Posts Tagged ‘festival’

2011 Sasquatch festival lineup announced

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The lineup for the 2011 Sasquatch festival, to be held May 27-30 at The Gorge Amphitheatre in central Washington, was announced tonight in Seattle. Here’s the poster for the fest, which I found on the excellent Guerilla Candy music blog. (There’s also a text list of the lineup at the bottom of this post.)

Of all the big summer festival announcements, it’s Sasquatch that matters most to Bend’s music scene. That’s because for three of the past five years, the group that books Les Schwab Amphitheater has put together concerts on Memorial Day weekend featuring bands traveling to or from Sasquatch. In 2006, Ben Harper, Beck and The Flaming Lips headlined three nights of shows at the Schwab. In 2008, Michael Franti, Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse did the same. And in 2010, Band of Horses and She & Him teamed up for a co-headline concert.

Three of those bands — the Lips, Death Cab and Modest Mouse — are among the biggest names announced for this year’s Sasquatch. Other “big font” bands on the Sasquatch ’11 poster that have played the Schwab include Wilco and The Decemberists. Add in mega-headliner Foo Fighters, and that’s a pretty good overview of the bands that could potentially headline Memorial Day weekend shows in Bend.

My initial reaction is that the lineup is OK, though not amazing. The headliners (with one exception) seem a little … well … done. Not a lot of “oomph” there, you know? But I’m particularly excited about Foo Fighters, Archers of Loaf, Aloe Blacc, Guided By Voices, Sharon Van Etten and Das Racist, with honorable mention going to Wilco, Deerhunter, The Head and The Heart, Black Mountain, White Denim and Washed Out.

So … what do you think? Good lineup? Lousy? Meh? Think we’ll see any of those bands (or others on the list) rock the Schwab? I sure hope so.

Here’s the whole list:

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FINAL CHANGE (supposedly): 4 Peaks festival moves back to original, 2007-08 location near Tumalo

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

If you check out GO! Magazine tomorrow, you’ll see an article about the 4 Peaks Music Festival that says it’s happening Saturday at the Domino Room (which was, in fact, a last-minute change from earlier plans to hold it on a ranch near Sisters).

Thanks to yet another very, very, very last-second change, that article is wrong.

I just got off the phone with 4 Peaks co-founder Eric Walton, who said that at 9:30 this morning, he applied to Deschutes County for a permit to hold the event at 4 Peaks’ original location, the Rockin’ A Ranch near Tumalo, where it was held in 2007 and 2008.

And this afternoon, just before 5 p.m., that permit was issued.

SO … the 4 Peaks Music Festival is back on, at the Rockin’ A Ranch, located at 19449 Tumalo Reservoir Road. Gates will open at 1 p.m., and the music starts at 2 p.m. Bands include Handful of Luvin’, Jay Seals (of Blue Turtle Seduction), Wild Rye and Poor Man’s Whiskey. As of 6 p.m., Walton was working on getting Ten Mile Tide and The Mostest back on the bill, too.

Tickets are $20 and are available by clicking here. Kids under 10 get in free.

And next year, I’m going to wait to start working on my 4 Peaks story until after the first band of the day has begun to play.

This weekend: the Phuket Phest near La Pine

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The what? I know. I just heard about it, too. It’s a big ol’ rap and metal festival happening this Friday and Saturday at an RV park between La Pine and Christmas Valley, and it’s called the Phuket Phest.

That’s Phuket, like the region of Thailand. Pronounced “poo-kett.” Of course.

The big names on the bill include Tech N9ne associate Krizz Kaliko, former Kottonmouth King Saint Dog, and current Kottonmouth King — and Bend resident — The Dirtball, plus Central Oregon’s own Mosley Wotta, Cloaked Characters, Never Heard the Shot, Kleverkill, and more. All the other details you need about Phuket Phest are on the flyer below (click it to zoom in) and at this website.

I’m posting this today because organizers are selling tickets in advance only through Ticketswest and the festival’s website, and all tickets must be purchased by tomorrow. Again: If you want to attend the first Phuket Phest, you need to purchase your ticket no later than tomorrow, Thursday, July 29.

Leave a comment and let me know if you’re going to this thing!

Emrg+N+See Schedule and Preview

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Electronic music festival Emrg+N+See, now in its seventh year, is this weekend. A bunch of acts who’ve played in Bend — including our own SPL — are among the many worthy artists in Macleay, about 20 minutes outside of Salem.

