Posts Tagged ‘Town Mountain’

[Video] Town Mountain at McMenamins

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Sorry for the slow posting, folks. I spent the past few days seeing Fleet Foxes and transporting a pig from Corvallis to Bend, leaving little time for blogging. (Every word of that sentence is true.)

In a town replete with opportunities to see progressive bluegrass played live, it’s nice to see a real traditional combo come through every once in a while. Last week, Asheville, N.C.’s Town Mountain set up shop at McMenamins Old St. Francis School for three nights in a row, and friend of Frequency Adam Sears was there on Thursday with his video camera.

These clips look and sound great, so check ‘em out for some tasty pickin’.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The fine fellas in local rockabilly blues trio Boxcar Stringband will play the M&J Tavern Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new album “Going Down South.”

I spoke with founding members Joseph Balsamo and Casey Cathcart about their band’s distinctly vintage style.

Much of today’s music industry is obsessively focused on the future.

Just about everyone is out there trying to create the next big sound, find the next big thing, or stumble onto the next big viral marketing scheme.

Not the three guys in Boxcar Stringband. The Bend-based trio … lives in the 21st century, but its music is a convincing throwback to a bygone era.

“When I think of our band, we’re playing basically everything that was around in 1953,” guitarist Joseph Balsamo said in an interview last week. “We just have bigger, stronger amps than they had.”

You should go read the whole thing here, and then go check out Boxcar on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the music section, we’ve got all the details you need on two local festivals: the rootsy, jam-focused 4 Peaks Music Festival near Tumalo, and Saturday’s living shrine to the acoustic guitar, the Breedlove Festival.

Plus, local folk favorite The White Buffalo returns to the region for two shows, one tonight in Sisters and one Saturday at The Horned Hand, a brand new art/music space on Colorado Avenue in Bend. Click here to read about The Horned Hand’s plans and the people behind them.

Oh wait, there’s more: Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom has a big week planned, with guitarist Fareed Haque’s Math Games group tonight, locally rooted indie-folkers Loch Lomond on Wednesday and junkyard blues specialists Hillstomp on Thursday. Madhappy Lounge has a busy schedule, too, with underground rapper Open Mike Eagle on Monday, political punkers Prayers for Atheists on Wednesday, and electro-hip-pop group Vokab Kompany on Thursday. Then there’s the wonderful Nicki Bluhm at Alive After 5, The Greencards play the free Sunday show at the Schwab, Town Mountain brings three nights of bluegrass to McMenamins, and a Last Band Standing update.

Whew!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Enough with the sandwiches, right? (Note to The Bulletin: Have you considered putting someone on the sandwich beat? I know a guy. Who loves sandwiches.)

Oh, right … music. It’s summer in Central Oregon, which means the next seven days are more packed with good live-music opportunities than, say, this sandwich is packed with corned beef.

This week’s music section includes short stories on Michael Franti’s brighter outlook, the traditional ways of Town Mountain, the melodic charm of Dar Williams, the reunion of ’90s Bend band Brotherhood of Rythm, and the impressive lineage of the Stone River Boys, plus Keegan Smith, Marv Ellis, Cloudy October, Moon Mountain Ramblers and The Congress. For you off-the-beaten-path types, we’ve got Susie McEntire’s annual concert in Antelope and Doug and Telisha Williams performing in Richmond. And for you funnel-cake types, there’s Styx and “Weird Al” Yankovic at the Deschutes County Fair.

Finally, this week provides a bunch of ways you can catch a show and see your cover charge or donation go to a good cause. Click here for all the details you need to attend fundraisers for Rise Up International, the late Jake Vinson’s family, the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, the Sisters High School’s jazz program and efforts to purify the drinking water of Mumba, Tanzania.

That’s a lot, right? It is. But if you need more, check out The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

July 31 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 31st, 2009

These next seven days, folks, might just be the busiest, music-wise, of the year so far in Central Oregon. Almost every night you have options, and many of those options are either big names or big talents (or both). Are you planning on hitting any of these? Some of them? All of them? Leave a comment and let me know what your plans are.

Oh, and all today’s links are free and available to non-subscribers, so click away! Let’s go in chronological order:

-Tonight, Vetiver plays California sun-kissed folk-pop at Silver Moon Brewing.

-Also tonight, up-and-coming country stars Lady Antebellum will play the final free show at the Deschutes County Fair.

-Looking for something else to do tonight? Try Sagebrush Rock at Boston’s or Empty Space Orchestra at Parrilla or Necktie Killer at The Underground.

-On Saturday, a big ol’ rap show will roll into the Midtown Ballroom. Kottonmouth Kings and Swollen Members are co-headlining, and local rapper The Dirtball will perform. Should be one of the biggest Midtown shows in a while.

-Also Saturday, Tuck And Roll plays at Silver Moon and Apropos performs at The Studio.

-On Sunday, the Les Schwab Amphitheater will host its second ticketed show of the summer when Lyle Lovett and His Large Band come to town.

-Also on Sunday, Susie McEntire Luchsinger does her annual concert out in Antelope.

-Monday night is blues night at the Tower Theatre, where veteran guitarist Johnny Winter will appear.

-Wednesday night will bring a couple of young, rootsy bands to Bend, as bluegrassers Town Mountain play at Silver Moon and Breathe Owl Breathe hits McMenamins.

Again, anyone can get to any of those stories, so check ‘em out. And if you want to see the cool dartboard motif that the GO! Magazine design team put together, pick up a copy of the actual newspaper!