Posts Tagged ‘Rise Up’

Poster: Larry and His Flask and friends at Century Center

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This is almost certainly going to be a blast, folks. And the promoters are on Facebook right now saying it’s not sold out and they will have tickets at the door. FYI.

Kill time between now and the show by checking out Frequency’s big ol’ archive of posters and flyers!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Jazz-grass fusionists Bela Fleck & The Flecktones return to town Wednesday for a genre-defying Christmas show to raise funds for KPOV. In case you missed it, it’s totally December, which means you’ll soon have your fill of Bing Crosby and Burl Ives. So seek out some non-traditional holiday sounds! I have some suggestions for you — plus more on Fleck’s skewed take on Christmas music — right here.

Elsewhere in the music section, we’ve got my review of Tennessee alt-country band Lucero’s show at the Domino Room on Tuesday, plus everything you need to know about this weekend’s Rise Up benefit shows at Century Center, as well as briefs on Yamn at McMenamins and Grant Sabin at Silver Moon.

Century Center, Rise Up’s Jesse Roberts plan new music venue in Bend. First booking: Talib Kweli.

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Underground hip-hop legend Talib Kweli will return to Bend on Nov. 20 for a show at the Century Center, the complex of buildings behind the old Brightwood Mill that just hosted the Bend Roots Revival.

Specifically, Kweli will play the large, L-shaped room that held the Century Center stage, right next door to Mailboxes, Etc. Posters for the show call the venue “The Music Mill,” though Jesse Roberts — founder of local humanitarian organization Rise Up International and the man who booked Kweli — said Wednesday that name may not stick permanently.

The name may still be up in the air, but Roberts is definitely working to turn the space into Bend’s newest, bustling music venue. With a capacity of 750 people, the room would provide an option in town for mid-sized touring acts and popular local bands that’s bigger than the Domino Room (cap. ~500) but smaller than the Midtown (cap. ~1,000).

Right now, the plan is for Roberts to be the venue’s talent buyer, he said, and while he has a few things on tap for fall and early winter (including the Kweli show), he’s currently focused on making contacts with artists’ agents, establishing the space’s name and reputation, and booking shows for early 2011.

Century Center owner Dave Hill set aside the room for a future events center/music venue while he was developing the rest of the new retail complex, located at the corner of Century Drive and Commerce Avenue. Roberts got involved this summer, when he helped organize the weekly Hump Day Hash events, which paired local bands with local nonprofit groups.

“I love music and I’ve always loved music,” Roberts said. “I started doing things over there this summer and got to know Dave, and it just kind of went from there.”

Hill is a strong supporter of the local arts scene who envisions the space being used not only for concerts, but also meetings, conferences and beyond. And over the past few years, Rise Up has played an increasingly large role in the local music scene, holding benefit concerts in its warehouse on Bend’s east side, promoting local artists like Mosley Wotta, and sponsoring a massive upcoming tour for local pop-punk band Capture the Flag.

But, the Century Center venue would be Roberts’ first real booking gig, and he’s currently trying to learn exactly what kinds of shows Bend will support. He hopes to attract a variety of genres, from hip-hop to country to indie rock, and he would like to use the shows to promote the local arts scene whenever possible. For example, one of the opening acts for Talib Kweli will be a showcase of local emerging MCs by Poethouse Art‘s education arm, CADA | CASA. There’s even been discussion about someday booking shows at the venue via a nonprofit group, similar to the arrangement at Eugene’s W.O.W. Hall, Roberts said.

First things first, though. For now, Roberts is concentrating on the basics — namely, a website and getting people to return calls to a place they’ve never heard of.

“It’ll be a learning experience, that’s for sure,” Roberts said. “But it’s good to have the support of Dave (Hill) and I’m looking forward to seeing what the community will support. I’m definitely excited.”

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Lots of local rock ‘n’ roll this week!

The Sofa Kings. Photo courtesy Christa Landis and Jason Costa.

The Sofa Kings. Photo courtesy Christa Landis and Jason Costa.

The Sofa Kings will play both Friday and Saturday night at Black Horse Saloon in Bend. Here’s an excerpt from my story on the band:

In a world where too many rock bands try to spice up their sound with disparate ingredients, The Sofa Kings are content to rock. As (drummer Karl) Lindgren puts it: “Our schtick is we have no schtick.”

He elaborates, touching on the Kings’ natural musical chemistry: “It’s a little bit like a jazz band in that regard,” said the man who spent years in California playing any style of drums you can name. “In a jazz band, the musicians are playing for themselves and the audience, if the band is good, is privileged to witness this musical conversation between, hopefully, talented musicians. And we’re a little bit like that.”

Read the whole thing here.

Inimica. Photo by Ben.

