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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Nice weather, First Friday, live music … OK!

Northwest folk singer Nathaniel Talbot (and his band) will hold a CD-release show Thursday at The Belfry in Sisters. My colleague David Jasper spoke with Talbot about his earthy new album “Here in the Fields.”

My Feedback column this week is a call for all live-music lovers in Central Oregon to contact bands that are going to the Sasquatch! music festivalMumford & Sons, Elvis Costello and The Lumineers are the primary targets — and urge them to come play a show at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Friday night of Memorial Day weekend. Read it, take action, share it with your friends and tell them the same thing. The more they hear from us, the better our chances.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan at the Tower Theatre, The Newsboys come to Redmond, the Astro Lounge hosts two nights of bass music, The Horde & The Harem and Hillstomp highlight a busy week at The Horned Hand, Naive Melodies pay tribute to Talking Heads and more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 12th, 2012

We’ve got:

- An interview with Dead Winter Carpenters, who’ll play Liquid Lounge next week along with Fruition
- Short stories on Saturday night’s blues explosion with Hillstomp at Old Stone Church and Sassparilla at The Horned Hand
- A brief on locals Deb Yager and Bo Reynolds, who are playing one last show Saturday night before leaving on a year-long road trip.
- Stories on tonight’s Keaton Collective show at Liquid Lounge, Wednesday’s crazy-eclectic bill (Zion I, Diego’s Umbrella and more) at the Domino Room, and a very busy weekend – with Andy Hackbarth, Manimal House and Taarka over three nights – at Silver Moon

Or, as always, you can find all our music coverage at http://www.bendbulletin.com/music.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 30th, 2011

You know, when you think about it, you have to feel for folks like Julian and Sean Lennon, Hank Williams Jr. and III, and Ziggy and Damian Marley — artists who are the children (or descendents) of music icons.

It’s just not really very fair, is it? They may be very talented and make fine work, but through no fault of their own, they’re unlikely to ever match up to what their ancestors did. The Lennons, the Williamses and the Marleys have all put together decent careers, but they all seem somewhat unexciting because of the brilliance farther up their family tree.

It must be hard living in a shadow that big. Anyway … it was just a thought I had.

Ziggy Marley returns to Bend tonight. My colleague David Jasper spoke with him mostly about music and marijuana.

“I’m pro-hemp, I’m pro-cannabis, I’m pro the use of this natural resource both as medicinal and industrial,” Marley said. “I think we need to address the plant as a whole, instead of just talk about the recreational or medicinal use.

“The cannabis plant is a whole plant,” he continued, “and I think if people understand the bigger picture and not just the stereotypical ‘Oh, people want to smoke weed’ picture, then they will have a better understanding of the purpose and the benefits that this plant could have on the planet, you know.”

You should read the whole thing, which you’ll find by clicking here.

Also worth highlighting in today’s GO! Magazine: Local eclectic roots band Big Pine and the Pitchtones have a new album out called “Cold Wind Blowin’” and they’ll celebrate it with a free show tonight at Dudley’s BookShop Cafe. Read all about the band and the album by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Delhi 2 Dublin, Eddie Spaghetti, Hillstomp, Sean Hayes, Wires in the Walls, The Changing Colors, The Northstar Session, Big Jugs, The Beautiful Train Wrecks and more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The fine fellas in local rockabilly blues trio Boxcar Stringband will play the M&J Tavern Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new album “Going Down South.”

I spoke with founding members Joseph Balsamo and Casey Cathcart about their band’s distinctly vintage style.

Much of today’s music industry is obsessively focused on the future.

Just about everyone is out there trying to create the next big sound, find the next big thing, or stumble onto the next big viral marketing scheme.

Not the three guys in Boxcar Stringband. The Bend-based trio … lives in the 21st century, but its music is a convincing throwback to a bygone era.

“When I think of our band, we’re playing basically everything that was around in 1953,” guitarist Joseph Balsamo said in an interview last week. “We just have bigger, stronger amps than they had.”

You should go read the whole thing here, and then go check out Boxcar on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the music section, we’ve got all the details you need on two local festivals: the rootsy, jam-focused 4 Peaks Music Festival near Tumalo, and Saturday’s living shrine to the acoustic guitar, the Breedlove Festival.

