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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Reggae legends Toots & the Maytals are coming to Redmond! It took a while, but I tracked down Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and talked to him about the key to his longevity.

“The good music makes me stay on the road,” he said. “People need me so they request me to come, so I have to be on the road. I love what I do, (and I) still like to tour to make sure my audience is happy. They love me very much and I love them very much.”

Their love is rooted, first and foremost, in a handful of hit Toots & the Maytals records from the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “54-46 Was My Number,” “Bam Bam,” “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston.”

The band’s early hits are durable classics of the genre, reflective of a time when reggae was a bit grittier and funkier than it tends to be these days.

The Maytals’ music remains popular because it’s “clean” and “positive,” Hibbert said.

“If you’re negative,” he said, “you won’t last long.”

It’s not often Bend gets a performance by an artist as influential as Toots, so you should click here and read what else he had to say.

I also want to highlight my story on Ashland-based indie-folk trio Kites & Crows, who are playing a free show at McMenamins on Wednesday. I really think this is talented up-and-coming band with great songs, so click here to read all about ’em.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got Ween’s return to Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tracorum kicking off Munch & Music, Sunriver’s Rhythm on the Range festival, Lauren Shera at Silver Moon, a trio of country songwriters at Maragas Winery and Third Seven’s last show before tour, plus Sagebrush Rock, Boxcar String Band, Chris Beland and Last Band Standing.

Enjoy the long weekend and gorgeous weather, folks! Have fun and be safe.

October 16 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Happy Friday, Frequency readers! My Friday has begun later than usual, which means this post is happening later than usual, which means I’m going to get out of the way and get to the links.

-Portland’s Danger Death Ray will bring their DIY attitude and pop-punk sound to Bend for two shows this weekend.

-Guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke returns to the Tower Theatre, ready to entrance local music fans.

-Bay Area hyphy group The Federation will headline a big hip-hop show at the Domino Room tonight.

-Two California rock bands who combine pop and twang — Tracorum and Shayna and the Bulldog — will perform tonight at Silver Moon Brewing.

-There is no shortage of heavy rock happening in Bend’s clubs over the next two nights: Thorns of Creation leads a metal bill at Players; Necktie Killer and No Cash Value will punk around at The Underground; The Dry County Crooks are going to rock the working class at Black Horse Saloon; and KleverKill will play its thunderous rock at The Underground.

-Also, Oregon homeboy The Kid Espi and some buddies will be at the Bendistillery Martini Bar tonight, and local blues-rocker Eric Tollefson is at Silver Moon Brewing on Saturday.

In other words, this weekend is jam-packed! Enjoy it!