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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Because of those social media sharing buttons to the right of this text, I always try to think of something to write up here to push the video down the page a bit. It just looks a lot better than trying to shrink or move the video to work within the layout.

But sometimes, I can’t think of anything to write. And this is one of those times. OK, let’s move on!

The veteran Chicago bluegrass band Special Consensus will play in Bend tonight to benefit the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival. My colleague David Jasper spoke with founding member Greg Cahill about how he first got into bluegrass music.

Cahill learned to read music by first playing the accordion, then strumming some guitar, but “the allure of the banjo” called to him, he said. At that time, he was still predominantly into folk, which was big in the hometown of John Prine.

That changed in 1969, when he was stationed at a Georgia army base.

“I was in a folk trio, and one Saturday afternoon a guy came in and said, ‘You gotta hear this.’ It was Flat and Scruggs’ ‘Foggy Mountain Banjo’ album,” Cahill said. “That did it.”

You should click here and read the whole thing! Then get on over to The Sound Garden tonight and help out High & Dry.

In Feedback, I offer up a list of good goals for the Central Oregon music scene in 2012. Here’s a sneak peek at one of ‘em:

Fewer hassles. It seemed like every few months last year a venue or event ran into problems with outside forces, whether it was noise complaints by a tiny minority or governmental nitpicking about the capacity of a mom-and-pop business.

I understand that it’s the responsibility of concert promoters and event organizers to ensure safety and respect the neighbors. But I also live here, and I want Bend to be a fun, vibrant town with a diversity of cultural offerings for people of all stripes.

If that means putting up with the sound of music floating through the warm summer air a dozen times a year … well, there are a lot worse things to worry about, right?

There are about 10 items on my list. I hope you’ll go read the rest of them right here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Archeology visits McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Anthony B and Dick Dale return to town (separately), The Pimps of Joytime look to funk up Player’s, Mel Brown’s B3 Organ Band plays the Jazz at the Oxford series, Phillip Roebuck and Mike Brown stop at The Horned Hand tonight, and much, much more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Pause.

Playback, rewind.

Pause.

Collie Buddz’s music isn’t normally my thing, necessarily, but I am addicted to this song. It’s hypnotic!

On Wednesday night, Buddz will drop into the Domino Room in Bend for a night of reggae-infused club-pop. My colleague David Jasper spoke with him and his alluring Bermudan accent last week. Here’s an excerpt of the resulting article.

Buddz has been called the Eminem of dancehall, and it’s a pretty apt comparison given his skin color and choice of genre. Like Eminem’s Detroit roots, his childhood in Bermuda, where the Jamaican influence is high, lends Buddz a credibility you can’t manufacture (see: Vanilla Ice).

Either way, he seems perfectly capable of bringing in fans like moths to the flame, even if Bob Marley might roll over in his grave (dreads permitting) if he knew this is what people are calling reggae in 2011. Buddz’s sound is slick and worldly, and the production value on “Playback” is set at 11.

Phoenix New Times, an alt-weekly in Arizona, sums up this sound quite well: “Buddz rarely sounds like a traditional reggae singer — songs like ‘World A Girls’ from his new record, ‘Playback,’ owe as much to Marvin Gaye soul and early G-Funk ambiance as … dancehall heaters.”

Jamaica’s become a regular stop for Buddz, who says that to Jamaicans, “it’s not about the color, it’s about the music, and Jamaicans know their music. Like, you go dancing down there, you don’t know what tunes you’re gonna hear.

“But it’s definitely harder” to earn acceptance there as a white reggae artist, said an undeterred Buddz. “You just have to work that much harder.”

You should read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Sapient’s new record is dope, Scott Fisher returns to town, Excellent Gentlemen get funky, Tyler Fortier presents his third album of the year, and Archeology might be the next big thing out of Portland. Plus Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, The Young Lions of Jazz, Hoedown for Hunger, a High & Dry Bluegrass Festival benefit with master mando man Radim Zenkl, and details on Sunday’s memorial for local metal guitarist Don Adams.