Archive for August, 2012

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Every once in a while I look at the music section in GO! and am both proud and amazed at the amount of stuff we get to. We don’t get to it all, but we get to a lot.

This is one of those weeks:

-After years of opening for bigger names and selling out the Tower Theatre, Brandi Carlile is back in Bend Saturday to headline the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Opening act Blitzen Trapper is awesome, too. We talked to both of them.

-In Feedback, I went on a bit of a rant about online vigilantism, spurred by some of the stuff that happened on Facebook earlier this week after Bend Roots Revival organizers canceled their festival.

-One-man band Tony Smiley celebrates the release of his new album “Ticket to the Trip” with a show Thursday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, DJ Wicked’s all-vinyl weekend, Estocar and The The The Thunder at Silver Moon, nelo at Black Butte Ranch, Back From The Dead at Maragas Winery, Moon Mountain Ramblers at Elk Lake Resort, Dixieland Party Band and Friends in La Pine, The JZ Band, a very busy weekend at The Horned Hand and more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 24th, 2012

ZZ Top!


Ink & Metal = tattoos, bikes and hard rock

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy‘s “brass ‘n’ grass”

(and Madeleine Peyroux)

PLUS: the Rum Rebellion, Sagebrush Rock Festival, The Autonomics, Cadence, Rare Monk, Necktie Killer, Jay Tablet’s b-day bash, Larry and His Flask, Third Seven, David Bowers’ return and more.

And finally in Feedback, I tackle the issue of people who want to sit at concerts, people who want to stand and dance, and the conflict between them. I clarify what I meant at the end of this column and talk to a few local venues and events (Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tower Theatre, Athletic Club of Bend, Sisters Folk Festival) to find out how they handle this situation.

Sisters Folk Festival is sold out

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

We warned you. Here’s the release:

The Sisters Folk Festival’s 2012 event scheduled for September 7-9 in Sisters, Oregon, is officially sold out.

The festival made the announcement on Sunday, August 19; it is the first time the 17-year-old organization has declared a sellout in advance of the event.

“One of the keys to the success of the Sisters Folk Festival is that it has always been an accessible, intimate experience for patrons and musicians alike,” says Jim Cornelius, chairman of the Sisters Folk Festival Board of Directors. “In order to preserve the unique character of the event, it’s imperative that we not over-crowd our venues.”

The festival features three large, tented venues and several other small venues located in businesses, all concentrated in the downtown area of Sisters.

“All our venues are going to be full throughout the festival,” Cornelius noted. “If you want to see a particular artist at a particular venue, you’ll want to be there early. For example, James McMurtry is only playing once, at the Village Green venue, and that’s going to be full. Of course, there’s great music going on at every venue all the time, so patrons will have plenty of opportunities.”

A very limited number of day passes for the festival’s Sunday program are still available.

The 2012 Sisters Folk Festival lineup includes James McMurtry, Mary Gauthier, the Walking Woody’s Road tribute to Woody Guthrie, gypsy jazz guitar great John Jorgenson, Abigail Washburn, Gregory Alan Isakov and a wide array of artists from blues to bluegrass.

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Weigh in on standers blocking the view of sitters at concerts!

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At the end of my Norah Jones review in last week’s GO! Magazine, I addressed an issue not directly related to the performance, but certainly tangentially related to attending a concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater, which was more crowded than usual that night thanks to a large section of reserved seats and three VIP tents. Here’s that aside:

… this was a crowd ripe for some epic showdowns between people who wanted to sit and people who wanted to stand. And that happened; I was near one particularly nasty confrontation. The Schwab should put up signs at shows like this that say something like “People are allowed to stand and dance wherever they’d like.”

I understand the sitters’ frustration, but that’s just how it is. Period.

And if you’re the type of person who’ll sit in your chair and yell “move!” and “sit down!” at a group of people standing and obscuring your view of the stage, do everyone a favor and stop doing that.

Since that published, I’ve received a handful of emails from folks talking me to task for, essentially, encouraging people to stand and dance and block the view of other people who paid to enter the venue as well and deserve to be able to see from their seats. And now, I’d like to expand on this topic in another column, reviewing opinions on both sides and looking into not only the policies at a few local venues, but also how they feel about it.

So if you have something to say, I hope you’ll leave a comment, ideally with your real name and your home town, since I may be including it in the column.

Do you think people who’ve paid to enter a venue to see a concert have the right to stand and dance wherever they like? Or would you side with the folks who believe their seat should come with an unobstructed view of the show? And does your opinion change based on whether the show is in a venue with seats as opposed to general admission on a lawn? Let me know!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 17th, 2012

— The High & Dry Bluegrass Festival runs today through Sunday on a ranch east of Bend. (In fact, it has already begun.) Read our story on one of the bands playing there, Ashland pickers Eight Dollar Mountain, and find the main-stage schedule while you’re there, too.

— Bend-raised and Portland-based singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman will celebrate the release of her electro-poppy sophomore album “Cardiology” with a show tonight at Greenwood Playhouse. Here’s my story on how the new album got to be the way it is.

— Norah Jones played Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Wednesday night and was terrific. Read my review of the concert and be sure to check out The Bulletin photographer Rob Kerr’s photos of the show and the scene that night.

