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2013 Bend Roots Revival: Day 2

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Saturday was the day Typhoon Pabuk, apparently, began to wreak havoc with the 2013 Bend Roots Revival.

First came the creeping wall of dark clouds. Then the howling winds. And finally, the rain. The miserable, miserable rain.

There were two stages that bore the brunt of Saturday evening’s winds: Casey’s Corner, on the southwest corner of Pakit Liquidators’ property, and the Junkyard Stage on the southeast corner. The former was simply the festival’s first line of defense against the elements. The latter was located at the eastern end of a channel between a building and a fence that turned out to be a pretty effective wind tunnel.

My first stop Saturday was at the Junkyard Stage, where the Travis Ehrenstrom Band was bundled up and playing some easygoing roots-pop jams. Ehrenstrom’s album “Remain A Mystery” is one of the better local releases of 2013, and he played a handful of tunes from it before doing a couple of covers. First up was “Give Us Light,” a song by local band The Mostest and, I would imagine, a tribute to Revival founder (and Mostest main man) Mark Ransom. Ehrenstrom’s band just happened to include not only Ransom on guitar, but Mostest members Pat Pearsall on bass and Kaleb Kelleher on drums. “I’ve never played this song before,” Ehrenstrom said, “but these three guys have played it a lot.”

The other cover was the Bob Dylan / The Band classic “I Shall Be Released,” which never gets old no matter how many times you hear it. Here … hear it again.

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2013 Bend Roots Revival: Day 1

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Throughout the night on Friday, the Bend Roots Revival — now coming to you from Pakit Liquidators on Bend’s east side — had the look of a festival still working some things out.

Hastily made performance schedules were copied from The Bulletin, blown up huge and duct-taped in various places. Artists convened stage-side powwows to try to figure out how to overcome power-supply issues. Soundmen fiddled with lights mid-set in an attempt to illuminate a stage that was otherwise so dark you couldn’t see who was playing.

People hanging out at a fire pit / sculpture at Bend Roots Revival.

Folks gather around a fire pit / sculpture at Bend Roots Revival. All photos and videos by Ben.

The big stuff — clearing out Pakit’s considerable mess — got done ahead of time. So did most of the little stuff. But … y’know … things come up. Especially in a place like this.

And with weather like this.

Whatever. They made it.

Still, someone has to be ready to plug in and play first. In the case of Roots ’13, that was Problem Stick on the BIGS Stage and Gotama at Casey’s Corner.

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The Big Dig: Pakit Liquidators transforms, hosts 2013 Bend Roots Revival

Monday, September 30th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

It was close, but they made it. On Friday morning, after making one final inspection of the grounds, City of Bend officials signed off on a temporary certificate of occupancy for Pakit Liquidators, clearing the way for the 2013 Bend Roots Revival — about nine hours before the first band was scheduled to perform.

Now, it’s Monday, and this year’s Revival is over. Everyone I talked to loved the space, though Mother Nature certainly did the festival’s organizers and performers no favors. Friday night was cold, Saturday was windy and Sunday was absolutely soaked with rain. A few sets were canceled; many were moved from outside to indoor stages. Everyone seemed content to adjust as necessary for the good of the event.

I’ve got lots more specific thoughts (as well as photos and videos) which I’ll post over the next three days. In the meantime, check out the final installment of our “The Big Dig” video series, which shows very clearly the difference between Pakit in July and Pakit now, and includes lots of footage of this weekend’s revelry. All shot by The Bulletin’s Leilani Rapaport. Enjoy.

Our 2013 Bend Roots Revival coverage

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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With this stuff out of the way, the Bend Roots Revival is officially on this weekend at Pakit Liquidators in Bend. In today’s GO! Magazine, we have lots of coverage to try to help you navigate the festival:

My story on the effort to move Bend Roots into Pakit, and why every music-loving person in Central Oregon owes Mark Ransom, Matt Korish and their team of volunteers some thank-you hugs and handshakes.

The best festival schedule you’ll find anywhere, set up to make it easy to figure out who’s playing what stages and when.

A few highlights of the schedule, including stuff for hard-rockers, good-timers, blues-lovers and anyone interested in seeing some good new bands on the local scene. (Please note that this is just a small fraction of the artists playing this weekend and there’s good stuff all over the schedule. Space in the newspaper is finite, unfortunately.)

– And, of course, you can look back and all our previous Bend Roots Revival coverage.

Pakit Liquidators receives permit to host Bend Roots Revival

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Here’s Pakit Liquidators owner Matt Korish holding a temporary certificate of occupancy issued to his business this morning by the City of Bend, allowing Pakit to host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival.

More in a bit!

