The previously announced performer at tonight’s Munch & Music in Drake Park, Jah Sun & the Redemption Band, is not playing. Instead, attendees will get the roots-reggae sound of Portland’s the Instigators.
Combine the replacement of one middling west-coast reggae band with another and the fact that a lot of Munch attendees barely pay attention to the music, and you have what may be the least important post in the history of Frequency. So here’s some bonus content: Jah Sun isn’t showing up tonight after a dispute over money. I and lots of other folks know this because Cameron Clark — founder of the company behind Munch & Music, C3 Events, and a man who values transparency and is not afraid to thoughtfully speak his mind — talked about that dispute in a post on C3’s Facebook. That post drew a couple dozen comments about whether it was an appropriate forum for such a topic before it was deleted earlier this week. (This post immediately followed the one that was deleted and includes further discussion.)
Which is all to say this: If you want an entertaining and eye-opening look at some of the behind-the-scenes business of putting on concerts, you should go befriend the C3 Facebook. Watch Bend’s biggest event-production company search for a piano to rent for Paula Cole! See them try to book an opening act 80 minutes before showtime! (Or 36 hours before showtime!) Read details of their haggles with a booking agent in an effort to bring John Hiatt to Bend! (It worked.)
I find it all to be quite fascinating, organized chaos.