Also in this week’s music section: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, Jet West, Hooves, BrownChicken BrownCow StringBand, Mosley Wotta, Necktie Killer and more.

Hear Sara Jackson-Holman’s “For Albert”

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Portland-area singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman‘s CD-release / homecoming show (she’s a Mountain View ’07 grad) is tonight at Greenwood Playhouse, and you can read more about it and her new album “Cardiology” in today’s GO! Magazine.

Want to hear Jackson-Holman’s more beat-oriented sound for yourself? You’re in luck! Here’s one of the best examples on “Cardiology,” an upbeat collision of dance-pop and Beethoven’s “Für Elise” called “For Albert.”

Sara Jackson-Holman’s “For Albert” by Sara Jackson-Holman

[Photos] Norah Jones at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Friday, August 17th, 2012

My review of Norah Jones’ concert Wednesday at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater is in today’s GO! Magazine. And below, check out a bunch of great photos of the night, taken by The Bulletin’s Rob Kerr.

Opening act Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons


Did Hot Chelle Rae draw the biggest concert crowd in Central Oregon history?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

I mentioned this in passing during my review of the concert, but it bears repeating: Teen-heartthrob pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae played the Deschutes County Fair on Aug. 3 and drew an estimated crowd of 11,400 people, breaking the all-time attendance record at the fairgrounds’ event center.

Given that the event center is, as far as I know, the largest venue in Central Oregon that holds concerts, it seems reasonable to extrapolate the above into an assumption that I think is (a) kind of shocking, and (b) fun to know, at least:

In terms of crowd size, Hot Chelle Rae played the biggest show in the history of Central Oregon two Saturdays ago.

Hot Chelle Rae's Ryan Follese, left, and Nash Overstreet perform at the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond.

Now, I wasn’t quite satisfied with that assumption, so I did a little bit of research and asking around to try to give it a little more context.

First, I wrote fair officials to find out how they got to that number. Fair & Expo Center Director Dan Despotopulos wrote back and said that for concerts, the building has 4,000 permanent seats and 4,500 chairs on the floor, plus standing room. Neither the VIP nor the general admission sections on the floor looked full, but that’s because everyone sitting in those sections moved up as far as they could — in VIP’s case, up against the stage; in GA’s case, up against the back of VIP. According to the fair’s marketing coordinator, Ross Rogers, officials let in extra people because they knew the folks on the floor would never return to their seats. (I can confirm that they didn’t. I spent the second half of the concert in the back row on the floor, surrounded by hundreds of empty chairs.)

For the record, the fair distributed 14,000 tickets to the show, which were free and available at area McDonald’s. To get into the concert, you had to pay fair admission and show your free ticket.

The fair uses a formula to estimate crowds that Despotopulous called “more of an art than a science” — it involves the number of people that can fit in each concrete square on the arena’s floor — but that at least gets us close to an attendance number. He also provided the top five crowds in the history of the fair’s concert series:

1. Hot Chelle Rae (2012), 11,400
2. Styx (’10), 11,200
3. REO Speedwagon (’11), 11,000
4. Joan Jett (’11), 10,600
5. (tie) Alice Cooper (’08) / Peter Frampton (’09) / Chris Young (’12), 10,200

For comparison’s sake, here are the five biggest crowds in the 10-year history of Central Oregon’s next largest venue (that I know of), the ~8,000-capacity Les Schwab Amphitheater, per a story I did earlier this year. (If this kind of stuff interests you and you haven’t seen this graphic, click right now.)

1. Jack Johnson (’05), 8,005
2. Jack Johnson (’04), 7,970
3. Pixies (’04), 6,517
4. Ben Harper and Jack Johnson (’03), 6,485
5. Willie Nelson (’03), 6,399

Almost satisfied, I also asked a few local concert promoters who’ve been in the business and in the region for years — Bret Grier of Random Presents and Cameron Clark of C3 Events — to see if they could remember anything bigger than 11,400. Neither could. If you know those guys and what they do, you know that’s pretty solid.

So now, I turn to you: On Aug. 3, did Hot Chelle Rae draw more people to a concert than any artist ever has in Central Oregon?

For all I know, 20,000 people gathered in a field in east of Redmond in 1982 to see Madonna or something. So if you can remember anything at all that might compete, please leave a comment. I’d love to know about it!

A small portion of the estimated 11,400 people who saw Hot Chelle Rae play in Redmond on Aug. 4.

Think you don’t like hip-hop?

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Try some Champagne Champagne, both in the videos below and tonight (with The Knux and more) at Liquid Lounge.

These dudes put on one of the best shows I saw in 2011 in front of like 30 people. Don’t miss them again.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Here’s what’s in there!

— She didn’t have time for an interview, but I wrote about Norah Jones anyway. She’s just that big of a star.

— Speaking of big stars, my Feedback column this week split time between the Hot Chelle Rae show at the Deschutes County Fair and the Counting Crows at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Man, were they different.

— Two excellent rock bands are playing free shows in town this week: The Features and The Moondoggies.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Champagne Champagne and The Knux headline an indie-hip-hop show at Liquid Lounge and bluesman Tommy Castro wraps up Munch & Music, plus Molly’s Revenge at Angeline’s Bakery, McDougall at Parrilla Grill and Subliminal at Silver Moon.