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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Lots and lots of stuff in this week’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

We shall!

The inimitable Fred Eaglesmith will bring his Traveling Steam Show to Sisters’ HarmonyHouse Saturday night. My colleague David Jasper spoke with him about his famously sharp sense of humor.

“When I was younger, in the ’70s and ’80s, I wrote these really horrific songs about farm loss, which was happening all around me, you know, about my neighbors losing the farm,” he said.

“The songs were so sad, people loved them but they wouldn’t come back. It was too hard. I was young and didn’t really know what I was doing. Then I started telling these jokes about people on the farm. They weren’t that great of jokes, but I was always a pretty funny guy.

“And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really learned my comedy well,” Eaglesmith said. “I’ve learned to just be a comedian. I could be a stand-up comedian if I wanted to.”

Fred’s so great. Read the whole thing here.

(Yeah, I’ve posted that before, but it’s worth watching again!)

On Saturday night, local experimental cello-looper Billy Mickelson — aka Third Seven — will celebrate the release of his new album “Cascadia” with a show at The Horned Hand. I called him up and talked to him about the theme of the record.

“It’s an album about what home is to me … and following your heart to share home with the world,” he said from his parents’ place in Lincoln City. “Oregon is my home, and as anybody who lives here knows, that feeling you get from the mountains and the trees here, you can’t replace that with city life or anywhere else that you’d want to move.

“It’s really special to me,” he continued, “and I wanted to capture that in this album in a sentimental way.”

Mickelson’s an interesting and introspective guy. Click here to read more of the story.

I also used a page to highlight the busy and diverse schedule at The Horned Hand, where Jeff Crosby & The Refugees play tonight, The Horde & The Harem and Tom VandenAvond join Third Seven on Saturday, Swansea and Patrick Dethlefs perform Tuesday and The Generators play Wednesday. Whew!

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Sean Hayes returns to Mandala Yoga, the Henhouse Prowlers bring traditional bluegrass to Silver Moon, the Hank Shreve Band gets bluesy at Liquid Lounge, Jerry Joseph and Walter Salas-Humara go acoustic at Astro Lounge, Night Under the Covers heads to the Northwest, Jones Road and Five Pint Mary play a benefit show for BAKESTARR, and more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 16th, 2012

If you will indulge me for just one minute, I would simply like to say that regularly reading our music section in GO! Magazine (every Friday in The Bulletin) is by far your best bet for staying informed about what’s new and what’s happening on Central Oregon’s busy music scene. You have other options for that kind of info, of course, but nowhere will you find coverage as extensive and in-depth as you will in GO!

I say that only because I’m really proud of today’s section. Here’s what’s in there (click to read):

-An interview with acoustic guitar pioneer Leo Kottke on the debt he owes to his instrument
-An interview with jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson about what he learned from Art Blakey
-An interview with rocker Jerry Joseph on his recent Asian tour and new album “Happy Book”
-A Q&A with Seattle-based avant-saxophonist Skerik about his new group Bandalabra
-A review of “Carnivale Electricos,” the dynamic new album from Galactic
-A roundup of solid live-music options for your St. Patrick’s Day revelry

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, you’ll find briefs on The Autonomics’ two-night stand in Bend, James Hunnicutt, Rehab, the 4 Peaks festival lineup, Left Coast Country and more!

Tonight: Jerry Joseph, Calling Morocco, Third Seven + Mosley Wotta on OPB

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Musically speaking, this is a busy, busy, busy Thursday evening in our fair burg, with interesting options whether you want to go out or stay in. Let’s get to it:

At The Sound Garden, the Davis, Calif.-based pop-rock band Calling Morocco plays at around 8 p.m. Cover is $5. Here’s how I described ‘em last week:

I’m guessing the guys in Calling Morocco are about my age, because I hear tons of sounds I recognize floating through their songs, including the heart and heft of Braid, the bar-room brawn of Lucero, and the power-pop charm of the Gin Blossoms.

Most of all, I think Calling Morocco sounds like alt-country cult faves Slobberbone and Drag the River on their happiest and most upbeat days.

