2017 Summer Festival Performers
Friday through Sunday | Oregon Street
|Friday, July 7||Saturday, July 8|
|5:00pm | Natty Red||11:00am | Joytribe|
|7:00pm | Meekoh Martinez||1:00pm | Tezeta|
|9:15pm | Precious Byrd||3:00pm | Cogo Explosion|
|4:30pm | Quick and Easy Boys|
|7:00pm | Stone in Love|
|9:15pm | Moondog Matinee|
Sunday July 9 | Oregon Street
Join us for a gourmet brunch at the Bend Summer Festival, catered by La Magie. Enjoy delicious food and beverages alongside soulful music beginning at 11am on the MainStage. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at Saxon’s Fine Jewelers or online at http://www.bendticket.com/events/45604267/saxons-soul-brunch-sunday. Bloody Mary’s mixed with Crater Lake Vodka or a Mimosa are included (one per ticket) and are available for purchase as well. Join us Sunday morning!
|Sunday, July 9|
|11:00am | Portland Soul Allstars|
|1:00pm | Andy Stokes Band|
|3:00pm | Heritage featuring Mosley Wotta|
Friday through Saturday | Minnesota Street
|Friday July 7||Saturday July 8|
|5:00pm | Friends of Lenny||5:00pm | Tezeta|
|7:00pm | Just Us||7:00pm | Andy Stokes Band|
|9:15pm | Quarterflash||9:00pm | High Street Band|
Friday through Sunday | Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot
|Friday July 7||Saturday July 8||Sunday July|
|5:30pm | The Gold Rust||12:30pm | Shannon Smith||11:30am | Honey Don’t|
|7:30pm | Travis Ehrenstrom Band||2:30pm | Cascade School of Music “ROCK U”||1:30pm | Hutch and Gentry|
|9:30pm | Alovitiman||4:30pm | Jones Road|
|6:30pm | Ubuntu|
|8:30pm | Company Grand|
Natty Red, the soulful acoustic collaboration between Jason “Big Red” Schweitzer and Nat Berliner, began with backyard bonfires on warm Bend summer nights. The duo quickly spread across local venues, bringing along their upbeat, emotionally charged originals, and spicing up their set with unique takes on everything from Nina Simone to Milky Chance.
Jason formerly performed with The Rum and The Sea, while Nat performed with various bands in New York City.
Let’s say you’re a relatively unknown Bend singer-songwriter hoping to overcome all the traditional obstacles and take a shot at a legitimate music career. One day, you’re asked to appear on NBC’s “The Voice.” You would jump at the chance, wouldn’t you? Not Meekoh, who, for the record, just sort of casually declined—figuring he simply didn’t need it at the time—which should give you some idea of his confidence level. (Not bad for a former Bend church singer and breezeway “busker.”)
Here’s another must-know Meekoh tidbit: Among those who have seen him perform live is former President George W. Bush. This happened during a charity dinner banquet in Montana. The event helped raise money for Bend’s homeless population.
Seems this is one local musician with the credentials and determination to make it happen (with or without network television). Want more Meeko? Check out the new album “Fire and Diamonds,” released earlier this year.
Time to get on your feet!
Precious Byrd’s a high-voltage dance/rock band from Bend. This funky four-piece features Corey Parnell on vocals, Casey Parnell on lead guitar, Michael Summers on drums and Grammy Award-winning artist Lonnie Chapin on bass. They do stellar versions of modern and classic hits, along with a ton of high-energy originals.
The band also features saxophone player Andy Warr, known for his work on the Oprah Winfrey show. Top it all off with lead guitarist Derek Williams, who has shared the stage with Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen, and you’ve got a full band ready to rock!
Precious Byrd is one of the most sought after bands in the Pacific Northwest, headlining festivals, top corporate events, private parties and even high-end weddings. In addition to both modern and classic hits, Precious Byrd will cover standards, jazz favorites and love songs—which should explain their wedding appeal.
Their live show is the epitome of a raucous dance party where hits from every era are mashed, modernized, and served up as fresh as their signature black and white suits. Their latest album “Superphonic Magical” (released June 2016) makes for an infectious world of pop, funk and rock, showing fans that these guys have the raw talent and power to make it on stage and in the studio.
Get set for a passionate fusion of Pretenders-inspired vocals meets the psychedelic funk child of Prince and Pink Floyd.
Are you getting the picture yet?
