Posts Tagged ‘Larry and His Flask’

Les Schwab Amphitheater’s Backstage series begins Friday with Larry and His Flask’s album-release show

Monday, June 17th, 2013

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One of the bright spots in Les Schwab Amphitheater’s relatively light (though getting a bit beefier) schedule of big-ticket events so far this summer is the emergence of a new concert series called Backstage at LSA, put on by local arts promoter Rise Up Presents.

Backstage shows will happen — wait for it! — behind the amphitheater’s stage, near the white house and train cars used as hospitality facilities when big rock stars are in town. Tickets will be reasonably priced — $8.50 in advance, $10 at the gate — and the lineup looks pretty great so far:

June 21Larry and His Flask (album release), with Slaughter Daughters and Grit & Grizzle

July 6Y La Bamba, with Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and Silvero

July 13 — Reggae on the River, with Indubious and Taimani & The Minor Islands

Please note the words “album release” on that June 21 date. Yes, Central Oregon-based thrashgrass heroes Larry and His Flask are ready to unveil their new album “By the Lamplight,” which was recorded in Michigan earlier this year, before the group’s recent two-month European tour (part of which was spent opening for the huge-in-England folk-punk artist Frank Turner).

I’ll have some more thoughts on “By the Lamplight” in Friday’s GO! Magazine. In the meantime, here’s a fun video of the guys performing the first song on the new album, called “Pandemonum.” Enjoy.

Poster: Larry and His Flask and friends at Century Center

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This is almost certainly going to be a blast, folks. And the promoters are on Facebook right now saying it’s not sold out and they will have tickets at the door. FYI.

Kill time between now and the show by checking out Frequency’s big ol’ archive of posters and flyers!

Larry and His Flask’s new EP is out today. Also, they have a big ol’ banner now.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Local punkgrass heroes Larry and His Flask have a new six-song EP out today. It’s called “Hobo’s Lament” and it’s a mighty fine listen; the title track is one of the band’s best yet, I think, and there’s a version of their old setlist stalwart “My Name is Cancer” on there, too.

You can stream the whole thing at Alternative Press. And you can order the record through the Paper + Plastick label.

The Flask is currently on tour supporting the English folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner, who plays to good-sized crowds here and is a big star back in his home country. Here’s a photo of the band playing in Boston earlier this month. Check out that sweet banner they’ve apparently acquired!

(Photo taken from the LAHF Facebook.)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 24th, 2012

ZZ Top!

Tartufi?

Ink & Metal = tattoos, bikes and hard rock

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy‘s “brass ‘n’ grass”

(and Madeleine Peyroux)

PLUS: the Rum Rebellion, Sagebrush Rock Festival, The Autonomics, Cadence, Rare Monk, Necktie Killer, Jay Tablet’s b-day bash, Larry and His Flask, Third Seven, David Bowers’ return and more.

And finally in Feedback, I tackle the issue of people who want to sit at concerts, people who want to stand and dance, and the conflict between them. I clarify what I meant at the end of this column and talk to a few local venues and events (Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tower Theatre, Athletic Club of Bend, Sisters Folk Festival) to find out how they handle this situation.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Today’s cover story in GO! Magazine is on local heroes Larry and His Flask, their recent tour of Europe, their history of busking and the stress that comes along with being in hard-touring band, even if you’re in one of the most fun bands on Earth.

They’ve come a long way from their old-school punk-rock days, that’s for sure. Just for fun, I dug up this old story I did on the Flask in 2006. Give it a read … it’s an eye-opener.

But back to the present. Larry and His Flask returns to Redmond tonight for a free, all-ages show that may be your only chance to catch them live this summer (if you live in Central Oregon). I met up with the guys last week where we chatted about, well, all the stuff I mentioned above. Here’s an excerpt:

This is a band, after all, that decided at some point to just go and travel and play for people and win their ears and hearts with the pure power of their live show.

I'm so happy with how today's cover turned out.

And it worked. Thanks to that initial DIY effort, plus subsequent support tours, the Warped gig and gushing press, Larry and His Flask is now one of the buzz bands on the white-hot roots-music-with-punk-spirit scene.

Banjo player Andrew Carew couldn’t have guessed what the future held. He joined the fold when he was 19, after his band broke up and the Flask was in flux. When asked if he saw this kind of potential in these guys, he answered simply: “No.”

Then, after a perfectly timed pause: “Hell no!”

He was wrong, of course. Late last week, the six band members … reflected on their favorite parts of the European tour, which carried them through 10 countries: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A canal tour in Holland. A sunny drive across the snow-capped Alps.

Busking in Edinburgh, Scotland and Florence, Italy and London.

“Those were awesome,” Jesse Marshall said.

So were the shows, where crowds were bigger than expected and lots of folks actually sang along to the band’s songs.

This is a story of a band that did things the right way and now it’s paying off. I hope you’ll go read the whole thing.