There are a lot of reasons to make the 2 1/2-ish hour drive out to this festival. One is this shiny, happy promo video, Emrg+N+See Love Hype!, and here are just a few of the others:


Eugene-based emcee and producer Lafa Taylor is playing at 9 a.m. Saturday. Check out his video for Rollin’ Dough. Good stuff.

LYNX and Janover, playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the main stage, are definitely worth checking out. This duo is made of a female MC (who beatboxes!) and a nationally renowned hammered dulcimer player. Good beats and airy melodies make for a pretty chilled-out, mostly downtempo experience. (Also check out LYNX with Kyrstyn Pixton at the Nectar Pot Stage, 2 a.m. Sunday — I have no predictions but Pixton is a formerly Portland-based, now San Francisco-based keyboardist with a great voice. She’s also playing at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the D’Ohm Stage.)

Bend native SPL, a.k.a. Sam Pool, will be playing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the D’Ohm Stage. This producer has been, according to his bio, venturing recently into the “depths of dub-hop infused hyper-bass music,” making his show a “unique and highly energetic experience.” Listen local! (And eat local — DJ Smoke of Spork and The Grove fame will also be at Emrg-N-See with a Grove food booth.)

saQi Ensemble is playing at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Classically-trained composer and trumpet player saQi of Portland will be backed probably by multi-instrumentalist Russ Liquid and Taylor Aglipay on guitar and sax. I’ve only seen him perform solo, but it was pretty funky with those horns over electronic sounds and beats. Likely to be dancey.

Of course if you’re into bass, you can expect and enjoy plenty of heavy dubstep from the likes of Bass ScienceFree the Robots (“devastating drums”), SPL and others.

You can see the full schedule here. Who else is worth checking out? Leave your pitch in the comments.

(Disclosure: I am in a romantic relationship with one of the artists playing at Emrg+N+See this year.)

Sisters Folk Festival announces full lineup

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Frequency already gave you a sneak peek at Sisters Folk Festival‘s 2010 lineup, but today, the fest — set for Sept. 10-12 — unveiled its full slate. Here’s the list:

And, the full press release, with ticketing and pricing info:

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Festival Lineups: Portland’s MusicfestNW, San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Seattle’s Bumbershoot

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Late-summer festival lineups are starting to take shape, and here are a few that might matter to you.

MusicfestNW is tons of fun and will go down Sept. 9-12 in a bunch of clubs (and, new this year, Pioneer Courthouse Square) around Portland. There are lots of Portland bands here and lots of indie rock, with some other stuff mixed in:

The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River, Major Lazer, Sleep performing “Holy Mountain,” Menomena, The Thermals, Wiz Khalifa, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Helio Sequence, Justin Townes Earle, Baroness, David Bazan, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Gories, No Means No, Man Man, Laura Veirs, Bobby Bare Jr., Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood, Akron/Family, Crooked Fingers, Shonen Knife, Japandroids, People Under the Stairs, Cold Cave, Frank Turner, The Builders and the Butchers, Phantogram, Washed Out, Black Prairie, Thee Oh Sees, Abe Vigoda, Big Freedia, MEN, Laser Sword, From Ashes Rise, Devin Phillips, The Suckers, Trash Talk, Scott Kelly, Rocky Votolato, Blue Giant, The Minus 5, Dan Mangan, Jeff the Brotherhood, Marc Olson, Red Fang, The Zeros, Let’s Wrestle, Pierced Arrows, The Bellrays, Weinland, Portland Cello Project, The Magic Kids, DJ Beyonda, Richmond Fontaine, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Tu Fawning, Death by Stereo, Princeton, Kisses, White Hinterland, BOAT, Damion Suomi, Typhoon, Y La Bamba.

More bands will be announced, including those playing the early-evening Nike shows, which are always a treat. Watch for updates at the MusicfestNW website.

–The third annual Outside Lands festival is set for Aug. 14-15 in San Francisco, and it has a little more of a cosmopolitan flair to its lineup. This one is worth keeping an eye on, because Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater has booked bands coming to and from Outside Lands in past years:

Kings of Leon, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Al Green, Social Distortion, Gogol Bordello, Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, The Levon Helm Band, Cat Power, Empire of the Sun, Wolfmother, Bassnectar, Chromeo, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Temper Trap, Pretty Lights, Janelle Monáe, Amos Lee, The Devil Makes Three, Tokyo Police Club, Beats Antique, Rebirth Brass Band, Wild Beasts, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, The Budos Band, Aterciopelados, Garage A Trois feat. Stanton Moore, Marco Benevento, Skerik & Mike Dillon, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Langhorne Slim, The Pimps of Joytime, People Under the Stairs, Electric Six, Vieux Farke Touré, Dawes, Nneka, The Soft Pack, The Whigs, Little Wings.

