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Friday, February 26, 2010

Band of Horses at Les Schwab Amphitheater! In Bend! May 30!

Venerable rock band Band of Horses is stopping off for a show in Bend before heading to Sasquatch!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Yeah, I had to read that headline a couple times myself before believing it myself, but yes, indeed, Band of Horses, the massive-sounding rock band now located in South Carolina, are coming to Bend on May 30.

The announcement came by way of a Twitter post from the Old Mill District yesterday. Isn't it fun receiving excitement in 140-character bursts?

This, for the most part, erases the allegedly snot-nosed attitude pervasive in my last posting about the respectable, but you know, kind of, well, disappointing (at least for non AARP cardholders) Steve Miller Band announcement. And this is just the first band on the Sasquatch! lineup that Monqui Presents (the company that books the LSA) has snagged by the ankle to play a Memorial Day Weekend show here in town.

Ticketing info and opener info (most likely an awesome act or two, maybe also from the Sasquatch lineup) will be announced soon. In the meantime, check out Band of Horses!


UPDATE: She & Him, the duo of actress/vocal goddess Zoey Deschanel and folk rocker/producer M. Ward, has been added to the bill as the opening band. Doubly cool.


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

For the Audio Geeks: Silver Moon Brewing Gets New Soundsystem

The Silver Moon upgrades their in house sound.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Given that it's become one of Bend's most visited live music venues, it's fitting that the Silver Moon now has upped it's in-house sound system.

I'm hardly an audio guru, and for the most part don't complain about a venue's sound during a show -- unless it's unavoidable -- but from what the venue had to say in a press release yesterday, it sounds like a major improvement. And from what our staff has heard at the Moon in the past week, it literally sounds like an improvement.

For the background music (as in day-to-day stereo sounds for the pub), Silver Moon has added speakers that they expect to provide much more clarity than before. On the main stage, there are now Renkus Heinz (out of California) 15-inch woofers and an 18-inch subwoofer. Again, I'm no audio wizard (I still have a ghetto blaster in my home office), but this sounds like a big step for the venue.

Also, this could bode well for the Silver Moon's reputation with nationally touring bands, which have been coming in a steady stream through the pub. A band plays the Moon -- digs the beer, the people and, now, the sound system and tells their booking people to bring other acts. That's how it works. Or something like that.

Excuse me, I need to go change the cassette in my ghetto blaster.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Seriously, Matthew Fox? You had to do that in Bend?

If you're the star of Lost, please stay away from our private dancers. We mean you, Matthew Fox.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 5:43 PM

In case you're not the sort of person who hounds the In Touch website, you may not have heard about part-time Central Oregon resident Matthew Fox allegedly having a two-time affair with one of the professional, err, dancers at Stars Cabaret here in Bend.

The In Touch story tells about how Fox (who is married) met the dancer, 25-year-old Stefani Talbott, after receiving four "private dances" from her and then inviting her back to the place where he was staying "with his entourage." Then, well -- things got steamy. Allegedly.

I saw Matthew Fox once in Bend. He was waiting for a drink at a crowded downtown bar where most people pretended not to recognize him, despite the fact that he was essentially in costume for his role on Lost -- except that he wasn't sweaty and/or carrying a firearm. I didn't notice any strippers, I mean dancers, in the general vicinity.

Is the Blender diving into the world of smutty, mostly irrelevant details of a celebrity gossip? No, not really. But I am monitoring the constantly growing argument that Bend is the Weird News Capital of the world. Not only does the rest of the world believe us to have real estate scammers and economic destruction hiding amongst the ruins of every half-built McMansion, they're also aware of our pregnant man, hot-air ballooning lawn chair man, beard championships (which are actually super cool, but still weird) and the fact that Rainn Wilson was saved from a rattle snake by a sheriff's deputy named Jeremiah Johnson.

Now, we're the city where you can -- allegedly -- hook up with a strip...whoops...dancer. That is if you have an entourage and a highly acclaimed television show.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Steve Miller Band is Coming to Bend...and hopefully some other acts

Just announced: Steve Miller Band to play the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 1:05 AM

It’s almost spring here in the glorious highlands of Central Oregon, which means that if you’re a lover of live music, it’s time to start praying for some big news to come out of the folks at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

We already knew that Merle Haggard would be diverting his tour away from the steady string of casinos it’s scheduled for to arrive on the LSA stage come June 20, but now it’s been confirmed that another classic name is on the summer concert lineup. And that’s the fact that Steve Miller Band will play on July 16th.

That’s right, Steve Miller is indeed still alive (he’s actually only 66) and in only a few short months will be playing “Fly Like and Eagle” and “The Joker” live in concert for you – so forget about hanging out in the Trans-Am with the eight-track player. It’s all live, baby!