Three other things worth noting in this week’s very crowded GO!:
– Local chamber-folk trio Hilst & Coffey will celebrate its new album Wednesday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.
– Local roots-jam band Mark Ransom & The Mostest will do the same thing the next night at the same place.
– The popular free concert series Munch & Music kicks off Thursday in Drake Park with the reggae band Live Wyya.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, September Stayed, American Me, Keak Da Sneak, City Faire, The Dirty Words, Ray Lawrence Jr., Johnny Outlaw & The Johnson Creek Stranglers, Bryan John Appleby, Lemolo, Abbey Road Live!, Taarka, Chiringa, Beth Wood, Chris Kokesh and more!

talking about local music on Clear 101.7 FM today, Thursday and Friday

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

I totally forgot to mention this Monday and Tuesday (I blame the peppermint bark haze I was living in at the time) but Dori Donoho — host of the excellent Homegrown music show on Clear 101.7 FM and all-around awesome supporter of local music — was nice enough to have me as a guest for her daily Homegrown Hits segment this week to talk about the year in music in Central Oregon.

On Monday and Tuesday, we played songs by Laura Curtis and Mike Potter, respectively, and chatted a bit about each of those artists. Today, we’ll feature Cadence. Tomorrow it’s Tuck and Roll, and Friday is Larry and His Flask. All of these artists and songs are available for free and legal download on The Bulletin’s Near/Far compilation of 2011′s best tunes.

Anyway, the segment airs around 10:30 a.m. (that’s soon for you Cadence fans!) but you should go ahead and tune in earlier and listen to Dori’s whole show, because it’s cool and she’s cool and you’re cool, too … right?

The 11 best concerts of 2011 in Central Oregon

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Four things:

1) I saw a lot of live music in 2011, and below you’ll find reviews, videos and photos of my 11 favorite concerts of the year, plus links to more on each.

2) You’ll note, perhaps, that these happened at 11 different venues in Central Oregon. I thought that was cool.

3) Why 11? Because I couldn’t bear to cut any of them to get it down to 10!

4) As long as you’re here, be sure to click over to our Near/Far page and check out the rest of our coverage of 2011′s best music, including free, legal downloads of the year’s best songs!

CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE
JAN. 9, OLD MILL MUSIC LOUNGE

FULL REVIEW

Champagne Champagne. Photo by Ben.


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Music this week in Central Oregon

Friday, December 9th, 2011

When you fill the first 13 page of GO! Magazine with a review of the year in music in Central Oregon, as we did today, you don’t leave much room to talk about all the music that’s happening in the area this week.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth talking about! Here’s a roundup of what’s happening … think of it as you regular music section in GO!, except you can’t start a fire with it after you’re done reading every word.

Floater, chillin' on a bench, pioneering a new genre: "bus-stop rock"

Floater returns for two nights

Oregon’s indestructible rock trio, Floater, has been through Bend so many times, there’s nothing else to say. I mean really. I have nothing to say.

Go read my April 2010 interview with frontman Rob Wynia here. Then click here and sample the band’s sound, a throwback blend of prog, grunge, metal and funk that’ll make you wonder where the past 15 years of your life went.

Floater (electric), with Jones Road; 8 tonight, doors open 7 p.m.; $15 advance, $18 at the door, ticket outlets here; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.randompresents.com.

Floater (acoustic); 9 p.m. Saturday, doors open 8 p.m.; $13 advance, $16 at the door, ticket outlets here; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.randompresents.com.

Briertone, Rural Demons at The Horned Hand

The solid, left-of-center roots music just keeps flowing through The Horned Hand in Bend. Saturday, the newish art space and music venue will host Briertone, a California band with DIY spirit and a gritty twang to their ominous “outlaw rock.”

Opening will be a likeminded Bend band, Rural Demons, whose Western gothic doom-country sound is making serious noise on the local music scene. You can hear the Demons’ excellent “Ghost Lights” album here.

Briertone, with Rural Demons; 9 p.m. Saturday; $5; The Horned Hand, 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend; www.facebook.com/thehornedhand.

Larry and His Flask, Necktie Killer play benefit show

Uh … Larry and His Flask and Necktie Killer at Players Bar? Yes, please. It’s gonna feel like 2007 in there.

Bonus: The show is a benefit for Johanna Olson, a friend of the bands who has undergone four surgeries on a brain tumor. Go, party, rock out. The cover is $5, but give more for Johanna.

Larry and his Flask, Necktie Killer: 8 p.m. Saturday; $5; Players Bar & Grill, 25 S.W. Century Drive, Bend; 541-389-2558.

Empty Space Orchestra residency continues

Local post-rock prodigies Empty Space Orchestra are making this a December to remember that doesn’t involve a Lexus in the driveway with a giant bow on top. The band is playing four of five Saturday nights at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom this month, with a different set and a different opening act each time.

This weekend’s opener is Water & Bodies, a fine Portland-based band that includes Beau Kuther, who grew up in Bend. In March, I described the quartet’s “Light Year” album as a “tight, glossy collection of songs that blend the hooks of 1980s New Wave with the heft of 1990s emo/alternative, plus a healthy portion of spectacle that flies in the face of so many shoegazing indie rockers.”

