Local music venues as seen in Google Street View

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012, 8:24 am by Ben Salmon

I’m a big fan of the Street View feature on Google Maps, which allows you to virtually plop down into the middle of a place and, through the magic of street-level imagery, see what’s happening there, or at least what was happening when Google’s funky little camera car rolled through.

I use Street View all the time for all kinds of reasons, from simply trying to get a better idea of something’s exact location to touring cities I’ve never visited. It’s fun. So for the past several years, Bend’s lack of Street View was frustrating. At first, there were no roads highlighted in blue when you dragged that little yellow dude across the map. Then, it was just our town’s traffic arteries.

But last night, I noticed that Google has finally blanketed Bend in Street View! And the second thing I thought to do — after look at my house, of course — was to check out some of our town’s busiest music venues. (Weird, I know.)

Anyway, I ended up grabbing screenshots of several, and when you line ‘em all up, it’s kind of an interesting view of a group of buildings that many folks may know and love and/or tolerate, but because of the blurry, nighttime nature of their business, have never really looked at before. (The Tower Theatre and Les Schwab Amphitheater being obvious exceptions here.)

So enjoy this peek at Bend’s busiest music venues brightened by the harsh light of day. And you can click here to check out others on your own.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Domino Room and Midtown Ballroom. In case you can't read the marquee, it says "ROACH GIG CANCELED" ... which is funny, because the rapper's name is Roach Gigz, but it still works. The Roach gig was canceled, after all.

The Horned Hand (and its distinctive, adjacent, double-decker food-cart buddy, The Codfather)

Les Schwab Amphitheater. What's that blurry spot on the stage? What's happening there that THEY don't want us to know about!?

The Sound Garden

Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. Not quite as charming outside as inside.

Players Bar & Grill. Where white vehicles go for happy hour, I guess.

The venerable, photogenic Tower Theatre.

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4 Responses to “Local music venues as seen in Google Street View”

  1. Pam says:

    your quotes below the pictures are funnier than the photos.

  2. Dave Jasper says:

    They canceled Roach Gigz?!? Aw, man.

  3. Gordon Rosenberg says:

    Well, I can think of several others that could be on this list. Several of those pictured here are not too impressive on the outside and maybe not on the inside either? Personally I would like to have some more good options in town.

    • Ben Salmon says:

      Me too, Gordon. Me too.

      Out of curiosity, what others do you think should be in this post? I only grabbed a few and then had to move on to other stuff … only so much time in the day, and I had to stop somewhere … but maybe you’ll mention something I forgot.

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