The first performance of the annual pickers’ heaven is kicking off as we speak just east of Bend.
Friday, August 16th, 2013
Friday, August 16th, 2013
Friday, August 17th, 2012
— The High & Dry Bluegrass Festival runs today through Sunday on a ranch east of Bend. (In fact, it has already begun.) Read our story on one of the bands playing there, Ashland pickers Eight Dollar Mountain, and find the main-stage schedule while you’re there, too.
— Bend-raised and Portland-based singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman will celebrate the release of her electro-poppy sophomore album “Cardiology” with a show tonight at Greenwood Playhouse. Here’s my story on how the new album got to be the way it is.
— Norah Jones played Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Wednesday night and was terrific. Read my review of the concert and be sure to check out The Bulletin photographer Rob Kerr’s photos of the show and the scene that night.
Also in this week’s music section: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, Jet West, Hooves, BrownChicken BrownCow StringBand, Mosley Wotta, Necktie Killer and more.
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, October 21st, 2011
How much music can you cram into the music section of The Bulletin’s GO! Magazine? Approximately this much:
“The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959″ is a multimedia tribute to the jazz icon coming to the Tower Theatre.
The Felice Brothers could’ve hopped on the “new Americana” gravy train and they chose not to. Instead, their new album “Celebration, Florida” is a murky, weird and wonderful slab of electro/pop/rock.
The Green headlines a reggae bill at the Domino Room Monday that also includes Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.
Also in the music section: King Yellowman returns to town, the Tower of Power show is sold out, guitar hero Scott Pemberton plays Silver Moon, a cappella groups On the Rocks and Divisi will perform to benefit Sisters schools, Celtic folkie Colleen Raney kicks off the new HarmonyHouse season, a Tumalo house concert will benefit the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, and Innovation Theatre features an eclectic weekend, with Violin vs. Vinyl and Jay Tablet tonight, 2Mex and a hip-hop bill Saturday and 2nd Hand Soldiers playing a benefit for a local guy with cancer on Sunday. Oh, plus we have blurbs on Stephanie Schneiderman, Just People and Viva Le Vox!
Friday, June 24th, 2011
This week in the music section, we bring you sort of a hodgepodge of stuff, ranging from benefit shows to CD-release events to concert series kick-offs to brand new venues opening. So here’s a list:
KPOV’s raising funds with its second Beatles Singalong, and …
Friends of Megan Cecil are raising funds for her battle against cancer, and …
The High & Dry Bluegrass Festival’s raising funds by blending barbershop and bluegrass.
Local pop-punkers Tuck and Roll celebrate their new EP at Madhappy Lounge on Saturday, and …
Electro-soul-hop duo Dinner at the Thompson’s will also visit Madhappy on Thursday, and …
Slow Trucks nods to ’90s indie rock at Madhappy on Monday.
The Moon Mountain Ramblers kick off the summer concert series at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, and …
The Sweet Harlots kick off the Pickin’ and Paddlin’ series along the Deschutes River in Bend, and …
Brent Alan and friends kick off a new venue, Sugar Mountain Amphitheater near Terrebonne.
And then there are the things that don’t fit neatly into one of the groups above!
Deschutes Brewery is celebrating 23 years in business with a party in their parking lot, and …
Oh Sugoi! and Third Seven will fill McMenamins with experimental sounds, and …
I saw Brett Dennen and Dawes at the Athletic Club of Bend and then wrote what I thought about it.
Friday, March 4th, 2011
Portland-based indie rock duo Viva Voce come to Bend Monday to help kick off the 2011 PDXchange Program series, along with Damien Jurado and Loch Lomond. I talked to Anita Robinson about Viva Voce’s new album, “The Future Will Destroy You,” which is due out in June.
“We feel like these songs are really representative of Viva Voce as a band,” she said. “For the past couple of records, we’ve really experimented and our fans have been really patient and understanding and supportive … but the feedback we’ve heard from them is kind of what we feel inside, too, and that’s that when we just play the two of us, somehow it’s more special to our fans and we feel a stronger connection to them.”
