What: Doc Ryan Revival and Reunion Show

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Old Stone, 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend

Cost: donation at the door

Contact: oldstonebend.com or 541-322-7273

Michael “Doc” Ryan has been a fixture on the local music scene since the early 2000s. Originally from Dallas, Texas, the roots-rocking guitarist, singer-songwriter and orthopedic surgeon relocated to Bend in 1995 with his family and soon became involved in the local scene, putting together a band (One Night Only) for the first Church of Neil event in 2004. He was also part of the first Bigstock, the annual, private benefit for Oregon Adaptive Sports that has since gone on to host Jackson Browne, Lukas Nelson and G. Love; and with his cover band, The Docs of Rock, started the BandTogether For Scholarships fundraiser eight years ago.

Ryan will reunite with all his bands and collaborators from the last 15 years — including One Night Only, The Docs of Rock, The Texas Blues Road Show and his current group The Wychus Creek Band — at the Revival and Reunion show at The Old Stone at 7 p.m. Friday. He’s rounded up familiar names from Bend’s musical past and present to participate, including Gary Gallagher, Kyle Catterlin, Lori Fletcher, Eve Harry, Phillip Wallace and Joe Leonardi.

GO! caught up with Ryan to discuss the show, Bend’s continued musical growth and its future.

Q: How did you first get involved in Bend’s music scene?

A: There were some people in the medical community, really one of the nurses at the hospital, an OR nurse at the hospital, Kyle Catterlin, and he was from California, from Santa Cruz. … He put together some house sessions, where five guys or two guys or 10 guys bring guitars and go over and play songs that they know. He wrote some of his own music, and he kind of got me going more in a group setting. Then we started playing together, kind of a house concert for friends and family, and then a little bit just playing for small events.

Q: Around this time, you played the first Church of Neil, correct?

A: Andy Fecteau, who was doing this kind of Neil Young birthday party celebration kind of thing without music — you know, he was playing videos and kind of having recorded music, but no live music. He was a good friend of mine, and I said, “Hey, I think we can do the live music — we can do a Neil set; we’ll do the whole thing.” And so we started that somewhere in there. A lot of the guys that I’m still playing with were part of that band, and then a couple of the guys who are coming from out of town coming back for this reunion, they’re the ones who started it with me. … The next year we played it again, and then it’s kind of gone through this weave through the community of shutdown warehouses and places. They had to just find alternative venues.

Q: That seems to be a recurring theme in Bend’s music scene. How has the venue situation evolved in the 15 years you’ve been playing?

A: We were coming from maybe a nonprofessional musician (perspective), so back then maybe the Domino Room, the Tower, Northside was hosting music. You know, there just wasn’t a lot, and definitely, really the cool thing about Bend currently is just this kind of feeling that live music in Bend is special and there’s a place for it. A lot of venues have it, but back then, we weren’t really trying to get gigs, and there just wasn’t really much. There was no local Sunday at the Les Schwab, and there was no music at the Pole Pedal Paddle, and none of the outside venues that currently go all summer.

Q: As more touring musicians “discover” Bend, what affect has that had on the local musicians and scene?

A: Maybe it raises the level of what we’re doing. I think it’s in general good for the scene, and I think like Austin — maybe that’s the only other music town that I’ve had experience with, but Austin, I think it’s the same thing. People have to go to a place that is stimulating and creative and allows that kind of environment for people, which other places, it’s just hard to find that. I think Portland’s got an incredible scene, a nationally known local music scene, but I personally like Bend and Sisters as far as that vibe. It’s got its own identity right now.

Q: The noise-ordinance issue in the city has been in the news again. You mentioned Austin, and a group in town has been pointing toward that city’s noise ordinance as a possible model for revamping Bend’s law. What are your thoughts?

A: I do appreciate the concerns on both sides, and I know Austin struggles with it as well. I was just down there, and I’m going back — I’ve got a gig in December, a house concert there — and I know that there are similar issues there because a lot of their venues are outdoor, and the outdoor time-frame is all year-round. … Locally, I know it’s hard to keep venues open, and we’ve had — like the Sound Garden was a venue that almost had the ideal location. It was down on Second Street, and there was one house in an otherwise industrial area, and because of the continued complaints, they really couldn’t continue offering live music and so they shut down. It’s just really hard for a business and business owners and people to continue to support it, and it seems like they’ll shut someplace down and then another place will get started. … I have seen it evolve, and I’ve seen businesses come and go, and I would like to see it just remain consistent, and that we’re able to continue to develop.

— Brian McElhiney, The Bulletin

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