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Monday, November 14, 2016

Protoje Sets His Sights on Bend

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Modern reggae music has some sprawl to it. Whether it be dancehall, roots, dub, ragga or some tiny sub-genre in-between, there is enough diversity to the sound to keep the genre fresh even amid oversaturation. Protoje manages to do the genre one better by bouncing between dancehall, hiphop, R&B and good old-fashioned reggae with ease.

Protoje was born in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica to singer Lorna Bennett and a former calypso king of Saint Vincent. He came on the scene in 2005 with his mixtape “Lyrical Overdose Volume 1.” The record leaned heavily into hip-hop with dancehall in its DNA and protest in its veins. There is a confidence to this early work that gives a solid glimpse into the fluidity Protoje would show with his major label debut.

With 2011's “Seven Year Itch” and 2013's “The 8 Year Affair,” Protoje finds a righteous anger focused on life in the Caribbean. If the constantly up-tempo beats weren't so energizing, both records would be considered protest albums. As they stand, the records manage to have serious lyrical content and fun, dancehall vibes without ever clashing.

Last year's “Ancient Future” leads the charge into a movement known as the Reggae Revival. On the album, Protoje delves into social responsibility, philosophy and an even fiercer rage against a system that won't recognize his struggles. It's by far the strongest of his records and makes a compelling case for political relevance in modern reggae music.

“Royalty Free” was released in June as a free download and is a short collection of B-sides from “Ancient Future.” Still, Protoje would rather reach a larger audience with his ideas, as opposed to rapping for scraps in a world that becomes less and less inclined to spend money on full albums anymore. But if his message stays this strong and his hooks continue to be so catchy, people will continue to seek out his music, regardless of the medium they come in.

January 25


Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend

$20. Tickets available at

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Jive Coulis Halloween CD Release Party

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Jive Coulis sound like the band playing in a room before the Terminator walks in and starts chasing Sarah Connor: Fuzzy guitar, a dancing bass and animal-like drums. There is a straightforward attitude in their music; an unpretentiousness that is refreshing in an age where so much music sounds like manufactured product. Jive Coulis play good old fashioned rock, blues and funk and they're ready to rock your face off.

The band was formed in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. It's had many line-up changed over the years, but one thing has remained the same: founding member, primary songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist Eric Leadbetter. The band moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2007, where they met replacement/current drummer Collin Braley in 2013 and eventually Mark Young on bass.

In the last two years, Jive Coulis travelled over 16,000 miles on their tour, playing over 200 shows in 12 states. A regular tourbus wouldn't do these men justice, so they travel in a converted school bus that runs on waste vegetable oil gathered from restaurants around the country.

The band is having their CD release party for its new record, “Dinner Time,” while also having a Halloween party at Silver Moon Brewing the Friday before the holiday. The album is an absolute blast, bouncing between fuzzy bar rock on the album opener “All Sauced Out,” to the Soundgarden-esque “Dinner Time.” Whether they're dipping into classic rock with “Solemn Winter Glow” or going full jam-funk with “That's Enough,” the band is confidant enough in their sound to play around in whatever genres they see fit.

“Dinner Time” is a solid rock record and one that begs to be seen played live. Judging how omnipresent Jive Coulis has been at shows and festivals in Bend over the last year or so, I'm not the only one that thinks so.

Jive Coulis Halloween CD Release Party

Friday, October 28. 9pm
Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
$10 entry (also gets you a digital download of the album)

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Interview: Melissa Etheridge talks LGBT equality, marijuana, and spirituality

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 10:28 AM

We caught up with Melissa Etheridge while she was staying in Niagra Falls in preparation for a performance at the Artpark Festival in Lewiston, New York, to talk about the changing landscape for LGBT equality, the future of legal weed, and the role her spirituality plays in her music. She performs at the Athletic Club of Bend as part of the PEAK Summer Nights series Wednesday, July 22.

Source Weekly: June was a really exciting month. How did you celebrate?

Melissa Etheridge: I was so glad I was with my wife the morning of [the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage]. She was with me and we were in Iowa of all places, I was playing in Iowa. And just the feeling of relief and celebration and it was so funny that all around the world, so many millions were celebrating love. And I was trying to think, oh my gosh, the people that were against this, how strange it must be to feel like, “Well, they’re celebrating love, what am I celebrating?” What’s the opposite of that, you know? Hate and fear? So I thought, it must be a time when everyone’s like uh, ok. It was just so beautiful to see to feel the relief to feel [that], okay, we’ve all agreed now by a majority that love is love and even though this might make some people uncomfortable, that’ll pass, and we’re all part of this beautiful fabric of America.

