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.
Reggae legends Toots & the Maytals are coming to Redmond! It took a while, but I tracked down Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and talked to him about the key to his longevity.
“The good music makes me stay on the road,” he said. “People need me so they request me to come, so I have to be on the road. I love what I do, (and I) still like to tour to make sure my audience is happy. They love me very much and I love them very much.”
Their love is rooted, first and foremost, in a handful of hit Toots & the Maytals records from the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “54-46 Was My Number,” “Bam Bam,” “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston.”
The band’s early hits are durable classics of the genre, reflective of a time when reggae was a bit grittier and funkier than it tends to be these days.
The Maytals’ music remains popular because it’s “clean” and “positive,” Hibbert said.
“If you’re negative,” he said, “you won’t last long.”
I also want to highlight my story on Ashland-based indie-folk trio Kites & Crows, who are playing a free show at McMenamins on Wednesday. I really think this is talented up-and-coming band with great songs, so click here to read all about ’em.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got Ween’s return to Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tracorum kicking off Munch & Music, Sunriver’s Rhythm on the Range festival, Lauren Shera at Silver Moon, a trio of country songwriters at Maragas Winery and Third Seven’s last show before tour, plus Sagebrush Rock, Boxcar String Band, Chris Beland and Last Band Standing.
Enjoy the long weekend and gorgeous weather, folks! Have fun and be safe.
Minneapolis/Rhymesayers MC Brother Ali comes to the Domino Room Sunday as part of the “How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour.” I caught up with Ali earlier this week and we talked a lot about his recent pilgrimage to Islam’s holy city, Mecca, and the effect that journey has had on his life:
So in early November, as Ali — a practicing Muslim for 17 years — boarded a plane to make his first pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city of Islam, he wondered if he was in the right state of mind for such a powerful experience.
“I was a little disheartened or concerned because I had such a crazy year. I’ve had a few times in my life that have just been nonstop changes that made me question the foundation of who I am and what I’m doing, and this has been one of those years,” he said in his measured, raspy tone. “I kind of was wondering, ‘Am I ready for this? Am I in the right place spiritually, emotionally, mentally, even physically?’ I was just really beat up.”
Still, Ali boarded that plane, unwilling to miss out on something he has dreamed about since he was 15. And it paid off.
“I realized that it was the exact time that I needed it to happen,” he said. “This crazy, transformative year, the exclamation point was this life-changing event of the pilgrimage. It was actually perfect.”
I hope you’ll click here to read the whole thing, including why Ali’s pilgrimage came at the perfect time.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: King of the Surf Guitar Dick Dale comes back to town, The Northstar Session plays McMenamins, Boneyard Beer throws a Cross Kultural Carnival featuring all kinds of cool performers, Misty River returns from hiatus for two local shows, Two or More plays a free holiday show in Redmond, and Blackstrap, Blackflowers Blacksun and Brent Alan each have big weekends planned.
Plus, now’s the time to remind you that tonight is local folk-pop singer-songwriter Chris Beland‘s CD-release show at The Kilns Bookstore in Bend. Beland has had a pretty amazing couple of months, discovering his biological father, who happens to be veteran musician John Beland. I wrote a long article about Beland’s story that ran in the paper last Saturday, and you can read that by clicking here. While you’re reading, click right here to stream a few songs from Beland’s new album “The Weather Man.”
In today’s Community Life section of The Bulletin, I have a long article about local singer-songwriter Chris Beland, aka Chris Chabot, and the circumstances surrounding his recent discovery of his biological father at age 31. Beland’s story is pretty amazing, and I hope I did it justice. You can judge for yourself by clicking here.
Beland has a new album coming out called “The Weather Man,” with a CD-release show planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Kilns Bookstore in Bend. Until then, you can stream three of the album’s best tracks below!