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This week in Go! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 17th, 2010

(NOTE: If you’re looking for our article on Atmosphere, we’ve run into a slight technical difficulty and will post it tonight or tomorrow, so please check back!)

Country music legend Willie Nelson returns to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight. Hippies, cowboys, stoners, punks, grandmas and teens alike love Willie, one of the most accomplished singers and songwriters of the past half-century, regardless of genre. Here he is talking about the songs on his new record “Country Music,” an album of country standards.

“You hear all kinds of ideas about country music: This is country, or this is, or that was and this ain’t. And it’s all a matter of opinion. But in my opinion, this is the original country music. So I’m really excited for people to hear it. There are so many great songs in every category — pop, country, bluegrass, whatever. There are a lot of great standards to choose from. Fortunately I’ve lived long enough to know them all, I think. I just love singing those songs.”

My colleague David Jasper wrote about Willie’s long and storied career. Click here to read it.

Michael O'Connor leads the audience in a chant as Slaid Cleaves performs 'Breakfast in Hell' Sunday at Sisters Folk Festival. Photo courtesy Lynn Woodward /

I spent my Sunday afternoon taking in the final day of the Sisters Folk Festival, where I saw Po’ Girl, Chris Kokesh & Brokentop, The Makepeace Brothers and the wonderful Slaid Cleaves. As is always the case at one of Central Oregon’s best events, I had a great time.

(Cleaves) wore a purple button-down shirt and dark slacks that I thought looked like church clothes, so I smiled when he knowingly began his Sunday set with a couple of gospel tunes, one by Woody Guthrie (“This Morning I Am Born Again”) and one original that covered the world of religions and sounded quite Hank Sr.-ish, a fact Cleaves acknowledged up front.

That one is so new, Cleaves flubbed several lines at the end, a mistake he blew off with characteristic wit. From there, though, it was smooth sailing as he played a set of frequently requested “workplace disaster songs,” including the devastatingly gorgeous “Lydia” (about coalminers’ deaths) and “Breakfast in Hell,” an epic, true story with a brawny audience-participation part.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy plays two shows, one in Redmond and one in La Pine, crossover thrash pioneers D.R.I. visit the Domino Room, rockabilly artist Ruby Dee brings her Snakehandlers to Bend, McMenamins Old St. Francis School plans a busy week of live music, and the Bend Roots Revival kicks off Thursday night with shows at five different venues around town. (Look for lots more on Bend Roots in next week’s GO!)

Can’t find anything above that interests you? Check out The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

Win two tickets EACH to Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Steve Miller Band

Monday, March 15th, 2010



If you’d like to buy tickets to see Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or the Steve Miller Band at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, you certainly can. Click here for all the details.

But if you’d like to win two free general admission tickets to each of those three shows, read on.

Wait, what? Two free tickets? To three different shows featuring country legends Willie and Merle and classic-rock-radio staple Steve Miller?

Indeed, thanks to the generous folks at Monqui Presents, Frequency is giving away six tickets total, including two each to each of those shows. If you were to buy them in advance, they’d cost you upwards of $250.

Here’s how it’s going to work: If you want the six tickets, just leave a comment on this blog post explaining why you deserve to win them. Be funny, be creative, tug on my heartstrings — whatever. Just be sure to leave a real e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

The deadline to enter is Friday at noon. Shortly thereafter, the Frequency Contest Operating Committee will pick a winner. (That committee is not real, but I figure if I keep mentioning it, someone other than me will show up at the meetings, held each Thursday morning at the D&D.)

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller tickets on sale today

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Tickets for three shows in Les Schwab Amphitheater’s Bend Summer Concerts series will go on sale today at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, including 866-866-4502,, and The Ticket Mill (541-318-5457) in the Old Mill District in Bend. Here are the details for each show. Prices are subject to additional service charges.

Friday, Sept. 17: Willie Nelson and Family
6 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$46 general admission, $79 reserved in advance
$48 general admission, $83 reserved on day of show

Friday, July 16: Steve Miller Band
6:30 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$39 general admission, $75 reserved in advance
$43 general admission, $78 reserved on day of show

Sunday, June 20: Merle Haggard & The Strangers
6:30 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$36 general admission, $59 reserved in advance
$38 general admission, $63 reserved on day of show
Note: There are a limited number of opportunities to buy two general admission ticket for $50 at

For more information, visit or, or call 541-312-8510.

Willie Nelson added to Les Schwab Amphitheater lineup

Friday, March 5th, 2010


The subject line says it all: Country legend Willie Nelson will return to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Sept. 17, per the Old Mill District. Tickets will go on sale a week from tomorrow, and details on ticket prices are coming Monday.

Last time Willie was in Bend, in 2007, his adoring throng of hippies, bikers, yuppies and rednecks busted though a fence separating them from the reserved seating area, and Willie responded, cranking the energy level of his show up a few notches. Here’s my review of that show. (Note that this show happened the same week that the popular downtown club The Grove closed. Time flies.)