This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 15th, 2011, 12:22 pm by Ben Salmon

The fine fellas in local rockabilly blues trio Boxcar Stringband will play the M&J Tavern Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new album “Going Down South.”

I spoke with founding members Joseph Balsamo and Casey Cathcart about their band’s distinctly vintage style.

Much of today’s music industry is obsessively focused on the future.

Just about everyone is out there trying to create the next big sound, find the next big thing, or stumble onto the next big viral marketing scheme.

Not the three guys in Boxcar Stringband. The Bend-based trio … lives in the 21st century, but its music is a convincing throwback to a bygone era.

“When I think of our band, we’re playing basically everything that was around in 1953,” guitarist Joseph Balsamo said in an interview last week. “We just have bigger, stronger amps than they had.”

You should go read the whole thing here, and then go check out Boxcar on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the music section, we’ve got all the details you need on two local festivals: the rootsy, jam-focused 4 Peaks Music Festival near Tumalo, and Saturday’s living shrine to the acoustic guitar, the Breedlove Festival.

Plus, local folk favorite The White Buffalo returns to the region for two shows, one tonight in Sisters and one Saturday at The Horned Hand, a brand new art/music space on Colorado Avenue in Bend. Click here to read about The Horned Hand’s plans and the people behind them.

Oh wait, there’s more: Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom has a big week planned, with guitarist Fareed Haque’s Math Games group tonight, locally rooted indie-folkers Loch Lomond on Wednesday and junkyard blues specialists Hillstomp on Thursday. Madhappy Lounge has a busy schedule, too, with underground rapper Open Mike Eagle on Monday, political punkers Prayers for Atheists on Wednesday, and electro-hip-pop group Vokab Kompany on Thursday. Then there’s the wonderful Nicki Bluhm at Alive After 5, The Greencards play the free Sunday show at the Schwab, Town Mountain brings three nights of bluegrass to McMenamins, and a Last Band Standing update.


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3 Responses to “This week in GO! Magazine’s music section”

  1. Jim Bull says:

    Just so everybody knows, this next week in Redmond brings not one, but two shows, to the family friendly Music in the Canyon Concert Series. On Wednesday the 20th, the fine stylings of Voodoo Highway (one of guitarist extraordinaire David Miller’s projects) will be rockin’ all night!

    Then on Friday the 22nd, the Lewi Longmire Band, one Portland’s finest rockin’ units, will be playing the amphitheater. There were many requests to add some Friday shows to our series, so come check it out!

    Music starts at 5:30 and goes until 8 or so. Great adult beverages from Three Creeks are available, and Baldy’s BBQ is serving up the best in food! Come on over to the coolest outdoor venue in Central Oregon for great music and great sound.

    • Ben Salmon says:

      Thanks, Jim. The section was simply packed to the gills this week, so we ran out of room for the Voodoo Highway show, but don’t worry: I’ve got Lewi on the list for the 7/22 GO! Magazine!

  2. jim bull says:


    Thanks for your help. We had two great shows last week. Coming up next Wednesday the 3rd is local fovorites, Hangar 52.

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