Guitarist Chris Canty (right) helped found doc Ocular in 2004. - Photo courtesy of Chris Canty

First Oregon, then the world

Doc Ocular formed when the band's guitarist Chris Canty and bassist Sam Crocket met while studying at Southern Oregon University. The two hit it off and decided to make a push to play in local venues, says Canty.

"We even got kind of popular," he says.

Canty and Crocket relocated to Portland about six months ago and recruited a couple of drummers, Tyler Milhelm and Mike Montgomery, to perform gigs at various venues such as the Green Room in northwest Portland and the Fez Ballroom and Lounge downtown.

Doc Ocular will perform at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, at the Boneyard Pub, 404 E. Main St., Medford.

The group's music is "progressive big beat funk," Canty says.

"We enjoy musical compositions," he says. "But we're no Beethovens so our songs turn out to be small versions of a theme."

Doc Ocular is working on a debut recording, an album of 10 to 12 songs that will be released in October or November.

Canty plays electric guitar for Doc Ocular and bass for Jenny Sizzler, a folk rock band also based in Portland. Milhelm will be playing drums at the gig at the Boneyard Pub.

Canty says that he and his bandmates share a long term goal of becoming a nonprofit organization that would bring music programs back into elementary and high schools in Oregon.

The plan includes donations of instruments and finding financial donors and other volunteers to restore academic opportunities.

"We'll start with Oregon, and then we'll take over the world," Canty says. Cover for the show at the Boneyard Pub costs $2.

Call 734-4808.

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