Tonight: Old Man Markley at Volcanic Theatre Pub

Thursday, January 16th, 2014, 5:30 pm by Ben Salmon

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Do you like pop-rock? Punk? Bluegrass? Do you like when a band smashes ‘em all together, a la hometown heroes Larry and His Flask?

Then Volcanic Theatre Pub in Bend is where you want to be tonight, to see last week’s GO! Magazine cover stars Old Man Markley.

Covering music in Central Oregon, you can bet I’ve heard a lot of punky bluegrass bands and ‘grassy punk bands. But I’m not sure I’ve ever heard one that churns out music as catchy as this L.A. septet. That’s because the punk-rock they draw influence from is of the pure pop-punk variety; think NOFX, The Descendents, or, to cite a couple of massive bands, Green Day and Blink-182.

Point is, these folks write killer catchy tunes featuring pop-punk-rooted melodies and perfect three-part harmonies, and they play ‘em with prominent fiddle and banjo. The result is great, see?

Anyway, tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. with opener Avery James & The Hillandales, and it’s $10 to get in. If you’re unfamiliar, Volcanic Theatre Pub is here.

Fun fact: Looks like the band got to town a day early and warmed up last night during M&J Tavern’s open mic! (Unmute it if you want to hear the ambient sounds of the bar.)

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