700 N.W. Bond Street / Bend, OR, 97703
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Old St. Francis School
All ages welcome
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Irish or not, you're invited to join in our celebration!
Food specials including Irish Stout, Irish Coffee, Irish Reuben, Irish Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage
Bend Fire Pipe and Drums - 1:30 p.m. 'til 2:30 p.m.
Whistlin Rufus - 3 p.m. 'til 5 p.m.
Five Pint Mary - 5:30 p.m. 'til 8:30 p.m.
B Side Brass Band - 4 p.m. 'til 7 p.m.
Object Heavy - 8 p.m. 'til 11 p.m.
Steve Alley - Noon 'til 1 p.m.
Fiddleplay - 1 p.m. 'til 3 p.m.
Coyote Willow - 4 p.m. 'til 7 p.m.
Bend Fire Pipes and Drums is a bagpipe and drum band made up of firefighters from the Bend Fire Department in Bend, Oregon, USA. Currently the band consists of seven bagpipers, three snare drummers, and one bass drummer. We are solely supported by the individual members, by performances, and by private donations.
The main purpose of Bend Fire Pipes and Drums is to ensure that any firefighter, police or military line of duty or active duty death in our area will be represented by a traditional pipe and drum band, free of charge. The band is also available for hire to perform at weddings, funerals, parades, dinners, parties, or whatever. All proceeds from performances go to help offset ongoing travel, equipment, and uniform expenses incurred by our members.
The Whistlin' Rufus musicians bring a lot
of experience to the stage and have roots in Classical, Irish, Folk, Bluegrass,
Rock and Roll and Jazz music. When you stir it all together combining their
exciting knack for arrangements, their three and four part vocal harmonies,
original ballads and toe tapping fiddle tunes, well, you end up with Whistlin'
Rufus. The band has been together since 2003, celebrating their 10th
anniversary this year.
Pat Connell- Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
- Founding member of Whistlin'Rufus, Pat
also acts as the booking agent, web-guru, equipment manager, and press agent
for the band. Pat has been performing in
bluegrass and country rock bands for many years from Bend to Portland. Pat and
Ritchie co-write much of the original compositions of Whistlin' Rufus.
Ritchie Wernick- Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
- Founding member of Whistlin' Rufus, Ritchie is the tunesmith, arranger,
producer and resident happy face in the group. Ritchie learned his craft in
numerous coffee houses on the East coast.
Natasha O'Neal - Fiddle, Vocals - Natasha hails from Wisconsin and her fiddle
playing and high vocal harmonies are the highlight of a Whistlin' Rufus show.
Nat stays fit by chasing around husband Seth and kids Finn and Eliza
Patrick Connell - Guitar, Vocals - Patrick
joined Whistlin' Rufus last year after playing for several years with a
Bluegrass band out of Ashland, "The Mighty Lonesomes". Patrick is the
lead guitar player and his flat picking solo's are the centerpiece of the
Whistlin' Rufus sound.
Zachary Banks - Cello, Vocals - Zach is the newest member
of Whistlin' Rufus and completes the band with his amazing cello and high
lonesome harmonies. A classically trained musician, Zach brings composure,
youth and great good looks to the band.
Jon Meek - Banjo, Dobro - Jon is a multi-instrumentalist playing the banjo and the dobro for Whistlin' Rufus. Jon won the Rocky Mountain Dobro championship a few years ago and his banjo playing is awesome, He can do anything with a string instrument and we are thrilled to have him in Whistlin' Rufus.
Five Pint Mary has been performing in the Central Oregon area and beyond for 7 years. They have performed at such venues and events as: McMenamins (Bend & Portland), Portland's Biddy McGraw's, Seattle's Murphy's Irish Pub, The 2015 Swashbuckler's Ball/Melody Ballroom/Portland OR (with The Young Dubliners), the 2016 Tortuga Pirate Festival, 2015 & 2016 Seadog Nights and Gypsy Festival, Silvermoon Brewing, M&J Tavern, Midtown/The Annex, Crux Fermentation, C-3 Event's Spring, Summer, and Fall Festivals,The Tower Theater, The Little Woody Barrel Aged Brew Fest, The Deschutes Brewery/Rotary St. Pat's Dash, the Deschutes Brewery Taproom, the 2016 Old Mill Fermentation Project, and The Les Schwab Amphitheater 2016 Summer Sunday Concert series.
