Considering I can barely critique a restaurant or recipe eloquently, I really have no business reviewing a live performance, but tonight’s show at Mcmenamins in Bend was the best thing I’ve danced to (and attended solo) in a very long time. Based out of Brooklyn by way of Texas, this seven-piece crew covers the electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, two drum kits, washboard, harmonica, and saucy gal on vocals. And their sound blends rockabilly, honky-tonk, blues, Cajun, bluegrass, gospel, and swing.
Can I please be in this band? Please!?!?
If you’ve ever been to karaoke with me, you’ve probably seen me beg anyone with a voice to duet June Carter and Johnny Cash’s song ‘Jackson.’ I nearly passed out when they played it tonight… better than any version I’ve ever, ever heard. Please go see these beautiful people if you get the chance.
As for my import and export of calories today, it’s hard to say. I’m traveling, and I ate a donut (@ Joe’s) at six am. And I had pizza for dinner. I made sure to keep the ‘za under control though, and gave the majority of it away to the table of poor college boys sitting next to me. They were happy, and I left feeling less than full. Next time you’re in Bend I highly recommend Jackson’s Corner… a very local and residential hot (busy!) spot with a general store vibe that slings wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches, as well as fancy salads and soups. Oh, and lots of beer and wine available as well. How very Oregonian of them…
After work, Lucy and I hiked up Powell Butte on the east side. The last beautiful day of the year they’ve been saying… I say bring on the rain! My lips are dry, and I need to begin my winter hibernation asap.
A view of town and Sisters peaks from the top:
Work, travel home, gym and Mumford and Sons show tomorrow…