Bend’s busiest venue for live music, Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom on Greenwood Avenue, has a new talent buyer booking shows, and it’s a familiar face to anyone who pays attention to the local music scene.
Gabe Johnson — founder of Bend-based booking agency In the Pocket Artists and guitarist for Jukebot! — has taken over the job from Cassandra Moore, who booked shows for Silver Moon for the past couple of years and oversaw the expansion of the bar’s offerings from mostly acoustic and roots music to a variety of genres, from folk, rock and bluegrass to funk, jazz, reggae, hip-hop and even some electronica.
Moore said she’s going to “take it easy for a bit” and is looking forward to filling her days with something other than a constant stream of e-mails and phone calls from bands wanting to play the Moon. She said she’ll continue to promote shows in town through her independent company, LOUDGirl Productions, including a Sept. 22 Silver Moon date with Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers, but that she’ll spend at least part of the fall taking some much-needed time off.
“Booking for the Moon has been a great experience,” she said, “but it’s simply time to move on.”
Johnson founded In the Pocket in 2006, and the national booking agency has 20 exclusive artists from across the country on its roster, including Rubblebucket, Head for the Hills, The Macpodz, The Staxx Brothers and Bend’s own Empty Space Orchestra. Johnson has also booked a significant number of the free shows at McMenamins Old St. Francis School and Les Schwab Amphitheater in recent months, plus several of the shows at Bend’s seasonal festivals.
Johnson said he’s taking on Silver Moon’s booking as a “labor of love” and a as fan of both seeing and playing music at the venue.
Here is Silver Moon’s September lineup, which is the final month booked by Moore, with the exception of Sept. 11. October is the first month Johnson is responsible for booking, and he says to expect a very active and hot slate of shows.
Sept. 7 — Open mic hosted by Paul Adams
Sept. 10 — Empty Space Orchestra album fundraising show
Sept. 11 — “Secret Surprise Show featuring the Who’s Who of Bend”
Sept. 22 — Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers
Sept. 23 — Bend Roots Revival pre-party with Emma Hill, John Shipe