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There is so much going on in Oregon... AND I am not talking about Portland. Southern and Central Oregon
is starting to get some recognition and booking more bands. This is exciting for me as a music photographer.
Why drive 5 hours to see some great bands? Really you don’t have to. How about 2 hours or less on the road
to check out some great music. I say not to shabby.
Early this year I was blown away by a band that is based right in the hart of Oregon. Bend is becoming home
to many amazing shows and these guys are deep in the hart of what is booming. I have always enjoyed going
to the Oregon Winterfest in Bend and looked up their music line up for the event. I saw this band, looked
intriguing and so I did a little research. I have never heard of them and noticed that they have been going on
tour all over the world. Are on the line up for LasVegas Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival this May and
many more. I Youtub'd their music and fell. It is not my usual genre but, I am a bit out of the ordinary. SO I
got my photo pass and hit the show.
I was captivated by the energy and sound. As I would describe it is punk/ska/jazz/blues... As I have seen them
explain their sound as a Folk Circus. OK, it kind of works. Their energy is fantastic, crazy excitement that is
on stage and shared with their fans. They have a melodic upbeat jazzy kind of punk sound that makes you
want to hop. Who I am talking about has been together for 14 years and have been touring all over the world.
Larry and his Flask! Watching them on a cold February night really warms you.
I hope that I can convince you all to check them out in Bend on their only show this spring and summer at the
Volcanic Theater and Pub on May 24, 2018.
“Larry and His Flask are a five piece, high energy Rock and Roll band that incorporate elements of Punk, Gypsy
Jazz, Folk and Americana music. Some people refer to them as “Folk Punk” or “Punk/Grass”, but regardless of
genre classification they strive to bring the party to every crowd. Their goal is to get everyone stomping, clapping,
dancing, smiling and having a damn good time!” (www.larryandhisflask.com)
Make sure you check them out at https://www.facebook.com/larryandhisflask/ or http://www.larryandhisflask.com/
and also follow them on Instagram.. I know you will not be disappointed.
By Charity Roach
March 10, 2018
It is amazing to see the winter cold and weather leave as spring is only a few days away. What this means for us
Oregon concert goers, is music is going to be filling the air. I started out this year with a great venture to the Oregon
Winterfest.. It was amazing to see the upbeat/folk/punk tunes from Larry and His Flask. The energy on the stage
and and in the crowd was electric.
A few weeks later I got to hit a great show at the Midtown in Bend Oregon to catch Pennywise. Working hard to get
a photo pass for this show I finally got it only a couple days before. Strung Out was on the list of bands playing, and
was supervised they also brought in a Bend local band to warm up the crowd. I have to hand it to Bend, they really
do support their local musicians and give them an opportunity to achieve something big with what they love. Bend
has an amazing culture and draws out the arts and entertainment from within the community.
No Cash Value - Got to chat a little with this band over messenger, it was a good incite of what they are and what
they love to do. “We started in 2000. Been mostly on ever since. Our music is available on YouTube only right now.
We are a group of independent hobbyists who love to play loud and fast. NoCashValue consists of: Alan Burmeister
on drums. Andrew McCumber on guitar/vox. Ray Pederson on guitar/vox. Rod Butler on bass. And Brian McConnell
on guitar/vox. Our influences range from So-Cal punk to 80’s/90’s thrash metal.” (No Cash Value) I love being able
to shoot up and coming bands due to the fact that they love to talk about their passion and music. It helps me as an
artist to connect.
When getting the honor of watching these guys do what they love it really hit me of their passion for music. The energy
really filled the room as people were still filtering in. Many crammed up to the stage to take in the bands energy and
give these locals some love. I plan to see more of these guys and also capture more of their shows, and Ihope to see
you there as well.
Strung Out - “is an American punk rock band from Simi Valley, California, formed in 1989. They are known
mainly for their musical style, which fuses aspects of melodic punk rock, progressive rock and heavy metal
to form their primary sound.” (wiki)
This was my first taste of Strung Out and I fell hard. I love music and fast beats. I love seeing the energy on
the stage that transcends to the fans. The interaction of Strung Out on the stage resonated through the Midtown.
Pennywise - Can we just say these guys are fun. Laid back, full of energy and fast crunchie punk beats.
They formed back in 1988 with their American Punk sound. There has been a few changes to the band
since the 90s but have still pulled off a great sound and continue to tour through the states engaging
with their long line of fans.
As they hit the stage, they put on a show. Quite a few songs in they ended up playing with the crowd
as if it was a band practice. Tidbits of this and that songs from this band to that or even some of their
older songs. Joking and playing brought the house down with fun and excitement. Creating a suspense
for what they will play next.
As a final note, there will be many more shows to catch in Bend Or. They are the heart of the state
and have the most amazing since of Culture and a HUGE support for music and their community.
Remember - your never to young to crowd surf...
Deftones, Rise Against, Thrice
July 4 2017
Centeral Oregon is known for it Craft Beer and diverse culture and as anyone knows with culture comes music.
Bend Oregon is a hot spot for a variety of different styles of music. The lead singer of Deftones,
Chino Moreno, has found a home in Bend Oregon and is ready to find his place in the Bend music scene.
It was an amazing surprise that Deftones decided to do their only Oregon show in Chinos home town.
The crowd gathered and filled the Les Schwab Amphitheater on July 4 2017 to ROCK the faces of concert
goers from all around Oregon. Many came from Klamath Falls, Eugene, Portland and other small surrounding
areas to see and witness the amazing energy that the Deftones emit from the stage. I was honored once again
to witness this energy and capture the night. It was quite difficult to contain my own feelings when the beat
gets going to not hop around with all the others. Focusing on the stage and the show, I was bouncing.
