Archive for July, 2010

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Enough with the sandwiches, right? (Note to The Bulletin: Have you considered putting someone on the sandwich beat? I know a guy. Who loves sandwiches.)

Oh, right … music. It’s summer in Central Oregon, which means the next seven days are more packed with good live-music opportunities than, say, this sandwich is packed with corned beef.

This week’s music section includes short stories on Michael Franti’s brighter outlook, the traditional ways of Town Mountain, the melodic charm of Dar Williams, the reunion of ’90s Bend band Brotherhood of Rythm, and the impressive lineage of the Stone River Boys, plus Keegan Smith, Marv Ellis, Cloudy October, Moon Mountain Ramblers and The Congress. For you off-the-beaten-path types, we’ve got Susie McEntire’s annual concert in Antelope and Doug and Telisha Williams performing in Richmond. And for you funnel-cake types, there’s Styx and “Weird Al” Yankovic at the Deschutes County Fair.

Finally, this week provides a bunch of ways you can catch a show and see your cover charge or donation go to a good cause. Click here for all the details you need to attend fundraisers for Rise Up International, the late Jake Vinson’s family, the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, the Sisters High School’s jazz program and efforts to purify the drinking water of Mumba, Tanzania.

That’s a lot, right? It is. But if you need more, check out The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

Off topic: Look at this sandwich

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Have you been to Letzer’s Deli, a new-ish sandwich place over on the weird little part of Division Street between Reed Market Road and Third Street? You know … kinda in between Jackalope Grill and Tortilleria Reyes?

Anyway, I went there for lunch. Look at this freakin’ sandwich:

(Please note that I named that .jpg “beefton”.)

I am no food expert, or restaurant reviewer, but I do eat food and I like food, and I can tell you that Letzer’s Deli’s corned beef sandwich does pretty good.

This weekend: the Phuket Phest near La Pine

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The what? I know. I just heard about it, too. It’s a big ol’ rap and metal festival happening this Friday and Saturday at an RV park between La Pine and Christmas Valley, and it’s called the Phuket Phest.

That’s Phuket, like the region of Thailand. Pronounced “poo-kett.” Of course.

The big names on the bill include Tech N9ne associate Krizz Kaliko, former Kottonmouth King Saint Dog, and current Kottonmouth King — and Bend resident — The Dirtball, plus Central Oregon’s own Mosley Wotta, Cloaked Characters, Never Heard the Shot, Kleverkill, and more. All the other details you need about Phuket Phest are on the flyer below (click it to zoom in) and at this website.

I’m posting this today because organizers are selling tickets in advance only through Ticketswest and the festival’s website, and all tickets must be purchased by tomorrow. Again: If you want to attend the first Phuket Phest, you need to purchase your ticket no later than tomorrow, Thursday, July 29.

Leave a comment and let me know if you’re going to this thing!

MusicfestNW gets some Bend flavor with Mosley Wotta, Sara Jackson-Holman, DJ Barisone

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

You know I love Portland’s MusicfestNW. And now we know MusicfestNW loves Bend.

On his Twitter Wednesday night, local hip-hopper Mosley Wotta (aka Jason Graham) announced that he has been added to the multi-day, multi-venue, multi-genre extravaganza’s schedule.

When I visited Graham’s house a few weeks back (for this blog post), he told me he had just put together an artsy application to play MusicfestNW. Obviously it paid off. In an e-mail this morning, Graham said he’s slated to play at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Jimmy Mak’s, where the bill also includes THEESatisfaction, Champagne Champagne and Shabazz Palaces. (That is an outstanding bill. My love for Shabazz Palaces is well-documented.)

The whole MusicfestNW schedule is right here, and if you go there, you’ll see a couple other Bend-connected names are on the bill:

Supernova singer/songwriter/pianist Sara Jackson-Holman will be at Ash St. Saloon at 8 p.m. on Sept. 10, opening a night of music featuring Casey Neill & the Norway Rats, Austin Lucas, The Slants and Hillstomp.

Former Bendite, cornerstone of our local DJ/hip-hop scene, and current Portlander DJ Barisone (aka Bryan Barisone) is set to play Rotture at 9 p.m. on Sept. 10. After he’s done, the party will continue with Ryan Organ, Tyler Tastemaker and Lazer Sword.

Congrats to all three of these fine folks for snagging a spot at one of the coolest music festivals around. And for representing Bend’s music scene in the big city!

PDXchange Program adds three dates: The Thermals, Blind Pilot, Laura Veirs/Weinland

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Henry Abel’s PDXchange Program, which brings Portland-based indie bands to the Tower Theatre, picked up some serious momentum last night when Abel announced his next three shows:

Sept. 8 — The Thermals
Sept. 29 — Blind Pilot
Oct. 27 — Laura Veirs and Weinland

What a score for PDXchange. The Thermals and Blind Pilot — two very different bands — are the series’ biggest names yet. Blind Pilot will play the Tower just weeks after a slot at the gigantic Austin City Limits Festival in Texas, and a year after the brought some indie-pop flavor to the Sisters Folk Festival. And political punk-poppers The Thermals will play Bend the day after their new album, “Personal Life,” is released.

Plus … how cool is it gonna be to see The Thermals at the Tower Theatre!?

Not to mention, both Veirs and Weinland frontman Adam Shearer are brilliant songwriters and terrific performers.

