Posts Tagged ‘Bend WinterFest’

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 17th, 2012

As usual, this week’s music section teems with shows to go see, but we definitely need to make note of Bend WinterFest’s live lineup this year. It’s a strong one.

Tonight’s lineup is all about variety, with Larry and His Flask and MarchFourth Marching Band on the main stage, and Keys N Krates’ electronic groove at the after-party at Century Center. And Saturday is all about hip-hop, with The Coup, Buck 65, Busdriver and Mosley Wotta on the bill. In GO! Magazine, we focused on Saturday, and you can read all about those artists here.

Now, as for non-WinterFest sounds …

Portland’s The Quick & Easy Boys return to Bend Saturday for a show at The Astro Lounge. I spoke with bassist Sean Badders about being a funk/punk/twang/rock band in a town where indie rock reigns.

“We’re very much operating outside the hip radar (in Portland),” Badders said. “Yeah, there are people that know about us, but there’s still so many people who have no idea who we are.

“The super-hip bands in this town, they all seem to be comprised out of a core group of about 100 people who all know each other and are all very connected, and that’s just not how we did it,” he said. “We really came up on the outside, and we’ve made good in a way. But at the same time we still want to expose ourselves to that other audience and get it going with them, too.”

You should click here and read the whole thing!

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Lone Madrone and The Beautiful Train Wrecks hit The Horned Hand, Tunnidge headlines an electronic show, Darrell Grant plays Jazz at the Oxford, Fierce Creatures come to town, and more!

Buck 65, MarchFourth Marching Band, The Coup playing 2012 Bend WinterFest

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

More specifically, headlining WinterFest and playing the WinterFringe after-party at Century Center. Per the website:

I don’t know a ton about Buck 65, other than the fact that he’s got plenty of fans around here. MarchFourth and The Coup are both rad.

Great lineup this year. Er … next year.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Busy local singer-songwriter Tim Coffey and his partner in cello, Kat Hilst, will play with a whole bunch of folks Thursday to celebrate the release of Coffey’s album “Strings Unbound.” I spoke with the man about how he blossomed from a struggling lyricist and veteran of cover bands into a full-fledged singer-songwriter relatively late in life.

“I always wanted to play my own music, (but) I could never write any lyrics that I didn’t think were stupid,” he said.

Then, one day in the summer of 2009, it hit him while hiking on Broken Top. Words popped into his head. “I didn’t know if they were any good, but they didn’t sound stupid,” Coffey said. “For the first time, they didn’t sound stupid. So I wrote ’em down and that turned out to be the song ‘Already There.’ And it just started snowballing. All of a sudden I started writing songs.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing by clicking here.

Also, it’s WinterFest weekend! Which means lots of great live music that you’d dance to if your feet weren’t solid blocks of ice. Click here to read up on tonight’s headliner, The Aggrolites, and Saturday’s headliner, Lyrics Born. The event’s entire music lineup is listed right here. (Note: Don’t miss Derby tonight, just before The Aggrolites. I saw them play in the parking lot of the east-side location of a very famous Portland doughnut shop a few years ago, and they are an excellent pop-rock band. Oh and Moon Mountain Ramblers on Saturday! Make Local Bands Habit!)

Elsewhere in the music section: Patrick Lamb plays The Oxford Hotel’s jazz series, folk singer Johnsmith returns to the HarmonyHouse in Sisters, local proto-blues band Blackflowers Blacksun is at the M&J, Mark Ransom and The Mostest will light up Silver Moon, Long Beach Rehab visits The Summit Saloon and Capture the Flag kicks off its tour with two free shows this weekend. Last but not least, portello winecafe in Northwest Crossing will host Tyler Fortier, a Eugene singer-songwriter who is from Bend originally, and who writes terrific songs. He’s got a new CD coming out — a lo-fi concept record about the old West — and Saturday is the official release show, so go show him some love.

The Aggrolites’ new album, “Complicated Girl” video

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The upcoming album from L.A.-based “dirty reggae” band The Aggrolites is a departure from the mix of soul, rock and reggae that dominated their first four albums. “Rugged Road” — out on vinyl and bytes next week, CD in March — is packed with laid back, dub-influenced instrumentals that simmer and burble like a pot of funky, fragrant Jamaican stew.

Here’s a cut from “Rugged Road” called “Complicated Girl,” plus a reminder that The Aggrolites will headline the Bend WinterFest on Friday night in the Old Mill District. Be sure to pick up Friday’s edition of The Bulletin and find GO! Magzine; it’ll have all the details you need on this band, the album, and WinterFest in general.

