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Big Dipper Opens Tonight; Will Have Variety Of Bands

Brad Rudkin, singer of Snaut and former Outback Jack’s promoter, will reopen the Big Dipper tonight.

Rudkin, who was issued his alcohol permit by the state last Thursday, will lease the original music haven from Steve Spickard for the next 14 months.

“My intentions are golden right now,” said Rudkin. “I’m going to do the best I can to accommodate the bands and the people who pay to watch the bands.”

To do that, he plans to experiment with a wide variety of bands.

Over time, Rudkin will give the Big Dipper’s interior a face-lift.

The club closed in May (though it reopened for a couple of shows in between) when owner Steve Spickard decided to pull out of the business.

Boxing Gandhis

L.A.’s Boxing Gandhis appears tonight at the Big Dipper.

No, it’s not some comedy skit from the “Tonight Show.” Maybe you’re thinking of the Boxing Itos or the Dancing Itos.

The Boxing Gandhis is an eightpiece band that draws from eight widely-accomplished musicians (most of them are veteran session players) and a plethora of influences to hatch a funkafied sound often compared to Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power and Little Feat.

The octet’s self-titled debut on Mesa/Bluemoon (a subsidiary of Atlantic) has generated wave after wave of favorable reviews. And, on adult alternative album formatted radio stations (Triple A), the album as well as several of its songs have been tearing up the charts.

In a time when funk is enjoying a tremendous resurgence, it’s nice to see a band which speaks funk through a ‘90s voice instead of just rehashing the conventions of the past.

The Boxing Gandhis will caravan throughout the Western region of the country for the next couple of weeks. The band most recently completed a tour opening for the Dave Matthews band and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $6 and are available through G&B.; The cost is $8 at the door. You must be at least 21.

Tomorrow, the Dipper will have Snaut and friends on stage. The musical mayhem begins at 9:30 p.m. The cost is $4. Bring your ID.

Citizen Swing at Outback’s

Citizen Swing headlines Outback Jack’s tonight. The five-piece local band is in the midst of working on its sophomore effort.

Also on the bill is Inflatable Soule and Backyard Satellite.

Showtime’s at 9:30 p.m. The cover is $6. Bring your ID.

Sweaty Nipples plays Mother’s

On Saturday, Portland’s Sweaty Nipples returns to Mother’s Pub. The show marks the band’s first date of a whirlwind national tour. Washaway World and Buddha Leadbelly open.

Advance tickets are available at Mother’s Pub and 4000 Holes for $8. It’s $9 at the door. But, don’t wait; the psycho funk thrash band sold out the pub in June.