Cajun, jazz, ska, folk, punk and pop-rock … another week on Central Oregon’s music scene. Here’s what’s in today’s paper!
– One of the world’s best-known Cajun and zydeco bands, BeauSoleil, returns to Bend this weekend for a show at the Tower Theatre. My colleague David Jasper spoke to founder Michael Doucet about his vision for the band as an act of historic preservation.
– Local good-times band Necktie Killer has its first album recorded, mixed and mastered. Now they need some cash to help turn that work into a bunch of CDs. Tonight, they’ll play a show at their warehouse practice space in Bend to raise money for exactly that, and everyone who pays to get in will get a copy. I chatted with the guys about all of the above and more.
– The popular Jazz at the Oxford series ends this weekend with a visit from jazz/funk/rock fusionist Tom Scott & California Express. I rounded up some fun facts about Scott, whose long career has taken him to a bunch of interesting places and put him alongside a bunch of interesting people. Like Pat Sajak!
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: eclectic folk-rocker Tom Russell returns to the Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series, Solwave comes to the Astro Lounge, a gang of punk and metal bands will gather at the Domino Room Saturday for what this blog will call Eff Winter Fest, local folk singer Mike Biggers plays twice in Bend this weekend, Fruition and The Giraffe Dodgers team up at Liquid Lounge, The Henhouse Prowlers bring bluegrass to GoodLife Brewing, Dead Winter Carpenters visit McMenamins and more.