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Rosso's after dark

By day, Rosso's in Medford serves up an array of sandwiches, salads, soups and pastas. By night, the trattoria transforms into a classy, live-music and dance venue. In September, the Medford eatery began offering danceable, live rock at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

Amy King, owner of Rosso's in Medford and Grants Pass, says she is working with neighboring business owners — Havana Republic, 4 Daughters Irish Pub and The Gypsy — to create a kind of downtown night-owl hub.

"We're kind of aiming for someplace that's casual but also upscale, with more attention on older audiences," King says.

A relatively new band, Bustin' Out will present '70s and '80s rock 'n' roll with a modern edge this weekend, Nov. 25 and 26, at Rosso's, 31 S. Grape St., Medford.

Musicians Richard Meyer (bass, vocals and violin), Gary Wade (guitar, bass, vocals and mandolin), Justin Wade (guitar, vocals and bass) and Jerry Horton (drums and vocals) have been playing as Bustin' Out going on four months. Previously, the members had played together in Jackie Payne's Rogue Project and Modern Prometheus.

"I've waited 14 years to start a band here, and I handpicked these guys on my own," Meyer says.

Gary Wade was an award-winning blues singer in Los Angeles and, in 2011, won the Ernie Ball award for Best Guitar Player, giving him the chance to go to London and rehearse with Eric Clapton. Wade's son, Justin, has soloed at Britt Festivals and opened for Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Huey Lewis and the News. Horton is a highly sought-after drummer in the valley and recognized as the frontman of local dance band The Syndicate. Meyer teaches music at Hoover and Lone Pine elementary schools and opened for Steve Miller and The Charlie Daniels Band.

For now, the quartet plays mostly covers, including ones by Santana, Wild Cherry, Commodores, The Police, Spin Doctors and Dire Straits — artists "from the era we grew up in," Meyer says. While keeping the integrity of the songs, the band toys with the instrumentation just enough to show off their individual strengths.

"Just when you think you know it, we change it," Meyer says.

This will be the band's third booking at Rosso's. They also are booked at Habaneros.

Local alternative-rock and pop band The Collaborators will perform Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at Rosso's. The restaurant will take a holiday hiatus as it prepares to accommodate several private Christmas parties but will pick back up in January.

Find "Rosso's After Dark" on Facebook or call 541-779-0460.

Bustin' Out is (front to back) Gary Joe Wade, Justin Wade, Richard Meyer and Jerry Horton. - Photo by Jamie Lusch