SW: It was definitely a nice thing to happen before Independence Day.

ME: Independence Day and right on Pride Weekend. It’s like the justices planned it, it’s like perfect.

SW: How have you seen the landscape for LGBTQ equality change over your career as an out musician?

ME: Oh good lord, it has gone from zero to 100. I came from the early ’80s. I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s where there was no mention of gay or lesbian. I remember the first I ever saw it was in a psychology book where they said, “We don’t think it’s a mental illness.” I’m like, oh shit. Oh no. And that’s where it came from. And then when I landed in the early ’80s in Long Beach I found myself among a very political group of people, it was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and organizing was happening on a small level but it made all the difference. That’s really what brought the community together. And once we found there were numbers and safety in numbers, and kinda [got] out of the bars—yeah, we love to have a good time and dance, that’s a big part of our culture, but there’s a whole other part of us—and once we got that together, and then seeing that grow in the ’80s and then feeling the power; in the early 90s I was like no, I need to be truthful, there’s no being in a closet. I’m not in the closet, I was not in the closet to anybody but the general public. So coming out was important, and then watching it go through the ’90s and our struggles. And being a top topic on president debates, we could just feel our power was huge. And here we are, we’re a responsible part of our American community.

SW: What do you think is next for the movement and what role do you see yourself playing as an artist and activist?

ME: Wow. I think the best thing I can do as an activist is to be the best person I can be, is to make the choices that, when people put me in a category of an LGBT person, that it’s a plus mark you know, it’s a good example.

SW: Speaking of political issues—as you likely know, recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon on the 1st. I know you’ve been active in supporting access, particularly to medical marijuana.

ME: It’s funny, I see the cannabis movement very similar to the LGBT movement in that a lot of people that are cannabis users are in the closet and a lot of people don’t even know it because they think that people might look down on them to see they’ve chosen this over all the pharmaceutical options. And it’s also a very old, old, old herbal tradition from hundreds or thousands of years ago, so it’s got this sort of scariness about it and it’s time to come out of the closet, as it were, to bring this amazing medicine and amazing part of our culture that we have turned our backs on. We’ve embraced the problem solving culture of caffeine and stimulants and then alcohol and we’ve really let go the consciousness exploring. We’ve made that illegal. And I think that’s what’s next in our society, to understand exploring your own consciousness is a human right, it’s a civil right.

SW: When did you come out of the cannabis closet, so to speak?

ME: When I went through chemotherapy. Before then I had been a social [user], not a steady user. When I went through chemotherapy and just was so clear on the effects and how much it helped me and saw my option of pharmaceuticals was just a pill for the pain and a pill for the pill you take for pain and it was just ridiculous when I could get releief and my appetite and everything from this herb. That was in 2004. And in 2005 I remember I told [then “Dateline NBC” host] Stone Phillips, I did an interview with him and said, look I want to talk about medical marijuana and so the second time he interviewed me he asked me and there it was.

SW: Do you think your weed-infused wine is going to be available outside California at any point?

ME: I think when there’s recreational, or when California and Nevada go, we’ll just have the gold coast, you know. California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Canada, we will be able to hopefully work out crossing those borders and trading and stuff and I’m just waiting for that to happen.

SW: Your openness about various parts of your personal life has made you a source of inspiration for a lot of people. Where do get your strength and inspiration from?

ME: I read a lot. I have a large spiritual sort of base, in myself, that comes from a great belief about why we’re here and reality and so I get that. My belief about what life is is such a joyous energetic gift and so every day I’m inspired.

SW: So why do you think we’re here?

ME: I think we’re here to create, I think we’re here to learn. I think this is a life school and we are all endowed with this opportunity to live, to be a human being and then to learn to create and to strive for joy, that’s what I think it is.

SW: Sounds good to me!

ME: Right on.

SW: A lot of folks, when I mentioned I’d be talking to you, wanted to know why you so often mention angels in your music.