Singer/saxophonist Chelsea Luker carved out JoyTribe with the goal of making unique fusion in a democratic writing situation. After five years with Mars Retrieval Unit, and a little break in Thailand, she took time searching for the right fit of musicians.
That didn’t take too long. Once she contacted former MRU bassist Rick Bouvette, everything sort of fell into place. Initially imagining a mix of electronic, prog and funk, the music eventually veered towards “world-inspired” funk. Songs lean heavily on reggae, Latin and African elements, paired with vintage rock vibes. This is partially due to Eric’s study of Latin percussion and flamenco, Rick’s love of Reggae, and Keith’s strong connection to classic bands like Pink Floyd.
JoyTribe has been performing around the Northwest for over two years, opening for international touring acts such as Balkan Beat Box, Dumpstaphunk and Kung FU.
Portland-based Tezeta Band is the sound of nostalgia and soulful dance music. It’s part jazz, part soul and part ancient Ethiopian melodies, skillfully blended with the R & B music of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It comes from a period when the influential sounds of James Brown, Jackie Mittoo and John Coltrane melted together with Ethiopian tradition in the hot clubs and lounges of Addis Ababa.
The band has brought its high-energy seven-piece Ethio-Soul sound to clubs across the Northwest, while opening for such legends as Mahmoud Ahmed, Aster Aweke and Vieux Farke Toure.
Their music has been featured on several internationally known compilations including “Chill Out Ethiopian Groove Worldwide” and “Beyond Addis.” Tezeta Band has also released a self-titled EP and recently completed its first full-length LP “The Origin of Night Life.” In 2014 Tezeta Band’s music was also used in the award-winning independent documentary “Zemene”.
Bradley David Parsons started CoGoExplo in early 2015. The original lineup featured Parsons on drums and vocals, his brother Tyler Parsons on bass, Nick Graham on guitar and synth, and Andrew Harris on guitar.
Eventually, this indie rock band became a tight bass/drums duo. Inspired by the simplicity and ready for a new challenge, the Parsons brothers want to push the boundaries of what a two-piece band can do.
Expect huge growling bass, hard hitting drums and catchy vocals.
The Source Weekly’s Jared Rasic wrote:
“Corner Gospel Explosion shall not be pigeonholed. The debut album ‘Tension’ bounces between styles that most bands need years to gain the confidence to pull off. From the dance rock album opener, ‘Sky is Falling (Na Na Na),’ to the epic, seven-and-a-half minute closer, ‘Through the Fence and Out,” Corner Gospel Explosion is ready to be heard now.”
The band has opened for Helio Sequence and Smash Mouth. The Source Weekly named them Best Band of 2015.
It’s tribute time!
Stone in Love performs faithful renditions of the classic hits from one of the most popular rock bands of all time—Journey. Their band delivers a high-octane performance featuring vintage Journey sounds including those soaring lead vocals, lush four-part harmonies, signature guitar licks, fat keyboards and driving rhythms.
SIL came together quite by accident. Jason Fellman, lead singer of the ‘80s band Radical Revolution, was in a recording studio when the studio owner Kevin Hahn began casually singing some Journey tunes. He sounded so good that Fellman suggested recording some tracks. Fellman moved to drums with Hahn on lead vocals and a Journey tribute band was born.
Stone in Love went on to ignite Portland’s current tribute band scene.
The hardest part about being a tribute band? Fellman says it’s trying to keep up with expectations of the fans — who aren’t aware that all those cool harmonies they hear on the record were not done live. The magic happens in the studio.
Thanks to Fellman, Hahn and the rest of the band, you’re about to see the magic in person!
Back in 2006, when soul music giants Wilson Pickett and James Brown passed, musician Louis Pain assembled the Portland Soul All-Stars to perform tributes. Later came a heartfelt tribute to Etta James. In each case, the band didn’t simply play the artist’s hits, but played lesser-known songs as well, all while putting the music into the context of the artist’s remarkable life and career.
This “tribute band-with-a-difference,” the Portland Soul All-Stars—made up of some of Portland’s top vocalists and musicians—has subsequently come together to reprise the Wilson Pickett and James Brown shows, as well as to stage tributes to Memphis Soul, Romantic Soul, Blue Christmas, Sweet Summer Soul and Philly Soul.
The band is a true “all-star” group, having featured most of the top soul singers in the Northwest, including Curtis Salgado, Andy Stokes, Liv Warfield, Lisa Mann, LaRhonda Steele, Sean Holmes, and the late Linda Hornbuckle).
