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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Roots, Fallon and Adele say "Hello".

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Because Jimmy Fallon and The Roots' covers of new songs with children's instruments are always a total blast, The Source wanted to share their newest track: "Hello" by Adele. Enjoy this bit of musical mastery.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wee-United And It Feels So Good.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 2:33 PM

Ween is reuniting for two shows and while that isn't very many shows it's more shows than we thought we'd be getting like a week ago. The two musical extravaganzas will be on February 12 & 13 at the Broomfield's 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado and, as Gene and Dean Ween have described, will be "fucking mind-blowing." Sounds accurate and like a great way to spend a couple of days.  
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Pink Martini Comes to Bend July 25

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Pink Martini will perform with China Forbes Saturday, July 25, at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Tickets for the show run $35 and $65 plus fees, and go on sale Friday at 10 am online and at the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District. Check out Pink Martini performing with China Forbes and Storm Large below.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Sheryl Crow Returns to Bend July 6

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 11:27 AM

If all you want to do is have some fun, you're in luck. Sheryl Crow is coming to the Les Schwab Amphitheater July 6. Tickets, which are running $45 and $85 plus service fees, go on sale Friday, April 10 at 10 am. 

The LSA summer concert series is really staking up. Who are you most excited about seeing?
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Michael Franti Returns to Bend August 23

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 12:28 PM

He's baaack. Or, at least, he will be. Michael Franti returns to Bend with Spearhead on August 23 at the Les Schwab Ampitheater. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 1 for $39 plus service fees.

According to LSA:
Musician, filmmaker, humanitarian, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead. With the multi-platinum success of his song "Say Hey (I Love You)" and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic.
"Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Franti has a brand new single, "Life is Better with You" which is on his latest album, All People. Most recently, Rolling Stone premiered a captivating video of Franti’s song, “Same As It Ever Was,” which he wrote in response to the struggle for modern day civil rights. Watch the video here:

You can also read our interview with Franti before he came to town last year HERE.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Phish to Play Two Nights at Les Schwab Amphitheater in July

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM

The moment we've all been waiting for has arrived—Les Schwab Amphitheater announced today that the jam band Phish will be joining the summer concert lineup for two nights, July 21 and 22. 

Tickets go on sale April 2 for $70. But we have a feeling both nights will sell out, if only because of the number of people in our own office who have seen Phish more than once. In fact, discussion of our personal Phish histories prompted a conversation about which bands we've seen live the most number of times. While Phish performed well, the all-around winner was (no shocker) the Grateful Dead.

For the record, I have never seen Phish perform (my top concert honors go to Ani DiFranco). And I've only ever heard one of their songs, the cover below.

Which performer have you seen live more than the rest? And will you be catching Phish this summer?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss Coming to Les Schwab Amphitheater June 25

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Les Schwab Amphitheater announced today that legendary folk singer Willie Nelson and 27-time Grammy Award-winning bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss will perform in Bend June 25.

The big name bill also includes Jerry Douglas. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6. Online Presale is Thursday, March 5 from 10 am to 5 pm with the password "local." Buy them here.

Tickets include general admission and reserved seating and are going for $59 and $109 (plus service fees). 

What's your favorite Willie Nelson song?

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mosley Wotta Records New Spoken Word Track 'Markets' with Collothen

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Local artist and musician MOsley WOtta (Jason Graham) shared a new track yesterday—a spoken word piece titled "Markets (Song from thew Field), a collaboration with Collothen (Colten Tyler Williams), mixed by third seven (Billy Mickelson).

Currently available streaming on MOWO's Bandcamp site, the track promises to be the first in an ongoing spoken word project with Collothen. Reminiscent of the abstract lyrical politicism of Saul Williams in both content and delivery, "Markets" touches on slavery—referencing auction blocks and the old minstrel song "Jimmy Crack Corn"—and capitalism—tying in Coca Cola, indebtedness, and cycles of consumption that feed on destruction ("dentist getting mad at me cuz I got no more cavities").

While the lyrics describe themselves as "verbal ballet," the piece feels more modern, like the "jooking" of Lil Buck where each phrase flows effortlessly into the next without allegiance to time signatures or conventional forms.

