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    Freshly formed rock group to play at Four Twenty Southern Oregon Mash-Up show
  • Former members of reggae group Synrgy have rearranged, regrouped and re-tooled as rock 'n' roll band Buckle Rash, one of the musical acts for the Four Twenty Southern Oregon Mash-Up show Saturday at the Historic Ashland Armory.
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      What: Four Twenty Southern Oregon Mash-Up show
      When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20
      Where: Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.
      Details: Michelle Bellamy's short documentary titled "A Rogue Rev...
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      If you go
      What: Four Twenty Southern Oregon Mash-Up show

      When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20

      Where: Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

      Details: Michelle Bellamy's short documentary titled "A Rogue Revival" will show at 7:15 p.m.; other musical acts include Alcyon Massive, The T Club, Outpost, Frankie Hernandez Band, State of Jefferson, Cricket & The Cultivators

      Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at the Music Coop
  • Former members of reggae group Synrgy have rearranged, regrouped and re-tooled as rock 'n' roll band Buckle Rash, one of the musical acts for the Four Twenty Southern Oregon Mash-Up show Saturday at the Historic Ashland Armory.
    So is Buckle Rash what happens when you switch from reggae to rock 'n' roll?
    "Some people think it's an STD or something," says Aaron Reed, who plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals. "I was kind of anti, and everyone else wanted it really bad. We started looking up online the other names we liked and that was the only one that wasn't taken."
    Buckle rash is the damage done over time to the back of a guitar from a belt buckle rubbing on it, he says.
    "It's a really common term to use when you're describing an old guitar," says Reed, who buys and sells musical gear. "I have a couple of guitars with buckle rash."
    Clay Baker plays lead guitar, T.J. Eilers plays bass and provides backup vocals, and Oscar Matallana is on drums.
    As Buckle Rash has been playing together for just two months, most of its songs come from Reed and his solo work.
    "Aaron's songs are already on the table and ready to go," Eilers says. "It's been a nice little transition from reggae to rock 'n' roll."
    The group describes its sound as "electro-grass" — rock 'n' roll with a little country thrown in.
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