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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 8th, 2011

As summer unfolds, the local music scene is getting busier and busier. This week is no exception. Here’s what’s in the music section of this week’s GO! Magazine:

–Country/bluegrass crossover stars Alison Krauss & Union Station return to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater Saturday. (By the way, you really should grab a print copy of The Bulletin today. The cover of GO! Magazine is designed so that you can tear it off and fold it into a functional paper airplane to commemorate Krauss’ new album “Paper Airplane.” Fun!)

–Free, outdoor concert series are getting going all over Central Oregon. We detail Alive After 5 in Bend, Music on the Green in Redmond and Picnic in the Park in Prineville.

–The Bend Summer Festival will be crawling with bands all weekend, including Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ottmar Liebert, Night Ranger, Coco Montoya, The Dirt Drifters, Luce, Mosley Wotta and tons of locals.

–The Bend Metal Fest gathers five solid local metal band for a night of headbanging tonight at the Domino Room.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Washington bluegrassers Polecat play twice, gifted Portland MC Illmaculate visits Madhappy Lounge, a roving group of Accordion Babes invades McMenamins, The Barn in Sisters hosts a fundraiser for the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, and a Last Band Standing update.

Big weekend out there. Have fun, y’all!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Aphrodesia, an Afrobeat (and so much more) band based in the Bay Area, will kick off the 20th season of Munch & Music Thursday. I spoke with bassist and bandleader Ezra Gale about the rising profile of Afrobeat in America.

“I think (Afrobeat) is definitely more in the mainstream consciousness than it was when we started doing this,” Gale said via telephone Monday. “Where I live in Brooklyn, there’s now at least three or four young Afrobeat bands who are playing (in the style of genre godfather Fela Kuti), and I remember when Aphrodesia first started, as far as we knew, it was us and (New York’s) Antibalas. It really was this new thing. Nobody knew who Kuti was, and we were playing this music that felt obscure.

“It’s important to keep it in perspective, because there are things that are pushing it into the mainstream (such as the Kuti-focused “Fela!” Broadway musical), but at the same time, when you talk about most people in this country, most still have never heard of it, really,” he said. “So us Afrobeat musicians kind of live in a bubble. To us, it may seem sort of played out and passé, but in fact, it’s still new to probably 98 percent of people.”

Accompanying the Aphrodesia story are a few words from Munch & Music founder Cameron Clark on what two decades of the popular, free concert series means to him. I hope you’ll click here and read it all.

Also in the music section this week:

New recorded music just keeps on coming from Bend’s ridiculously productive scene. This week, I wax poetic about the new album from Sara Jackson-Holman (“it’s an aural tractor beam, drawing me in over and over again”), who’ll hold a CD-release show Monday, and The Autonomics (“bruising rock ’n’ roll that draws influence from both modern and classic sounds”), who’ll celebrate their new EP with a show tonight.

Elsewhere, we’ve got all the details on the Breedlove Festival, a concert and barbecue at Maragas Winery, Lisa C. Pollock’s Indie Freedom Tour at Silver Moon Brewing, Eric Tollefson and the Show Us Your Spokes lineup, Curtis Salgado and the Picnic in the Park lineup, folk singers Kasey Anderson and Anastacia, and a scaled-down Pinback returning to the Domino Room. And as always, you can find lots more in The Bulletin’s complete music listing.