Plus, local folk favorite The White Buffalo returns to the region for two shows, one tonight in Sisters and one Saturday at The Horned Hand, a brand new art/music space on Colorado Avenue in Bend. Click here to read about The Horned Hand’s plans and the people behind them.

Oh wait, there’s more: Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom has a big week planned, with guitarist Fareed Haque’s Math Games group tonight, locally rooted indie-folkers Loch Lomond on Wednesday and junkyard blues specialists Hillstomp on Thursday. Madhappy Lounge has a busy schedule, too, with underground rapper Open Mike Eagle on Monday, political punkers Prayers for Atheists on Wednesday, and electro-hip-pop group Vokab Kompany on Thursday. Then there’s the wonderful Nicki Bluhm at Alive After 5, The Greencards play the free Sunday show at the Schwab, Town Mountain brings three nights of bluegrass to McMenamins, and a Last Band Standing update.

Whew!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Portlander Tony Smiley will bring his flashy one-man-band show back to Bend’s MadHappy Lounge tonight. I spoke with him about folks’ misconceptions about what he does, especially among the people who book music venues.

Smiley plays all over Portland and the Northwest, and has made several trips to Bend over the past couple of years.

Getting his foot in the door at a new venue can be tough, but once he’s in, he’s always asked back, he said.

“They have this whole idea in their head (that it’s) not going to fly. (They say,) ‘We’re a rock club!’” Smiley said. “It’s like, just give me a chance. And once they see me, they’re like, ‘Oh, well, I had no idea. I expected some guy with cymbals between his knees and an accordion under his arm.’”

You should go read the whole thing right here.

Elizabeth Cook performs at McMenamins in Bend. Photo by Ben.

In today’s Feedback column, I review a couple of midweek shows from late January. L.A. roots-rockers Dawes and Nashville country singer Elizabeth Cook were both great.

… the charming Cook had everyone eating out of the palm of her hand. Such is the power of a sassy gal with a sugary Southern accent and a sharp sense of humor. After a warm-up set by her husband, the renowned guitarist Tim Carroll, Cook took over the evening and commanded the room, bouncing back and forth between her songs, hilarious ruminations on topics ranging from video games to Vanna White, and the occasional well-chosen cover.

She dedicated the Louvin Brothers’ “Cash on the Barrelhead” to Charlie Louvin, who died earlier that day. She did a heart-stoppingly pretty version of the Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning.” And she strapped on some percussive shoes for a clogging routine to accompany Carroll on a train song called “The T.V.G.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing — including plenty on Dawes at the Silver Moon — by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Hillstomp is in town to do a two-night stand at Silver Moon, the Ty Curtis Band plays the Domino Room, Minnesota-based indie-folkers the Caroline Smith Duo are at Parrilla, Tom Russell continues the Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series and a bunch of reggae acts are gathering to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. Happy b-day, Bobby!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Each week, before I plan out the music section in GO! Magazine, I sit down at the computer, scour every potential source of concerts I can think of, and make a big list of what’s happening in a given week. Some weeks, there’s an obvious headliner worth writing about. Other weeks, it’s a bit more puzzling figuring out who to feature.

And some weeks, a pattern emerges. That’s what happened for today’s music section, where we have short features on a whole bunch of bands (and/or shows) that fall under the giant, ill-defined umbrella of “roots rock.”

We have bluesy bands (Los Lonely Boys, Hillstomp) and more straightforward rockers (Leon Russell, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band) and we have bands that love to jam (Great American Taxi, Moonalice). You can read about all of those by clicking here.

We also have some real twangy acts (Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, The Pines and the West Wind Ranch Americana Music Festival), and we even branch into the funk and reggae worlds with Orgone and Mystic Roots. Read about those right here.

Elsewhere in the music section, there’s a concert by former “American Idol” Phil Stacey, a big local showcase featuring Eric Tollefson, Reed Thomas Lawrence and Erin Cole-Baker, and the grand re-opening of the MadHappy Lounge. And, as always, there are lots more options in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

(Roots photo by Aaron Escobar.)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Hey there, folks. Shorter update this week than usual because I’ve got a brand new baby at home and am a tad busy. For that same reason, it may be a bit quiet around here for a little while. This is our first, so I expect a sharp learning curve and reduced time for blogging.