Here are the lyrics:

Loose lug nuts got a circus in his tent sick slick chump gotta nerve circuits serving servants serfs up its abstract on purpose word to the wordless sing songs in the field squeeze horn of plenty cork-less get them bearings caring we detecting genuine reflection genuflecting if we just work together but na na na whipping back to that auction block ha ha chop chop get it while its hot concession refuge confessions trigger tensions colonel pops pop father singed by his own sin a blessing glass house hard rock’s hard knocks bloody whip rivulets like she gave me water Quasimodo back to your singing strings ring the alarm hands forced on the face time orderly raped all is well as you can see its been erased can’t see clearly in this coma glock coma hit the snooze and rolled right over well it’s time to get up is time to get up its time to get up for the morning wake so sitting in your seat or standing on your feet let us hear you scream this is so much more than entertainment please this is verbal ballet interlaced with scrupulous beats these are songs from the field mighty roar worn script ripping amplify your bit yipping at the gods of war man of war born in the land of coca cola invented my santa clause paragraph three reads red hat black boots legally bound to a bowl full of jelly for saggy heaven’s sake tell me hell yell me in the face when does lunacy break the tip of the ice berg lettuce in on the secret shhh first debts free get them to buy it and hooked they will be as a member united the more you eat it the more you feed it the more you leave it the more you need it the more you grow it the more its weeded the more you play it I’m afraid to say it you’ve been sacked had and cheated parasitic depleted leaches acquitted leaving open scars to brace the bleeding break the broken bone condoned as healing as my pensive mind is really as another prison pushes past capacity juxtaposed with a dentist getting mad at me cuz I got no more cavities you have to be yanking my chain pulling my leg they like it working when its broken declared deputy deficit mr. mars here we come it’s all missiles cloaked as rocket ships in this galaxy far far from okay the empire strikes backwards they lack worth without facts heard the cattle absurd uphill the battle to polish up a death rattle prattle sheer nonsense poised and ready to flex test the limits of the bars scar cell blocks with your larynx unmasking overlords with vocal chords I’ll see your sword an raise it I’m holding pens straight full house over aces this is my fire poker face it much to masters uh maze meant jimmy cracked his corn casing goes much to masters amazement jimmy cracked his corn casing goes these are songs from the field.

Check out video of MOsley WOtta performing the piece below.

Songs From The Field from Rise Up on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Adrian + Meredith bring forthright folk to Bend

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 4:57 PM

Adrian Krygowski pens songs of the everyday working man (or woman) because he's not so far removed from that life. A few years back he was going through the motions like most Americans, commuting to a day job with Verizob to pay the bills and giving his evenings and weekends to his passion—in this case, a forthright and soulful sort of folk music. But life began to unravel when, on a balmy August day in Northern Virginia, the Verizon Communications office went on strike. The resulting turmoil turned out to be a creative boon, however, as Krygowski sought solitude in the middle of a dark, empty baseball diamond. That's when his most recent album, Roam, was born.

Krygowski brings his deeply-rooted folk music to Bend with co-conspirator Meredith on Feb. 5. The Source chatted with him before he came to town about his creative process and what's coming down the pipeline. 

Source Weekly: Most of your performances have been east of the Mississippi. How is it different playing out west?

Adrian Krygowski: The views from the road are so much more spectacular. It's amazing what we saw on I-84 on the way into Central (and Eastern) Oregon. Folk, country, and rock music fans are the same everywhere, and they all enjoy a good show. We get to see places, and [are] hopefully coming back soon, to some new towns and new experiences. The drives in-between towns are a different world compared to the East Coast, but we knew that was going to be the case.

SW: Do you ever look back at your former life at Verizon and wonder at where you are now? Do you think you could have written Roam without that experience?

I don't think I couldn've written Roam without Verizon. I try to write songs that aren't 100 percent autobiographical, but sometimes major life experiences get in the way of songwriting. I stay in touch with a lot of Verizon folks, and we play in D.C. when we can and go for lunch. It's been amazing how supportive my former life has been of the music. Everyone wants to be inspired, no matter what you do.

SW: How is your show different when you’re touring with Meredith than with your bands in Tennessee or D.C.? Do you write with the larger band in mind (horns, etc.) or do they add those ingredients to the musical soup after the fact?

AK: There's so many pros and cons to a full-band compared to a duo/trio act. Of course the band makes more noise, and Paul, Aaron, Jeremy, and The Nashville Horns are so good at what they do, and we really bring a soulful sound to the same songs. It was the band on the record, so they're invested in the songs, and making it all better from a song standpoint. When you're on the road, a band is an easier way to present music, because all the parts are fleshed out. Less left to the imagination. Sometimes, it's harder to move forward as a band with so many working parts. Paul works with Justin Townes Earle, Jeremy with Detour Bluegrass, The Nashville Horns are with funk outfit Alanna Royale, and that's not all, so scheduling and planning for the band in Nashville has many angles.

