Friday, June 28, 2013

Tour de France Starts Tommorrow! Here's Where and What to Watch.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Watch Stage 9 on July 7. Four Cat. 1 climbs!
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  • Watch Stage 9 on July 7. Four Cat. 1 climbs!

Saturday, June 29 marks the beginning of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, one of the most grueling and beautiful sporting events in the world. But one that's also been plagued by scandal and negative press. Ignore such "information!" Care not about the latest non-apology from Lance! Le Tour survives and moves on!

Early mornings in July are meant for watching the tour, with all its punishing climbs, furious sprints, zany breakaways and peloton drama. If you don't have a fancy cable TV package, or reliable internet, or you're simply a social creature who would enjoy watching the 21-stage race with fellow enthusiasts, head down to Crow's Feet Commons in downtown Bend. The bike/ski/cafe/brew pub is opening early and showing the tour at 6 AM EVERY MORNING!

We recommend watching daily, starting at 6 am (check and for semi-reliable live tour feeds) to fully engage in the drama. But casual fans won't want to miss these stages (check VeloNews for a helpful info graphic showing basic info about each stage):

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Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

This weekend has it all, warm weather, outdoor concerts, and a mid-summers abundance of food and drink. So grab a hat, slather on some sunscreen and shake it like a polaroid picture.

Portland indie rockers Blind Pilot headline Northwest Crossing Hullabaloo with rockers Jeff Crosby and the Refugees opening the show at 7pm. Local ska band Necktie Killer play on the patio at Country Catering from 4-8pm and jokers, smokers and midnight tokers are instructed to Fly Like An Eagle to the Les Schwab Ampitheater for iconic sixties rockers the Steve Miller Band.

Toney Smiley and Mosley WOtta will be warming up the crowd on the Bite of Bend main stage Saturday night for progressive bluegrass band Hot Buttered Rum. For a complete list of music and events visit Bite of Bend. Boxcar Stringband, Michael Lewis Martinez, McDougall, Shade 13 and Kylan Johnson are at Crux Fermentation’s First Anniversary Party starting at 11:30am and ending at 10pm. Summer concerts continue at Elk Lake with The River Pigs performing at 5pm.

Swim, paddle or float your way to the Les Schwab Ampitheater for the fourth concert of The St. Charles Free Summer Sunday Concerts series featuring roots, Americana band Marley’s Ghost at 2:30pm.

Steve Miller Band circa 1969
  • Steve Miller Band circa 1969

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:34 PM


This week's Friday Mixtape came as a result of cleaning out my email inbox.

I get at least a hundred emails every single week from publicists and record labels trying to get me to check out their artists. Rarely do I ever get to make my way through them.

Last week I took the time to read some. This playlist is the result.

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LISTEN LOCAL: Isles recording live show Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM


Last month we told you about local orchestral rock band Isles and their improvisational shows. As promised, their first new album made of instrumental rock is set to be recorded during a live show this weekend during Last Saturday.

As members of Isles talked about during our interview with them at Good Life Brewing in May, they also have plans for an ambitious album that includes rehearsed/written music with thematic lyrics. As a special treat some of those songs will be featured as well.

The show gets started at 7 p.m. in their recording space at Studio 3 (In the Old Ironworks near Sparrow Bakery). There will be a short intro/improv set followed by the full concert at 8:30. A portion of the show will be recorded and used for their instrumental live album that is set to be released later this summer. The show is FREE.

Here is a teaser video the band put together:

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Compromise Reached on Transient Room Tax

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM


The contentious transient room tax issue was resolved moments before tonight's scheduled town hall at Bend's Municipal Court where both sides intended to continue the conversation on the proposed room tax-rate hike. Instead of jumping from 9 to 11 percent, as was suggested by Bend's tourism agency and others, a compromise was found in 10.4 percent.

Those supporting an increased tax rate (Visit Bend, Bend Firefighters Association, the arts community, Oxford Hotel, Bill Smith and others) were pushing for 11 percent in hopes of increasing funding for Bend's tourism reach, the arts, and emergency services. Those arguing for maintaining the current 9 percent tax rate (Riverhouse, Entrada Lodge and some other hoteliers) said now is not the time for a rate hike. Bend's room tax—a bed tax paid by tourists, not locals—is already lower than many other Northwest tourist destinations. Boise's room tax rate is 13 percent and Portland's is 14.5 percent.

If City Council approves the agreed upon rate of 10.4 percent the measure will go to voters in November. For background, read our story on the room tax issue here.

