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Third Seven’s European Tour Photo Album

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Local experimental musician, exploratory cellist and Frequency fave Billy Mickelson — aka Third Seven — spent the past three months on tour, performing across North America and Europe. He returned to the United States earlier this month after spending all of January overseas, and today he’s in Arizona, slowly making his way back to Central Oregon.

On Monday, he’ll play a homecoming show at The Horned Hand in Bend. There’s no cover, start time is 7:30 p.m and Adonija will open.

On Tuesday, Billy was nice enough to send Frequency a batch of photos from his European adventure, including shots of scenery, life on the road and music-making. You’ll find them below, along with some of Billy’s comments when he provided some.


Performing at DosTrece in Barcelona, Spain. At left is Davey Hemm, who accompanied Mickelson on tour.

Marseille, France


What others thought of the year in music (addendum)

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

In this week’s GO! Magazine, we have four full pages dedicated to the favorite musical things — albums, concerts, instruments, whatever — of those closest to Central Oregon’s music scene in 2011.

Four full pages sounds like a lot, until you realize that I received more than 40 submissions this year in response to my annual call for everyone’s top five list.

Not only did I get a ton of lists, but they were longer and more substantive than ever before, which means two things: 1) I ended up with way more material than I could use in print. And 2) There’s a lot of great stuff in the overflow lists, which scroll on endlessly below.

So warm up your mouse finger and pan down to see what a whole bunch of local folks were into in 2011. And again, there’s more here.


What others thought of the year in music (addendum)

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Tomorrow morning in GO! Magazine, the music section will be dedicated to the best music of 2010, with four whole pages dedicated to the favorite things — albums, concerts, instruments, whatever — of those closest to Central Oregon’s music scene.

A couple weeks ago, I sent out a call to everyone I know asking them for their top five musical moments of the year. I’ve done this for four years in a row, and always received more lists than I could fit in the paper.

This year, however, there were even more lists than usual, and they were longer and more substantive than ever before. I ended up with way more material than I could use in print. Lucky for all of us, the internet is infinite! So I’ve taken all the overflow and placed it right here. Scroll down to see what a whole bunch of local folks were into in 2010.

Larry And His Flask
roots-punk road warriors
1. Best out of town shows: Austin, Texas at the Hole In The Wall with Possessed by Paul James and Tom Vandenavond. Playing at the House of Blues in Boston on Saint Patrick’s Day with Sick of it All and the Dropkick Murphys. Playing with Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly at Matt’s bar in Carlsbad. Playing acoustic at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Calif., in Jimmy Kimmel’s personal VIP section at the Mighty Mighty Bosstones show.

2. Most listened to albums of 2010: Possessed by Paul James, “Feed the Family.” Punch Brothers, “Anitfogmatic.” Noman, “Broadcast.” Murder by Death, “Good Morning, Magpie.” The Tallest Man on Earth, “Shallow Grave.”

3. Best hometown shows: Playing with The Devil Makes Three and the Dela Project at the Domino Room. Super rowdy show! Also, watching The Aggrolites at the Domino Room.

4. Best singer-songwriter of the century: Willy Tea of Oakdale, Calif.

5. Best party in Florida: The Fest, Halloween weekend. We played two shows that were awesome, then snuck onto the fourth floor of the Holliday Inn. Played on the fourth floor only to get kicked out by security and then to play again in the lobby with the manager’s permission at 4 a.m.


[Review / video] Rootdown, Reed Thomas Lawrence at Bend Spring Festival

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Frequency contributor Ethan Maffey checked out the Bend Spring Festival Saturday night and filed this report. Be sure to read all the way through and then check out the video Ethan shot of Eugene’s Rootdown:

This past weekend, the popular Bend neighborhood NorthWest Crossing hosted a scaled-down version of the typical seasonal downtown festival. From the looks of things on Saturday, the smaller festival seemed to be a complete success, and possibly the best indicator was the scheduled music that evening.

First to take the stage was local singer-songwriter Reed Thomas Lawrence, in one of his final Bend shows before his planned relocation to Los Angeles this summer. Still hanging on to a bit of the reggae-pop sound from his last album, the man they call RTL has clearly begun to incorporate more blues and traditional rock into his catalog. New and unreleased material was featured throughout much of his set and, though it was performed with a band put together only days earlier, easily Lawrence is ready for the big city.

After a free-verse introduction by RTL during his final song and a quick stage change-out, Eugene’s reggae/pop/rock band Rootdown — fronted by former solo artist Paul Wright — was ready to finish off the festival crowd and did so with surprising prowess. During Lawrence’s set, Rootdown bassist Jackson Michelson ventured in front of the stage and joined a lady who was enjoying the music with her own brand of dancing. Unsure of whether this represented the headlining band as dorky attention-grabbers or simple lovers of life and fun, I reserved making that call until their set … and it didn’t take long for me to get an answer.

While Rootdown’s music hasn’t pushed any envelopes or carved out brand new sounds, what it has done is present the genre with thoughtful accuracy and brilliant honesty. The performance of tracks from their latest album, “Summer Of Love,” delivered such upbeat messages and rhythms, most festival goers couldn’t help but jump in the air with pumped fists or split index and middle fingers, resonating the peaceful and yet energetic feel of the music. The members of Rootdown are genuine guys who love what they do, communicate that to the audience with every smile and perform each song with the kind of energy found at a Michael Franti concert. Their stage direction is tightly executed and they engage the crowd with charisma that shows off their charm. By the end of the night, I had become a big fan and unashamedly asked them autograph my CD.