He’s known as “Oregon’s King of Soul.” He’s also an Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee.
Andy Stokes has shared his soulful voice and undeniable musical mastery with the Northwest music culture for more than three decades. As the lead vocalist for the funk band Cool’R, Andy signed with A&M Records, and toured worldwide as a featured artist with The Stylistics, Michael Bolton, George Clinton, The Temptations as well as many others.
The acclaimed singer is now back with his solo debut entitled “Full Circle.” The album received heavy airplay and enjoyed a significant reception internationally. “Full Circle” debuted at #30 on the UK Soul Charts and climbed to #13 in one week. The album’s a skillfully crafted soulful journey emphasizing love, life and relationships, which will likely make any true R&B lover swoon.
Andy’s also done some television work—having appeared on several episodes of the detective series “Grimm.”
Chicago native Jason Graham, better known as MOsley WOtta, (MOWO) is a consummate creative.
MOsley WOtta has been featured internationally as a speaker, performer, poet, visual artist and educator for over a decade. A former Oregon slam poetry champion, MOWO’s work focus on the power of voice.
He has been featured multiple times as a TEDx speaker and performer. His resume includes the Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, MAGIC trade show Las Vegas, Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia and PBS Oregon Art Beat. MOWO was recently selected as an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project leader.
MOWO has shraed the stage with Ice Cube, Toots and the Maytals and the Indigo Girls.
Additionally, MOWO is an Art Ambassador with the RISE UP INTL and the US Embassy.
They’re known as Friends of Lenny, but you can simply call them “Central Oregon’s Party Band!” The Friends churn out both classic and contemporary rock and blues from the ‘60s through today. They are five dedicated musicians who love the music and have a great feel for what they play.
Having made their start in Central Oregon around six years ago—a father, a son, a guitar, and a few friends morphed into Friends of Lenny.
John Keyser and son Ryne can be found as stage bookends, trading off amazing leads between electric and acoustic guitar and vocals. Bob Bondi’s on bass. Whether it’s funky plucks, or smooth grooves, Bob knows how to ratchet up FOL’s “more fun per minute” meter!
Lead vocalist Adri Boer adds the final, stellar touch. The band also features Greg Banks on drums.
With a shared love of rock, blues and party tunes, this crew will have you dancing through the decades.
Just Us formed seven years ago in Bend. The band’s influences include driving blues-rock, soul, funk and jazz. They’re flexible, collaborative and have a great time working together. Their philosophy? “We figure, if we are having fun, our audience will have fun with us,” according to the band. Just Us has been working on its first full-length album and looks forward to playing the new songs live!
Just Us players are:
Mike Ogden – Guitar:
In a jazz-like way, Mike loves an improv-based song with opportunities for each player to contribute their style and their soul to the performance.
Ed Criss – Bass:
Ed came up in the San Francisco blues scene. He’s played with, and opened for, the likes of Albert King, and Robert Cray.
Charlie Ewing – Drums:
Charlie is another product of the northern California music scene. With more of a rock background, he serves this ensemble with power and precision.
Bud Munson – Vocals & Percussion
Bud is the neophyte among these guys, but he makes up for with a big heart and a pretty big set of pipes.
Even if you don’t know this band by name, you’ve no doubt heard their chart-topping mega-hit “Harden My Heart,” released back in 1981.
Founding Quarterflash members Rindy and Marv Ross first performed together at Western Oregon University where they fell in love and eventually got married. While completing their teaching degrees, they began playing in bands with Rindy on saxophone, while also singing Marv’s guitar-driven ballads.
After teaching three years in Central Oregon, they took very early retirements and formed a popular dance band called “Seafood Mama”—playing what were then lovingly known as the “hippie bars” between Seattle and Portland in the late ‘70s.
The pair eventually recorded Marv’s song, “Harden My Heart”—which became their first hit and led to a contract with Geffen Records. That led to a massively successful decade which found them releasing four albums under a new name, Quarterflash, while garnering gold and platinum records, as well as tours with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and assorted big-haired ‘80s acts. It was an exciting era—with Burt Bacharach and Rindy even appearing on “The Merv Griffin Show” alongside guest Richard Simmons.
They have always stayed true to their Oregon roots. In 1991 the state commissioned them to produce a musical based on diaries of immigrants on the Oregon Trail. From that project came “The Trail Band” and nine albums of traditional Americana music.
