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Events

Bend Roots hosts several local events designed to give people a voice in their community through interactive art and music. As we develop our website, more information will be posted about Church of Neil, Dead at the Doj, Chow Summer Jam, Ukes for Youth, the Roots-Rise Up Youth Camp, and the Bend Roots Teaching Collective.

Bend Roots Music Camp—Sunday, June 9, 2024

SILVER MOON BREWING

As school ends and before Summer starts to rock, we bring the tribe together to share musical ideas, to learn from each other, and to help cultivate Bend’s musicality. Musicians of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to join the musical conversation. As with the Revival in September, this event is free and open to all.

This year we will focus on many aspects of the American roots music tradition—beginning the day with hands-on workshops in guitar, ukulele, voice, and hand-drumming. Following this there will be a guitar pickin’ workshop with Pete Kartsounes, a piano show-and-tell discussion with Andy Armer and Patrick Ondrozeck, drumming tips from Lindsey Elias and Friends, a composition workshop with local-legend Scotty Foxx, and panel discussions on improvisation, songwriting, and the evolution of the Roots Music Tradition featuring Jeshua Marshall, Brent Alan, John Shipe, Travis Ehrenstrom, Matthew “Mai” Hyman, Aaron Moore, Pat Pearsall and others TBA.

To finish the day there will be performances from local music students, a showcase of the Roots Music Camp choir—lead by Ian Carrack, and featured sets from a mashup of camp instructors. Check the Bend Roots Music Camp Facebook Event for up to date info and a schedule of the day’s events.  

 

The Bend Roots Revival—September 13-15, 2024

Our flagship event occurs annually in mid-September and takes place in midtown Bend between Deschutes Brewery Public House on Bond, Bunk+Brew and the Domino Room on Hill, and Silver Moon Brewing off of Greenwood. Showcasing more than 100 regional acts and educational workshops, “the Revival” is family-friendly and free for our community to enjoy. More info is available here on our website, bendroots.net. Find us also on Facebook and Instagram.

Church of Neil—Saturday, November 16th, 2024 venue TBA

This event, which started in 2004 and occurs on or near Neill Young’s birthday every year, emerged in artistic response to effects of rampant and unconscious development in Bend. In the way Neil Young has been a voice for many marginalized in the name of so called “progress,” Church of Neil reminds us that we still have deaf spots in our community—in areas of ecological consciousness, human rights, and social justice—and that music is a powerful platform for creative expression of what has been hidden, silenced, and repressed. Church of Neil is an embodied celebration of Mr. Young’s work—intended to inspire all who join-in. The show is open to all ages and there is a twenty-dollar suggested donation at the door to benefit participating artists and sound engineers.

Over the course of one large evening in mid-November several regional performers come together to interpret bits of this prolific songwriter’s expansive catalogue, which shows Young to be an enduring advocate for human fellowship and socio-ecological justice. In all, 50 songs, from classic acoustic tracks like “Old Man” to heavy scull-splitters like “Cortez the Killer,” tell tales of undying attraction and abysmal loss—all the while offering suggestions as to how we might jump off the wheel of our collective self-destruction. It has been suggested that “there is a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday mornin’.”  At Church of Neil we dance and sing in the space between.

A Grateful Night—Mid-February (2025 dates TBA)

This amazing evening, organized by our good friend Kevin Byrne and hosted by the High Desert Music Hall in Redmond, Oregon, is an annual tribute to the life’s work of the Grateful Dead and the band’s many offshoots. Proceeds benefit Redmond Food Bank and admission to the event may be paid with cash, credit/debit (twenty bucks) and/or 12 cans (or boxes) of non-perishable food. All ages welcome.

Like Church of Neil, this event celebrates the work of a specific act, The Grateful Dead; but it also dives deeply into the catalogue of many others connected to the band’s legacy. Several regional acts pay tribute with their renditions of classic Dead tunes, songs from the Jerry Garcia Band (which often tap gospel, soul, and Motown roots), and classic acoustic cuts which highlight Jerry’s work with mando-master, David Grisman.

For those already initiated in the tradition, we know we are preaching to the choir: Please join-in! For those just cutting their teeth on this music which feeds so many souls and moves so bodies to dance: come learn why the music of the Grateful Dead will never die!