If you missed this show, you can still catch an acoustic performance from Rootdown May 9 at The Kilns here in Bend, before they venture as far away as Alaska on their college campus tour … and I suggest you do.

[Video] Eric Tollefson and the World’s Greatest Lovers go to L.A., Act III: It’s Like Changin’ A Drum Head

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

OK, it’s been a couple weeks since our last video update from Bend-based blues-rock band Eric Tollefson and the World’s Greatest Lovers‘ trip to Los Angeles to play at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go club in Hollywood. (Here are parts one and two.) It took ’em a while to edit this, and by now, the band is back, the gig is ancient history, and so on. But, in the interest of completeness, I’m going to go ahead and post the third and final installment of their video diary, which includes some pre-show shenanigans, still photos from the show (no video cameras allowed inside), and footage of the group doing something every touring band must master: changing a tire. Thanks to Tollefson and the Lovers for putting this and the previous videos together and taking Frequency readers along for the ride:

Review / video: One Horse Shy at Silver Moon Brewing

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Friend of Frequency Ethan Maffey checked out Ashland’s One Horse Shy last weekend at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend and filed this report. Be sure to check out the videos at the end.

Ashland-based country sextet One Horse Shy returned to Bend last weekend to perform a CD-release show for their new album “Better Life” at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. Fronted by singer-songwriters Manda Bryn and Chris Kelly, One Horse Shy is really a collection of some of the best songwriters and musicians in Oregon, including the great lap steel guitar player, Bob Evoniuk. As a result of their efforts, OHS has opened for the likes of Clint Black and has been voted Ashland’s best local band.

Currently, OHS is playing very limited engagements and on Friday night, Bend was blessed to be one of them. Prior to the show, each member of the band was displaying a noticeable swagger, indicating that they were already finding their groove and settling into the venue (which was sporting a new and triumphant sound system). Smiles were abundant, especially on Bryan Helfrich, the band’s drummer, who also produced and engineered both of the band’s albums, as he explained that the band’s second set of the night would feature a complete trip through the new album from start to finish, a rarity in concert performances.


[Video] Eric Tollefson and the World’s Greatest Lovers go to L.A., Act II: Family Day

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

The Bend-based blues-rock band Eric Tollefson and the World’s Greatest Lovers headed down to Los Angeles to play at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go club in Hollywood, and they’re keeping a video diary of the journey for Frequency. Here’s part two, “Family Day,” which includes some cooking tips from guitarist Tim Schroeder and the whole crew goofing off around the house they’re staying at in Huntington Beach:

[Video] Eric Tollefson and the World’s Greatest Lovers go to L.A., Act I: The Gas Just Disappears

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

The Bend-based blues-rock band Eric Tollefson and the World’s Greatest Lovers are heading down to Los Angeles to play at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go club in Hollywood, and they’re keeping a video diary of the journey for Frequency. Here’s part one, which features Sigur Ros, Flight of the Conchords, some bathroom humor and a lesson on how not to pump gas from keyboard man Keith O’Dell:

Stay tuned to Frequency for future updates from the band!

Review: Wilco at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

For my money, the best concert in Bend over the past four years was Wilco’s mind-blowing, marathon performance at Les Schwab Amphitheater in 2008. (Read my review of that show here.) So when I saw that Jeff Tweedy and the boys were playing in an entirely different kind of venue last week — a historic theater in downtown Portland — I was really curious about what kind of show it would be. At the last minute (like, minutes before the show started) I asked Ethan Maffey of Bend — a live-music fanatic who’ll detail what it was like to see 100 live bands in 2009 at Ignite Bend later this month — if he’d write a review for Frequency. He agreed. Click below for his thorough report and a video of the band playing a Neil Young cover at the show.

A beautifully rare sunny and wintry evening in downtown Portland leapt at the chance to welcome America’s hardest working and possibly most underrated rock band, Wilco, to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall last Tuesday night. Relaxed and ready, Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone was found prior to the show in the adjoining Heathman Hotel restaurant, surrounded by friends and willing to autograph tickets to past Wilco shows for fans. Ninety minutes later, he would be found contributing clichéd rock star poses and adding solid depth to the six-member group as they rocked Portland’s former movie house.


Review: Brad Paisley in Lexington, Kentucky

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

My sister, Emily, and brother-in-law, Ryan, live in Lexington, Kentucky with their new puppy, which they’ve named Chesney. Yes, that Chesney. So they’re pretty big fans of country music.

They’re also, like most Kentuckians, lifelong fans of the University of Kentucky basketball team, which is currently 21-1 and ranked No. 3 or 4 in the country, depending on which poll you read. Just sayin’.

Anyway, on Jan. 21, they got to combine those two interests by taking in country superstar Brad Paisley’s “American Saturday Night” tour at UK’s home court, Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington. (Miranda Lambert opened the night, but is sadly absent from this review.)

As Frequency readers know, I believe Paisley and Lambert are the cream of the country crop right now, so I asked Emily and/or Ryan to write a short review of the show for me. Ryan came through; he was even nice enough to write a headline and sprinkle in several Dick Vitale-isms (they’re in quotes). Click below to see what he had to say, plus some video from the show: