If You Play It, They Will Sing | Culture Features | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Search
Settings
Pin It
Favorite

If You Play It, They Will Sing 

KPOV brings back popular Beatles Singalong

OK, Central Oregonians of all ages, warm up those vocal chords, put on those dancing shoes and get stoked to "Twist and Shout." Following a two-year hiatus, the popular Beatles Singalong is back.

KPOV volunteers Rick Miller, left, and Lynn Bancroft hold up this year's Beatles Singalong poster in front of posters from past Singalongs. - RICHARD SITTS
  • Richard Sitts
  • KPOV volunteers Rick Miller, left, and Lynn Bancroft hold up this year's Beatles Singalong poster in front of posters from past Singalongs.

  The event is a fundraiser for Bend's only nonprofit community radio station, KPOV, taking place Saturday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend.

During a sit-down with the Source Weekly, Singalong co-organizers Rick Miller and Lynn Bancroft were bubbly with excitement over the fundraiser. The two KPOV volunteers also co-host the weekly live music radio show, "Center Stage," Saturdays from 2 to 4pm.

"It's going to be really fun and really exciting; everyone will have a good time. They'll leave with a really good feeling," Miller says.

The premise of the evening is simple: live bands play chosen songs by The Beatles, while the lyrics are flashed up high so everyone can see and sing along. Expect a photo booth by Dashoots Photobooth, food by the Southern Accent food cart, beer by Kobold Brewing, and wine and sangria by Volcano Vineyards.

According to Miller, when the annual event first started, the station held it in June, in conjunction with the station's birthday. KPOV began broadcasting on June 26, 2005.

"We do it because we like it," Miller says. "It's a good fundraiser for KPOV. The bands love it, too; they really like doing it."

This year's band lineup includes The ReSistas playing pre-show music, followed by The Color Study, She's With Me, The Blue Vinyls, Toast and Jam, AM Clouds and Central Oregon's premier Beatles cover band, Juju Eyeball.

Each band chooses the handful of songs they wish to play. There can be no duplicates, so organizers have to make sure each band has its own unique setlist. 

Miller recalls one year when three different bands wanted to play the song, "Oh, Darling." Two bands had to choose another song. ("Oh, Darling" isn't on the schedule this year.) The evening won't just be a greatest-hits package; bands will play some deeper cuts, as well.

click image At the KPOV Beatles singalong, local bands will play songs by these four mop-tops. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • At the KPOV Beatles singalong, local bands will play songs by these four mop-tops.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of 1969's "Abbey Road." Two songs from the album, "Come Together" and "Something," are included in the night's song list.

As Bancroft explains it, the Singalong has three purposes. First, it's a fundraiser for the station; second, its goal is to increase listenership and be an "awareness builder;" and third, it kicks off the station's fall membership drive running Oct. 11 to 19.

Because the event takes place in the Boys and Girls Clubs, which, Miller says, is the original Bend High School gymnasium, it will have an old-school, sock-hop theme. Audience participation will be the order of the evening, with a costume contest, trivia contest, silent auction and a guitar raffle by one of the sponsors, Sunday Guitars. And, of course, all that singing and dancing.

At other musical events, Bancroft says, "Not everyone can be on stage, but in this one, everybody gets to be on stage."

KPOV Beatles Singalong
Sat., Oct. 5, 7-10pm
Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend
500 NW Wall St., Bend
Bendticket.com,
Adv., $12 ($10 for KPOV members);
Door, $15, $5 under 18

About The Author

Richard Sitts

Richard Sitts grew up in the midwest, mostly in Kansas. After earning a journalism degree from Kansas State University, he worked in various capacities at newspapers in Kansas, New York, New Mexico, California and Colorado, before arriving in Bend several years ago. Highlights included working as a bureau reporter...
Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Sober Holidays

    Sober Holidays

    Abstaining from booze in a town that loves to drink
    • Dec 24, 2019
Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
The Handmade Holiday Market

The Handmade Holiday Market - High Desert Music Hall

Sat., Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social


Latest in Culture Features

  • A Local Marketplace, Online

    • Nov 25, 2020
    Shop-Local platform allows locals to browse dozens of area retailers, all from one place More »
  • For One Nonprofit, the Pandemic Has Meant a Loss of Recipients

    • Nov 11, 2020
    Sparrow Clubs, a local nonprofit organization for medically compromised children, is experiencing a shortage of families to sponsor More »
  • A Circus of a Halloween

    • Oct 29, 2020
    Halloween festivities are ramping up, despite COVID-19 restrictions, and amid this wild year, Venardos Circus is offering some live entertainment. Its “Spooky Spectacular” show in Redmond happens throughout the last week-end of October. More »
  • More »

More by Richard Sitts

  • Positive Pageant

    Positive Pageant

    Local Mrs. Oregon aims for Mrs. America
    • Sep 30, 2020
  • Pandemic or Not, the (Radio) Show Must Go On

    Pandemic or Not, the (Radio) Show Must Go On

    A young radio host shares his love of music over the airwaves, with some social-distancing adjustments
    • Jul 29, 2020
  • A Life Lived In Vinyl

    A Life Lived In Vinyl

    A Facebook friend's challenge prompts a look back at this writer's 10 most influential albums, from Springsteen to the Chipmunks doing The Beatles
    • Apr 26, 2020
  • More »

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2020 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation