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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Busy week! Click the links to read:

– My colleague David Jasper talks to Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg about his return to the road ahead of the punk band’s show Sunday at Midtown Ballroom.

– Bend’s concert scene has been full of funk lately. I wrote a little about two upcoming shows: Monophonics and The Quick & Easy Boys Saturday at Liquid Lounge and Orgone Thursday at The Annex.

– Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan is coming to town Wednesday, and I unpack his enduring popularity.

Elsewhere in the music section: the Mel Brown Septet plays Jazz at the Oxford, J-Ras and Marko bring reggae to the Astro Lounge, Joe Craven will visit HarmonyHouse, Trigger Itch headlines a punk bill at Big T’s, Jennifer Batten will shred The Sound Garden and The Horned Hand has a busy and high-quality week planned, with Terrible Buttons tonight, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank Saturday and The Preservation Wednesday.

[Photos] Jeremy Pelt at the Oxford Hotel

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I went and saw New York City jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt perform Saturday evening at the Oxford Hotel in Bend, and will have a full review of the show — part of the Jazz at the Oxford series — in Friday’s GO! Magazine.

In the meantime, enjoy these excellent photos of the night, taken by The Bulletin’s Joe Kline. I think they really capture what it was like in that room!

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Whoops! I forgot to do this yesterday. Sorry, folks.

Here’s what’s in the music section of this week’s GO! Magazine:

–Atlanta-based orchestral pop band Little Tybee will play twice in town next week, once at Common Table and once at The Horned Hand.

–I went and saw jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson at The Oxford Hotel and it was great. Here’s my review.

The Ascetic Junkies headline a bill full of cool, Portland-based acts tonight at the Tower Theatre, including the first local performance in a while by Sara Jackson-Holman, who grew up here.

Also: Marv and Rindy Ross at The Sound Garden, Head for the Hills at Players Bar, Rita Hosking at the HarmonyHouse, Ray Lawrence Jr. at The Horned Hand, a death metal show (that happened last night) at The Annex, a busy weekend for Finn Miles, a do-over homecoming show for Third Seven and Last Band Standing is now accepting applications for its 2012 competition. Find it all here.

[Photos] Bobby Watson at The Oxford Hotel

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Last weekend, I saw jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson perform with a backing band of Portlanders (including drummer Mel Brown) at The Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend. Watson’s visit was the next-to-last installment of the hotel’s 2012 Jazz at the Oxford series. (The Michael Allen Harrison Superband will wrap the series in April. Details here.)

Anyway, the show was sublime and I’ll have a full review in Friday’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin. In the meantime, check out some fine photos of the night taken by Bulletin photographer Ryan Brennecke.

Bobby Watson, left, and trumpet player Derek Sims

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Because of those social media sharing buttons to the right of this text, I always try to think of something to write up here to push the video down the page a bit. It just looks a lot better than trying to shrink or move the video to work within the layout.

But sometimes, I can’t think of anything to write. And this is one of those times. OK, let’s move on!

The veteran Chicago bluegrass band Special Consensus will play in Bend tonight to benefit the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival. My colleague David Jasper spoke with founding member Greg Cahill about how he first got into bluegrass music.

Cahill learned to read music by first playing the accordion, then strumming some guitar, but “the allure of the banjo” called to him, he said. At that time, he was still predominantly into folk, which was big in the hometown of John Prine.

That changed in 1969, when he was stationed at a Georgia army base.

“I was in a folk trio, and one Saturday afternoon a guy came in and said, ‘You gotta hear this.’ It was Flat and Scruggs’ ‘Foggy Mountain Banjo’ album,” Cahill said. “That did it.”

You should click here and read the whole thing! Then get on over to The Sound Garden tonight and help out High & Dry.

In Feedback, I offer up a list of good goals for the Central Oregon music scene in 2012. Here’s a sneak peek at one of ‘em:

Fewer hassles. It seemed like every few months last year a venue or event ran into problems with outside forces, whether it was noise complaints by a tiny minority or governmental nitpicking about the capacity of a mom-and-pop business.

I understand that it’s the responsibility of concert promoters and event organizers to ensure safety and respect the neighbors. But I also live here, and I want Bend to be a fun, vibrant town with a diversity of cultural offerings for people of all stripes.

If that means putting up with the sound of music floating through the warm summer air a dozen times a year … well, there are a lot worse things to worry about, right?

There are about 10 items on my list. I hope you’ll go read the rest of them right here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Archeology visits McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Anthony B and Dick Dale return to town (separately), The Pimps of Joytime look to funk up Player’s, Mel Brown’s B3 Organ Band plays the Jazz at the Oxford series, Phillip Roebuck and Mike Brown stop at The Horned Hand tonight, and much, much more!