ME: You know what’s funny, I started writing about angels before I ever really understood my own beliefs and my own spirituality. And I just, I would use the term angels for that unknown force, that unknown place or spirit that seemed to be there either guiding or judging or something. It wasn’t until afterward, right around my breast cancer stuff, that I started understanding the term angels and the spirit of what that is and so now, I sort of use the term still, it is bringing up that sort of spiritual side, yes.

SW: What’s next for you musically and how do you shift between more personal and more political work?

ME: Well they all come from the place that I create from, and that’s just going inside and telling my personal experience, and politics can be a part of that. And the plea or the question that I want to put into the listener about what is life, what is spirit, what is the meaning, and then look at my own experience of my own relations, and what are my relations with my lover with my family? These are the places that I write from and create from and I’m always gonna do that.

SW: When you sit down to write these days, what’s most pressing on your mind?

ME: Hmm. That’s a good question. It kind of depends. It’s always a good place to start from my own personal relationship, like with my wife, I usually start from there and then start looking outward, and then oftentimes it depends on the music, what the inspiration is and what the drive is.

SW: What do you think folks should expect from your show coming up here in Bend?

ME: To have a rally good time. I’m gonna be playing the hits, I’m gonna be playing a couple new songs from the new album, I’m gonna be doing a few deep album cuts and just playing the heck out of the night. You will leave feeling better than you came. That’s my plan.

SW: How do you describe or define your own music?

ME: You know, when I think about that question I always end up with just saying, I’ve just got to call it rock and roll. Because in the end, rock and roll can only be defined as a music that incites, that brings about thought and rhythm and sexuality and spirit and that’s what I try to put in my music so I just end up saying it’s rock 'n' roll and I like it.

SW: Anything else?

ME: Bring your comfortable shoes and dance your butt off.

Melissa Etheridge

5:30 pm, Wednesday, July 22

Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

VIDEO: Bend Roots Revival

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM


This last weekend, the popular local music event Bend Roots Revival staked their claim to a new home thanks to host Deschutes Brewery. Several stages on the backside of Deschutes Brewery near Les Schwab Amphitheatre were erected and music lovers turned out to either support their favorite local band or discover a new one. Below is a look at a handful of performances that happened Saturday afternoon.

Hand painted Roots banner
  • Hand painted Roots banner

A blues song by Just Us.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

PICK: Bend Summer Festival

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

—Bend loves an excuse for a street fair and this is summer’s crown jewel. Taking over downtown with live music, artists, food, beer, kids activities and more, Bend Summer Festival brings maximum entertainment with minimal effort. Headliners Larry and His Flask,  Patrick Lamb Band and Boxcar Stringband helm the fest’s three stages—main, jazz fusion and locals only. Grab an elephant ear, stroll the booths and take in some summer jams. 5-10 pm Friday, 11 am-10 pm Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Downtown Bend. Free.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Central Oregon Gets Gay for Pride Week

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Central Oregon's LGBT Pride Week kicked off Sunday with a BBQ and picnic in Farewell Bend Park and continues tonight with events for all ages and inclinations. Here's the rundown of all the ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Central Oregon Pride (as well as the Bend's non-discrimination ordinance) and the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (so much history!).

6:30-8:30 pm
Bouncing Off The Wall

Gay is a synonym for happy, so perhaps that's why folks are planning to jump for joy at Bouncing Off The Wall—Bend's "inflatable fun center." Be honest, whenever you see one of those bouncy house contraptions you feel a twinge of jealousy toward the children and their care-free frolicking. Well, now is your chance to take your inner child out to play. When was the last time you sumo wrestled or engaged in Nerf sword battle? The best part—Pride sponsors are footing the bill, so you can get footloose and fancy free, for free.

5:30-7:30 pm
Reception for Pride Foundation
Seven Restaurant and Nightclub

Pride Foundation—an organization that funds LGBT groups and causes—will be in town for its annual retreat, so the Human Dignity Coalition (the folks who put on Pride) are holding a meet-and-greet. Pride Foundation is a major funder of the HDC and a sponsor of Pride. Whether you appreciate the work they do or you're just in it for the networking opportunities, all are welcome.

Noon-6 pm
10th Annual Central Oregon Pride Festival
Drake Park

This is the main event, with performances, booths, food vendors and more. Among the featured performers are Portland's much-beloved drag queen Poison Waters (and friends), singer-songwriter Jeremiah Clark and local favorites including MOsley WOttaNoah StroupStrive Roots Band  and more. Family friendly, but no dogs allowed. We'll have the full story in this week's issue.

