Elsewhere in the music section: the Mel Brown Septet plays Jazz at the Oxford, J-Ras and Marko bring reggae to the Astro Lounge, Joe Craven will visit HarmonyHouse, Trigger Itch headlines a punk bill at Big T’s, Jennifer Batten will shred The Sound Garden and The Horned Hand has a busy and high-quality week planned, with Terrible Buttons tonight, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank Saturday and The Preservation Wednesday.
Last winter, the Jazz at the Oxford series had a terrific inaugural season, bringing a handful of regional jazz veterans to Bend and selling out each of its 13 shows.
Tonight, the series kicks off its second season, which features an expanded schedule and headliners with higher profiles, including award-winning jazz-pop vocalist Diane Schuur, who’ll play three shows at The Oxford Hotel over the next two days.
Here’s Schuur doing “Today I Started Loving You Again” from her new album “The Gathering,” a collection of country covers.
Shuur’s show tonight is sold out, but there are still tickets available for both Saturday performances. Last week, I got her on the phone and spoke with her about her own artistic freedom and the session for “The Gathering.”
“I think the consensus is that people have confidence enough in me and in my direction to give me their blessing and say … ‘If this is what you want, girlfriend, go for it,’” Schuur said. “I’m glad I’ve got the versatility and the voice to be able to do that because a lot of people unfortunately get stuck in a rut where they’ve got one style and that’s basically what they’ve got. I consider myself very fortunate.”
Even with dozens of albums under her belt, the “Gathering” session was the quickest in Schuur’s career, she said. It took one day to record and another day to polish up with overdubs and other tweaks. That was it.
“Once I got going, I just kept going, like the Energizer Bunny,” she said with a laugh. “(These songs) just really got into my soul.”
I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing. Be sure to read about Jazz at the Oxford’s origin, success and upcoming schedule on the right side of the page!
The L.A.-based funk/soul band Orgone brings their cool, retro vibe back to town Monday night. My colleague David Jasper spoke with a couple of the band’s members about Orgone’s upcoming plans.
“We had a break in September and October, and we finally grabbed some time to work on some new material,” he said. After playing on the annual Jam Cruise in January, Orgone plans to use the shore leave to record a new album. “We’ll have a record done for March. We’re real excited about that.”
The band played the Volcanic Funk Festival in Bend last summer, but the recording break may mean it’ll be a while before Orgone brings its energy back to Oregon. And though it may be cold outside, it’s likely to get hot in The Annex.
“It’s 110 percent adrenaline-fueled dance party,” Rios said. “The band’s definitely going to get sweaty; it usually carries over into the people. It’s basically high-energy, no holds barred. We just kinda come full force and come to take no prisoners.”
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Jerry Joseph plays his gritty rock ‘n’ roll at gritty Players Bar, Calling Morocco blends pop, rock and twang at The Sound Garden, a bunch of DJs and MCs gather at the Domino Room for Orbital: A Journey Through Sound, and local experimental cellist Third Seven plays at The Horned Hand before taking off on tour till spring. Plus Allan Byer, Harley Bourbon and lots more in our “Going Out” listing.
The inaugural Volcanic Funk Festival kicks off with a free party tonight at McMenamins before oozing over to the Century Center on Saturday and Sunday. I spoke with founder Gabe Johnson about the origins of the event.
A trip to New Orleans’ famous Jazz & Heritage Festival a few years ago provided the “spiritual inspiration” for Volcanic Funk, he said.
“I said to myself at some point in the next couple of years I have to put on an event in Bend that at least begins to scratch the surface of that vibe,” Johnson said. “Something that features funky, dirty music, basically. Swampy music. And music that’s really inspired, too.
“When you go to (some shows in the Northwest), you get a lot of that shoe-gazing, ‘I’m too cool to dance’ quality,” he continued. “Whereas New Orleans is essentially ‘Let’s party. No holds barred. No inhibitions. This is about having fun.’ I can’t get (there) as much as I’d like so we’re trying to bring some of that spirit home.”
This is looking like it’s going to be a pretty rad, rump-shakin’ time. Click here to read the whole thing, including a full schedule and more about the bands.
One other show I want to highlight this week is The David Mayfield Parade’s free Summer Sunday concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Mayfield’s debut album has been dominating my ears lately, and his live show is supposed to be awesome. I’ll blog more about him before the show, but in the meantime, read my story by clicking here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band brings its country-rock legacy to the Tower Theatre, local singer-songwriter Jared Delaney celebrates his new album, Sisters Art Works gets some upgrades and hosts The Whiskey Rebellion, The Guess Who and Clay Walker kick off the Deschutes County Fair, and next week brings free, outdoor shows by David Lindley and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Each week, before I plan out the music section in GO! Magazine, I sit down at the computer, scour every potential source of concerts I can think of, and make a big list of what’s happening in a given week. Some weeks, there’s an obvious headliner worth writing about. Other weeks, it’s a bit more puzzling figuring out who to feature.
And some weeks, a pattern emerges. That’s what happened for today’s music section, where we have short features on a whole bunch of bands (and/or shows) that fall under the giant, ill-defined umbrella of “roots rock.”
We have bluesy bands (Los Lonely Boys, Hillstomp) and more straightforward rockers (Leon Russell, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band) and we have bands that love to jam (Great American Taxi, Moonalice). You can read about all of those by clicking here.
We also have some real twangy acts (Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, The Pines and the West Wind Ranch Americana Music Festival), and we even branch into the funk and reggae worlds with Orgone and Mystic Roots. Read about those right here.
Elsewhere in the music section, there’s a concert by former “American Idol” Phil Stacey, a big local showcase featuring Eric Tollefson, Reed Thomas Lawrence and Erin Cole-Baker, and the grand re-opening of the MadHappy Lounge. And, as always, there are lots more options in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.