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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here’s your weekly roundup of what’s in today’s section!

Eilen Jewell is an Idahoan, a former Bostonian, a spitfire and an ultra-cool roots-rocker. (She is not, however, an Eileen.) Jewell returns to Sisters Wednesday, and my colleague David Jasper caught up with her and talked about what folks can expect at The Belfry.

“Our live show is a mix of songs from various albums. I don’t tend to stick to just one album, it’s not just the latest one,” she said. “There’s usually some from every one that we’ve released so far, including side projects like the Sacred Shakers. Usually we’ll throw in a Loretta Lynn song (or two). And Jerry Miller, the lead guitarist in my band, has a solo project out, and we’ll do one or two from his brand new record.

“We give every show our all,” Jewell said. “We’re real excited to get back out West.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

Aesop Rock performs last weekend in Bend. Photo by Joe Kline / The Bulletin.

Aesop Rock performs last weekend in Bend. Photo by Joe Kline / The Bulletin.

In Feedback, I reviewed last weekend’s Aesop Rock show at the Domino Room in Bend. It was good, but Aes spent a lot of time sharing the spotlight with his buddies. I would’ve liked a little more of the headliner doing his own solo stuff.

He delivered, eventually, ripping through “Skelethon” singles “ZZZ Top,” “Cycles To Gehenna” (with its wonderful third act set to stark, somber piano) and “Zero Dark Thirty.” The latter’s roller-coaster melody and skittish beat stood out among the bass-drenched rumbles that overwhelmed other songs’ subtleties.

In the end, Aes gave the people what they want, doing fan-fave oldies “Nightlight” and “Daylight” and then reaching way back for “No Regrets” from his classic 2001 album “Labor Days.”

It all sounded good. The performers performed well. I enjoyed myself, truly. And the medium-sized crowd seemed to do the same.

I just walked out of the Domino Room feeling like I’d bought a ticket to an Aesop Rock show but ended up seeing a stop on the Aesop Rock & Friends Present The Traveling Rhymesayers Revue Tour.

Click here to read the whole review.

Elsewhere in the music section: Week of Wonders headlines a garage-y bill at The Horned Hand, The Black Lillies come to McMenamins, the Central Oregon Songwriters Association holds its annual Song of the Year awards show, The Northstar Session returns to The Sound Garden, Tracy Grammer plays The Belfry in Sisters and Danny Barnes will fill McMenamins with his banjotronics sound, plus a couple of good, local Cinco de Mayo options (Chiringa and Moon Mountain Ramblers) and a benefit concert featuring three local faves (Tony Smiley, MoWo and Keez).

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Here’s what’s in today’s music section in GO! Magazine:

- My colleague David Jasper’s story on the newish Central Oregon band Hobbs, which plays at Silver Moon Brewing tonight.

- My roundup of some of tonight’s big “end of the world” concerts, including Moon Mountain Ramblers, most of Person People, two good local bands at The Horned Hand and a Redmond option. (NOTE: Short stories on the Saturday’s Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree at Silver Moon and Patrick Lamb’s Jazz at the Oxford shows this weekend are at this link, too. They shouldn’t be, but they are.)

- My review of Snoop Dogg’s show at Bend’s Midtown Ballroom Tuesday night.

- Subliminal goes acoustic, shows to get you out of the house on Christmas night, and much more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Every once in a while I look at the music section in GO! and am both proud and amazed at the amount of stuff we get to. We don’t get to it all, but we get to a lot.

This is one of those weeks:

-After years of opening for bigger names and selling out the Tower Theatre, Brandi Carlile is back in Bend Saturday to headline the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Opening act Blitzen Trapper is awesome, too. We talked to both of them.

-In Feedback, I went on a bit of a rant about online vigilantism, spurred by some of the stuff that happened on Facebook earlier this week after Bend Roots Revival organizers canceled their festival.

-One-man band Tony Smiley celebrates the release of his new album “Ticket to the Trip” with a show Thursday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, DJ Wicked’s all-vinyl weekend, Estocar and The The The Thunder at Silver Moon, nelo at Black Butte Ranch, Back From The Dead at Maragas Winery, Moon Mountain Ramblers at Elk Lake Resort, Dixieland Party Band and Friends in La Pine, The JZ Band, a very busy weekend at The Horned Hand and more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 27th, 2012

As always, there’s lots of live music to hear in Central Oregon this week. Here are a bunch of stories that aren’t about a Portland music festival that’s still more than a week away:

– The iconic blues-jam band Hot Tuna comes to the Tower Theatre next week. Here’s our interview with legendary guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.

