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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Enough with the sandwiches, right? (Note to The Bulletin: Have you considered putting someone on the sandwich beat? I know a guy. Who loves sandwiches.)

Oh, right … music. It’s summer in Central Oregon, which means the next seven days are more packed with good live-music opportunities than, say, this sandwich is packed with corned beef.

This week’s music section includes short stories on Michael Franti’s brighter outlook, the traditional ways of Town Mountain, the melodic charm of Dar Williams, the reunion of ’90s Bend band Brotherhood of Rythm, and the impressive lineage of the Stone River Boys, plus Keegan Smith, Marv Ellis, Cloudy October, Moon Mountain Ramblers and The Congress. For you off-the-beaten-path types, we’ve got Susie McEntire’s annual concert in Antelope and Doug and Telisha Williams performing in Richmond. And for you funnel-cake types, there’s Styx and “Weird Al” Yankovic at the Deschutes County Fair.

Finally, this week provides a bunch of ways you can catch a show and see your cover charge or donation go to a good cause. Click here for all the details you need to attend fundraisers for Rise Up International, the late Jake Vinson’s family, the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, the Sisters High School’s jazz program and efforts to purify the drinking water of Mumba, Tanzania.

That’s a lot, right? It is. But if you need more, check out The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

Who’s playing the 2010 Deschutes County fair? The answer is a little “weird” …

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I used to think the big music bookings at the Deschutes County fair existed in a funny little bubble, unaffected by the kinds of acts that are popular at other venues. But given the two Les Schwab Amphitheater headliners we know about for 2010 — Merle Haggard and the Steve Miller Band — perhaps I was wrong. Perhaps the fair, with its focus on aging classic rockers and not-quite top-tier country acts, has its finger on the pulse of what Central Oregonians want. Perhaps the fair was ahead of its time.

Anyway, buckle up, because here are the big names playing the 2010 Deschutes County fair:

July 28: Neal McCoy
July 29: Joe Diffie
July 30: Styx (!)
July 31: “Weird Al” Yankovic (!!!)

All shows start at 7 p.m. and are free with a ticket, which you can get by listening to 99.7 FM (for McCoy/Diffie) and 98.3 FM (for Styx/Yankovic). (You also have to pay for admission to the fair.) More info here.

An aside: One of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had in this job was attending the Alice Cooper show at the fair in 2008. (Here’s my review.) The fairgrounds’ event center was rowdy, raucous and packed to the gills with more than 10,000 people cheering wildly every time Alice “choked” a woman or “stabbed” a baby, all fake and in good fun, of course. 10,000 people. That’s more than have ever attended a show at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Ever.