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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.

Les Schwab Amphitheater bolsters 2011 lineup with shows by The Decemberists, Ween

Monday, March 7th, 2011

We already know that Death Cab for Cutie is kicking off the 2011 Bend Summer Concerts series at Les Schwab Amphitheater, and over the weekend, word came from Marney Smith, the amphitheater’s manager, of two more dates:

May 29 — The Decemberists, Rodrigo y Gabriela (and possibly another support act to be announced)
July 2 — Ween

I believe more details, such as ticket prices, on-sale dates, etc., are coming later today, and I’ll add them here when I get them. You can also keep up with the info at the amphitheater’s website.

The Decemberists show means two of Memorial Day weekend’s three nights are officially booked, leaving only Saturday night to fill (if it can be filled at all). Given that all the Memorial Day acts so far have been bands traveling to or from the Sasquatch music festival in Washington, and considering (1) which Sasquatch bands can headline the Schwab and which can’t, and (2) who’s playing what night up there at the fest, I think we can narrow Saturday’s potential headliners down to: The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Modest Mouse and Foo Fighters.

You know my vote.

September 4 in GO! Magazine (updated with correct Ween link)

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Sorry folks. Absolutely no time for anything other than links this week. Today’s GO! Magazine is packed full of music articles, including:

-Country star Jason Aldean at Les Schwab Amphitheater

-Blues legends Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal at Les Schwab Amphitheater

-Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen at the Athletic Club of Bend

-Pianist George Winston at Tower Theatre

-Moon Mountain Music Festival at Elk Lake

-Sagebrush Rock Festival in Christmas Valley

-Pop-rockers Wendy Darling at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend and an end-of-summer, all-star jam at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters

(Update: Oops. When I first published this post, I had the wrong link for the Ween review below. The link is now correct.)

-And you can click right here to read my review of last weekend’s Ween concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater

This week, I think non-subscribers can see most of those, so get yer click on. Or, pick up the print version of GO! Magazine to see all the pretty pictures.

A Ween photo bonanza!

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Alt-rock superweirdoheros Ween lit up the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend Friday night, and between the band, the (considerate) fans and the magnificent sky, there was a bounty of interesting things to photograph. Fortunately, Bulletin photographer Rob Kerr was there snapping away, and he came back with a whole bunch of terrific shots. Some are of Ween, some are not, but overall, I think they’ll give you a pretty good feel for the night. Be sure to click through to see tons more pictures after the jump.

Oh, and I’ll have a review of the show in next Friday’s GO! Magazine. The short version: I was bored for a while, and then it got pretty good.

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Ween fans = green fans

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Say what you want about Ween’s devoted fans, but they are Earth conscious. I snapped this photo in McKay Park this morning at 9:45 a.m.

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I’ll have a bunch of photos of the band, the crowd and the scenery up later today, so check back!

August 28 in GO! Magazine

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Today marks the beginning of a very busy stretch for music fans in Central Oregon. Over the next several weeks, we’ll have four concerts at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, a few other big names at other venues around Bend, the Sisters Folk Festival and the Bend Roots Revival, plus all the smaller club shows that happen in town every week. The Frequency team has its running shoes on!

Here’s what’s up in today’s GO! Magazine:

-Ween! Ween! Ween! I talked to Dean Ween about shark fishing, hurricanes and beards. Oh, and music.

-Oregon! Oregon! Portland’s little orchestra, Pink Martini, is coming back to town to give Bendites a fun, if not entirely accurate, history lesson.

-Hot Sauce! Philly blues-hop dude G. Love brings his repaired vocal cords and his Special Sauce to Bend. (Also: A fancy new way to get your tickets via cell phone.)

-It’s A Miracle! Portland hip-hop icon Cool Nutz rolls into town ready to celebrate life.

-Don’t Forget! Ghostwriter plays folk-punk at Silver Moon, The Commercial Underground hits The Summit Saloon, and the Terrebonne Depot throws an end-of-summer party.

End of summer!? C’mon now … it’s August!

I do believe everyone can view the Ween story, but the rest of those may be available to subscribers only. Pick up a print version of The Bulletin to see them all.

Ween, Lovett tickets on sale today

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

A friendly reminder: Tickets to Lyle Lovett’s Aug. 2 concert and Ween’s Aug. 28 show – both at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend – go on sale today at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, including The Ticket Mill in The Old Mill District.

Lovett tickets are $79 (reserved) and $35 (general) in advance. Tickets for Ween are $33 (general) in advance. (The Bend date is Ween’s only stop in Oregon for a while.)

Those prices don’t include other service charges and user fees, but you can save a few bucks by paying in cash at The Ticket Mill. Also, thanks to a “limited time special offer,” you can get two Lovett tickets for $50 at Ticketmaster’s Web site, according to the ad that ran in yesterday’s GO! Magazine.

These two dates couldn’t be aimed at two more different groups of music fans. Lovett, a four-time Grammy winner, plays polite, polished country spiced with hints of swing, jazz and blues. The Boomers eat it up.

And then, there’s Ween

May 8 in GO! Magazine

Friday, May 8th, 2009

As always, it’s a busy week on the Central Oregon music scene. Here’s what we’ve got in today’s GO! Magazine:

-A story on the shifting sound of the eclectic San Francisco band Diego’s Umbrella, who have added a member and a heavier aesthetic. Curious about their “Mexicali gypsy pirate polka” blend? You’re in luck! Here’s a song to download (you may need to right click or control click and choose “Save Link As”):

Diego’s Umbrella, “The Fiberoptic Elflord”

-A review of Great American Taxi’s fine Wednesday-night show at Silver Moon.

-A short story on Seattle’s Flowmotion, who’ll play The Summit on Thursday night.

-Blurbs on upcoming gigs by Chuck Pyle, Excellent Gentlemen, Gavin Wahl-Stephens and Chris Kokesh and Lincoln Crockett, plus tonight’s Alley Oop block party, Saturday’s Division Street Skatepark fundraiser with Hawgwash and Ruins of Ooah, a two-night stand by local band Hangar 52, and Silver Moon’s Epic Trail Ale release party (with music by Quincy Street and The Sweet Harlots).

-Details on when and where you can buy tickets to see Ween and Lyle Lovett at Les Schwab Amphitheater this summer.

-My recap of this week’s episode of “American Idol.”

As usual, not all of these will be available to non-subscribers, so if you want to read them, you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up a print version of the paper.