Posts Tagged ‘Michael Franti & Spearhead’

This is my favorite comment on KTVZ’s “no more free concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater” story

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Here is a comment on this story:


As a reminder, here is Michael Franti’s current single:

In case you somehow missed it: No access across the river for tonight’s Michael Franti concert

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

(I put the word “somehow” in the subject line because this has been covered everywhere and created lots of discussion, but maybe there’s a reader out there who’s been out of the loop.)

Beginning with tonight’s Michael Franti & Spearhead concert, the Old Mill District will not allow people to sit across the Deschutes River from Les Schwab Amphitheater and listen to the music for free.

I’d give you some of the reasons for the move, but since I wrote 1,200 words on the subject in Friday’s paper, I think a link will do: Read the article.

Hate clicking links? Well, here’s arguably the biggest reason among several:

The Old Mill is making the move now to curb rumors in the touring industry that Les Schwab Amphitheater is not a secure venue, said the venue’s manager, Marney Smith. Monqui Presents, the Portland-based company that books bands at the amphitheater, has heard in recent conversations with potential 2014 bookings that Les Schwab Amphitheater “is not the right place to go,” in Oregon, Smith said.

With increased competition for touring acts in Portland and Eugene, and from Jacksonville’s Britt Festival, that’s not a reputation the Schwab can afford to have, she said, especially in a music industry where declining album sales are forcing bands to make their money on the road.

“(Bands and their representatives are) looking at how they can make the most out of each stop. And if they’re looking at Oregon … they’re going to pick the (place) that they can sell the most tickets to and they can guarantee they can make the most money,” Smith said. “We’re getting a reputation that we want to nip in the bud: that we’re a venue that people can see the music for free.”

A crowd gathers on the patio at Greg's Grill across the Deschutes River from Les Schwab Amphitheater during a 2009 concert by the country band Sugarland.

A crowd gathers on the patio at Greg’s Grill across the Deschutes River from Les Schwab Amphitheater during a 2009 concert by the country band Sugarland.

(Photo courtesy the Old Mill District)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 17th, 2012

— The High & Dry Bluegrass Festival runs today through Sunday on a ranch east of Bend. (In fact, it has already begun.) Read our story on one of the bands playing there, Ashland pickers Eight Dollar Mountain, and find the main-stage schedule while you’re there, too.

— Bend-raised and Portland-based singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman will celebrate the release of her electro-poppy sophomore album “Cardiology” with a show tonight at Greenwood Playhouse. Here’s my story on how the new album got to be the way it is.

— Norah Jones played Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Wednesday night and was terrific. Read my review of the concert and be sure to check out The Bulletin photographer Rob Kerr’s photos of the show and the scene that night.

Also in this week’s music section: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, Jet West, Hooves, BrownChicken BrownCow StringBand, Mosley Wotta, Necktie Killer and more.

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #2: Michael Franti & Spearhead

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Last week, we gave away a couple of tickets to see Huey Lewis and the News this summer at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, and we’ve got a bunch more Schwab-show tickets to unload over the next few weeks.

But today, I’m going to alter the schedule I posted last week to squeeze in a pair of tickets to see Michael Franti & Spearhead at the amphitheater on Aug. 22!

Mr. Franti's future is soooo bright...

To win ’em, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite “summer album.” Interpret that however you wish: The album that feels like summer to you. The album that makes you feel all warm inside. The album that takes you back to a particular summer. The album that’s a ray of sunshine in your life. An album that has a sunny title. Whatever. Just tell me the name of the artist and the album, and if you want to give me your reasoning, too, I’d be happy to read it!

Be sure to leave your real email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll pick someone on Friday at 5 p.m. and post a comment with the winner.

And remember, if you’d rather just buy ’em, Franti/Spearhead tickets will be available at the amphitheater’s website beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.

(Finally, if there’s anyone out there wondering: This week I had planned to give away Beck tickets. I think I’ll save him for next week and do Beck and The Shins at about the same time. FYI.)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Enough with the sandwiches, right? (Note to The Bulletin: Have you considered putting someone on the sandwich beat? I know a guy. Who loves sandwiches.)

Oh, right … music. It’s summer in Central Oregon, which means the next seven days are more packed with good live-music opportunities than, say, this sandwich is packed with corned beef.

This week’s music section includes short stories on Michael Franti’s brighter outlook, the traditional ways of Town Mountain, the melodic charm of Dar Williams, the reunion of ’90s Bend band Brotherhood of Rythm, and the impressive lineage of the Stone River Boys, plus Keegan Smith, Marv Ellis, Cloudy October, Moon Mountain Ramblers and The Congress. For you off-the-beaten-path types, we’ve got Susie McEntire’s annual concert in Antelope and Doug and Telisha Williams performing in Richmond. And for you funnel-cake types, there’s Styx and “Weird Al” Yankovic at the Deschutes County Fair.

Finally, this week provides a bunch of ways you can catch a show and see your cover charge or donation go to a good cause. Click here for all the details you need to attend fundraisers for Rise Up International, the late Jake Vinson’s family, the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, the Sisters High School’s jazz program and efforts to purify the drinking water of Mumba, Tanzania.

That’s a lot, right? It is. But if you need more, check out The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

Win 4 tickets to see Michael Franti & Spearhead!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Busy Monday morning, folks, so I’m going to keep it short: Local fave Michael Franti & Spearhead will return to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Aug. 5, and that’s a good thing, because even if you’re not a big fan of Franti’s music, it’s hard not to have fun at one of his shows. His last appearance in Bend was two years ago, and it was a good time, despite the lousy weather.

Anyway, thanks to the generous folks at Monqui Presents, we have four tickets to give away to this summer’s Spearhead show. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and tell me why you deserve the tickets. That’s all. Be funny, creative, tender, weird … whatever. Just don’t curse, because then I can’t approve your comment. And leave a real e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

I’ll choose a winner at noon Friday. Good luck!

Michael Franti sings at Bend's Les Schwab Amphitheater in May of 2008. Photo by Rob Kerr / The Bulletin

Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti headed to Les Schwab Amphitheater (separately)

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Barenaked Ladies — the cheeky Canadian band best known for their hits “One Week,” “If I Had $1000000″ and “Brian Wilson” — will perform July 17 at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater. The date popped up in the past few days on the band’s website and tour-date database Pollstar, and this morning, Monqui Presents confirmed the show to me in an e-mail. No word yet on when tickets will go on sale. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on May 8, available through Ticketmaster and The Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District.

Also, since I never actually mentioned it here on the blog: Michael Franti & Spearhead will return to the Schwab on Aug. 5. Tickets are $37 plus service charges in advance, available through the same outlets as Barenaked Ladies.

I’m hoping to have Franti tickets to give away very soon, so become a fan of Frequency on Facebook or follow on Twitter to be in the loop!