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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Bend’s venerable Domino Room will host two nights of quality music this weekend. On Saturday, it’ll be a dance party with Seattle Afro-funk band Polyrhythmics and Eugene acid-jazz group Eleven Eyes. But first up, tonight’ll be a string-band hoedown with frequent Bend visitors Polecat (from Washington state) and one of the country’s finest contemporary bluegrass acts, The Infamous Stringdusters from Charlottesville, Va.

My colleague David Jasper spoke with Stringduster bassist Travis Book about the band’s fans and why he doesn’t mind when people don’t pay attention to their shows. Here’s an excerpt of his story.

“We’re seeing a lot of people come to the shows, and some of them are refugees from country music,” he said. “And we’re also seeing a lot of people who were into the jam-band music scene. It’s interesting. We have one of the more diverse audiences I’ve seen. I think that’s a testament to the diversity of sound within our band. It runs the full range from country to rock to jazz and more improvisational art forms. So it’s an interesting time for us.”

And all those diverse audiences are welcome to enjoy themselves however they please at a Stringdusters show. Even if that means talking through the performance.

Wait. Isn’t this a notorious pet peeve of live performers? Surely it must bother him when people sit at the bar, virtually ignoring him while he’s working so hard keeping his upright bass up, right?

“Hell no,” Book said. “They can do whatever they want. As long as they pay (for) the ticket and they’re enjoying themselves and not taking away from anybody else’s experience, by all means. Sometimes I go to shows, and that’s all I want to do is socialize. Sometimes I want to throw down and dance and sometimes I just want to sit and listen.”

You should read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Travis Ehrenstrom hosts a night of music in Sisters, The Ascetic Junkies play one last time as a full band before paring down to a duo, dirty-rap icon Blowfly comes to Redmond, Violation headlines a punk show in Bend, Josh and Mer wrap up the Northwest Best concert series at Liquid Lounge and more.

July 17 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Oops … forgot to do our weekly roundup of the music-y stuff in GO! Magazine.

First of all, there are several ways this week that you can take in excellent live music while also helping out a local cause:

-Tonight, Nashville bluegrassers The Infamous Stringdusters are playing at Black Butte Ranch near Sisters. It’s only $5, and proceeds benefit the Americana Project high school songwriting class.

-Saturday night, go see Anastacia Beth Scott and Electric Sudaki at Silver Moon and support Chimps Inc., the chimp sanctuary near Tumalo.

-Next week, the local-arts festival Bend Roots Revival will be raising funds for its event, which will happen in late September. On Thursday, head to the Tulen Center and see Empty Space Orchestra, The Mostest, Leif James and Brazilian musician Marcello Bernardes, and help fund the Roots Revival, which is one of our town’s coolest cultural events.

Now let’s see, what else?

-New Orleans funk-hop quartet E.O.E. preaches unity through diversity.

-Oakland old-school rapper Too $hort is coming to Bend.

-A new nightclub, The Underground, is opening tonight in the space formerly occupied by Club 97. Local rockers El Dante are gonna open it up right.

-South African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is back at the Tower Theatre, and tickets are either already gone, or very close to being gone.

-Also, the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band is back in town, The Mostest will play Show Us Your Spokes tonight at Parrilla, and Dubious Ranger will roll into Silver Moon next week. Read about all of them here.

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