Calling Morocco, “Pale Blue Eyes”

Meanwhile, over at The Horned Hand, local alt-folk cellist Third Seven (aka Billy Mickelson) will play his final show in town before setting off on a three-month tour across the U.S. and Europe. Billy is one of my favorite local musicians because his experimental streak seemingly knows no bounds. More details on the show are here, and it sounds like the fine Bay Area indie rock bands Slow Trucks and Oceanography are going to play, too, so you should probably get there around 7 p.m. to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Then at 9 p.m., Western-states wanderer and Bend fave Jerry Joseph will take the stage at Players Bar & Grill, which is ramping up both its atmosphere (from dive to repainted dive) and concert calendar under new ownership. (The Astro Lounge owner Josh Maquet is part of the group that bought Players. More on that later.) Here’s my story on Joseph from last week’s paper.

Jerry Joseph, “Most Beautiful Day”

Last but not least, if you’re like me — deathly afraid of venturing away my rocking chair, much less my home — you should tune your television to OPB tonight, where Oregon Art Beat will feature Bend’s own rapper/painter/teacher/poet/all-around good dude Jason Graham and his hip-hop ‘n’ rock fusion band Mosley Wotta. OPB has a story about the band and video of a recent performance right here.

(Just kidding near the end, there, by the way. I’m going to try to hit at least one, maybe two of these shows, right after I watch my beloved Kentucky Wildcats play hoops on TV.)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Last winter, the Jazz at the Oxford series had a terrific inaugural season, bringing a handful of regional jazz veterans to Bend and selling out each of its 13 shows.

Tonight, the series kicks off its second season, which features an expanded schedule and headliners with higher profiles, including award-winning jazz-pop vocalist Diane Schuur, who’ll play three shows at The Oxford Hotel over the next two days.

Here’s Schuur doing “Today I Started Loving You Again” from her new album “The Gathering,” a collection of country covers.

Shuur’s show tonight is sold out, but there are still tickets available for both Saturday performances. Last week, I got her on the phone and spoke with her about her own artistic freedom and the session for “The Gathering.”

“I think the consensus is that people have confidence enough in me and in my direction to give me their blessing and say … ‘If this is what you want, girlfriend, go for it,’” Schuur said. “I’m glad I’ve got the versatility and the voice to be able to do that because a lot of people unfortunately get stuck in a rut where they’ve got one style and that’s basically what they’ve got. I consider myself very fortunate.”

Even with dozens of albums under her belt, the “Gathering” session was the quickest in Schuur’s career, she said. It took one day to record and another day to polish up with overdubs and other tweaks. That was it.

“Once I got going, I just kept going, like the Energizer Bunny,” she said with a laugh. “(These songs) just really got into my soul.”

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing. Be sure to read about Jazz at the Oxford’s origin, success and upcoming schedule on the right side of the page!

The L.A.-based funk/soul band Orgone brings their cool, retro vibe back to town Monday night. My colleague David Jasper spoke with a couple of the band’s members about Orgone’s upcoming plans.

“We had a break in September and October, and we finally grabbed some time to work on some new material,” he said. After playing on the annual Jam Cruise in January, Orgone plans to use the shore leave to record a new album. “We’ll have a record done for March. We’re real excited about that.”

The band played the Volcanic Funk Festival in Bend last summer, but the recording break may mean it’ll be a while before Orgone brings its energy back to Oregon. And though it may be cold outside, it’s likely to get hot in The Annex.

“It’s 110 percent adrenaline-fueled dance party,” Rios said. “The band’s definitely going to get sweaty; it usually carries over into the people. It’s basically high-energy, no holds barred. We just kinda come full force and come to take no prisoners.”

You should read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Jerry Joseph plays his gritty rock ‘n’ roll at gritty Players Bar, Calling Morocco blends pop, rock and twang at The Sound Garden, a bunch of DJs and MCs gather at the Domino Room for Orbital: A Journey Through Sound, and local experimental cellist Third Seven plays at The Horned Hand before taking off on tour till spring. Plus Allan Byer, Harley Bourbon and lots more in our “Going Out” listing.

Tonight: Jerry Joseph at the new Astro Lounge

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This wasn’t in last week’s GO! Magazine because I didn’t know about it, but now I do, so here we go: Downtown Bend bar The Astro Lounge has picked up and moved around the corner, from its longtime home on Minnesota Avenue into a bigger space at 939 N.W. Bond St., between the D&D and Soba Noodle. The Source Weekly has a good look at the new bar right here, and the Astro’s Facebook has a bunch of photos of opening weekend here.

