On Saturday October 28th, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly hosts Halloween ’23, featuring Growing Pains, GrrlBand, Bowl Peace, and a Green Day Cover set!
Growing Pains is Kalia Storer (bass/vocals), Carl Taylor (guitar), Jack Havrilla (guitar/vocals) and Kyle Kraft (drums).The members met each other playing covers at the School of Rock in Portland, Oregon when they were 16 and 17; six months later, they were trying out their own material at Portland all-ages mecca Black Water and in basements around the city, quickly turning heads at early shows that, according to more than a few of those in attendance, sounded like “if Mazzy Star were an emo band.” Lesser bands might have been content to stop there, but not Growing Pains. 18 months of house shows and opening slots for buzzing national acts like awakebutstillinbed, Diners and Macseal helped the young act sharpen a sound that could only have emerged from the post-mordial soup of internet-era rock. Sure—listen for the past, and you’ll hear the orchestrated chaos of My Bloody Valentine; the instrumental pyrotechnics and compositional sleights-of-hand that unite Smashing Pumpkins with the mathier end of emo; the patient kookiness common to 80s and 90s dream pop acts and their slowcore contemporaries. But Heaven Spots is no jaded nostalgia revue. It’s an undeniably contemporary record made by people who listen too widely to suffer from the anxiety of specific influences.
GrrlBand, colloquially known as the scream queens of Eugene is a five-piece rock band combining post punk, rock, grunge, with a whimsical female empowerment flare. As young aspiring women in music, we have become passionate about female empowerment in a primarily male dominated scene. And of course, we just like to play good music. Our crew is composed of Claudia Santino on vocals, Camy Corcoran and Kayla Krueger on guitar, Codi Farmer on bass, and Louise Jones on drums. Throughout our time in Eugene, we have grown tremendously as a band, but also as a group of best friends that love good music. We’ve worked with many other creative visionaries in the Eugene area, helping uplift other artists. Our debut single “Resurrection” is available now on all streaming platforms.
Bowl Peace is a local four frontman band: Elise Benton (lead vocals), Owen Akiyama (bass), Elizabeth Bailey (drums), and Holden Hunt (guitar) currently hold the Guinness world record for “most fun had during a single musical performance.” Owen’s dad has compared Holden’s thoughtful guitar work to that of The Cure, and People magazine has called them “the biggest band in Eugene.”
Their sound is comparable to the modern indie tones of Alvvays and Snail Mail, but Bowl Peace certainly isn’t afraid to get a little silly and goofy. Their latest single, “Coconaut” is a piña colada soaked surf rock classic.