I don’t love reggae, but I love this band.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 19th, 2010

New York City ska pioneers The Toasters will play twice at Mountain’s Edge this weekend, once on Friday and once Saturday. Here’s a clip of my conversation with founding member and frontman Robert “Bucket” Hingley:

GO!: I read somewhere about your efforts to run The Toasters according to a set of core principles. Can you tell me about those principles?

Bucket: What we’ve tried to do is always keep in touch with the fans and (not decline to) play shows because the venue wasn’t big enough or we didn’t have a nice hotel, or that kind of stuff. We still run it like a punk-rock band in that sense.

Otherwise, it’s about sticking to your own music and not trying to follow trends, and not writing tunes to sound like something because the record label wants you to do that. I think just sticking to playing 2 Tone ska music, which hasn’t always been popular, I think that’s what’s helped us stick around for a long time, because people appreciate that.

Read the whole thing here.

I saw The Gourds for the first time in 12 years last weekend and loved it. Here’s part of my review:

Russell introduced “Hallelujah Shine” with a stark verse of “Amazing Grace,” only to giggle halfway through while watching snowriders racing down the giant rail-jam structure standing tall behind the audience. Smith tore through one of his best songs, “LGO,” singing past his ever-present toothpick as Bernard played the song’s serpentine accordion riff.

Then Russell shifted from “Country Gal” into Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” tossing in a Joe Cocker impression just for fun. Or maybe to stay warm, because the band looked cold, especially Johnston. Even a few reminders of home — a colorful zarape in the kick drum, cases of Tecate beer just offstage — couldn’t make Central Oregon feel like Central Texas.

You can read the whole thing here. The video above was shot by stephsmomfr. Frequency has video of the show here and a bunch of great photos here.

Elsewhere in the music section: Greg Botsford’s CD-release show, Moonalice returns to Bend and Jukebot plays Silver Moon, plus The Confederats, Blowin’ Smoke, Eric Tollefson and Shireen Amini, Tentareign and The Sofa Kings, The Sweet Harlots, Hot Tea Cold and Empty Wotta. And, as always, complete music listings are here.

Photos: The Gourds at Bend WinterFest

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Bulletin photographer Rob Kerr attended The Gourds’ set at Bend WinterFest last weekend and came away with some terrific shots of the band. Thanks, Rob! Be sure to click below the first couple to see the rest, click here for video from the show, and look for my full review in Friday’s GO! Magazine.





Video: The Gourds at Bend WinterFest

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Here’s video of Austin, Texas band The Gourds playing “Hallelujah Shine” last night at Bend WinterFest. Look for some still photos from the show here on the blog in the next day or so, and my full review will appear in Friday’s GO! Magazine.

(Note: Frontman Kev Russell does let fly with a dirty word at about :35. Consider yourself warned.)

The Gourds’ Kev “Shinyribs” Russell to play benefit Saturday (plus a sneak peek at WinterFest headliners)

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


I know you love the Austin, Texas Cajun-jam-billy (what?) band The Gourds. You must, and others around here must, because we’re graced with their presence about once every couple of years. In my humble opinion, The Gourds are one of the best bands that comes to Bend regularly.

Say, did you know they’ll be here again in January to headline the first night of Bend WinterFest? The all-female AC/DC cover band Hell’s Belles will return to headline the second night. More details are here.)

And here’s something else you may not know (since I haven’t seen much promotion): Kev Russell, one of The Gourds’ two main songwriters, will be in Bend on Saturday to play a fundraiser at the Old Stone Church (157 N.W. Franklin Ave.) under his solo moniker Shinyribs. Mai from Moon Mountain Ramblers is going to open the show.

The event will raise money for humanitarian efforts in Africa by a group called Off the Mat, Into the World. Tickets are $25 at the door, and things will get going around 7:30 p.m. For more info, call 541-410-5513.

Sounds like a pretty nifty opportunity to help a good cause and see a fine songwriter in an intimate setting and outside the confines of his best-known band.

Here’s the band’s cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice,” which you’ve undoubtedly heard, but possibly thought was Phish, since the song was widely labeled as such on file-sharing networks back in the day. (Sensitive ears be aware of NSFW language. It’s a Snoop Dogg song.)

Their “Gin & Juice” cover raised The Gourds’ profile more than anything else, I suppose. But if you’re interested in hearing what this band is all about, most of their albums are quite good. I suggest starting with “Ghosts of Hallelujah,” a peach of an album where the band’s mix of melodic sense, Texas twang and surrealist poetry come together seamlessly.