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Get a free Merle Haggard ticket for dad

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

I’m sure all Frequency readers also faithfully read The Bulletin every day, so you probably all saw this in Saturday’s paper. But just in case, here’s a sweet deal for tonight’s Merle Haggard show that makes me wish my dad lived fewer than 2,300 miles away:

Is your dad a fan of country music?

Even if he isn’t, here’s a pretty cool gift to give him for Father’s Day: a sunny Sunday evening, lounging on the lawn at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater and listening to country legend Merle Haggard, for free.

To celebrate Father’s Day, the amphitheater is offering one free general admission ticket for your dad when you buy one. All you have to do is head down to The Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District, bring your dad with you and buy at least one ticket, and you’ll receive one more on the house.

The deal will also be available at the venue box office before the show, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the box office opens at 4 p.m. General admission tickets cost $36 in advance and $38 the day of the show, plus additional fees.

It’s not absolutely necessary for dad to be with you if you purchase in advance from The Ticket Mill (simply tell the clerk you’re there for the Father’s Day special), but he must be with you if you buy at the box office before the show.

Les Schwab Amphitheater is located at 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive in Bend.

Contact: 541-318-5457 or

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Lots of twang in the section this week!

Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three will bring their throwback take on Americana music to the Domino Room next week to help KPOV celebrate its fifth birthday. I chatted with Pokey about how he became such an anachronism.

LaFarge’s work tramples old-time genre boundaries, bouncing around from folk to blues to swing to jazz, but always rooted in American tradition, and always rooted in what he calls the “purity” and “honesty” of acoustic music.

It’s a style that attracted LaFarge in his teens, which is when he figured out just how much he prefers the sound of America’s past over the sound of its present.

“When I realized that rock and pop and all this other kind of stuff sucked, right around the same time, I started listening to the blues … and I started digging my way back from there,” he said. “I started getting into bluegrass, which got me into old-time fiddle music, which in turn got me back into old country-blues and jazz and ragtime and Western swing and all that kind of stuff.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing here. And click here to study up on Frank Fairfield, who’s also on the bill.

With two genuine country rebels — Merle Haggard and Hank Williams III — in town, I rambled a bit about the genre’s long, proud history of outlaw behavior, and whether it’s been killed and buried for good by the modern music industry.

In the shadow of today’s airbrushed and Auto-Tuned Nashville, it can be easy to forget that country music has a long, proud tradition of outlaw behavior.

Modern country stars are as handled as politicians, every tooth polished and straight, every opinion run through focus groups, (almost) every song crafted by a team of professional tunesmiths.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

You can read the whole piece by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, I want to draw special attention to the big, locally focused ARTISpHERE happening tonight at Old Stone Church, and the Empty Space Orchestra / Finn Riggins / Hosannas show happening tonight at Rise Up Warehouse.

Beyond that, we also have the Conjugal Visitors kicking off the summer season at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, Betty and the Boy at portello winecafe, Stephanie Schneiderman back at McMenamins Old St. Francis School and The Voodoo Fix at Silver Moon. As usual, there are lots of other options in The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

Win two tickets EACH to Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Steve Miller Band

Monday, March 15th, 2010



If you’d like to buy tickets to see Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or the Steve Miller Band at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, you certainly can. Click here for all the details.

But if you’d like to win two free general admission tickets to each of those three shows, read on.

Wait, what? Two free tickets? To three different shows featuring country legends Willie and Merle and classic-rock-radio staple Steve Miller?

Indeed, thanks to the generous folks at Monqui Presents, Frequency is giving away six tickets total, including two each to each of those shows. If you were to buy them in advance, they’d cost you upwards of $250.

Here’s how it’s going to work: If you want the six tickets, just leave a comment on this blog post explaining why you deserve to win them. Be funny, be creative, tug on my heartstrings — whatever. Just be sure to leave a real e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

The deadline to enter is Friday at noon. Shortly thereafter, the Frequency Contest Operating Committee will pick a winner. (That committee is not real, but I figure if I keep mentioning it, someone other than me will show up at the meetings, held each Thursday morning at the D&D.)

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller tickets on sale today

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Tickets for three shows in Les Schwab Amphitheater’s Bend Summer Concerts series will go on sale today at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, including 866-866-4502,, and The Ticket Mill (541-318-5457) in the Old Mill District in Bend. Here are the details for each show. Prices are subject to additional service charges.

Friday, Sept. 17: Willie Nelson and Family
6 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$46 general admission, $79 reserved in advance
$48 general admission, $83 reserved on day of show

Friday, July 16: Steve Miller Band
6:30 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$39 general admission, $75 reserved in advance
$43 general admission, $78 reserved on day of show

Sunday, June 20: Merle Haggard & The Strangers
6:30 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$36 general admission, $59 reserved in advance
$38 general admission, $63 reserved on day of show
Note: There are a limited number of opportunities to buy two general admission ticket for $50 at

For more information, visit or, or call 541-312-8510.

And the first confirmed Les Schwab Amphitheater concert for 2010 is …

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

… country legend Merle Haggard!

Leading tour-date Web site Pollstar has The Hag down for a June 20, 2010 appearance at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, and a spokesman for Monqui Presents, the company that books the venue, confirmed the date.

That’s a nice little ray of summer sunshine peeking through a cold December day, isn’t it?

When asked who else is on the 2010 Bend Summer Concerts schedule, the Monqui spokesman simply said the company is “working hard” on booking next season.

Fair enough. But that doesn’t mean we can’t wish and hope and speculate. Frequency readers: Who would you like to see play the amphitheater next summer? Leave your suggestions in the comments, and I’ll make sure they get to Monqui!