Inimica. Photo by Ben.

Local melodic metal band Inimica performed last weekend at Players Bar & Grill. Here’s an excerpt from my review of the show:

Now let’s get something out of the way: I enjoy listening to many different kinds of music, and I try to cover everything fairly here in GO! Magazine. But we all have strengths and weaknesses, and metal — particularly extreme metal subgenres like death metal — is not one of my strengths. So I will tell you what I can about Inimica, who, really, aren’t a straightforward death metal band, anyway.

There are death-y elements, of course. Dustin Jaques’ drums thunder like blasts from a furnace. The guitars — wielded ably by Blaine Bowden and Jake White — are chugging juggernauts that’ll make your chest ripple.

Inimica’s most death-metal-like feature, though, is the classic growl of Matthew Hicks, who looks like pop-metal star Andrew W.K. and sounds like Cookie Monster.

But lots of bands can chug and growl. It doesn’t mean they’re interesting. And one reason I really wanted to see Inimica on Saturday night is their musicianship.

Find out what awesome ’80s mega-hit Inimica covered by reading the whole thing here.

Also in the music section this week: Austin folk-rocker Danny Malone, a CD-release show for local musician Cedric Kohler, California rapper Myka 9, Blackflowers Blacksun plays a farewell show, Top Shelf hosts “Love Connection,” Boxcar String Band at Baldyfest, and a benefit at Rise Up’s warehouse featuring Mosley Wotta, We Are Brontosaurus, The Autonomics and The Tree Dwellers.

Finally, here’s our story on Bend WinterFest (where you can see The Gourds tonight and Hell’s Belles tomorrow). And here’s our complete music calendar.

Reminder: Today is Rise Up’s Haiti benefit concert

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Football game? What football game?

OK, yeah, there’s a football game today. But there are also still people in Haiti who need our help. So if you have no interest in the Super Bowl, head down to the Domino Room (51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) for “Rise Up & Rebuild,” a Haiti benefit concert organized by local humanitarian group Rise Up International. And if you do want to watch the game, consider heading down to the benefit afterward. This is a great bill for a great cause.


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Bearfoot will perform Saturday at Sisters High School for Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series. Here’s an excerpt from my story on the band:

Bearfoot’s wings are fully spread on “Doors and Windows,” released last year on Compass Records. It’s the band’s first album with new fiddler/vocalist/songwriter Odessa Jorgensen (formerly of The Biscuit Burners), and it was Bearfoot’s first recording session powered by a record company. Compass exerted a little bit of welcomed influence, Hamre said.

“They kind of made us focus — which is good — more on radio play,” she said. “(They helped us) make the CD cohesive, where all the songs make sense together.”

Indeed, “Doors and Windows” is a wonderful and mature album, apropos of a modern-day string band that has grown up before the eyes of bluegrass nation. It’s jam-packed with toe-tapping melodies and gorgeous vocals, not to mention songs that keep one foot in old-time music and one in the pop-grass world that made superstars out of Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek.

Read the whole thing here.

Here’s an excerpt from my column on last weekend’s Grammy Awards:

(Pink) sauntered out clad head-to-toe in white, like some Star Wars princess. Snooze. But then she shed the robe (leaving her nearly nude), climbed into a long white sheet draped from the ceiling and performed a full-on acrobatics routine a few dozen feet in the air, half while dripping wet. And she never missed a note. This was no joke; I actually worried for her safety, but she nailed it. Maybe she was raised in the circus. I barely heard the song, but she deserves (credit) for her guts.

My recap of the rest of the show isn’t nearly as positive. Read it here.

Also in the music section this week: Cash’d Out pays tribute to The Man in Black, The Aggrolites open for Slightly Stoopid, singer-songwriter Emma Hill returns to town, Rise Up throws a Haiti benefit concert, Gary Fulkerson plays guitar at Velvet and local metal band Inimica leads a heavy bill at Players. And, as always, there’s more in our complete music calendar.

Local benefits for Haiti taking shape

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

In response to the earthquake in Haiti, a couple of local benefit concerts seem to be happening. One is further along than the other, which means you can put one on your calendar, and you could potentially get involved in the other:

-On Sunday, Feb. 7, local humanitarian group Rise Up International will put on “Rise Up & Rebuild” at the Domino Room. Doors will open at 4 p.m., and the cost of admission is $5, with the money going to relief efforts in Haiti. The lineup, according to Rise Up’s Jesse Roberts, includes Person People, Larry and His Flask, Leif James & The Struggle, Haylee & Amanda, slam poetry by Manifestdestiny and Lakes, a mighty fine indie-rock band from California that put out on EP with a cover that always catches my eye in record stores.

