The Church of Neil is going overground this year.
Most years, Bend’s best-kept local music secret doesn’t announce a venue until a few hours before show time. But after nearly 1,500 people showed up to last year’s Neil Young tribute at Spoken Moto, organizers decided to return to the venue. “It’s incredibly stressful trying to book a venue and keep it secret,” said Andy Fecteau, Rise Up International volunteer and a member of local band Redbird (formerly Natives of America), which will perform at this year’s event Saturday.
If you haven’t guessed already, Church of Neil has marked the Canadian roots rocker’s birthday each year since 2005 (he turns 72 on Sunday). Redbird will kick off the show with a set of Young’s mellower songs, as well as a more rockin’ set later in the evening. This year’s lineup also includes local favorites Popcorn, Travis Ehrenstrom Band, Lande, Northwest Compromise and Dry Canyon Stampede, plus Eugene’s David Bowers and a special performance from 10-year-old singer Quinn Raynak.
As usual, proceeds go toward Rise Up International’s educational programs in local schools, with Boneyard Beer and Deschutes Brewery also donating beer.
Church of Neil: 7 p.m. Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m.; $10 minimum donation; Spoken Moto, 310 SW Industrial Way, Bend; bit.ly/bbChurchofNeil.
Editors note: This story has been corrected. In the original version, Quinn Raynak’s name was misspelled. The Bulletin regrets the error.