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The Big Dig: Pakit Liquidators transforms, hosts 2013 Bend Roots Revival

Monday, September 30th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

It was close, but they made it. On Friday morning, after making one final inspection of the grounds, City of Bend officials signed off on a temporary certificate of occupancy for Pakit Liquidators, clearing the way for the 2013 Bend Roots Revival — about nine hours before the first band was scheduled to perform.

Now, it’s Monday, and this year’s Revival is over. Everyone I talked to loved the space, though Mother Nature certainly did the festival’s organizers and performers no favors. Friday night was cold, Saturday was windy and Sunday was absolutely soaked with rain. A few sets were canceled; many were moved from outside to indoor stages. Everyone seemed content to adjust as necessary for the good of the event.

I’ve got lots more specific thoughts (as well as photos and videos) which I’ll post over the next three days. In the meantime, check out the final installment of our “The Big Dig” video series, which shows very clearly the difference between Pakit in July and Pakit now, and includes lots of footage of this weekend’s revelry. All shot by The Bulletin’s Leilani Rapaport. Enjoy.

The Big Dig: Bend Roots Revival approaches crunch time

Friday, September 13th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

Time flies when you’re cleaning up junk for the sake of art. It has been a month since we checked in with the folks who are working to get Pakit Liquidators ready to host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival, which is scheduled to begin in two weeks. In that time, Roots organizers have submitted their plans to the City of Bend, and a work party was held to try to take a big chunk out of the remaining workload at Pakit.

The Bulletin’s multimedia guru, Leilani Rapaport, visited both City Hall and the work party to get a sense for what the Roots Revival needs to get done over the next couple of weeks. Here’s her report:

The Big Dig: Bend Roots Revival, past and present

Friday, August 9th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

In the first installment of The Big Dig, we heard briefly from two men with apparently superhuman vision, standing among huge piles of junk stuff and talking about stages and live music and food vendors and drinks and fire marshals and building capacity. It was clear they want to throw a party in this messy space … somehow.

Now, it’s time to meet those guys and hear their plans. But before we can do that, we need to learn a little bit more about how they got to this point and this place.

The Big Dig: Pakit Liquidators begins massive cleanup in prep for Bend Roots Revival

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

When we last checked in with the folks behind the Bend Roots Revival, they were looking to bounce back from last year’s last-minute cancellation by moving the popular celebration of local music and art to Pakit Liquidators, the charming but cluttered (to put it mildly), vast home improvement resale yard at Ninth Street and Wilson Avenue in Bend.

Well, the work to clean up Pakit for the Roots Revival has begun, and will continue, presumably, until the festival, scheduled for Sept. 27-29. And The Bulletin is going to follow along. Below, find the first installment of our video series following the efforts to turn a quasi-junkyard into a concert venue, and be sure to check back here over the next several weeks as we add more videos to the series.

Oh, and if you’re not not familiar with the history of the Bend Roots Revival festival, you can find all our past coverage by clicking here. Or, click below to go straight to a specific year.

2013: Bend Roots Revival eyes new home at Pakit Liquidators
“Organizers of the Bend Roots Revival, a popular three-day celebration of local music and art, are planning to stage the 2013 version of the festival at Pakit Liquidators, a construction material resale shop at the corner of Southeast Ninth Street and Southeast Armour Boulevard in Bend.”

2012: Bend Roots Revival officially canceled
“Nine days after first announcing that the 2012 Bend Roots Revival was canceled (but then passing around a petition and hoping to work things out with their venue, the Century Center), organizers of the weekend-long celebration of local music and culture made it official last week: No Roots fest this year.”

2011: Bend Roots Revival’s final year at Century Center
“Over the past six years, the Bend Roots Revival has grown from a small gathering of local artists jamming in and around Parrilla Grill and The Victorian Cafe to one of Central Oregon’s biggest and best music events and a vital celebration of local arts that takes over the Century Center for an entire weekend.”