-Fast-rising local singer-songwriter Reed Thomas Lawrence isn’t sure yet exactly what kind of Haiti fundraiser he’s putting together, but he’s working on something, and he’s aiming high, if his e-mail today is any indication. If you’d like to participate or help him out, write Reed at

October 23 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Today, someone asked me if there are times of the year that I’m busier than others, and times of the year when I’m struggling to find something to cover.

When I took this job more than three years ago, the answer probably would’ve been yes. Back then, it seemed the local music scene slowed down in September and October, and stayed pretty slow until about April or May.

But things have changed. For the third fall in a row, I’m just not seeing much of a drop-off in the amount of music-related activity now that the air is getting chillier and my yard is covered with leaves. The (relatively) dead season for concerts in Bend seems to have permanently shortened from October through April to maybe December through March.

That’s awesome, of course, for people like you and me, who love music and love having a multitude of live-music options in our town.

This week is no different. Just look at all these good shows coming up over the next seven days. In a slow week, a half-dozen of these could’ve been perfectly solid choices for a full feature story. As it is, I’m trying to cram them all into a limited amount of space in GO! Magazine. That’s a good problem to have.

-Bay Area jam-grass faves Poor Man’s Whiskey are coming to town, and they’re bringing their “Dark Side of the Moonshine” show with them. Lasers! Costumes! Fog! FLOYD!

-Local hilllbilly punk troupe Larry and His Flask has been on tour for months, and this weekend they’ll play two homecoming shows at the Domino Room and Silver Moon Brewing.

-The buzz is loud for Wednesday’s show at Silver Moon featuring the U.K.-based rock ‘n’ soul band The Heavy. These guys know how to bring it; it will be interesting to see how they draw on a school night.

-Two very intriguing benefits are going down this weekend: Saturday’s Witness Your World fundraiser will feature music by Kev Russell of The Gourds, and Rise Up International will hold its Art For India event on Sunday, with music provided by The Autonomics, Leif James and Chris Chabot.

-This weekend is absolutely packed with good stuff, including Matt Hopper and Eric Tollefson at Silver Moon, Gavin Wahl-Stephens at McMenamins, The Pink Snowflakes at Players, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at Black Horse Saloon, Mine+Us and DJ Hoppa at Bendistillery Martini Bar and a bunch of poppy, punky, rocky bands at the Rise Up studio, headlined by Phone Calls from Home.

Seriously. Anyone know if there’s a place in Bend that offers human cloning?

June 5 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Good morning, Frequency faithful. Can someone tell me how in the world it’s already June!?

Central Oregon has warmed up in the last couple weeks, and around here, warmer weather usually means more music. So without further adieu, here’s a look at what’s happening in Central Oregon over the next seven days, brought to you by LeBron James, who has plenty of time these days to do things like sponsor music blog posts. (Speaking of the NBA, have you read the NBA Finals preview that local hip-hop group Top Shelf did for Frequency? If not, you should. It’s a fun read.)

Anyway, in today’s GO! Magazine, we have:

-A little bit about each of the six young, mostly local bands playing in tonight’s Rise Up Battle of the Bands. Read up on them, then visit their MySpaces to hear their work: Adventure Galley / The Autonomics / The Snag / The Space Hoax / We Are Brontosaurus … and Hunters on the Horizon are so new, they don’t yet have a MySpace!

My review of last weekend’s Rise Up benefit show featuring Water & Bodies, We Are Brontosaurus and Empty Space Orchestra. It’s like Rise Up week in GO!

-A roundup of what’s happening at Silver Moon Brewing this week.

-My plea to you, dear reader, imploring you to go see the excellent alt-folk band Weinland on Saturday. (There’s a much more extensive story about the band here.)

The details on tonight’s hip-hop show featuring Twitter-crazy Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B.

-A quick overview of where a few local acts are playing, including Detour: Jazz, The Quons, Moon Mountain Ramblers, Brian Hanson and a whole bunch of punk and metal bands.

-A reminder that Wednesday’s Brandi Carlile show at the Tower Theatre is sold out.

Say, did you know that not all of those links will work if you’re not subscribed to The Bulletin’s online edition? Well, they won’t. So if you want to see them all, please subscribe or pick up a hard copy of GO! Magazine.

Photo: Water & Bodies at PoetHouse Art

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

More photos of Saturday’s Rise Up benefit show at the PoetHouse are up at Frequency’s Flickr photo pool, and more will be added in a day or two. As for the show … well, you’ll have to check out my Feedback column in Friday’s GO! Magazine.

Water & Bodies perform Saturday night at PoetHouse Art in Bend. (photo by Ben)

Water & Bodies perform Saturday night at PoetHouse Art in Bend. (photo by Ben)