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The National will play Les Schwab Amphitheater in May

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The National

The National

The massive, two-weekend Sasquatch! music festival in central Washington announced its lineups for 2014 last night.

Headliners for the May 23-25 edition include Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Foster the People, Kid Cudi and Haim.

Headliners for the July 4-6 edition are Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon and Broken Bells.

This is significant for local music lovers because Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater often snags a Sasquatch band or three for a concert on their way to or from the festival. In the past, Sasquatch-related routing has brought bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Tenacious D and The Flaming Lips to Central Oregon.

Sure enough, this morning, the amphitheater announced that brooding indie rock band The National will make a stop in Bend on May 23. Tune-Yards will open. Tickets will cost $39 in advance (plus fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Schwab’s website or at The Ticket Mill, located next to Anthony’s restaurant in the Old Mill District.

Unfamiliar with The National? Well, they’re a great band from New York City (originally Cincinnati) that put out two of the best albums of the past 10 years, in my opinion: 2005’s “Alligator” and 2007’s “Boxer.” They’ve released two since then, too, and found increasingly sizable success.

Here’s my favorite song by The National, at least for today:

Our 2013 Bend Roots Revival coverage

Friday, September 27th, 2013


With this stuff out of the way, the Bend Roots Revival is officially on this weekend at Pakit Liquidators in Bend. In today’s GO! Magazine, we have lots of coverage to try to help you navigate the festival:

My story on the effort to move Bend Roots into Pakit, and why every music-loving person in Central Oregon owes Mark Ransom, Matt Korish and their team of volunteers some thank-you hugs and handshakes.

The best festival schedule you’ll find anywhere, set up to make it easy to figure out who’s playing what stages and when.

A few highlights of the schedule, including stuff for hard-rockers, good-timers, blues-lovers and anyone interested in seeing some good new bands on the local scene. (Please note that this is just a small fraction of the artists playing this weekend and there’s good stuff all over the schedule. Space in the newspaper is finite, unfortunately.)

— And, of course, you can look back and all our previous Bend Roots Revival coverage.

Pakit Liquidators receives permit to host Bend Roots Revival

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Here’s Pakit Liquidators owner Matt Korish holding a temporary certificate of occupancy issued to his business this morning by the City of Bend, allowing Pakit to host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival.

More in a bit!



(Photos by Jesse Roberts)

The Sound Garden to close

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Twin Atlantic performs at The Sound Garden in Bend in March of 2012.

Twin Atlantic performs at The Sound Garden in Bend in March of 2012.

The Sound Garden has been an intermittent but perseverant presence on Bend’s music scene over the past couple of years, but owners of the production studio and live-music venue on Second Street have decided to close its doors on Sept. 30.

Their statement is below. It sounds like they’ll be looking for another physical space, but in the meantime, will continue to do audio/video/event-production work, untethered to a building. Visit their website for more info.

Greetings from the Sound Garden Studio,

many of you have supported us from our first day more than two years ago. The TSGS has hosted your rehearsals and private parties; we have had artist workshops and taught students to play, we hosted the COYO recital.

We have seen local artists and National touring artists like Jennifer Batten, Tommy Castro and the Pain Killers recently Co Co Montoya and a very long list of private parties with local talent performing.

It has been a lot of work and the rewards far outweigh the work, this summer we have added our new Digital mixer and other equipment that was amazing leap in quality of our stage and house sound.

This last month has had it’s up’s and Down’s however we now have one old and one new neighbor that have proven to be less than friendly one to the south and one to the north, it is my experience that this will not end well, It is now time for us to look for our next project, the Sound Garden will close the end of this month Sept. 30th will be our last day in Bend, I will miss Jeremy and Trish at 2nd Street Eats really good food and great people. We would like the opportunity to serve you again. We will still be available for support for weddings dances private parties ect.

We have as you know great sound and lights, staging tables & chairs, we have all the same contact for rentals just no 2 ND street overhead. We are looking for a more suitable space to continue with The Sound Garden Studio, if you know of a building that you think could work please contact me. I would look at anything over 6k sq feet, with or without a Kitchen /Bar.

Bend is a great town but a hard place for Music always has been and will be.

If you are in need of a space in September before we close please contact us this is the last chance to rock the Garden, shoot video or?
Call now or send an e mail

We may have one last show I will send out a notice on that when I know more. This would be a shot at paying our closing bills so we can move on without the debt.

The TSGS Staff

(Photo courtesy The Sound Garden’s website)

In case you somehow missed it: No access across the river for tonight’s Michael Franti concert

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

(I put the word “somehow” in the subject line because this has been covered everywhere and created lots of discussion, but maybe there’s a reader out there who’s been out of the loop.)

Beginning with tonight’s Michael Franti & Spearhead concert, the Old Mill District will not allow people to sit across the Deschutes River from Les Schwab Amphitheater and listen to the music for free.

I’d give you some of the reasons for the move, but since I wrote 1,200 words on the subject in Friday’s paper, I think a link will do: Read the article.

Hate clicking links? Well, here’s arguably the biggest reason among several:

The Old Mill is making the move now to curb rumors in the touring industry that Les Schwab Amphitheater is not a secure venue, said the venue’s manager, Marney Smith. Monqui Presents, the Portland-based company that books bands at the amphitheater, has heard in recent conversations with potential 2014 bookings that Les Schwab Amphitheater “is not the right place to go,” in Oregon, Smith said.

With increased competition for touring acts in Portland and Eugene, and from Jacksonville’s Britt Festival, that’s not a reputation the Schwab can afford to have, she said, especially in a music industry where declining album sales are forcing bands to make their money on the road.

