I’ll be writing lots more about Saturday night’s Tenacious D show in Friday’s GO! Magazine, but here’s a spoiler: IT WAS EPIC. Better-than-expected weather, two hours of face-melting rock and side-splitting comedy, and more than 5,900 people looking on. Yes, that sea of humanity was every bit as big as you thought it was: The crowd for Tenacious D was the seventh largest in the history of Les Schwab Amphitheater, and the largest since Ben Harper drew nearly 6,200 in May of 2006.
Epic, I tell you. And The Bulletin’s Ryan Brennecke was there to document it. Check out his terrific photos of the show below!
I’ll be posting a bunch of photos of all three here. First up: The Shins, plus opener The Head and The Heart and part of the more than 5,200 people who showed up for the concert.
One of The Bulletin’s photographers, Joe Kline, was on hand to document the evening, and he got a ton of great shots, which you can check out below. Be sure to scroll all the way through — there’s a very sweet little photo and caption near the end!
(Other photos from Memorial Day weekend ’12 at the Schwab: Tenacious D // Beck)
As you almost certainly know by now, the iconic SoCal punk band Social Distortion played Bend’s Midtown Ballroom last night, turning in a tough, tight 90-minute set in front of a packed house of adoring fans. I’ll have a full review in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine (and I will link here, of course), but right now, you should definitely scroll down and check out these terrific photos of the night, taken by The Bulletin’s Rob Kerr. If you saw the show, relive it here. If you missed it, these’ll give you a peek at the scene.
I was going to write a little review of the show, but the truth is, I don’t have much to say. I missed My Autumn’s Done Come, and the other two bands did what they do, and they were solid, if not mind-blowing. The We Shared Milk chugged through some fuzzy, jittery slack-rock, while The Dig engaged in sinewy, slow-burning astral jams that were nice enough, but only once or twice gained enough momentum to set my toes to tappin’. All in all: Both bands were fine, if a bit hindered by muddy sound.
Looking back, the best part of the whole night might be this photo of The Dig by The Bulletin’s Andy Tullis. It’s an amazing shot, I think. Be sure to click it to make it huge!
Last weekend, I saw jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson perform with a backing band of Portlanders (including drummer Mel Brown) at The Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend. Watson’s visit was the next-to-last installment of the hotel’s 2012 Jazz at the Oxford series. (The Michael Allen Harrison Superband will wrap the series in April. Details here.)
Anyway, the show was sublime and I’ll have a full review in Friday’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin. In the meantime, check out some fine photos of the night taken by Bulletin photographer Ryan Brennecke.
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.
I was hoping to find room for this in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine, but we ran out of space. So to the blog it goes!
Helluva show Saturday night at The Horned Hand in Bend, featuring one of the best local punk bills I can remember in my five years here. Tuck and Roll kicked things off with some top-notch pop-punk, followed by a furious set from local old-school shredders The Confederats. Both bands have been scarce around town in recent years, so it was great to see them rip it up.
The Flask was awesome, as always, nailing all their originals and covering Thin Lizzy, Marvin Gaye and someone else I can’t remember (I think?). You can tell that playing scores of sets in all sorts of circumstances this summer on the Warped Tour really honed the band’s skills and tightened up their show. It’s still a wild time, but not quite the unnerving chaos it was, say, 18 months ago. It’s more of a controlled chaos these days.
Of course, on Saturday, a little bit of that control may have been because of the distance between the band and most of the crowd. Apparently — and this is based on one side of the story, but seems to be basically accurate — The Horned Hand received notice before the show that their legal capacity would be dropped from 200 to 49 thanks to some sort of structural issue cited by the city of Bend’s fire marshal. (More on that soon, I hope.) As a result, Hand owner Wesley Ladd, fearful of a fine for being over capacity, allowed 49 people inside the building and kept the other 100+ outside, where they crowded around an open bay door to watch the show. (The Flask played inside, in front of the stage, but walked out into the throng several times, which made me wonder if that meant others could come in under the one-in, one-out policy.)
It was a little awkward — the Hand can clearly hold a lot more than 49 people — but I thought overall it was a decent solution, and the best Ladd could do in a tough spot. But then, I was inside. I don’t know how the people outside felt; I did see mostly smiles and friendly interactions with the big dudes whose job it was to keep them out all night.
Photos and moving pictures! (Thanks to Adam Sears for the videos.)