The Rosses also gained a deep interest in Native American music. Marv began to write his second play, “The Ghosts of Celilo” — a Broadway-styled musical featuring Native American music and culture. “Ghosts” opened in 2007 at The Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Western Oregon University recently awarded Marv & Rindy the Alumni Award of Excellence. Their latest albums are “Goodbye Uncle Buzz” and “Love is a Road.”
Andy Stokes Band
The High Street Band, over the past two decades, has made huge waves nationwide as a “Zoot Suit Swing Band” featuring the fabulous “High Street Horns.”
While remaining true to their roots, High Street has evolved into a full-blown, crowd-interactive “party band” playing Motown, Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Bruno Mars and more! As always, they feature their incredible horns and a philosophy that screams “If you can’t dance to it, we don’t play it.”
The Bend Summer Festival and C3 Events are very special to High Street. It’s all due to the fact that the 2003 show was one of the seminal events that launched the current wave of the High Street Experience!
Bandleader and local businessman Matt Summers has been the front man for High Street these last 15 years. In fact, you might just meet him rather unexpectedly. He, along with renowned sax man Steve “Big Daddy” Goff are usually seen dancing through the crowd or gently coaxing audience members onstage!
High Street lists far too many incredible performances over the past 15 years to mention here but some of the highlights are PGA Tour events in New York, a party aboard a private yacht circling Manhattan at night, selling out the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, Calif., headlining the World Games of the Special Olympics, private events in Hawaii, Malibu, San Diego, cruise ships in the Caribbean and festivals in all 50 states.
2017 Bend Summer Festival Line-up
Locals Only Stage
The Gold Rust is what happens when Tennessee falls in love with the Pacific Northwest.
Relying on harmony and storytelling as their main love languages, Cathasach Ó Corcráin and Kaycee Anseth have developed their songs over the last four years in partnership on stage and off.
Their debut record Hydrology was co-produced last summer by Jared Smith, with the help of members of Wilderness and Second Son. The Gold Rust has evolved, with the help of last year’s album release, into weavers of lush soundscapes both forlorn and redeeming.
After spending extensive time on the remote West Coast of Ireland with a new album in the works, this evolution continues to take twists and turns beyond their folk origins into uncharted waters.
Meet Alovitiman, an adventurous new Bend-based instrumental project!
Expect an accessible blend of Balkan folk, rock, jazz, classical, and hip-hop flavors, along with the on-edge/off-balanced electricity of a looming storm. Alovitiman presents a staggering instrumental experience! These potent tunes naturally invite a sophisticated dance-driven, funky trance-like intrigue. The group takes you along an energetic odd-metered musical side-road.
It’s an expedition of sorts—into the Balkans, and back again.
The four-member group uses fiery saxophone riffs and haunting flute melodies—backed by a pounding rhythm section composed of electric bass, guitar, and drums. Alovitman conjures up a dynamic combination of original style and unique sound, which is sure to leave crowds ecstatic.
Let the summery adventures dance on!
The students who make up the Cascade School of Music’s Super Band are the school’s most advanced rock students. Auditions are required for placement in this band. Once the students are at this level, Rock U Director Nathan Wegner (Strive Roots and Sweatband) becomes more of an advisor, booking agent, roadie and band manager.
The kids organize their practices, choose and work through songs on their own, and put their incredible talent to work with the determination to “get it right.” The school’s Rock U (short for Rock University) has evolved over the years, and these kids put on quite a show! Three bands make up the school’s Rock U performance ensembles, with students ranging in age from 10-16.
Over the course of the year, the students attend a variety of performance workshops to assist in their musical maturity and growth. Under Wegman’s guidance, they learn how to work and communicate as a band, and become comrades in the pursuit of rock!
The members of the Cascade School of Music Super Band, also known as “Gen 17” are:
Lena Vandervelde – Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar,
Elijah Tran – Lead Guitar,
Lalana Tran – Bass and Vocals,
Emerson Hughes – Keyboard
Tim Hakala – Drums
Jones Road, an alternative rock band based in Bend, is the perfect blend of the unique and the familiar. Their originals and covers bring a fresh, yet recognizable sound to ‘90s alternative, Southern rock and even a hint of country.
With energetic live shows full of sing-a-longs and good times for all, Jones Road knows how to entertain every type of music fan.
Members include Jordan Roberts (bass), Randy Vance (lead vocals), Shane Osborne (lead guitar) and Nole Kennedy (percussion).
