The Bend music scene’s “living room” is once again open for business.
Live music returned to M&J Tavern this week after a seven-month absence, with the venue’s weekly, long-running open mic night back in action Wednesday.
Regular concerts return Tuesday with singer-songwriters Aussie Mark and Sheila Fiddler, and will continue Tuesdays and Saturdays every week, with occasional Friday shows — the same schedule the venue maintained before December.
M&J Tavern canceled all its live music performances — including Wednesday open mic nights and regular weekly concerts — in December due to a lawsuit filed by performing-rights organization Broadcast Music Inc., known as BMI, that alleged copyright violations for BMI-represented songs performed live in the bar. Since then, the bar worked with BMI as well as the other major performing-rights organization, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), to obtain the proper licenses to host music performances, according to bartender CJ Hitchcock, who runs the venue’s music nights with fellow bartender Mike Martin. The lawsuit from BMI was dismissed in April, she said.
The open mic nights will continue at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Shows on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays usually start around 9 p.m. Read on for what’s booked so far:
Tuesday — Aussie Mark and Sheila Fiddler
June 14 — One Mad Man and Loose Platoon
June 15 — James Dean and the Misfits
June 18 — WoodKnott