Posts Tagged ‘Century Center’

Poster: Larry and His Flask and friends at Century Center

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This is almost certainly going to be a blast, folks. And the promoters are on Facebook right now saying it’s not sold out and they will have tickets at the door. FYI.

Kill time between now and the show by checking out Frequency’s big ol’ archive of posters and flyers!

Bend Roots Revival officially canceled

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

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.

So, if you’re reading this, chances are good you now need something to do Sept. 27-30.

Want to catch up on the debacle story? Here are some handy links:

Bend Roots’ statement on Aug. 27 canceling the festival because of what it described as land-use disputes between the Century Center and the nearby bullet manufacturer Nosler.

Nosler’s statement on Aug. 28 saying it had no knowledge of the cancellation before it happened. (Just for fun: Here’s my rant in last week’s paper about the folks who went and yelled at Nosler before they knew all the facts.)

An hour later, Rise Up Presents, one of the groups that organizes Bend Roots, posted this statement saying it had contacted Nosler, found support for the event and that its next step was to appeal to Century Center to reconsider hosting the Roots Revival.

All along, this petition asking the city of Bend to allow events (and thus Bend Roots) to continue at Century Center was flying around.

–On Aug. 29, my colleague at The Bulletin, Hillary Borrud, published a good story on the subject that includes all sides and all the info — at least, all the info that the people involved would talk about.

–Finally, the final word.

Roots Revival organizers have already said they plan to bring the event back in 2013. Meanwhile, if you’re a musician based in Central Oregon and you have a local gig booked for Sept. 28-30, please be sure to leave a comment on this blog post with the details (venue, time, cost, lineup). I’ll be sure to get it listed in The Bulletin.

2011 Bend Roots Revival: Day 2

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

(Find all our coverage of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival, including a preview of the event and recaps of all three days, by clicking here.)

Sometimes it seems like my Twitter feed is full of nothing but Bendites who go to every single event in this town, floating from free concert to art walk to seasonal festival to bike race to free concert to art walk to seasonal festival to bike race to … you get the picture.

Yesterday, I felt like one of those folks.

My goal was to arrive at the Bend Roots Revival at 1 p.m. to see Franchot Tone play his disarming reggae-pop, but a last-minute errand put me in the car, driving across town at that time. Community radio to the rescue! I turned my dial to 88.9 FM, where KPOV was broadcasting live from the festival’s BIGS Stage, and listened to at least half of Tone’s set, including several originals, his sharp cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” and a frisky funk jam by The Meters.

When I did finally arrive at the Century Center, I ventured first into the courtyard, where a growing crowd and competing noise from two stages made it feel a bit too chaotic. So I retreated to the Good Life Stage for some jazz guitar wizardry from longtime local Rich Hurdle. I’d never seen him before, but his casual style and laid-back sound was an ideal antidote to the hustle and bustle of the courtyard. Here’s his take on “Triste” by bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim:


2011 Bend Roots Revival: Day 1

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

(Find all our coverage of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival, including a preview of the event and recaps of all three days, by clicking here.)

Thanks to a previous commitment and then a last-minute decision to go see Subliminal play Nirvana’s “Nevermind” in its entirety (more on that later), I wasn’t able to make as much of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival‘s opening night as I would’ve liked.

I did scoot over to the Century Center in the late afternoon to catch a couple of bands. On the breezy Good Life Stage, local, all-female Americana trio The Prairie Rockets were playing a pleasant set that was perfect for the small Happy Hour crowd that had gathered. (By the way, how nice is that space? Wow. Kudos to Good Life Brewing for creating that little slice of paradise.)

I only had 30 minutes to split between the Rockets and Two/Thirds Trio, and during my 15 minutes with the Rockets, I heard them cover Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, and a folk standard called “Rock Salt and Nails” that was written by Utah Phillips and recorded by, well, just about everyone else. Here it is:

(Sorry for the shaky camera work and cut-off heads. I was wrangling an 18-month-old while shooting both of these.)

From there, I wandered over to the Casey’s Corner stage for a band with one of my favorite names in town, the Two/Thirds Trio. They played this gig as — get this — a quartet, pumping out rubbery, robust funk and jazz that gave the festival’s rootsy Friday-night lineup a little urbane diversity. Here’s one of their jams:

I had to be home most of the evening, so I missed the Moon Mountain Rambler Family Tree party, Billy Mickelson’s Third Seven / Dela Project run, guitar master Brooks Robertson and some other stuff. Before heading over to Grover’s for Subliminal, I checked in hoping to catch Oh Sugoi! (I was told their light show was amazing), but they seemed to be running late. And after Subliminal, I stopped in again and found 75 people or so dancing to the electronic tonic of Flying Kites well after midnight. It was still unseasonably warm.

Today, the schedule really ramps up. Find all our Bend Roots coverage by clicking here.