– Longtime local DJ Harlo (aka Jason Harlowe) is both celebrating a new CD and saying farewell to Bend tonight at the Astro Lounge. He’s moving to the Portland area.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Big Head Todd & The Monsters visit the Athletic Club of Bend, What The Festival?! brings electronic stars to White River Canyon, Parrilla Grill hosts the Moon Mountain Ramblers, Paul Thorn plays a free show at Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tango Alpha Tango comes to McMenamins, and the Northwest Best series kicks off at Liquid Lounge with The Melodramatics and Necktie Killer. Plus, all-events passes to the Sisters Folk Festival are getting ready to jump in price, so grab ‘em now. Oh, and Chris Young, Uncle Kracker, former Bad Company singer Brian Howe and Hot Chelle Rae are playing shows at the Deschutes County Fair.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 14th, 2011

We’re entering an incredibly busy few weeks on the Central Oregon music scene, especially considering it’s mid-October, a time when local stages used to go virtually quiet. No more.

So I recruited a little help to cover everything going on this week. Below, you’ll find links to our interviews with the rapper Afroman, the newgrass legend David Grisman and indie-folk upstarts The Builders and The Butchers, plus briefs on a ton of other artists. I hope you’ll click around and check it out, or better yet, grab a print copy of The Bulletin today and flip through GO! Magazine.

Afroman returns to the Domino Room Sunday. My colleague Rachael Rees chatted with him about who inspires him, how he gets ready for shows, and what it feels like when many people only want to hear one of your songs a decade after it was a hit.

GO!: Why do you keep coming back to Bend?

Afroman: I love my fans. I have some strongholds in America … because of people who heard “Because I Got High.” It’s been 10 years since “Because I Got High” and cities like Bend are keeping me in the game. Bend has kept with me past “Because I Got High” and is familiar with all my songs.

GO!: What is your ritual before you get on stage to perform?

A: I like to get to town early and get into the mood of hip-hop and what it means to me. I don’t want to shortchange my fans so I smoke blunts and play music while I pull out my best clothes. I go to the barber shop. I do my nails. (I) put on my cologne and buy jewelry cleaner to drop my big chains in. It’s about quality, looking good and rapping good.

This interview is full of pure gold. You really should click here and read it.

David Grisman was here only a year ago, but that was with his quintet in a seated venue. Tonight, he’s back with his bluegrass band at the Domino Room, where you can dance the night away to the Dawg. Grisman was kind enough to answer a few questions via email, and David Jasper wrote a story about him.

It’s quite clear that appreciating the roots of bluegrass is important to Grisman. He says that when he first heard the form, it was initially “the banjo, played in the style of Earl Scruggs, that blew my head off.

“I think bluegrass is a perfectly orchestrated style of instrumental and vocal music, with real roots in the stories and lives of the people,” he said. “It elevates folk music to a virtuosic status and runs the gamut of human expression. Plus, the history of bluegrass is something that occurred in my lifetime, and I had the opportunity to witness it happening and meet and even play with many of its great architects.”

Click here to read it all.

Portland folk-rock band The Builders and The Butchers return to Bend next week to play two shows at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Rachael Rees asked them a few questions via email, too, and frontman Ryan Sollee responded.

Sollee and his band mates — who came together playing on the streets of Portland — look to the past for both lyrical and musical inspiration, striving for authenticity and sounds that ignore today’s emphasis on commercial viability.

“I have no problem with pop and major radio artists altering their sound digitally. They are playing to an audience that obviously doesn’t care,” Sollee said. “Where I get frustrated is in the indie world when vocals are obviously (Auto-Tuned). It just doesn’t sound very honest to me.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Dave Matthews tells you why you should check out Danny Barnes Thursday night, the Water Tower Bucket Boys and Moon Mountain Ramblers team up at Silver Moon, Innovation Theatre throws a launch party to celebrate its new Madhappy vibe, Tony Pacini and Chuck Redd return to Jazz at Joe’s, and Franchot Tone is moving to California and playing a farewell show tonight, plus The Ben Rice Band, Ali Handal, Hurtbird and more. Oh, and this previous blog post about Birthday Suits. WHEW!

Tonight: Moon Mountain Ramblers’ GoodLife residency (with video!)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Smoke be damned, the weather’s about to get cooler, and tonight’s as good a night as any for a cold brew and some great local music. Tonight at GoodLife Brewing Co. in the Century Center (70 S.W. Century Drive, Bend), local Americana powerhouse Moon Mountain Ramblers will play the third week of their five-week residency, in which they’re offering a themed set each Tuesday through Sept. 13.