Get more info at the Outside Lands website.

–Finally, Bumbershoot has been happening in Seattle for, like, ever. This one has a little something for everyone, from the Mary J. / Weezer crowd to the indie-rock kids and underground hip-hop fans. I copied and pasted from The Stranger’s Line Out blog:

Bob Dylan / Mary J. Blige / Weezer / Hole / Rise Against / Neko Case / The Decemberists / J. Cole / LMFAO / Billy Bragg / Ozomatli / Angelique Kidjo / Solomon Burke / The Dandy Warhols / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Jenny and Johnny (featuring Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice / Jamie Lidell / The Raveonettes / Balkan Beat Box / Motion City Soundtrack / The Thermals / Ra Ra Riot / The English Beat / Justin Townes Earle / Booker T. / Surfer Blood / The Bouncing Souls / Japandroids / Bob Schneider / Anvil / Bomba Estereo / Jay Electronica / Aterciopelados / Baroness / James Cotton “Superharp” Blues Band / David Bazan / Meat Puppets / Crash Kings / This Providence / Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express / The Moondoggies / The Whigs / Greg Laswell / Civil Twilight / Trampled By Turtles / The Clientele / Atlas Sound / Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames / The Budos Band / Bobby Bare Jr. / Horse Feathers / Vienna Teng Trio / HEALTH / Plants and Animals / Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime / Wheedle’s Groove / Hey Marseilles / Kings Go Forth / Sweet Water / Delorean / JEFF The Brotherhood / Chris Pureka / Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra / Garotas Suecas / The Maldives / The Constellations / Coryell, Auger, Sample Trio / Grynch / Visqueen / Victor Shade / Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs / Fresh Espresso/ Pete Molinari / Sista Monica’s “Singin in the Spirit” / Lay Low / Unnatural Helpers / Idiot Pilot / The Round / Wild Orchid Children / The Cute Lepers / Feral Children / Fences / Caspar Babypants / The Tripwires / Fatal Lucciauno / Loch Lomond / The Physics / THEESatisfaction / School of Rock All Stars / See Me River / Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers / People Eating People / Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme / Brent Amaker & The Rodeo / Born Anchors / Slender Means / BOAT / McTuff Trio / Parlour Steps / The Redwood Plan / Helladope / Lisa Dank / Greta Matassa Quartet / The Lonely H / Matt Jorgensen Quintet / Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin’ Daddies! / Great Waves / Brian Vogan / Johnny Bregar.

That’s just the music. Bumbershoot has all kinds of fun stuff, including literary events, comedy, visual and performing arts, and more. Keep up at their website.

So what say you, Frequency reader? Any of these jump out at you? Are you going to attend any and/or all of them?

High & Dry Bluegrass Festival news

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The High & Dry Bluegrass Festival is now in its fourth year of kicking string-band butt on some acreage over by the Bend Airport. By all accounts, High & Dry is a great time, with terrific traditional bluegrass music, awesome people and a convivial atmosphere. And did I mention the cost? A $10 bill gets you in for the whole weekend.

It appears High & Dry is beginning to awaken for 2010. Here are some things that have popped up:

-A date has been set: Aug. 20-22. Same location: Runway Ranch, just east of the airport.

-The lineup is starting to take shape. Currently, it includes out-of-towners Bluestone County, Lee Highway and Misty Mamas, plus locals Back from the Dead, Cinder Blue, Bend’N Strings, Runway Ranch, Big Pine & the PItchtones, LeRoy & the Sidekicks, Bitterbrush, Quincy Street, Blackstrap, The Prairie Rockets and Bare Roots. (What is it with bluegrass bands and “B” band names?)

-A house concert featuring folk-grass master Steve Spurgin is set for June 11, with proceeds benefiting the festival. More details are here.

-If you’re on Facebook, you can be a fan of High & Dry’s new Facebook page. (While you’re there, why not be a fan of Frequency, too?)

Stay tuned to the High & Dry website to make sure you’re up to date on the fest!

