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Today in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Let me be very clear: I mean no disrespect to anyone or anything else when I say that I think the Sisters Folk Festival is the all-around best music-related event in Central Oregon.

From the quality of artists booked and the seamless operations to the beautiful setting and the overall vibe, SFF is just awesome. There may be other places or events in the area that bring in music that you or I like more, but in terms of the experience, nothing tops the folk fest.

We’re seeing that reflected in the festival’s popularity, too. Last year, organizers expanded their staffing and venues, and this year, for the first time ever, tickets sold out in advance. And so, the team that puts on Sisters Folk Festival is hard at work not only, uh, putting on a festival, but also working to overcome the challenges that come with growth.

But this weekend, it’s all about the music.

Tonight, Jimmy LaFave and a bunch of his friends (Slaid Cleaves, Eliza Gilkyson, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irions) will pay tribute to Woody Guthrie with a program called “Walking Woody’s Road.” I spoke with LaFave about the iconic folk singer, who would’ve turned 100 this year.

Guthrie’s music has experienced a rebirth in recent years, thanks in part to his daughter Nora’s efforts to turn his unused lyrics into new songs. LaFave — who is currently setting about 20 lyrics to music — said Guthrie wrote about 3,000 songs, but only 70 were really known in his day.

And beyond music, he painted and wrote poetry, wrote novels (including one about sustainable living in sod houses), and was fascinated by science and nature.

“He was a total sponge,” LaFave said. “The guy was not just talking about riding the rails. He was talking about quantum physics. He was so far beyond his time, they must’ve thought he was nuts.

“There’s no one,” he said, “that lived 20 different lifetimes like Woody Guthrie.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing. Also, I wrote blurbs about seven artists I consider to be highlights of this year’s SFF lineup. You can click through those here (sorry about the tiny type).

’80s hit machine Huey Lewis and the News will play Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Tuesday. My colleague David Jasper spoke with Lewis about all kinds of things, including his love of our town.

“I love Bend, Oregon. It’s one of the great places on Earth, I think,” Lewis said by telephone last week. “I live in Montana, in the Bitterroot Valley, which is not dissimilar, but actually Bend is a little more upscale. Your bagels are better than ours.”

Wait. How does Lewis know so much about Bend and its bagels? Because the man who crooned on “Jacob’s Ladder” also knows his salmon ladders: He’s a fly-fisherman. In effect, Lewis knows the power of love and the power of the mighty Deschutes. In fact, he believes Bend is up there with Los Angeles and San Francisco in their primes.

“Imagine L.A. in the ’30s and ’40s. No traffic, no pollution, these winding streets,” he said. “It was the best place on the planet in the ’30s and ’40s. Best weather in the world in L.A.”

San Francisco was great in the ’50s and ’60s, Lewis said, but “the population keeps getting more and more crowded, and they keep moving — and now it’s Bend, Oregon.”

You really should read the whole article.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Guitar savant Buckethead returns to town, The White Buffalo is back as well, Casey Neill & the Norway Rats come to McMenamins, Black Beast Revival plays Liquid Lounge, Necktie Killer wraps up Redmond’s Music in the Canyon concert series, and both The Horned Hand and Silver Moon are super busy, each with four shows over the next seven nights.

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #1: Huey Lewis and the News

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Good afternoon, folks.

Over the next five Fridays, we’re going to give away five pairs of tickets to five different concerts happening this summer at Les Schwab Amphitheater. The schedule of these giveaways is as follows:

Friday: Huey Lewis and the News
April 20: Beck
April 27: The Shins
May 4: Norah Jones
May 11: Tenacious D

So today, we need to unload a couple tickets to see Huey Lewis and the News on Sept. 11, and we’re gonna keep it simple: All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite Huey tune, or depending on your view of the man and his band, the Huey tune you hate the least. If you need a refresher course, here’s the News’ discography. Bonus points if you offer up a song I haven’t heard before, i.e. a non-hit. (Note: Not really. There is no point system, thus there are no bonus points. But still … feel free to come strong with the Huey knowledge.)

Be sure to leave your real email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll pick someone on Friday at 2 p.m. and post a comment with the winner.

And hey, if you hate free tickets or don’t want to enter for some reason, remember you can buy tickets at the amphitheater’s website beginning Friday at 10 a.m.

Norah Jones, Huey Lewis tickets on sale Friday

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Friday is the on-sale date for a couple of this summer’s Les Schwab Amphitheater shows. Tickets to see Norah Jones on Aug. 15 and Huey Lewis and the News on Sept. 11 will be available to the general public beginning at 10 a.m., and all your purchasing options are listed below.

• Jones will come to Bend as part of a tour behind her fifth studio album, “Little Broken Hearts,” which was produced by Danger Mouse and comes out May 1. Here are the details for her Bend date.

Norah Jones
Wednesday, Aug. 15
6:30 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
General admission: $39 plus fees
Reserved seating: $60 plus fees
Purchase tickets through the amphitheater, TicketFly, via phone at 877-435-9849 or at The Ticket Mill in Bend’s Old Mill District

• Lewis heads to Bend flying high on the knowledge that a couple of his new tunes will be on the “Anchorman 2″ movie soundtrack. More importantly, these are the dudes behind a ton of hit songs you know by heart, including “The Power of Love,” “Stuck With You,” “If This Is It,” “The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Hip to Be Square” … shall I go on? … OK, then, “Do You Believe in Love,” “Workin’ for a Livin’” “I Want a New Drug,” “Heart and Soul.” Anyway, here are the details for the News’ local show.

Huey Lewis and the News
Tuesday, Sept. 11
6:30 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
General admission: $39 plus fees
Reserved seating: $78 plus fees
Purchase tickets through the amphitheater, TicketFly, via phone at 877-435-9849 or at The Ticket Mill in Bend’s Old Mill District

Tickets to the Schwab’s Memorial Day weekend shows — The Shins on May 25, Tenacious D on May 26 and Beck on May 27 — are already on sale at all those same outlets.

(And psst … by the way, Frequency has a pair of tickets to each of these shows to give away. Keep your eyes on the blog, or on our Facebook or Twitter.)

Huey Lewis and the News appears to be coming to Bend in September

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Both leading tour date resource Pollstar and the band’s own site have blue-eyed soul/rock hit-makers Huey Lewis and the News playing Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Sept. 11.

The Schwab itself hasn’t announced yet, and I’m checking with them. But it looks like we may be getting a healthy dose of the News late this summer.

And yes, in case you were wondering, I’m already formulating my “reclamation of Huey” piece for the paper. I think the guy is cool.