(Update: In the comments, Jill points out that I failed to mention KPOV’s involvement in the Bend Roots Revival. That was an oversight on my part, so I’ve updated this post, below.)
I’m telling you what, folks, this is shaping up to be one of those weekends. You know the kind: Warm weather. Central Oregon sunshine. Comfortable evenings. Cold beverages. Lots to do. Lots of music to hear. I was downtown last night (Thursday) and you could already feel it in the air. People were out and about, for sure.
Bend is ready for one last summer blast, and here’s your soundtrack:
–THE BEND ROOTS REVIVAL IS HERE. Check out the schedule. Learn a little bit about some of the artists (look on the right side of the page). And read this if you’re on the fence about attending this wonderful event.
Overlooked in the article is the fact that Bend Roots is a project of Bend’s community radio station, KPOV. The station will be broadcasting live from the event throughout the weekend, so if you can’t make it down to the festival, tune in at 106.7 FM or to the online stream at www.kpov.org.
-Bummer news: Top-flight local DJ Bryan Barisone is moving to Portland after 16 years in our fair burg. His contributions to the local music/party scene will be missed. Tonight, one of his regular spots — Bendistillery Martini Bar — is throwing him a Bon Voyage party. (You can prep for that party by downloading a soulful, 62-minute mix by the man himself. Check back here a little later this morning and I’ll have a link up for it.)
-Bend gets plenty of hip-hop shows, but not all are actually good. This one is: Portland indie-rap dude Josh Martinez is returning, this time to the Domino Room. Mosley Wotta and Mindscape of Person People will open.
-The rock ‘n’ roll vaudeville act Yard Dogs Road Show is back in town. One Wednesday, they’ll turn the Domino Room into a murky carnival of oddities.
–The Clumsy Lovers‘ Celtic-influenced pop-grass sounds pretty much like a perfect fit for Silver Moon Brewing. Good thing that’s where they’re playing Thursday night!
-The hard-touring reagge band Pepper will roll into the Domino Room on Thursday.
As usual, some of those links may not work if you’re not a subscriber to The Bulletin. If you’d like to see them all, you’ll need to subscribe to the site or pick up a print version of GO! Magazine, which has what I think is its coolest cover in my 3-1/2 years on this job. The design for the Bend Roots story is also worth seeing.