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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Bearfoot will perform Saturday at Sisters High School for Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series. Here’s an excerpt from my story on the band:

Bearfoot’s wings are fully spread on “Doors and Windows,” released last year on Compass Records. It’s the band’s first album with new fiddler/vocalist/songwriter Odessa Jorgensen (formerly of The Biscuit Burners), and it was Bearfoot’s first recording session powered by a record company. Compass exerted a little bit of welcomed influence, Hamre said.

“They kind of made us focus — which is good — more on radio play,” she said. “(They helped us) make the CD cohesive, where all the songs make sense together.”

Indeed, “Doors and Windows” is a wonderful and mature album, apropos of a modern-day string band that has grown up before the eyes of bluegrass nation. It’s jam-packed with toe-tapping melodies and gorgeous vocals, not to mention songs that keep one foot in old-time music and one in the pop-grass world that made superstars out of Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek.

Read the whole thing here.

Here’s an excerpt from my column on last weekend’s Grammy Awards:

(Pink) sauntered out clad head-to-toe in white, like some Star Wars princess. Snooze. But then she shed the robe (leaving her nearly nude), climbed into a long white sheet draped from the ceiling and performed a full-on acrobatics routine a few dozen feet in the air, half while dripping wet. And she never missed a note. This was no joke; I actually worried for her safety, but she nailed it. Maybe she was raised in the circus. I barely heard the song, but she deserves (credit) for her guts.

My recap of the rest of the show isn’t nearly as positive. Read it here.

Also in the music section this week: Cash’d Out pays tribute to The Man in Black, The Aggrolites open for Slightly Stoopid, singer-songwriter Emma Hill returns to town, Rise Up throws a Haiti benefit concert, Gary Fulkerson plays guitar at Velvet and local metal band Inimica leads a heavy bill at Players. And, as always, there’s more in our complete music calendar.

Sisters Folk Festival unveils lineup for winter series

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The first quarter of the year is relatively slow on Central Oregon’s music scene, so kudos to the fine team at the Sisters Folk Festival for brightening these times with their Winter Concert Series. Here’s the lineup for 2010:

Feb. 6 — Bearfoot (newgrass from Alaska)
Feb. 27 — Noah Gundersen and the Courage (Northwest folk-rock)
March 16 — Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (New Orleans soul-jazz-funk-hop)

The shows are at Sisters High School. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, and a series pass is available for $40 for adults and $30 for students. Get more info at the Sisters Folk Festival’s Web site.

New shows announced (Brandi Carlile, The Lonely H, Son Volt, Erin Cole-Baker and more)

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

There are several concerts coming to the area over the next few months that I haven’t yet mentioned. Here’s a round-up:

-Port Angeles, Wash.’s The Lonely H do what I’d call modern classic rock, and they do it very well. From the long hair and denim to their throwback sound, these dudes are the real deal. They’ll return to Bend on Nov. 13 to play the Black Horse Saloon.

-Reggae legend Eek-A-Mouse will play the Domino Room on Nov. 18, and Northwest blues-rock stalwart Too Slim & The Taildraggers is set for a Nov. 20 show at The Annex.

-Local keyboard kingpin Brad Jones has set a date for his CD-release show: Nov. 21 at The Annex in Bend. Also on the bill is The Mostest, Defekt and Manic.

-The excellent, Portland-based indie-pop band Church will warm up The Annex on Dec. 4, along with locals The Sweet Harlots. I saw Church open for Finn Riggins several weeks back at Silver Moon, and they were terrific.

-The Domino Room will host alt-country combo Son Volt on Dec. 7, and then Sublime tribute act 40 Oz. to Freedom on Dec. 12.

-Local folk singer Erin Cole-Baker is planning her long-awaited CD-release show on Dec. 12. No word yet on where, exactly, so stay tuned for that detail.

-The first date for the Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series has popped up, and it’s Alaskan roots-grass band Bearfoot on Feb. 6.

-Here’s the biggest news of this batch, I think: Rising roots-rock star Brandi Carlile — who introduced herself to Bend by opening for Sheryl Crow a year ago and then sold out the Tower Theater in June — will return to the Tower March 17-18 for a two-night engagement.

The promoter bringing Carlile to town, Bret Grier of Random Presents, said today that he has booked back-to-back concerts by one artist only once before in 11 years, and that was Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at Bend’s Best Bet in 2000. So why Carlile and why now … or rather, March?

“(Her) show (here) on June 10 … sold out extremely fast making it obvious we needed to find her a larger home or do multiple nights,” Grier wrote in an e-mail. “After the show Brandi claimed the Tower Theatre to be her new favorite place to play and suggested we do two nights on the next northwest run.”

Sweet! I missed Carlile last time she was in town, so I’m going to be sure to catch her in the spring.

Anyway, that’s most of what I know about right now. Did I miss anything? Fill me in in the comments.