Posts Tagged ‘Sisters Starry Nights’

Sisters Starry Nights returns with Keb’ Mo’

Friday, March 29th, 2013


The Sisters Starry Nights benefit concert series will return for its 15th season on May 18 with a performance by popular and eclectic blues/soul/pop artist Keb’ Mo’ at Sisters High School.

Reserved tickets start at $35 and will be available beginning April 8 at the Starry Nights website or at Clearwater Gallery (541-549-4994) in Sisters.

Mo’ has played Central Oregon a handful of times, both solo and as an opener for Bonnie Raitt at Les Schwab Amphitheater, but he hasn’t been here since 2008 (unless I missed a more recent visit in The Bulletin’s archives). This spring’s Sisters show will be a solo acoustic affair for the three-time Grammy winner.

Sisters Starry Nights was founded in 1997 by Jeri Fouts and Susan Arends in the face of budget cuts at area schools. Since then, the volunteer-powered series has hosted an array of big-name artists (Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Amy Grant and Michael McDonald among them) who also donated their time and effort. The result: More than $1 million in net proceeds raised for programs and equipment at Sisters schools.

That milestone will be celebrated at the Keb’ Mo’ show, according to a release from Starry Nights.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 16th, 2011

This week’s music section is like a giant, gaudy neon sign flashing the word “CHRISTMAS!” two feet in front of your face!

There are a bunch of holiday concerts in town this week, and we feature six of them:

–Jazz fusioneers Spyro Gyra at On a Lite Christmas Nite
–Throwback harp-guitarist John Doan does his Victorian Christmas show
–Broadway star Gary Morris plays A Starry Nights Christmas in Sisters
Blind Boys of Alabama have already sold out the Tower Theatre
–Smooth jazz pianist Tom Grant is at The Oxford Hotel
Bill Keale and friends do the holiday Hawaiian-style at The Old Stone

Elsewhere: PoetHouse Art hosts a benefit for paralyzed snowboarder Tyler Eklund tonight, Brandi Carlile’s back but tickets are long gone, a group of Sisters songwriters play at The Barn, and Bobby Lindstrom’s back in town, plus the Josh Hart Project, Little Black Dress, DSkiles Band, Bloodlust and Embrace the Fear. Again, it’s all right here.

See if you can guess which member of the University of Oregon’s a cappella singing group, On the Rocks, is my favorite.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Don't overthink it.

On the Rocks will perform at Sisters High School on Oct. 22. We’ll have a short story in Friday’s GO! Magazine, but in the meantime, here’s a press release from the Sisters Starry Nights folks with all the details:

From “The Sing Off” to Starry Nights:
On the Rocks Comes to Sisters on October 22

“Starry Nights Presents On the Rocks” on Saturday, October 22 in the Sisters High School Auditorium. “On the Rocks” is the award-winning men’s vocal a cappella group from the University of Oregon that won over fans nationwide with its high energy, entertaining, choreographed performances last year on the NBC show “The Sing Off.” Their repertoire ranges from contemporary pop, doo-wop classics, hip-hop, R&B, country and standards, as well as original songs.

Lobby doors open at 6 p.m. with music by Sisters Americana Project student performers and a silent auction. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. with an opening set by Divisi, the acclaimed UO women’s a cappella vocal group, and the SHS Jazz Choir.

The event is a benefit for the Sisters Schools Foundation, raising critical funds for classroom and co-curricular programs at Sisters Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

Sponsored by St. Charles Health System, “Starry Nights Presents On the Rocks” promises to be an evening that all ages will enjoy. Reserved tickets start at $20 and are available online at or at Clearwater Gallery, located at the corner of Cascade and Pine in Sisters. For more information, call 541-549-8521 x 4007.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Good stuff in the section this week. Read these, won’t you?

Rising Brazilian electro-pop star Luisa Maita.

My review of Tuesday’s show by The Shins.

The John Butler Trio at Clear Summer Nights.

The Devil Whale and The Parson Red Heads at McMenamins.

And an update on the Sisters Starry Nights organization, how they’re adjusting to the economy, and what they’ve got planned for this year (and tonight).

Elsewhere in the music section: Taarka, Mary Kadderly, Early Melodic Animals, Bex, Uncle Lucius, Brent Alan, Brad Tisdel.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 6th, 2010

If you haven’t heard his name, at least take a few minutes to listen to William Fitzsimmons’ music. The guy writes beautifully downcast songs in the same vein as Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam. I talked to Fitzsimmons earlier this week about his current state of mind after going through some dark times. Here’s an excerpt:

Last year, Fitzsimmons told National Public Radio he was looking forward to writing new material and moving on from that dark place in his life. Earlier this week … he said he’s currently working on songs for a new album, which he hopes to release next year.

As you might expect, the process has been refreshing.

“It’s a little different. It’s nice, because I’m in a different place in my life than I was a few years ago, fortunately,” Fitzsimmons said. “Things aren’t quite as dark or as morbid, so writing the songs … I don’t want to say it was fun, but it sure as hell was a lot more fun than it was before.”

Fitzsimmons has been unveiling those new songs at shows over the past month. He describes them not as happy, but hopeful.

“I decided I kind of wanted to write about things that were more in the line of healing and restoration, sort of the polar opposite of what I was writing about before,” he said. “So instead of things being destroyed, it was (about) things being mended and fixed and put back together. It feels good but it also feels right. It feels like it’s where my head has been.”

