There are some familiar locals heading up the festival, including Bend's metal heroes Vengeance Creek and Tentareign, as well as Redmond's punk/ska newcomers Necktie Killer. Bringing in some reggae flavor from the other side of the mountains is Portland's Outpost and fellow PDXers Dfive9 looking to dazzle the main stage crowd with a melodic metal sound.
Who else is filling up the three stages? Bands include Sagebrush Rock, Grynch, Northwest Royale, Forrestals Fall, Snap Point, Makeshift, The Audio Sequence, Povciti, Amara, Thorns of Creation Frankie Hernandez Band and Mr. Potato.
While the outdoor main stage is home to some heavier acts, the gnarliest of the metal action will, not surprisingly, be taken indoors - inside the White School Building for a second venue that organizers have accurately dubbed "The Pit."
"Obviously, we figured out that bands like Day of Death and Bloodlust aren't family oriented bands for an outdoor show," DeBone says. Other bands (including several locals) set to shred The Pit include quintessentially rockin' names like Only Nightmares, Hands on Throat and In the Advent of Horror.
As for the crowd that will come to the festival grounds, organizers aren't quite sure what sort of response to expect. But, given that Wagner says the bands alone make up about 250 people, there's little reason to expect a no-show crowd.
"We have a maximum capacity of 2,500, but we'd be happy to see between 800 and 1,000 people show up," Wagner says.
But whatever the turnout, R3 is surely going to be the talk of a town that might need something to talk about.
"[Festival organizers and parks and rec] wanted something different to wake up La Pine. They didn't want another quilt show," Wagner says.
This sure as hell ain't no quilt show.
R3 Festival Rock Reggae Rap
Friday-Saturday August 15-16. Two day passes: $20/advanced, $30/gate. Visit www.r3festival.com for a complete lineup and details.