I would like to take a minute to talk about bands that go unrecognized here in Bend. I love the fact that you support music, mostly Portland-based bands, but I think you guys should focus on the local bands too. The ones that talk about your publication, the ones who give you something to write about. The ones that make your advertisers want to pay you because they know that people will read it. I understand that there are a lot of local bands in this community, but I think you guys are forgetting about the bands that practice four or five times a week and still pull at least one show a week - on top of working their part-time jobs that pay them crap. I'm not saying any names of some of these bands. But for the love of God, don't forget about LOCALS!
Editor's note: Local music junkies can get their fix on pg. 24 where we preview the upcoming Downtown Sound festival, a free concert in Mirror Pond Plaza featuring all local bands and DJ's. We'd also be happy to provide anybody who wants one another copy of Beat: The Local Music Issue (tSW, 5-22) where you can find multiple profiles of local bands and discussion about the C.O. scene.