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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

(For the second week in a row, I forgot to post this on Friday. My apologies to the events that already happened … on Friday night.)

Two shows to kick off summer series, two album release events, two benefits for people halfway across the country and one farewell by an old favorite. It’s a crowded music section in GO! Magazine, as usual. Here’s what’s in there:

The Clear Summer Nights concert series kicks off Thursday with singer-songwriter Brett Dennen and opening act Dawes.

Bluegrassy Americana family band The Chapmans comes to town Sunday to start off the free Summer Sunday Concerts series at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Local folk-pop songstress Erin Cole-Baker celebrates the release of her fine new album “Big Sky.”

On Saturday, the Rise Up Spring Jamboree doubles not only as a heck of good time, but also an EP-release show for former Bendites (now Portlanders) The Autonomics. (And … oh yeah … a closing set by Larry and His Flask.)

Northwest acoustic Americana band Misty River is saying farewell (for now, at least) with a show at The Old Stone in Bend.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got all the details on Australian guitar wiz Tommy Emmanuel at the Tower Theatre, Portland Americana act Redwood Son at McMenamins, two house concerts featuring three fine songwriters and two separate dinners/concerts to benefit the tornado-ravaged folks in Joplin, Mo. Plus a Last Band Standing update.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Say goodbye (for now) to Misty River

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Sometimes it seems like we (I?) get all hyped up about the rock, pop and hip-hop shows that come through Bend, and in doing so lose sight of the bands that sweep into town to play and sing beautiful songs beautifully, which is a skill we should never lose sight of.

Sure, Ice Cube can blow up the Midtown Ballroom with bass and Death Cab for Cutie can send squealing guitars into Central Oregon’s night sky and Ray LaMontagne can gather God’s creatures and heal the sick with his beard. That’s great. But a lot of folks who’ve been around Bend for a while will tell you that Misty River — four ladies from scattered towns around the Northwest who’ve been playing and touring for 14 years — make some of the prettiest, most powerful music around.

Misty River’s days of creating compelling, harmony-happy acoustic Americana appear to be numbered, however. Tomorrow night at The Old Stone (they dropped the “Church” from their name a while back), the quartet — Carol Harley, Dana Abel, Laura Quigley and Chris Kokesh — is playing a show to say farewell to their Central Oregon fans, at least for now. Here’s an explanation straight from the band (some of which you may also see in my story in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine). Emphasis is mine:

As for the impetus for the band’s break from performing, Abel says that after fourteen years of making Misty River a priority, it is time for band members to focus on other aspects of their lives. Harley (Vancouver, WA), a seven-year survivor of leukemia, is concentrating on improving her health. Kokesh (Portland, OR), who in 2010 released her first solo CD October Valentine, is working on a career as a singer-songwriter. Quigley (Maupin, OR), who married last year and moved to a stock ranch in Central Oregon, is expecting her first child. Abel (Eugene, OR), a mother of two, wants to spend more time with her family and pursue the environmental work she left behind eleven years ago.

“We still love to perform together, but also recognize the need to move on,” says Abel. “When Misty River formed in 1997, we took a canoe trip together that inspired me to write a song about the rewards, challenges and surprises one might face on a river trip–for me, it was an analogy of our band’s journey into the performing world. It has been a great ride, but for now, the demands of touring together don’t fit in with our lives. We are glad, however, to have a chance to say farewell for now to our Central Oregon fans and thank them for being so supportive over the years.”

If you’ve never heard Misty River, here’s their cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River” from their 2007 album “Stories.” In the hands of these four women, it’s more polished but every bit as mournful as the original, and it sounds like an old traditional tune — a testament not only to the players, but to the songwriters, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.

Misty River, “Black Muddy River”

If you’re interested, click here to read the feature article I did on Misty River in 2007, which is based on an interview with Harley, who grew up in Bend in the 1950s and ’60s.

Misty River plays The Old Stone (157 N.W. Franklin Ave., Bend) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or $17 plus fees in advance, available at Ranch Records (541-389-6116) in Bend and

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Minneapolis/Rhymesayers MC Brother Ali comes to the Domino Room Sunday as part of the “How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour.” I caught up with Ali earlier this week and we talked a lot about his recent pilgrimage to Islam’s holy city, Mecca, and the effect that journey has had on his life:

So in early November, as Ali — a practicing Muslim for 17 years — boarded a plane to make his first pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city of Islam, he wondered if he was in the right state of mind for such a powerful experience.

“I was a little disheartened or concerned because I had such a crazy year. I’ve had a few times in my life that have just been nonstop changes that made me question the foundation of who I am and what I’m doing, and this has been one of those years,” he said in his measured, raspy tone. “I kind of was wondering, ‘Am I ready for this? Am I in the right place spiritually, emotionally, mentally, even physically?’ I was just really beat up.”

Still, Ali boarded that plane, unwilling to miss out on something he has dreamed about since he was 15. And it paid off.

“I realized that it was the exact time that I needed it to happen,” he said. “This crazy, transformative year, the exclamation point was this life-changing event of the pilgrimage. It was actually perfect.”

I hope you’ll click here to read the whole thing, including why Ali’s pilgrimage came at the perfect time.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: King of the Surf Guitar Dick Dale comes back to town, The Northstar Session plays McMenamins, Boneyard Beer throws a Cross Kultural Carnival featuring all kinds of cool performers, Misty River returns from hiatus for two local shows, Two or More plays a free holiday show in Redmond, and Blackstrap, Blackflowers Blacksun and Brent Alan each have big weekends planned.

Plus, now’s the time to remind you that tonight is local folk-pop singer-songwriter Chris Beland‘s CD-release show at The Kilns Bookstore in Bend. Beland has had a pretty amazing couple of months, discovering his biological father, who happens to be veteran musician John Beland. I wrote a long article about Beland’s story that ran in the paper last Saturday, and you can read that by clicking here. While you’re reading, click right here to stream a few songs from Beland’s new album “The Weather Man.”