Archive for July, 2011

Why you should go see The David Mayfield Parade today

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

I used about 300 words in Friday’s newspaper trying to tell you why you should go see The David Mayfield Parade‘s free show today at Les Schwab Amphitheater (gates open at 1 p.m., showtime is 2:30 p.m.)

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out the three videos below. Mayfield writes classic retro-roots-pop tunes; here are two of his best and a wonderful cover of “Sea of Heartbreak,” the old Don Gibson hit.

Go. Go. Go.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Ready …

Set …

FUNK!

The inaugural Volcanic Funk Festival kicks off with a free party tonight at McMenamins before oozing over to the Century Center on Saturday and Sunday. I spoke with founder Gabe Johnson about the origins of the event.

A trip to New Orleans’ famous Jazz & Heritage Festival a few years ago provided the “spiritual inspiration” for Volcanic Funk, he said.

“I said to myself at some point in the next couple of years I have to put on an event in Bend that at least begins to scratch the surface of that vibe,” Johnson said. “Something that features funky, dirty music, basically. Swampy music. And music that’s really inspired, too.

“When you go to (some shows in the Northwest), you get a lot of that shoe-gazing, ‘I’m too cool to dance’ quality,” he continued. “Whereas New Orleans is essentially ‘Let’s party. No holds barred. No inhibitions. This is about having fun.’ I can’t get (there) as much as I’d like so we’re trying to bring some of that spirit home.”

This is looking like it’s going to be a pretty rad, rump-shakin’ time. Click here to read the whole thing, including a full schedule and more about the bands.

One other show I want to highlight this week is The David Mayfield Parade’s free Summer Sunday concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Mayfield’s debut album has been dominating my ears lately, and his live show is supposed to be awesome. I’ll blog more about him before the show, but in the meantime, read my story by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band brings its country-rock legacy to the Tower Theatre, local singer-songwriter Jared Delaney celebrates his new album, Sisters Art Works gets some upgrades and hosts The Whiskey Rebellion, The Guess Who and Clay Walker kick off the Deschutes County Fair, and next week brings free, outdoor shows by David Lindley and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

[Poster] The Volcanic Funk Festival

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The Volcanic Funk Festival kicks off tomorrow night with a free show by Thunder Body at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, then gets underway in earnest at Century Center on Saturday.

Rest assured, we’ll have all the details and the story behind the festival in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine.

Tonight: Jerry Joseph at the new Astro Lounge

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This wasn’t in last week’s GO! Magazine because I didn’t know about it, but now I do, so here we go: Downtown Bend bar The Astro Lounge has picked up and moved around the corner, from its longtime home on Minnesota Avenue into a bigger space at 939 N.W. Bond St., between the D&D and Soba Noodle. The Source Weekly has a good look at the new bar right here, and the Astro’s Facebook has a bunch of photos of opening weekend here.

Anyway, the new Astro has been open for almost a week, but tonight it hosts its first major live music as veteran roots-rocker and Bend fave Jerry Joseph returns to town for a solo acoustic show in which he’ll be highlighting songs from his recent album “Into the Lovely” and his 2004 album “Cherry.” Organizers also promise special guests. Not just boring, ol’ regular guests … special guests!

The show will start around 9 p.m. and it’s $10 to get in. Here’s a photo from the Astro’s Facebook page:

[Video] Town Mountain at McMenamins

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Sorry for the slow posting, folks. I spent the past few days seeing Fleet Foxes and transporting a pig from Corvallis to Bend, leaving little time for blogging. (Every word of that sentence is true.)

In a town replete with opportunities to see progressive bluegrass played live, it’s nice to see a real traditional combo come through every once in a while. Last week, Asheville, N.C.’s Town Mountain set up shop at McMenamins Old St. Francis School for three nights in a row, and friend of Frequency Adam Sears was there on Thursday with his video camera.

These clips look and sound great, so check ‘em out for some tasty pickin’.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

This week, there are a couple of bigger names playing shows in Central Oregon, and you can find more on them below.

But for my main music story this week, I decided to focus on the South Carolina roots/jam band Dangermuffin, which is playing out at Black Butte Ranch on Sunday.

I chatted with Dangermuffin’s Dan Lotti about his love for Bend, the influence of living in a coastal town, and getting tagged with the jam-band label.

“We feel like it’s just really eclectic music, and I think sometimes we get grouped in with the jam thing, simply because of the eclecticism,” he said. “We don’t mind being included in the jam-band conversation, because I think what you find there within that community are true music fans.

“Those are the kind of people we want to reach out to and connect with anyway, so we don’t really look at the jam-band thing as being a four-letter word,” he continued. “We’re happy to just be a part of that community, and if that’s where we’re finding a niche, then we’ll take it.”

Oh heck … just click here and read it all.

Three other shows this week I want to highlight:

–Post-grunge heroes Everclear are at Century Center tonight. I couldn’t decide what to write about them, so I just wrote this.

–With Lucy Woodward on board to fill in for China Forbes, Portland’s Pink Martini returns to Les Schwab Amphitheater Saturday night.

