Milo Matthews

Milo Matthews

Bass guitar isn’t what most music fans would think of as a lead instrument, with a few notable exceptions (Les Claypool and Victor Wooten immediately come to mind). But Boston-born Milo Matthews stands apart even from these bass titans with his solo shows, in which he uses a drum pad, looping devices and octave pedals to cover lead guitar and chord progressions alongside more traditional, bass-and-drum rhythms. After stints living in Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii, Matthews has been on the road living out of a bus for the last five years, during which time he recorded and released his 2017 solo album, “Shapeshifter” (he has a studio inside his bus). He started coming to Bend about two years ago, where he helped produce local songwriter Pete Kartsounes’ latest album, “I’m Alive,” and since mid-November has been staying in Sisters and playing as many shows as he can. He’ll be at The Brown Owl on Friday and at River’s Place food cart lot Saturday.

Matthews said he plans to stay in Sisters until January and then hit the road again in 2020. He is working on a documentary film about his six-year bus journey, and set up a Patreon to help fund it (

Milo Matthews: 7 p.m. Friday; free; The Brown Owl, 550 SW Industrial Way, Suite 120, Bend;, or 541-797-6581; and 6 p.m. Saturday; free; River’s Place, 787 NE Purcell Blvd., Bend; 541-617-7814,

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