Beat the heat with some articles about live music happening in Central Oregon over the next seven days!
— Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango will celebrate the release of its new album “Black Cloud” with a show next week at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. My colleague David Jasper spoke with one of ’em about Led Zeppelin and some other stuff. Read it here.
Elsewhere in the music section: local Latin dance band Chiringa begins its summer residency at Silver Moon, Liquid Lounge hosts a reggae show by Jah Sun and Dubtonic Kru, blues-rocker Hobbs Magaret says farewell to Central Oregon at The Belfry (he’s moving to San Francisco), Black Pussy and Silvero get heavy Saturday night at The Horned Hand, plus Georges Bouhey’s new jazz series, the Charles Button Band at County Catering, The Changing Colors, Chris Beland and more.
Here’s your weekly roundup of what’s in today’s section!
Eilen Jewell is an Idahoan, a former Bostonian, a spitfire and an ultra-cool roots-rocker. (She is not, however, an Eileen.) Jewell returns to Sisters Wednesday, and my colleague David Jasper caught up with her and talked about what folks can expect at The Belfry.
“Our live show is a mix of songs from various albums. I don’t tend to stick to just one album, it’s not just the latest one,” she said. “There’s usually some from every one that we’ve released so far, including side projects like the Sacred Shakers. Usually we’ll throw in a Loretta Lynn song (or two). And Jerry Miller, the lead guitarist in my band, has a solo project out, and we’ll do one or two from his brand new record.
“We give every show our all,” Jewell said. “We’re real excited to get back out West.”
Aesop Rock performs last weekend in Bend. Photo by Joe Kline / The Bulletin.
In Feedback, I reviewed last weekend’s Aesop Rock show at the Domino Room in Bend. It was good, but Aes spent a lot of time sharing the spotlight with his buddies. I would’ve liked a little more of the headliner doing his own solo stuff.
He delivered, eventually, ripping through “Skelethon” singles “ZZZ Top,” “Cycles To Gehenna” (with its wonderful third act set to stark, somber piano) and “Zero Dark Thirty.” The latter’s roller-coaster melody and skittish beat stood out among the bass-drenched rumbles that overwhelmed other songs’ subtleties.
In the end, Aes gave the people what they want, doing fan-fave oldies “Nightlight” and “Daylight” and then reaching way back for “No Regrets” from his classic 2001 album “Labor Days.”
It all sounded good. The performers performed well. I enjoyed myself, truly. And the medium-sized crowd seemed to do the same.
I just walked out of the Domino Room feeling like I’d bought a ticket to an Aesop Rock show but ended up seeing a stop on the Aesop Rock & Friends Present The Traveling Rhymesayers Revue Tour.
Elsewhere in the music section: Week of Wonders headlines a garage-y bill at The Horned Hand, The Black Lillies come to McMenamins, the Central Oregon Songwriters Association holds its annual Song of the Year awards show, The Northstar Session returns to The Sound Garden, Tracy Grammer plays The Belfry in Sisters and Danny Barnes will fill McMenamins with his banjotronics sound, plus a couple of good, local Cinco de Mayo options (Chiringa and Moon Mountain Ramblers) and a benefit concert featuring three local faves (Tony Smiley, MoWo and Keez).
Today’s cover story in GO! Magazine is on local heroes Larry and His Flask, their recent tour of Europe, their history of busking and the stress that comes along with being in hard-touring band, even if you’re in one of the most fun bands on Earth.
They’ve come a long way from their old-school punk-rock days, that’s for sure. Just for fun, I dug up this old story I did on the Flask in 2006. Give it a read … it’s an eye-opener.
But back to the present. Larry and His Flask returns to Redmond tonight for a free, all-ages show that may be your only chance to catch them live this summer (if you live in Central Oregon). I met up with the guys last week where we chatted about, well, all the stuff I mentioned above. Here’s an excerpt:
This is a band, after all, that decided at some point to just go and travel and play for people and win their ears and hearts with the pure power of their live show.
I'm so happy with how today's cover turned out.
And it worked. Thanks to that initial DIY effort, plus subsequent support tours, the Warped gig and gushing press, Larry and His Flask is now one of the buzz bands on the white-hot roots-music-with-punk-spirit scene.
Banjo player Andrew Carew couldn’t have guessed what the future held. He joined the fold when he was 19, after his band broke up and the Flask was in flux. When asked if he saw this kind of potential in these guys, he answered simply: “No.”
Then, after a perfectly timed pause: “Hell no!”
He was wrong, of course. Late last week, the six band members … reflected on their favorite parts of the European tour, which carried them through 10 countries: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A canal tour in Holland. A sunny drive across the snow-capped Alps.
Busking in Edinburgh, Scotland and Florence, Italy and London.
“Those were awesome,” Jesse Marshall said.
So were the shows, where crowds were bigger than expected and lots of folks actually sang along to the band’s songs.
This is a story of a band that did things the right way and now it’s paying off. I hope you’ll go read the whole thing.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, September Stayed, American Me, Keak Da Sneak, City Faire, The Dirty Words, Ray Lawrence Jr., Johnny Outlaw & The Johnson Creek Stranglers, Bryan John Appleby, Lemolo, Abbey Road Live!, Taarka, Chiringa, Beth Wood, Chris Kokesh and more!