7 pm
Stonewall Inn Celebration
Seven Restaurant and Nightclub

After the festival at Drake Park, revelers will keep the party going while recognizing another other big anniversary—the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. If you're not familiar, the riots at the Stonewall Inn are widely considered to be the crystallizing moment for the LGBT rights movement (roughly analogous to Rosa Parks' bus protest). On June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the bar (a common practice at the time) and patrons fought back. The following year, the Christopher Street Liberation Day march was essentially the first Pride parade. 

For more details, check out the Central Oregon Pride website. If you're still not in the mood, let our Our Lady Judy help you out.

Note: This has been a message from your friendly local "
homo-hustling" reporter. I'm not only a known homosexual, I sit on the board of the Human Dignity Coalition

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Pickathon is On...and on and on and on

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM

The Oregon summer music festival for the NPR crowd, Picakathon, has secured 10 more years at its current location outside of Portland on the beautiful and wooded Pendarvis Farm.


2014's lineup continues a tradition of combining incredible folk acts with a variety of big and small name bands from LA punks rockers X to country crooner Valerie June, to art-nouveau Mac Demarco, all brought together in an eco-friendly, intimate and ultimately aesthetically beautiful setting.

2014's festival runs Aug 1-3 and tickets cost $260.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Newspaper on the Radio 5/29

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sasquatch! Music Festival: Rookies of the Year

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Getting tired of Sasquatch news yet?



Each year the organizers of the SASQUATCH! Music Festival do three things really well. First, they invite back popular performers from previous years, often times promoting them to the next larger stage. Secondly, they corale several of the regions most beloved bands into making the short drive out to Central Washington and thirdly, Adam Zacks and company add top notch festival virgins to the lineup bolstering their indie street cred.

This year is no exception.

Here are the top three rookies for the 2014 installment. One for each day of the festival.

FRIDAY: Hozier


Hailing from the musical land of Ireland, 24 year old singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne— who records simply as Hozier— puts a very modern twist on Irish folk music.

Releasing two EPs thus far, Hozier sings comforting ballads and sonic R&B tales that, while set against landscapes very different from the string-laden ditty standards one would expect from the small U.K. nation, nevertheless still convey the folk themes of family heritage, hard-fought love, and changing times found in traditional Irish songs.

His progressive approach to folk music is most evident in the music video for his song "Take Me To Church," (below) which engages in an extremely visceral conversation about homosexuality.

Still, tunes like "Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Science" with its hand claps and swooning oohs and ahs can feel very traditional; an indicator that Hozier does indeed do a brilliant job of bridging the gap between old and new generations.

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Friday, May 9, 2014


Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Here is a short list of what we learned at the Q&A session for the Les Schwab Amphitheater on Wednesday evening.


--->There will be no chairs and blankets allowed at the Jack Johnson or Dave Matthews Band concerts because the venue had to sell 8,000 tickets to make those shows profitable. With that many patrons in the venue, chairs and blankets become a safety hazard.

--->There will also be no single use plastic bottles allowed at those shows in accordance with Jack Johnson's green tour initiative. Empty non-plastic bottles will be allowed and there will be fill stations set up throughout the venue.

--->The river will not be controlled, however, boaters will not be allowed to anchor in the stretch of river outside the amphitheater.

--->The grass to the east of the river will not be open, even during sold out shows. Marney Smith confirmed that she "highly doubts it will be open again," because to artists and promoters selling tickets across the river or opening the grass appears as scalping. Because of the grass closure last year, the venue was able to acquire high profile artists that would not have otherwise chosen Bend as one of their tour stops.

Happy summer concert going!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Gold Rust CD Release Party at Palate

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Tonight, Palate Coffee Bar (643 NW Colorado Ave., NOW SERVING BEER!) will stay open late to host a live performance from local acoustic duo The Gold Rust.


Click HERE to link to the Gold Rust's full album. Show starts at 7 pm, $5.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MusicfestNW 2014 Lineup is Pop-Lovers Dream

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:34 PM

After considerable changes to the festival's setup (condensing to two days and now holding shows exclusively at Tom McCall Waterfront Park), Willamette Week has announced the official 2014 lineup. MusicfestNW is Aug. 16-17.


The focus is defiantly indie-pop goodness with synth-pop crew Future Islands, mashup master Girl Talk, indie golden boys Spoon and sistery pop trio Haim.

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