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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Brian Hinderberger pays tribute to his sister!

Madhappy Lounge throws an all-day show to raise money for and awareness of its mission!

Bobby Bare Jr. brings his awesome songs and impressive lineage to McMenamins!

And my Feedback column focuses on last weekend’s Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater. I thought both headliners were good, but one was more enjoyable than the other. Click here to find out which one and why.

Elsewhere in the music section, we detail the five shows this week at Silver Moon Brewing (including Moon Mountain Ramblers, Tyrone Wells and Gun Runner) and tell you what you need to know about tonight’s Brothers Young / Hurtbird show, Saturday’s songwriters’ circle at PoetHouse Art, and Monday’s jazz concert and auditions. Oh, and we’ll update you on Last Band Standing.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Each week, before I plan out the music section in GO! Magazine, I sit down at the computer, scour every potential source of concerts I can think of, and make a big list of what’s happening in a given week. Some weeks, there’s an obvious headliner worth writing about. Other weeks, it’s a bit more puzzling figuring out who to feature.

And some weeks, a pattern emerges. That’s what happened for today’s music section, where we have short features on a whole bunch of bands (and/or shows) that fall under the giant, ill-defined umbrella of “roots rock.”

We have bluesy bands (Los Lonely Boys, Hillstomp) and more straightforward rockers (Leon Russell, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band) and we have bands that love to jam (Great American Taxi, Moonalice). You can read about all of those by clicking here.

We also have some real twangy acts (Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, The Pines and the West Wind Ranch Americana Music Festival), and we even branch into the funk and reggae worlds with Orgone and Mystic Roots. Read about those right here.

Elsewhere in the music section, there’s a concert by former “American Idol” Phil Stacey, a big local showcase featuring Eric Tollefson, Reed Thomas Lawrence and Erin Cole-Baker, and the grand re-opening of the MadHappy Lounge. And, as always, there are lots more options in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

(Roots photo by Aaron Escobar.)

Bendistillery Martini Bar is now Madhappy Lounge, relaunches tonight

Friday, June 25th, 2010

If you’re friends with longtime Bendistillery Martini Bar manager Reggie Martinez (online or in the real world), you know he’s been talking about this for a while, but now, it’s official: Martinez has purchased the bar — located in the breezeway downtown — from Bendistillery and renamed it the Madhappy Lounge.

I talked to Martinez today and he said he officially took ownership of the bar on Monday. He spent this week scrambling to make a few cosmetic changes in preparation of reopening tonight for a weekend full of — what else? — electronic music and hip-hop. Tonight will see Sonicbloom roll through, and Notes from Underground will play the lounge on Saturday. Both shows will begin around 9 p.m.

Martinez, who’s originally from San Diego, moved to Bend in 2003 with dreams of opening a arts/party venue like those he’d seen in bigger cities. In mid-2007, he began DJing at the martini bar, and before long, he was bartending. Soon after, he became the spot’s manager and was given the OK to begin booking music. Since then, the bar has been one of Bend’s busier venues, with frequent performances by DJs and rappers, plus the occasional show by an acoustic, jazz or rock act.

All along, Bendistillery owner Jim Bendis was aware that his manager wanted to own the bar someday, and he wanted to move the company’s sampling room out to its property in Tumalo, Martinez said. Last fall, Martinez began making moves to buy the bar from Bendis, and about two months ago, the two started working in earnest to make the deal happen. After completing extensive paperwork from the OLCC and City of Bend on Monday, Martinez owned the bar free and clear, he said.

Besides giving Madhappy Lounge a good cleaning and “opening up the space,” Martinez will adjust the bar’s food and drink offerings a bit. First to go: the martini glasses. “They’re too costly and they take up too much room,” he said. “So it’s going to be more of a cocktail lounge.” He’s also going to expand the beer selection and provide more of a full bar, and he’ll and adjust the menu “a little.” (He will also continue to carry Bendistillery products and will maintain a close relationship with the company, he said.)

As far as the music offerings, Martinez will continue what he’s always done, though he wants to get back to booking more bands as opposed to just DJs and MCs. (For example, the Bend Jazz Collective will perform at the lounge on Wednesday night.) As of now, Martinez is aiming for an official grand reopening on July 23.

Getting a website up and running is on Martinez’s “to do” list, but until he gets there, you can keep up with his happenings on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.