2010 Sasquatch festival lineup announced

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The lineup for the 2010 Sasquatch music festival, scheduled for May 29-31 at The Gorge in Washington, was announced tonight at The Crocodile in Seattle. Here it is, per this poster, posted by the Ear Candy blog:

My Morning Jacket, Massive Attack, Pavement, Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Band of Horses, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Tegan & Sara, Broken Social Scene, Passion Pit, She & Him, Public Enemy, Nada Surf, The New Pornographers, The Xx, Dirty Projectors, OK Go, Drive By Truckers, Kid Cudi, Deadmau5, The Long Winters, Minus the Bear, The Mountain Goats, Quasi, Camera Obscura, Fruit Bats, Brother Ali, Midlake, Dr. Dog, The Hold Steady, Caribou, Simian Mobile Disco, City & Colour, No Age, The Temper Trap, Vetiver, Miike Snow, Portugal. The Man, Telekinesis, The Middle East, Mayer Hawthorne, Why?, Girls, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Wale, The Lonely Forest, Japandroids, Boys Noize, Yacht, Laura Marling, Patrick Watson, Freelance Whales, Past Lives, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Low Anthem, The Very Best, Phantogram, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Nurses, The Tallest Man on Earth, Fresh Espresso, Mumford & Sons, Jets Overhead, Tune-Yards, Shabazz Palaces, Fool’s Gold, Morning Teleportation, Z-Trip, Dam-Funk, Local Natives, Avi Buffalo, Booka Shade, A-Trak, Yes Giantess, Craig Robinson, Rob Riggle, Garfunkel & Oates, Luke Burbank and more.

First thought: This is a pretty great lineup. I’ll have more analysis, including what it could mean for the summer concert series at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, on Tuesday.

Pickathon (near Portland) announces 2010 lineup (plus links to Bonnaroo’s dog-and-pony show)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

If you’re on the Internet today, you may have noticed that the ginormous Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo is taking no fewer than NINE HOURS to announce its lineup, one excruciating band at a time. I’m all for creative announcements and hit-count-inflating promotional efforts, but it’s pretty ridiculous, really.

But, people are interested. You may be too. If the Bonnaroo Web site doesn’t work for you, try the MySpace or the Twitter.

Here’s something much more exciting, though, and much closer to home: Pickathon, the fast-growing indie-roots festival held each summer on 80 woodsy acres southeast of Portland, announced much of its 2010 lineup today. Last year, Pickathon’s lineup jumped to a new level of cool, and this year appears to be no different, with the following acts on the bill and “notable additions” to follow in the next few months:

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The Heartless Bastards, Billy Joe Shaver, Langhorne Slim, The Cave Singers, These United States, Richmond Fontaine, Jill Andrews, The Cairo Gang, Frazey Ford, Breathe Owl Breathe, The Deep Dark Woods, T-Model Ford, Chatham County Line, Black Prairie, Megafaun, Michael Hurley, Roadside Graves, Elliott Brood, Stone River Boys, Red Stick Ramblers, Cotton Jones, Black Lillies, Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio, Foghorn Stringband, Martha Scanlan, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Weinland, Sallie Ford, Frank Fairfield, Water Tower Bucket Boys, Town Mountain, Woody Pines, Captain Bogg Salty.

That’s a pretty awesome lineup. I can’t wait to see who else is playing. And, the double-bonus for Central Oregonians is that a few of these bands usually stop here and play on their way to and from Pickathon. Last year, we got Vetiver, Breathe Owl Breathe, Town Mountain and The Hackensaw Boys that way.

For more info on Pickathon, including when, where, cost, and so on, visit the festival’s Web site.

Vetiver performing at last year's Pickathon. Photo by Alissa Anderson

Vetiver performing at last year's Pickathon. Photo by Alissa Anderson

Cleaves, Hammond announced for 2010 Sisters Folk Festival

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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The Sisters Folk Festival may happen over three days in September, but the team behind the event works year-round on what has become perhaps Central Oregon’s biggest and best music-focused extravaganza.

That’s why headliners for the 2010 folk fest are starting to pop up, even though it’s February.

The big names so far include master Americana singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves, who last visited the region in 2006. (Read my interview with him here.) And just last week, the festival locked up an appearance by veteran blues singer and guitarist John Hammond.

Also confirmed: Ellis, Peter Mulvey, BettySoo, Po’ Girl and Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines. Watch for new additions to the bill at the festival’s Web site.

I don’t know Hammond’s work all that well, but here’s my second-favorite song Slaid Cleaves sings. (My favorite is this cover of a Karen Poston song, and Cleaves has too many great tunes in his canon to feature one he didn’t write.)