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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)

Bend Roots Revival eyes new home at Pakit Liquidators

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

From left, Hobbs Magaret and Mark Ransom perform at Church of Neil last year at Pakit Liquidators.

From left, Hobbs Magaret and Mark Ransom perform at Church of Neil last year 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.

Earlier this week, Roots founder Mark Ransom and his partner, Jesse Roberts of the humanitarian nonprofit Rise Up International, said they had not yet applied for the necessary permits to hold the event at Pakit, but that Matt Korish, who owns the place, is on board with hosting Roots.

Ransom said Pakit — known for its massive and labyrinthian piles of, um … stuff — has an atmosphere that fits nicely with the spirit of the Revival. That became clear during last year’s Church of Neil concert, an annual, underground celebration of the music of Neil Young.

“We did Church of Neil there last year and everybody realized what an amazing space it was,” he said. “Matt had already been thinking about renovating the space, clearing it out and being able … to make use of the buildings.”

Roberts attended Church of Neil, too, and said the same thing.

“It had this very artful vibe, almost like a barn party kind of thing. Half of it was kind of cleared out, there were bonfires going outside,” he said. “And we were like, ‘Man, imagine this. This kinda has the spirit of Roots.'”


Bend Roots Revival officially canceled

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

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.

So, if you’re reading this, chances are good you now need something to do Sept. 27-30.

Want to catch up on the debacle story? Here are some handy links:

Bend Roots’ statement on Aug. 27 canceling the festival because of what it described as land-use disputes between the Century Center and the nearby bullet manufacturer Nosler.

Nosler’s statement on Aug. 28 saying it had no knowledge of the cancellation before it happened. (Just for fun: Here’s my rant in last week’s paper about the folks who went and yelled at Nosler before they knew all the facts.)

An hour later, Rise Up Presents, one of the groups that organizes Bend Roots, posted this statement saying it had contacted Nosler, found support for the event and that its next step was to appeal to Century Center to reconsider hosting the Roots Revival.

All along, this petition asking the city of Bend to allow events (and thus Bend Roots) to continue at Century Center was flying around.

–On Aug. 29, my colleague at The Bulletin, Hillary Borrud, published a good story on the subject that includes all sides and all the info — at least, all the info that the people involved would talk about.

–Finally, the final word.

Roots Revival organizers have already said they plan to bring the event back in 2013. Meanwhile, if you’re a musician based in Central Oregon and you have a local gig booked for Sept. 28-30, please be sure to leave a comment on this blog post with the details (venue, time, cost, lineup). I’ll be sure to get it listed in The Bulletin.

Weigh in on standers blocking the view of sitters at concerts!

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At the end of my Norah Jones review in last week’s GO! Magazine, I addressed an issue not directly related to the performance, but certainly tangentially related to attending a concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater, which was more crowded than usual that night thanks to a large section of reserved seats and three VIP tents. Here’s that aside:

… this was a crowd ripe for some epic showdowns between people who wanted to sit and people who wanted to stand. And that happened; I was near one particularly nasty confrontation. The Schwab should put up signs at shows like this that say something like “People are allowed to stand and dance wherever they’d like.”

I understand the sitters’ frustration, but that’s just how it is. Period.

And if you’re the type of person who’ll sit in your chair and yell “move!” and “sit down!” at a group of people standing and obscuring your view of the stage, do everyone a favor and stop doing that.

Since that published, I’ve received a handful of emails from folks talking me to task for, essentially, encouraging people to stand and dance and block the view of other people who paid to enter the venue as well and deserve to be able to see from their seats. And now, I’d like to expand on this topic in another column, reviewing opinions on both sides and looking into not only the policies at a few local venues, but also how they feel about it.

So if you have something to say, I hope you’ll leave a comment, ideally with your real name and your home town, since I may be including it in the column.

Do you think people who’ve paid to enter a venue to see a concert have the right to stand and dance wherever they like? Or would you side with the folks who believe their seat should come with an unobstructed view of the show? And does your opinion change based on whether the show is in a venue with seats as opposed to general admission on a lawn? Let me know!

Did Hot Chelle Rae draw the biggest concert crowd in Central Oregon history?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

I mentioned this in passing during my review of the concert, but it bears repeating: Teen-heartthrob pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae played the Deschutes County Fair on Aug. 3 and drew an estimated crowd of 11,400 people, breaking the all-time attendance record at the fairgrounds’ event center.

Given that the event center is, as far as I know, the largest venue in Central Oregon that holds concerts, it seems reasonable to extrapolate the above into an assumption that I think is (a) kind of shocking, and (b) fun to know, at least:

In terms of crowd size, Hot Chelle Rae played the biggest show in the history of Central Oregon two Saturdays ago.

Hot Chelle Rae's Ryan Follese, left, and Nash Overstreet perform at the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond.

Now, I wasn’t quite satisfied with that assumption, so I did a little bit of research and asking around to try to give it a little more context.

First, I wrote fair officials to find out how they got to that number. Fair & Expo Center Director Dan Despotopulos wrote back and said that for concerts, the building has 4,000 permanent seats and 4,500 chairs on the floor, plus standing room. Neither the VIP nor the general admission sections on the floor looked full, but that’s because everyone sitting in those sections moved up as far as they could — in VIP’s case, up against the stage; in GA’s case, up against the back of VIP. According to the fair’s marketing coordinator, Ross Rogers, officials let in extra people because they knew the folks on the floor would never return to their seats. (I can confirm that they didn’t. I spent the second half of the concert in the back row on the floor, surrounded by hundreds of empty chairs.)

