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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 19th, 2010

First things first:

Tonight, there are a whole bunch of ways to help the people of Haiti in downtown Bend. The centerpiece is a concert at the Tower Theatre featuring David Jacobs-Strain, Rootdown, Reed Thomas Lawrence and Eric Tollefson. There’s also a pre-party before the show at the Astro Lounge, and an afterparty happening at the Liberty Theater. Get all the details by clicking here.

The Portland Cello Project will bring its blend of classical music and pop-culture know-how to McMenamins Old St. Francis School next week. I chatted with PCP founder Douglas Jenkins about the group’s repertoire, which features … well, just read on:

“If (audiences) leave with … a lot of confusion, I’m fine with (that),” Jenkins said. “Like, ‘Why did Arvo Pärt come after Britney?’”

Pärt is a contemporary, minimalist classical composer from Estonia. And, yes, “Britney” is Britney Spears, the pop tart-turned-tabloid star whose Grammy-winning 2004 hit “Toxic” is the most-requested song in PCP’s repertoire.

It’s that mishmash of a repertoire, combined with PCP’s classically-trained chops, that has made the group an unlikely breakout star on Portland’s overflowing music scene. According to www.portlandcelloproject.com, PCP’s material includes everything from Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Outkast to Bach, Beethoven and Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla.

In between, there’s Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin, Pantera and Pink Floyd, ABBA and A-ha, plus Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, theme songs from films (“Star Wars”), television shows (“Star Trek”) and video games (“Super Mario Bros.”), Portland-based indie faves like The Builders and The Butchers, Weinland and Laura Gibson, and original tunes, too.

Intrigued? You should be. And you should read the whole thing here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Mark Schultz and Point of Grace, The Irish Rovers, Little Fish, Audiolized, The Autonomics, and a busy week at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, including Nettle Honey, John Cruz and a “Herstory” open mic to benefit the Human Dignity Coalition. And you’ll always find lots more in our complete music listings.

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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