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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Cajun, jazz, ska, folk, punk and pop-rock … another week on Central Oregon’s music scene. Here’s what’s in today’s paper!

– One of the world’s best-known Cajun and zydeco bands, BeauSoleil, returns to Bend this weekend for a show at the Tower Theatre. My colleague David Jasper spoke to founder Michael Doucet about his vision for the band as an act of historic preservation.

– Local good-times band Necktie Killer has its first album recorded, mixed and mastered. Now they need some cash to help turn that work into a bunch of CDs. Tonight, they’ll play a show at their warehouse practice space in Bend to raise money for exactly that, and everyone who pays to get in will get a copy. I chatted with the guys about all of the above and more.

– The popular Jazz at the Oxford series ends this weekend with a visit from jazz/funk/rock fusionist Tom Scott & California Express. I rounded up some fun facts about Scott, whose long career has taken him to a bunch of interesting places and put him alongside a bunch of interesting people. Like Pat Sajak!

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: eclectic folk-rocker Tom Russell returns to the Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series, Solwave comes to the Astro Lounge, a gang of punk and metal bands will gather at the Domino Room Saturday for what this blog will call Eff Winter Fest, local folk singer Mike Biggers plays twice in Bend this weekend, Fruition and The Giraffe Dodgers team up at Liquid Lounge, The Henhouse Prowlers bring bluegrass to GoodLife Brewing, Dead Winter Carpenters visit McMenamins and more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Portlander Tony Smiley will bring his flashy one-man-band show back to Bend’s MadHappy Lounge tonight. I spoke with him about folks’ misconceptions about what he does, especially among the people who book music venues.

Smiley plays all over Portland and the Northwest, and has made several trips to Bend over the past couple of years.

Getting his foot in the door at a new venue can be tough, but once he’s in, he’s always asked back, he said.

“They have this whole idea in their head (that it’s) not going to fly. (They say,) ‘We’re a rock club!’” Smiley said. “It’s like, just give me a chance. And once they see me, they’re like, ‘Oh, well, I had no idea. I expected some guy with cymbals between his knees and an accordion under his arm.’”

You should go read the whole thing right here.

Elizabeth Cook performs at McMenamins in Bend. Photo by Ben.

In today’s Feedback column, I review a couple of midweek shows from late January. L.A. roots-rockers Dawes and Nashville country singer Elizabeth Cook were both great.

… the charming Cook had everyone eating out of the palm of her hand. Such is the power of a sassy gal with a sugary Southern accent and a sharp sense of humor. After a warm-up set by her husband, the renowned guitarist Tim Carroll, Cook took over the evening and commanded the room, bouncing back and forth between her songs, hilarious ruminations on topics ranging from video games to Vanna White, and the occasional well-chosen cover.

She dedicated the Louvin Brothers’ “Cash on the Barrelhead” to Charlie Louvin, who died earlier that day. She did a heart-stoppingly pretty version of the Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning.” And she strapped on some percussive shoes for a clogging routine to accompany Carroll on a train song called “The T.V.G.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing — including plenty on Dawes at the Silver Moon — by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Hillstomp is in town to do a two-night stand at Silver Moon, the Ty Curtis Band plays the Domino Room, Minnesota-based indie-folkers the Caroline Smith Duo are at Parrilla, Tom Russell continues the Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series and a bunch of reggae acts are gathering to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. Happy b-day, Bobby!

Winter Weather Warning Tidbits: Bela Fleck tickets, Sisters concert series lineup, Jackson-Holman’s Christmas songs

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Take your mind off those ominous skies to the west by reading a round-up of locally flavored music news that should take some of the sting out of the next few months:

–The fine folks at KPOV would like you to know that you can now buy tickets to see banjo genius Bela Fleck & the Flecktones at Mountain View High School on Dec. 8. They’re available at KPOV’s website. After Fleck’s Christmas show at the Tower a few years ago, I talked to several people who said it was amazing. So yeah, go make sure you have a seat.

–The Steep Canyon Rangers are one of the finest young bluegrass bands in the country, though lots of folks best know them as the backing band for famous comedian and bluegrass dabbler Steve Martin. Regardless, the Rangers are coming back to Central Oregon to play Sisters Folk Festival’s Winter Concert Series. While we’re at it, here’s the whole series lineup:

-Jan. 10 — The Steep Canyon Rangers
-Feb. 4 — Tom Russell
-Feb. 25 — Moira Smiley and VOCO

All shows start at 7 p.m. in the Sisters High School auditorium. Tickets are available here.

–Bend-based singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman just released three Christmas songs — “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Angels We Have Heard On High” — and has made them available for download. For $1. What a bargain! Plus, proceeds go to charity. I don’t know which charity, but I trust Sara, and so should you.

You can stream two of them and/or download all three at Jackson-Holman’s Bandcamp site.