Posts Tagged ‘Eric Tollefson’

Video: Eric Tollefson, “Battle For the Sea” live at the Domino Room

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I was goofing off on the Internet recently and ran across this high-quality, multi-camera video of Eric Tollefson and band playing “Battle For the Sea” at the Domino Room last September, when they opened for G. Love & Special Sauce. (Review here.) Check it out if you’re a Tollefson fan, or you’re unfamiliar with him but curious, or you’re just bored.

Locally, Tollefson and his band — the newly christened World’s Greatest Lovers — will play at McMenamins Old St. Francis School a week from tonight before heading back down to Los Angeles for another gig at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go on March 6.

(Video found at tsononelovet1‘s YouTube channel.)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 19th, 2010

New York City ska pioneers The Toasters will play twice at Mountain’s Edge this weekend, once on Friday and once Saturday. Here’s a clip of my conversation with founding member and frontman Robert “Bucket” Hingley:

GO!: I read somewhere about your efforts to run The Toasters according to a set of core principles. Can you tell me about those principles?

Bucket: What we’ve tried to do is always keep in touch with the fans and (not decline to) play shows because the venue wasn’t big enough or we didn’t have a nice hotel, or that kind of stuff. We still run it like a punk-rock band in that sense.

Otherwise, it’s about sticking to your own music and not trying to follow trends, and not writing tunes to sound like something because the record label wants you to do that. I think just sticking to playing 2 Tone ska music, which hasn’t always been popular, I think that’s what’s helped us stick around for a long time, because people appreciate that.

Read the whole thing here.

I saw The Gourds for the first time in 12 years last weekend and loved it. Here’s part of my review:

Russell introduced “Hallelujah Shine” with a stark verse of “Amazing Grace,” only to giggle halfway through while watching snowriders racing down the giant rail-jam structure standing tall behind the audience. Smith tore through one of his best songs, “LGO,” singing past his ever-present toothpick as Bernard played the song’s serpentine accordion riff.

Then Russell shifted from “Country Gal” into Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” tossing in a Joe Cocker impression just for fun. Or maybe to stay warm, because the band looked cold, especially Johnston. Even a few reminders of home — a colorful zarape in the kick drum, cases of Tecate beer just offstage — couldn’t make Central Oregon feel like Central Texas.

You can read the whole thing here. The video above was shot by stephsmomfr. Frequency has video of the show here and a bunch of great photos here.

Elsewhere in the music section: Greg Botsford’s CD-release show, Moonalice returns to Bend and Jukebot plays Silver Moon, plus The Confederats, Blowin’ Smoke, Eric Tollefson and Shireen Amini, Tentareign and The Sofa Kings, The Sweet Harlots, Hot Tea Cold and Empty Wotta. And, as always, complete music listings are here.

MP3 Download: new Empty Space Orchestra track, “Jovian Barnacle”

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Speaking of New Year’s Eve options, one of the best appears to be the Blue Moon Bash going down at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend. Three excellent local acts — Eric Tollefson, Mosley Wotta and Empty Space Orchestra — will perform starting around 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. Get there early, though … the place is going to be packed, I’d guess.

Empty Space guitarist Shane Thomas was nice enough to send along a brand new ESO track for free downloading by all you fine Frequency aficionados. It was recorded live recently in the band’s practice space, and it’s vintage ESO — noisy, with some serpentine synth work and big, crunchy guitars that’ll stomp all over you till your soul crawls out and begs for mercy. Recent word out of the band’s camp is that they’re getting heavier and heavier, and “Jovian Barnacle” is proof of that. Snap it up:

Download Empty Space Orchestra, “Jovian Barnacle”

If that’s not your thing, we have a huge list of New Year’s Eve goings-on right here. You’re sure to find something your speed.

Eric Tollefson goes to L.A.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The marquee at Whisky a Go Go touts Bend's Eric Tollefson

The marquee at Whisky a Go Go touts Bend's Eric Tollefson

Late last week, local blues-rock singer-songwriter guy Eric Tollefson sent along the picture at right.

It’s not the world’s greatest photograph, but it’s the content that matters: On Oct. 20, Tollefson and Tim Schroeder (a local guitarist and employee of The Bulletin) traveled to Southern California to perform at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go nightclub in West Hollywood. “Driving up and seeing the Whisky for the first time in person and having this on the marquee was too cool,” Tollefson said. It was, he said, “the time of our lives.”

