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Dancing In the Streets: Summerfest will hit downtown Bend pavement with a stout music lineup 

The Bend SummerFest has earned a reputation for cramming a staggering amount of music into the two-and-a-half-day festival, and this year is no exception.

The Bend SummerFest has earned a reputation for cramming a staggering amount of music into the two-and-a-half-day festival, and this year is no exception. With a total of five stages, the festival provides everything from hip-hop to jazz to bluegrass, and it’s all free. The only drawback is, you probably won't find time to hear all of it. To maximize your experience, here are a few bands that should draw your attention.

Rickie Lee Jones

Friday 7/13 9 p.m.

Mirror Pond Parking Lot

It’s not every day one can see a free concert from a legendary singer, but with sultry adult contemporary singer Rickie Lee Jones headlining the Lite 95.1 Listener Appreciation lineup, Friday will be one of those days. You’ll hear a little bit of rock, a little bit of jazz, and a little bit of whatever sound the sometimes-experimental Jones decides to employ.

Boom Chick

Saturday 7/14 3 p.m.

Peak 104.1 Mainstage

Brooklyn New York's male-female duo Boom Chick might just prove to be the standout band of the entire festival and comes with a strong “must see” recommendation. Combining gritty surf rock with honky tonk and blues, Boom Chick creates summertime rock-and-roll, perfect for a hot afternoon.

Jeff Kashiwa

Saturday 7/14 5 p.m.

Amalia’s Jazz, Wine and Gourmet Foods Stage

Seattle saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa is one of the Pacific Northwest’s true jazz treasures. A former member of legendary group The Rippingtons, Kashiwa brings some old school funk and new age R&B into his own blend of smooth saxophone jazz.

Bend Summerfest

July 13, 14, 15


Downtown Bend

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Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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