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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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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sisters Folk Festival Announces Lineup Additions for September Festival

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Sarah Jarosz is added to the Sisters Folk Festival lineup.
  • Sarah Jarosz is added to the Sisters Folk Festival lineup.

While the name implies a folk bent, the Sisters Folk Festival recently announced the addition of artists spanning a variety of styles, cultures and genres to bring a more diverse offering to this year’s festival. Each year, the Sisters Folk Festival brings major players to the Sisters area for a weekend of quality music in intimate settings throughout town. Recent additions to the lineup include:

  • Sarah Jarosz — Grammy-winning artist for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance
  • Hot Club of Cowtown — A hot jazz and Western-swing trio
  • Tremoloco — With a sound that encompasses their Gulf-Coast, California Country and Tex-Mex-American roots
  • Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers — Led by fiddler and singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt
  • Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton — Ragtime, old-time, Appalachian mountain music and blues
  • Martha Scanlan — Wide-open western landscape songs
  • Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons — Young and creative interpreters of American music
  • Mai Bloomfield — Cello accompaniment

Dennis McGregor and the Spoilers play their annual jam at Angeline’s Bakery on Saturday evening of the festival.

Look for the full festival lineup to be released by mid-June! Don’t forget to get your tickets now, the festival reports fast sales and the likelihood of a sellout. Don’t get left out of this amazing annual festival of talented musicians and community.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Music on a Monday: Swansea Brings Slow Jams to Bend

Cinematic folk-pop trio from Portland invades Bend. Tonight!

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

SwanseaUltra-artsy Portland band Swansea will launch their May tour tonight at the Horned Hand, 8pm. Their first full length album “Old Blood” is due out June 5th and it sounds like it’s going to be pretty darn great.

With heavily lyrical songs that build into a dramatic clash of keys, drums and vocals the three-piece will effortlessly give you goose bumps. You can preview two tracks from their upcoming album here

Their slow melodic tunes should be a refreshing change form the gypsy-punk and bluegrass that dominate live music in Bend. Plus, it’s free. 

If you’re looking to tap your toes tonight check out the show. 

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Win Tickets to the Cinco de Mayo Party at LSA: Festival de Banderas! All day party with live music!

We want to give you tickets to the biggest Cinco party in town. Read on...

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

What are you doing for the Cinco?



There's lots of fun shit going on this Saturday in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. We've started a short list for you, which can be found in this week's 'Our Picks' section. Of all the specials and clever spins on this day of Mexican heritage celebration (Cinco de Micros at Broken Top Bottle Shop, Kinko De Mayo at Bachelor, etc), the Festival de Banderas and Cinco! party at Les Schwab Amphitheater seems to be the biggest thing going—and we've got two sets of two tickets to give away (that's four tickets, total)!

***Here's what you should do: like us on FB and share the post. We'll then put your name in our editor's Minnesota Vikings hat and pick two winners by day's end. Winners will be notified via Facebook.***

If you don't win the free tickets, you can buy them for $8 at or for $10 at the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill and at Amalia's Restaurant.

Want to know more? The Festival de Banderas (FDB) is a family-friendly thing from 10am-5pm and includes music, dance, food, and more. At 5pm the music starts up—and it's good!

Papo Medina y Expresion Latina, Diego Garcia, and Hacienda, the headliner (pictured above) are all solid bands They'll play from 5-10pm.

Garcia toured with Interpol, Morrissey, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Hacienda toured with the Black Keys and recorded at their studio. We've been listening to Hacienda a lot in here recently. This show is going to be dope!

Win ticket's! It's easy and free!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Gallagher Show Rescheduled

Out of coma, but not yet ready to smash watermelons.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM

GallagherUnfortunately, the watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher will not be appearing at the Tower Theatre on March 23 as planned.

The 65-year old suffered a heart attack last week in Texas and docs responded by placing him in a medically induced coma. Though he's now out of the coma and, reportedly, cracking jokes, he's not yet up to hitting the road.

His local show has been rescheduled for August 10. All tickets for March 23 will be transferred and honored at the new show, wrote Ray Solley, The Tower's Executive Director, in an email this morning.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hot Buttered Rum and Cornmeal: Win two free tickets to Tuesday's show!

We want to give you more free tickets.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM


We just love to give stuff away these days. This time, we've got two tickets for the Hot Buttered Rum and Cornmeal show on March 13 at the Century Center (sponsored by GoodLife Brewing, so get your pre-show pints there, ya hear?).

Don't let all the food/beverage names fool you. This ain't no cooking class. This is good ole fashioned hoedown, with plenty of pickin' and grinnin' and ass shakin.'

Hot Buttered Rum, hailing from the Bay-Area, is well known for its “high altitude bluegrass” sound and has shared a stage with such jam-spreading professionals as Phil Lesh and Bela Fleck. Chicago’s Cornmeal is a nutritious and fat-free bluegrass band that should leave you full and satisfied.

Tickets for this awesome shared-bill show are $15, so this giveaway is no joke, man.