Of course, [it's] the complete opposite with Meredith. She's my fiancee, and we're together a lot as it is. It's easier/cheaper to get on the road as the duo, and we're constantly talking about new songs, new directions for the duo (and hopefully soon, trio). We've been arranging the Roam record for a duo, as a second "version" of songs, while we're out on the road. We do get feedback sometimes, that we need more onstage to be louder/fleshed-out. Drums/bass brings a lot of overall-feel to a band, especially when making new fans.

Going forward, however, you'll see our next record being a blend of both. Roam was always intended to be a recorded-live album (recorded with minimal overdubs, to feel like we sound live onstage). The next record will be also recorded-live, but will be more a blend of full-band and duo/trio songs, as that blend is what we do live, especially as I've done equal amounts of songwriting with the band, and with Meredith, both. I've always liked being able to switch up our lineup for certain shows/expectations.

SW: Are you still writing songs in empty baseball diamonds or have you found a new spot?

AK: I love this question, and ask other musicians this all the time. I like being alone, even from Meredith at home, when I'm writing. It's so vulnerable to write, that you have to feel judged, even by accident. We rehearse and arrange songs together (band and duo, both), but I'm usually 80 percent done with writing a song before I present it to anyone. I do like open fields a lot. There's a parking lot in Nashville, off Briley Parkway, that I use a lot!

SW: It’s been just over a year since you released Roam. What’s next for you? Are you working on another album?

AK: We are! We've been fortunate enough already to have the interest of some great musicians, and possible producers for new songs. We have around 12 new songs, so it'll be time to hit the studio after the next few tours this spring. Again, it'll be recorded-live (minimal overdubs) for that natural sound, and it will be a blend of full-band songs, and duo/trio songs.

SW: What musicians inspired you? What are your non-musical influences?

AK: Now more than ever, I've been inspired by musicians I know, and hope to call my peers. There's so much good music in the younger generation, and it's just about to break. It's starting with Jason Isbell, and recently Sturgill Simpson, but more people are getting interested in roots music again, which is always a good thing. The last six months I've been listening to new songs by:
- Aaron Lee Tasjan
- Pokey LaFarge
- Butch Walker
- Joe Fletcher
- Joshua Black Wilkins
- Cory Branan
- Tim Easton

Happy to know most of them, call a few my friends.

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Adrian + Meredith 
8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub. $5.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

INTERVIEW: More from Justin Froese

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM


This week the Source published a piece about singer/songwriter Justin Froese and his infectious pop tune "Finally Here."

There was much more to our interview with the ultra-friendly, porkpie-hat-wearing nomad and you can read it below before you catch his show this Sunday at Volcanic Theatre Pub.

On his love of hats...

You feel different in a hat, like you feel when you're wearing a suit. You hold yourself differently. You're also seen differently. The hat helps me keep my cool and is a barometer of who else in the room has good taste. Goorin hats are my favorite right now. I've had three and have even performed in the Seattle Goorin shop. Love Goorin!

On working solo versus collaborating...

I've been performing solo and with bands for the same amount of time; since I was 11. The solo act and the band act are really different beasts each with their own challenges and rewards. The ideal is to reap a little in one of what you sow in the other. I'm always most intrigued by how simple a band can play and how big a soloist can sound. It's a feat to get everyone contributing onto the same page musically, emotionally and energetically, but when the band is of one mind the results can be powerful.

On his time in Seattle...

My time in Seattle has been some of the best years of my life yet. I've made some amazing friends there. It's not that large of a city and the music community is pretty tight. It can also be clique-y, but that's just life. I entered the scene as The Head and The Heart had blown up at Conor Byrne Pub and this indie, folksy Fleet Foxes sound of three-chord acoustic guitars, tamborines amd oh-oh sections was all the rage. Everyone was dabbling with that. I saw a lot of people wanting to ride the coattails of others. Ultimately that scene didn't continue to inspire me enough and that's what I'm tryin to get down to now on my creative journey. Where it doesn't matter what other people are doing or not doing or how they're doing it; the focus is, what do I want to do? So, lots of coming out of my shell in Seattle, and making the final transition from serving others' dreams and reacting to others' dreams to serving my own.

