Archive for September, 2011

A Ziggy Marley ticket gets you into Delhi 2 Dublin cheap tonight

Friday, September 30th, 2011

While working on this week’s music stuff for GO! Magazine, I studied up on Delhi 2 Dublin, a collective of global villagers who take Irish fiddles and Indian drums and vocals, run ’em through dance-friendly electronic beats, and turn out a pretty fresh, interesting sound. The band will be at the Domino Room tonight, and this video should give you a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen:

Here’s my story on D2D in today’s paper, with all tonight’s show details. (9 p.m. show, Keegan Smith and the Fam opens, and they’re a good time, too.)

Of course, fans of the world’s music might be already planning on catching reggae son-of-a-legend Ziggy Marley tonight. Not to worry! Delhi 2 Dublin will start after Marley is done, and Shawn Jackson, the guy behind the D2D show, wrote this morning to say that anyone who shows their Ziggy ticket at the Domino Room door will get in for $5. That’s more than half off the listed door price, so take advantage and dance this Friday night away!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 30th, 2011

You know, when you think about it, you have to feel for folks like Julian and Sean Lennon, Hank Williams Jr. and III, and Ziggy and Damian Marley — artists who are the children (or descendents) of music icons.

It’s just not really very fair, is it? They may be very talented and make fine work, but through no fault of their own, they’re unlikely to ever match up to what their ancestors did. The Lennons, the Williamses and the Marleys have all put together decent careers, but they all seem somewhat unexciting because of the brilliance farther up their family tree.

It must be hard living in a shadow that big. Anyway … it was just a thought I had.

Ziggy Marley returns to Bend tonight. My colleague David Jasper spoke with him mostly about music and marijuana.

“I’m pro-hemp, I’m pro-cannabis, I’m pro the use of this natural resource both as medicinal and industrial,” Marley said. “I think we need to address the plant as a whole, instead of just talk about the recreational or medicinal use.

“The cannabis plant is a whole plant,” he continued, “and I think if people understand the bigger picture and not just the stereotypical ‘Oh, people want to smoke weed’ picture, then they will have a better understanding of the purpose and the benefits that this plant could have on the planet, you know.”

You should read the whole thing, which you’ll find by clicking here.

Also worth highlighting in today’s GO! Magazine: Local eclectic roots band Big Pine and the Pitchtones have a new album out called “Cold Wind Blowin'” and they’ll celebrate it with a free show tonight at Dudley’s BookShop Cafe. Read all about the band and the album by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Delhi 2 Dublin, Eddie Spaghetti, Hillstomp, Sean Hayes, Wires in the Walls, The Changing Colors, The Northstar Session, Big Jugs, The Beautiful Train Wrecks and more!

2011 Bend Roots Revival: Day 3

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

(Find all our coverage of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival, including a preview of the event and recaps of all three days, by clicking here.)

As if it was determined to present a well-rounded microcosm of life in Bend, the Bend Roots Revival’s third day brought about much cooler temperatures and, with them, this town’s impressive collection of fuzzy, puffy, fleecy, downy jackets. I don’t know if it was the weather or some other factor, but the Sunday crowd at Roots seemed much smaller than I expected. Maybe I was seeing things wrong.

There was, however, a good-sized gathering around veteran folk singer Allan Byer on the Casey’s Corner stage when I showed up in the mid-afternoon. For 15 minutes, at least, Byer had one of the few spots on the schedule with no competing sets, which no doubt helped draw people in. But the guy also has been playing anywhere and everywhere in Central Oregon for years, and he has gathered a following, I’m sure. It’s easy to see why; Byer’s sound is soothing and tasteful, the perfect start to any Sunday afternoon full of music. I arrived just in time to capture one of his trademark Bruce Cockburn covers:


2011 Bend Roots Revival: Day 2

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

(Find all our coverage of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival, including a preview of the event and recaps of all three days, by clicking here.)

Sometimes it seems like my Twitter feed is full of nothing but Bendites who go to every single event in this town, floating from free concert to art walk to seasonal festival to bike race to free concert to art walk to seasonal festival to bike race to … you get the picture.

Yesterday, I felt like one of those folks.

My goal was to arrive at the Bend Roots Revival at 1 p.m. to see Franchot Tone play his disarming reggae-pop, but a last-minute errand put me in the car, driving across town at that time. Community radio to the rescue! I turned my dial to 88.9 FM, where KPOV was broadcasting live from the festival’s BIGS Stage, and listened to at least half of Tone’s set, including several originals, his sharp cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” and a frisky funk jam by The Meters.

When I did finally arrive at the Century Center, I ventured first into the courtyard, where a growing crowd and competing noise from two stages made it feel a bit too chaotic. So I retreated to the Good Life Stage for some jazz guitar wizardry from longtime local Rich Hurdle. I’d never seen him before, but his casual style and laid-back sound was an ideal antidote to the hustle and bustle of the courtyard. Here’s his take on “Triste” by bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim:


Happy Birthday, “Nevermind” / [Video] Subliminal plays Nirvana at Grover’s Pub

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Nirvana released “Nevermind” 20 years ago today.

Sept. 24, 1991. I was 15.

For some large percentage of the world’s population, this anniversary doesn’t mean much. And for some smaller, more cynical group of people, it means another chance to roll their eyes whenever someone begins to wax poetic about the album and what it meant/means in the context of punk rock/popular music/pop culture/fashion/the Northwest music scene/hero worship/conformity/nonconformity/whatever.

I understand that. Just as one might scoff at the notion that “Nevermind” changed a lot of lives (besides Kurt Cobain’s, Krist Novoselic’s and Dave Grohl’s), I will probably scoff one day when some young whippersnapper claims their life was changed by, say, Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” or Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.” (No slag intended. Both are fine albums; see #11 and #25 here.)

It’s the circle of life, or at least the circle of thinking your formative music is the most important music ever and subconsciously diminishing that which came before or after. Y’know … that circle.

But I’m here to tell you: “Nevermind” changed lives. It changed mine. I went from listening to Bobby Brown in 6th grade to Def Leppard and INXS in 8th grade to Nirvana in 10th grade to discovering the Pixies and Pavement and Teenage Fanclub and my weird local college radio station and on and on. From there, it was a deep, dark rabbit hole of music super-nerd-dom that I tumbled into, and that I still haven’t climbed out of. Thank goodness.


2011 Bend Roots Revival: Day 1

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

(Find all our coverage of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival, including a preview of the event and recaps of all three days, by clicking here.)

Thanks to a previous commitment and then a last-minute decision to go see Subliminal play Nirvana’s “Nevermind” in its entirety (more on that later), I wasn’t able to make as much of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival‘s opening night as I would’ve liked.

I did scoot over to the Century Center in the late afternoon to catch a couple of bands. On the breezy Good Life Stage, local, all-female Americana trio The Prairie Rockets were playing a pleasant set that was perfect for the small Happy Hour crowd that had gathered. (By the way, how nice is that space? Wow. Kudos to Good Life Brewing for creating that little slice of paradise.)

I only had 30 minutes to split between the Rockets and Two/Thirds Trio, and during my 15 minutes with the Rockets, I heard them cover Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, and a folk standard called “Rock Salt and Nails” that was written by Utah Phillips and recorded by, well, just about everyone else. Here it is:

(Sorry for the shaky camera work and cut-off heads. I was wrangling an 18-month-old while shooting both of these.)

From there, I wandered over to the Casey’s Corner stage for a band with one of my favorite names in town, the Two/Thirds Trio. They played this gig as — get this — a quartet, pumping out rubbery, robust funk and jazz that gave the festival’s rootsy Friday-night lineup a little urbane diversity. Here’s one of their jams:

I had to be home most of the evening, so I missed the Moon Mountain Rambler Family Tree party, Billy Mickelson’s Third Seven / Dela Project run, guitar master Brooks Robertson and some other stuff. Before heading over to Grover’s for Subliminal, I checked in hoping to catch Oh Sugoi! (I was told their light show was amazing), but they seemed to be running late. And after Subliminal, I stopped in again and found 75 people or so dancing to the electronic tonic of Flying Kites well after midnight. It was still unseasonably warm.

Today, the schedule really ramps up. Find all our Bend Roots coverage by clicking here.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Over the past six years, the Bend Roots Revival has grown from a small gathering of local artists jamming in and around Parrilla Grill and The Victorian Cafe to one of Central Oregon’s biggest and best music events and a vital celebration of local arts that takes over the Century Center for an entire weekend.

This weekend is that weekend. The Bend Roots Revival is back!

In today’s GO! Magazine, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy the Bend Roots Revival, including:

-A performance schedule that’ll be more helpful than anything else you can find, I guarantee it.
-A story about what’s new at the Revival, including new stages, new artists and a new partnership with Rise Up International.
-A quick look at five featured performers at the festival that you may not already be familiar with: Brooks Robertson, Aisea Taimani, Consider the Fox, The Woods and Flying Kites.

Enjoy it, folks!

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Hank Williams III returns to the Domino Room, Mare Wakefield plays a Windance House Concert and Pete Kartsounes brings his band to McMenamins (and Bend Roots)

Plus, my Feedback column makes its annual trek to Portland for the massive MusicfestNW festival, where highlights included Givers, Purity Ring, White Hills, Explosions in the Sky, You Am I and late-night poutine from Potato Champion. Click here to read my overview, and then look for more detailed reports on Frequency very soon.

[Photo / Video] Larry and His Flask, Tuck and Roll, The Confederats at The Horned Hand

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I was hoping to find room for this in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine, but we ran out of space. So to the blog it goes!

Helluva show Saturday night at The Horned Hand in Bend, featuring one of the best local punk bills I can remember in my five years here. Tuck and Roll kicked things off with some top-notch pop-punk, followed by a furious set from local old-school shredders The Confederats. Both bands have been scarce around town in recent years, so it was great to see them rip it up.

The Flask was awesome, as always, nailing all their originals and covering Thin Lizzy, Marvin Gaye and someone else I can’t remember (I think?). You can tell that playing scores of sets in all sorts of circumstances this summer on the Warped Tour really honed the band’s skills and tightened up their show. It’s still a wild time, but not quite the unnerving chaos it was, say, 18 months ago. It’s more of a controlled chaos these days.

Of course, on Saturday, a little bit of that control may have been because of the distance between the band and most of the crowd. Apparently — and this is based on one side of the story, but seems to be basically accurate — The Horned Hand received notice before the show that their legal capacity would be dropped from 200 to 49 thanks to some sort of structural issue cited by the city of Bend’s fire marshal. (More on that soon, I hope.) As a result, Hand owner Wesley Ladd, fearful of a fine for being over capacity, allowed 49 people inside the building and kept the other 100+ outside, where they crowded around an open bay door to watch the show. (The Flask played inside, in front of the stage, but walked out into the throng several times, which made me wonder if that meant others could come in under the one-in, one-out policy.)

It was a little awkward — the Hand can clearly hold a lot more than 49 people — but I thought overall it was a decent solution, and the best Ladd could do in a tough spot. But then, I was inside. I don’t know how the people outside felt; I did see mostly smiles and friendly interactions with the big dudes whose job it was to keep them out all night.

Photos and moving pictures! (Thanks to Adam Sears for the videos.)



Tonight’s Murder By Death show moved to Domino Room

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

I’ll just copy and paste from today’s issue of The Bulletin.

Tonight’s concert by Indiana twang-rock band Murder By Death has been moved to the Domino Room (51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend).

If you already purchased tickets to see the band at The Horned Hand, your tickets will be honored.

The move means the show is now open to all ages. Tickets cost $10 plus fees in advance at or $13 at the door.

The show will start at 8 p.m. Opening acts include Third Seven, Rural Demons and a reunion set by Pater Familias.


If you’re interested, here’s my original story on Murder By Death.

Tonight’s Larry and His Flask show moves earlier, outdoors

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Citing “capacity issues” (which, frankly, have existed since the second this show was booked; it’s not like venue got smaller in recent weeks) (OK, I’m retracting that statement because I was reminded that while venues generally don’t physically shrink, their legal capacity certainly can. More on this as soon as I can get it.), local punkgrass powerhouse Larry and His Flask announced last night via Facebook that their show tonight has been moved outdoors into the parking lot of The Horned Hand (507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend), and earlier in the evening. Here’s the message from LAHF:

Hey everybody, Slight change in the schedule for (the) 9/17/11 show at the Horned Hand in Bend, Oregon. Due to capacity issues the show is being moved to the parking lot where capacity will not be an problem. Doors will be at 6 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Larry And His Flask will be going on at 9 p.m. sharp. $6, 21+ There will be skate ramps so bring your deck! See ya’ll there!

Also on the bill: local punk legends The Confederats and one of my favorite bands in town, Tuck and Roll. So I’d encourage you to get there on time. It’s gonna be wild.