–Portland-based roots-rock kingpin Lewi Longmire brings his namesake band to Redmond tonight for a free show at Music in the Canyon. Fans of Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Band take note.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Tornado Rider plays The Horned Hand, The Autonomics kick off Parrilla Grill’s Show Us Your Spokes series, just-crowned Last Band Standing champ Necktie Killer visits Silver Moon, folkie Carinne Carpenter does two nights at Scanlon’s, the Jazz at Joe’s series hosts the Warren Rand Quartet, and JazzBros! return to McMenamins.

I didn’t even have room for Cherry Poppin’ Daddies at Munch & Music, Franchot Tone’s free Summer Sundays show, The Whiskey Rebellion at Silver Moon and several other things. The summer music season is really getting busy, folks. Go support your local bands, venues, events and promoters!

China Forbes out, Lucy Woodward in for Pink Martini’s Bend show

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Portland-based multicultural “little orchestra” Pink Martini returns to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Saturday. You can get tickets and more details by clicking here.

Unfortunately, they’ll be without longtime lead vocalist China Forbes, who’s having surgery on her vocal cords. In her place will be the cosmopolitan singer-songwriter Lucy Woodward. Here’s the press release from the band, including some rave reviews for Woodward’s performances in Utah, Michigan and Montreal, Canada.

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[Video] Polecat at McMenamins

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The friendly folks in the Bellingham, Wash., bluegrass-ish band Polecat came through town twice in the past 10 days or so, once for a set at the Bend Summer Festival and once for a show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

My colleague Adam Sears was at the McMenamins show, video camera in hand. His footage is below. As you’ll see, this band pumps up its acoustic sound with drums, electric guitars and a bunch of sounds that wouldn’t be caught dead in traditional bluegrass. It’s pretty cool, so check it out.

[Photos] Opening night at The Horned Hand

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, there are 12,000 words below about Bend’s newest art-hangin’ / clothes-sellin’ / music-playin’ / beer-drinkin’ space, The Horned Hand, which I introduced you to right here.

Still, I am going to add a few of my own.

Cobbled together inside the old Repeat Performance building at 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., the venue’s official opening is tonight, when California folk-rocker The White Buffalo performs (9 p.m., $7 advance, $10 at the door). But there was a sort of soft opening last night, featuring music by Harley Bourbon and Boxcar Stringband, beer by Boneyard Brewing (and cans of Old German), and food by The Codfather, a new cart in town that sells fish ‘n’ chips out of a huge red double-decker bus parked just outside The Horned Hand’s roll-up bay door.

The decor is exactly what head Hand Wesley Ladd described when we met last week in what was then a barren, rectangular box. It’s eclectic, full of found objects and thrift-store bargains. Hubcaps, animal horns, interesting art pieces and vintage signs cover the walls, and they’re all for sale, Ladd says. A couple racks of clothing sit along one wall below a stereo system and projector, which last night ran the 1973 cult film “The Holy Mountain” silently on the opposite wall. (It was really, really weird.)

The bar appears to be a couple of kitchen counter slabs draped across several large barrels. The “bar stools” are kegs with pillows on top. Seating is available across the room in both old molded plastic school chairs (one had “Room 126″ scrawled on the back) and bench seats from automobiles. There’s a picnic table up front. It’s just to the left of the stage, which looked to be about a foot tall.

Both bands were great. I had never heard Harley Bourbon before, but they’ve got Lucero’s sandpaper-throated alt-country down pat. I look forward to seeing them again. Boxcar Stringband swings, baby, swings. (Their CD-release show is tonight, by the way.) The place was rockin’ as I approached around 9:45 p.m., and Ladd closed the bay door at 10 p.m. out of respect for the neighbors. The Horned Hand got a lot hotter after that, and pretty soon its crew was cranking up fans in the corners to keep the air moving.

Overall, I’d say it was a successful first night. I’d guess 100 or so folks came through, maybe a bit more, and many seemed to know each other, fueling the feeling that this wasn’t a brand new spot in town, but a longstanding neighborhood hangout. I was talking with local graphic designer and rock ‘n’ roller Dana MacKenzie, and he said “It feels like this place has been lived in for a year.” Or maybe he said eight years. I don’t know. It was loud. Either way, I couldn’t agree more.

Around 11:15 p.m., I headed out the door to find Ladd shushing a group of folks on the front lawn whose chatter was growing louder. That kind of thing is nice to see, and it’s a smart way to go. The Horned Hand has tremendous potential to be a vital cog in Bend’s nightlife and music scene, if it can navigate the hurdles that any business like it faces: red-tape headaches, annoyed neighbors, apathy on the part of locals. I hope it clears all of those and whatever else comes its way and sticks around for a good, long while. You should, too, and you can show your support starting tonight.

To the photos! (Sorry for the quality. I am not a great photographer and conditions were challenging.)

Note The Codfather's double-decker bus just outside the bay door.

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Don’t Forget: CrawFest 2011 is this weekend

Friday, July 15th, 2011

GO! Magazine was so packed with music this week, we couldn’t fit everything. So, don’t forget that the fourth annual CrawFest is going down tonight and tomorrow at Jake Crawford’s place between Bend and Powell Butte. (The address on the flyer below shows up here on Google Maps.)

Crawford has, as you can see, booked a bunch of fun local and Portland-based bands for his shindig. He’s also providing free camping, food and drinks. Cost and other details below. If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path festivities this weekend, CrawFest may be for you!