The Gift of Open Mic

Living in a community that has a strong and close-knit music tribe is a rare commodity for said fortunate¬† community. Central Oregon USA has this awe-inspiring gift (asset) built from some of this planet’s most talented musicians and venues that support live music. An evening of live music during a weekly Open Mic Jam is only one testament to the stellar chops that a live music fan will find on Oregon’s High Desert.

Hosted by musician Derek Michael Marc each week local musicians routinely arrive with instruments in tow, add their names to the sign-up sheet Derek provides (as well as all the sound gear) and the therapy by music begins promptly at 6pm. For 3 full hours the musios trade places on stage and perform typically 3 songs each. From solo to duet to 5 or 6 piece jams the audiences are always in line to be entertained and their music intelligence enriched.

Photos only suggest the magic that Open Mic can bring to a community… it depends on the tribe.

 

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11th Annual Central Oregon(USA) Hoedown For Hunger- A Music Benefit

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The Central Oregon (USA) 11th Hoedown For Hunger will take place at Bend’s Community Center (BCC), 1036 NE 5th St, Bend, OR 97701 on Saturday, Nov. 5 beginning at 3 p.m. This event is kind of mini-festival that features local artists who donate their performances each year to help raise money for BCC’s “Feed the Hungry” project. Many of Central Oregon’s finest acoustic performers participate. This year’s event will include Central Oregon’s busiest performer Bobby Lindstrom as well as 10-year old fiddle phenomenon CJ Neary, a multiple winner at the National Old Time Fiddler’s Championships to go along with state and regional titles. The music tends towards country, bluegrass and folk, but past shows have included some blues, celtic, and soul.

In addition to the music, the Hoedown also features a chili feed with a variety of chili recipes from restaurants and caterers of Central Oregon.

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More details to follow.