The Whisky has occupied the same corner in West Hollywood since early 1964, and it has hosted most of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest names, including The Byrds, The Who, Van Halen, the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana. The Doors were the club’s house band for a while.

Tollefson got the gig after his sister saw a Whisky ad calling for acoustic acts to play the club and submitted a link to his MySpace page and his cell number. “I was going to follow up and send them our new electronic press kit, and they ended up calling me the next week to offer me some dates,” Tollefson said. “(I) was shocked and excited.”

After playing the legendary club with Schroeder, Tollefson called to thank the Whisky staff and was offered more dates, he said. Next time, he hopes to take his entire band — which includes Pat Pearsall and Lindsey Elias of Empty Space Orchestra — down to L.A. “The good news is, they want us as a steady gig,” he said.

Tollefson is also working on other out-of-town dates in Idaho, Colorado and Nevada, he said.

Only six months ago, Tollefson was a relative unknown when he burst onto Bend’s music scene with his album “The Sum of Parts.” Maybe you knew who the guy was, but I pay pretty close attention to local music, and I had never heard of him before I wrote this article in advance of his CD-release gig at Silver Moon Brewing in April.

In the months since, though, Tollefson has done very well for himself, regularly headlining Silver Moon and scoring spots opening for Jackie Greene and G. Love & Special Sauce. That’s no shock, really. From the first time I listened to “The Sum of Parts,” I thought this guy had an opportunity to find an audience outside Central Oregon, thanks primarily to his catchy songs and easygoing vibe, like Jack Johnson if he were from the mountains instead of the beach.

If you haven’t seen Tollefson live, your next chance locally is at Nov. 7 at Silver Moon. Rumors of a Tollefson/Empty Space gig at the Domino Room in December are floating around, too, so let’s hope that comes to fruition.

October 16 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Happy Friday, Frequency readers! My Friday has begun later than usual, which means this post is happening later than usual, which means I’m going to get out of the way and get to the links.

-Portland’s Danger Death Ray will bring their DIY attitude and pop-punk sound to Bend for two shows this weekend.

-Guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke returns to the Tower Theatre, ready to entrance local music fans.

-Bay Area hyphy group The Federation will headline a big hip-hop show at the Domino Room tonight.

-Two California rock bands who combine pop and twang — Tracorum and Shayna and the Bulldog — will perform tonight at Silver Moon Brewing.

-There is no shortage of heavy rock happening in Bend’s clubs over the next two nights: Thorns of Creation leads a metal bill at Players; Necktie Killer and No Cash Value will punk around at The Underground; The Dry County Crooks are going to rock the working class at Black Horse Saloon; and KleverKill will play its thunderous rock at The Underground.

-Also, Oregon homeboy The Kid Espi and some buddies will be at the Bendistillery Martini Bar tonight, and local blues-rocker Eric Tollefson is at Silver Moon Brewing on Saturday.

In other words, this weekend is jam-packed! Enjoy it!

G. Love show moved to Domino Room

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

It doesn’t make much of a difference to anyone attending since the venues are in the same building, but tonight’s G. Love & Special Sauce show has been moved from the Midtown Ballroom to the smaller Domino Room.

It’s not a terribly shocking development, but all the pre-show promotion listed the venue as the Midtown Ballroom, so I thought I’d let you know.

I’m really posting this for a few other reasons, though:

1) You want to make sure you get there in time for opener Eric Tollefson, a local guy who does a very accessible, bluesy pop sort of thing. You can check out one of his best songs over there to the right at Frequency Radio. He’ll take the stage at 9 p.m.

2) You should also wander upstairs and check out the new and improved look of The Annex, which is the bar above the Midtown and Domino Room. The team that has recently taken back management of the venues has been working hard to spruce up the whole complex, and they’ve made tons of progress in The Annex, which has new flooring, more seating space, nicer bathrooms and a much more open floor plan. Check it out:

A not-so-great photo of The Annex by Ben. You can see the new tile and the spacious new floor plan, but not the stage, which is off to the left.

A not-so-great photo of The Annex by Ben. You can see the new tile and the spacious new floor plan (thanks to the relocation of the bar), but not the refurbished stage, which is off to the left.

3) A move from the Midtown to the Domino Room means one thing: Not enough tickets have sold to justify staying in the bigger room. Seems like a good time to repeat something I wrote last winter:

Bend has a mighty active music scene for a town its size. Thanks to the hard work and persistence of a few locals, plus Bend’s rising reputation as a cool place to live/visit, we get a fairly steady stream of medium- to big-name acts touring through our remote little burg on a regular basis.

