Monday, December 11, 2017

Sisters Folk Festival announces 2018 winter lineup

Tickets on sale now

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 4:50 PM

On Dec. 5, Sisters Folk Festival announced its 2018 Winter Concert Series Lineup. Purchase tickets for the entire series or individual concerts at their website:

SFF 2018 Winter Concert Series

Josh Ritter kicks off the SFF 2018 Winter Concert Series Tues., Jan. 23 at Sisters High School Auditorium. The 20-year music veteran and singer-songwriter just released his new album, "Gathering," in September and it's already garnering critical acclaim.

Irish band We Banjo 3 has coined the term "Celtgrass" to describe their blend of traditional Irish, old time and bluegrass. This quartet, made up of two sets of brothers, was billed for the canceled 2017 Sisters Folk Festival and are making their way back for the 2018 Winter Concert Series.

The final show in the 2018 Winter Concert Series features Darlingside, a favorite among festival goers. They’re touring on the back of their new album, “Extralife,” returning to Central Oregon for the first time since their show at the Tower Theatre in November 2016.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New on Bend Ticket: Flobots, Karl Denson, drag shows & more

In case you missed it—here are shows you should know about

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 12:41 PM

Bust out your calendar—here are the newly-announced Bend and Central Oregon shows, courtesy of


This is the third year of this story slam—with stories will ranging from the hilarious to the hair-raising. True tales from locals that will entertain and may even land a little too close to home! The evening’s theme, “the past never dies” will offer taletellers the opportunity to share personal stories—from cringe to hilariously relatable. Storytellers include on air personalities from KPOV, an actor, an optometrist, a realtor, a writer, a waiter, and others.  // $14 at

This solid Led Zeppelin tribute features four ladies who live and breathe Zeppelin. Clementine, the founding member of Zepparella, tackles the best rock drumming ever written with her own emotionally powerful style, bringing the Motown influence of the Bonham groove to the forefront. Gretchen Menn lends her genre-bending guitar melodies—mixing elements of classical, rock, progressive, jazz and metal. On bass, Angeline Saris offers influences ranging from flamenco to rockabilly and singer Noelle Doughty traces her love for Zeppelin all the way back to listening to her older brothers rock out. // $20/adv. at


This is their last show in Central Oregon for 2017, so don't miss it! This is not your run of the mill drag show! This Portland production features a night full of debauchery, raffles and amazing off the wall performances all rolled into one.  21+ // $15/adv. at

Unless you were living under a rock in 2008, you probably know Flobots from their hit single, "Handlebars." But in case you missed it, MCs Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit offer a delightful blend of alternative rock and hip-hop with a generous helping of political activism. // Tickets: $12/adv, $15/door at

Highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe will be showcasing material from their long-awaited forthcoming studio album, as well as previous acclaimed KDTU recordings such as 'New Ammo' and 'The Bridge.' All ages. // $25/adv., $30/door at

The gritty soul sounds of this band will have you on the dance floor sweating until the last beat. // $15/adv. at

Womack is probably best known for her  2000 hit song "I Hope You Dance" and her album of the same name. While she has recorded a few albums between then and now, it's been a few years since we've heard new material from the country music sweetheart. Her 2017 album, "The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone" is a breathtaking hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues — that comes from Womack’s core. // $42/adv., $50/meet & greet (doesn't incl. ticket) on

A decade into his career, singer-songwriter and former professional surfer Donavon Frankenreiter has learned to listen to his heart above all else. His brand of soft and surf rock is sure to delight. 21+. // $20/adv., $25/door at

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Photos and Video From The Shins Concert on Sept. 26, 2017

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM


With Modest Mouse on Friday night and The Shins on the following Tuesday, it's been a pretty amazing week for live indie rock in Bend. Check out our photos and video from The Shins concert at the Athletic Club of Bend. Enjoy!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Got the Canceled Sisters Folk Festival Blues? Volcanic Theatre Pub Has a Solution

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM

As many of you have heard by now, sadly the Sisters Folk Festival has been canceled due to concerns about smoke and air quality. Fortunately, music lovers have an indoor option to catch a few of the bands scheduled to appear at the festival. This afternoon, Volcanic Theatre Pub announced a last minute show featuring Amy Helm, Hot Club of Cowtown and Martha Scanlan.

Experience Amy Helm's deeply expressive vocal performance and incredible songwriting skills. Hot Club of Cowtown features three-part vocal harmonies pair with hot jazz and western swing jams. Martha Scanlan sings old-time traditional music. While it may not be the outdoor 120+ band extravaganza we'd all been hoping for, this last minute show may help a little bit with your canceled Sisters Folk Festival blues.

Amy Helm, Hot Club of Cow Town, Martha Scanlan
Saturday, Sept 9. 8pm.
Volcanic Theatre Pub
70 SW Century Dr., Bend.
$21.75 at

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Show Preview: Marco Benevento Brings Pop to New Heights, 4/11

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 12:01 PM

For nearly 20 years, Marco Benevento has been a key figure in the shaping of the New York music scene. His diligence has let him amass an arsenal of fantastic music that can only come from self-made artists.

Last year, Benevento released the concept album "The Story of Fred Short" under his own label. His work was chosen to be featured in the Woodstock Sessions, a series of live recordings by standout artists. In front of a sold-out crowd, Benevento performed and recorded the entire Fred Short suite in one take. Recently, he has also been performing various Bowie covers.

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Stylistically, Marco’s music is eclectic and distinct. His tracks don’t clearly fit into the confines of any established genre, but he clearly takes inspiration from psychedelic, rock, and pop tunes. He has a tendency to electronically alter the raw sounds of his instruments, resulting in a sound that is hard to believe comes from a three-man band. The Story of Fred Short is easy to listen to without feeling ordinary, a combo that makes for some great live performances.

You can listen to one of his 2016 tracks, “In The Afternoon Tomorrow" here.

Marco and company will be at The Capitol on Tuesday, April 11. The show will consist of tracks from the recent Woodstock album and several other of Benevento’s best songs. He will be accompanied by Andy Borger on drums and Karina Rykman on bass. Borger has worked alongside Benevento since 2012.

Benevento’s reputation as a top-notch live performer makes this one of spring’s most exciting shows.

Marco Benevento
Tuesday, Apr 11, 9pm
The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Show Preview: Reggae Star Mykal Rose in Bend 1/19

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Often home to rising talents, Bend will soon be hosting one of reggae’s longest running stars. Mykal Rose, the leading voice of Black Uhuru, emerged onto the global stage when the group's album “Anthem” won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album—the first time that award was given out. After a few more years with Black Uhuru, Rose broke off to start his own solo act, putting out records such as “Crucial World” and the recently released “Rasta State”.

For an artist who has been performing for nearly 30 years, Rose’s continued success is nothing short of impressive. Rose is one of the most popular reggae artist since Bob Marley, but his style leans further into the hardcore Jamaican genre than Marley’s laid-back sound. That’s not to say, though, that tracks like “Judgement” don’t offer their fair share of upbeat tunes. Rose and his unique take on classic reggae will hit Bend on Jan. 19. As of this writing, tickets for the show at The Capitol are still available.

Rose hasn’t toured North America in nearly three years, so this is a show that you shouldn't pass up. Doors will open at 10pm to a performance that shows off the best of reggae’s past, present and future.

Mykal Rose
Thursday, Jan 19, 7pm
The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend

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Show Preview: Robert Earl Keen at the Tower 1/19

