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4 Peaks Music Festival is one week away, and ticket prices go up tonight

Friday, June 14th, 2013


The 4 Peaks Music Festival — featuring its most eclectic (and dare I say best) lineup yet — is just around the corner! One week from today, you’ll be able to roll on over to that friendly patch of grass in Tumalo and soak in some tunes. (We’ll have coverage in next week’s GO! Magazine, of course.)

BUT … you cannot roll ‘n’ soak without a ticket, and word from a reliable source is tickets are getting to be pretty scarce. If you want one, you’d be smart to pick one up today, because tonight they jump in price from $125 to $145. Tickets get you into the three-day festival, plus camping and parking (unless you’re driving something big, then you might pay an extra $20). Kids under age 10 get in free.

Here’s who’s playing when, not including side-stage sets by locals The Pitchfork Revolution, Tone Red and Bill Valenti:

June 21
1:30-2:30 p.m. — TapWater
3-4 p.m. — Grant Farm
4:30-5:30 p.m. — True Spokes
6-7:30 p.m. — Head for the Hills
8:15-9:50 p.m. — MarchFourth Marching Band

June 22
10-11 a.m. — JED
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Sugarcane
1-2 p.m. — Acorn Project
2:30-3:30 p.m. — MoonAlice
4:15-5:15 p.m. — Delhi 2 Dublin
6-7:30 p.m. — Poor Man’s Whiskey
8:15-9:50 p.m. — Greensky Bluegrass

June 23
10:30 a.m. — Students of String Theory

Last two days for discounted 4 Peaks festival tickets

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The subject line pretty much says it all: Tomorrow is the last day to pay $109 for tickets to the 4 Peaks Music Festival, which will be held June 21-23 near Tumalo. On Thursday, tickets increase to $125. (Neither price includes additional fees tacked on when you purchase.)

Tickets come with general admission access to the three-day festival, plus camping and parking. (Large RVs, buses and trailers must pay an extra $20.) Kids under age 10 are free. There will be food (Pizza Cart! Dump City! Codfather! Leah’s Lunch! Potato People!) available onsite.

There are fewer than 500 tickets available to the public, making for what will surely be a festival experience more intimate than most festival experiences. You can purchase here.

And here, with the addition of the Portland-based global jam band Tapwater, is the final lineup for the 2013 4 Peaks festival.


4 Peaks Music Festival announces 2013 lineup

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Organizers of the sixth-in-seven-years annual 4 Peaks Music Festival near Tumalo recently unveiled several bands in their 2013 lineup, and to my eyes, it’s more eclectic than years past:


Greensky Bluegrass, an easygoing, fairly traditional, only sorta jammy bluegrass band from Michigan

MarchFourth Marching Band, the Portland-based street-performance mega-spectacle, yes, marching band

Dehli 2 Dublin, a highly danceable, Canadian mashup of Celtic fiddle and bhangra beats

— plus 4 Peaks “house band” Poor Man’s Whiskey (who’ve played all six fests), Bend-fave jam band MoonAlice and Poor Man’s Whiskey side project JED.

Tickets to the June 21-23 festival go on sale right here tomorrow at an early-bird price of $108 (plus fees), which includes camping and parking. Kids younger than 10 get in free. Fewer than 500 tickets will be sold, and the price will increase at some point in the near-ish future, so if you want the best deal, act quickly.

I went to the first 4 Peaks back in 2007 but have not returned, not because I had a lousy time, but because there are lots of live-music opportunities each summer and only one of me. But I’m penciling this one in for 2013.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

There’s so much solid live music in Central Oregon this weekend, it spilled out of the music section in GO! Magazine and into the Bite of Bend cover story and the Fine Arts section.

Seriously, if you’re even a casual fan of rootsy music — folk, Americana, country, jammy bluegrass, y’allternative, etc. — you really should scroll down, give some of these artists a listen, click the band names to read about them, and go out and see ’em play this week.

Leftover Salmon
Thursday at the Athletic Club of Bend


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Between Beats Antique in February and next week’s Social Distortion show, the Midtown Ballroom has certainly hosted two big ol’ buzz-worthy shows in 2012. Viva la Midtown!

But seriously, people are stoked for this Social D concert. Like … really stoked. So I was pumped we were able to get Mike Ness to give us a call for a chat.

