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Friday, June 24, 2011

Bite of Bend Music Schedule: Saturday

Full list of Saturday's Bite of Bend performers, including Dumpstaphunk.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Tomorrow, Central Oregon's biggest food and drink festival, The Bite of Bend, gets underway with damn near every type of cuisine and beverage you can think of. And while the food, beer and wine -- in addition to the Top Chef's competition -- garner plenty of attention, The Bite has become increasingly respected over the last few years for its eclectic, innovative and FREE music line up.

Headlining the event is Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, giving Bendites a taste of the New Orleans funk they love so much. But the rest of Saturday's schedule is also looking strong.

11am - Bill Keale

12:30pm - Jazz Bros

2pm- Lino

3:30pm - The Autonomics (Download their impressively power-trio record right here)

5:30pm - Norman

6:30pm - The Staxx Brothers

8:30pm - Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Like Green Day? Try Some Emily's Army Tonight

Emily's Army, featuring the son of Green Day front man Bille Joe Armstrong, plays Bend Oregon.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 11:49 PM

We mentioned this in today's paper that is now out on the streets, but there is a band called Emily's Army playing tonight at the Mad Happy Lounge and they're worth checking out.

First of all, the band is made up of Bay Area kids between the ages of 15 and 17 and the drummer, Joey, is the son of Billy Joe Armstrong. Recognize that name? Yeah, he's the lead singer of Green Day. He also produced his son's band's debut album, Don't Be a Dick -- which is actually pretty damn good punk rock.

The band just posted on their blog that while tonight's FREE show is 21 and up (somewhat ironically so) the band is going to play out on the patio for their underage fans before the 9pm indoor show begins.

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Scanlon's Restaurant to Re-Open on June 25.

Scanlon's restaurant will be re-opening on June 25.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Scanlon's restaurant, located in the Athletic Club of Bend, will be reopening on Saturday, June 25. The revitalized dinning room now offers a “new menu designed to nourish and refuel both body and soul,” said a press release issued by the Athletic Club.

The restaurant, which has been closed since late April, remodeled their look and menu to offer patrons a healthier option.

“Over the years, as Bend has grown and changed we’ve discovered an emerging need to serve the segment of the dining public looking for healthier alternatives on a restaurant menu,” explained General Manager Kip Heilman.
Along with a healthier and more delicious menu, the restaurant will also be offering a wine list with twenty wine selections priced at $20 or less. 

Along with an extensive wine list, the restaurant is offering dinner on their outdoor patio, along with breakfast and lunch on Sundays. Anyone (the restaurant is open to the public) looking to enjoy a healthy meal or even just a new glass of wine can check out Scanlon’s when they re-open this weekend.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Snoop Dogg Proposes TV Show to Find "America's hottest hood artists"

For all you rap fans and want to be rap superstars, your time to shine has come! Snoop Dogg has proposed a rap competition TV show similar to "American Idol" or "X Factor"

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 10:37 PM

For all you Snoop Dogg fans who cannot seem to get enough of your favorite rapper, you may get the chance to see him on TV weekly.

Snoop Dogg has proposed his own TV show, which according to Paste Magazine, will find “America’s hottest hood artists.” The proposed search-for-the-best-rap-artist show will be competition style and similar to well known shows such as, American Idol and X Factor.

However, all you fans and potential rap stars out there may have to wait a little bit since the show has yet to be picked up by a network.  The New York Post reported, “Oxygen, Bravo and NBC aren't biting but that E! and MTV have shown interest. Sources say Snoop is touting that the show could be as popular as Fox’s “American Idol,” but TV execs are not convinced.” While networks consider the potential of the show, Snoop Dogg is diligently working to find a panel of hip-hop icons to judge the competition and mentor the show’s artists.

Let the rap battles begin!


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Central Oregon's Breweries Take Home Medals at North American Beer Awards

Cascade Lakes, Deschutes, Bend Brewing and Silver Moon win medals at the North American Beer Awards.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

At last weekend's North American Beer Awards Bend's brewing contingent made a strong showing with four of our breweries taking home medals from the annual competition that featured more than 1,000 entries.

Deschutes Brewery took home a total of four medals, including a gold medal for its Dissident which took top honors in the Flanders Brown Ale category.

Cascade Lakes Brewing won a gold for their Paulina Pilsner in the German Pilsner category and a silver for their Monkey Face Porter in the Robust Porter division.

Bend Brewing Company made an impressive showing, too. They won three medals at the competition, including a silver in the Belgian Dark Strong Ale for their limited edition Wicked Medicine.

Also winning a medal was Silver Moon Brewing, which made an impressive showing with a silver medal for its Bridge Creek Pilsner, beating out none other than Samuel Adams' Noble Pilsner.

Here is a link to a PDF of the complete results:


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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Free Bike Rodeo For Kids on Saturday

The Deschutes County Sheriff's office is offering an event for children ages 4-12 on bike safety.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:55 PM

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s office is putting a new twist on rodeos. Offering children ages 4-12 the chance to participate in a Bike Rodeo. According to a media release by Sheriff’s Office, the Rodeo will include bike safety, helmet inspection, road safety and “much, much more!”

Lasting from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday June 4, the event, which is located at Sisters Elementary School, 611 E. Cascade Ave., will present children with important bike safety lessons. While no registration is required, children must bring their bike, a helmet and an adult to accompany them.


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Bend City Council Votes to Continue Affordable Housing Fee

Bend city council members vote to continue affordable housing fee, albeit at a reduced rate.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 8:23 PM

It seems that Bend’s city councilors did the right thing Wednesday night — sort of — in regard to the affordable housing fee attached to new building permits.

Some background: Any builder seeking to do what they do, must get a building permit. Since 2006, a fee has been attached to the permit (one-third of 1 percent of permit valuation) that would benefit Bend’s affordable housing, a project that has raised about 2.7 million dollars. Currently, construction is ongoing in the “Shady Pines” neighborhood on Parrell Road (near China Hat Road and just east of Highway 97) where nine green-build houses are planned to provide for young, working families.

Last night, a compromise was reached between a divided council at the Bend city council meeting. At one point, there were four options on the table, but the basic decision to be made was do we A) continue the program as is B) continue the program but reduce the fee rate, meaning less money for affordable housing C) scrap the plan, which would only take one dissenting vote (a vote which Kathie Eckman seemed damn close to making).


After much bureaucratic backing-and-forthing, the members agreed to keep the fee but reduce it to one-fifth of one percent (option “B”). This means a $250,000 home would net affordable housing about $500, versus around $834 under the old fee structure.

Here’s one notable anecdote to be filed in the “these dudes are out of touch” folder: One councilor described those who “made less than $100,000 a year and those who make more like $30-40,000 a year,” as lower income. Huh? Yo: some of us make MUCH less than that.

Also discussed was implementing a cap on the fee so as to reduce the total amount paid by the builder (see The Boot May 25th issue, “Tearing Down the Affordable Housing Fee”). Pretty sure if you can afford a $100 million commercial project, a few extra thousand toward affordable housing isn’t going to be a deal-breaker. A cap would, as councilor Jim Clinton wisely noted, make the fee disproportional. Jodie Barram and Mark Capell both seemed on board with the fee structure as it was, with Clinton even joking about raising the fee.

Council member Tom Greene, a realtor, was pushing for suspending collection of the fee for a year and was generally not in favor of the program. “I feel like Robin Hood,” said a disgruntled Greene.

Um, we’re pretty sure Robin Hood was fairly popular with the people.

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