Taking the Music to the People: When Brad Tisdel isn't helping others enjoy music, he's playing | Sound Stories & Interviews | 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!
Pin It

Taking the Music to the People: When Brad Tisdel isn't helping others enjoy music, he's playing 

Relax, Mr. Tisdel. You've earned it.Editor's Note: This profile was originally slated to run in our Local Heroes issue, but was inadvertently omitted. Better late than never, eh?

The fact that Sisters has about 10 times as much musical energy as a typical American town of its size is not an accident. While some of this is due in part to the vein of creativity that seems to run through the center of the cowboy town, a good deal of recognition also should be handed to Brad Tisdel.

The musician has given the town of Sisters a musical shot in the arm not only through his diehard dedication as the artistic director of the Sisters Folk Festival, but also with the innovation he's interjected into the town's schools through the Americana Project - a program that brings roots music history, education and lessons into the classroom with a hands-on approach. The result is a town bustling with youthful musicians, some who've used the program as a springboard into a musical career. Tisdel says he's not all that surprised by the talent that the program has produced.

"If you give kids these opportunities, you'll be blown away by what they can achieve. I'm not necessarily surprised because I think young people have a lot to say and they're really smart," Tisdel says.

He adds that almost every local, regional or national touring musician that comes to the program as a guest teacher is not only blown away by the talent of the students, but are also a bit envious - they often say that their crusty music classes were hardly this cool.

Having made an impact with some of Central Oregon's youngsters, Tisdel is now looking to make a difference through music at the other end of the age spectrum with his new program, Musical Memories, which takes local musicians into area assisted living homes to perform songs that the homes' patrons remember from their younger days.

"It's not just about artists going in and playing gigs, it's about playing music that's pertinent to their generation. They remember the songs from when they were young," says Tisdel.

While much of his effort has been directed toward both the Americana Project as well as the Sisters Folk Festival, Tisdel has hardly stopped work on his own music career. Just last year he released his CD On Your Way and has also played routinely around the region. Tisdel's music, which has been featured on regional radio stations, is an embodiment of the Americana stylings he has taught in the past and the type of music that he's continued to bring to the Sisters Folk Festival year after year.

On Friday night, you can catch the smooth and soulful Tisdel in one of Central Oregon's most unique settings as part of the Largent Studios Concert series. It's folk music in an intimate environment - just how the style is meant to be played.

Some people say that music can't change the world, but with what Tisdel has done with both the young and old of his community, he's definitely proved that music can change a community.

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Triple Whammy

    Triple Whammy

    Eric Leadbetter helps bring joy to the music scene, food industry and hospital workers with the St. Charles Meal Mission
    • Jun 1, 2020
  • Life in the 'Badlands' ▶ [with video]

    Life in the 'Badlands' ▶ [with video]

    Casey Parnell's debut solo album is set to the background of nature
    • Jul 29, 2020
Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Sunset Sessions: Cheyenne West & Kurt Silva

Sunset Sessions: Cheyenne West & Kurt Silva - 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Pub & Brewing Facility

Fri., June 18, 6-8 p.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social

  •   @sourceweekly on Instagram

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

More by The Source Staff

  • Water Issue 2021

    Water Issue 2021

    From droughts to dams to glaciers and canoeing, there's lots to explore with water in Central Oregon
    • Jun 9, 2021
  • 2021 Summer Music Guide

    2021 Summer Music Guide

    Get your dancing shoes out from the back of the closet. These are all the shows we know about in Central Oregon this summer.
    • May 26, 2021
  • May 2021 Election Results

    May 2021 Election Results

    The latest election returns see conservative school board candidates in Bend-La Pine trounced by a 2-1 margin
    • May 18, 2021
  • More »

Want to advertise with us?

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

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation