Tonight is Erin Cole-Baker’s last show in Bend before she moves to New Zealand

Friday, November 11th, 2011, 3:21 pm by Ben Salmon

Pretty much all you need to know is in the subject line. Longtime Frequency fave Erin Cole-Baker is moving to New Zealand (where she grew up) on Monday, so her set at tonight’s Maiden Bend Music Fest at the Tower Theatre is the last time she’ll play here for quite a while.

Bummer for Bend, but best of luck to both Erin and her husband Bruce.

Lest you wonder what the big deal is, Cole-Baker’s pretty folk-pop songs have powered three of the best locally made albums of the past six years, in my opinion. Here’s what I wrote about the middle one, “Talon and Spur,” in 2009:

The world can be sweet and sad and confusing and rad, sometimes all at the same time. Local folk-pop machine Erin Cole-Baker leaves none of it out, pouring her heart into simple, catchy tunes that feel like tiny peeks into the mind of someone who breathes in all of life’s quirks, both good and bad.

That sums it up pretty well. Easy, irresistible melodies just seem to pour out of Cole-Baker, and she’ll be missed.

Here’s the video for the wonderful title track from her most recent album, “Big Sky”:

Maiden Bend is tonight; it starts in five hours. More details are here.

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