Empty Space Orchestra, with Water & Bodies: 9 p.m. Saturday; $5 plus fees advance here, $7 at the door; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.silvermoonbrewing.com.

Chicks With Picks benefits Saving Grace

I’m swiping this from the paper:

“These gals are playing for a good cause: Saving Grace, a Bend provider of services to survivors of domestic violence. Saturday’s “Chicks with Picks” show at the Astro Lounge will feature four female-fronted bands showcasing the skills of local musicians such as Stacie Johnson and Lilli Worona of Broken Down Guitars, Jamie Houghton of The Dream Symphony, Stephanie Slade of Death of a Hitman and Hannah Costa of Tentareign.”

Chicks With Picks: 7-11 p.m. Saturday; $5; The Astro Lounge, 939 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-388-0116.

Josh Gracin at Maverick’s

Swiping this too. Swipe-fest ’11!

“Josh Gracin finished fourth on the second season of “American Idol” and now he sings country music. On Thursday, he’ll play at Maverick’s Country Bar and Grill in Bend as he tours behind his new album ‘Redemption.’”

Josh Gracin: 9 p.m. Thursday; $25; Maverick’s Country Bar and Grill, 20565 Brinson Blvd., Bend; www.maverickscountrybar.com.

Portland Cello Project at McMenamins

All hail the Portland Cello Project, a collective of adventurous cellists who play not only beautiful classical music, but also super-fun, YouTube-friendly covers of indie rock and pop hits by folks like ABBA, Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

Helmed by Douglas Jenkins, PCP will return to Bend Wednesday to play a free show at McMenamins. Last time I saw the band there, the place was packed, so consider getting down there early and getting a seat. Maybe have some tater tots. You know … live a little.

Portland Cello Project: 7 p.m. Wednesday; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com.

Other highlights this week include Voodoo Highway at Silver Moon and Shade 13 at The Horned Hand tonight, the Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree Saturday in Sisters, reggae night with MC Mystic at The Astro Lounge on Wednesday, and Cadence at The Summit on Thursday. Find all the details and lots more in our online nightlife calendar.

[Photo / Video] Larry and His Flask, Tuck and Roll, The Confederats at The Horned Hand

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I was hoping to find room for this in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine, but we ran out of space. So to the blog it goes!

Helluva show Saturday night at The Horned Hand in Bend, featuring one of the best local punk bills I can remember in my five years here. Tuck and Roll kicked things off with some top-notch pop-punk, followed by a furious set from local old-school shredders The Confederats. Both bands have been scarce around town in recent years, so it was great to see them rip it up.

The Flask was awesome, as always, nailing all their originals and covering Thin Lizzy, Marvin Gaye and someone else I can’t remember (I think?). You can tell that playing scores of sets in all sorts of circumstances this summer on the Warped Tour really honed the band’s skills and tightened up their show. It’s still a wild time, but not quite the unnerving chaos it was, say, 18 months ago. It’s more of a controlled chaos these days.

Of course, on Saturday, a little bit of that control may have been because of the distance between the band and most of the crowd. Apparently — and this is based on one side of the story, but seems to be basically accurate — The Horned Hand received notice before the show that their legal capacity would be dropped from 200 to 49 thanks to some sort of structural issue cited by the city of Bend’s fire marshal. (More on that soon, I hope.) As a result, Hand owner Wesley Ladd, fearful of a fine for being over capacity, allowed 49 people inside the building and kept the other 100+ outside, where they crowded around an open bay door to watch the show. (The Flask played inside, in front of the stage, but walked out into the throng several times, which made me wonder if that meant others could come in under the one-in, one-out policy.)

It was a little awkward — the Hand can clearly hold a lot more than 49 people — but I thought overall it was a decent solution, and the best Ladd could do in a tough spot. But then, I was inside. I don’t know how the people outside felt; I did see mostly smiles and friendly interactions with the big dudes whose job it was to keep them out all night.

Photos and moving pictures! (Thanks to Adam Sears for the videos.)

LARRY AND HIS FLASK

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Tonight’s Larry and His Flask show moves earlier, outdoors

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Citing “capacity issues” (which, frankly, have existed since the second this show was booked; it’s not like venue got smaller in recent weeks) (OK, I’m retracting that statement because I was reminded that while venues generally don’t physically shrink, their legal capacity certainly can. More on this as soon as I can get it.), local punkgrass powerhouse Larry and His Flask announced last night via Facebook that their show tonight has been moved outdoors into the parking lot of The Horned Hand (507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend), and earlier in the evening. Here’s the message from LAHF:

Hey everybody, Slight change in the schedule for (the) 9/17/11 show at the Horned Hand in Bend, Oregon. Due to capacity issues the show is being moved to the parking lot where capacity will not be an problem. Doors will be at 6 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Larry And His Flask will be going on at 9 p.m. sharp. $6, 21+ There will be skate ramps so bring your deck! See ya’ll there!

Also on the bill: local punk legends The Confederats and one of my favorite bands in town, Tuck and Roll. So I’d encourage you to get there on time. It’s gonna be wild.