Anyway, the new Astro has been open for almost a week, but tonight it hosts its first major live music as veteran roots-rocker and Bend fave Jerry Joseph returns to town for a solo acoustic show in which he’ll be highlighting songs from his recent album “Into the Lovely” and his 2004 album “Cherry.” Organizers also promise special guests. Not just boring, ol’ regular guests … special guests!

The show will start around 9 p.m. and it’s $10 to get in. Here’s a photo from the Astro’s Facebook page:

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 11th, 2011

San Francisco pop-rock band The Mother Hips will play McMenamins Old St. Francis School on St. Patrick’s Day. I called up band co-founder Tim Bluhm and asked him why so many people think the Hips are a jam band.

“It used to make us so angry when people called us (that),” said Bluhm, 40, in a telephone interview from his home in San Francisco last month. “It actually sort of crippled us in some ways because if we would’ve just accepted that label we probably would’ve made some inroads into that world … but we were too stubborn and too concerned about our image.

“We really didn’t like that. It curdled our blood,” Bluhm said. “But that was a long time ago and now we’re older and we realize that stuff is for other people to worry about. We don’t care what anyone calls it.”

Why so many people who haven’t heard the Hips believe they fall into the “jam band” category (think Widespread Panic, Phish, etc.) is a bit of a mystery. Sure, the band’s name evokes visions of twirl dancing to an endless guitar solo. And sure, the band played the jam-friendly H.O.R.D.E. tour, like, forever ago. But for the most part, Bluhm and his mates have been crunchy pop-rockers from the start.

“I mean, we had long hair,” Bluhm said, “but so did Black Sabbath.”

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

Also this week, we have not one but two local artists holding CD-release shows. Sisters Americana Project product Laura Curtis will celebrate “Loving a Ghost” at The Barn in Sisters, while Bend-based alt-rock band Jones Road will spread their party for “The Whipping Boy” over two nights at the Northside Bar.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Franchot Tone warms up Velvet, Bex (as in Shannon Bex) plays the Domino Room, Great Big Sea rolls into the Tower Theatre, Sunny Ledfurd returns to town, Jerry Joseph brings The Jackmormons to Silver Moon, and The David Mayfield Parade is at McMenamins. Plus, Jim Jam honors departed music lovers, Mountain Country Idol’s finals are this weekend in Redmond, and a renowned jazz duo will perform on Sunday morning at Cascade School of Music.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Portland indie-pop combo The Ascetic Junkies are back in town, Saturday at Silver Moon. I spoke with founding members Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta about their band’s past, present and future, plus something called “Junkies Cologne.” Here’s an excerpt:

So the couple landed in Portland and found one band mate on Craigslist and another busking on Hawthorne Avenue. Over the past year, they’ve played in Bend several times, as well as Seattle, Eugene, and, of course, all over their home town. In anticipation of their second album, which they’re recording now, they also recently signed on with the Timber Carnival Records, home to like-minded, Northwest-based bands like The Dimes, Derby and Hello Morning.

In other words, things are going well for Harmon and Giaritta. Which is nice, because that move to Portland was motivated not just by hiking and other good bands.

“The reason we moved here was to see what we could do and to see how far we could take this,” Harmon said. “So as far as we can go, that’s what we’re in it for. We’ve learned not to set deadline expectations, because sometimes things really surprise you, and then other times it takes a lot longer to sort of get to a level that you’re looking for. But we’ve been really pleasantly surprised and excited about how quickly we’ve been able to progress here.”

This is a great band, and you should go see them. And you should read the whole article by clicking here. And you should check out this blog post for a free download and a chance at getting on the guest list! You’re going to be busy, so get going.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Jerry Joseph brings his Jackmormons back to town, the a cappella group Sonos plays a Mother’s Day show, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas are at the Tower Theatre, Inimica and Thorns of Creation lead a bill of local metal, McMenamins Old St. Francis School hosts Casey Neill & the Norway Rats, and The Parental Advisory Tour brings Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly, Psychostick and more to Bend. Plus, an update on Last Band Standing, and there’s always more in our complete music listings.