On living in Austin...

Austin was a little rough at first. I moved there in the middle of wrapping up my album. It was hot, my car didn't have A/C, I didn't make many connections off the bat like I did in Seattle. I spent three months there before starting the tour I'm on now. The vibe of Austin is very much like Portland to me. I feel Austin is a better hub for live music and creativity. It's closer to the density of the south, it has an edgier, rootsy indie rock vibe, it has better breakfast tacos [and there's] nothing like a southern woman. I know I have to give it more time, and will.

On getting his start in music...

My background is not that of the struggling artist. It's not some, I-lost-my-job-so-I-had-no-choice-but-to-face-my-art kinda thing. I started playing when I was five, I guess because my dad played and it just found it's way into my hands naturally like any other object of youthful curiosity. My first real job was actually playing classical guitar for an art gallery show. I had an amazing mentor, Peter Pupping, who I studied with for 8 years. He got me my first gig at age 16, enrolled me in college level guitar classes and through his encouragement got me 10,000 plus hours of guitar practice under my belt by age 18. In my college summers I did work as an outdoor adventure guide and camp counselor in the Rockies helping kids learn to trust themselves and discover their own strength, but that was one of those kind of 24 hours per day jobs where you weren't ever really off and it didn't pay much.

On his approach to songwriting...

The music really comes first for me. The music has the emotional information within and the lyrics help root that sonic element. I long for that simplistic potency of Leonard Cohen. And I feel sometimes that my technical proficiency at the guitar gets in the way of pure song craft because it's so easy for me to develop and speak through a guitar, partly from all of that classical guitar training.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PHOTOS: Old Crow Medicine Show Plays Bend's Century Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

  • Erin Rook
Last night, the old-timey alt-country crooners, pickers and fiddlers of Old Crow Medicine Show brought their Tennessee charms to Bend's Century Center stage for a sold-out show. The crowd spanned every cross-section of Bendites, from moms with babies and white-haired fellas wearing bolos to scruffy dudes in plaid shirts and trucker hats and ladies with dreadlocks and cowboy boots. (We also spotted a city councilor, an OSU Cascades professor and one of our freelance photographers.)

After opening act The Deslondes finished their set and we stood waiting in the waning sun, a guy approached a couple nearby and said to the man, "That's a mighty fine flannel you've got there." The man said it wasn't actually flannel, but I poly-cotton blend. But it was the in the stranger was looking for. He then launched into a long monologue about his recent travels and current layover in Bend. As the wait stretched on, and day turned to night, the beer kept flowing and the crowd packed into the outdoor courtyard between Volcanic Theatre Pub and Goodlife Brewing. About an hour later, Old Crow Medicine Show finally took the stage.

Band leader Ketch Secor attributed the delay to a blown generator in his pre-show spiel. And, indeed, a few songs in, the band had to forgo its fancy stage lighting in favor of a simpler two spotlight aesthetic. He joked that they were going "green"—fitting since they were playing in Oregon. The Americana outfit played a number of tracks from its recently released album, Remedy, including its second collaboration with folk icon Bob Dylan, "Sweet Amarillo." 

Between the songs, Secor spun a yarn similar to that of the traveling stranger, tying the songs' themes to his vision of life in Central Oregon. An approach that oscillated between endearing and relatable and contrived and pandering. Still, his charisma carried, and it was easy to imagine him as snake oil salesman, slinging salves and wooing women as he makes his way across the dusty country. 

But any lack of authenticity in the banter was remedied by the band's infectious energy and undeniable musicality. From ballads to high tempo numbers to covers featuring the Grateful Dead and hints of "This Land Is Your Land," Old Crow Medicine Show gave the audience the succor it needed. By the time they got around to their best known, oft-covered track, "Wagonwheel," the crowd was swooning and, of course, singing along. It was a warm end to a cathartic evening. 

Check out photos from the show in the slideshow.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

PICK: Folk Singer and Political Satirist Roy Zimmerman

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:06 PM

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Roy Zimmerman at Environmental Center

MUSIC—What's so funny about peace, love and understanding? Plenty, if you're folk singer and political satirist Roy Zimmerman. Back in Bend by popular demand as part of his Blue Dot Tour, Zimmerman will perform his satirical songs about hot button political topics to an audience of like-minded Bendites—an act he considers "entertaining the troops."

7 pm. Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave. $15.

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