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Baker’s Dozen: The 13 best concerts of 2010 in Central Oregon

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I’ve gone on and on about my favorite recordings of 2010, but live music is the backbone of any good scene. Here is a look back my 13 favorite shows of the past 12 months in chronological order, with excerpts from reviews already published in The Bulletin or on Frequency.

The White Buffalo, Jan. 26, Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom

(Jake) Smith’s talents are many, but his voice is obviously his most distinctive quality. It’s a show-stopper. A jaw-dropper. It’s canyon deep and sequoia strong, with a natural resonance that 99 percent of singers would kill to have.

The closest comparison I can come up with is Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, though when he’s at his best, Smith makes Vedder sound like Bobby Brady going through puberty.

He’s just that great of a singer.

Smith showcased that voice on barnburners like “The Madman” and “Carnage,” with their ultra-low notes, as well as meandering, pretty numbers such as “Sleepy Little Town” and “Where Dirt and Water Collide.” And he let it soar during two of his best songs, “Love Song #1” and “Damned.” The ascendant pre-chorus of the former and the roller-coaster verses of the latter were perfect examples of Smith’s skill for writing melodies that are both unconventional and memorable.


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Is the Tower Theatre ready for the indie-pop-punk of The Thermals? It’d better be; the Portland-based trio will play there Wednesday. My colleague Eleanor Pierce spoke with bassist Kathy Foster about the band’s new album, “Personal Life.” An excerpt:

“It’s about love and relationships,” (Foster) said about the album, “but it’s kind of not from this happy perspective.”

“It’s the darker side of relationships; the anger and the desperation and all these different things you can feel when you’re with someone and it’s going downhill,” she said.

You should click here and read the whole thing.

(Video from the Bend show by zenla13.)

I put on my long pants, fleece jacket and warm hat and went and saw John Mellencamp and Bob Dylan last weekend at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. Oh wait … no I didn’t. I wore shorts and flip-flops and froze. Anyway, Mellencamp was great, and here’s part of my review:

Mellencamp the performer can still wow with his energy, an impressive feat for a man who’ll turn 59 this fall. He played with fervor, thanked his fans for their support, and executed an array of jumps, kicks and punches, looking like an amalgam of Bruce Springsteen, Jack Nicholson and Jackie Chan. As he closed with a spirited version of “Authority Song,” he looked like he was genuinely having fun, and I couldn’t help but be drawn in.

Dylan, on the other hand, wasn’t great. Click here to read the whole thing and find out why.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: TJ Grant (aka If Bears Were Bees) plays several places around town, Rise Up holds a fashion show and concert with The Dirty Words, Yenn and Capture the Flag, and Curtis Salgado closes Black Butte Ranch’s summer series, plus The Physical Hearts at Silver Moon and Fruition at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

Photos: John Mellencamp at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

(Sorry, I’ve been meaning to post this all week, but ran into technical issues, and then got lazy.)

Big crowd at Les Schwab Amphitheater last weekend for the big John Mellencamp / Bob Dylan double-bill. I was really impressed by Mellencamp’s set, and equally unimpressed by Dylan’s. You can read my full review of the show in today’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin.

Bulletin photographer Andy Tullis was on hand to snap a few shots of Mellencamp; check ’em out below. Dylan wouldn’t allow us to take photos.


Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp playing in Bend in August

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Just announced by the Old Mill District: Bob Dylan — one of the greatest songwriters ever — and John Mellencamp — don’t call him “Cougar” — will perform at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend on Aug. 27.

Advance tickets go on sale July 10 through Ticketmaster, at a cost of $48.50 for general admission and $79.50 for reserved seating. Those numbers do not include Ticketmaster’s fees. (Helpful hint: Use cash to buy one of the first 300 tickets at The Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District, and you’ll pay less in fees.)