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Les Schwab Amphitheater’s 2013 Summer Sunday concerts lineup

Friday, February 15th, 2013

In today’s GO! Magazine, I have a column that looks at some of the newly announced shows coming to Central Oregon that should give any live-music lover assurance that spring and summer are just around the corner.

Part of that column is the lineup for Les Schwab Amphitheater’s Summer Sunday concert series, which has become one of the coolest (and most popular) things to do in Bend in the sunny months. These shows are attracting bigger and bigger crowds each year, and with good reason. They’re free. They’re family friendly. You can bring your own food and drink, and even your pet. Good times.

Anyway, the LSA crew confirmed one more date in this series after we published today’s column, so here’s the whole lineup:

June 2 — Redwood Son (West Coast Americana)
June 9 — Tremoloco (Mexican-American roots)
June 23 — Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside (throwback roots-pop)
June 30 — Marley’s Ghost (traditional country)
July 14 — Tumbleweed Wanderers (folk-rock ‘n’ soul)
July 21 — Sassparilla (blues-punk)
July 28 — Tony Smiley (one-man loop-rock)
Aug. 4 — Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole (Cajun/zydeco)

That’s a strong slate, folks. Sallie Ford is great. Tremoloco is great. Smiley and Sassparilla have lots of fans around here. Cedric Watson should bring a little flavor to Bend. And I’ve heard good things about a couple of the others. I look forward to digging in and planning my summer Sundays.

You can find more info on this and other music at Les Schwab Amphitheater by visiting the venue’s website.

(Image from bendconcerts.com)

Download a Poor Moon song, then see them Sunday for free!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Three factoids about Poor Moon:

1) The quartet is one of the great Subpop record label’s newer signees, with a fine five-song EP called “Illusion” already out and a full-length scheduled for an August release.

2) Two members — including primary songwriter Christian Wargo, plus Casey Wescott — are also members of Seattle indie-folk giants Fleet Foxes.

3) The band will kick off Les Schwab Amphitheater‘s free Summer Sunday Concerts series on, you guessed it, Sunday.

In case you’ve forgotten, Summer Sundays at the Schwab are awesome. You can bring your own food and beer and have a picnic and listen to free tunes by sweet bands while (hopefully) soaking up some Central Oregon sun. Your dog is even allowed to come along.

The series has been running for several years now and has become extremely popular, attracting up to a few thousand folks per show. This year’s lineup, in my opinion, is the best yet; highlights include the Mexican-American indie-folk of Y La Bamba, local hip-hopper Mosley Wotta, The Features’ exuberant pop-rock and the gauzy, beguiling folk-pop of the aforementioned Poor Moon.

I chatted with Wargo last week and will have a story on the band in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine. In the meantime, check out the first single from Poor Moon’s upcoming full-length below. It’s called “Holiday,” and you can download it in exchange for your email address. Or you can just click the Play button to stream.

Poor Moon will play Les Schwab Amphitheater (344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend) at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Gates open at noon, and admission is free. More info is here.