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Night Channels Debut its First EP, 'Mercy'

Night Channels Debut its First EP, 'Mercy'

A thunderstorm of alternative rock from the new-ish kids on the block
Introducing themselves on the Central Oregon scene at the start of last year, local rock band Night Channels has already been hit with a few punches in its early start. Off the bat, the band has had to go through multiple lineup changes.

Life in the 'Badlands' ▶ [with video]

Casey Parnell's debut solo album is set to the background of nature
Locals might have seen him playing around the Central Oregon scene for years in Precious Byrd and alongside other local bands, but now we're getting a deeper look at Casey Parnell as a solo artist. On July 10, Parnell released his debut solo album, "Badlands."

Local to the Core

Volume one of "High Desert Calling" is finally here, highlighting musicians from all over Central Oregon
At the end of May I wrote about a new album in the works called High Desert Calling—a giant collaboration from Central Oregon artists, allowing the community to support them during the pandemic, all hosted in one place. Now the album is finally here.

#SaveOurStages

Calling all music fans: national and local independent venues need your help
The National Independent Venue Association has around 2,000 members across the U.S in all 50 states. This includes 76 venues/festivals/promoters in the state of Oregon, and eight in Central Oregon alone.

Farm-Grown Music

Eric Leadbetter & Pete Kartsounes host a songwriting camp, followed by a show
Local musicians looking to spark their creativity and hang with other artists for inspiration might look to this weekend as a great opportunity to expand their craft. Pete Karsounes and Eric Leadbetter, two gems of Bend's music scene, will host a songwriters camp at Rareloom Farm and Garden starting Friday.

Live Music in Redmond

Not every venue is capable of hosting live shows, but some businesses are getting the music going
Concerts are beginning to happen on a smaller scale in Bend again, but what about our neighbors to the north in Redmond? Virtually, things heated up last week as Music on the Green kicked off on June 24 with a performance from Olivia Knox.

From Canceled Shows to Online Debuts

Alicia Viani's debut album is ready to have its moment
In February 2019, I spoke with Central Oregon artist Alicia Viani about getting ready to record her debut album in Nashville. Since then, a lot has happened.

Reviving Live Music

Excited to make its return to the stage, The Old Revival has tried to make the most of its time away
Things are still far from normal, but at least live music is back in some capacity in Central Oregon. It's probably been months since many of us have been to a concert that wasn't being viewed over our computer or phone screens.

Phase 2unes

New reopening guidelines mean a shot of live music for Central Oregon—by Central Oregonians
With a little more leeway following Deschutes County's approval for Phase Two reopening, people are starting to see live music popping up once again. But some of the new guidelines might only work for certain venues, and they might only work for specific artists as well.

Bandcamp is a Platform for the People

The music hosting site and publication will once again waive fees to support artists and then the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
There are plenty of streaming services out there to choose from, but Bandcamp is the best when it comes to supporting independent artists and the music that helps them survive. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Bandcamp has set aside days where they waive their company's share of purchase fees to the artist.

Triple Whammy

Eric Leadbetter helps bring joy to the music scene, food industry and hospital workers with the St. Charles Meal Mission
Eric Leadbetter’s son was born on April 1. From there he and his wife Briana were stuck quarantining at the hospital for the next five or so days due to COVID-19. 

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  • Re: Local to the Core

    • So proud to be a part of this! Here is the link to the album…

    • on July 26, 2020
  • Re: Reviving Live Music

    • I'm looking forward to seeing The Old Revival for the first time....and I'm super excited…

    • on June 19, 2020

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