Robert Earl Keen's guitar gently weeps

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 4:30 PM

What the hell is “Americana” and why is it something we use to describe things? Does it mean that something is intrinsically “American?” I know when the word is used to describe music it means a hodgepodge of folk, country, blues, bluegrass, rock and R&B, but isn't that just spouting off different genres of music and trying to make them the same? Can a French band combine those genres and still be considered “Americana” and, if not, aren't we being a little exclusionary with our music America? Robert Earl Keen is described as an “Americana” musician, but really he has the voice of a bluesman, the mandolin skills of a bluegrass player and the songwriting style of an old-school country crooner. He bounces between genres whenever he feels the need because after 18 albums and 32 years in the business he can do as he damn well pleases. He's not checking boxes, he's writing and playing the music that means something to him. 
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Keen's new record, “Live Dinner Reunion,” is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of his most famous album, “ No. 2 Live Dinner.” The energy of the live recording is palpable and the audience is beside themselves over each track. With guests like Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Bruce Robison, Cody Morrow and Cody Canada, the album is varied enough to keep Keen's music endlessly entertaining. As one of the godfathers of Texas country music and singer/songwriters in particular, Keen is an effortless storyteller and musician. “Live Dinner Reunion” sees him at his best whether he's shooting the breeze with the audience about the weather or nailing his classics like “I Gotta Go” and “Amarillo Highway.” It's a fun and high energy album that should make him a few new fans and solidify some old ones. Call his music whatever you would like to... except maybe “Americana.”

Robert Earl Keen
Thursday, January 19, 7pm.
Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St, Bend
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Trout Steak Revival Comes to the Old Stone

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM


So much modern bluegrass is made up of twists on the genre. With bands like Larry and His Flask adding punk to the mix or Trampled By Turtles throwing in a healthy dose of folk, Trout Steak Revival almost seems like a throwback. They play songs that feel like they could have been written 50 years ago or yesterday and that's an adventurous line to walk.
Walking that line is something that isn't something fiddle player and singer Bevin Foley is very focused on. “I think that we just focus on writing good songs that are genuine and spread positive vibes,” says Foley. “We all love bluegrass and play instruments that fit in with traditional string band line up, but we all listen to so many types of music that are not bluegrass. For us I think that just focusing on writing good songs has helped us walk that line effectively. If we focused only on writing 'bluegrass' songs I don't think that the music would be as genuine or moving.”
Hailed as Colorado's most popular bluegrass band, Trout Steak Revival came together one piece at a time. Foley talks a little about Trout Steak's origins. “I think Colorado and the strength of the folk and bluegrass community brought us all together,” she says. “The guys moved one by one out to Colorado from the midwest and started playing music together. I met them at a Bluegrass show in Denver, but became friends with them and later joined the band after a lot of festivals, late night picks, backyard BBQs and campground jams.”
Their newest record, “Brighter Every Day,” is their most focused yet and contains what initially seems like a strong thread of songs about traveling across the country and exploring the wide world. While those threads might not have been intentional, they did have a specific way of getting on the same page before recording. “Before writing the songs for 'Brighter Every Day' we had a lot of conversations about writing positive bluegrass songs,” says Foley. “We started calling them 'Glory Grass' songs. Songs that focus on positivity and working hard and coming out on top of struggle. A lot of the songs on 'Brighter Every Day' have those 'vibes' because it is something we were thinking about a lot at the time.”
As much as the band tours and as popular as they are becoming, they definitely have their priorities in order. “We make our friendship a number one focus on tour,” says Foley “Taking care of everyone while we are traveling. We try to add in a couple of new songs to freshen up the set on each tour, but mostly we just try to remember how lucky we all are to be traveling the country with people we truly enjoy and spending time with all types of people, playing music and trying to spread joy. Not everyone is that lucky.”

Trout Steak Revival w/ The Railsplitters
Friday, November 18. 7:30pm
The Old Stone, 157 NW Franklin Ave.
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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, May 9, 2016

New Radiohead Has Arrived

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 11:16 AM


This is just a reminder that the new Radiohead album, "A Moon Shaped Pool" has been released and it's awfully good. This is their first record since 2011's "The King of Limbs" and the wait has been worth it. The band has also released a few new tour dates, which you can find here. Enjoy new Radiohead!!
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Big Empty

Posted By on Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Since time is a flat circle and all celebrity is forgotten in the sea of change, 90's rock band Stone Temple pilots are on the hunt for a new lead singer. This comes three months after the departure of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and two months after the death of original lead singer Scott Weiland. In order to find the perfect singer to allow the band to "continue on, to evolve and to do what we do," the remaining STP members are holding a contest searching for amateur singers that might be a perfect fit. So, if singing "Interstate Love Song" and "Big Empty" with a group of strangers is your dream, consider this a chance to live it. 
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