Posts Tagged ‘Swollen Members’

November 6 in GO! Magazine

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Man, it’s windy outside as I write this. Fall is finally, really here. Or maybe that’s winter.

Whatever, the seasons may change, but the local music scene churns on. This weekend’s lineup is highlighted by some Canadian hip-hop, some Irish punk rock, and a benefit for the folks in our own community who need it most.

Hey … if you go out and see some music and snap a few pictures, why don’t you add them the Frequency’s Flickr pool?

-Two years after Flogging Molly packed the Midtown Ballroom, their fellow Irish-punk rockers Dropkick Murphys are visiting the same venue on Sunday. Read Al Barr’s take on the band’s success and what it has meant for their fan base.

-Swollen Members ought to consider just renting a place in Bend, perhaps. They’re back tonight, just a couple months after opening for Kottonmouth Kings at Midtown Ballroom. This time, though, the Canadian rap quartet is touring behind its brand new album, “Armed to the Teeth,” and will headline the Domino Room.

-For the fourth year in a row, a lot of local folk/bluegrass/Americana bands are gathering at Bend’s Community Center for Hoedown for Hunger, where proceeds will benefit the center’s Feed The Hungry program.

-California’s softcore ska dudes the Mad Caddies played at Mountain’s Edge bar in Bend on Sunday. I dug it.

-Elsewhere in town this week, Dana and Susan Robinson play a house concert, Shireen Amini settles into Jackson’s Corner, The Snag will do a free show at a church, and Cloaked Characters and The Bayliens will light up the Bendistillery Martini Bar.

As always, not all those stories will be available to everyone. If you run into a paywall, you’ll need to subscribe to The Bulletin’s online edition or, better yet, pick up a print copy of today’s paper.

July 31 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 31st, 2009

These next seven days, folks, might just be the busiest, music-wise, of the year so far in Central Oregon. Almost every night you have options, and many of those options are either big names or big talents (or both). Are you planning on hitting any of these? Some of them? All of them? Leave a comment and let me know what your plans are.

Oh, and all today’s links are free and available to non-subscribers, so click away! Let’s go in chronological order:

-Tonight, Vetiver plays California sun-kissed folk-pop at Silver Moon Brewing.

-Also tonight, up-and-coming country stars Lady Antebellum will play the final free show at the Deschutes County Fair.

-Looking for something else to do tonight? Try Sagebrush Rock at Boston’s or Empty Space Orchestra at Parrilla or Necktie Killer at The Underground.

-On Saturday, a big ol’ rap show will roll into the Midtown Ballroom. Kottonmouth Kings and Swollen Members are co-headlining, and local rapper The Dirtball will perform. Should be one of the biggest Midtown shows in a while.

-Also Saturday, Tuck And Roll plays at Silver Moon and Apropos performs at The Studio.

-On Sunday, the Les Schwab Amphitheater will host its second ticketed show of the summer when Lyle Lovett and His Large Band come to town.

-Also on Sunday, Susie McEntire Luchsinger does her annual concert out in Antelope.

-Monday night is blues night at the Tower Theatre, where veteran guitarist Johnny Winter will appear.

-Wednesday night will bring a couple of young, rootsy bands to Bend, as bluegrassers Town Mountain play at Silver Moon and Breathe Owl Breathe hits McMenamins.

Again, anyone can get to any of those stories, so check ‘em out. And if you want to see the cool dartboard motif that the GO! Magazine design team put together, pick up a copy of the actual newspaper!

New shows coming to Midtown complex

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

The Web site of local promoter Random Presents is one of my daily clicks, and if you live in Central Oregon and you love music, it should be one of yours, too.

That said, it’s been pretty quiet over there over the past several weeks. Random’s steady stream of new concerts slowed a bit in May and June, in part, no doubt, because the economy is forcing everyone — including concert promoters, obviously — to make cautious and smart business decisions these days.

But the Random tap has turned back on, it seems, for a spate of shows in late July and early August, including two biggies to be held at the Midtown Ballroom. Here are the details:

-Roots-reggae legends The Itals will return to the Domino Room on July 15. The Kingston, Jamaica trio has been together for more than 30 years, earning a Grammy nomination in 1987. This is their third or fourth trip to Bend in the past few years.

-The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band will also return to the Domino Room on July 21, bringing their Indiana hillbilly blues act back to town for the second time in six months.

-Rap fans, here’s your treat: Iconic Oakland rapper Too $hort will play the Midtown Ballroom on July 23, headlining a miles-long bill that includes Mistah Fab, Tha Jacka and Bend’s own Top Shelf.

-This one, I think, will be the biggest draw: A double-bill of weed-happy rap-rockers Kottonmouth Kings and Canadian hip-hop crew Swollen Members will hit the Midtown Ballroom on Aug. 1. Like ‘em or not, those two acts are right up Bend’s alley. Put ‘em together on a Saturday night, and you have what will likely be one of the huge shows of the summer.

-This just in: Georgia-based Southern rock/hip-hop hybrid Rehab will return to town on Aug. 8 for a show at the Domino Room.

Get more info on all these at www.randompresents.com.