As sure as the sun rising in the east and the Kentucky Wildcats winning in Rupp Arena, Central Oregon’s concert schedule begins waking from its annual winter nap right around this time each year.
The past few months haven’t been dead as far as live music goes, but they have been a bit quieter than usual. However, new concerts are starting to pop up on local calendars, and it’s making the spring look better and better every day.
Below are the highlights of what we’ve learned about in recent weeks. I’ve included some things (The Shins, Beck, Yonder Mountain, etc.) that we already reported on Frequency (or its Facebook / Twitter) but I cut some stuff we’ve known about for a long time. Otherwise, the big new additions here are probably Social Distortion on May 16 (announced Tuesday), Todd Snider on April 17, a solid bluegrass bill at GoodLife Brewing, The Ascetic Junkies in a bigger room than usual, a tasty electronic show on April 6 and a cool chance to see Rubblebucket in a relatively small place on April Fool’s Day!
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March 3 — Diego’s Umbrella (gypsy rock), Players Bar and Grill.
March 16 — Leo Kottke (acoustic deity), Tower Theatre, Bend.
March 17 — The Autonomics (rock), The Horned Hand, Bend.
March 17 — Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons (rock), Players Bar and Grill, Bend.
March 18 — Skerik’s Bandalabra (jazz/funk), Players Bar and Grill, Bend.
March 24 — The Ascetic Junkies (indie-pop), Tower Theatre, Bend.
March 25 — Head for the Hills (bluegrass), Players Bar and Grill.
April 1 — Rubblebucket (prism-pop), Players Bar and Grill.
April 6 — Heyoka and Filastine (electronic), Domino Room, Bend.
April 11 — The Shook Twins (eclectic folk), McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend.
April 11 — Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket (folk-pop), North Rim Lodge, Bend.
April 17 — Todd Snider (folk), Tower Theatre, Bend.
April 20 — Yonder Mountain String Band (newgrass), Midtown Ballroom, Bend.
May 16 — Social Distortion (punk), Midtown Ballroom, Bend.
May 19 — Pure Prairie League (country-rock), Tower Theatre, Bend.
May 25 — The Shins (pop-rock), Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend.
May 27 — Beck (Beck-rock), Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend.