I’m sure Poor Moon’s Christian Wargo is already tired of talking about his life and work in Fleet Foxes, and I’m not terribly interested in letting the stature of the Seattle-based indie-folk giants overshadow Wargo’s new band, either.
But I have to say, it was pretty tough to chat with him last week and not talk about his “other” band. I mean, Fleet Foxes is arguably my favorite band of the past five years. Fortunately, Wargo is a fine songwriter in his own right, and the Poor Moon songs we’ve heard so far point to a bright future for his new venture.
That venture continues this weekend when Poor Moon kicks off Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Summer Sunday Concerts series. When we spoke, Wargo and I chatted about life on the road with a band that’s doing things a bit more DIY than, say, Fleet Foxes have been in recent years.
“It has been a real breath of fresh air for us,” he said. “Being in the van together with your bros, you get to see where you’re going, as opposed to a bus tour, where you go to bed and then you wake up in the next backstage area and it can be a little monotonous.
“You know, being in charge of getting yourself to the show and finding hotels, it’s been fun,” he continued. “We really have enjoyed it a lot. I couldn’t actually see myself getting into a bus right now.”
Besides being closer to band mates, touring on a smaller scale also provides more opportunities to meet and make connections with fans, he said.
“In the smaller clubs, (there’s) just an energy that you can’t quite get when you’re playing theaters,” Wargo said. “It’s all around just been great. I love it.”
Also worth highlighting this weekend: Local community radio station KPOV is celebrating its 7th birthday with another Beatles Singalong! It’s just what it sounds like: Local bands play Beatles songs, the lyrics are projected on a screen and everyone sings along. There’s a costume contest and trivia and other stuff, and proceeds benefit KPOV. Good times, great cause!
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Bad boy glam-rapper Mickey Avalon is back in Bend, the Pickin’ & Paddlin’ series begins with The Pitchfork Revolution, a trio of Oregon songwriters will play The Horned Hand, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks visit Kimberly, a roundup of the opportunities to see and hear Irish/Celtic music this week, the psych-rock sounds of Rubedo, and a Last Band Standing update. Plus, a bunch of good local bands are playing the Bend Pride celebration on Saturday. All are welcome!