- 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.)
(Note: I would strongly encourage you to seek out the print version of GO! Magazine (in today’s issue of The Bulletin) to see the nifty Twister-themed art and layout that my colleagues Greg and Althea did for the section this week. It looks great, and you should really see it in all its dead-tree glory!)
Central Oregon’s music scene offers a little bit of everything this week. There’s jazz (Jeff Lorber, Patrick Lamb, Renato Caranto Quartet), rock (Zepparella), hip-hop (Tech N9ne, Eddie Valiant, Sadistik, Kristoff Krane), punk (Emily’s Army), reggae (Jon Wayne and The Pain), country (Blaine Larsen), folk (Vandaveer, Cheyenne Marie Mize) and more. Plus, a benefit and celebration for PoetHouse Art, the Deschutes County Fair’s concert lineup and the last preliminary round of Last Band Standing.
Busy local singer-songwriter Tim Coffey and his partner in cello, Kat Hilst, will play with a whole bunch of folks Thursday to celebrate the release of Coffey’s album “Strings Unbound.” I spoke with the man about how he blossomed from a struggling lyricist and veteran of cover bands into a full-fledged singer-songwriter relatively late in life.
“I always wanted to play my own music, (but) I could never write any lyrics that I didn’t think were stupid,” he said.
Then, one day in the summer of 2009, it hit him while hiking on Broken Top. Words popped into his head. “I didn’t know if they were any good, but they didn’t sound stupid,” Coffey said. “For the first time, they didn’t sound stupid. So I wrote ‘em down and that turned out to be the song ‘Already There.’ And it just started snowballing. All of a sudden I started writing songs.”
Also, it’s WinterFest weekend! Which means lots of great live music that you’d dance to if your feet weren’t solid blocks of ice. Click here to read up on tonight’s headliner, The Aggrolites, and Saturday’s headliner, Lyrics Born. The event’s entire music lineup is listed right here. (Note: Don’t miss Derby tonight, just before The Aggrolites. I saw them play in the parking lot of the east-side location of a very famous Portland doughnut shop a few years ago, and they are an excellent pop-rock band. Oh and Moon Mountain Ramblers on Saturday! Make Local Bands Habit!)
Elsewhere in the music section: Patrick Lamb plays The Oxford Hotel’s jazz series, folk singer Johnsmith returns to the HarmonyHouse in Sisters, local proto-blues band Blackflowers Blacksun is at the M&J, Mark Ransom and The Mostest will light up Silver Moon, Long Beach Rehab visits The Summit Saloon and Capture the Flag kicks off its tour with two free shows this weekend. Last but not least, portello winecafe in Northwest Crossing will host Tyler Fortier, a Eugene singer-songwriter who is from Bend originally, and who writes terrific songs. He’s got a new CD coming out — a lo-fi concept record about the old West — and Saturday is the official release show, so go show him some love.