Opening up the stage and setting the energy high was Thrice. An amazing up and coming band that has
put out some amazing tunes with the soulful melodies with a hard crunch. Black Honey and Hurricane has
to be my top two faves that are now playing on many stations.
Just after Thrice and to really get the crowd jumping was Rise Against. I have seen these guys at a previous
festival and the energy is staggering. Heavy riffs and rocking lyrics makes this band a must see (if you have not seen them yet).
Three amazing bands to help celebrate Americas Freedom.. Amazing night and please support our musicians.
Visit their Facebook, Instagram and twitter pages. Follow them and keep the music alive. Keep them touring so
we can witness some of the most amazing shows.
ALSO, dont forget to follow me as well hear, or https://www.facebook.com/photobycharity or on Instagram at
#photobycharity where i will be posting and blogging about all the shows I get the honor of capturing.
What an amazing weekend.. two days of having the breath knocked out of me by towering monitors blasting out the best bass tones to tantalize the thousands of listening ears. As I always say my heart beats as fast as a double kick drum. Countless steps taken over these two days to capture one of the best shows on the west coast. Aftershock 2016 had to be one of the best so far. Huge headliners that packed the line up created thousands from all over to attend.
2014 was my first year attending the aftershock, and it was also my first real break at photographing any real big names in the music world. I have had the pleasure of capturing the event each year and each year it is more amazing than the one before.
This years line up was epic with bands like Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Slayer and so many others. Phenomenal shows put on by all that graced us with their ear tantalizing tunes and heavy beats. It was all worth the miles I put under my feet running from one stage to the other and the lack of food since I as always on a time limit. It was also worth the constant bumping, pushing, the occasional head in the middle of a frame and the copious amount of sweat to bring the show to you. It is my love, excitement and passion..
The people of Monster Energy Aftershock and Danny Wimmer Presents put one an amazing show sparing no expense. The venue was top notch. Perfect location to get a room and walk to the event. The food at all vendors was great for being a festival, when I got to eat. They have narrowed it down to the best time of year where it is not to hot and dusty. But we cannot forget the acts. DWP has gotten it down, Rock is NOT dead, and that was proven this weekend with a complete sold out show. They know who we crave to see and they know what will blow the socks off the fans.
With the event it hols many things, so I am going to start off by introducing you to the food and vendors. There were a few private vendors that graced us with their amazing creations from outstanding burgers to pizza..
Each person worked long hours and helped us feed our hunger after hours of head banging, jumping, running from stage to stage and living life up. BUT don't forget we have to also quench our thirst. No matter what you want they have it. Soda, sports drinks, domestic and draft beer along with your mixed drinks as well. These lovely ladies along with many others delivered your drinks with a smile...
Aside from the food and drinks you can always look around at the merchant vendors that brought you your favorite bands shirts and the 2016 Concert shirt. You cant leave the venue without a piece of the event. There were many other vendors that brought us other lines of clothing, music equipment and more.
You all do realize that this event also caters to the young of heart. Bringing your kids to a festival teaches them different cultures and music. It was amazing to see the young rockers out there with horns up and having a blast with their families in one of the greatest shows on the west coast. I know I have brought my son to many of these events and they are memories that will always last a lifetime.
It was very cool to see the creations made by many with it was even more fun to watch this dude and his mom get there creative juices flowing. The festival set up a bunch of walls so everyone can join in on getting there tag on. At the end of the show there were many creative pieces on those walls.
Last of all, you just cant have a festival without the fans. 2016 Aftershock festival was another sold out show with thousands of people from all over the world to attend. Not only were there people from the west coast many traveled miles to see this epic show, one that I heard was from England.
Thank you so much Danny Wimmer Presents and Monster Energy, we could not have been more happy to support such an amazing show and what a success it was for an EPIC weekend of music, energy, excitement and fun. You have really nailed it on the head of what the people want.
2016 Table Rocks Music Festival
As a concert photographer it is a bit hard to find the great shows in the genre that I have fallen in love with in southern Oregon. There is a group that is dedicated to get this area ROCKIN'. K and K Promotions has been hosting a local rock festival for 4 years. This year was my first year to capture the event and who what a show they put on.
This was K & K Promotions 4th Annual Table Rocks Music Festival held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in one of the best venues around, the Lithia Amphitheater. The reason that I say it is the best is that it has a great LARGE stage where it is easy to move around to capture the performers at any angle. I has a lot of area to either sit in the grass, seats or stand up front to get closer to the action. It has food and drink, with many micro brews from the Oregon/California area to please any pallet. K & K Promotions are the host with the most.
This year they had the head liner with Fuel. It was an honor to see their show after getting the chance to meet Bret Scallion at the 2014 Aftershock Festival. They captured the crowd with an amazing and energizing performance.
They also had the boys from Trapt who awed the stage with their well known songs and great energy.
Alien Ant Farm stoll my heart and ears at this show. I have never had the opportunity to see them before and this was probably one of my faves from this show as they kind of hold a special place in my heart. I really have to hand it to the drummer for playing with me as I captured him smashing out the heavy beats.
Starset is an up and coming band that is technologically sound. They have a few great songs out there on the radio and they really put on a great performance. I can really see them getting way bigger than they are now. Love the sound and love the stage presents.
Then the opener, Tantric.. A blast from the past. These boys have been wowing audiences for many years and they did not disappoint at this show. They killed the stage and interacted with the crowd as they enjoyed the rest of the show with all their fans.
All and all, I have to say, I hope and pray that K & K Promotions will continue to keep Rock alive her in So. Oregon. To all you following my site, please, please get the word out and help support this group as they continue to bring some great shows to our area for a really great price. We need to keep it ROCKIN'.
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