Tonight’s Dick Dale show in Bend is either happening now or it just wrapped up, but this poster is too cool not to share.
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
I hope you “pray for snow” people are happy.
Anyway, if there’s a silver lining to today’s big dump (besides, you know, the economic gain for local snow-dependent businesses), it’s that Dick Dale — the King of the Surf Guitar — is riding a wave of reverb-drenched sound into town tonight for a show at the Domino Room, and he’s just the man to transport your mind from blizzard-y Central Oregon to some faraway beach where the big barrels roll in like a game of Donkey Kong on the hardest level.
What was I saying again?
Oh right: Tonight, be sure you show up on time (that’s 8 p.m.) for an opening set by local rockers Shade 13, a trio that makes old-soul surf and rockabilly that could be the soundtrack of some grainy Spaghetti Western film. The band has been playing regularly around Central Oregon for a while now, but this is, I think, their highest profile gig yet, so get out and support ‘em.
Still unconvinced? Check out the three videos below, shot by my colleague Adam Sears when Shade 13 played at Grover’s Pub back in December.
Friday, January 13th, 2012
Because of those social media sharing buttons to the right of this text, I always try to think of something to write up here to push the video down the page a bit. It just looks a lot better than trying to shrink or move the video to work within the layout.
But sometimes, I can’t think of anything to write. And this is one of those times. OK, let’s move on!
The veteran Chicago bluegrass band Special Consensus will play in Bend tonight to benefit the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival. My colleague David Jasper spoke with founding member Greg Cahill about how he first got into bluegrass music.
Cahill learned to read music by first playing the accordion, then strumming some guitar, but “the allure of the banjo” called to him, he said. At that time, he was still predominantly into folk, which was big in the hometown of John Prine.
That changed in 1969, when he was stationed at a Georgia army base.
“I was in a folk trio, and one Saturday afternoon a guy came in and said, ‘You gotta hear this.’ It was Flat and Scruggs’ ‘Foggy Mountain Banjo’ album,” Cahill said. “That did it.”
You should click here and read the whole thing! Then get on over to The Sound Garden tonight and help out High & Dry.
In Feedback, I offer up a list of good goals for the Central Oregon music scene in 2012. Here’s a sneak peek at one of ‘em:
Fewer hassles. It seemed like every few months last year a venue or event ran into problems with outside forces, whether it was noise complaints by a tiny minority or governmental nitpicking about the capacity of a mom-and-pop business.
I understand that it’s the responsibility of concert promoters and event organizers to ensure safety and respect the neighbors. But I also live here, and I want Bend to be a fun, vibrant town with a diversity of cultural offerings for people of all stripes.
If that means putting up with the sound of music floating through the warm summer air a dozen times a year … well, there are a lot worse things to worry about, right?
There are about 10 items on my list. I hope you’ll go read the rest of them right here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Archeology visits McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Anthony B and Dick Dale return to town (separately), The Pimps of Joytime look to funk up Player’s, Mel Brown’s B3 Organ Band plays the Jazz at the Oxford series, Phillip Roebuck and Mike Brown stop at The Horned Hand tonight, and much, much more!
Friday, December 10th, 2010
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.”