As Ness was making his way toward Bend for Wednesday’s show, my colleague David Jasper talked to him about fake punks, his new man cave and the late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch:

“Punk rock was supposed to be about individuality,” (said) Ness, known for his abilities as a between-song storyteller with a biting wit. “So, you know, I think the Beastie Boys are just as punk as Social Distortion because of that (individuality). I’ve seen so many Dickies-wearing, tattooed, f—ing grease-haired generic punk guys I could just puke. There’s more to it, guys, than trying to look like everyone else, and sound (like everyone else).

“You know, that’s kind of why we chose to incorporate Americana into our style,” he said, “because by the mid-’80s, punk, like anything else, was starting to stereotype itself.”

Click here to read the whole story.

Speaking of Yauch, this week in Feedback, I tried to work out my thoughts about his death and why it hit me — and maybe you, too — a lot harder than I would’ve predicted if you’d asked me two weeks ago. Here’s an excerpt:

Listening to those four records (released over an eight-year span) now is like watching a bratty child grow into a wide-eyed and well-developed college kid. The awkward stages and annoying behavior fade away, replaced by tremendous, world-changing potential. The change is most striking in Yauch, who transformed from a scruffy, beercan-crushing lout into a political activist and spiritual leader who spit gravelly rhymes about respecting both mothers and Mother Earth.

If you’re the right age, and you look closely (the benefit of hindsight doesn’t hurt), you can see yourself growing up in Yauch’s example. I clearly remember giggling like a pre-teen at the bawdiest moments of “License to Ill.” Because, well, I was 10. I recall digging into the vintage funk/soul-sample paradise of “Paul’s Boutique” just as my own affinity for soaking up musical history was beginning to bloom.

And one of my most vivid adolescent memories is blasting “Ill Communication” in my friend Mark’s car, cruising our hometown for no good reason other than to celebrate our rapidly expanding freedom. Months later, the climax of the Beasties’ then-mega-hit “Sabotage” was the highlight of my first Lollapalooza experience.

There are a lot of kids … er, old folks like me who watched Adam Yauch mature from afar while experiencing a similar arc in their own lives.

I’ve already heard from a dozen folks who said this column rang true for them. I hope you’ll give it a read and see if it does for you.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Lindsey Buckingham comes to the Tower Theatre, Sweet Bonnie Gayle & The Rural Demons play country and gospel classics at The Horned Hand, David Nelson Band and Moonalice are gonna get Dead at the Domino Room, 4 Peaks Music Festival plans a weekend full of music and The Prairie Rockets perform tonight at Jackson’s Corner, plus Vagabond Opera, a Last Band Standing update, the lineup for the 2012 Deschutes County Fair and more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 16th, 2012

If you will indulge me for just one minute, I would simply like to say that regularly reading our music section in GO! Magazine (every Friday in The Bulletin) is by far your best bet for staying informed about what’s new and what’s happening on Central Oregon’s busy music scene. You have other options for that kind of info, of course, but nowhere will you find coverage as extensive and in-depth as you will in GO!

I say that only because I’m really proud of today’s section. Here’s what’s in there (click to read):

An interview with acoustic guitar pioneer Leo Kottke on the debt he owes to his instrument
An interview with jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson about what he learned from Art Blakey
An interview with rocker Jerry Joseph on his recent Asian tour and new album “Happy Book”
A Q&A with Seattle-based avant-saxophonist Skerik about his new group Bandalabra
A review of “Carnivale Electricos,” the dynamic new album from Galactic
A roundup of solid live-music options for your St. Patrick’s Day revelry

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, you’ll find briefs on The Autonomics’ two-night stand in Bend, James Hunnicutt, Rehab, the 4 Peaks festival lineup, Left Coast Country and more!

4 Peaks festival lineup + tickets on sale now

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The good folks at the 4 Peaks Music Festival — to be held June 22-24 at Rockin’ A Ranch near Tumalo — have unveiled part of this year’s lineup, and it’s a nice mix of rootsy stringbenders, jam bands, and a little pop and rock. They even added a few artists this morning, so here’s the up-to-date lineup:

Melvin Seals and JGB
Poor Man’s Whiskey
The Mother Hips
Hot Buttered Rum
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Dead Winter Carpenters
The Pitchfork Revolution
Alison Harris and the Barn Owls

Tickets are on sale now, and you can get them here. The early-bird price is $70, and RV passes are an additional $20. Kids younger than 10 get in free. There are fewer than 500 tickets available, and organizers expect to sell out.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The fine fellas in local rockabilly blues trio Boxcar Stringband will play the M&J Tavern Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new album “Going Down South.”

I spoke with founding members Joseph Balsamo and Casey Cathcart about their band’s distinctly vintage style.

Much of today’s music industry is obsessively focused on the future.

Just about everyone is out there trying to create the next big sound, find the next big thing, or stumble onto the next big viral marketing scheme.

Not the three guys in Boxcar Stringband. The Bend-based trio … lives in the 21st century, but its music is a convincing throwback to a bygone era.

“When I think of our band, we’re playing basically everything that was around in 1953,” guitarist Joseph Balsamo said in an interview last week. “We just have bigger, stronger amps than they had.”

You should go read the whole thing here, and then go check out Boxcar on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the music section, we’ve got all the details you need on two local festivals: the rootsy, jam-focused 4 Peaks Music Festival near Tumalo, and Saturday’s living shrine to the acoustic guitar, the Breedlove Festival.

Plus, local folk favorite The White Buffalo returns to the region for two shows, one tonight in Sisters and one Saturday at The Horned Hand, a brand new art/music space on Colorado Avenue in Bend. Click here to read about The Horned Hand’s plans and the people behind them.

Oh wait, there’s more: Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom has a big week planned, with guitarist Fareed Haque’s Math Games group tonight, locally rooted indie-folkers Loch Lomond on Wednesday and junkyard blues specialists Hillstomp on Thursday. Madhappy Lounge has a busy schedule, too, with underground rapper Open Mike Eagle on Monday, political punkers Prayers for Atheists on Wednesday, and electro-hip-pop group Vokab Kompany on Thursday. Then there’s the wonderful Nicki Bluhm at Alive After 5, The Greencards play the free Sunday show at the Schwab, Town Mountain brings three nights of bluegrass to McMenamins, and a Last Band Standing update.


4 Peaks Music Festival update: Ticket prices increase tomorrow

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Central Oregon’s roller-coaster jam-band gathering, the 4 Peaks Music Festival, will return to its original home, the Rockin’ A Ranch near Tumalo, on July 15-16.

Why is 4 Peaks a “roller-coaster”? Because of its history of ups and downs. The fest started with a bang in 2007, attracting big-name headliners like Animal Liberation Orchestra and Hot Buttered Rum to its two-day party. In 2008, the 4 Peaks team battled neighbor opposition, but ultimately held another two-day festival with a strong lineup.

In 2009, though, the struggling economy made it tough to find sponsors, and 4 Peaks went on hiatus. Last year, organizers went through a serious last-minute permitting scramble and venue switcheroo before bringing the event — significantly scaled down — back to the Rockin’ A.

This year, 4 Peaks seems to be on more solid ground. The team says it already has the necessary permits and will host two days of funky, jammy, stringy, rockin’ goodness in mid-July.

Tickets are available right now for $40 plus fees at However, that price will only last through the end of today. Tomorrow, they jump to $50 plus fees. So if you want in on the cheap, don’t hesitate.

Here’s the lineup for the 2011 4 Peaks Music Festival, featuring lots of familiar names and a few new ones:

Poor Man’s Whiskey
New Monsoon
Elephant Revival
Ten Mile Tide
Moon Mountain Ramblers
Acorn Project
Sugarcane String Band
Wasabi Collective
Asher Fulero
Wild Rye
Mark Ransom

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Lap steel guitar wizard Robert Randolph and his Family Band will bring their gospel-blues-rock to Bend on Sunday. My colleague David Jasper spoke with Randolph about the past and present of sacred steel music.

“There’s a history of our church … which goes all the way back 70 years,” Randolph explained. “In those days in the south, guys couldn’t afford organs and pianos in church. The thing was basically to buy a lap steel guitar because they couldn’t afford” organs. “And this basically turned into a historical thing. It reached me, and it’s reaching kids younger than me.”

“You see, long before me, there were some guys that played who would have been huge rock stars — just as big as Muddy Waters and those guys in the ’50s, ’60s and into the ’70s. And those guys just weren’t really allowed to leave” the auspices of the church.

“It was a much different time then. By me being younger, and things sort of changing within the organization, it was sort of my focus to really go out there” and share the music with the world at large, he said.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: The Builders and The Butchers roll into McMenamins, Person People and Empty Space Orchestra play B.I.G.S.’ big fifth birthday bash, the Sagebrush Rock Festival goes down in Christmas Valley, and Intervision visits Sunriver, plus the latest on locals Franchot Tone, Tuck and Roll, The Dirty Words and The Autonomics.

And last but not least, the 4 Peaks Music Festival happens this weekend, but thanks to a last-minute change of plans, the article in the paper has the wrong venue. So click here to get up-to-date info.

Need more? Visit The Bulletin’s complete music listing.