Somewhat peculiarly, there’s a date on the Old Mill website for May 28 that mentions gates at 5:30 p.m. Could this be a yet-to-be-announced Memorial Day show? In year’s past, we’ve gotten some runoff from the Sasquatch! Music Festival and its typically awesome lineup that’s given us shows from Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and Michael Franti & Spearhead in the past. With country and baby boomer rock the only shows on the docket thus far, it seems we might be primed for a show or two for, you know, the younger folks.

Nothing to do now but wait…BUT in the meantime, here’s some remarkably bizarre video footage of Steve Miller!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Video of Eric Tollefson Live at Silver Moon on Saturday Night

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 6:04 AM

If you were in Bend on Saturday night there were plenty of options for entertainment. Roller derby, people beating the crap out of each other, ska music, rock music; you name it, it was going on in town on Saturday.

We made it down to Silver Moon to catch the soulful (and dreamy) Eric Tollefson debut his new band The World's Greatest Lovers. The show was great and Eric announced they'd be playing a free, all ages show at McMenamins on March 3 at 7pm. If you missed this show at the Moon, be sure to make it down to McMenamins, because Tollefson is a true musician, and well worth a piece of your free time. 

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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Conversation With The Men Behind the Beard and Moustache Championships Coming to Bend

The Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships is coming to Bend and we talk with the bearded men behind the event (with video).

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 6:32 PM

In the event that you’re habitually are slow on the uptake when it comes to facial-hair-related news, the Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships are taking place in Bend this year.

In advance of the Championships, which are slated for June 5 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater during the Balloons over Bend festival, the founder (and “self-appointed captain”) of Beard Team USA, Phil Olsen and two-time defending Natural Full Beard World Champion Jack Passion stopped into the Source offices yesterday to chat about the event. They brought along their pair of staggeringly lengthy and distractingly awesome beards.

Sure, the notion of competitive facial hair growing and styling is innately weird, but Olsen says there’s plenty of demand for events like this, especially in the beardier-than-normal Pacific Northwest.

“There’s tremendous interest in this. It’s such a quirky event and it has a lot of appeal to people looking for fun,” says Olsen, who sports a long, straight, black foot-long swath of beard. When he’s not promoting beard and moustache competitions, Olsen is a semi-retired lawyer and a part-time judge.

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The Championships are open to everyone, and while Olsen originally estimated that the contest would draw between 200 and 400 entries nationwide, he says after speaking with Visit Bend (which was key in bringing the Championships to Bend), now believes there may be as many as 200 entries just from our region.

Sitting next to Olsen, Jack Passion lays out his red mane of facial hair that extends to his beltline and explains how although this is a competition, it’s also a chance to meet some like-minded and like-bearded folks.

“I’ve made some of my best friends at these events. When you have extreme facial hair and you try to get a job and things like that, it’s a shared experience with these people,” says Passion, the author of The Facial Hair Handbook. And if you flip over his business card, you’ll see him holding a wicked bass guitar, which he uses in his other profession as a musician.

I’ll keep you posted on all things beardy and mustachy as the event gets closer. In the meantime, I’ll just keep growing my beard.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Mini-Documentary of the Bend WinterFest Weekend

Relive the big air and big sounds of Bend's WinterFest.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:28 PM

The Source Weekly's calendar editor/video magician Anne Pick took all the largely cattywompus video I shot during the three days of Bend WinterFest last weekend and quilted it into a nice little documentary.

Take a look and relive the joy that was WinterFest. By the way, we just got word from the WinterFest organizers who estimated that some 32,000 people visited the festival during the three days.

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Hippie Jams, Michael Cera and Problem Stick: What happened last night

'Twas a busy night out on the town last night.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 6:44 PM

I arrived at McMenamins Old St. Francis School last night and quickly discovered that there were a couple hundred other people who also thought it clever to take in a free show from Blue Turtle Seduction.

The bubbly Lake Tahoe jam band had the place packed (even more jammed than the typical free Wednesday show) and bobbing along to their bright, sunshine-filled songs and improvisations. People were dancing wholeheartedly, sweating the place up and giving me a slight case of claustrophobia.

At set break, rather than muscle our way into the venue, the wife and I opted rather for McMenamins movie theater where the indie comedy Youth in Revolt was playing. While we could still hear the jammy jams through the wall, Michael Cera as a car-stealing, Frank Sinatra-loving arsonist was belly-giggling hilarious. It looks like this film - which had a sadly short mainstream cinema run -  is nearing the end of its run at McMenamins, but you can catch it tonight at 8:30pm.