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Beer of the Week: 541 American Lager

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

A simple beer.
  • A simple beer.

Sometimes plain is just fine. Hop Valley's 541 American Lager isn't too much of any one thing—not very hoppy, not too sweet, nor overly bitter or boozy (5% ABV). So what's the appeal? Isn't it just a yellow fizzy beer, not unlike a $4.99 six pack of Rainier? Well, kind of. Expect it's not. It's a craft lager, which means semi-regional (and better) ingredients used with care. Also, local jobs. And more taste—the 541 tastes much more full and the hops are detectable (unlike that faithful can of Rainier in your fridge). Moral: Pick Rainier when buying in bulk. Choose craft lagers for casual sipping.
The Eugene brewery's beers can be found at most Bend bottle shops.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bite Week! Last Night: World Class Cuisine Event

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Last night a few of the Source staff were invited to the amazing facility at the Cascade Culinary Institute for an evening demonstration from three of Bend's finest culinary minds. Click here for a list of ongoing Bite Week events.

Steve Helt, executive chef and owner of Zydeco Kitchen and Cocktails, Juri Sbandati, executive chef and owner of Trattoria Sbandati and Matt Neltner formerly of Kokanee Cafe in Camp Sherman and current executive chef and owner of the newly opened Blue Pine Kitchen and Bar took turns demonstrating how to cook up their own delicious specialties for a small crowd of drooling onlookers.


First up was gnocchi (pronounced ni-o-ki) in a tomato basil sauce from Juri Sbandati. The rustic Italian pasta-like cheesy potato bites were light and tasty smothered in red sauce that Sbandati cooked up in the biggest frying pan I have ever seen. He explained the pan is straight from the kitchens in Italy.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Friday Mixtape SNEAK PEEK by Video

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

In just a few days, we'll have a sweet playlist for you. Can't wait for that? Here's a sneak peek of what you'll hear.

Phoenix couple Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller record as the duo Bogan Via and they have a stout electro-pop sound. They also have a knack for making dark and interesting music videos.

Check out the hesit-gone-wrong short film for their song "Kanye." It features the couple knocking over a record store, stealing some yet-to-be-released material and then dealing with the consequences of that decision. It's pretty cool.

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Care About the River? Here's How to Vote on Mirror Pond's Future.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM


River or pond? Dredge and walk away or remove the dam and add more public green space?

The Mirror Pond Steering Committee has presented the community with four options (or seven, counting the no-dam alternatives associated with the first three options) for managing the silt clogging the pond feature on the Deschutes River near downtown Bend. Read this week's news story and then take the short online questionnaire at This is how to make yourself heard. Your opinion will inform the steering committee as to how to proceed with a solution. Inform yourself and choose wisely.

Want to know more? Go to a public info session. There's three left (and one of them is tomorrow).

June 25, 2013 - Public Open House at 799 SW Columbia Street, Community Room from 5pm - 6:30pm
July 2, 2013 - Juniper Swim and Fitness Center, 800 NE 6th Street, 3pm - 6pm
July 4, 2013 - Drake Park, 10am - 4pm

Take the questionnaire here.

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Press Release: Breaking Away screening

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Be the first to spot at least three errors in this one paragraph press release and win a $5 certificate to Crow's Feet Commons. (And, right, don't forget to buy a ticket to the greatest movie ever, "Breaking Away." The, er, Grammy winning "Breaking Away.") Submit to


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM


The double LP mixtape is here!

Twenty three songs that would stretch across two vinyl albums filling them with everything from instrumental European music from A Hawk and a Hacksaw to hip hop laments from Ugly Heroes grace this week's Friday Mixtape. There's not much that needs saying about this jam-packed playlist other than there is something for everyone. Except metal heads. Sorry guys. We'll do something for you soon.

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TONIGHT! Larry and His Flask Backstage at LSA

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Tonight! Back from their first European tour, Larry and His Flask kick off Rise Up International’s Back Stage Concert Series.

The show is a CD release party for Hobo's Lament , an album they recorded over the last year. It's going to be a rockin' good party, as it always is with the Flask, with openers Slaughter Daughters and Grit & Grizzle.


The best part is you can party and feel good about yourself because the show is a benefit for local organization Rise Up International's overseas art workshops. Woot woot!

Watch this video and GET STOKED!

Larry and His Flask
6pm. Behind the Les Schwab Ampitheatre.
$7 at

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