Posts Tagged ‘KPOV’

Bela Fleck returns to Bend; KPOV seeks sponsors

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

One of the world’s best and best-known banjo players, Bela Fleck, will return (with his Flecktones) to Bend Dec. 8 to play a holiday concert at Mountain View High School.

The show will benefit Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, which is looking for individuals and organizations in the community to sponsor the event. If you’re interested in more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact or 541-322-0863.

Fleck and the Flecktones are masters of modern improvisation, fusing bluegrass, jazz and other styles into their singular sound. In Bend, they’ll have the Tuvan throat-singing group Alash open the show.

Premium tickets for the 7 p.m. show will cost $40 in advance for KPOV members, $42 in advance for non-members, and $47 at the door. Value tickets are $33 for members, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door. Tickets will be available through KPOV, but not for a while, so chill out, banjo nuts.

New musical crush: Frank Fairfield

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

A week from tonight, Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, will hold its fifth birthday party at the Domino Room in Bend. Local Americana quintet Moon Mountain Ramblers will open the show, and the headliner will be old-time revivalist Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three, about whom I’ll have a full feature story in Friday’s GO! Magazine.

But in the past few days, it’s the night’s middle act — Frank Fairfield — who has captured my attention and refused to let go. I can’t even begin to describe Fairfield, perhaps other than to say he’s a mesmerizing banjo player and fiddler, and he seriously appears to have been transported to 2010 from the early 20th century, both in terms of sound and sartorial style. KEXP’s Greg Vandy called Fairfield “straight from the pages of the ‘Anthology of American Folk Music’” and the L.A. Record came up with this good line: “His pocket watch is set to about 100 years back in time.” (Frank’s response: “A hundred years ain’t nothing.”) LA Weekly has an excellent profile of him right here.

To say I’m intrigued is a massive understatement. You should take four minutes out of your busy day and watch this. You will be glad you did:

Look for details on the KPOV bash on Friday in GO! Magazine or on Frequency. Or at the station’s website.

I’m on KPOV’s “Right Here, Right Now” in an hour

Friday, April 16th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I participated in a panel discussion about culture in Central Oregon for “Right Here, Right Now,” a program on Bend’s community radio station, KPOV.

Also on the panel were Maralyn Thoma, owner of 2nd Street Theater, Linda Spring, who’s active in the local alternative arts scene, and Bob Woodward, who’s been involved in Bend’s creative culture for more than three decades.

That discussion was recorded and will air at 5 p.m. (or shortly thereafter) today on KPOV, which is 106.7 FM on your radio dial. You can also stream it at That’s about 45 minutes away; sorry for the late notice.

It was a good, fun discussion, and I hope you’ll give it a listen.

“Playing For Change” screenings Thursday to benefit KPOV radio

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Here’s something a little different to do on a Thursday night: The film “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” will be shown twice tomorrow night at the Domino Room in Bend. Proceeds will benefit Bend’s community radio station, KPOV.

Screenings are at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., with doors opening 30 minutes before each showing. Tickets at the door are $6, and $5 for KPOV members. Children are welcome. Concessions, including beer and wine, will be sold. The Domino Room is at 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave. in Bend.

“Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” is an 84-minute documentary that takes viewers around the world as musicians merge their music into an inspirational tapestry by performing songs such as “Stand By Me,” “One Love” and “War/No More Trouble.” The idea is to gather musicians, singers and audiences to bring peace to the world through music. The film, which was produced over several years with a mobile recording studio and cameras, was the Audience Award winner at the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival and an official selection at 2008’s Tribeca Film Festival and Jerusalem Film Festival.

More info is at Playing For Change’s Web site, and more info on the local screening is at KPOV’s Web site. Below is a taste of what the film’s all about, and you should go poke around the group’s YouTube channel. It’s a treasure trove.

June 12 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Hello? Oh … hi there! Hi. I’m Ben, and I run a blog about music. It might’ve been hard to tell over the past couple days; it’s been pretty quiet around here. Sorry about that. I’ve been very busy avoiding giant descending set pieces and putting out GO! Magazine. Speaking of which, today’s issue contains … that’s right … articles about music! You know, maybe to make up for the lack of posts over the past couple days, I should tell you about them, eh?

-Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, is celebrating its fourth birthday by gathering a bunch of local musicians and holding a Beatles Singalong. Click here to read all about it and check out our “Abbey Road” album cover re-creation with some of the organizers.

-Hailstorms? What hailstorms? Summer is just around the corner, and summer music series are cranking up. Get all the details on the Summer Sunday concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater, a whole bunch of shows at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, the new Music in the Canyon series in Redmond, and weekend music at Elk Lake Resort. Now that’s covering all of Central Oregon.

-Portland band Weinland played at McMenamins Old St. Francis School last weekend. You can read my review here and watch three videos of them here. They turned out nicely!

-Larry and His Flask is heading out on tour and playing a send-off show before they leave. Find out where and when and who else is on the bill here.

-The Summit Saloon & Stage has a very busy week planned, with Dirty Penny, Indubious and National Theatre Project slated to play. Details here.

More music to check out: Rapper Freddie Gibbs at the Domino Room, The Erins and their friends Ugly Purple Sweater team up for a show, and Mirf the Bing headlines a benefit concert.

If you’re a subscriber to The Bulletin’s Web site, you’ll be able to see all those. If you’re not, you won’t, and you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up the print version of the paper.