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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 12th, 2013

I see today’s music section in three distinct segments:

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BIG-TIME CHRISTIAN ARTISTS PLAYING AT A CHURCH IN BEND
– Southern God-rockers Third Day perform at Christian Life Center Sunday. I talked to the bassist, who was super nice.
– Crossover Christian/pop star Amy Grant does the same on Thursday. My colleague David Jasper talked to her.

CONCERTS HAPPENING IN THE OLD MILL DISTRICT IN BEND
– Portland’s “little orchestra” Pink Martini returns to Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight.
– Reggae By the River will bring Mad Caddies, Indubious and Necktie Killer to LSA’s backstage Saturday.
– Sunday’s free concert at the Schwab will feature the melodic Americana band Tumbleweed Wanderers.
– On Wednesday, Hit Explosion will kick off the Alive After 5 concert series.

SHOWS HAPPENING IN SOMEONE’S YARD
Crawfest gathers a bunch of local and regional bands out in Powell Butte.
– L.A. power-violence band ACxDC will play a house show on Bend’s east side.
– A guy built an amphitheater on his land near Terrebonne and will host Brent Alan.

PLUS: Rock Ink & Rebels at Timbers in Redmond, a benefit for The Bethlehem Inn … and more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

This week, there are a couple of bigger names playing shows in Central Oregon, and you can find more on them below.

But for my main music story this week, I decided to focus on the South Carolina roots/jam band Dangermuffin, which is playing out at Black Butte Ranch on Sunday.

I chatted with Dangermuffin’s Dan Lotti about his love for Bend, the influence of living in a coastal town, and getting tagged with the jam-band label.

“We feel like it’s just really eclectic music, and I think sometimes we get grouped in with the jam thing, simply because of the eclecticism,” he said. “We don’t mind being included in the jam-band conversation, because I think what you find there within that community are true music fans.

“Those are the kind of people we want to reach out to and connect with anyway, so we don’t really look at the jam-band thing as being a four-letter word,” he continued. “We’re happy to just be a part of that community, and if that’s where we’re finding a niche, then we’ll take it.”

Oh heck … just click here and read it all.

Three other shows this week I want to highlight:

–Post-grunge heroes Everclear are at Century Center tonight. I couldn’t decide what to write about them, so I just wrote this.

–With Lucy Woodward on board to fill in for China Forbes, Portland’s Pink Martini returns to Les Schwab Amphitheater Saturday night.

–Portland-based roots-rock kingpin Lewi Longmire brings his namesake band to Redmond tonight for a free show at Music in the Canyon. Fans of Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Band take note.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Tornado Rider plays The Horned Hand, The Autonomics kick off Parrilla Grill’s Show Us Your Spokes series, just-crowned Last Band Standing champ Necktie Killer visits Silver Moon, folkie Carinne Carpenter does two nights at Scanlon’s, the Jazz at Joe’s series hosts the Warren Rand Quartet, and JazzBros! return to McMenamins.

I didn’t even have room for Cherry Poppin’ Daddies at Munch & Music, Franchot Tone’s free Summer Sundays show, The Whiskey Rebellion at Silver Moon and several other things. The summer music season is really getting busy, folks. Go support your local bands, venues, events and promoters!

China Forbes out, Lucy Woodward in for Pink Martini’s Bend show

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Portland-based multicultural “little orchestra” Pink Martini returns to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Saturday. You can get tickets and more details by clicking here.

Unfortunately, they’ll be without longtime lead vocalist China Forbes, who’s having surgery on her vocal cords. In her place will be the cosmopolitan singer-songwriter Lucy Woodward. Here’s the press release from the band, including some rave reviews for Woodward’s performances in Utah, Michigan and Montreal, Canada.

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Les Schwab Amphitheater announces three more shows

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Three more shows have been added to the summer lineup for Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater.

–Bluegrass superstars Alison Krauss & Union Station return July 9 in support of their new album “Paper Airplane.” Ticket prices range from $39 to $62 (plus fees).

–Portland’s cosmopolitan mini-orchestra Pink Martini is set to play the Schwab on July 23. Tickets cost $33 (general) and $63 (reserved), plus fees.

–Finally, on Aug. 10, country star Dierks Bentleythe man behind one of my 25 favorite albums of last year — will make his first appearance in Bend. Tickets cost $37 (general) and $59 (reserved), plus fees.

Tickets for all three shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday at The Ticket Mill (541-318-5457) in The Old Mill District and at www.bendconcerts.com. Folks who know the secret password (psst … it’s “rockchucks”) can take advantage of a special presale on Thursday.

August 28 in GO! Magazine

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Today marks the beginning of a very busy stretch for music fans in Central Oregon. Over the next several weeks, we’ll have four concerts at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, a few other big names at other venues around Bend, the Sisters Folk Festival and the Bend Roots Revival, plus all the smaller club shows that happen in town every week. The Frequency team has its running shoes on!

Here’s what’s up in today’s GO! Magazine:

-Ween! Ween! Ween! I talked to Dean Ween about shark fishing, hurricanes and beards. Oh, and music.

-Oregon! Oregon! Portland’s little orchestra, Pink Martini, is coming back to town to give Bendites a fun, if not entirely accurate, history lesson.

-Hot Sauce! Philly blues-hop dude G. Love brings his repaired vocal cords and his Special Sauce to Bend. (Also: A fancy new way to get your tickets via cell phone.)

-It’s A Miracle! Portland hip-hop icon Cool Nutz rolls into town ready to celebrate life.

-Don’t Forget! Ghostwriter plays folk-punk at Silver Moon, The Commercial Underground hits The Summit Saloon, and the Terrebonne Depot throws an end-of-summer party.

End of summer!? C’mon now … it’s August!

I do believe everyone can view the Ween story, but the rest of those may be available to subscribers only. Pick up a print version of The Bulletin to see them all.

Not-so-newsflash: Pink Martini coming to Bend

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

It’s one of the worst-kept “secrets” in town: Portland’s little cosmo-pop orchestra, Pink Martini, is bringing its “Oregon! Oregon!” tour to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Aug. 29.

Tickets cost $16 for general admission and $49 for reserved seats, available through Ticketmaster beginning this Saturday at 10 a.m.

The date has been listed in promotional materials and such over the past couple of weeks, but it was never officially announced by the company that books the Schwab until a couple days ago, so I’ve been holding off on posting it.

Anyway, “Oregon! Oregon!” is a celebration of our fine state’s 150th birthday. I’ll just let the press release tell you about it:

In 1959–to celebrate the 100th birthday of Oregon–the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company commissioned Grammy-Award-winning radio personality Stan Freberg to write a short 3-act musical comedy about the Beaver State. 50 years later, a team of Oregonians, including members of PICA’s Flash Choir and writers from Live Wire! banded together to write a new Act IV, complete with brand new songs and a rollicking plot.

With an all-star Oregonian cast backed by the 234th Army Band and Pink Martini, the world premiere staging of Oregon! Oregon! 2009 takes place across the state this summer in celebration of Oregon’s Sesquicentennial, followed by a full set by Pink Martini.

This will be the second time in three years that Pink Martini has played the Schwab. You can read my review of their 2007 concert by clicking here.