Five Pint Mary was featured among the 30+ international bands at the 2014 & 2016 Galway Bay Irish Festival in Ocean Shores, Washington, performed at the 44th Annual 2015 Folklife Festival in Seattle, and they receive weekly airplay on the Pirate podcast radio show, "Scoundrel's Inn", out of Houston, Texas.
"Upbeat, loud, & rollicking, the long-running Bend, Oregon based band, Five Pint Mary, plays a unique blend of Irish and American folk rock. Five Pint Mary is lead by it's original band members, Michael Holmes (guitar/accordion/vocals) & Sarah Pollock-Holmes (vocals/guitar/Irish tin-whistles), and are graced by the huge talents of members Rick Havern (banjo/vocals), Matt Gwinup (mandolin/cajon /vocals), Tyler Cranor (bass/vocals), & Evan Holmes (violin). Collectively, this multi-generational group of seasoned musicians dish out a well-honed brew of spirited music, both traditional and original. Finished off with layers of tightly woven 3-5 part harmony vocals, the band creates a sound that is infectious and fun. Bordering on the boisterous, their sound hearkens back to the old-world pubs of Europe. Influenced by the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, a bit of the Eastern block, and infused with a ripple of American Bluegrass, Five Pint Mary delivers a fresh and lively world sound."
B Side Brass Band brings the New Orleans Brass Band sound to the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to get you moving and grooving, sweating up the dance floor, and shaking your BackSide to the beat.
Founded by longtime New Orleans music fans, Steve Pool (sousaphone) and Marc Saccoman (trumpet), B Side Brass Band delivers traditional street parade music with precision and punch. "B Side Brass Band knows how to brass it just the right way..." -The Source Weekly
Joined by drummers Dale Largent and Gabe Shonerd, as well as Rick Murphy, Karen Campbell, and Lief Bamberg on horns, this group is stirring things up both on and off the dance floor.
On the stage or in the streets, the sounds of B Side Brass Band are sure to engage your spirit. The vibe is fresh, energetic, and raw - a kind of musical gumbo for the soul. The audience isguaranteed to have a great time drinking in the sounds of New Orleans and moving to the beat!
Object Heavy draws from the sound of soul music. Inspired by the parameters of Rock, Funk, Blues, R&B and Hip Hop, the band features Two voices which really capture their versatility with lyrics, reminding us of a world in need, a world to love and a place to be free.
Their self-titled 1st album features Bill Summers, percussionist of the acclaimed "HeadHunters". DJ Logic shows up on two tracks, and you'll get to hear the Legendary Fred Wesley with his signature trombone. Sleep and Zone(Macklemore) of "The Chicharones" and Raashan Ahmad of the "Crown City Rockers" are featured, showing Object Heavy's love for Hip Hop
Get Down with Object Heavy.
Coyote Willow blends progressive Folk and Americana, with hints of Celtic influence, for an extraordinary mix of vocal harmony, haunting instrumentals and foot-stomping rhythms. Their exciting combination of cello, guitar and rich vocals combine to take you on a musical journey that will have you laughing, crying, dancing and celebrating the rhythms of life. This artistic partnership of genre-crossing styles flows from Tim Coffey's soulful baritone voice and Kat Hilst's powerful cello, with styles ranging from folk, blues, rock to intriguingly complex instrumentals. Their new CD, "Raising the Barn" was recently named one of the top 5 releases in Central Oregon for 2016 by The Bend Bulletin. In the last year, the duo has opened for national acts such as Robert Earl Keen, Shawn Mullins and Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek).
Coyote Willow's unique sound hails from a blend of diverse musical backgrounds. Kat Hilst started playing piano at 5, graduating from Oberlin Conservatory. She grew up playing the violin and later switched to the cello. Tim Coffey hit the road at 19, spending 20 years as a professional touring backup guitarist. Their talents attracted the attention of Breedlove Guitars, who invited them to join their stable of artists. The duo is a regional favorite, performing multiple venues, festivals and private events throughout the Pacific Northwest year round.
Press quote: Coyote Willow has a "penchant for making the personal universal in their songs." ~ Brian McElhiney, The Bend Bulletin (Oregon), January 29, 2016
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