Man, that is a solid lineup of shows. Kudos, Henry. Anyway, local openers will be added and sale dates for tickets will be announced, and you can be among the first to get that kind of information by signing up for PDXchange’s mailing list at the website.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Each week, before I plan out the music section in GO! Magazine, I sit down at the computer, scour every potential source of concerts I can think of, and make a big list of what’s happening in a given week. Some weeks, there’s an obvious headliner worth writing about. Other weeks, it’s a bit more puzzling figuring out who to feature.

And some weeks, a pattern emerges. That’s what happened for today’s music section, where we have short features on a whole bunch of bands (and/or shows) that fall under the giant, ill-defined umbrella of “roots rock.”

We have bluesy bands (Los Lonely Boys, Hillstomp) and more straightforward rockers (Leon Russell, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band) and we have bands that love to jam (Great American Taxi, Moonalice). You can read about all of those by clicking here.

We also have some real twangy acts (Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, The Pines and the West Wind Ranch Americana Music Festival), and we even branch into the funk and reggae worlds with Orgone and Mystic Roots. Read about those right here.

Elsewhere in the music section, there’s a concert by former “American Idol” Phil Stacey, a big local showcase featuring Eric Tollefson, Reed Thomas Lawrence and Erin Cole-Baker, and the grand re-opening of the MadHappy Lounge. And, as always, there are lots more options in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

(Roots photo by Aaron Escobar.)

Vote for Adventure Galley, and see them tonight

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Late notice for the show, I know, but here’s a good, locally connected band you could check out tonight if you’re out and about (or want to be): Adventure Galley is a Eugene-based quintet made up mostly of young fellas who relocated from Bend, and they’re playing at Boondocks (70 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend) at 9 p.m. The fine Eugene band Sea Bell will open.

The five guys in Adventure Galley are David Mills (who you may know from the Bend-based band Space Hoax), Brock Grenfell (brother of Forrest from The Snag and The Tree Dwellers), Aaron Johnson, Brett Bascom Jesse Suihkonen and George Schultz. At least a few of those guys are graduates of Mountain View High School, though I’m not sure which ones.

They’ve been around since 2008 and have evolved into a darn good band that draws lots of comparisons to The Killers and Arcade Fire, though the “Influences” section on their MySpace is careful to list Joe Strummer and Bob Dylan first, and in ALL CAPS.

Earlier this year, the band released an EP called “The Right Place To Be,” and they’ve continued their momentum this summer with a phenomenal showing in the “Rock The Space” contest, a competition held on MySpace that attracted about 17,000 entrants who submitted a song. Now, there are 10 finalists, and Adventure Galley — and their churning synth-pop anthem “Addict” — is one of them. Very cool!

Whoever wins “Rock The Space” is going to win a bunch of prizes, including a record deal with MySpace Records. And you can help Adventure Galley’s effort by voting for the band. Voting ends on Sunday, so click here to show your support for the fellas. Or listen to the song and vote on the widget below. Again, voting ends on Sunday, so clicky click click! (Note: You’ll need a MySpace account.)

And remember: 9 p.m. Boondocks. Adventure Galley and Sea Bell. If I didn’t have family in town, I’d be there. Gonna be a good show.

Don’t forget: The Hump Day Hash is tonight

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Lots of info on The Hump Day Hash here and here. And now, here’s the flyer. Tonight, Tim Coffey takes the stage and Habitat for Humanity gets the nonprofit spotlight. Get trippy with it!

Bela Fleck returns to Bend; KPOV seeks sponsors

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

One of the world’s best and best-known banjo players, Bela Fleck, will return (with his Flecktones) to Bend Dec. 8 to play a holiday concert at Mountain View High School.

The show will benefit Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, which is looking for individuals and organizations in the community to sponsor the event. If you’re interested in more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact jill@kpov.org or 541-322-0863.

Fleck and the Flecktones are masters of modern improvisation, fusing bluegrass, jazz and other styles into their singular sound. In Bend, they’ll have the Tuvan throat-singing group Alash open the show.

Premium tickets for the 7 p.m. show will cost $40 in advance for KPOV members, $42 in advance for non-members, and $47 at the door. Value tickets are $33 for members, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door. Tickets will be available through KPOV, but not for a while, so chill out, banjo nuts.

Tonight: A listening party for Don Hoxie’s new album

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I touched on this briefly in last week’s GO! Magazine, but one of the local bar-rock scene’s veterans, Don Hoxie, will celebrate the release of his new solo album with a listening party tonight at Ranch Records (831 N.W. Wall St., Bend) at 7 p.m.

Hoxie — a former Ranch man himself — will be on hand with some of the guys who played on “Can’t Get There From Here” while the record plays over the loudspeaker. There’ll probably be some snacks or something, too. Snacks!

“Can’t Get There From Here” is the first-ever solo album from Hoxie, who’s been playing around Central Oregon for more than a decade as one of the founding members (along with Dean Prescott) of The Substitutes. (Click here to read my 2006 story about them.)

The Subs have always tried to mix their original tunes into their set, but they’re primarily known for their chameleon-like ability to rock any bar with their encyclopedic knowledge of rock ‘n’ roll’s past, oh, three or four decades.

But the other members of The Subs — specifically Prescott and former member Paul Eddy, who now lives in Austin, Texas — always juggled their own solo ventures with the band, and never expressed much interest in making a Substitutes record, Hoxie said. So he took matters into his own hands. Or, rather, his own studio.

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