Download “November” and help local kids

Friday, November 29th, 2013, 2:39 pm by Ben Salmon

(I should’ve posted this weeks ago.)

“November” is an online compilation album featuring songs from Central Oregon artists that’s available for purchase here (for $5 or more) only during the month of November.

That means only through tomorrow, folks!

The key point here is that, according to organizer Brian Hinderberger (of local bands Victory Swig and The Rum and the Sea), 100 percent of profits from the album will go to Healthy Beginnings of Central Oregon, which “provides accessible physical, developmental and behavioral screenings to children from birth through age five to foster healthy, educated, nurtured children, families and communities,” according to its website.

Artists who’ve donated a song include: Voodoo Highway, Three Times Bad, Chris Evans, Jason D Schweitzer, Victory Swig, Stan Roach, Steam Engines, The Rum and The Sea, The Quons, Hilst & Coffey and Jason Chinchen.

Good local music and a good cause … what are you waiting for? (No seriously, don’t wait … again, it’s gone after tomorrow.)

Watch the new HardChords video, do the Freakshow tonight

Friday, November 15th, 2013, 10:38 am by Ben Salmon

Tonight at Pakit Liquidators, it’s Freakshow time, featuring various oddities mingling with art, fashion and music. Read more about it, and check out the poster below.

To get you all pumped up and freaked out, here’s the new video from local live-band hip-hop group The HardChords. It’s a creepy, cinematic clip for their song “Sasquatch Lavender,” which features another Freakshow performer, Seattle rapper Onry Ozzborn, aka one half of tonight’s excellent headliner, Grayskul.

Here’s that poster, y’all …

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Read my interview with E-40 and brush up on his catalog

Friday, October 25th, 2013, 12:36 pm by Ben Salmon

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In March of 2012, the renowned Oakland-based DJ Matthew Africa — who died in a car accident a little over a year ago — put together a massive mix of Bay Area rap icon E-40′s greatest songs from across his 25-year career. He called it “Yay Game” and it is 40 tracks and nearly 80 minutes of awesome. Give it a spin right here:

While you’re listening, click here to read my interview with the man that ran in today’s GO! Magazine, in which he talks about mixtape culture, why he’s putting out three albums at once in December and what he hopes his legacy will be in the Bay.

R.I.P. Elliott

Monday, October 21st, 2013, 9:50 pm by Ben Salmon

2013 Bend Roots Revival: Day 2

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 3:57 pm by Ben Salmon

Saturday was the day Typhoon Pabuk, apparently, began to wreak havoc with the 2013 Bend Roots Revival.

First came the creeping wall of dark clouds. Then the howling winds. And finally, the rain. The miserable, miserable rain.

There were two stages that bore the brunt of Saturday evening’s winds: Casey’s Corner, on the southwest corner of Pakit Liquidators’ property, and the Junkyard Stage on the southeast corner. The former was simply the festival’s first line of defense against the elements. The latter was located at the eastern end of a channel between a building and a fence that turned out to be a pretty effective wind tunnel.

My first stop Saturday was at the Junkyard Stage, where the Travis Ehrenstrom Band was bundled up and playing some easygoing roots-pop jams. Ehrenstrom’s album “Remain A Mystery” is one of the better local releases of 2013, and he played a handful of tunes from it before doing a couple of covers. First up was “Give Us Light,” a song by local band The Mostest and, I would imagine, a tribute to Revival founder (and Mostest main man) Mark Ransom. Ehrenstrom’s band just happened to include not only Ransom on guitar, but Mostest members Pat Pearsall on bass and Kaleb Kelleher on drums. “I’ve never played this song before,” Ehrenstrom said, “but these three guys have played it a lot.”

The other cover was the Bob Dylan / The Band classic “I Shall Be Released,” which never gets old no matter how many times you hear it. Here … hear it again.

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2013 Bend Roots Revival: Day 1

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, 5:27 pm by Ben Salmon

Throughout the night on Friday, the Bend Roots Revival — now coming to you from Pakit Liquidators on Bend’s east side — had the look of a festival still working some things out.

Hastily made performance schedules were copied from The Bulletin, blown up huge and duct-taped in various places. Artists convened stage-side powwows to try to figure out how to overcome power-supply issues. Soundmen fiddled with lights mid-set in an attempt to illuminate a stage that was otherwise so dark you couldn’t see who was playing.

People hanging out at a fire pit / sculpture at Bend Roots Revival.

Folks gather around a fire pit / sculpture at Bend Roots Revival. All photos and videos by Ben.

The big stuff — clearing out Pakit’s considerable mess — got done ahead of time. So did most of the little stuff. But … y’know … things come up. Especially in a place like this.

And with weather like this.

Whatever. They made it.

Still, someone has to be ready to plug in and play first. In the case of Roots ’13, that was Problem Stick on the BIGS Stage and Gotama at Casey’s Corner.

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The Big Dig: Pakit Liquidators transforms, hosts 2013 Bend Roots Revival

Monday, September 30th, 2013, 2:19 pm by Ben Salmon

(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.)

It was close, but they made it. On Friday morning, after making one final inspection of the grounds, City of Bend officials signed off on a temporary certificate of occupancy for Pakit Liquidators, clearing the way for the 2013 Bend Roots Revival — about nine hours before the first band was scheduled to perform.

Now, it’s Monday, and this year’s Revival is over. Everyone I talked to loved the space, though Mother Nature certainly did the festival’s organizers and performers no favors. Friday night was cold, Saturday was windy and Sunday was absolutely soaked with rain. A few sets were canceled; many were moved from outside to indoor stages. Everyone seemed content to adjust as necessary for the good of the event.

I’ve got lots more specific thoughts (as well as photos and videos) which I’ll post over the next three days. In the meantime, check out the final installment of our “The Big Dig” video series, which shows very clearly the difference between Pakit in July and Pakit now, and includes lots of footage of this weekend’s revelry. All shot by The Bulletin’s Leilani Rapaport. Enjoy.

Bend Roots Revival photos on Facebook, Twitter

Saturday, September 28th, 2013, 9:30 am by Ben Salmon

I’m going to post daily recaps of the 2013 Bend Roots Revival as soon as possible. Until then, make sure you like Frequency on Facebook and follow on Twitter. I posted several photos last night!

Our 2013 Bend Roots Revival coverage

Friday, September 27th, 2013, 3:40 pm by Ben Salmon

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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, 9:22 am by Ben Salmon

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!

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(Photos by Jesse Roberts)