Bend Roots

Great news for fans and bands of The Bend Roots Revival: Our good friends at The Deschutes Brewery have agreed to host this year’s event (September 26th-28th) down on the field below their production facility. Deschutes is also on-board as our exclusive beer sponsor, and very interested in helping us raise money for performing arts education in Bend (in conjunction with our 501(c)3 partner Rise Up International).

My good friend & Bend Roots advocate Matt Korish (Pakit Liquidators) initiated discussions with The Armory (as our evening indoor venue & for daytime workshops during the festival), and with the Art Station–hopefully for some fine art workshops and use of their yard for a smaller side-stage or two. Thanks much to Angela Jasus and Deschutes Brewery for seeing the value of Bend Roots to our community, and our larger mission of furthering arts outreach in Central Oregon.

This new space and our partnership with Deschutes is exciting on many levels. First off, we will have the best beer in town and it is highly unlikely that we will run out! Secondly, there is plenty of parking, ADA access, and a precedent of loud music in the area which does not get shut down by the police. Sound output from all of our PA equipment for all of our stages combined will not come close to the number of decibels that Dave Mathews, Ringo Star, Steely Dan, and Spearhead are going to hit us with this summer.

Finally, we now have a central location with easy foot and bike access, by the river, in my favorite little city in the USA; as well as a strong connection to a core old-school Bend vibe which is the Deschutes Brewery: BRAVELY DONE indeed!

Thanks for coming out for Bend Roots! Over the course of a storm soaked weekend we had over 90 bands, and three thousand people come through. This free community event was supported by many volunteers and some amazing sponsors. We raised over 10k which will go directly into local music and arts education in Central Oregon. A BIG thanks to: Pak-It, The Oregon Community Foundation, Broken Top Bottle Shop, Eastside Gardens, Piece Of Mind, Jim Guild, Teafly, The Casey Family, Bend Circus Center, KPOV, Oregon Spirit Distillers, Boneyard, Crux, GoodLife, Deschutes Brewery, El Sancho, Parrilla, Miller Lumber, Sonic Solutions, Cosmic Depot, City Of Bend, Junkyard Dog & The Stage Builders, tbd, Team Skjersaa, and most of all – YOU!

The Bend Roots Revival is a festival that celebrates and showcases the diverse musical, artistic and cultural character of our community. Roots features nearly 100 local acts and educational workshops, over 3 days & nights! It has become the largest “locals” festival in Central Oregon.  This year the festival is scheduled for September 27th through 29th at Pakit Liquidators on Bend’s east side.  Staying true to the vision of its founders – Bend Roots is a free festival for our community and artists to enjoy together. Bend Roots is a community arts outreach of the local non-profit Rise Up International.  Stay tuned for upcoming Roots/Rise Up community arts workshops and for updates on the upcoming festival. Follow us on Facebook. 

To volunteer or sponsor Bend Roots please email
This is it… There are still a few wait-listed acts for this year who might not get to play; and for this we are sorry.  Wait-listed acts have been slotted on a first come/first serve basis, and we are simply running out of room.  A few things are likely to shift so please check this schedule again as we get close to the event; and thanks all for your love and support.  This is going to be extremely fun! The 2013 Bend Roots Schedule:

Bend Roots Family Party Thursday 9/26 at Parrilla Grill and The Victorian Cafe–Free and Open to the Public!

Parrilla Indoor around the Bar:
6:30 to 8:30  Mai and Friends

Outside at The Victorian Cafe:
5:30 to 6:45  Jazz Bros w/special guest Mark Ransom
7:15 to 8 PM  Benji and Raman
8:30 to 10  Blackstrap Bluegrass

Friday 9/27 at Pakit Liquidators–Free and open to the public

BIGS Stage
5:30 to 6:30  Problem Stick
7 to 8  The JZ Band
8:30 to 10  Mark Ransom & The Mostest with the Bend Guitarmy
featuring: Eric Ransom, Gabe Johnson and Hobbs

Casey’s Corner
5:30 to 6:30  Gotama
7 to 8  Badlands Boogie Band

Shakedown Stage
6:30 to 7  WVMS Roots Rock Band
8 to 8:30  Grit and Grizzle

Junkyard Stage
6:30 to 7  Bill Valenti
8 to 8:30  Prairie Rockets

Pakit Ballroom
10 to 11 PM  Moon Mountain Ramblers
11 to 11:30 PM  Flying Kites
11:30 PM to 1 AM  Eleven Eyes

Bend Circus Center
6 to 7  Johnny Nash
7:30 to 8:30  Brooks Robertson

Saturday 9/28 at Pakit Liquidators–Free and open to the public

BIGS Stage
11 AM to 12:15  Those Guys
1 to 1:45  All You All
2:30 to 3:15  Isles
4 to 4:45  Aisea Taimani
5:30 to 6:15  Franchot Tone
7 to 8  Shireen Amini & Chiringa
8:30 to 10  Mosley Wotta

