Last summer, the team behind the Bend Roots Revival — a three-day festival focused on local music — took their event to another level.
The festival was bigger and better, with more bands, more stages and more fun. The scene at 2008 Bend Roots was truly a celebration of Central Oregon’s creative community.
It was awesome.
The 2009 version of Bend Roots is set for Sept. 25-27 in the same spot, clustered around Parrilla Grill and The Victorian Cafe in west Bend. Founder Mark Ransom is busy rounding up dozens of local artists for the festival as we speak.
Of course, all that fun stuff takes money. So on Thursday, the organization will hold its biggest pre-fest fundraiser at the Tulen Center.
“If people want to give money and they want to support the festival, this is the time to do it,” Ransom said this week. “After this fundraiser, I need to have a good idea of what our budget is going to look like.”
Admission to the fundraiser is $10, but that’s by no means the maximum amount you can give.
In return, you’ll get a night of music by some of Bend’s finest acts, including instrumental rockers Empty Space Orchestra, Ransom’s own jam-band The Mostest, and roots-rock singer-songwriter Leif James.
The night will also feature special guest appearances by Brazilian musician Marcello Bernardes, whom Ransom considers a mentor.
“This guy can play any instrument, and he plays them better than just about anyone I know,” Ransom said. “There’s a good chance he’ll sit in with everyone that night.”
There’s also going to be pizza by Pisano’s and the beer will be flowing, so if you’re under 21, you’re out of luck.
And to reiterate: If you can and want to give money to support the Bend Roots Revival, organizers hope that you’ll give at this event, not later.
For more info, check out www .bendroots.net.
Bend Roots Revival fundraiser, with Empty Space Orchestra, The Mostest, Leif James and Marcello Bernardes ; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; $10; Tulen Center, 20 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www .bendroots.net or 541-390-2940.
— Ben Salmon