Here's what to do to win: "like" us on the Facebook, encourage others to do the same, and leave us a comment. That's it.

Check out the video below for more from HBR:

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Hot Buttered Rum and Cornmeal

Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm.

Century Center, 70 SW Century Dr.  

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Full Sail on Brewing the Perfect Barrel-Aged Beer

Barrel aging at Hood River's Full Sail Brewing

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Cool video about the barrel-aging  process at Full Sail.

Fire it up, kick back with a beer of choice and count down the days until the Little Woody (Aug. 31-Sep. 1) The country's premier barrel aged beer festival, right here in lil' ol' Bend.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Destiny Brings Tenacious D to Bend This Summer

Absurd rock returns!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Tenacious DThe booking of Tenacious D at Les Schwab Amphitheater really rounds out the Memorial day weekend. Now we've got The Shins on Friday, May 25; Tenacious D on Saturday, May 26 and Beck on Sunday, May 27.

Tenacious D is back on the road in support of Rize of the Fenix, their first studio album in over six years.

If you're unfamiliar with the theatrics of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, the men who make up the mock-rock band, see below (and the picture at right—they ain't getting any younger, eh?).

Watch out, 'cause they'll "BLOW YOUR MIND!"

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Joan Osborne Coming to Bend

Joan Osborne is slated to play in Bend on July 13.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Here's a question for you: "What if God was one of us?"

Remember when we spent much of 1995 pondering that question, thanks to the hit song, "One of Us" by Joan Osborne? Well, now Osborne will be bringing that question to Bend on September 13.

The show, billed as the Joan Osborne Duo, at the Athletic Club of Bend is the latest announcement of the Clear Summer Nights series. Tickets are just $20 and are available at Newport Avenue Market.

Osborne actually isn't actually just a one hit wonder -- she has had a great career as a soul singer, playing alongside some of the biggest names in music. But for a moment, let's relive 1995.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Alison Krauss and Union Station Return to Bend on July 9

Alison Krauss and Union Station are set to play the Les Schwab Amphitheater on July 9.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Alison Krauss and Union Station Bend
  • Alison Krauss and Union Station Bend
I was just cruising through the new summer concert listings on and found and interesting new addition to the Les Schwab Amphitheater schedule: Alison Krauss and Union Station are returning to Bend on July 9.

The band's website confirms the date, which will be Krauss and company's first appearance in Bend since playing on a blisteringly hot July day back in 2007. They played some excellent summery bluegrass, stopping frequently to let Krauss provide some of her adorable stage banter...prompting one jerk in the crowd to yell, "Less talking, more singing!"

While the  been best known for her solo work and the tunes she recorded alongside Robert Plant for the Raising Sand album, it looks like Union Station is moving at full steam this summer, staying on the road from June through September.

The LSA hasn't formally announced this show, so you'll have to wait on ticket info.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

New Shows Announced: Devil Makes Three, Baseball Project, Rev. Horton Heat and more

Spring and summer are looking up in terms of live music in Bend.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 6:10 PM

This week I've been slammed with announcements of new shows heading into Bend in the weeks and months to come. And this is super cool.

Just today, for instance, I learned that The Devil Makes Three will be bringing their throwback Americana to the Domino Room on May 8. Also, the Reverend Horton Heat is coming back on September 8 to the Domino, which is a ways out, but still worth noting.

A little closer on your calendar is a gig that I'm getting pretty pumped for, and that's an appearance by The Baseball Project at the Silver Moon on April 7. The Baseball Project is an all-star band of sorts made up of REM's Peter Buck, Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Fresh Young Fellows) and Linda Pitmon (The Miracle 3). The band's first album, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails, was an excellent mix of baseball history and excellent rock tunes, and was one of my personal favorites of 2008.

Now, the Baseball Project is back with Volume 2 -- which I just got my hands on -- is equally as solid.

For even more shows, like the upcoming ICE CUBE!!! show, check out Random Presents' website.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Hal Sparks to Perform at The Tower Theatre on Saturday, April 30

Stand-up comedian Hal Sparks to appear in Bend, Oregon in April.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

It seems lately Bend has started to make a name for itself as a comedy hot spot in Oregon. With the success of last fall's Last Comic Standing contest, comedy has been on Bendites' minds and with recent additions to the comedy scene like the Saturday Nite Jokers & Jams at the Bend Performing Arts Center it's no coincidence we're attracting bigger name comedians to our little mountain town. Luckily enough for comedy fans, Hal Sparks has recently announced a performance in Bend at the Tower Theatre on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30pm.

You may remember Sparks from the Showtime series Queer as Folk, where he starred as Michael, a gay man who enjoyed reading comic books. Or perhaps you laughed at his pop culture riffing on VH1's I Love the '70s, '80s, '90s, and New Millennium. Either way, the oddly handsome comic has managed to joke his way into the cultural landscape and we can't wait to catch his stand-up routine in person.

Hal Sparks

All ages. 7:30pm. Saturday, April 30.

Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

$20/adv from the Tower Box Office starting Friday, Feb 4 at 10am. $25/door. 

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