2010: Bend Roots Revival moves to Century Center
“Bend Roots Revival ’09 was the event’s last year as an under-discovered gem, finding itself, learning to walk. In 2010, with a new home, better organization and artists onstage who’d achieved a higher profile, Bend Roots hit the ground running, ready to race into a bright future.”

2009: Bend Roots Revival’s final year at 14th Street and Galveston Avenue
“Suddenly, it seems, the Bend Roots Revival is one of the biggest and best parties in Bend.”

2008: Bend Roots Revival takes off
“On Friday night, I stood in the middle of Galveston Avenue in Bend, music blaring at me from the north and the south, and thought to myself, ‘Something is happening here.’”

Bend Roots Revival eyes new home at Pakit Liquidators

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

From left, Hobbs Magaret and Mark Ransom perform at Church of Neil last year at Pakit Liquidators.

From left, Hobbs Magaret and Mark Ransom perform at Church of Neil last year at Pakit Liquidators.

Organizers of the Bend Roots Revival, a popular three-day celebration of local music and art, are planning to stage the 2013 version of the festival at Pakit Liquidators, a construction material resale shop at the corner of Southeast Ninth Street and Southeast Armour Boulevard in Bend.

Earlier this week, Roots founder Mark Ransom and his partner, Jesse Roberts of the humanitarian nonprofit Rise Up International, said they had not yet applied for the necessary permits to hold the event at Pakit, but that Matt Korish, who owns the place, is on board with hosting Roots.

Ransom said Pakit — known for its massive and labyrinthian piles of, um … stuff — has an atmosphere that fits nicely with the spirit of the Revival. That became clear during last year’s Church of Neil concert, an annual, underground celebration of the music of Neil Young.

“We did Church of Neil there last year and everybody realized what an amazing space it was,” he said. “Matt had already been thinking about renovating the space, clearing it out and being able … to make use of the buildings.”

Roberts attended Church of Neil, too, and said the same thing.

“It had this very artful vibe, almost like a barn party kind of thing. Half of it was kind of cleared out, there were bonfires going outside,” he said. “And we were like, ‘Man, imagine this. This kinda has the spirit of Roots.’”

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 29th, 2013

My goodness, how ’bout that weather, folks? Get out and about and maybe duck into a spot to hear some live music, OK?

– If you’re one of the growing number of people getting into roots music thanks to Avetts and Mumfords and Lumineers and the like, you should check out The Brothers Comatose Sunday night at The Belfry in Sisters. My colleague David Jasper talked to one of the brothers about coffee, their beloved van, and how they got their start.

– Over at The Horned Hand in Bend, they’ve not only got music planned for two nights this weekend, but also Tuesday (open mic with Ash Reiter and Dan Paggi), Wednesday (Miss Lonely Hearts and Boxcar Stringband) and Thursday (Three Times Bad and The Rum & The Sea) next week. I detailed all those midweek options right here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Lafa Taylor brings bounce-hop to Liquid Lounge, Toxic Zombie invades Redmond, Ian McFeron makes a stop at The Sound Garden, Bend’s Across the Great Divide pays tribute to The Band and Mark Ransom’s birthday party doubles as a benefit for Ukes for Youth at The Belfry, with four good local bands on tap.

Bend Roots Revival officially canceled

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Nine days after first announcing that the 2012 Bend Roots Revival was canceled (but then passing around a petition and hoping to work things out with their venue, the Century Center), organizers of the weekend-long celebration of local music and culture made it official last week: No Roots fest this year.

So, if you’re reading this, chances are good you now need something to do Sept. 27-30.

Want to catch up on the debacle story? Here are some handy links:

Bend Roots’ statement on Aug. 27 canceling the festival because of what it described as land-use disputes between the Century Center and the nearby bullet manufacturer Nosler.

