We're in the process of editing down the hour-plus of footage we collected over the weekend at the Bend Roots Revival, which I'm going to go ahead and say was one of the coolest things I've seen during my time in Bend.
Festival founder and creative director Mark Ransom told me that he figured more than 1,000 people were on hand for Saturday, which showcased much of Bend's most solid acts, including a rockingly explosive set from the Autonomics that brought the festival to its feet. Here's that band playing "Goodbye Caroline."
As night fell, Mosley Wotta took the stage, opening with an acoustic duet with Shireen Amini before bringing up the full band and rocking the crowd into a frenzy.
Then it was indoors to the Century Center Ballroom for Ruins of Ooah, who threw a tribal dance party, paving the way for Empty Space Orchestra to throw down their standard spacey prog rock jamboree.