For the record, the fair distributed 14,000 tickets to the show, which were free and available at area McDonald’s. To get into the concert, you had to pay fair admission and show your free ticket.

The fair uses a formula to estimate crowds that Despotopulous called “more of an art than a science” — it involves the number of people that can fit in each concrete square on the arena’s floor — but that at least gets us close to an attendance number. He also provided the top five crowds in the history of the fair’s concert series:

1. Hot Chelle Rae (2012), 11,400
2. Styx (’10), 11,200
3. REO Speedwagon (’11), 11,000
4. Joan Jett (’11), 10,600
5. (tie) Alice Cooper (’08) / Peter Frampton (’09) / Chris Young (’12), 10,200

For comparison’s sake, here are the five biggest crowds in the 10-year history of Central Oregon’s next largest venue (that I know of), the ~8,000-capacity Les Schwab Amphitheater, per a story I did earlier this year. (If this kind of stuff interests you and you haven’t seen this graphic, click right now.)

1. Jack Johnson (’05), 8,005
2. Jack Johnson (’04), 7,970
3. Pixies (’04), 6,517
4. Ben Harper and Jack Johnson (’03), 6,485
5. Willie Nelson (’03), 6,399

Almost satisfied, I also asked a few local concert promoters who’ve been in the business and in the region for years — Bret Grier of Random Presents and Cameron Clark of C3 Events — to see if they could remember anything bigger than 11,400. Neither could. If you know those guys and what they do, you know that’s pretty solid.

So now, I turn to you: On Aug. 3, did Hot Chelle Rae draw more people to a concert than any artist ever has in Central Oregon?

For all I know, 20,000 people gathered in a field in east of Redmond in 1982 to see Madonna or something. So if you can remember anything at all that might compete, please leave a comment. I’d love to know about it!

A small portion of the estimated 11,400 people who saw Hot Chelle Rae play in Redmond on Aug. 4.

JAH Promotions now booking at Silver Moon Brewing

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Felice Brothers at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in 2011.

One of Bend’s most prominent spots for live music, Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, has a new booking guru on board: Jasmine Helsley of JAH Promotions in Bend. JAH announced the move last week.

Helsley replaces Gabe Johnson of Parallel 44 Presents, who left Silver Moon in February and now books Players Bar & Grill, McMenamins Old St. Francis School and various other venues and festivals around town. (His calendar is here.) Since Johnson’s departure, Silver Moon has been handling booking in-house, Helsley said, which perhaps explains the slowdown in Silver Moon shows this spring and early summer. After all, Silver Moon’s expertise is brewing and selling beer, not booking concerts.

Now, JAH Promotions will be Silver Moon’s “exclusive booking agent,” Helsley said.


Local music venues as seen in Google Street View

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I’m a big fan of the Street View feature on Google Maps, which allows you to virtually plop down into the middle of a place and, through the magic of street-level imagery, see what’s happening there, or at least what was happening when Google’s funky little camera car rolled through.

I use Street View all the time for all kinds of reasons, from simply trying to get a better idea of something’s exact location to touring cities I’ve never visited. It’s fun. So for the past several years, Bend’s lack of Street View was frustrating. At first, there were no roads highlighted in blue when you dragged that little yellow dude across the map. Then, it was just our town’s traffic arteries.

But last night, I noticed that Google has finally blanketed Bend in Street View! And the second thing I thought to do — after look at my house, of course — was to check out some of our town’s busiest music venues. (Weird, I know.)

Anyway, I ended up grabbing screenshots of several, and when you line ’em all up, it’s kind of an interesting view of a group of buildings that many folks may know and love and/or tolerate, but because of the blurry, nighttime nature of their business, have never really looked at before. (The Tower Theatre and Les Schwab Amphitheater being obvious exceptions here.)

So enjoy this peek at Bend’s busiest music venues brightened by the harsh light of day. And you can click here to check out others on your own.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Domino Room and Midtown Ballroom. In case you can't read the marquee, it says "ROACH GIG CANCELED" ... which is funny, because the rapper's name is Roach Gigz, but it still works. The Roach gig was canceled, after all.


Les Schwab Amphitheater wants your feedback, lineup ideas

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Despite the recent, unseasonably mild weather, summer concert season at Les Schwab Amphitheater is a long way off, but that doesn’t mean we can’t (A) dream of what artists might be part of the lineup in 2012 (the Schwab’s 10th anniversary, by the way), (B) tell the folks who book the amphitheater who we’d like to see there, and (C) provide a little helpful feedback along the way.

To do so, just click here and take the Schwab’s survey. It’ll take a few minutes, but it’s easy and totally worth it, especially if you love seeing shows at Bend’s largest music venue and want to help shape its future.

(Photo of Sugarland performing courtesy Les Schwab Amphitheater.)

Tonight: Jerry Joseph at the new Astro Lounge

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This wasn’t in last week’s GO! Magazine because I didn’t know about it, but now I do, so here we go: Downtown Bend bar The Astro Lounge has picked up and moved around the corner, from its longtime home on Minnesota Avenue into a bigger space at 939 N.W. Bond St., between the D&D and Soba Noodle. The Source Weekly has a good look at the new bar right here, and the Astro’s Facebook has a bunch of photos of opening weekend here.

Anyway, the new Astro has been open for almost a week, but tonight it hosts its first major live music as veteran roots-rocker and Bend fave Jerry Joseph returns to town for a solo acoustic show in which he’ll be highlighting songs from his recent album “Into the Lovely” and his 2004 album “Cherry.” Organizers also promise special guests. Not just boring, ol’ regular guests … special guests!

The show will start around 9 p.m. and it’s $10 to get in. Here’s a photo from the Astro’s Facebook page: