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Tonight: The White Buffalo, Joe Firstman at Silver Moon

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Tonight’s offering at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend is exceptionally strong, as singer-songwriters The White Buffalo and Joe Firstman share the bill.

We already spilled quite a bit of ink on Firstman in GO! Magazine, so let’s get right to the good stuff. Here’s an MP3 from his new album, “El Porto,” that you can download for free:

Download Joe Firstman, “The One Who Makes You Happy”

If I’d had more space in the paper, though, I would’ve done much more on singer-songwriter The White Buffalo, a giant of a man who looks like Paul Bunyan meets Outlaw country and sings in a voice that’s as deep and passionate as any you’ll hear. He often sounds like a rootsier version of Eddie Vedder, and his songs are gems if you dig folk music that has not a hint of folksy wimpy-ness. In fact, they’re awesomely solid. To wit:

There are a couple other songs streaming at Buffalo’s Web site. You should go listen to them, and then go check him and Joe Firstman out tonight at 8 p.m. Cover is only $7, which is a steal for this show.

January 22 in GO! Magazine

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Y’know, the local music scene gets a bad rap in winter, even from me. But considering that it’s late January, we’ve got a terrific selection of live-music options in town this week. There’s no enormous name, but lots of solid mid-sized acts coming through. Here’s a rundown:

-I stink at math, but even I know that five out of the eight Living Legends is a significant chunk of the venerable hip-hop crew. The bill for this show — Thursday at Midtown Ballroom — is crazy; not only are five Legends scheduled to perform, but so is about half the local hip-hop scene. Should be quite a spectacle.

-Portland folk-pop band The Ascetic Junkies have a new EP out, and you can get it here — name your price. The band is also at Silver Moon Brewing tonight.

-The new album from former “Last Call with Carson Daly” bandleader Joe Firstman comes out next week. It’s called “El Porto,” and it’s kind of a reboot for him after his considerable success in Hollywood. Read why here. (Note: He’s playing the Silver Moon with folk singer The White Buffalo, who’s worth an article himself. Maybe next time.)

-Central Oregon’s ska uprising continues this weekend with two shows by Florida’s The Supervillains.

-This article will give you a brief update on the Jazz at Joe’s concert series, plus some details about this month’s artist, The I-5 Express. However, if you don’t already have a ticket, you’re out of luck, because it’s sold out.

-Also in the section this week: Hawaiian singer-songwriter John Cruz at Silver Moon; local heavies Warm Gadget and Tentareign at Mountain’s Edge; Colorado bluegrassers Head for the Hills at McMenamins; Oregon acid-jazz-hop band Eleven Eyes at Silver Moon; local singer-songwriters Dan Shanahan at WineStyles in Bend and Anastacia Beth Scott at Three Creeks Brewing Co. in Sisters, and last, but not least, the Bend Jazz Trio Saturday night at The Decoy Bar.

Oh, and a review of The Redwood Plan’s show last weekend at Players Bar & Grill.

Whew. Now that’s covering Central Oregon’s music scene!

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