Posts Tagged ‘El Dante’

Local music news: vote for The Tree Dwellers, new songs from We Are Brontosaurus, Chicks with Picks, and El Dante is no more

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Odds and ends from your local music scene:

-Man, I blew it on this one. For the past several days, Bend’s The Tree Dwellers have been competing for votes in a national battle of the bands happening at something called Their voting window closes tomorrow. So go here and vote for them. Vote for them a bunch; it’s not against the rules.

More than 100 bands entered this thing, according to Dwellers keyboardist Forrest Grenfell, and The Tree Dwellers were selected as one of the top 24. If you go vote for them enough, they’ll move on to the top 8. The champ will be crowned on Dec. 18.

-Youthful indie rockers We Are Brontosaurus has posted three new live recordings on its MySpace profile. You should go check out “Nausea,” “Post Modern Post” and “Mr. Man,” because these guys are getting better fast.

-In the non-teenagers category of this post, I’m sad to report that local funk-rock-jam band El Dante has split up. I asked guitarist Gabe Johnson for a reason and got the long version, which I tremendously appreciate, but I’m not going to go into here. Instead, the short version: Different band members wanted to play different styles of music, and that caused a rift in the group. Some other stuff went down, too, but yeah, that’s pretty much the main thing. It happens. A lot.

Word on the street is a couple bands may be rising from El Dante’s ashes, but mum’s the word on that for now. I’ll let you know what’s up as soon as I hear something official.

Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom will host a benefit for the local women’s shelter Saving Grace on Nov. 27, and the lineup will feature four local, lady-led bands. Very cool, right? I think so. Anyway, here’s the flyer:


July 17 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Oops … forgot to do our weekly roundup of the music-y stuff in GO! Magazine.

First of all, there are several ways this week that you can take in excellent live music while also helping out a local cause:

-Tonight, Nashville bluegrassers The Infamous Stringdusters are playing at Black Butte Ranch near Sisters. It’s only $5, and proceeds benefit the Americana Project high school songwriting class.

-Saturday night, go see Anastacia Beth Scott and Electric Sudaki at Silver Moon and support Chimps Inc., the chimp sanctuary near Tumalo.

-Next week, the local-arts festival Bend Roots Revival will be raising funds for its event, which will happen in late September. On Thursday, head to the Tulen Center and see Empty Space Orchestra, The Mostest, Leif James and Brazilian musician Marcello Bernardes, and help fund the Roots Revival, which is one of our town’s coolest cultural events.

Now let’s see, what else?

-New Orleans funk-hop quartet E.O.E. preaches unity through diversity.

-Oakland old-school rapper Too $hort is coming to Bend.

-A new nightclub, The Underground, is opening tonight in the space formerly occupied by Club 97. Local rockers El Dante are gonna open it up right.

-South African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is back at the Tower Theatre, and tickets are either already gone, or very close to being gone.

-Also, the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band is back in town, The Mostest will play Show Us Your Spokes tonight at Parrilla, and Dubious Ranger will roll into Silver Moon next week. Read about all of them here.

Click those links! If you can view the story, sweet. If not, you’ll need to subscribe to The Bulletin’s Web site or pick up a newspaper.

May 22 in GO! Magazine

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

For the first few months of 2009, people asked me over and over if I’d heard what big-name bands would be playing on Memorial Day weekend at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater this year. As the days passed, my answer became more and more pessimistic, and their disappointment became harder and harder to hide. How quickly we forget that, while we did enjoy some great concerts last year, the Schwab was silent at this time in 2007. And so it is again this year.

But in today’s GO! Magazine, we have lots of great options for all you lovers of live music out there. Click the band names to read more about each of these fine shows, and don’t miss the downloads in between: