Also in the music section: King Yellowman returns to town, the Tower of Power show is sold out, guitar hero Scott Pemberton plays Silver Moon, a cappella groups On the Rocks and Divisi will perform to benefit Sisters schools, Celtic folkie Colleen Raney kicks off the new HarmonyHouse season, a Tumalo house concert will benefit the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, and Innovation Theatre features an eclectic weekend, with Violin vs. Vinyl and Jay Tablet tonight, 2Mex and a hip-hop bill Saturday and 2nd Hand Soldiers playing a benefit for a local guy with cancer on Sunday. Oh, plus we have blurbs on Stephanie Schneiderman, Just People and Viva Le Vox!
On the Rocks will perform at Sisters High School on Oct. 22. We’ll have a short story in Friday’s GO! Magazine, but in the meantime, here’s a press release from the Sisters Starry Nights folks with all the details:
From “The Sing Off” to Starry Nights:
On the Rocks Comes to Sisters on October 22
“Starry Nights Presents On the Rocks” on Saturday, October 22 in the Sisters High School Auditorium. “On the Rocks” is the award-winning men’s vocal a cappella group from the University of Oregon that won over fans nationwide with its high energy, entertaining, choreographed performances last year on the NBC show “The Sing Off.” Their repertoire ranges from contemporary pop, doo-wop classics, hip-hop, R&B, country and standards, as well as original songs.
Lobby doors open at 6 p.m. with music by Sisters Americana Project student performers and a silent auction. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. with an opening set by Divisi, the acclaimed UO women’s a cappella vocal group, and the SHS Jazz Choir.
The event is a benefit for the Sisters Schools Foundation, raising critical funds for classroom and co-curricular programs at Sisters Elementary, Middle and High Schools.
Sponsored by St. Charles Health System, “Starry Nights Presents On the Rocks” promises to be an evening that all ages will enjoy. Reserved tickets start at $20 and are available online at www.sistersstarrynights.org or at Clearwater Gallery, located at the corner of Cascade and Pine in Sisters. For more information, call 541-549-8521 x 4007.
Local fave folk singer The White Buffalo returns to Bend this weekend for a two-night stand at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. I spoke with the Buffalo — aka Jake Smith — about his early, frustrating days as a musician in San Francisco.
“Nothing was really happening for me,” (Smith said). “I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to get gigs. I didn’t know how to even think about making a CD.
“I would write songs and … I wanted to play music, but I was not very confident as a performer and I played like once a year,” he continued. “I’d call people on the phone, and they wouldn’t ever call me back.”
Undaunted, Smith took a more primitive approach to booking shows.
“I started playing songs into the phone, and then I would get calls back and I would start getting gigs,” he said. “I would try to rock like 30 seconds of something, and then I’d say, ‘This is The White Buffalo. Call me back.’ And I’d leave my phone number.”
“That actually worked every time I did it,” Smith said. “That was my press kit.”
You should click here to read all about a guy who plays to sell-out crowds pretty much every time he comes to town.
(Video of Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives at the Tower Theatre by YouTube user tdworak.)
For my Feedback column this week, I wrote about last week’s outstanding show at the Tower Theatre by country traditionalist Marty Stuart and his band. Spoiler alert: I thought it was the first great local show of 2011.
Honestly, my jaw was on the floor throughout most of the night. From the minute the quartet walked on stage — Stuart in a black suit (embroidered with flowers) and a turquoise scarf, his band mates in glittery, head-to-toe turquoise suits and all-white boots — this was a show so tight, so smooth, so perfect, it was like watching a video of a band that had been rehearsed and re-shot and edited until all mistakes were eliminated. Except this was live, right in front of my eyes.
Not a note out of place. Not a hair out of place. Devastatingly gorgeous harmonies swooping through the air. White-hot guitar playing as far as the eye could see. Big smiles, charming winks, witty banter. And a selection of wonderful songs, perfectly paced.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Moira Smiley & VOCO wrap up the Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series, the popular 80s Video Dance Attack returns to the Domino Room, a big rap show on Sunday night will serve as local MC Jay Tablet’s CD-release party, local musicians get together in Sisters to raise money for Jim Bull, and a couple of University of Oregon a cappella groups visit Bend High School. Plus, ska/reggae dudes The Supervillains play The Summit and California power-poppers Bright Faces are at JC’s Bar & Grill.
Plenty to do out there, folks! What are you gonna go see?