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The Sound Garden to close

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Twin Atlantic performs at The Sound Garden in Bend in March of 2012.

Twin Atlantic performs at The Sound Garden in Bend in March of 2012.

The Sound Garden has been an intermittent but perseverant presence on Bend’s music scene over the past couple of years, but owners of the production studio and live-music venue on Second Street have decided to close its doors on Sept. 30.

Their statement is below. It sounds like they’ll be looking for another physical space, but in the meantime, will continue to do audio/video/event-production work, untethered to a building. Visit their website for more info.

Greetings from the Sound Garden Studio,

many of you have supported us from our first day more than two years ago. The TSGS has hosted your rehearsals and private parties; we have had artist workshops and taught students to play, we hosted the COYO recital.

We have seen local artists and National touring artists like Jennifer Batten, Tommy Castro and the Pain Killers recently Co Co Montoya and a very long list of private parties with local talent performing.

It has been a lot of work and the rewards far outweigh the work, this summer we have added our new Digital mixer and other equipment that was amazing leap in quality of our stage and house sound.

This last month has had it’s up’s and Down’s however we now have one old and one new neighbor that have proven to be less than friendly one to the south and one to the north, it is my experience that this will not end well, It is now time for us to look for our next project, the Sound Garden will close the end of this month Sept. 30th will be our last day in Bend, I will miss Jeremy and Trish at 2nd Street Eats really good food and great people. We would like the opportunity to serve you again. We will still be available for support for weddings dances private parties ect.

We have as you know great sound and lights, staging tables & chairs, we have all the same contact for rentals just no 2 ND street overhead. We are looking for a more suitable space to continue with The Sound Garden Studio, if you know of a building that you think could work please contact me. I would look at anything over 6k sq feet, with or without a Kitchen /Bar.

Bend is a great town but a hard place for Music always has been and will be.

If you are in need of a space in September before we close please contact us this is the last chance to rock the Garden, shoot video or?
YOU CAN STILL DO IT IN THE GARDEN
Call now or send an e mail

We may have one last show I will send out a notice on that when I know more. This would be a shot at paying our closing bills so we can move on without the debt.

Peace
The TSGS Staff

(Photo courtesy The Sound Garden’s website)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Dudes, we are officially in Central Oregon’s busy time of year, musically speaking. Here’s what’s up.

Bend’s beloved rock ‘n’ roll bar with the creepy hunting lodge aesthetic — The Horned Hand — is closing Saturday night after two years of business. They’ll end with an excellent lineup of bands including locals The Rural Demons and The Kronk Men, plus Chicago garage-pop band Outer Minds. I spoke with Brian Costello of Outer Minds about his band’s only other show at the Hand, among other things.

“That tour, our van had broken down like three or four times. In Los Angeles, we got to play for 10 minutes before they cut us off because they had booked … some kind of Korean rave party,” he said. “So much went wrong.

“So we get to Bend and we had no idea what to expect. We’d never been there. And everyone was so friendly and receptive, and we just had such a great time there,” he said. “After all those things that went wrong, we just felt very welcome and relaxed and ready to play. It was a wonderful time.”

It was a wonderful show, too. The band was in fine form, chugging through its upbeat brand of fuzzy garage-pop, highlighted by exuberant boy-girl vocals (courtesy Mary McKane, Gina Lira and frontman Zach Medearis), ultra-catchy melodies that sound imported straight from the psychedelic ’60s, and, maybe most of all, the buoyant charm of McKane’s 1967 Farfisa organ, which gives the whole sound an authentically vintage feel.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Also in this week’s music section: Steve Miller Band brings its bevy of hits back to Bend, Ziggy Marley returns to town, The Pitchfork Revolution kicks off the summer concert series at Angeline’s Bakery, Marcus Eaton plays Volcanic Theatre Pub, The Sound Garden ramps up its schedule beginning with a pop show Sunday and a metal show Monday, DJ P hits the decks at Liquid Lounge Saturday night, Krafty Kuts does the same on Thursday and more, more, more.

And not in this week’s music section: Portland indie-folk-pop band Blind Pilot headlines the Hullabaloo tonight in Bend’s Northwest Crossing neighborhood. Hot Buttered Rum, Jackstraw, Mosley Wotta, Tony Smiley and more are playing the Bite of Bend Saturday and Sunday.

Local music venues as seen in Google Street View

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I’m a big fan of the Street View feature on Google Maps, which allows you to virtually plop down into the middle of a place and, through the magic of street-level imagery, see what’s happening there, or at least what was happening when Google’s funky little camera car rolled through.

I use Street View all the time for all kinds of reasons, from simply trying to get a better idea of something’s exact location to touring cities I’ve never visited. It’s fun. So for the past several years, Bend’s lack of Street View was frustrating. At first, there were no roads highlighted in blue when you dragged that little yellow dude across the map. Then, it was just our town’s traffic arteries.

But last night, I noticed that Google has finally blanketed Bend in Street View! And the second thing I thought to do — after look at my house, of course — was to check out some of our town’s busiest music venues. (Weird, I know.)

Anyway, I ended up grabbing screenshots of several, and when you line ‘em all up, it’s kind of an interesting view of a group of buildings that many folks may know and love and/or tolerate, but because of the blurry, nighttime nature of their business, have never really looked at before. (The Tower Theatre and Les Schwab Amphitheater being obvious exceptions here.)

So enjoy this peek at Bend’s busiest music venues brightened by the harsh light of day. And you can click here to check out others on your own.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Domino Room and Midtown Ballroom. In case you can't read the marquee, it says "ROACH GIG CANCELED" ... which is funny, because the rapper's name is Roach Gigz, but it still works. The Roach gig was canceled, after all.

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