Let's talk about naps.
Naps are the best. They'll refresh you after a long day at work, allow you to catch up on lost sleep, or recharge you before an evening out on the town.
Another thing naps are good for: Banking rest ahead of a weeknight concert by a terrific artist that you just shouldn't miss, even if it means you'll be battling the snooze button in the morning.
Next week brings three of those kinds of shows to Bend, as reggae son-of-a-legend Ky-Mani Marley visits the Tower Theatre on Tuesday, Latin-flavored indie-folk band Y La Bamba plays McMenamins on Wednesday and country legend Marty Stuart lights up the Tower on Thursday.
Of course, none of them are going to run past midnight. But they are excellent opportunities to see three quality artists playing three very different styles of music on three consecutive nights, none of which are a Friday or Saturday. So be sure to hit at least one of them, if you're a napping novice. Or two if you're adept at dozing.
And if I see you at all three, I'll bestow upon you the title of ... The Siesta King!
Having a famous last name can be a blessing and a curse, no doubt.
All things considered, the children of reggae icon Bob Marley have done pretty well walking in their dad's impossibly huge shoes. Ziggy has found fame and acclaim as frontman of the Melody Makers. Julian and Damien are both fine contemporary reggae artists. Rohan was a star football player at the University of Miami, and he's Mr. Lauryn Hill.
The second-youngest of the bunch, Ky-Mani, wears the family crest quite well. As a youngster, he chose playing sports over making music, but since his debut album (“Like Father Like Son”) in 1996, Marley has become one of the most prominent artists mixing roots-reggae with vibrant blues, rock and hip-hop, not to mention a forceful vocal style that belies the mellow, “everything's gonna be alright” nature of his father's music.
Marley is also an author, an actor and a humanitarian who comes to Bend just off a trip to Australia to help raise money for flood victims there. He's currently working on a new album, “Evolution of a Revolution.” Learn more at www .kymani-marley.com.
Ky-Mani Marley ; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; $30 or $35, available at the contact info below; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; www.towertheatre.org or 541-317-0700.
Y La Bamba
“Lupon,” the first full-length record by Portland-based band Y La Bamba, was released last summer, finally documenting the band's sound — an ethereal mix of fluttery indie-pop and Mexican folk music — that has made frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza and her mates a fast-rising presence on their hometown's crowded scene.
By that time, though, “Lupon” was already a snapshot of Y La Bamba's past, recorded nearly two years prior with producer Chris Funk of The Decemberists. Granted, it was a beautiful snapshot; Mendoza's porcelain voice soaring above the gentle but insistent pluck of an accomplished acoustic band, all of it draped in gauzy, vintage cool.
But it was still a relic, and now, Y La Bamba is ready to make its second record. Enter Kickstarter, the website du jour for artists looking to pass the hat. The band needs to raise $8,000 by Feb. 27 to record their newest songs at the Family Farm studio in Lake Oswego. As of Thursday morning, they were at $2,440, contributed by 61 folks who want to hear what's next for this excellent band.
If the music included at the Kickstarter page is any indication, what's next could be very special. Visit http://kck.st/ikqSou to learn more, or www.myspace.com/ylabamba to hear some previously recorded tunes. Better yet, see the band Wednesday at McMenamins and maybe make a stop at their merch table.
Y La Bamba ; 7 p.m. Wednesday; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com or 541-382-5174.
In the current climate of mainstream country music, you're only as good as your latest hit.
Nashville, it seems, will toss aside a big-voiced platinum blonde or square-jawed hat act as quickly as it built them up.
On the contrary, Marty Stuart appears to only get better with age. The four-time Grammy award winner has mined a more traditional side of country for more than four decades, even when doing so wasn't cool. And in 2010, his 14th studio album, “Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions)” not only earned two more Grammy nominations, but lofty placement on lots of year-end “best of” lists. The outstanding country music blog The 9513 named three of its tracks among the 27 best songs of 2010.
By now, you'd think most artists would've learned this lesson: Finding and sticking to your strengths no matter the direction of the trend-winds is always a better look than switching up your look/sound/style in an effort to stay relevant. Marty Stuart certainly knows this. He sang gospel as a kid, picked bluegrass with Lester Flatt in the '70s, spent time in Johnny Cash's band in the '80s, scored a few country hits along the way, and has blossomed into one of the most acclaimed and appreciated ambassadors of traditional twang in modern times.
The man also has style for miles, and he'll visit Bend Thursday with his wonderfully named band The Fabulous Superlatives. Educate yourself at www.martystuart.net.
Marty Stuart ; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; $30 or $35, available at the contact info below; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; www.towertheatre.org or 541-317-0700.