UBUNTU is a six-piece, dance-friendly band that brings a groove-heavy, Afro-roots rhythm sound. While many of UBUNTU’s songs are based in the mother rhythms of African drumming, several of the band’s players bring a strong rock, funk and psychedelic influence. The result is a unique and innovative sound.
Carried through the music is the spirit of UBUNTU, which is a word and concept originating in South Africa that emphasizes virtues of kindness and connection in humanity. The spirit of the band aims to help people remember that their individuality is only possible because of the support and foundation of their community and “tribe.” An interconnectedness exists between individuals and their communities in a way that means one can never really act in isolation.
All of this is embodied in the band’s slogan: “I am because we are.”
UBUNTU is a collection of friends who have been playing music together for many years, with the addition of some well-established local pros.
Get set for an exhilarating eight-piece band that performs a range of swing and nuevo-New Orleans style originals, along with contemporary favorites.
Lucas James and Riley Winslow started Company Grand in the summer of 2014. These two provide exciting and eccentric song writing, along with electrifying musicianship (keyboard and guitar, respectively).
The rhythm section’s made up of Tyler Cranor (bass), Patrick Ondrozek (drums and keyboard), and Nick Shealey (drums and percussion). All studied music at universities across the country, and combine their diverse musical backgrounds to create some exciting dance grooves.
The horn section starts with Keemun Senff on trumpet, Dan Flagg on trombone and Steve Prazek on sax and flute. Again, all three are university trained and have played in orchestras and bands for decades.
The combination of these talented and diverse musicians comes together to create an unforgettable experience.
Company Grand, previously named The Gentleman Callers, is dedicated to delivering original entertainment to Central Oregon and beyond. As the house band for Bend Burlesque, they showcase beautiful women, comedy, music and a variety of other local talent.
Honey Don’t is the musical union of Bill Powers and Shelley Gray, perhaps better known as one-half of the Colorado-based old-time bluegrass band Sweet Sunny South.
Their music, whether acoustic or electric, comes from the folk tradition with bluegrass and “old-time” at its deepest roots. Bill is a well-respected and award-winning songwriter within and beyond the Colorado circuit, and Shelley is a skilled bass player and vocalist.
They’ve been making music together for well over a decade and, like a fine wine or exceptional bourbon, their qualities have naturally distilled into a truly unique vibe—with a certain sound and feel that have developed into a trademark.
Whether it’s a sweet love song, a tribute to veterans, or a rocking boogie-woogie number, their music is always delivered in a comfortable casual way that pulls the listener in and has them hanging on every word. “I find I tend to write from a strong sense of place,” Powers says. “I’m highly affected by my surroundings and the memories and experiences come out in the music and songs I write.”
Call it “high-energy, old-time mountain dance music!”
Bend artists David Hutchins and Darin Gentry have dedicated their lives to exploring, learning and mastering the sounds of Americana—from the Appalachian Mountains to the small logging towns of the Pacific Northwest.
They’ve studied and mentored under many of the last great traditional American musicians.
Cultivating an expanding upon early America’s musical traditions, Hutch & Gentry brings an exciting and authentic experience to early American dance music——from blues to old-time fiddle tunes to swing.
Leadbetter & Young is a two-man semi-acoustic jam band featuring Eric Leadbetter on vocals and guitar, and Mark Young on bass. They play an energetic blend of classic rock, funk and blues. When not performing as Leadbetter & Young, they can be found onstage with Jive Coulis—one of Oregon’s top rock bands.
Eric Leadbetter was born in Bozeman, Montana. His musical career started in 2003 when he recorded his first solo album. He then moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2004, where he started playing local coffee shops and small bars. In 2005, he established the rock band Jive Coulis. Since then they have traveled to over 20 states.
Mark Young was born and raised in a small town in the north of England. After playing trombone and tuba for several years, he finally persuaded his parents that his love of bass was not a passing fad—and they bought him his first guitar for Christmas. In 1990 Mark took his guitar and suitcase and headed to Los Angeles convinced he was on a flight to success and stardom. Within a month, though, he was broke and semi-living in the ancient car he bought with his last $400.
His solo music is unique, with ghostly echoes of the golden age of rock from the 60s and 70s. And it should be, since he draws his musical inspiration from these eras by listening to a vast collection of classic vinyl.
“I want my music to not only reach people’s ears in a sweet and engaging way, but also to challenge the mind and inspire the heart and soul,” Young says. “I have creatively explored music very deeply in my life, and I see no end in the amount of musical wisdom to be gained and understood. It is a real treat for me to be able to share my musical expression with people that are open and willing.”