Casey’s Corner
11:15 AM to 12:15  Organic Music Farm
1 to 1:45  Jacuzzi
2:30 to 3:15  Hilst & Coffey
4 to 4:45  Wild Rye
5:30 to 6:15  The Hard Chords
7 to 8  Rich Hurdle & Crescent Jazz

Shakedown Stage
12:15 to 1  Noah Connor
1:45 to 2:30  TBA
3:15 to 4  Felly Smith
4:45 to 5:30  Carl Solomon
6:15 to 7  Doc Ryan Band
8 to 8:30  David Bowers Colony

Junkyard Stage
12:15 to 1   Lewi Longmire
1:45 to 2:30  Just Us
3:15 to 4  Smudge
4:45 to 5:30  Travis Ehrenstrom Band
6:15 to 7  Wilderness
8 to 8:30  Avery James & The Hillendales

Pakit Ballroom
11 AM to 11:45  Schulte’s Kids
12 Noon to 12:45  Midtown Sippy Cup Orchestra
1 to 1:45  Dale Largent African Drum Workshop
2 to 2:45  Mai and Joe Bluegrass Pickin’ Workshop
4 to 4:45  Tall Adam
5:30 to 6:15  The Kronk Men

10 to 11  ElektraPod
11 to 11:30  Gainon’s Dance Party
11:30 PM to 1  Acorn Project

Bend Circus Center

2 to 3  Jason the Carpenter
3:15 to 4:15  Phil Page
4:30 to 5:30  Lauren Kershner
6 to 7  Brad Tisdel
7:30 to 8:30  John Shipe

Sunday 9/29 at Pakit Liquidators–Free and open to the public

BIGS Stage
11:30 AM to 12:15  Joe K Drum Workshop
1 to 1:45  Voodoo Highway
1:45 to 2:15  High Desert Martial Arts Demo (on floor in front of BIGS stage)
2:30 to 3:15  Broken Down Guitars
4 to 4:45  D. Skiles Blues Band featuring: Kenny “Blue” Ray on guitar
5:30 to 6:15  Second Hand Soldiers
7 to 8  Mexican Gunfight

Casey’s Corner
11 AM to 12:15  The Gospel According to Mark & Patrick
1 to 1:45  Downhill Ryder
2:30 to 3:15  Allan Byer Band
4 to 4:45  FX Blues
5:30 to 6:15  Hobbs The Band

Shakedown Stage
12:15 to 1  Strive Roots
1:45 to 2:30  Rand Burke
3:15 to 4  Parlour Featuring The Quons
4:45 to 5:30  Almost Gravy
6:15 to 7  Project Ruby

Junkyard Stage
12:15 to 1  CanaanCanaan J-Pop
1:45 to 2:30  Rob Fincham & La Boci
3:15 to 4  Laurel Brauns & The Sweet Harlots
4:45 to 5:30  West African Drum and Dance
6:15 to 7  Tone Red

Pakit Ballroom
12:45 to 1:45 Shireen Amini Kid’s Drum Workshop
2 to 2:45  Leo Dolan
3 to 3:45  Yvonne Ramage
4:15 to 5  Rum & The Sea
5:30 to 6:30 Bryan B. & The West Coast Review
8 to 10  Rising Tide–Grateful Dead Tribute

Bend Circus Center

1:30 to 2:30  Paul Eddy
2:45 to 3:30  Sean McGowan
3:45 to 4:30  Katie and Doug Cavinaugh
4:45 to 5:45  Kylan Johnson
6 to 7 PM  Pete Kartsounes


Bend Roots is a community-created festival of music.  Most of the stages don’t have a full time sound man (BIGS and Pakit Ballroom DO), so it is important to remember that while you will be getting some help from stage managers and volunteer sound assistants, it is ultimately up to you to run your own sound.  Casey’s Corner, The Junkyard Stage,  The Shakedown Stage and Bend Circus Center Stage will all be equipped with the following gear: a modest PA system with 2 main speakers, two or three stage monitors, 3 mics, 3 mic stands and three mic cables.  Anything else you need, please bring it with you (i.e., an extra monitor and speaker cable to chain off our gear, more mics and stands, etc…).   The areas you are playing to are relatively small so we encourage you set it up like you might in your practice space or garage.  Although nothing is stopping you (other than a limited number of inputs on the soundboard), its not necessary nor encouraged to mic up guitar amps, bass rigs and drum sets.  Keep it simple and rock hard.

Also, it is important to remember that while you are playing another band is setting up nearby; and they will be kicking it in as as the sustain of the last note of your last song decays. PLEASE DO NOT PLAY PAST THE END TIME OF YOUR SLOT. This is very important.  While setting up, please be respectful of the band playing on the stage nearest you. LINE CHECK QUIETLY AND USE THE FIRST SONG OF YOUR SET AS A SOUNDCHECK.

Thanks for your help in making this the best Bend Roots Revival ever! -MR