I hope you’ll click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, you’ll find short stories on the fine, fuzz-pop band The Parson Red Heads at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, the three-day jazzstravaganza that is Jade’s Jazz Festival in La Pine, and the Southern jam band Dangermuffin, who win the “hard worker” award for playing four shows in town over the next six days.

Plus: David Bromberg, Jena Rickards’ CD-release show, Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers, David Jacobs-Strain, Five Pint Mary and the Bend Fire Pipe and Drum Band, and an early heads-up on High Street playing a show to benefit Sisters schools. Want more options? Check out The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

Sisters news: folk fest songwriting contest, and a new Starry Night

Friday, July 16th, 2010

A couple bits of news from up Sisters way:

The Sisters Folk Festival‘s annual Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest is now accepting entries. Deadline is July 31. Here’s most of the festival’s press release, with all the details you need:

The contest carries a $750 grand prize. Five finalists will be selected from all submissions, and invited to perform at the Sisters Folk Festival, held September 10, 11 and 12.

The Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting contest is a performing songwriter contest; entrants must perform their songs on stage. It has proven to be a substantial launching pad for many artists, including the late, great Dave Carter, Beth Wood, Chuck McCabe, Darryl Purpose, Bob Hillman, Jud Caswell, and last year’s winner, BettySoo. Entrants may submit up to three songs. Entries will be judged on overall consistency of quality. Finalists will be selected from the timely entries by mid-August. The entrance fee is $20.

To determine a winner, each performer will play a 15-minute set, with the eventual winner performing a short set on the main stage Saturday evening. Finalists will have other performance opportunities at venues around Sisters throughout the festival. Each finalist will also receive two nights lodging, meal vouchers and one all-event pass for the Festival, as well as an invitation to perform for the 2011 Sisters Folk Festival.

Entries may be made online through; only online submissions will be accepted. To learn more about how to submit song files, please visit:

For more information about the Sisters Folk Festival and the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest visit or call 541-549-4979.

In March, I told you that the popular and long-running Sisters Starry Nights concert series was going on hiatus in 2010. Well, it still is, but that doesn’t mean the folks behind the series can’t put on a show and raise some money for Sisters schools!

Say hi to A Starry Summer Night, a one-night fundraiser featuring the good folks of High Street, who offered to donate a performance when they heard about Starry Nights’ break. The show will happen Aug. 13 at Aspen Lakes, and tickets are on sale now. Again, a press release with everything you need:

The evening will feature a kabob-themed buffet dinner, silent auction and concert under the stars, where guests can enjoy spectacular mountain views while dancing on the outdoor dance floor or inside Aspen Lake’s beautiful clubhouse lodge. The event is a production of the same team that created the Sisters Starry Nights Benefit Concert Series.

High Street is one of the country’s most entertaining bands, earning rave reviews for their high quality showmanship, outstanding musicianship and extensive repertoire which include cover songs and originals in a mixture of swing, blues, R&B, Latin, oldies and ballads. High Street’s performances have taken them from Sun Valley to Sunriver, the PGA Tour, Walt Disney World, the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, Sisters Jazz Festival and many other national and regional festivals and fundraisers. Most recently, they were the showcase band for the International Festival & Events Association Convention at Bally’s in Las Vegas.

“With the Sisters Starry Nights Benefit Concert Series on hiatus until 2011, High Street lead vocalist Matt Summers offered to bring the band to Sisters for a summer fundraiser to benefit the Sisters Schools Foundation,” said Starry Nights co-chair Susan Arends. “Aspen Lakes and the Cyrus family quickly came on board and ‘A Starry Summer Night’ was born.”

As the Sisters School District responds to the statewide education funding crisis by planning to cut more than $2.5 million from the budget in the next two years alone, co-chair Debbie Williams notes that events like ‘A Starry Summer Night’ are ways the community can continue to support the schools and maintain key co-curricular and classroom activities.

“We urge everyone to come out and help us give back to Sisters Schools,” said Williams. “It’s going to be a phenomenal evening of dining, dancing and fun and most importantly, it is for a cause that is vital to the heart of this community.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the kabob buffet, featuring meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits and a dessert station, with the silent auction running until 8:30 p.m. The outstanding music students of Sisters High School will provide entertainment during dinner, then High Street will take the stage from 7 – 10 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $50, or sponsorship tables, seating 8 guests, are available for $500. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 9 and can be purchased at Aspen Lakes Pro Shop, in Sisters at the Metamorphosis Salon and Spa or in Bend at the High Desert Gallery. For sponsorship information, contact Melinda Witt at or (541) 420-9505.

Sisters Starry Nights goes on hiatus for 2010

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Vince Gill, seated with guitar, performs with Sisters schools students during the 2007 Starry Nights season. Photo courtesy John Reuter.

Vince Gill, seated with guitar, performs with Sisters schools students during the 2007 Starry Nights season. Photo courtesy John Reuter.

The Sisters Starry Nights benefit concert series has raised more than $900,000 in net proceeds for activities in Sisters schools during its 12-year history, but the popular series will take a hiatus in 2010, co-chair Jeri Fouts said last week.

Fouts and her fellow co-chair Susan Arends plan to bring Starry Nights back in 2011, and have, in fact, already begun working on next year’s concerts.

The reason for the hiatus is simple, Fouts said.