Beat the heat with some articles about live music happening in Central Oregon over the next seven days!
— Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango will celebrate the release of its new album “Black Cloud” with a show next week at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. My colleague David Jasper spoke with one of ’em about Led Zeppelin and some other stuff. Read it here.
Elsewhere in the music section: local Latin dance band Chiringa begins its summer residency at Silver Moon, Liquid Lounge hosts a reggae show by Jah Sun and Dubtonic Kru, blues-rocker Hobbs Magaret says farewell to Central Oregon at The Belfry (he’s moving to San Francisco), Black Pussy and Silvero get heavy Saturday night at The Horned Hand, plus Georges Bouhey’s new jazz series, the Charles Button Band at County Catering, The Changing Colors, Chris Beland and more.
The Horned Hand has an evening full of rustic indie-folk music tonight with local band Rural Demons, plus Coloradans The Ghost of Michael Clark and The Changing Colors. Things will get going shortly after 8 p.m. and cover is $5. Here’s what I wrote about The Changing Colors in last week’s GO! Magazine:
Led by twin brothers Conor and Ian Bourgal, The Changing Colors come from the rustic Colorado music scene, where it’s easy to imagine their sad, sweeping folk tunes caroming around the craggy face of the nearby Rockies. The Bourgals excel at making sparse songs sound resonant and atmospheric.
Upon further review, these dudes write some seriously gorgeous songs. Imagine a less wild-eyed Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Palace Music) if his songs were set free in a wide-open space to breathe. But still super-bearded. That’s The Changing Colors. Here’s a sample:
I don’t know much about The Ghost of Michael Clark, but I’m sure the link above and/or a search engine will help you. Besides, I want to make sure to tell you to get there on time tonight to see the Rural Demons, a Bend-based “western gothic doom country” band led by James Ryan Adams that has been playing a bunch recently. They also just released an album, “Ghost Lights,” that I’ve been spinning a ton. You should do the same (stream it free here), because it’s very, very good.
You know, when you think about it, you have to feel for folks like Julian and Sean Lennon, Hank Williams Jr. and III, and Ziggy and Damian Marley — artists who are the children (or descendents) of music icons.
It’s just not really very fair, is it? They may be very talented and make fine work, but through no fault of their own, they’re unlikely to ever match up to what their ancestors did. The Lennons, the Williamses and the Marleys have all put together decent careers, but they all seem somewhat unexciting because of the brilliance farther up their family tree.
It must be hard living in a shadow that big. Anyway … it was just a thought I had.
Ziggy Marley returns to Bend tonight. My colleague David Jasper spoke with him mostly about music and marijuana.
“I’m pro-hemp, I’m pro-cannabis, I’m pro the use of this natural resource both as medicinal and industrial,” Marley said. “I think we need to address the plant as a whole, instead of just talk about the recreational or medicinal use.
“The cannabis plant is a whole plant,” he continued, “and I think if people understand the bigger picture and not just the stereotypical ‘Oh, people want to smoke weed’ picture, then they will have a better understanding of the purpose and the benefits that this plant could have on the planet, you know.”
You should read the whole thing, which you’ll find by clicking here.
Also worth highlighting in today’s GO! Magazine: Local eclectic roots band Big Pine and the Pitchtones have a new album out called “Cold Wind Blowin'” and they’ll celebrate it with a free show tonight at Dudley’s BookShop Cafe. Read all about the band and the album by clicking here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Delhi 2 Dublin, Eddie Spaghetti, Hillstomp, Sean Hayes, Wires in the Walls, The Changing Colors, The Northstar Session, Big Jugs, The Beautiful Train Wrecks and more!