By Ben Salmon

The Bulletin

If you go

What: Steve Poltz

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, doors open 7 p.m.

Where: The Belfry, 302 E. Main Ave., Sisters

Cost: $20 plus fees in advance at, $25 at the door


Every year, it seems like there is an artist or three that plays the Sisters Folk Festival and leaves town with some serious post-fest buzz.

This year, the chatter centered on Steve Poltz, a Southern California folk-pop singer-songwriter whose Sunday-afternoon set at Angeline’s Bakery was apparently a wild ’n’ wooly sight to behold. I heard the guy crowd-surfed. I wasn’t there, so I can’t confirm. But the bakery’s namesake, Angeline Rhett, was. And she can. She sent me a photo.

Crowd-surfing at a folk festival. If that isn’t positively Poltz-ish, I don’t know what is. The guy has made a career out of bringing fresh perspective to a traditional medium: Poltz is known for infusing his guy-and-guitar folk with not only oodles of melody and unconventional song structures, but his irresistible sense of humor. “His legendary live show has earned him a ferocious global fan base,” says his bio, “that makes soccer hooligans seem coquettish and reserved.”

Poltz isn’t new to the scene. He first made waves as a member of the San Diego indie-rock band The Rugburns, and he co-wrote the massive Jewel hit “You Were Meant for Me.” He has released several solo albums since 1998, most recently 2012’s “Noineen Noiny Noin,” which Popmatters called “as playful as its title suggests, but (with) the weight of solid songwriting, strong vocals, and a steady hand at the roots rock wheel.”

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