Local band The Rum and The Sea plays at Silver Moon tonight. I wrote a little blurb about them in Friday’s paper (look to the right, under “Highlights”), but when I saw the cool poster for their gig, I had to add it to our archive. The art is by Dale Jamison, who, according to the band, does lots of drawings for local roller derby teams.
When we were discussing what to put on the cover of today’s GO! Magazine, I mentioned tonight’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis show at Midtown Ballroom and told my coworkers this: We get a lot of has-beens and not-yets and never-will-bes in this town, but it’s not that often we have an artist come through at the very same moment that they’re the hottest story in music. Tonight is one of those times. Macklemore – aka Ben Haggerty from Seattle – is in his moment.
Tonight, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will rock a sold-out Midtown Ballroom. I wrote about their current wave of success and their new album “The Heist,” but focused on the best, most important song on that album, “Same Love.” Here’s an excerpt.
In it, Haggerty tackles the topic head on, ignoring a long-held taboo in hip-hop. He lays out his own stereotypes about homosexuality, decries the casual use of “gay” as a synonym for “bad” in our culture, calls out his own genre for looking the other way and, along the way, weaves in commentary on politics and religion. Seattle vocalist Mary Lambert ably sings the beautiful hook: “I can’t change/ Even if I wanted to,” which is lifted from one of Lambert’s own songs.
Haggerty closes his third verse this way:
“I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal
Damn right I support it.”
Whether or not you or I agree with Macklemore is not the point here, by the way. The point is to acknowledge the guy’s forever-place in a watershed summer for the heretofore odd couple of hip-hop and homosexuality.
Also tonight, the third Jazz at the Oxford series kicks off in Bend with a night of Portland blues. My colleague David Jasper spoke to iconic Oregon bluesman Curtis Salgado about his battles against cancer and how they’ve changed him as an artist.
“It’s scary because the older I get, the older I want to get. It’s scary because you don’t want to know how you’re going to die,” said Salgado, who saw his mother die of cancer. “Cancer is the ultimate predator. Cancer’s like a great white shark. It’s dangerous and fascinating at the same time.”
But, with no chemotherapy required, Salgado has been able to do what he’s done for decades: get back out on the road, this time in promotion of “Soul Shot,” his first all-soul album, which dropped April 10 on Alligator Records.
If there’s any plus to cancer, Salgado said, “It just fine tunes you into life, and what’s around you, and every moment. I used to want to fill a coliseum with people and win lots of Grammys and have a nice house on the McKenzie River, you know what I’m saying?”
Now, “I don’t care anymore,” he said. “I’m just very blessed to be here. I’m blessed to play my music with my friends, and play to people who are so nice to me. It’s like, look, man, I owe the universe.”
Read the whole thing and peruse the series’ 2012-13 schedule here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Adventure Galley, The Autonomics, Black Pussy, Aldrine Guerrero, Matt Woods, Michael Dean Damron, The Rum and The Sea and more.
This coming week is one of the busiest of the year so far as far as opportunities to hear live music in Central Oregon. We covered a ton of stuff in today’s GO! Magazine, and there were even a handful of shows — the Shook Twins at Pickin’ & Paddlin’, John Nemeth at Brasada Ranch, Tropical Punk at The Horned Hand, Herrick at Maverick’s — that I would’ve liked to have written more about, but couldn’t.
So let’s get to it!
The Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Emmylou Harris, is coming to Bend Sunday for the first time since the early 1980s. My colleague David Jasper spoke with her about her music and … wait, what’s that? Oh. Right. No, he talked to her mostly about her dogs.
“I come from a long line of dog lovers and animal lovers,” Harris said. “And I have this big yard. And I thought perhaps I could start a rescue — actually, just an extension of Nashville Humane … a really good shelter here in town.”
Bonaparte’s Retreat was intended to house a maximum of three dogs at a time, “so that I could take some of the over-spill” from the shelter, she said. “That was how we got started, and we still are a small rescue, but right now (the dogs) have their own bunkhouse and place to run.”
Harris lives on a two-acre lot in town, not a country estate as one might assume. (“They have what we call ‘the back 40′ back there,” she said.) And these days Bonaparte’s Retreat takes up to six dogs at a time, including those from Metro Animal Care and Control, “where dogs are put down after a very short period of time if they’re not adopted,” Harris said. “It’s quite heartbreaking, but we do what we can.”
The aptly named Dark Time Sunshine. (It was dark in there.) Photo by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin.
For my Feedback column, I went to Liquid Lounge Tuesday night to see indie-rap duo Dark Time Sunshine. Here’s an excerpt of my review:
(Onry) Ozzborn is the front man, and he handles the job with intense focus. But Dark Time Sunshine is powered by Zavala’s heavy-footed beats and space-age synths, which he produced mostly on a chunky drum machine that looked like something harvested from R2-D2.
The set was stocked with songs from the duo’s upcoming album “Anx,” one of the best rap records of 2012 so far. Highlights included the fizzy-lifting funk of “Cultclass” and “Look at What the Cat Did,” the stuttering beat and pop hook of “Forget Me Not,” and the loping bass line and shout-along chorus of “Rock Off.” That last one incited the most vigorous dancing of the evening; a lady dropped her beer and the pint glass shattered at Ozzborn’s feet.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: SPL, VTRN and more throw a dance party at The Astro Lounge, Chris Isaak returns to town, Laila Biali comes to Alive After Five and Moondog Matinee brings no frills to The Horned Hand, plus Marv Ellis, Floater, The Farewell Drifters, Ottmar Liebert, Igor & Red Elvises, The Rum and The Sea, Nuclear Funk, Parrilla Grill’s Show Us Your Spokes series and more!