Tonight’s theme: “Dawg Music” (eclectic bluegrass by and inspired by David Grisman)

The rest of the series:

Sept. 6 — “British Invasion” (music of the 1960s, including the Beatles and Stones)

Sept. 13 — “Happy Birthday, Bill Monroe” (tunes by the man who invented bluegrass)

The music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and it’s free.

Here’s video of the band playing the Flatt & Scruggs classic “Doin’ My Time” from last week’s tribute to great bluegrass vocalists.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 24th, 2011

This week in the music section, we bring you sort of a hodgepodge of stuff, ranging from benefit shows to CD-release events to concert series kick-offs to brand new venues opening. So here’s a list:

KPOV’s raising funds with its second Beatles Singalong, and …
Friends of Megan Cecil are raising funds for her battle against cancer, and …
The High & Dry Bluegrass Festival’s raising funds by blending barbershop and bluegrass.

Also!

Local pop-punkers Tuck and Roll celebrate their new EP at Madhappy Lounge on Saturday, and …
Electro-soul-hop duo Dinner at the Thompson’s will also visit Madhappy on Thursday, and …
Slow Trucks nods to ’90s indie rock at Madhappy on Monday.

Meanwhile!

The Moon Mountain Ramblers kick off the summer concert series at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, and …
The Sweet Harlots kick off the Pickin’ and Paddlin’ series along the Deschutes River in Bend, and …
Brent Alan and friends kick off a new venue, Sugar Mountain Amphitheater near Terrebonne.

And then there are the things that don’t fit neatly into one of the groups above!

Deschutes Brewery is celebrating 23 years in business with a party in their parking lot, and …
Oh Sugoi! and Third Seven will fill McMenamins with experimental sounds, and …
I saw Brett Dennen and Dawes at the Athletic Club of Bend and then wrote what I thought about it.

Click here to read it all!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Brian Hinderberger pays tribute to his sister!

Madhappy Lounge throws an all-day show to raise money for and awareness of its mission!

Bobby Bare Jr. brings his awesome songs and impressive lineage to McMenamins!

And my Feedback column focuses on last weekend’s Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater. I thought both headliners were good, but one was more enjoyable than the other. Click here to find out which one and why.

Elsewhere in the music section, we detail the five shows this week at Silver Moon Brewing (including Moon Mountain Ramblers, Tyrone Wells and Gun Runner) and tell you what you need to know about tonight’s Brothers Young / Hurtbird show, Saturday’s songwriters’ circle at PoetHouse Art, and Monday’s jazz concert and auditions. Oh, and we’ll update you on Last Band Standing.

Tonight: Ozomatli/Rubblebucket, Cash’d Out, Brandi Carlile, MMR and more

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Time for a math lesson, kids:

Cinco de Mayo + this awesome and long-awaited weather x one of the most robust weeknights of live music I can remember around here = downtown Bend is gonna be bananas tonight.

Here’s a quick roundup of what’s happening:

–The biggest party appears to be Amalia’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, which will shut down part of Wall Street and feature music by the kaleidoscopic pop band Rubblebucket (4:30 p.m.), Bend’s own Todd Haaby & Sola Via (6:30 p.m.) and Latin/hip-hop/rock giants Ozomatli (8:30 p.m.). There’ll also be Mexican food, dancing, a low-rider demo and other fun stuff, all for free. Here’s my story on Ozomatli plus all the details on the event. Listen:

Ozomatli

Rubblebucket

–While the party swirls outside, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will be wowing a packed house inside the Tower Theatre. Carlile is a terrific performer, which is why this show (like her previous three appearances in Bend) is sold out. If you’ve already got your ticket, enjoy!

Brandi Carlile

–Just down the breezeway and a little later into the night, MadHappy Lounge will celebrate Cinco de Mayo electronically with NorCal techno kingpin DJ G.A.M.M.A., plus DJs Rada and Huff. That one will get going around 9 p.m. and is free.

DJ G.A.M.M.A.

–Meanwhile, up on Greenwood Avenue, the astoundingly authentic Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out will transform the Domino Room into a big ol’ time machine to the 1950s and ’60s. The San Diego quartet has the look and sound of early Cash (and his band, the Tennessee Three) down pat. More info is here, and for this one, you need visuals.

–Finally, if you’d prefer your Cinco de Mayo tunes to have a little more local flavor, considering hitting The Summit Saloon & Stage around 9 p.m. for one of Bend’s most popular party bands, the Moon Mountain Ramblers. Or shimmy up to McMenamins Old St. Francis School at 7 p.m. for Brothers in Achord, a new bluesy/folksy collaboration between local singer-songwriters Josh Hart and Leif James.

Have fun out there, folks, and be safe.

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.