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Download “November” and help local kids

Friday, November 29th, 2013

(I should’ve posted this weeks ago.)

“November” is an online compilation album featuring songs from Central Oregon artists that’s available for purchase here (for $5 or more) only during the month of November.

That means only through tomorrow, folks!

The key point here is that, according to organizer Brian Hinderberger (of local bands Victory Swig and The Rum and the Sea), 100 percent of profits from the album will go to Healthy Beginnings of Central Oregon, which “provides accessible physical, developmental and behavioral screenings to children from birth through age five to foster healthy, educated, nurtured children, families and communities,” according to its website.

Artists who’ve donated a song include: Voodoo Highway, Three Times Bad, Chris Evans, Jason D Schweitzer, Victory Swig, Stan Roach, Steam Engines, The Rum and The Sea, The Quons, Hilst & Coffey and Jason Chinchen.

Good local music and a good cause … what are you waiting for? (No seriously, don’t wait … again, it’s gone after tomorrow.)

Deschutes Brewery unveils Deschutes River Recordings

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Eric D. Johnson along the Deschutes River

Eric D. Johnson along the Deschutes River

File this under: “Cool all around.”

Today, Deschutes Brewery premiered a video of The Fruit Bats‘ Eric D. Johnson (who, by the way, is opening for M. Ward at the Domino Room on Sept. 21) performing a song by The Byrds along the banks of the Deschutes River near La Pine State Park. It’s the first installment of the company’s new Deschutes River Recordings series, which it hopes will promote and support the efforts of the Deschutes River Conservancy.

Here’s the gist of the project, taken from an email from a Deschutes spokesperson:

• The brewery issued a call to its fans – otherwise called “advisory board members” – to choose songs with a river theme through an online voting process.
• Next, the brewery teamed up with indie artists to record the selected songs. The musicians traveled here and recorded the music “streamside high-wire: live, unadorned, far from a studio safety net”, resulting in a completely unique sound blending acoustic tunes with the sounds of nature.
• A partnership with popular music site,, was formed and implemented to help promote the new recordings.
• Fans can download the songs for free, but are able to make a donation if they desire. Proceeds from downloads of this new music benefit the Deschutes River Conservancy, which is working to preserve streamflows and health of the river.

Check out the Pitchfork ad! If you know anything about the site or music journalism in 2012, you know this is quite the placement:

And here’s the video, featuring Johnson performing The Byrds’ “Ballad of Easy Rider.” Be sure to download the track and donate here. Coming in the next few weeks: Songs by Johnson’s fellow Portland-based indie luminaries Eric Earley (of Blitzen Trapper) and Laura Gibson.

Don’t forget: The Hump Day Hash is tonight

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Lots of info on The Hump Day Hash here and here. And now, here’s the flyer. Tonight, Tim Coffey takes the stage and Habitat for Humanity gets the nonprofit spotlight. Get trippy with it!

Reminder: Today is Rise Up’s Haiti benefit concert

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Football game? What football game?

OK, yeah, there’s a football game today. But there are also still people in Haiti who need our help. So if you have no interest in the Super Bowl, head down to the Domino Room (51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) for “Rise Up & Rebuild,” a Haiti benefit concert organized by local humanitarian group Rise Up International. And if you do want to watch the game, consider heading down to the benefit afterward. This is a great bill for a great cause.


Local benefits for Haiti taking shape

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

In response to the earthquake in Haiti, a couple of local benefit concerts seem to be happening. One is further along than the other, which means you can put one on your calendar, and you could potentially get involved in the other:

-On Sunday, Feb. 7, local humanitarian group Rise Up International will put on “Rise Up & Rebuild” at the Domino Room. Doors will open at 4 p.m., and the cost of admission is $5, with the money going to relief efforts in Haiti. The lineup, according to Rise Up’s Jesse Roberts, includes Person People, Larry and His Flask, Leif James & The Struggle, Haylee & Amanda, slam poetry by Manifestdestiny and Lakes, a mighty fine indie-rock band from California that put out on EP with a cover that always catches my eye in record stores.

-Fast-rising local singer-songwriter Reed Thomas Lawrence isn’t sure yet exactly what kind of Haiti fundraiser he’s putting together, but he’s working on something, and he’s aiming high, if his e-mail today is any indication. If you’d like to participate or help him out, write Reed at

The Gourds’ Kev “Shinyribs” Russell to play benefit Saturday (plus a sneak peek at WinterFest headliners)

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


I know you love the Austin, Texas Cajun-jam-billy (what?) band The Gourds. You must, and others around here must, because we’re graced with their presence about once every couple of years. In my humble opinion, The Gourds are one of the best bands that comes to Bend regularly.

Say, did you know they’ll be here again in January to headline the first night of Bend WinterFest? The all-female AC/DC cover band Hell’s Belles will return to headline the second night. More details are here.)

And here’s something else you may not know (since I haven’t seen much promotion): Kev Russell, one of The Gourds’ two main songwriters, will be in Bend on Saturday to play a fundraiser at the Old Stone Church (157 N.W. Franklin Ave.) under his solo moniker Shinyribs. Mai from Moon Mountain Ramblers is going to open the show.

The event will raise money for humanitarian efforts in Africa by a group called Off the Mat, Into the World. Tickets are $25 at the door, and things will get going around 7:30 p.m. For more info, call 541-410-5513.

Sounds like a pretty nifty opportunity to help a good cause and see a fine songwriter in an intimate setting and outside the confines of his best-known band.

Here’s the band’s cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice,” which you’ve undoubtedly heard, but possibly thought was Phish, since the song was widely labeled as such on file-sharing networks back in the day. (Sensitive ears be aware of NSFW language. It’s a Snoop Dogg song.)

Their “Gin & Juice” cover raised The Gourds’ profile more than anything else, I suppose. But if you’re interested in hearing what this band is all about, most of their albums are quite good. I suggest starting with “Ghosts of Hallelujah,” a peach of an album where the band’s mix of melodic sense, Texas twang and surrealist poetry come together seamlessly.

“Groovin’ for Gavin” benefit Saturday at Parrilla

Friday, October 9th, 2009

I didn’t know about this in time to get much into GO! Magazine, but it sounds like great music for a great cause, so here’s a good-and-good-for-you option for your Saturday entertainment.

“Groovin for Gavin” is a fundraiser for Gavin Straw, a 5-month-old local kid who’s about to undergo major surgery. “Gavin has a disease where he was born with a fused skull (called) craniosynostosis,” says organizer Elyse Huntamer.

To help his family with expenses, Parrilla Grill (635 N.W. 14th St., Bend) will host the benefit from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

A silent auction will run from 3 to 8 p.m., with a bunch of great stuff up for grabs, and the music lineup goes like this: Ben and Steve from Necktie Killer from 6 to 7 p.m., the Dela Project from 7 to 8 p.m., and Larry and His Flask from 8 to 9 p.m. (The Flask is just back from a three-month tour across the country, so go say hi. It’s polite.)

The suggested donation for “Groovin’ for Gavin” is from $5 to $20, depending on what you can give. E-mail for more info. In the meantime, check out how cute this kid is!



Super cute, right? You should go to this and help him out, OK? OK.

And here’s the event’s Facebook page in case you want to spread the word to all your virtual friends.