For many years, Dan Chavers was an understated pillar of the local music community. The singer-songwriter expertly used an acoustic guitar and his warm, expressive voice to create what he called “Flatland Ballads and Tumalo Delta Blues,” always paying homage to the great tunesmiths (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, etc.) from his native Texas. He was active in the Central Oregon Songwriters Association and a regular at various local venues, including Strictly Organic, where he was the longtime host of the Thursday night open mic.
In September, Chavers died after a long battle against heart problems, and on Sunday, his friends and loved ones will gather at The Sound Garden for a memorial concert featuring performances by Mark Quon, Hal Worcester, Kurt Silva, Elise Michaels and more. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. and is free to attend, but donations will be accepted to help pay for the venue.
Dan’s Last Dance, a memorial for Dan Chavers; 4 p.m. Sunday; donations accepted; The Sound Garden, 1279 N.E. Second St., Bend; 633-6804 or search “Dan’s Last Dance” on Facebook.