As small as the Bend music community is, we are very lucky to get so many phenomenal musical acts playing in our little scene. Many of these artists come through Central Oregon as a part of the Great Northwest Music Tour hosted by McMenamins. These shows fill the never-large-enough Father Luke Room to the brim with eager listeners almost every Wednesday. This week will host the truly legendary Nashville artist, Bobby Bare Jr., who will grace us with his blend of poetic indie, folk rock and roll.
Quick facts about Bobby Bare Jr. that will make you want to attend his show tonight:
He was nominated for a Grammy at the age six for a duet with his Father, Bobby Bare, called “Daddy What If” but lost the award for “Country Duet of the Year” to the Pointer Sisters (what!?).
He has toured with an eclectic mixture of super talented artists including Dr. Dog, The Walkman, The Decembrists, Bob Dylan, Areosmith, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird and Drive By Truckers.
He wrote with, and had his songs critiqued by Shel Silverstein until Silverstein passed away in 1999. Silverstein also penned “Daddy What If” and was a childhood mentor of Bare Jr’s.
He has been playing the same acoustic Gibson J-45, which he purchased for $600 and three teddy bears, since mid 1970’s and has every artist he has ever toured with sign the back of the guitar.
He has a reputation for being an all around jovial and good natured dude. Stories of Bobby Bare Jr. chatting with just about anyone about music all the way up until closing time are myriad.
Get down to McMenamins and let Bobby Bare Jr. tell you a story with his rambling Americana music. Show starts at 7pm, it's all ages, AND IT'S FREE. Also, check out the culturally relevant and hilarious "Rock and Roll Halloween" below.