After departing McMenamins, we then made a brief stop at Silver Moon Brewing to catch a few cuts from Problem Stick. Sure, front man Wayne Newcome does some work for the Source, but it's not for that reason that I think this is one of the most solid rock bands in Bend. Their sound is intentionally messy, but the rock underpinnings are dead on. Check out the below video for proof.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Blue Turtle Seduction: Back in Bend once again tonight

Back for their 11th (at least) show in Bend, Blue Turtle Seduction play a free show.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Blue Turtle Seduction won’t leave Bend alone. By our count, tonight’s free show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School is the Lake Tahoe jam band’s 11th (at least) concert in Bend since 2006, when they played at the now-defunct Grove.

The poppy, world-music band was a staple of both years at the 4 Peaks Music Festival and played a pair of shows at the Annex in between. Recently, they’ve moved across the street for gigs at the Silver Moon Brewing Co., but now Blue Turtle Seduction has found a spot on the McMenamins Great Northwest Tour. This jaunt around the PNW sends the band to several McMenamins locations, including a stop tonight at the Old St. Francis School.

Expect a crowd tonight – this band has a strong following here in Bend, which they should by now!

Tonight’s show begins at 7pm. It’s free and all ages.

Here’s Blue Turtle playing at last year’s 4 Peaks Spring Fling:

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sasquatch Lineup Announced: My Morning Jacket, Pavement, Massive Attack, Ween and more

Take a look at the full lineup for Memorial Day Weekend's Sasquatch Music Festival.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Summer festival season is still a ways off, but it feels much closer now that the Sasquatch! Music Festival has unveiled its downright impressive lineup.

Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 29 through 31) up at the Gorge Amphitheater, the festival boasts arguably the strongest lineup of its eight-year history with headliners like My Morning Jacket, Pavement, Vampire Weekend, MGMT and plenty others, like The Hold Steady, for one.

Once again, the lineup is intentionally elective, but indie rock does, for the most part, dominate the slate. There's also a nice contingent of folk rockers, including The Low Anthem, Dr. Dog and Mumford & Sons. There's not much on the lineup for hip-hop fans, other than, well, Public Enemy! Kid Cudi is there too.

Visit the Sasquatch! Music Festival website for ticketing info. Single day tickets are available.

Here's the complete lineup:

My Morning Jacket
Massive Attack
Vampire Weekend
Band of Horses
The National
LCD Soundsystem
Tegan & Sara
Broken Social Scene
Passion Pit
She & Him
Public Enemy
Nada Surf
The New Pornographers
The Hold Steady
The xx
Dirty Projectors
Drive By Truckers
Kid Cudi
The Long Winters
Minus the Bear
The Mountain Goats
Camera Obscura
Fruit Bats
Brother Ali
Dr. Dog
Simian Mobile Disco
City & Colour
No Age
The Temper Trap
Miike Snow
Portugal. The Man
Mayer Hawthorne
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Lonely Forest
Boys Noize
Freelance Whales
Laura Marling
Patrick Watson
Past Lives
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Low Anthem
The Very Best
Neon Indian
The Tallest Man on Earth
Fresh Espresso
Mumford & Sons
Jets Overhead
Shabazz Palaces
Fool’s Gold
Morning Teleportation
Hudson Mohawke
The Middle East
Local Natives
Avi Buffalo
Booka Shade
Yes Giantess
Craig Robinson
Rob Riggle
Garfunkel & Oates
Luke Burbank

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Video From the WinterFest Music Stage

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM

If you were one of the several thousand folks who descended on the Old Mill District for last weekend's Bend WinterFest, you probably saw some of action below.

Friday night featured a headlining set from Bend favorites, The Gourds, making for a packed stage as the skiers jammed the rail behind the crowd. The Austin alt-country powerhouse proved raucous as ever, despite the fiercely blowing cold winds that whipped up against the stage.

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A much warmer, yet doubly crowded Saturday night crowd threw up their horns for Hell's Belles, who made their second WinterFest appearance with a set of AC/DC covers. Sorry for the blurry video, the aforementioned mass of humanity prevented me from getting closer.

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Check in later this week for our mini-documentary from the weekend.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

WinterFest Music Video Preview: The Gourds, Hell's Belles

Some video to preview this weekend's Winterfest music offerings.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 11:44 PM

It looks like that nasty little wet burst of stormy weather has passed and things are looking food for tonight's kick off of WinterFest.

While many out there are heading down to the Old Mill District to watch the always insanely popular Rail Jam, others (maybe you) will be there to take in some first-class music.

Tonight there's an appearance by The Gourds, the Austin, Texas alternative country act with a nice and hefty following in Bend. But that show also features sets from locals, Moon Mountain Ramblers and Leif James and the Struggle.  And since you're secretly all wanting this, here's video of the Gourds doing their famous "Gin and Juice" cover.

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Saturday night features a return appearance from Hell's Belles, the all-female AC/DC cover band. The night also features sets from The Dirty Words and Brynna Dean and Her Sympathetic Strings.

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