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This year the Bend Roots Revival celebrates its eighteenth season September 13th – 15th, 2024. This beloved community event will showcase many styles—from singer-songwriters and blues, bluegrass, and country artists to hip-hop, jazz, reggae, funk, punk-rock, heavy metal, and good old rock n roll. The Revival is free, family-friendly, and open to all. More details to be announced soon!

Our Mission

Our mission is two-fold: to celebrate the diverse creative musical character of central Oregon AT THE REVIVAL and to support music education outreach THROUGHOUT THE YEAR in local schools, via creative camps for youth and adults, and through interactive community events like the legendary “Church of Neil” celebration and annual tributes to the Grateful Dead: “Dead at the DOJ” and “A Grateful Evening,” hosted by the High Desert Music Hall in Redmond

Bend Roots Education Collective

In addition to creating opportunities for local musicians to perform at the Revival, Roots also provides part-time employment for local teaching artists. During the 2022-23 school year, members of the Bend Roots Education Collective worked with students at Westside Village Magnet School and REALMS high school, leading musical electives, musical intensives, and community song circles; mentoring students as “guest specialists” during regularly scheduled music classes; and co-writing with students an original musical production, “We Have A Dream,” which ran four nights at the Cascades Theatrical Company in downtown Bend.

Roots Education Collective alum, veterans, and current active teaching artists include “Lovely” Lisa Ayres (drama), Aaron André Miller (piano and keys), Patrick Pearsall (bass, guitar, ukulele), Jason Graham aka, Mosley Wotta (spoken word, poetry, hip hop), Shireen Amini (percussion, voice, composition), Jesse Roberts (mixed media), Jeshua Marshall (music-activism, bass, guitar), Mark & Linda Quon (voice, guitar, songwriting, keys), Matthew “Mai” Hyman (guitar, dobro, banjo, voice, songwriting), Ian Carrick (voice and wellbeing), Georges Bouhey (piano and percussion), Julie Southwell (violin, world-music, music-meditation), Matthew Fletcher & Scott Baber (music recording and production), Lindsey Elias (drums and percussion), Stephanie Slade (voice, composition, performance), Pete Kartsounes (guitar, songwriting, creative cross-training), and Bend Roots founder, Mark Ransom (music-psychology, musical community, “zen” guitar & song-craft).

If you are interested in joining the Bend Roots Education Collective, please ensure your criminal background check is complete and up-to-date, then, contact mark@bendroots.net to see how you can get involved.

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS MAY BE MADE TO THE “BEND ROOTS FUND” via the Sponsor and Donations links on this website, and may be earmarked for the Revival or for one of our outreach projects.

2023 Performers


Thank you musical artists and performers. Thank you OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and the CASEY FAMILY for seventeen years of support! Thank you beverage sponsors: BONEYARD BEER and Avid Cider. Thank you host venues: Silver Moon Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Bunk+Brew, Domino Room (Sunday only), and [hopefully] Old Town Pizza. Thanks community partners and stage sponsors: WORTHY BREWING, the Long Road Foundation, Skjersaa Group/Duke Warner Realty, Redbird Physio, Central Oregon Recording, El Sancho, 88.9 KPOV High Desert Community Radio, High Desert Music Collective, Doc Ryan, Pizza Mondo, Fuzz Phonic Records, Laptop Maniac, Box Kid Productions, Good Vibes Studios and whomever we may have missed here. We appreciate you all for supporting Bend Roots!

Thanks Bend Roots Crew: Samantha Harber (event management), Ian Egan (event booking), Deanna Dewitt (volunteer coordination), Megan Tran (web design), Scotty McCleland (event production), Jeshua Marshall (production+booking), Thomas Hudson (production+booking), Mark Ransom (creative direction), Matt Fletcher (sound), Scott Baber (sound), Scotty Foxx (sound), Jonathan Theesen (sound), Todd Rosenberg (sound), Chip Frieberg (social media & sound), Dave Pentabone (sound), and Nathan Wegner (sound). Y’all ROCK and we could not do it without you!

Community Partners