Archive for June, 2011

Don’t miss Cheyenne Marie Mize tonight before Vandaveer

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

McMenamins Old St. Francis School hosts a whammy of a double-bill tonight in Father Luke’s Room as two rising nu-folk artists — Vandaveer and Cheyenne Marie Mize — perform both separately and together.

I’m hearing some buzz around Vandaveer’s appearance in Bend, and with good reason; the band’s newest album, “Dig Down Deep,” is a wonderful listen, full of modern, melodic Americana from the pen of Mark Charles Heidinger, who calls Washington D.C. home, but grew up in the great state of Kentucky.

There is no question that Heidinger knows his way around a song, and “Dig Down Deep” is a strong effort that’s well worth your time. But I’d argue that an even brighter — if slightly less developed — talent will open tonight’s show. Mize’s 2010 album “Before Lately” is a stunning collection of beguiling folk songs that tend to take the path less traveled to your ear. Her songwriting is slyly unconventional; she often zigs when you expect a zag, and she’s not afraid to challenge listeners with the occasional aural curveball, not unlike her stylistic ancestor Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) or one of her contemporaries, Sharon Van Etten. The result is an album that sounds like a warm summer night spent laying in the grass staring up at the celestial expanse above. Mize was born to be your tour guide through the constellations.

Here she is doing the “Before Lately” track “Waiting” last year in Portland for the Into The Woods folks:

All of that is the long way of saying that tonight, rather than saunter from dinner over to McMenamins at around 7:30 or 8, you should make a point to be there at 7 p.m. to catch Mize’s opening set. Then, as a special bonus treat, you’ll get to see her play with Vandaveer. (Mize is also from Kentucky, and has been touring and playing with Vandaveer for a while now.)

And, as usual, this show is free. Which … which is just crazy.

Hey, as long as you’re here, check out Vandaveer (with Mize) playing “The Nature of Our Kind” from “Dig Down Deep” in an abandoned pool, filmed by the La Blogotheque squad:

Vandaveer | The Nature of our Kind | A SxSw / IC Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 17th, 2011

(Note: I would strongly encourage you to seek out the print version of GO! Magazine (in today’s issue of The Bulletin) to see the nifty Twister-themed art and layout that my colleagues Greg and Althea did for the section this week. It looks great, and you should really see it in all its dead-tree glory!)

Central Oregon’s music scene offers a little bit of everything this week. There’s jazz (Jeff Lorber, Patrick Lamb, Renato Caranto Quartet), rock (Zepparella), hip-hop (Tech N9ne, Eddie Valiant, Sadistik, Kristoff Krane), punk (Emily’s Army), reggae (Jon Wayne and The Pain), country (Blaine Larsen), folk (Vandaveer, Cheyenne Marie Mize) and more. Plus, a benefit and celebration for PoetHouse Art, the Deschutes County Fair’s concert lineup and the last preliminary round of Last Band Standing.

Click the image below to read all about it!

Coyote Music Festival starts tomorrow

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The Coyote Music Festival is happening Friday and Saturday at Summer Lake Hot Springs near Paisley, about 120 miles southeast of Bend. (Here it is on Google Maps.)

There’s no mention of it in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine because no one told me about it, but I figure it might be of interest to someone since there are several Central Oregon faves playing. So here’s what I know:

Last Band Standing wants to hear from you!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The Last Band Standing competition is nearing the end of its preliminary rounds, which have been held over the past six Friday nights at Century Center. So far, six bands have moved on to the semifinals, to be held June 24 and July 1:

Boxcar Stringband / Jones Road / Kleverkill / Necktie Killer / Sifted / Stillfear

On Friday night, one of the following bands will win the fan vote and move to the semifinals as well: Broken Down Guitars, Capture the Flag, Shannon Tower Band, Strive Roots, Tourniquet Etiquette.

That means seven spots in the semis are taken, and LBS organizers need to pick three “wild cards” from among the rest of the bands in the competition to move on as well. Those three bands will get a second chance to win over fans in the semifinal rounds.

Now, the LBS team wants your input on who should be the wild-card bands. It’s simple: Leave a comment on this post and tell me who should get a second chance and why. Keep it clean or I will not approve your comment. No slagging other bands, either.

Here’s who has competed but didn’t make the semis. Remember, four of Friday night’s bands will presumably be eligible for wild cards, too.

Blue Babies / Cadence / Cognitive Riot / Concave Perception Chamber / Dan Shanahan Band / AJ Engstrom / High Desert Hooligans / Hilst and Coffey / Brian Hinderberger / Matt Borden and the MFB / OpenFate / Past Fraction Zero / Pine Lane / ScarLitt Fever / Shades of Society / Shovelbelt / Tentareign / Tuck and Roll / The Vaulted

Tomorrow, I’ll make sure to send a link to this post to Last Band Standing so they can read your comments. They say they’re going to announce the wild cards tomorrow night, so get to it!

A group photo of all 2011 Last Band Standing participants!

Who’s playing the 2011 Deschutes County Fair?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

This just in from Deschutes County: Country singer Clay Walker and classic rockers The Guess Who, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and REO Speedwagon will play free concerts at the 2011 Deschutes County Fair.

Folks who procure a concert pass (at any number of locations around Central Oregon) and pay admission to the fair can catch the following shows:

• Aug. 3 — The Guess Who (“American Woman,” “These Eyes”)

• Aug. 4 — Clay Walker (“What’s It To You,” “Live Until I Die”)

• Aug. 5 — REO Speedwagon (“Keep On Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling”)

• Aug. 6 — Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Bad Reputation”)

The shows will begin at 7 p.m. each night, with doors to the fairgrounds’ event center opening at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the fair costs $10 for adults, $6 for seniors older than 62 and children age 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger.

