Posts Tagged ‘Ruins of Ooah’

January 29 in GO! Magazine

Friday, January 29th, 2010

It’s almost February already. Unbelievable. Before we know it, summer will be here.

Until then, however, a few musical happenings to keep you warm and indoors:

-Sort-of-local trio Ruins of Ooah (didge player Tyler Spencer lives in Bend) will handle the free show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School on Wednesday. Read all about their tribal-tronic dance rock here.

-Burly folk singer The White Buffalo pretty much blew my mind Tuesday night at Silver Moon in Bend. Here is my review of the first great show of 2010.

-Venerable Wisconsin folk singer Johnsmith is back in the area to play the first show of the Harmony House concert series on Saturday.

-Tonight at Three Creeks Brewing Co. in Sisters, AMP Media Group is putting on a showcase of its artists. Five singer-songwriters for five bucks. Not bad.

-Tonight in Bend, local odd-rockers Hawgwash and The Kronkmen are teaming up for a night of frivolity at Mountain’s Edge bar.

Portland invades Bend: The Quick & Easy Boys and Alpaca! play separate shows at Silver Moon Brewing, and DJ Wicked lights up Bendistillery Martini Bar.

Go pick up a copy of The Bulletin today and find all this and more (fine arts, restaurants, movies, gaming, etc.) in GO! Magazine. DO IT.

Nice video of Bend Roots Revival

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Local music aficionado Dave Goodman took his video camera to the Bend Roots Revival last weekend and got some excellent footage, which he has posted to YouTube. And now I’m passing it along to you. (Dave says he has more coming, so keep an eye on his YouTube channel.)

Here’s the Bend/Eugene band Ruins of Ooah, who played one of the best sets I saw all weekend. If you haven’t seen them before, that’s three guys using drums, harmonica and digeridoo to create live, tribal trance music.

And here’s Sisters singer-songwriter Anastacia Beth Scott’s trio, which includes Mai Hyman on guitar and Aaron-Andre Miller on a beautiful fretless, acoustic bass.

Bend Roots Revival: Day 2

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

“We’re The JZ Band,” said David Z after his band’s first song at the Bend Roots Revival, “and it’s daylight.”

It was daylight. That’s one of the funny things about an outdoor, all-day music festival; bands that are used to playing in dark, cramped, stale-air bars are suddenly exposed to the sun, the wide open sky and fresh air.

In Bend, it’s a nice place to be. It could’ve been chilly this weekend — it’s late September in the High Desert, after all — but instead the weather has been absolutely perfect for this arsty cornucopia.


Stuff to do tonight!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

This is one of those weird weeks where, if you’re lucky, you didn’t work on Monday, but by Wednesday, you’re already jonesing for the weekend. It is for me, at least.

Get it out of your system by going out and taking in some Central Oregon culture tonight! Some options:

-At Player’s Bar & Grill (25 S.W. Century Drive, Bend), Smokestack and the Foothill Fury will do the one-man, raucous blues-punk thing. If you dig Bend regulars Hillstomp or Cicada Omega, you should check this dude out, for sure. And get there early to see a solo acoustic set from Sam of local pop-punk combo Tuck and Roll. Things’ll get started around 9 p.m., and it’s free.

-Fans of a more spoken word should saunter over to Silver Moon Brewing (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) for the monthly Bend Poetry Slam. There will be poetry, and it will be slammed, and at the end of the night, someone will be crowned a winner. The one time I tried to go to this, I couldn’t even get in the door, so go check out what all the cool people are doing. 8 p.m. $5 cover.

-Bendistillery Martini Bar (850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend) is hosting an interesting indie-pop band from North Carolina called Saint Solitude. 9 p.m., and no cover.

-The free Wednesday show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend) features Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs, an Americana band from Washington state. That starts at 7 p.m. and is, as always, free.

