WinterFest music lineup

Bend festival features New Orleans sounds, Portland indie rock

By Ben Salmon / The Bulletin / @frequencyblog

Live music on the big stage at the 2014 Oregon WinterFest will feature two very distinct flavors over the next two nights.

Tonight’s show should taste something like a po’ boy dipped in gumbo, with both the headliner and the opening act mining the musical heritage of New Orleans for their sound.

Portland’s The New Iberians will kick things off with a likable blend of Zydeco, blues and Northwest rock ‘n’ roll. The band plays both originals and traditional favorites.

Then it’s time for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, one of the biggest, best and most influential acts in the Crescent City’s storied music history.

The Dozen started way back in 1977 playing a more traditional, Dixieland-style strain of New Orleans jazz. Soon, though, the group began incorporating more unconventional sounds into its music, such as funk, rock, bebop and beyond, eventually adding a drum kit, electric bass and other elements that pushed the group’s popularity outside of Louisiana and across the country.

On Saturday, WinterFest will fill the Old Mill District with the sound of Portland indie rock. First up, regular Bend visitor Redwood Son will play his easygoing, soulful roots-pop.

And closing the night will be Rose City indie giants Menomena, a duo — Danny Seim and Justin Harris — that saw its profile increase significantly when the influential music website Pitchfork raved about its debut album in 2003.

Menomena’s music is a densely packed and melodic wonder that offers unexpected twists and turns — noisy guitar riffs, skronky saxophone, rhythmic eccentricities — tucked within larger-than-life pop songs. The band’s most recent album is 2012’s “Moms.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0377, bsalmon@bendbulletin.com

Oregon WinterFest music lineup

Tonight

8 p.m. — The New Iberians

9:30 p.m. — Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Saturday

8 p.m. — Redwood Son

9:30 p.m. — Menomena