The Deschutes County Fair continues this weekend at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond (see “If you go”).
The list of attractions is varied and almost endless, ranging from zip lines and apple bobbing to elephant ears and prize-winning goats. There's lots of stuff to do all over the fairgrounds over the next three days, including an area dedicated to fun for the whole family, a carnival full of rides and the annual 4-H auction. Visit www.expo .deschutes.org for a full schedule and lots more info.
Two of the biggest events at the fair are the rodeo (held at 7 tonight and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the outdoor arena) and the free concerts at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the event center. Tonight's headliner is Brian Howe, former lead singer of the classic rock band Bad Company, while Saturday's show will feature the white-hot pop-rock act Hot Chelle Rae, who are riding a huge wave of success thanks to their hit songs “I Like It Like That” and “Tonight Tonight.”
Hot Chelle Rae is probably the fastest rising band to hit the Deschutes fair since country trio Lady Antebellum in 2009, so The Bulletin called up drummer Jamie Follese and asked him about the band's wild ride (among other stuff). Here is that conversation, edited for content and length.
GO!: When looking at your tour schedule, it seems like the band is booked to play a lot of fairs. How did you guys end up playing the county fair circuit?
Jamie Follese: We played a couple of fairs last summer, and we had such a good time. You wouldn't think that people even live here (Note: The band was playing a fair in Clearfield, Pa., at the time of the chat.), but there's tons of kids that showed up. We have real die-hard fans here.
GO!: Do you get to participate in the fair festivities when you're not performing?
JF: When you do enough fairs, you can only ride so many Ferris wheels. I've definitely eaten my share of horrible food, and I'm sure in Redmond I'm going to do the same. I don't know if you've heard of fried Oreos or Twinkies, but no joke: If you eat one of those, you're on the fast track to a heart attack, but it's too good to even care.
GO!: What can Redmond expect to see at the show?
JF: They can expect a lot more energy, a lot more rocked up version of what we put out on our album. We like to show off that we know how to play our instruments. We want people of all ages to like us. If a parent comes with their kid and they're used to '70s and '80s bands, we like to be able to impress them as well.
GO!: Your bio on Hot Chelle Rae's website says that besides the band, baseball and family, one of your major interests is girls. Has being famous helped you with the ladies?
JF: We all kind of attract a different style of girls. I'm 20, so I kind of get all of our younger fans; they all latch on to me. My brother gets the troublemakers. I'm surprised anytime we see girls scream and lose it. I think, 'Are you serious right now?' It's everything that we ever wanted, but it blows my mind every time.
GO!: If you could be on stage with one musician, who would it be and why?
JF: I really respect Katy Perry as an artist because she has a work ethic that we try to have as well. I was listening to an interview of hers and she said she's taking her first break since the craziness started with “I Kissed a Girl.” I would love to play with her.
GO!: Besides touring, what plans do you have for the next year?
JF: We just got done recording three songs in Vancouver and one of those songs is going to be the new single off our third album. We'll have a new single out there within the next two months. I wish it could be previewed at the Redmond show, but it still needs a little work. It's a new kind of lane in Top 40 music (and) it's the exact song I was hoping to release. Its pretty serious but it has a great message. That's all I can say!