Today, someone asked me if there are times of the year that I’m busier than others, and times of the year when I’m struggling to find something to cover.
When I took this job more than three years ago, the answer probably would’ve been yes. Back then, it seemed the local music scene slowed down in September and October, and stayed pretty slow until about April or May.
But things have changed. For the third fall in a row, I’m just not seeing much of a drop-off in the amount of music-related activity now that the air is getting chillier and my yard is covered with leaves. The (relatively) dead season for concerts in Bend seems to have permanently shortened from October through April to maybe December through March.
That’s awesome, of course, for people like you and me, who love music and love having a multitude of live-music options in our town.
This week is no different. Just look at all these good shows coming up over the next seven days. In a slow week, a half-dozen of these could’ve been perfectly solid choices for a full feature story. As it is, I’m trying to cram them all into a limited amount of space in GO! Magazine. That’s a good problem to have.
-Bay Area jam-grass faves Poor Man’s Whiskey are coming to town, and they’re bringing their “Dark Side of the Moonshine” show with them. Lasers! Costumes! Fog! FLOYD!
-Local hilllbilly punk troupe Larry and His Flask has been on tour for months, and this weekend they’ll play two homecoming shows at the Domino Room and Silver Moon Brewing.
-The buzz is loud for Wednesday’s show at Silver Moon featuring the U.K.-based rock ‘n’ soul band The Heavy. These guys know how to bring it; it will be interesting to see how they draw on a school night.
-Two very intriguing benefits are going down this weekend: Saturday’s Witness Your World fundraiser will feature music by Kev Russell of The Gourds, and Rise Up International will hold its Art For India event on Sunday, with music provided by The Autonomics, Leif James and Chris Chabot.
-This weekend is absolutely packed with good stuff, including Matt Hopper and Eric Tollefson at Silver Moon, Gavin Wahl-Stephens at McMenamins, The Pink Snowflakes at Players, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at Black Horse Saloon, Mine+Us and DJ Hoppa at Bendistillery Martini Bar and a bunch of poppy, punky, rocky bands at the Rise Up studio, headlined by Phone Calls from Home.
Seriously. Anyone know if there’s a place in Bend that offers human cloning?