Posts Tagged ‘The Horned Hand’

Tonight’s Murder By Death show moved to Domino Room

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

I’ll just copy and paste from today’s issue of The Bulletin.

Tonight’s concert by Indiana twang-rock band Murder By Death has been moved to the Domino Room (51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend).

If you already purchased tickets to see the band at The Horned Hand, your tickets will be honored.

The move means the show is now open to all ages. Tickets cost $10 plus fees in advance at or $13 at the door.

The show will start at 8 p.m. Opening acts include Third Seven, Rural Demons and a reunion set by Pater Familias.


If you’re interested, here’s my original story on Murder By Death.

[Video] John Wesley Coleman, Rayon Beach at The Horned Hand

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

My memory on this one is a little fuzzy, but this I know for sure: At some point in the past, present or future (probably the past), John Wesley Coleman and Rayon Beach played The Horned Hand in Bend, and I was there with my little video camera to capture the clatter.

I’m sure shortly after the show I was full of thoughts and opinions on the bands, but I can’t recall them now. Mostly I remember short, sharp blasts of the Goner/HoZac-style fuzz/scuzz/psych/pop/punk that the jorts-wearing kids are loving these days. Rayon Beach’s tunes were off-kilter and draped in waves of reverb, whereas Coleman’s irresistible riffs and melodies did a better job of cutting through the haze. (Shout-out to his keyboard guy, too, whose playing brought a bit of an E Street Band feel to the proceedings.)

Moving pictures of each band below!

John Wesley Coleman

Rayon Beach

Tonight: John Wesley Coleman III, Rayon Beach at The Horned Hand

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The thing I love about The Horned Hand — the new art/retail/music space on Colorado Avenue in Bend (catch up here and here) — is that it’s … well, it’s weird.

It’s weird in a cool way, with hanging taxidermy watching your every move, funky furniture strewn about, unsettling films projected on the wall. It feels like a cozy dive in Twin Peaks, Wash., or as operator Wesley Ladd once told me, a Satanic T.G.I. Friday’s. (Is there any other kind?)

In its first few weeks, The Horned Hand has hosted a number of solid bands, but tonight brings the first show that, in my opinion, really matches the place’s off-center vibe. Tonight, Austin, Texas “trash poet,” garage rocker John Wesley Coleman III stops in, along with opening act Rayon Beach.

Coleman’s music is a warped and woozy take on psychedelic garage-stomp, where sneakily catchy pop songs are fuzzed up and scuzzed up and veiled in an unscrubbable haze of lo-fi grit. It’s like the Nuggets box set doused itself in skunky old sweet tea and then rolled around in a gutter for days.

And I think it’s good stuff. Certainly, if it’s good enough for Goner Records, it’s good enough for you. Here are a few videos, followed by a bit about Rayon Beach.


[Photos] Opening night at The Horned Hand

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, there are 12,000 words below about Bend’s newest art-hangin’ / clothes-sellin’ / music-playin’ / beer-drinkin’ space, The Horned Hand, which I introduced you to right here.

Still, I am going to add a few of my own.

Cobbled together inside the old Repeat Performance building at 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., the venue’s official opening is tonight, when California folk-rocker The White Buffalo performs (9 p.m., $7 advance, $10 at the door). But there was a sort of soft opening last night, featuring music by Harley Bourbon and Boxcar Stringband, beer by Boneyard Brewing (and cans of Old German), and food by The Codfather, a new cart in town that sells fish ‘n’ chips out of a huge red double-decker bus parked just outside The Horned Hand’s roll-up bay door.

The decor is exactly what head Hand Wesley Ladd described when we met last week in what was then a barren, rectangular box. It’s eclectic, full of found objects and thrift-store bargains. Hubcaps, animal horns, interesting art pieces and vintage signs cover the walls, and they’re all for sale, Ladd says. A couple racks of clothing sit along one wall below a stereo system and projector, which last night ran the 1973 cult film “The Holy Mountain” silently on the opposite wall. (It was really, really weird.)

The bar appears to be a couple of kitchen counter slabs draped across several large barrels. The “bar stools” are kegs with pillows on top. Seating is available across the room in both old molded plastic school chairs (one had “Room 126″ scrawled on the back) and bench seats from automobiles. There’s a picnic table up front. It’s just to the left of the stage, which looked to be about a foot tall.

Both bands were great. I had never heard Harley Bourbon before, but they’ve got Lucero’s sandpaper-throated alt-country down pat. I look forward to seeing them again. Boxcar Stringband swings, baby, swings. (Their CD-release show is tonight, by the way.) The place was rockin’ as I approached around 9:45 p.m., and Ladd closed the bay door at 10 p.m. out of respect for the neighbors. The Horned Hand got a lot hotter after that, and pretty soon its crew was cranking up fans in the corners to keep the air moving.

Overall, I’d say it was a successful first night. I’d guess 100 or so folks came through, maybe a bit more, and many seemed to know each other, fueling the feeling that this wasn’t a brand new spot in town, but a longstanding neighborhood hangout. I was talking with local graphic designer and rock ‘n’ roller Dana MacKenzie, and he said “It feels like this place has been lived in for a year.” Or maybe he said eight years. I don’t know. It was loud. Either way, I couldn’t agree more.