A Century Center update with owner Dave Hill (plus a correction)

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

With two cool events happening there this weekend, the new music venue inside Century Center — a retail complex located behind the old Brightwood Mill property on Century Drive in Bend — continues to blossom.

Tonight’s show will feature a headlining slot by local faves Larry and His Flask, and Saturday night is Art for India, with a bunch of local art and a set by Empty Space Orchestra. You can read more about both shows by clicking here.

Dave Hill

Both this weekend’s events benefit local humanitarian organization Rise Up International, and are the result of a tight relationship between the Century Center and Rise Up’s Jesse Roberts, detailed here.

That post, however, implies that Roberts will be the sole person booking music at Century Center, and that is incorrect. Owner Dave Hill wants an array of promoters producing shows at the venue, not to mention non-music events such as weddings, business meetings, fundraisers and the like, he said on Tuesday.

“It’s always going to be a for-rent event center. This is not going to be the rock ‘n’ roll mosh pit. We’re not going to morph into Boondocks or the Midtown,” he said. “We’re going to have a few shows a month, and other people can have shows here and there, but I also want other events here.

“I want to make music a cornerstone of what we do,” Hill said, “but not the only thing we do.”

So far, however, Century Center is doing music well. Bend Roots Revival‘s multi-night, multi-stage format fit the venue like a glove, and a Roberts/Rise Up-booked show by underground rap star Talib Kweli went off without a hitch in mid-November. On Dec. 18, the room will host The Soulstice Jubilee, with performances by Mosley Wotta and Eric Tollefson & The World’s Greatest Lovers, and produced by local booking guru Gabe Johnson’s company, Parallel 44 Presents.

“I want there to be diversity here, because I think it’s good to get more people exposed to the center, and I think it’s good for the neighborhood to have something to come to,” Hill said. “If someone wants to do an event here, it’s fine with me. I don’t want to be the sole promoter, so if other people want to promote, that’s great. But we’re only going to do a certain number of shows, and I just want them to be quality shows.”

Hill and his team have been hard at work improving the event center. What was once a stark concrete room now has interesting, locally produced art on the walls, and dozens of globe lamps hang from the ceiling. Hill has begun furnishing a green room with couches and chairs so performers have a place to relax before and after a show.

Mosley Wotta opens for Talib Kweli at Century Center. Photo courtesy Black Eyed Productions' Facebook.

Hill is also in the process of figuring out a layout for a planned prep kitchen, or caterer’s kitchen, with hopes of completing the work early next year. That way, events can provide their own food by bringing in a caterer or restaurant.

“I’m not going to get into the food business,” he said.

With a capacity of 750 people, Century Center can handle “90 or 95 percent of the events in Bend,” Hill said, and if he wants to do something bigger, he has space outside on the property that can hold well over 1,000. (For the Bend Roots fans, that’s where The B.I.G.S. Stage was.)

When it comes to music, Hill said he doesn’t care what kind fills the space, as long as its well done.

“I’m cool with hip-hop. I’m cool with country. I was raised on classic rock,” he said. “I just like live music, and if it’s good live music, it’s good with me. The community will ultimately weigh in on that (based on) what’s working and what they’re supporting.

“We don’t necessarily have all the answers. We’re just going down the road and seeing what happens,” he said. “I just want to see more live music happen and people having a good time.”

Century Center, Rise Up’s Jesse Roberts plan new music venue in Bend. First booking: Talib Kweli.

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Underground hip-hop legend Talib Kweli will return to Bend on Nov. 20 for a show at the Century Center, the complex of buildings behind the old Brightwood Mill that just hosted the Bend Roots Revival.

Specifically, Kweli will play the large, L-shaped room that held the Century Center stage, right next door to Mailboxes, Etc. Posters for the show call the venue “The Music Mill,” though Jesse Roberts — founder of local humanitarian organization Rise Up International and the man who booked Kweli — said Wednesday that name may not stick permanently.

The name may still be up in the air, but Roberts is definitely working to turn the space into Bend’s newest, bustling music venue. With a capacity of 750 people, the room would provide an option in town for mid-sized touring acts and popular local bands that’s bigger than the Domino Room (cap. ~500) but smaller than the Midtown (cap. ~1,000).

Right now, the plan is for Roberts to be the venue’s talent buyer, he said, and while he has a few things on tap for fall and early winter (including the Kweli show), he’s currently focused on making contacts with artists’ agents, establishing the space’s name and reputation, and booking shows for early 2011.

Century Center owner Dave Hill set aside the room for a future events center/music venue while he was developing the rest of the new retail complex, located at the corner of Century Drive and Commerce Avenue. Roberts got involved this summer, when he helped organize the weekly Hump Day Hash events, which paired local bands with local nonprofit groups.

“I love music and I’ve always loved music,” Roberts said. “I started doing things over there this summer and got to know Dave, and it just kind of went from there.”

