Local faves visit Sisters Saturday

Hobbs the Band, Franchot Tone hit The Belfry

By Ben Salmon / The Bulletin / @frequencyblog

Published Mar 6, 2014 at 01:21PM

The Belfry in Sisters continues to “kill it,” as the kids say, on the booking front, with upcoming shows on the calendar by newgrass powerhouse Head for the Hills (March 21), folk fave Ellis (March 26), blues-rocker Tommy Castro (March 29), bluegrass legend Peter Rowan (April 29) and future bluegrass legends Steep Canyon Rangers (May 5).

Whew.

Those are all national touring acts. But on Saturday night, two local guitar heroes — Hobbs Magaret and Franchot Tone — will take the stage inside Angeline Rhett’s 100-year-old converted church building.

Magaret, of course, will be fronting his namesake band, the cleverly named Hobbs the Band. Do not let that plain-jane moniker fool you, however: These three seasoned cats (Pat Pearsall plays bass, Kaleb Kelleher plays drums) make some of the finest racket in Central Oregon, spiking their muscular blues-rock with a psych-pop heart and some interstellar exploration. Their self-titled 2013 album is excellent.

The easygoing Tone will offset Hobbs’ thunderous intensity with his breezy brand of reggae-tinged folk-pop, as heard on his 2013 album “Thanks For This.” Tone ought to be sharp; he’s just back from opening a handful of east-coast dates for 311’s Nick Hexum.

Hobbs the Band, with Franchot Tone; 8 p.m. Saturday; $8 plus fees in advance at www.bendticket.com, $10 at the door; The Belfry, 302 E. Main Ave., Sisters; www .belfryevents.com.

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