BIG-TIME CHRISTIAN ARTISTS PLAYING AT A CHURCH IN BEND
— Southern God-rockers Third Day perform at Christian Life Center Sunday. I talked to the bassist, who was super nice.
— Crossover Christian/pop star Amy Grant does the same on Thursday. My colleague David Jasper talked to her.
SHOWS HAPPENING IN SOMEONE’S YARD
— Crawfest gathers a bunch of local and regional bands out in Powell Butte.
— L.A. power-violence band ACxDC will play a house show on Bend’s east side.
— A guy built an amphitheater on his land near Terrebonne and will host Brent Alan.
Email interviews with musicians tend to not turn out as well as phone or in-person interviews. I figure there are a couple reasons for this: 1) They’re often busy on tour, moving from place to place, and don’t have time to sit down and compose proper answers. 2) Typing is harder than just talking. 3) The interviewer doesn’t get a chance to ask follow-up questions, and follow-up questions are the easiest way to turn an interview into a simple conversation. And it’s conversation where you often get the best quotes.
All that said, I thought our email interview with Robbie Grey of Modern English in today’s GO! Magazine was terrific. One of the best I’ve read.
Anyway, you might recognize this song:
The one-hit-is-better-than-no-hits wonder Modern English will play Munch & Music on Thursday in Bend’s Drake Park. My colleague David Jasper sent Grey some questions, and he sent back some answers. Here’s an excerpt:
GO!: Why do you think “I Melt With You” has had such staying power?
RG: My theories on “Melt” are that it glides. It has an uplifting feeling of a breath of fresh air. The words evoke a lot of imagery and love is involved. The act of lovemaking is implicated. All these things are part of the human condition. Hence the staying power.
GO!: People can see a lot of your videos on YouTube. Any specific songs you would recommend readers look up if they wanted to expand their Modern English vocabulary in advance of your show?
RG: There are so many YouTube videos. “Someone’s Calling” is a good one from the “After the Snow” album. Check out the hundreds of cover versions of “Melt.” I like the one with the harp. Some people have done their own collages of Modern English songs. They are interesting.
GO!: Has “I Melt With You” ever been implicated as a cause of global warming?
RG: “I Melt with You” has at times been implicated as a cause of global warming. The amount of people who have told us they have made love to the song, walked down the aisle to the song on their wedding day, made babies to the song — all that friction will cause heat to rise.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Toots and the Maytals kicks off the Alive After Five series in the Old Mill District, Crawfest celebrates local and regional music out in Powell Butte, Diego’s Umbrella returns to town for an album-release show, Dark Time Sunshine headlines an underground hip-hop bill at Liquid Lounge, and The Horned Hand celebrates its first birthday with Whiskey Shivers, Boom Chick, Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy and more.
And last but not least, downtown Bend will be teeming with sound this weekend as Bend Summer Festival fills five stages with music, including Fishbone, Rickie Lee Jones, Gary Wright, Ruthie Foster, Polyrhythmics, Kelly Joe Phelps, Boom Chick, Pepe & The Bottle Blondes, Jeff Kashiwa, The Autonomics and a whole bunch of locals. This is probably the best Summer Fest lineup I can remember. Read about Fishbone and see the rest of the schedule here.
GO! Magazine was so packed with music this week, we couldn’t fit everything. So, don’t forget that the fourth annual CrawFest is going down tonight and tomorrow at Jake Crawford’s place between Bend and Powell Butte. (The address on the flyer below shows up here on Google Maps.)
Crawford has, as you can see, booked a bunch of fun local and Portland-based bands for his shindig. He’s also providing free camping, food and drinks. Cost and other details below. If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path festivities this weekend, CrawFest may be for you!