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(Photos by Jesse Roberts)

The Big Dig: Before and after with three days till Bend Roots Revival

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

Last weekend, The Bulletin’s multimedia producer, Leilani Rapaport, visited Pakit Liquidators to document some areas of the place that she’d shot in a much messier state several weeks before. Here’s a montage of those before-and-after images, plus some more footage of what’s going on in preparation of the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Three days to go …

The Big Dig: Bend Roots Revival approaches crunch time

Friday, September 13th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

Time flies when you’re cleaning up junk for the sake of art. It has been a month since we checked in with the folks who are working to get Pakit Liquidators ready to host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival, which is scheduled to begin in two weeks. In that time, Roots organizers have submitted their plans to the City of Bend, and a work party was held to try to take a big chunk out of the remaining workload at Pakit.

The Bulletin’s multimedia guru, Leilani Rapaport, visited both City Hall and the work party to get a sense for what the Roots Revival needs to get done over the next couple of weeks. Here’s her report:

The Big Dig: Bend Roots Revival, past and present

Friday, August 9th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

In the first installment of The Big Dig, we heard briefly from two men with apparently superhuman vision, standing among huge piles of junk stuff and talking about stages and live music and food vendors and drinks and fire marshals and building capacity. It was clear they want to throw a party in this messy space … somehow.

Now, it’s time to meet those guys and hear their plans. But before we can do that, we need to learn a little bit more about how they got to this point and this place.

The Big Dig: Pakit Liquidators begins massive cleanup in prep for Bend Roots Revival

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

When we last checked in with the folks behind the Bend Roots Revival, they were looking to bounce back from last year’s last-minute cancellation by moving the popular celebration of local music and art to Pakit Liquidators, the charming but cluttered (to put it mildly), vast home improvement resale yard at Ninth Street and Wilson Avenue in Bend.

Well, the work to clean up Pakit for the Roots Revival has begun, and will continue, presumably, until the festival, scheduled for Sept. 27-29. And The Bulletin is going to follow along. Below, find the first installment of our video series following the efforts to turn a quasi-junkyard into a concert venue, and be sure to check back here over the next several weeks as we add more videos to the series.

Oh, and if you’re not not familiar with the history of the Bend Roots Revival festival, you can find all our past coverage by clicking here. Or, click below to go straight to a specific year.

2013: Bend Roots Revival eyes new home at Pakit Liquidators
“Organizers of the Bend Roots Revival, a popular three-day celebration of local music and art, are planning to stage the 2013 version of the festival at Pakit Liquidators, a construction material resale shop at the corner of Southeast Ninth Street and Southeast Armour Boulevard in Bend.”

2012: Bend Roots Revival officially canceled
“Nine days after first announcing that the 2012 Bend Roots Revival was canceled (but then passing around a petition and hoping to work things out with their venue, the Century Center), organizers of the weekend-long celebration of local music and culture made it official last week: No Roots fest this year.”

2011: Bend Roots Revival’s final year at Century Center
“Over the past six years, the Bend Roots Revival has grown from a small gathering of local artists jamming in and around Parrilla Grill and The Victorian Cafe to one of Central Oregon’s biggest and best music events and a vital celebration of local arts that takes over the Century Center for an entire weekend.”

2010: Bend Roots Revival moves to Century Center
“Bend Roots Revival ’09 was the event’s last year as an under-discovered gem, finding itself, learning to walk. In 2010, with a new home, better organization and artists onstage who’d achieved a higher profile, Bend Roots hit the ground running, ready to race into a bright future.”

2009: Bend Roots Revival’s final year at 14th Street and Galveston Avenue
“Suddenly, it seems, the Bend Roots Revival is one of the biggest and best parties in Bend.”

2008: Bend Roots Revival takes off
“On Friday night, I stood in the middle of Galveston Avenue in Bend, music blaring at me from the north and the south, and thought to myself, ‘Something is happening here.’”

Bend Roots Revival eyes new home at Pakit Liquidators

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

From left, Hobbs Magaret and Mark Ransom perform at Church of Neil last year at Pakit Liquidators.

From left, Hobbs Magaret and Mark Ransom perform at Church of Neil last year at Pakit Liquidators.

Organizers of the Bend Roots Revival, a popular three-day celebration of local music and art, are planning to stage the 2013 version of the festival at Pakit Liquidators, a construction material resale shop at the corner of Southeast Ninth Street and Southeast Armour Boulevard in Bend.

Earlier this week, Roots founder Mark Ransom and his partner, Jesse Roberts of the humanitarian nonprofit Rise Up International, said they had not yet applied for the necessary permits to hold the event at Pakit, but that Matt Korish, who owns the place, is on board with hosting Roots.

Ransom said Pakit — known for its massive and labyrinthian piles of, um … stuff — has an atmosphere that fits nicely with the spirit of the Revival. That became clear during last year’s Church of Neil concert, an annual, underground celebration of the music of Neil Young.

“We did Church of Neil there last year and everybody realized what an amazing space it was,” he said. “Matt had already been thinking about renovating the space, clearing it out and being able … to make use of the buildings.”

Roberts attended Church of Neil, too, and said the same thing.

“It had this very artful vibe, almost like a barn party kind of thing. Half of it was kind of cleared out, there were bonfires going outside,” he said. “And we were like, ‘Man, imagine this. This kinda has the spirit of Roots.’”

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