Concert passes for the series, which is sponsored by Big Country RV, will be available through several local radio stations and, starting in July, at area McDonald’s restaurants.

Look for more details in The Bulletin closer to the fair, or visit the fair’s website for more info.

[Video] Erin Cole-Baker’s album-release show at The Oxford Hotel

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Nice video of Friday night’s Erin Cole-Baker concert from John Michaelson of Bend, aka @Angry_Antlers on Twitter. Here’s “I’m Thinking of You,” one of several songs on Cole-Baker’s new album, “Big Sky,” that finds the Bend-based singer-songwriter expanding her sonic palette beyond her usual, whimsical folk-pop fare.

If you’d like, you can read my article on Cole-Baker and “Big Sky” by clicking here. Heck, here’s another one, too, from about 18 months ago.

Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Celebrate with one of the all-time great Silver Jews songs!

(I can only imagine that this is the song that was blaring over the speakers as the Larry O’Brien trophy made its way into what appears to be a very trendy Miami nightclub last night, as seen here and here.)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

(For the second week in a row, I forgot to post this on Friday. My apologies to the events that already happened … on Friday night.)

Two shows to kick off summer series, two album release events, two benefits for people halfway across the country and one farewell by an old favorite. It’s a crowded music section in GO! Magazine, as usual. Here’s what’s in there:

The Clear Summer Nights concert series kicks off Thursday with singer-songwriter Brett Dennen and opening act Dawes.

Bluegrassy Americana family band The Chapmans comes to town Sunday to start off the free Summer Sunday Concerts series at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Local folk-pop songstress Erin Cole-Baker celebrates the release of her fine new album “Big Sky.”

On Saturday, the Rise Up Spring Jamboree doubles not only as a heck of good time, but also an EP-release show for former Bendites (now Portlanders) The Autonomics. (And … oh yeah … a closing set by Larry and His Flask.)

Northwest acoustic Americana band Misty River is saying farewell (for now, at least) with a show at The Old Stone in Bend.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got all the details on Australian guitar wiz Tommy Emmanuel at the Tower Theatre, Portland Americana act Redwood Son at McMenamins, two house concerts featuring three fine songwriters and two separate dinners/concerts to benefit the tornado-ravaged folks in Joplin, Mo. Plus a Last Band Standing update.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

The 2011 Munch & Music lineup …

Friday, June 10th, 2011

… goes like this:

July 7 — Tracorum (Bay Area funk/soul)
July 14 — Curtis Salgado (veteran Oregon bluesman)
July 21 — Rootz Underground (Jamaican reggae/hip-hop)
July 28 — Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (ska/swing/rock)
Aug. 4 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (swing)
Aug. 11 — Shemekia Copeland (blues)

If yer keeping score at home, that’s one Daddy, one set of Daddies, and one concert series that is not spelled “Munchin Music.” (It’s kind of amazing how many people/organizations don’t get that tiny, minor detail right. I mean, it’s just the name of the series.)

Munch & Music shows are held on Thursday nights at Drake Park in downtown Bend. They are free and they are popular.

Say goodbye (for now) to Misty River

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Sometimes it seems like we (I?) get all hyped up about the rock, pop and hip-hop shows that come through Bend, and in doing so lose sight of the bands that sweep into town to play and sing beautiful songs beautifully, which is a skill we should never lose sight of.

Sure, Ice Cube can blow up the Midtown Ballroom with bass and Death Cab for Cutie can send squealing guitars into Central Oregon’s night sky and Ray LaMontagne can gather God’s creatures and heal the sick with his beard. That’s great. But a lot of folks who’ve been around Bend for a while will tell you that Misty River — four ladies from scattered towns around the Northwest who’ve been playing and touring for 14 years — make some of the prettiest, most powerful music around.

Misty River’s days of creating compelling, harmony-happy acoustic Americana appear to be numbered, however. Tomorrow night at The Old Stone (they dropped the “Church” from their name a while back), the quartet — Carol Harley, Dana Abel, Laura Quigley and Chris Kokesh — is playing a show to say farewell to their Central Oregon fans, at least for now. Here’s an explanation straight from the band (some of which you may also see in my story in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine). Emphasis is mine:

As for the impetus for the band’s break from performing, Abel says that after fourteen years of making Misty River a priority, it is time for band members to focus on other aspects of their lives. Harley (Vancouver, WA), a seven-year survivor of leukemia, is concentrating on improving her health. Kokesh (Portland, OR), who in 2010 released her first solo CD October Valentine, is working on a career as a singer-songwriter. Quigley (Maupin, OR), who married last year and moved to a stock ranch in Central Oregon, is expecting her first child. Abel (Eugene, OR), a mother of two, wants to spend more time with her family and pursue the environmental work she left behind eleven years ago.

“We still love to perform together, but also recognize the need to move on,” says Abel. “When Misty River formed in 1997, we took a canoe trip together that inspired me to write a song about the rewards, challenges and surprises one might face on a river trip–for me, it was an analogy of our band’s journey into the performing world. It has been a great ride, but for now, the demands of touring together don’t fit in with our lives. We are glad, however, to have a chance to say farewell for now to our Central Oregon fans and thank them for being so supportive over the years.”

If you’ve never heard Misty River, here’s their cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River” from their 2007 album “Stories.” In the hands of these four women, it’s more polished but every bit as mournful as the original, and it sounds like an old traditional tune — a testament not only to the players, but to the songwriters, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.

Misty River, “Black Muddy River”

If you’re interested, click here to read the feature article I did on Misty River in 2007, which is based on an interview with Harley, who grew up in Bend in the 1950s and ’60s.

Misty River plays The Old Stone (157 N.W. Franklin Ave., Bend) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or $17 plus fees in advance, available at Ranch Records (541-389-6116) in Bend and