As for the sound of the upcoming album, Anita is playing it close to the vest.
“No one’s heard them yet so I’m really curious to hear what kind of feedback we’re going to get,” she said. “I think that people are going to love the songs and that’s ultimately our hope. We’re really, really proud of them, and we pushed ourselves in a way that we haven’t before.”
Click here to read the whole thing. Also, stay tuned to Frequency for more about Damien Jurado, who your humble blogger just happens to consider one of the finest songwriters going.
The Truth & Salvage Co. rolls into the Silver Moon on Sunday evening, bringing with ’em a likable, harmony-heavy country-rock sound. I spoke with drummer Bill Smith about the band’s origins.
(Truth & Salvage Co.) has roots in North Carolina, where Smith, guitarist Scott Kinnebrew and keyboardist Walker Young played in a hot jazz/ragtime band called Scrappy Hamilton.
Scrappy was “Django (Reinhardt) meets rockabilly meets Squirrel Nut Zippers,” Smith said, thanks in large part to Kinnebrew’s upbringing in New Orleans.
Over a few years, the three men made their way to Los Angeles to find their paths, and they continued to play together, eventually settling into Hollywood’s famed Hotel Cafe for jam sessions.
It was there they met Tim Jones, another singer-songwriter who had come to L.A. to make music his career.
Jones was welcomed into the fold “with open arms,” Smith said, and the group began holding beer-soaked jams and songwriting sessions at their house on Gower Street.
“(Truth & Salvage Co.) exploded out of that,” he said.
I hope you’ll read the whole story by clicking here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got a CD-release show from Portland-based, Bend-connected band Water & Bodies, a big benefit show with an all-star lineup for local violinist Erin Zurflu, the return of tech-savvy, Bay Area jam-band Moonalice, and a big dance party thrown by the Slipmat Science crew. A little farther west in Deschutes County, there’s a benefit show in Tumalo for the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, bluesman David Jacobs-Strain visits Sisters’ HarmonyHouse, and Portland’s wonderful Weinland plays The Barn in Sisters.
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?)
Stay tuned to the High & Dry website to make sure you’re up to date on the fest!
Friday, August 14th, 2009
Hello team! It’s Aug. 14, and you know what Aug. 14 means, don’t you? It means it’s a Friday (if you’re reading this in 2009)! Which means there’s a new GO! Magazine out today for you to leaf through while you’re listening to those two new Radiohead songs. Here are the music-related things it holds:
-No interview with Joan Baez, sadly, but the woman’s got enough history to fill an entire newspaper. I take the wide-angle view here.
-The third annual High & Dry Bluegrass Festival sounds like a darn fun time — and cheap, too! $10 for three days of sweet string music. Can’t beat it.
-The new local band Warm Gadget is one of the more interesting things to happen around here in a while. I’m going to wait till they get their EP out to give you the full story, but here’s a little introduction to the crew to tide you over.
-The sixth Living Legend (of eight) to play in Bend over the past few years, Sunspot Jonz, is at Bendistillery Martini Bar on Saturday night. Someone get Aesop and Bicasso on the horn!
-I keep doing these Silver Moon overviews, because the place just keeps hosting great music. This week, it’s Nershi-Law Duo and Ten Feet Tall and 80 Proof and Teddy Presberg and Leif James and Sol Jibe.
-Pop-rock kingpins The High Strung, just back from some surreal gigs in Cuba, are back at the Bend Public Library on Wednesday. The show is designed to get teens to the library, but all ages are welcome.
Subscribers can access all those stories. Non-subscribers can’t. But folks who pick up a print version of the paper can see everything in all its full-color glory. And — bonus! — you can play a game of “Where’s Bob Dylan?” with your kids!
Oh, by the way: I’d love to hear your opinion of the live music options we have here in Central Oregon this summer. Do me a favor; click on over here and join the discussion, won’t you?