Comfortable in Identity

Comfortable in Identity

The Slocan Ramblers bring their bluegrass jams to Bend for the first Pickin' & Paddlin' of the season
It wouldn't be summer in Bend without Pickin' & Paddlin'—and it wouldn't be Pickin' & Paddlin' without all-star pickers playing traditional bluegrass.

The Right Thing

Michalis Patterson uses his music to provide an outlet for those suffering from addiction, depression and mental health issues
At 21 years old, Michalis (pronounced Mik-all-is) Patterson has lived more life than some people who are well into their retirement years.

Celebrating Nature

Survivorman Les Stroud releases his new album in Bend with a concert and outdoor adventures
You may recognize musician, filmmaker and survival expert Les Stroud from his hit television series "Survivorman."

End of an Era

Trailer 31 celebrates the release of its second album with a final performance
Dustin Byers and Joel Chadd were first introduced over the phone.

Out of this World

King Black Acid blends psychedelic and space rock while focusing on the craft of songwriting
Daniel John Riddle has been writing, recording and releasing music under the band name King Black Acid since the early '90s, coming of age in Portland during a pivotal time in music, and sharing the stage with Nirvana and GWAR.

Swiss Rockabilly

The Hillbilly Moon Explosion brings its expansive sound to Bend during their first tour of the U.S.
The Hillbilly Moon Explosion doesn't have a sound typical of other bands you see coming through Bend.

Operation: Music Maker

The anatomy of a musician includes passion, perseverance and a lot more
I've had an undying love for music since I first heard No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom" album back in the '90s.

Is Rock Dead?

The R&B/hip-hop genre surpassed rock as the No.1 musical genre over the past year. What does that mean for rock 'n' roll mainstays?
The news of rock's death may have been greatly exaggerated in years past, but an unprecedented rash of retirements and a downward sales spiral have now reached the point where all bets are off.

Fueling the Experience

Bend's Bony Chanterelle releases its debut album, "This Can't End Now"
The name of Bony Chanterelle's debut album, "This Can't End Now," accurately describes my interview with the trio last weekend.

Low Key Crooner

Ray LaMontagne kicks off the season at the Schwab, with special guest Neko Case
Pretension, flash and lack of substance seem to be the calling card for so much of what passes for musical talent nowadays. 

30 Years in the Making

The Posies reunite the original alt-rock lineup for a 30th anniversary tour
Doing anything for 30 years deserves celebration.


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