T Club

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, April 25-26

Where: Habañeros,

142 N. Front St., Medford

Cover: Free

Call: 779-9770

Other members of the T Club include vocalists Michelle Bellamy and Ambur Rose, bassist Mark Anderson, DJ Redeye on turntables and keys, saxophonist Mike D., drummer Brian and trombonist Erik.

The T Club will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Habañeros Mexican Restaurant, 142 N. Front St., Medford.

The group relocated to Eugene just over a year ago after forming in the Rogue Valley in 1999. The decision for the move, according to York, had largely to do with the city's music scene.

"There was opportunity up here. There was a lot of music going on, lots of good things happening that we wanted to be closer to," York says. And although the band's primary base of operation is now a few hours away, three members of The T Club — Bellamy, Rose and DJ Redeye — still make their homes in Ashland.

Considerable driving distances and busy schedules make regular rehearsals hard to come by. Consequently, The T Club uses its live performances as an avenue for development of material.

"We try to play shows every weekend, and that kind of becomes rehearsal," York says. "It's hard to schedule formal 'practices' since we're so far apart, but we play a lot."

Years of musical camaraderie, coupled with a shared passion for live experimentation yields organic, groove-laden jams that have audiences dancing and singing along.

"We sort of write and arrange the songs on stage," explains York. "Everyone knows the core of the tunes in advance, and from there we just listen to each other and expand on the music as it's happening."

Recently, the band has begun playing a series of shows aptly dubbed "The Great Southern Oregon Monster Mashup," which features a number of area bands sharing the stage at various venues throughout the region. The idea is to unite groups that share common artistic threads, while simultaneously encouraging fans to discover new music by attending concerts and interacting with fresh faces.

"The response has been overwhelming," says York. "It's really amazing when you get to listen to all these great bands all night. Growing up in Southern Oregon, a lot of the musicians have similar backgrounds. But the music offers a lot of diversity."

A new studio recording from the T Club is in the works and should be finished in time for a summer release. In the meantime, listeners can stream and/or download recordings of the band's shows from its official Web site, its MySpace site and archive.org.

For The T Club, the music is about creating a familial environment and introducing new listeners to good music.

"We're not trying to profit," York says. "We just want to let people listen to it, enjoy it."

The shows at Habañeros are free. Call 779-9770. - Medford Mail Tribune


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The T Club has countless EP, board recordings, live audience recordings, and studio sessions available online on their website and archive.org

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*NEW* The T Club wins Eugene's Wow Hall 'Best New Band Award 2008' Thanks Eugene!

Since 1999, The T Club has been spreading their original, positive, reggae-influenced dance music to the Oregon Scene and beyond. The T Club's distinct sound is created by combining the best elements of reggae, rock, dub, Latin rhythm, and psychedelic jam into a positive, musical infusion that is uniquely their own. The T Club is ready to share their conscious lyrics which are backed by beautiful harmonies and catchy riffs anytime, anywhere forever!
With influences from each of the The T Club's eight members, it can be difficult to pin down a "sounds-like"; but, their unique sound is influenced by such artists as: Manu Chao, Pink Floyd, Thievery Corporation, Sublime, Lee Perry, Beastie Boys, DJ Shadow, STS9, Radiohead, Rage against the Machine, EOTO, Bob Marley, Eek a Mouse, Dub Trio, and countless other international and domestic artists.
As many of their fans, venues, and promoters have pointed out, The T Club is a band that truly has fun with and loves the musical trance they create. Nate York, The T Club's guitarist and lead vocalist, says, "Keeping the band, crowd, and venue smiling is #1 to keeping the music fresh and real and has always been an important part of The T Club's mission. People will immediately identify an artist that does not want to be there playing music and, in turn, will not want to be there listening".
Always smiling and always ready to bring a crowd to it's dancing knees, The T Club has a message for you and will bring it in a positive, professional way.