Nosler’s statement on Aug. 28 saying it had no knowledge of the cancellation before it happened. (Just for fun: Here’s my rant in last week’s paper about the folks who went and yelled at Nosler before they knew all the facts.)

An hour later, Rise Up Presents, one of the groups that organizes Bend Roots, posted this statement saying it had contacted Nosler, found support for the event and that its next step was to appeal to Century Center to reconsider hosting the Roots Revival.

All along, this petition asking the city of Bend to allow events (and thus Bend Roots) to continue at Century Center was flying around.

–On Aug. 29, my colleague at The Bulletin, Hillary Borrud, published a good story on the subject that includes all sides and all the info — at least, all the info that the people involved would talk about.

–Finally, the final word.

Roots Revival organizers have already said they plan to bring the event back in 2013. Meanwhile, if you’re a musician based in Central Oregon and you have a local gig booked for Sept. 28-30, please be sure to leave a comment on this blog post with the details (venue, time, cost, lineup). I’ll be sure to get it listed in The Bulletin.

Tonight: Mark Ransom & The Mostest album release (with a song to sample)

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

For the second night in a row, McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend) is hosting an album-release show by a popular local band. Tonight, it’s folk-jam collective Mark Ransom & The Mostest celebrating their new record, “Zara Dreams,” a handsome and pristine sounding document of what makes Ransom so popular not only in Bend, but the other mountain/ski towns he tours through a couple times each year.

The show will get going around 7 p.m. and it’s free. Expect all kinds of local musicians to show up and sit in on the sets.

In the meantime, here’s part of the story I wrote on the band and the album last week:

The Mostest. Photo by Tara Reynvaan.

The sonic origins of Mark Ransom & The Mostest’s new album are nestled at nearly 9,000 feet above sea level in Crested Butte, Colo.

That’s where Ransom and his longtime creative partner Pat Pearsall tested out a buddy’s new home theater system with a documentary on the making of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album.

They watched Simon travel to South Africa, record jam sessions with African musicians and then come back home and write songs over those rhythms.

And they were inspired.

The fruits of that inspiration bloom on the third Mostest album, “Zara Dreams,” a beautifully packaged set of Ransom’s breezy, rootsy folk-pop played by a skilled band that’s been tightening up together for years.

Tightening up, yes, but the key sounds on “Zara Dreams” are the loping grooves the band uncovered by recording in a way that, I think, is sort of the reverse of the typical process. They built a base for the songs by recording hand percussion, acoustic guitar, bass and keys, and then added the drum kit later, giving the whole thing a slightly looser, less rigid, more polyrhythmic feel.

Anyway, here’s a way to hear it for yourself. “The Gift” is the second song on the album, and it’s full of little local references that, if you live around here, will probably put a grin on your face. And that’ll make Mark Ransom happy, I guarantee it.

Mark Ransom & The Mostest, “The Gift”

Mark Ransom & The Mostest album release; 7 tonight; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com.

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!

2011 Bend Roots Revival: Day 3

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

(Find all our coverage of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival, including a preview of the event and recaps of all three days, by clicking here.)

As if it was determined to present a well-rounded microcosm of life in Bend, the Bend Roots Revival’s third day brought about much cooler temperatures and, with them, this town’s impressive collection of fuzzy, puffy, fleecy, downy jackets. I don’t know if it was the weather or some other factor, but the Sunday crowd at Roots seemed much smaller than I expected. Maybe I was seeing things wrong.

There was, however, a good-sized gathering around veteran folk singer Allan Byer on the Casey’s Corner stage when I showed up in the mid-afternoon. For 15 minutes, at least, Byer had one of the few spots on the schedule with no competing sets, which no doubt helped draw people in. But the guy also has been playing anywhere and everywhere in Central Oregon for years, and he has gathered a following, I’m sure. It’s easy to see why; Byer’s sound is soothing and tasteful, the perfect start to any Sunday afternoon full of music. I arrived just in time to capture one of his trademark Bruce Cockburn covers:

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