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Music this week in Central Oregon

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The first third of today’s GO! Magazine is dedicated to looking back at 2010’s best music, but that doesn’t mean there’s no shows to see this week in Bend. Here’s a round-up:

Sweatshop Union

Tonight at the Domino Room, Canadian hip-hop faves Sweatshop Union are back in town for the first time since, well, since the last time it was cold outside.

You see, there’s something about this Vancouver-based collective’s left-of-center hip-hop that appeals strongly to the kind of folks who hang out in ski/snowboard towns when there’s powder on the mountain. Why is that? I don’t know. Maybe they have an endorsement deal with a helmet company or something. Or maybe ski/snowboard types just like rap that is diverse, set to slick beats, and politically and socially aware.

Whatever the reason, people always turn out for these cats, and these cats put on a pretty good show. I saw ’em at WinterFest a couple years ago and was impressed.

Sweatshop Union, with Top Shelf, Logy B and Gage; 9 p.m. tonight, doors open 8 p.m.; $10 advance, $13 at the door. Advance ticket outlet info at; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend.

Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree

Man, if you love local musicians and you love fine pickin’, the second annual Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree is right up your alley.

This is a two-night extravaganza: Friday in Bend, Saturday in Sisters, featuring the Bond Street Bluegrass All-stars. Now who are these all-stars, you ask? Let me tell you: members of Moon Mountain Ramblers, Tone Red, Blackstrap and the Pitchfork Rebellion. Plus, there’ll be performances by Greg Botsford, Wild Rye, Mai and more.

The idea is to pull together all corners of Central Oregon’s acoustic community and jam. And jam. And jam. And jam. And then jam some more. Expect good times, friends.

Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree; 8 tonight; $5; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331 or

Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree; 8 p.m. Saturday; $5; Three Creeks Brewing Co., 721 Desperado Court, Sisters; 541-549-1963.

Saturday night: Barisone, Tuck and Roll

-The Annex (51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) will host a bunch of poppy, punky pop-punk(ish) bands Saturday night after the roller derby event in the Midtown Ballroom. The lineup includes Confederacy of Dunces, Where’s Tom and local dudes Tuck and Roll. Things will get going around 9 p.m. (or whenever the skates stop rolling), and it’s free.

-At MadHappy Lounge (850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend) on Saturday night, former Bendite, current Portlander and cornerstone of the local DJ scene, Barisone, will return like the prodigal son, if the prodigal son knew how to make the party bounce like one of those inflatable castles full of Slinkies. Joining him on the decks: DJ Smoke. Get there around 9 p.m. It’s free.

The Soulstice Jubilee

Saturday isn’t the winter solstice (I don’t think. What do I look like, a sundial?), but that won’t stop local faves Mosley Wotta and Eric Tollefson from getting together at Century Center (70 S.W. Century Drive, Bend) for The Soulstice Jubilee. The bands are gonna fill the room with some funk-jam-roots-blues-hop, and you are going to dance till your chilly bones thaw out.

Tickets cost $10 in advance at and $13 at the door, and a portion of proceeds go to the KIDS Center. Here’s the poster, just for fun:

Tonight’s Sweatshop Union show canceled

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

If you were going to check out Canadian hip-hop group Sweatshop Union tonight at the Domino Room, bad news: The show has been canceled, per the promoter’s Web site and the band’s Twitter feed.

I asked both for a reason but haven’t heard back.

Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase.

October 9 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Ladies and gents, I have family in town this weekend and am going to try to steer clear of the blog for a few days. Devastating, I know.

Before I disappear, though, I want to let you know what’s happening in Bend, musically, over the next seven days. Be sure to grab a GO! Magazine or visit the calendar on the GO! Web site for lots more options beyond these:

-When L.A. MCs Scarub and Very collaborate, they call themselves Afro Classics. And they’re dope. They have a new album out this week and they’re playing in Bend next week.

-You thought the days of Queen-style pomp-rock were over, didn’t you? Well, meet The Janks.

Sweatshop Union is a hip-hop collective out of British Columbia, Canada. They are not associated with any sweatshops as far as I know. Now get back to work!

-Local industrial band Warm Gadget and one-man speed-metal wonder Bald Eagle Shirt are gonna get strange at Players Bar & Grill.

-Silver Moon Brewing continues to expand its music offerings, hosting cosmopolitan electro-funk-jazz duo Planet Loop and Bend’s own glitch-hop crew, the Thumbprint Collective. (Download 48 minutes of Thumbprint’s chilled out electronica by clicking right here.)

-Guitar mega-talent Tony Furtado in concert at a beautiful old church in the ghost town of Richmond? Sounds like a highly listenable experience. Just remember to take a sweater.

-Also: Willie Carmichael’s going to folk up Dan Chavers’ Studio, and bluegrass is the name of the game when Blackstrap plays McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

-Don’t forget there are a few music-related movies happening at BendFilm this weekend.

And hey! Look for another blog post in the next little bit about a fundraiser happening Saturday at Parrilla Grill that you should consider checking out.