–Plus: Half-of-Hillstomp Henry Kammerer comes to town with McDougall, Rosie Ledet brings zydeco to the Domino Room on Saturday, JPOD the Beat Chef heads up an electronic bill tonight at Midtown, “The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live” film screens at the Regal Old Mill 16, indie-folk chanteuse Ezza Rose plays The Wine Shop, Cadence takes on Players Bar, and much more!
The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has a solo album out today, and this morning, Bulletin graphic artist Andy Zeigert and I had a brief discussion on IM about things we’d rather listen to than it. Please enjoy, and sorry it’s a little fuzzy. I don’t know what’s up with that.
I spend a lot of time talking about how great the Sisters Folk Festival is; it is without question one of the musical highlights of Central Oregon’s summer.
But SFF is a year-round organization, and you should know that its annual Winter Concert Series — three concerts held at Sister High School’s auditorium — is a good time, too. I saw Trombone Shorty there a few years ago, and it remains one of the best concerts I’ve seen in my time here.
This year’s winter series will kick off Monday with another seriously danceable band from the great state of Louisiana. Here’s a taste …
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys will turn the high school auditorium into a zydeco dance party next week. My colleague David Jasper spoke with Broussard about how he learned to play accordion, among other things.
After seventh grade, he quit school to help out on the farm by picking and sorting potatoes. And as the story goes, every chance he got, he’d sneak in the house, reach up on the closet shelf and take down his dad’s prized accordion.
“(Dad) started working at another place,” Broussard, 44, told The Bulletin last week. “And when he would go to work, me and my brother would take chances and steal his accordion out of the closet. He didn’t even know which one to point the finger at.
“Every time we did that, though, our mom was like, ‘Y’all know, y’all’s daddy find out you’re doing that, you know what’s going to happen,’” he said. “But we would take our chances. That’s pretty much how I learned.”
Also highlighted this week is the Portland band Animal Eyes, which will play two shows in town — tonight at The Horned Hand and next Friday at Silver Moon — over the next week. Click here to read my take on their wide-eyed, globally inspired indie rock.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got artists that mine American folk, roots and rock ‘n’ roll as far as the eye can see: Peter Yarrow, Danny Barnes, Johnny A., Sassparilla, Calling Morocco, Restavrant and more.
Last but not least, I spent my Feedback column reviewing last week’s Pickwick show at McMenamins. Read that right here, and click here if you’d like to watch a few videos of the band’s performance.
Great poster for tonight’s Animal Eyes / Rural Demons show at The Horned Hand. I wrote about Animal Eyes here. You can scroll through Frequency’s ever-growing archive of cool flyers and posters for local shows by clicking here.
Anyway, if there’s a silver lining to today’s big dump (besides, you know, the economic gain for local snow-dependent businesses), it’s that Dick Dale — the King of the Surf Guitar — is riding a wave of reverb-drenched sound into town tonight for a show at the Domino Room, and he’s just the man to transport your mind from blizzard-y Central Oregon to some faraway beach where the big barrels roll in like a game of Donkey Kong on the hardest level.
What was I saying again?
Oh right: Tonight, be sure you show up on time (that’s 8 p.m.) for an opening set by local rockers Shade 13, a trio that makes old-soul surf and rockabilly that could be the soundtrack of some grainy Spaghetti Western film. The band has been playing regularly around Central Oregon for a while now, but this is, I think, their highest profile gig yet, so get out and support ‘em.
Still unconvinced? Check out the three videos below, shot by my colleague Adam Sears when Shade 13 played at Grover’s Pub back in December.
Up-and-coming Seattle soul band Pickwick played a solid show for a good-sized crowd at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend Thursday night.
I’ll have more thoughts on it in Friday’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin, but for now, here are a few videos I shot of the guys in action. The first is one of the few songs Pickwick has released to this point; the second and third are unreleased and likely to appear on the band’s debut album, which is expected later this year. Enjoy!
Because of those social media sharing buttons to the right of this text, I always try to think of something to write up here to push the video down the page a bit. It just looks a lot better than trying to shrink or move the video to work within the layout.
But sometimes, I can’t think of anything to write. And this is one of those times. OK, let’s move on!
The veteran Chicago bluegrass band Special Consensus will play in Bend tonight to benefit the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival. My colleague David Jasper spoke with founding member Greg Cahill about how he first got into bluegrass music.
Cahill learned to read music by first playing the accordion, then strumming some guitar, but “the allure of the banjo” called to him, he said. At that time, he was still predominantly into folk, which was big in the hometown of John Prine.
That changed in 1969, when he was stationed at a Georgia army base.
“I was in a folk trio, and one Saturday afternoon a guy came in and said, ‘You gotta hear this.’ It was Flat and Scruggs’ ‘Foggy Mountain Banjo’ album,” Cahill said. “That did it.”
You should click here and read the whole thing! Then get on over to The Sound Garden tonight and help out High & Dry.
In Feedback, I offer up a list of good goals for the Central Oregon music scene in 2012. Here’s a sneak peek at one of ‘em:
Fewer hassles. It seemed like every few months last year a venue or event ran into problems with outside forces, whether it was noise complaints by a tiny minority or governmental nitpicking about the capacity of a mom-and-pop business.
I understand that it’s the responsibility of concert promoters and event organizers to ensure safety and respect the neighbors. But I also live here, and I want Bend to be a fun, vibrant town with a diversity of cultural offerings for people of all stripes.
If that means putting up with the sound of music floating through the warm summer air a dozen times a year … well, there are a lot worse things to worry about, right?
There are about 10 items on my list. I hope you’ll go read the rest of them right here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Archeology visits McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Anthony B and Dick Dale return to town (separately), The Pimps of Joytime look to funk up Player’s, Mel Brown’s B3 Organ Band plays the Jazz at the Oxford series, Phillip Roebuck and Mike Brown stop at The Horned Hand tonight, and much, much more!
After you’re nice and warmed up, cross Greenwood Avenue and check out the Slipmat Science party at the Domino Room, featuring the melodic, New Wave-inspired bass music of San Francisco’s Comma in the headlining slot. Here, you can probably boogie till morning, or close to it, for $5. Read what we wrote here.