“(Bands and their representatives are) looking at how they can make the most out of each stop. And if they’re looking at Oregon … they’re going to pick the (place) that they can sell the most tickets to and they can guarantee they can make the most money,” Smith said. “We’re getting a reputation that we want to nip in the bud: that we’re a venue that people can see the music for free.”

A crowd gathers on the patio at Greg's Grill across the Deschutes River from Les Schwab Amphitheater during a 2009 concert by the country band Sugarland.

A crowd gathers on the patio at Greg’s Grill across the Deschutes River from Les Schwab Amphitheater during a 2009 concert by the country band Sugarland.

(Photo courtesy the Old Mill District)

The Big Dig: Bend Roots Revival, past and present

Friday, August 9th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

In the first installment of The Big Dig, we heard briefly from two men with apparently superhuman vision, standing among huge piles of junk stuff and talking about stages and live music and food vendors and drinks and fire marshals and building capacity. It was clear they want to throw a party in this messy space … somehow.

Now, it’s time to meet those guys and hear their plans. But before we can do that, we need to learn a little bit more about how they got to this point and this place.

Exclusive: Stream Travis Ehrenstrom’s entire new album “Remain A Mystery” + earn a download of the whole album and other goodies

Monday, August 5th, 2013


Today, Frequency is pleased to host an exclusive stream of the new album from Bend-based singer-songwriter Travis Ehrenstrom, “Remain A Mystery.”

It’s an engaging listen, an eclectic, 21st century take on folk-pop-rock-whatever. Fans of Wilco, Ryan Adams and My Morning Jacket’s mellower moments should take notice.

You can click below to listen, but we also have a way for you to get a copy of your own, for free. Ehrenstrom has generously offered up five digital downloads of the entire album, and one package of goodies — a T-shirt, plus the album on CD and vinyl — to commenters on Frequency.

Here’s all you have to do: Leave a comment on this blog post and let me know your favorite song on the album, and what you like about it. Be sure to leave a real email address so I can get in touch with you. After a week, I’ll pick five people to receive the downloads and one to receive the shirt, CD and record.

So get to it! And don’t hesitate; the whole album will only stream for a week.

Stay tuned to Frequency and GO! Magazine, because we’ll have more on Ehrenstrom and the album ahead of his release show Aug. 24 at The Open Door in Sisters.

The Big Dig: Pakit Liquidators begins massive cleanup in prep for Bend Roots Revival

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

When we last checked in with the folks behind the Bend Roots Revival, they were looking to bounce back from last year’s last-minute cancellation by moving the popular celebration of local music and art to Pakit Liquidators, the charming but cluttered (to put it mildly), vast home improvement resale yard at Ninth Street and Wilson Avenue in Bend.

Well, the work to clean up Pakit for the Roots Revival has begun, and will continue, presumably, until the festival, scheduled for Sept. 27-29. And The Bulletin is going to follow along. Below, find the first installment of our video series following the efforts to turn a quasi-junkyard into a concert venue, and be sure to check back here over the next several weeks as we add more videos to the series.

Oh, and if you’re not not familiar with the history of the Bend Roots Revival festival, you can find all our past coverage by clicking here. Or, click below to go straight to a specific year.

2013: Bend Roots Revival eyes new home at Pakit Liquidators
“Organizers of the Bend Roots Revival, a popular three-day celebration of local music and art, are planning to stage the 2013 version of the festival at Pakit Liquidators, a construction material resale shop at the corner of Southeast Ninth Street and Southeast Armour Boulevard in Bend.”

2012: Bend Roots Revival officially canceled
“Nine days after first announcing that the 2012 Bend Roots Revival was canceled (but then passing around a petition and hoping to work things out with their venue, the Century Center), organizers of the weekend-long celebration of local music and culture made it official last week: No Roots fest this year.”

2011: Bend Roots Revival’s final year at Century Center
“Over the past six years, the Bend Roots Revival has grown from a small gathering of local artists jamming in and around Parrilla Grill and The Victorian Cafe to one of Central Oregon’s biggest and best music events and a vital celebration of local arts that takes over the Century Center for an entire weekend.”

2010: Bend Roots Revival moves to Century Center
“Bend Roots Revival ’09 was the event’s last year as an under-discovered gem, finding itself, learning to walk. In 2010, with a new home, better organization and artists onstage who’d achieved a higher profile, Bend Roots hit the ground running, ready to race into a bright future.”

2009: Bend Roots Revival’s final year at 14th Street and Galveston Avenue
“Suddenly, it seems, the Bend Roots Revival is one of the biggest and best parties in Bend.”

2008: Bend Roots Revival takes off
“On Friday night, I stood in the middle of Galveston Avenue in Bend, music blaring at me from the north and the south, and thought to myself, ‘Something is happening here.'”

Tonight: Shhh … it’s the Cascades Festival

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

I kept this out of The Bulletin because organizers were/are concerned about too many people showing up. But Frequency’s audience is considerably smaller than the newspaper, so …

Tonight out in the woods somewhere (directions here), four local bands are gathering for what they’re calling the Cascades Festival. It’s free. It’s only tonight. (It also has a Facebook event page, if that’s useful to you.) The location has limited parking, so the bands are asking attendees to try to carpool.

It also has an beautiful poster by Katie Daisy.

So, now you know.


More on Bend’s relocated ACxDC show

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

This post from yesterday?

The Los Angeles alt-weekly paper LA Weekly saw it, followed up, and got more info.

Click here to read their report.