Anyway, the cover story in GO! Magazine this week is about the Procession of the Species parade happening in downtown Bend Saturday, but it’s worth noting that this week’s local live-music opportunities are a veritable procession of the species, too.

We’ve got sweaty punk-blues (Hillstomp, Cicada Omega), a gathering of sweeping, celestial rock bands (Empty Space Orchestra, Hypatia Lake, Water & Bodies), cosmopolitan folk-pop artists (Bruce Cockburn, Catherine Feeny, Anastacia), garage-y indie-rockers playing for charity (The Autonomics, We Are Brontosaurus), a collective of electro-thump DJs celebrating a birthday (Slipmat Science), a couple of big-name Christian pop-rock acts playing worship songs (Phil Wickham, Leeland) and local hard rock (Stillfear, Audiolized), plus hip-hop (Afroman) and a roots-rock guitar hero (Tony Furtado).

Whew! Think about it — that’s kind of an abundance of riches for little ol’ Bend in the middle of April, don’t you think?

So go poke around the music section until you find something that sounds interesting. And if that doesn’t work, you can always check out our complete music listings. (Also, if you search this blog for Cicada Omega, Empty Space Orchestra, Water & Bodies, Catherine Feeny, Anastacia or The Autonomics, you’ll find more about each. There’s a little search box in the upper left-hand corner. Try it!)

Just for fun, here’s a video of Hillstomp in action.

And here’s one of Hypatia Lake.

November 30 in GO! Magazine

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Hey, sleepyhead! Wake up! I know, I know … you ate a lot of turkey and drank some beer and laid on the couch and fell asleep. But that was yesterday afternoon. You’ve been asleep for, like, 18 hours! So get up and get out and enjoy some music that’ll shake you right out of your tryptophan-induced coma.

-Wouldn’t it be sweet if we could get Frank Zappa to play here in Bend? That would be sweet. But impossible, because he died in 1993. So, next best thing: Zappa Plays Zappa is a tribute band to Frank, led by his son Dweezil, that insists on playing faithful, note-for-note covers of Frank’s brilliant music.

-Dudes! Do you want to know where the chicks are gonna be tonight? You do, right!? Right! So scrounge up $6 (or $4 and a can of food) and head to Silver Moon for Chicks With Picks. You’ll get to see four great local bands fronted by awesome women, and your money will help support Saving Grace, a local women’s shelter. Do it!

-After a bit of a break from Bend, Hillstomp is back in town for a show at the Domino Room tonight. They’re going to tear the roof off the place … that is, unless support act Larry and His Flask tears it off first.

-David Jacobs-Strain plays an entrancing brand of rootsy blues music. He’ll warm up the Silver Moon Saturday night, for sure.

-The local rockers in Ruckus are doing good this weekend, playing two nights at Crossings Lounge (in The Riverhouse) and collecting toys for the Toys For Tots program.

-Elsewhere in town, we have DJ Barisone and Empty Space Orchestra playing separate nights at Bendistillery Martini Bar, Casey Parnell (of Elliot) performing at portello winecafe, and Sagebrush Rock, um, rocking at Silver Moon.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, folks. If you’re looking for something non-musical to do, be sure to check out GO! Magazine, where we’ve put together a list of five family-friendly activities to occupy your time this weekend.

June 19 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Good morning music fans in Central Oregon and beyond! Do you want newspaper articles about musicians playing in and around the region? Hope so, ‘cause we’ve got ‘em. Here’s what you’ll find in this week’s GO! Magazine:

-Eugene bluesman Jesse Meade is playing at Silver Moon Brewing, and my colleague Marielle Gallagher tells you everything you need to know about him.

-Texas folk singer Eric Taylor performs at a home near Sisters and an old church in the ghost town of Richmond.

-Music on the Green cranks back up in Redmond this week.

-Two old favorites, Blue Turtle Seduction and Hillstomp, are back in town this weekend.

-Acoustic reggae dude Trevor Hall plays at Silver Moon Sunday.

As always, subscribers to The Bulletin’s Web site can get to all of those stories, but non-subscribers will run into some problems.