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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The fine fellas in local rockabilly blues trio Boxcar Stringband will play the M&J Tavern Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new album “Going Down South.”

I spoke with founding members Joseph Balsamo and Casey Cathcart about their band’s distinctly vintage style.

Much of today’s music industry is obsessively focused on the future.

Just about everyone is out there trying to create the next big sound, find the next big thing, or stumble onto the next big viral marketing scheme.

Not the three guys in Boxcar Stringband. The Bend-based trio … lives in the 21st century, but its music is a convincing throwback to a bygone era.

“When I think of our band, we’re playing basically everything that was around in 1953,” guitarist Joseph Balsamo said in an interview last week. “We just have bigger, stronger amps than they had.”

You should go read the whole thing here, and then go check out Boxcar on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the music section, we’ve got all the details you need on two local festivals: the rootsy, jam-focused 4 Peaks Music Festival near Tumalo, and Saturday’s living shrine to the acoustic guitar, the Breedlove Festival.

Plus, local folk favorite The White Buffalo returns to the region for two shows, one tonight in Sisters and one Saturday at The Horned Hand, a brand new art/music space on Colorado Avenue in Bend. Click here to read about The Horned Hand’s plans and the people behind them.

Oh wait, there’s more: Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom has a big week planned, with guitarist Fareed Haque’s Math Games group tonight, locally rooted indie-folkers Loch Lomond on Wednesday and junkyard blues specialists Hillstomp on Thursday. Madhappy Lounge has a busy schedule, too, with underground rapper Open Mike Eagle on Monday, political punkers Prayers for Atheists on Wednesday, and electro-hip-pop group Vokab Kompany on Thursday. Then there’s the wonderful Nicki Bluhm at Alive After 5, The Greencards play the free Sunday show at the Schwab, Town Mountain brings three nights of bluegrass to McMenamins, and a Last Band Standing update.

Whew!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Aphrodesia, an Afrobeat (and so much more) band based in the Bay Area, will kick off the 20th season of Munch & Music Thursday. I spoke with bassist and bandleader Ezra Gale about the rising profile of Afrobeat in America.

“I think (Afrobeat) is definitely more in the mainstream consciousness than it was when we started doing this,” Gale said via telephone Monday. “Where I live in Brooklyn, there’s now at least three or four young Afrobeat bands who are playing (in the style of genre godfather Fela Kuti), and I remember when Aphrodesia first started, as far as we knew, it was us and (New York’s) Antibalas. It really was this new thing. Nobody knew who Kuti was, and we were playing this music that felt obscure.

“It’s important to keep it in perspective, because there are things that are pushing it into the mainstream (such as the Kuti-focused “Fela!” Broadway musical), but at the same time, when you talk about most people in this country, most still have never heard of it, really,” he said. “So us Afrobeat musicians kind of live in a bubble. To us, it may seem sort of played out and passé, but in fact, it’s still new to probably 98 percent of people.”

Accompanying the Aphrodesia story are a few words from Munch & Music founder Cameron Clark on what two decades of the popular, free concert series means to him. I hope you’ll click here and read it all.

Also in the music section this week:

New recorded music just keeps on coming from Bend’s ridiculously productive scene. This week, I wax poetic about the new album from Sara Jackson-Holman (“it’s an aural tractor beam, drawing me in over and over again”), who’ll hold a CD-release show Monday, and The Autonomics (“bruising rock ’n’ roll that draws influence from both modern and classic sounds”), who’ll celebrate their new EP with a show tonight.

Elsewhere, we’ve got all the details on the Breedlove Festival, a concert and barbecue at Maragas Winery, Lisa C. Pollock’s Indie Freedom Tour at Silver Moon Brewing, Eric Tollefson and the Show Us Your Spokes lineup, Curtis Salgado and the Picnic in the Park lineup, folk singers Kasey Anderson and Anastacia, and a scaled-down Pinback returning to the Domino Room. And as always, you can find lots more in The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

July 24 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Whew! It was kind of a hectic week around GO! Magazine headquarters, what with the uncertainty of Sugarland’s tour plans as we near their concert in Bend next week. But as of now, the show is on, and another GO! is out in the world. Here’s a look at the music stories it contains.

-The 2009 Bend Summer Concerts series at Les Schwab Amphitheater kicks off Thursday with an appearance by Atlanta-based country duo Sugarland. I didn’t get a chance to chat with them, so instead I wrote all about their Grammy-winning song “Stay.” If you’d like to hear it, go here.

-Most weeks, I get to write a concert review in a column we call Feedback. This week, I sing the praises of Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, who put on a killer set at Munch & Music on July 16.

-The Deschutes County Fair kicks off on Wednesday, and it will host concerts by country singer Jake Owen on Wednesday and classic rocker Peter Frampton on Thursday.

-You’ve probably noticed, but the nightly offerings of Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom just keep getting stronger and stronger. This week, they have a slew of very different musicians in to perform everything from soulful pop to traditional bluegrass. (Silver Moon’s MySpace is here, if you’re interested.)

-It’s a big week at Bendistillery Martini Bar, too, with underground rappers Josh Martinez and Kosha Dillz doing shows on different nights, plus a mini-festival in Riverfront Plaza on Saturday and some other stuff, too. (Oh, what the heck, here’s the martini bar’s MySpace, too.)

-The Breedlove Guitar Co. is throwing a music festival, and although it technically begins on Thursday, the music doesn’t really start until Friday, July 31. Read about it here.

-This week’s local roundup features three gigs in unique places: The Sweet Harlots by the Deschutes River, Canaan Canaan at Dan Chavers’ performance studio, and Sagebrush Rock in the parking lot of Country Catering.

And hey, pick up the print version of GO! to check out the Area 97 Clubs page. There’s tons of other stuff going on!

A guide to upcoming music festivals (updated)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

(Update: The look of this post did not turn out how I’d hoped. I think I’ve fixed that. More importantly, a colleague reminded me that Breedlove Guitar Co. is holding a festival later this summer, so I’ve added those details below.)

Coyote Festival

For music fans, summer means one thing: festivals, festivals, festivals. After a fall, winter and spring of crowding into dark, sweaty bars and clubs for live music, there’s something about crowding into bright, sweaty pastures for live music that just sounds so refreshing.

Central Oregon has its share of music festivals, though the number in 2009 will be smaller than in past years. More on that later. For now, let’s focus on the present.

Festival season kicks off this coming summer solstice weekend with the Coyote Festival, held at Summer Lake Hot Springs near Paisley. That’s not exactly in Central Oregon, true, but we’re going to count it because there are a whole lot of local bands playing there, and a whole bunch of people from the area are heading down for the party.

The lineup is headlined on Friday by Taarka and Larry and His Flask, on Saturday by Moon Mountain Ramblers and David Jacobs-Strain, and on Sunday by Coyo. There’ll be three stages, fire dancers, workshops, drum circles and, of course, dips in the hot springs. Kids are welcome, too, and there are activities planned for them.

Tickets to the Coyote Festival for the entire weekend cost $50 and are available at Music Makers, The Cosmic Depot, Bend’s Indoor Garden Station and Ranch Records in Bend. There are also discounted rates for kids and for single-day passes. You can find a ton of info at www.coyotemusicfestival.com, or by calling 541-943-3931.

The fun doesn’t stop this weekend, though. After the jump is a list of music festivals happening within an easy drive, along with all the details you need to know.

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