Hill is a strong supporter of the local arts scene who envisions the space being used not only for concerts, but also meetings, conferences and beyond. And over the past few years, Rise Up has played an increasingly large role in the local music scene, holding benefit concerts in its warehouse on Bend’s east side, promoting local artists like Mosley Wotta, and sponsoring a massive upcoming tour for local pop-punk band Capture the Flag.

But, the Century Center venue would be Roberts’ first real booking gig, and he’s currently trying to learn exactly what kinds of shows Bend will support. He hopes to attract a variety of genres, from hip-hop to country to indie rock, and he would like to use the shows to promote the local arts scene whenever possible. For example, one of the opening acts for Talib Kweli will be a showcase of local emerging MCs by Poethouse Art‘s education arm, CADA | CASA. There’s even been discussion about someday booking shows at the venue via a nonprofit group, similar to the arrangement at Eugene’s W.O.W. Hall, Roberts said.

First things first, though. For now, Roberts is concentrating on the basics — namely, a website and getting people to return calls to a place they’ve never heard of.

“It’ll be a learning experience, that’s for sure,” Roberts said. “But it’s good to have the support of Dave (Hill) and I’m looking forward to seeing what the community will support. I’m definitely excited.”

A first (draft) peek at the Bend Roots Revival schedule

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Interested in seeing the first draft schedule for the upcoming Bend Roots Revival, happening Sept. 23-26 at Century Center? Click here and scroll down a bit.

Say hello to The Hump Day Hash

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

A new music series called The Hump Day Hash kicks off tonight at Century Center, which is the complex of buildings behind the old Brightwood Mill at the intersection of Southwest Century Drive and Southwest Commerce Avenue. It’s also going to host the Bend Roots Revival in September, as Frequency told you back in February.

Tonight’s show starts around 6 p.m., with singer-songwriter Kylan Johnson and hip-hop powerhouse Mosley Wotta. There’ll be food and drinks to purchase, and — as part of the series’ effort to showcase local nonprofits — PoetHouse Art will be on hand to let folks know what they do. They’ll get a cut of the vendors’ sales, too.

I wrote a longer story about The Hump Day Hash that ran in Tuesday’s Community Life page in The Bulletin, which includes where the idea came from, who’s going to be selling food and drinks, and the rest of the series’ lineup. Click here to read it.

A new home for Bend Roots Revival?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

As I’ve said a few times already, the Bend Roots Revival is a special, special thing, a grassroots celebration of local arts that has grown organically over four years from simple get-together to one of the very best events in an event-heavy town. (Read my extensive recap of the 2009 festival here.)

So last September, it was no surprise — very nice, but no surprise — to see that the Bend Roots Revival had pretty obviously outgrown its home for the past four years, Parrilla Grill and The Victorian Cafe, and their respective parking lots. Especially on Friday and Saturday evenings, the venues were thick with people, and throughout the weekend, crowds spilled out into the busy roundabout at 14th Street and Galveston Avenue, creating what was, at best, a nervous situation for organizers. When too many people show up to your event and force you to look elsewhere to accommodate them, that’s a good problem to have.

But it’s still a problem, and Bend Roots founder Mark Ransom may have found a solution at the old Brightwood mill at the corner of Southwest 14th Street and Commerce Avenue in Bend.

Last night, I stopped by there to take a little tour of the property with Ransom, representatives from the Bend Police department and Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, and a couple other interested parties, including Dave Hill, who has owned the 9-acre property since 1986, according to this article in The Bulletin.

Hill is in the process of redeveloping the old mill, with the West Bend Tennis Center already in place, a U.S. Bank branch planned for construction, and retail tenants on the way. There’s a cluster of warehouse-sized buildings to the northeast of the Cascade West bar where Hall has done some major cleaning and renovation, creating a very nice courtyard area surrounded on all sides by buildings and bay doors.

The former Brightwood mill and possible future home of the Bend Roots Revival.

The former Brightwood mill and possible future home of the Bend Roots Revival.

In the photo above, take note of the backward “L” shape among the buildings. That’s Bend Roots’ new home, if Ransom’s vision becomes a reality. A main stage would be located at the top of the “L,” against Commerce Avenue, and a second stage would be at the west end of the “L,” adjacent to the building that fronts Century Drive. The festival’s workshops — hand drumming, didgeridoo, navigating the music business, etc. — and maybe the late-night DJ parties would be held in rooms along the bottom of the “L.”

Everyone at last night’s meeting seemed to be on board with the idea, and Ransom said the biggest obstacle at this point is money. In a tough economy, sponsorships that supported Bend Roots in previous year aren’t yet signed, sealed and delivered. And while the festival is free and open to the public, Ransom insists on paying the artists a nominal fee for their appearances. “More than anything, it’s a small thank you to the artists,” he said.

If you’d like to contribute to the cause, contact Ransom at 541-390-2940. And stay tuned to Frequency for further developments on the festival’s possible relocation.