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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 6th, 2010

If you haven’t heard his name, at least take a few minutes to listen to William Fitzsimmons’ music. The guy writes beautifully downcast songs in the same vein as Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam. I talked to Fitzsimmons earlier this week about his current state of mind after going through some dark times. Here’s an excerpt:

Last year, Fitzsimmons told National Public Radio he was looking forward to writing new material and moving on from that dark place in his life. Earlier this week … he said he’s currently working on songs for a new album, which he hopes to release next year.

As you might expect, the process has been refreshing.

“It’s a little different. It’s nice, because I’m in a different place in my life than I was a few years ago, fortunately,” Fitzsimmons said. “Things aren’t quite as dark or as morbid, so writing the songs … I don’t want to say it was fun, but it sure as hell was a lot more fun than it was before.”

Fitzsimmons has been unveiling those new songs at shows over the past month. He describes them not as happy, but hopeful.

“I decided I kind of wanted to write about things that were more in the line of healing and restoration, sort of the polar opposite of what I was writing about before,” he said. “So instead of things being destroyed, it was (about) things being mended and fixed and put back together. It feels good but it also feels right. It feels like it’s where my head has been.”

I hope you’ll click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, you’ll find short stories on the fine, fuzz-pop band The Parson Red Heads at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, the three-day jazzstravaganza that is Jade’s Jazz Festival in La Pine, and the Southern jam band Dangermuffin, who win the “hard worker” award for playing four shows in town over the next six days.

Plus: David Bromberg, Jena Rickards’ CD-release show, Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers, David Jacobs-Strain, Five Pint Mary and the Bend Fire Pipe and Drum Band, and an early heads-up on High Street playing a show to benefit Sisters schools. Want more options? Check out The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

July 10 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Today, the regular Friday post about what’s in GO! Magazine’s music section doubles as a motherlode of free, downloadable music, thanks to some generous bands. Let’s get right to it, shall we?

-Elliot is a group of five local guys who play sweeping, positive rock music, and they’ve provided Frequency readers with a song for download that you can’t get anywhere else (except, of course, by buying their album “Rocketships”):

Download Elliot, “Sideways”

-My plan was to interview fast-rising African guitarist Vieux Farka Toure for a story this week, but conflicting schedules got in the way. Instead, you’ll have to settle for a track from “Fondo,” his acclaimed new album:

Download Vieux Farka Toure, “Fafa”

-Colorado bluegrass combo Head for the Hills will be busy Sunday, playing an outdoor show in the afternoon and an indoor show in the evening. Check out a couple of their songs right here:

Download Head for the Hills, “Hornet’s Nest”
Download Head for the Hills, “Harvest Moon”

-The Summit Saloon & Stage is gettin’ funky tonight with The Pimps of Joytime, and gettin’ rootsy on Thursday with Taarka. I have a Joytime song for you, but I’m running into some technical issues, so you’ll just have to visit the band’s MySpace and listen to “Bonita” there.

Also happening this week: Jade’s Jazz Festival in La Pine and a great underground hip-hop show at Bendistillery Martini Bar featuring Mine+Us and DJ Hoppa.

Not happening this week: The Itals at the Domino Room. There is a blurb in GO! about this show, but the show was canceled after the section went to press.

All the MP3 downloads above are free to anyone. However, the articles linked can only be viewed by subscribers to The Bulletin’s Web site. If you can’t see them and you want to, you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up a copy of today’s paper.

A guide to upcoming music festivals (updated)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

(Update: The look of this post did not turn out how I’d hoped. I think I’ve fixed that. More importantly, a colleague reminded me that Breedlove Guitar Co. is holding a festival later this summer, so I’ve added those details below.)

Coyote Festival

For music fans, summer means one thing: festivals, festivals, festivals. After a fall, winter and spring of crowding into dark, sweaty bars and clubs for live music, there’s something about crowding into bright, sweaty pastures for live music that just sounds so refreshing.

Central Oregon has its share of music festivals, though the number in 2009 will be smaller than in past years. More on that later. For now, let’s focus on the present.

Festival season kicks off this coming summer solstice weekend with the Coyote Festival, held at Summer Lake Hot Springs near Paisley. That’s not exactly in Central Oregon, true, but we’re going to count it because there are a whole lot of local bands playing there, and a whole bunch of people from the area are heading down for the party.

The lineup is headlined on Friday by Taarka and Larry and His Flask, on Saturday by Moon Mountain Ramblers and David Jacobs-Strain, and on Sunday by Coyo. There’ll be three stages, fire dancers, workshops, drum circles and, of course, dips in the hot springs. Kids are welcome, too, and there are activities planned for them.

Tickets to the Coyote Festival for the entire weekend cost $50 and are available at Music Makers, The Cosmic Depot, Bend’s Indoor Garden Station and Ranch Records in Bend. There are also discounted rates for kids and for single-day passes. You can find a ton of info at www.coyotemusicfestival.com, or by calling 541-943-3931.

The fun doesn’t stop this weekend, though. After the jump is a list of music festivals happening within an easy drive, along with all the details you need to know.

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Local music news

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I’m in Portland for a couple days, so please forgive me if the blog seems a bit quiet. I’ll make up for it when I get back to Bend. For now, a few local notes:

-If you were hoping to spend an “intimate acoustic evening” at the Tower Theatre with roots-pop singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and you don’t already have your ticket, you’re out of luck; the show is sold out. Tickets sold out in less than two weeks, according to promoter Bret Grier, which around here is pretty fast.

-The Sisters Folk Festival is now accepting entries for its annual Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest. The winner will take home $750 and the five finalists will perform during the folk fest, set for Sept. 11-13 in Sisters. Entrants may submit up to three songs and must submit by July 31 through SonicBids. Click here to learn more about how to submit song files. (By the way, the folk fest’s lineup is already looking pretty sweet: Peter Rowan, Todd Snider, Alison Brown Quartet, Kelly Joe Phelps, Blind Pilot, The Belleville Outfit, Susan Werner … wow!)

-A new event called Jade’s Jazz Festival appears to be getting off the ground. It’s planned for July 11-12 in beautiful La Pine, and according to the Web site, performers include Nina Callaway, David Patrone, Ed Criss, Blues Quarter, Bellavia, Lino and Detour: Jazz. We’ll have more info in an upcoming GO! Magazine, of course.

-Finally, the acts playing at some of the summer events are starting to trickle in. Some of these are confirmed, some aren’t, but are probably safe bets: The Virginia pop band Carbon Leaf will headline The Bite of Bend June 21. The rest of the lineup is stocked with local acts and it looks like this. Folk legend Joan Baez will perform at the Athletic Club of Bend on Aug. 16 as part of the Clear Summer Nights concert series. Pollstar has fusion guitarist Fareed Haque slated for Munch & Music on July 9, and the Web site of the fine Malian singer Vieux Farka Toure has him playing Drake Park the following Thursday.