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click to enlarge Tuck and Roll, the lighter side of the Music is Life Show.
  • Tuck and Roll, the lighter side of the Music is Life Show.
Tuck and Roll, the lighter side of the Music is Life Show.
There's something about large-scale gatherings of local music that gets us a little giddy. Last month, there was the Source's Seven for Seven show at the Old Stone that brought together a genre-crossing mix of bands to the stage for a night of eclectic fun. And it's pleasing to see the trend continuing as the harder rocking bands join forces this weekend for the Music is Life Concert.

It wouldn't be a local collaborative show, of course, if Larry and His Flask wasn't on the bill, which they are. And we're not complaining about that. We're delighted, in fact, that the road-hardened "hardcore folkies" (apparently that is a classification, as the band has previously used it to describe themselves) but further enthused by the rest of the loud-leaning acts on the bill.

Redmond's Grimsbeard, a tightly wound metal and hardcore act, comes highly recommended as does the scream-and-thundering-drum operation known as Wache the Dead, who fuse melodic licks with a run-for-your-life ethos for a solidly metal sound. There is a punk rock presence at the show, as well, headed by up-and-comers Tuck and Roll.

But for the hardcore, metal and punk community this is also a chance to see some acts that haven't hit the scene too hard yet, like Broken Over Haunted Seas and Never Heard the Shot. Also, in a time when the harder bands are relegated to only a few venues around the region, this is a chance for the scene to do something this big for once, and for a good cause - part of the proceeds go to benefit Central Oregon's Vietnam veterans. - Mike Bookey

Music is Life

Featuring: Larry & His Flask, Last Stand, Tuck and Roll, Wache the Dead, Never Heard the Shot, Hands on Fire, Broken Over Haunted Seas, Klever Kill and Grimsbeard. 5pm Saturday, June 6. Bend Community Center, 1036 NE 5th St. $7.

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