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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Aphrodesia, an Afrobeat (and so much more) band based in the Bay Area, will kick off the 20th season of Munch & Music Thursday. I spoke with bassist and bandleader Ezra Gale about the rising profile of Afrobeat in America.

“I think (Afrobeat) is definitely more in the mainstream consciousness than it was when we started doing this,” Gale said via telephone Monday. “Where I live in Brooklyn, there’s now at least three or four young Afrobeat bands who are playing (in the style of genre godfather Fela Kuti), and I remember when Aphrodesia first started, as far as we knew, it was us and (New York’s) Antibalas. It really was this new thing. Nobody knew who Kuti was, and we were playing this music that felt obscure.

“It’s important to keep it in perspective, because there are things that are pushing it into the mainstream (such as the Kuti-focused “Fela!” Broadway musical), but at the same time, when you talk about most people in this country, most still have never heard of it, really,” he said. “So us Afrobeat musicians kind of live in a bubble. To us, it may seem sort of played out and passé, but in fact, it’s still new to probably 98 percent of people.”

Accompanying the Aphrodesia story are a few words from Munch & Music founder Cameron Clark on what two decades of the popular, free concert series means to him. I hope you’ll click here and read it all.

Also in the music section this week:

New recorded music just keeps on coming from Bend’s ridiculously productive scene. This week, I wax poetic about the new album from Sara Jackson-Holman (“it’s an aural tractor beam, drawing me in over and over again”), who’ll hold a CD-release show Monday, and The Autonomics (“bruising rock ’n’ roll that draws influence from both modern and classic sounds”), who’ll celebrate their new EP with a show tonight.

Elsewhere, we’ve got all the details on the Breedlove Festival, a concert and barbecue at Maragas Winery, Lisa C. Pollock’s Indie Freedom Tour at Silver Moon Brewing, Eric Tollefson and the Show Us Your Spokes lineup, Curtis Salgado and the Picnic in the Park lineup, folk singers Kasey Anderson and Anastacia, and a scaled-down Pinback returning to the Domino Room. And as always, you can find lots more in The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

August 7 in GO! Magazine

Friday, August 7th, 2009

This week’s GO! Magazine features quite the array of musical acts. You can’t say local music fans don’t have a variety of choices! We’ve got an alt-rock band of local teenagers, one of the biggest country acts in the world, an up-and-coming hip-hop crew that got its start in Bend, a former “American Idol” contestant playing in Warm Springs (!), crusty ol’ punks from Portland, and more, more, more! Check it:

-The five local guys in The Snag aren’t old enough to drink. Heck, they’re barely old enough to drive. But they have a new CD ready for the world, and they’ll celebrate it with a show tonight. Here’s a track from that CD, lovingly provided by the band:

Download The Snag, “Omne Vivum”

-I went and saw Sugarland at Les Schwab Amphitheater on July 30 and came back with some new thoughts on Central Oregon’s music fans. Read them here.

-Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom is hosting a hip-hop benefit, a Bay Area Afro-beat band and a reggae show next week. Very nice, Moon. Very nice. If you want to familiarize yourself with the Afro-beat band, Aphrodesia, here’s a way to do just that:

Download Aphrodesia, “Special Girl”

-Portland punk-rock group 800 Octane has played 22 shows in Bend over the past 12 years. Tonight, they’ll play for the 23rd and 24th time.

-Former “American Idol” rocker gal Amanda Overmyer is performing on Sunday at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort near Warm Springs. Which just makes sense, if you think about it.

-Elsewhere in town this weekend: A big B.I.G.S. party at the old Rising Star building, a farewell performance by soon-to-be-Californian David Bowers, and three native Texans (now Central Oregonians) at The Studio.

If you’re subscribed to The Bulletin’s Web site, you’ll be able to see all those links. If you’re not, you’ll need to subscribe or pick up a paper. Either way, you can download the MP3s. They’re available to anyone.