Ian McFeron Band comes to McMenamins

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Ian McFeron will bring his band back to Bend on Wednesday, this time to McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

Makes me wonder if perhaps this is the gig that will have people buzzing the next day — and will propel McFeron back to Bend regularly in the future.

Here's why I say that: This guy is great. He's a solid roots-pop-blues-rock singer-songwriter who reminds me of “Gold”-era Ryan Adams, popular West Coast troubadour Jackie Greene, The Felice Brothers when they're not being weird, or, to go old-school, Bob Dylan and The Band. The Bend crowd that loves this kind of stuff should get a faceful next week.

McFeron stopped in town in March for a show at The Sound Garden, which is a fine place to see live music, but it's a bit off the beaten path. About once a month, I mention The Sound Garden to someone and the response is always the same: “Oh yeah ... where is that place?”

Wednesday night at McMenamins, on the other hand, is squarely on the beaten path, and I could see folks streaming out of there with sore dancing feet and a new fave.

Find more about McFeron at www.ianmcferon.com .

Ian McFeron Band; 7 p.m. Wednesday; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com or 541-382-5174.

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