That’s something that doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes years of building to achieve. But I fear it can go away pretty quickly.

So we — that’s you and me, fellow music lover — need to work to protect the scene that we have here.

The experience of watching music being made, and sharing that music with other people, is one of life’s great pleasures. But to share it with others, you must go see it. And to go see it, it must come here. And for it to come here, people must go see it and share it. (See what I did there? It’s cyclical.)

As I said in this space a few weeks ago, if we don’t use it, we run the risk of losing it. So use it.

Here’s how you use it: Head down to the Domino Room after 8 p.m. tonight and check out Eric Tollefson and G. Love. It’ll cost you $23 — a small price to pay for a vibrant music scene.

August 21 in GO! Magazine

Friday, August 21st, 2009

It was an insanely busy week at my desk, so I didn’t get to do as much blogging as I would’ve liked. And I’m wiped out. But here are (some of) the fruits of my labor:

-Moonalice guitarist Roger McNamee talked to me a lot more about the music industry than music, and it would seem he knows what he’s talking about. Anyone with an interest in the business of music in 2009 — I’m talking to you, local musicians — should read this article. Moonalice performs tonight at Silver Moon brewery.

Oh, and you can follow Moonalice’s Twitter here. And hey, while you’re there, follow Frequency, too!

-David Bowers has had a great run as a singer-songwriter living in Bend over the past decade, but it’s time for him to move on, south to California. I asked Bowers to reflect on his time here, the local music scene, and his future as a performer. Read what he had to say here.

-Clear Summer Nights has two solid singer-songwriters performing on Sunday. The headliner is Jackie Greene, but you want to make sure you get there in time to catch local dude Eric Tollefson, who’s also opening for G. Love early next month. Kinda makes you wonder if Tollefson is heading for big things, doesn’t it?

-The Staxx Brothers play heavy, booty-shakin’ soul music. There is no other way to say it.

-Get all the details on shows by Po’ Girl, The Honey Trees, Wesley Jensen and The Pack, as well as Moon Mountain Ramblers, The JZ Band and Shireen Amini. Also, there’s a benefit party for lost dogs in Chile tomorrow night.

Some of those links are available to everyone, and some only to subscribers. To get it all, pick up a copy of The Bulletin and look for GO! Magazine, where we also have coverage of local plays, visual arts, restaurants, movies, DVDs, video games, and just about anything else you can do to entertain yourself.

June 26 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Another Friday, another blog post about the music stuff that’s in GO! Magazine. And let me assure you, reader: The articles linked below are the most important music news happening right now. Nothing could possibly be bigger or more important. Nothing! Well … maybe not nothing.

-Tonight, the wonderfully rollicking, hyper-catchy Idaho trio Finn Riggins visits Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. Opening will be Empty Wotta, a hybrid band that includes Mosley Wotta and half of Empty Space Orchestra, so get there on time.

Oh! I almost forgot: Download some Finn Riggins goodness, won’t you? Here you go:

Download Finn Riggins, “Hraka”

-Local folk duo The Erins perform tonight at The Summit, and then Erin Cole-Baker will play a solo gig Sunday at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

-Lindy Gravelle, a longtime fixture on the local scene, has a new CD out called “One Lucky Lady.” She’ll have it with her when she plays at Bo Restobar tonight.

-Tonight is busy! If you’re in Sisters (or want to be), you can check out the Western swing of Portland’s Lisa and Her Kin at Angeline’s Bakery.

-Two rock bands are teaming up for a Domino Room show on Tuesday night. Local quartet The Commerical Underground will open, and Idaho’s Under Wicked Sky will headline.

-Saturday will mark Deschutes Brewery’s 21st birthday, and they’re throwing a party featuring music by Tuck and Roll, Goodbye Dyna, Blackstrap and Scott Fox.

-You can catch two solid local acts within a few dozen feet of each other on Saturday night. Head to Silver Moon at 8 p.m. for bluesman Eric Tollefson, and then wander next door to the Tulen Center for the Person People show. Tollefson says he’s getting started early so everyone can see the PP set. How considerate of him! (Note: If you click that link, you’ll also see a blurb about David Bowers playing McMenamins on Wednesday. That is not happening. The Bowers Colony canceled, and the Portland-based electro-jam band Alpaca will perform instead.)

So yeah, click the links. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll be able to read them. If you’re not, you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up a print version of The Bulletin.

Rest in peace, Mike.