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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Local fave folk singer The White Buffalo returns to Bend this weekend for a two-night stand at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. I spoke with the Buffalo — aka Jake Smith — about his early, frustrating days as a musician in San Francisco.

“Nothing was really happening for me,” (Smith said). “I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to get gigs. I didn’t know how to even think about making a CD.

“I would write songs and … I wanted to play music, but I was not very confident as a performer and I played like once a year,” he continued. “I’d call people on the phone, and they wouldn’t ever call me back.”

Undaunted, Smith took a more primitive approach to booking shows.

“I started playing songs into the phone, and then I would get calls back and I would start getting gigs,” he said. “I would try to rock like 30 seconds of something, and then I’d say, ‘This is The White Buffalo. Call me back.’ And I’d leave my phone number.”

“That actually worked every time I did it,” Smith said. “That was my press kit.”

You should click here to read all about a guy who plays to sell-out crowds pretty much every time he comes to town.

(Video of Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives at the Tower Theatre by YouTube user tdworak.)

For my Feedback column this week, I wrote about last week’s outstanding show at the Tower Theatre by country traditionalist Marty Stuart and his band. Spoiler alert: I thought it was the first great local show of 2011.

Honestly, my jaw was on the floor throughout most of the night. From the minute the quartet walked on stage — Stuart in a black suit (embroidered with flowers) and a turquoise scarf, his band mates in glittery, head-to-toe turquoise suits and all-white boots — this was a show so tight, so smooth, so perfect, it was like watching a video of a band that had been rehearsed and re-shot and edited until all mistakes were eliminated. Except this was live, right in front of my eyes.

Not a note out of place. Not a hair out of place. Devastatingly gorgeous harmonies swooping through the air. White-hot guitar playing as far as the eye could see. Big smiles, charming winks, witty banter. And a selection of wonderful songs, perfectly paced.

I hope you’ll go read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Moira Smiley & VOCO wrap up the Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series, the popular 80s Video Dance Attack returns to the Domino Room, a big rap show on Sunday night will serve as local MC Jay Tablet’s CD-release party, local musicians get together in Sisters to raise money for Jim Bull, and a couple of University of Oregon a cappella groups visit Bend High School. Plus, ska/reggae dudes The Supervillains play The Summit and California power-poppers Bright Faces are at JC’s Bar & Grill.

Plenty to do out there, folks! What are you gonna go see?

January 22 in GO! Magazine

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Y’know, the local music scene gets a bad rap in winter, even from me. But considering that it’s late January, we’ve got a terrific selection of live-music options in town this week. There’s no enormous name, but lots of solid mid-sized acts coming through. Here’s a rundown:

-I stink at math, but even I know that five out of the eight Living Legends is a significant chunk of the venerable hip-hop crew. The bill for this show — Thursday at Midtown Ballroom — is crazy; not only are five Legends scheduled to perform, but so is about half the local hip-hop scene. Should be quite a spectacle.

-Portland folk-pop band The Ascetic Junkies have a new EP out, and you can get it here — name your price. The band is also at Silver Moon Brewing tonight.

-The new album from former “Last Call with Carson Daly” bandleader Joe Firstman comes out next week. It’s called “El Porto,” and it’s kind of a reboot for him after his considerable success in Hollywood. Read why here. (Note: He’s playing the Silver Moon with folk singer The White Buffalo, who’s worth an article himself. Maybe next time.)

-Central Oregon’s ska uprising continues this weekend with two shows by Florida’s The Supervillains.

-This article will give you a brief update on the Jazz at Joe’s concert series, plus some details about this month’s artist, The I-5 Express. However, if you don’t already have a ticket, you’re out of luck, because it’s sold out.

-Also in the section this week: Hawaiian singer-songwriter John Cruz at Silver Moon; local heavies Warm Gadget and Tentareign at Mountain’s Edge; Colorado bluegrassers Head for the Hills at McMenamins; Oregon acid-jazz-hop band Eleven Eyes at Silver Moon; local singer-songwriters Dan Shanahan at WineStyles in Bend and Anastacia Beth Scott at Three Creeks Brewing Co. in Sisters, and last, but not least, the Bend Jazz Trio Saturday night at The Decoy Bar.

Oh, and a review of The Redwood Plan’s show last weekend at Players Bar & Grill.

Whew. Now that’s covering Central Oregon’s music scene!

If you’re not a subscriber to The Bulletin’s Web site, you’ll probably be unable to get to some of those links. In that case, you’ll have to either subscribe to the site, or pick up a paper copy of The Bulletin.

Local music news: DJ Barisone mix / The Dirty Words video / The Supervillains coming to town / introducing Jukebot / Chris Chabot streams new album

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Little nuggets of news from Central Oregon’s music scene, coming your way … now.

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DJ Barisone lived in Bend for a decade and moved to Portland a few months back. No matter where he lives, though, you want to hear his latest mix, right? Yup, you do. Especially if some sunny, funky, dubby party music sounds good to you on these cold, gray, winter days. It’s called “Lion in the Dancehall,” and you can get it by clicking here. If you’re gun-shy, check the tracklist here.

I’m late on this, but there’s still plenty of time — a month — to submit a “YouTube-style webcam video” to local indie-rock band The Dirty Words for their song “Damn Jacket.” They’re going to take all the videos they get and smash them together to create their very first music video. Fun, right? Right. There are some rules and other guidelines, including how to submit your masterpiece, here.

Local, faith-focused folk singer Chris Chabot has released a new album called “Outer Space,” and he’s made it available for streaming here. They’re pretty songs, so give ‘em a listen.

Fresh off their successful luring of the Mad Caddies to Mountain’s Edge back in November, Redmond’s Necktie Killer will open two local shows for another nationally touring reggae/ska outfit, The Supervillains, in late January. The Florida four-piece have played in Bend three times in the past three years, including an opening slot for the Caddies at the Domino Room in early 2007. But on Jan. 23, they’ll squeeze into Bend’s Mountain’s Edge bar, and on Jan. 24, they’ll play at Timbers in Redmond. There’s more info — times, cost, ticket outlets — at Necktie Killer’s spiffy Web site.

(Reminder: Necktie Killer and Larry and His Flask are gonna rock New Year’s Eve tonight at Mountain’s Edge. 9 p.m. $5. Cheap, good times.)

Jukebot

Check out the McMenamins Old St. Francis School calendar. Look there, on Jan. 20: Jukebot.

Who’s Jukebot, you ask?

Jukebot, apparently, is what you get when you take the ashes of the recently defunct/defunked local band El Dante — or at least the ashes named Gabe Johnson (guitar) and Tyler Mason (bass) — and you mix them with Jared Forqueran (drums) and Aaron Andre Miller (keys) of Person People and Anastacia’s band, and then you add the dynamic vocals of Stephanie Slade, also of The Sofa Kings. (Forqueran, Miller and Mason also played together in the David Bowers Colony before it blew apart.)

That’s a lot of cross-band-pollination there.

So yeah, Jukebot is a new band on the scene that has no music on its MySpace yet, but promises to play “21st century funk ‘n’ roll” influenced by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pearl Jam, The Meters and so on. The band came together to play the recent, annual, semi-secret “Church of Neil” show (to celebrate Mr. Young’s birthday) and clicked. Since, according to the MySpace, Jukebot has been “focusing largely on cover material and has recently begun to branch out into original material that reflects the members wide variety of influences, spanning from Rock n Roll to Funk, from Modern Rock to Hip Hop and Soul.”

That Jan. 20 show at McMenamins will be their first ever. Assuming they stick together for a while, you can bet we’ll be telling you more about Jukebot in GO! Magazine and Frequency at some point in the future.