Around 11:15 p.m., I headed out the door to find Ladd shushing a group of folks on the front lawn whose chatter was growing louder. That kind of thing is nice to see, and it’s a smart way to go. The Horned Hand has tremendous potential to be a vital cog in Bend’s nightlife and music scene, if it can navigate the hurdles that any business like it faces: red-tape headaches, annoyed neighbors, apathy on the part of locals. I hope it clears all of those and whatever else comes its way and sticks around for a good, long while. You should, too, and you can show your support starting tonight.

To the photos! (Sorry for the quality. I am not a great photographer and conditions were challenging.)

Note The Codfather's double-decker bus just outside the bay door.


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The fine fellas in local rockabilly blues trio Boxcar Stringband will play the M&J Tavern Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new album “Going Down South.”

I spoke with founding members Joseph Balsamo and Casey Cathcart about their band’s distinctly vintage style.

Much of today’s music industry is obsessively focused on the future.

Just about everyone is out there trying to create the next big sound, find the next big thing, or stumble onto the next big viral marketing scheme.

Not the three guys in Boxcar Stringband. The Bend-based trio … lives in the 21st century, but its music is a convincing throwback to a bygone era.

“When I think of our band, we’re playing basically everything that was around in 1953,” guitarist Joseph Balsamo said in an interview last week. “We just have bigger, stronger amps than they had.”

You should go read the whole thing here, and then go check out Boxcar on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the music section, we’ve got all the details you need on two local festivals: the rootsy, jam-focused 4 Peaks Music Festival near Tumalo, and Saturday’s living shrine to the acoustic guitar, the Breedlove Festival.

Plus, local folk favorite The White Buffalo returns to the region for two shows, one tonight in Sisters and one Saturday at The Horned Hand, a brand new art/music space on Colorado Avenue in Bend. Click here to read about The Horned Hand’s plans and the people behind them.

Oh wait, there’s more: Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom has a big week planned, with guitarist Fareed Haque’s Math Games group tonight, locally rooted indie-folkers Loch Lomond on Wednesday and junkyard blues specialists Hillstomp on Thursday. Madhappy Lounge has a busy schedule, too, with underground rapper Open Mike Eagle on Monday, political punkers Prayers for Atheists on Wednesday, and electro-hip-pop group Vokab Kompany on Thursday. Then there’s the wonderful Nicki Bluhm at Alive After 5, The Greencards play the free Sunday show at the Schwab, Town Mountain brings three nights of bluegrass to McMenamins, and a Last Band Standing update.


New venue in Bend: The Horned Hand

Friday, July 8th, 2011

An email showed up a couple of weeks ago from local promoter Cassie Moore announcing upcoming shows by The White Buffalo (July 16) and Tornado Rider (July 22), both at something called The Horned Hand.

I found the name alone to be extremely intriguing, so I immediately wrote Cassie back and asked her for more details.

A week later, I was standing in a gray, rectangular building on the corner of Colorado Avenue and Lava Road that, up until last fall, housed the Repeat Performance Sports consignment shop. In case you can’t picture it, it’s located here and it looks something like this:

Giving me a tour was Wesley Ladd, a tall fellow wearing cowboy boots and an impressive beard. Ladd is from Ohio and spent some time in San Diego, but he moved to Bend last year after falling for Central Oregon during a firefighting assignment with the Prineville Hotshots.

He’s also a musician and huge music fan; we nerded out a little bit over our mutual love for the Portland-based metal band Red Fang.

Ladd is leading a small team of folks who are working diligently to get The Horned Hand up and running by the time The White Buffalo arrives. The group has cleared out the space, painted, installed a roll-up bay door, and begun decorating with cool recycled finds like retro lamps, old metal signs, vintage truck parts and mounted animal horns.

Ladd moved to town with hopes of someday operating a music venue along similar lines to The Casbah in San Diego and The Union in Athens, Ohio (a small town that’s home to “one of the best rock ‘n’ roll scenes in America,” he said). Right now, though, he’s starting slow and staying focused on the art/retail aspect of The Horned Hand rather than booking shows. He plans to feature local artists’ work on the venue’s walls, and will offer artwork, clothing and other interesting stuff for sale as part of a retail operation. He says the space will be “in evolution,” constantly adding new art and furniture (both for sale) to keep The Horned Hand’s look and feel fresh. And he envisions a day when the place hosts not only concerts, but comedians, theater, burlesque shows and more.

Ladd also has applied for a license to sell beer and wine, and he’s waiting to hear from fire department officials on the venue’s capacity. (Based on the size of other venues in town, it looks like it will be able to hold somewhere between 100 and 200 people, but that’s just my estimate.)

As for the music, Ladd has Moore booking shows at The Horned Hand and he’s open to other independent promoters using the space. He also hopes to start booking once the venue is up and running. He was mostly mum about what kind of music he’d like to bring in, but the CDs stacked on the stereo in the corner might provide a clue; they range from folk (Townes Van Zandt) to blues-rock (The Black Keys) to heavy stoner rock (Torche, Saviours).

At first, as Ladd and the team work to get the venue off the ground, The Horned Hand might be open on show nights and closed other days while more work is done. You have to crawl before you can walk, after all.

“I’m really pushing for quality not quantity on the shows,” Ladd said. “We really wanna take care of the bands and house ’em and feed ’em. If they spend the night, bring ’em some biscuits and gravy or something. Then they go tell their friends, ‘Dude if you’re going even close to Bend, swing in there because those guys are sick.'”

(All photos taken from The Horned Hand’s Facebook page with permission.)