Attention Redmond! This is the last week of Music in the Canyon, the fortnightly Munch & Music-ish concert series at the Redmond Arts Pavilion (850 S.W. Rimrock Way). They’re calling this evening “The Party of the Nines” because it’s 9/9/09, and here’s a description from the organizers:

The final show promises to be great-we will have a circus like atmosphere; with jugglers, stilt walkers, a drum troupe, local luminary Cleve Brock, and special guest opener Ruins of Ooah. These guys really bring it, using the didgeridoo, drums, and harmonica to create a rockin’ trancelike effect-something the likes of which Redmond has never experienced before. We will also have the special sounds of the new local rockin’ sensation, Broken Top. And a huge, special finale to close out the year featuring the Redmond African Drummers, and in their first Redmond appearance, the fire dancing troupe Fireflyte. We are hoping you and your friends will be a part of this incredible celebration of music, food, and community.

Please come and help us celebrate our first (successful!) year of Music in the Canyon, held at the “coolest outdoor venue in Central Oregon”.

The show will start promptly at 5:30 and end around 8, after dark. Food and beverage will be provided as usual by Three Creeks Brewing Company, and the Toucan Café, among others.

Live music! African drums! Jugglers! Fire dancers! C’mon, Redmond, you need to go check this out.

July 3 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Happy Fourth of July, patriot! I know the whole family is going to be hanging out around the grill this weekend, and that inevitably leads to a big, America-centric singalong, with ol’ Uncle Carl leading the way on “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

So when you hear Uncle Carl start in with “O say, can you see…” here’s what you do: Duck inside, grab your GO! Magazine, and read up on all the musical happenings around the region over the next week. Here’s what’s in there:

-An interview with Bend local Franchot Tone about his L.A.-based band Culver City Dub Collective, which will play Sunday at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Here’s a free download of a track from CCDC’s self-titled EP. Grab it. It’s groovy:

Download Culver City Dub Collective, “Lel’s Song”

-A short story on the kickoff of Munch & Music in Drake Park, featuring virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque and his Flat Earth Ensemble.

My review of two fine, local rock bands — Tuck and Roll and Goodbye Dyna — that played sets at Deschutes Brewery’s 21st birthday party last weekend.

-Details on the big Fourth of July party happening Saturday at Bendistillery Martini Bar, where local hip-hop artists Mosley Wotta and Cloaked Characters will release a split CD containing four tracks from each. What’s that? You’d like to hear what these folks sound like? The Frequency blog aims to please; go download tracks from MoWo and CCZ here and here.

-Blurbs on the Empty Space Orchestra/Ruins of Ooah show Saturday at Silver Moon, the return of reggae legends The Abyssinians, the reopening of the Harmony House concert series venue (featuring folkie Jack Williams), and a hip-hop show at New Hope Church.

May 8 in GO! Magazine

Friday, May 8th, 2009

As always, it’s a busy week on the Central Oregon music scene. Here’s what we’ve got in today’s GO! Magazine:

-A story on the shifting sound of the eclectic San Francisco band Diego’s Umbrella, who have added a member and a heavier aesthetic. Curious about their “Mexicali gypsy pirate polka” blend? You’re in luck! Here’s a song to download (you may need to right click or control click and choose “Save Link As”):

Diego’s Umbrella, “The Fiberoptic Elflord”

-A review of Great American Taxi’s fine Wednesday-night show at Silver Moon.

-A short story on Seattle’s Flowmotion, who’ll play The Summit on Thursday night.

-Blurbs on upcoming gigs by Chuck Pyle, Excellent Gentlemen, Gavin Wahl-Stephens and Chris Kokesh and Lincoln Crockett, plus tonight’s Alley Oop block party, Saturday’s Division Street Skatepark fundraiser with Hawgwash and Ruins of Ooah, a two-night stand by local band Hangar 52, and Silver Moon’s Epic Trail Ale release party (with music by Quincy Street and The Sweet Harlots).

Details on when and where you can buy tickets to see Ween and Lyle Lovett at Les Schwab Amphitheater this summer.

My recap of this week’s episode of “American Idol.”

As usual, not all of these will be available to non-subscribers, so if you want to read them, you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up a print version of the paper.