Live shows are so much fun—and, in the era of coronavirus-induced isolation we find ourselves in—also a privilege we might not quite have understood so deeply even just a month ago.
Bill Powers, one half of the Bend band, Honey Don't and guitarist for The Silvertone Devils, likes live music too—in fact, he likes it so much that he hosts a weekly open mic, the Storytellers Open Mic, each Tuesday at The Commons in downtown Bend.
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With that on hold for now, we've put our heads together to begin curating a series of Home Concerts, featuring Central Oregon musicians playing from their own personal quarantine spots.
Check back here often for new updates to our concerts, and for dates for Live Concerts, featuring multiple musicians doing sets via livestream.
Matt Puccio Jr., recorded 5/12If you like this performance, look out for Matt's upcoming EP "Wild Spaces."
Live from the Skoolie! Follow me on Spotify and catch my upcoming release: https://bit.ly/MattPuccioJR Wild Spaces - An EP about the importance of seeking out and protecting the natural world.Posted by Matthew Victor Puccio Jr. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Eric Stracener, recorded 5/12Eric Stracener lays down some tunes for Storytellers Open Mic.
Posted by Eric Stracener on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Jaymi Dickinson, recorded 5/12Jaymi comes in for her third ever Storytellers Open Mic.
Posted by Tracy Dickinson on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Evan & Leah Mullins recorded 5/5Evan and Leah come together for a great set during Storytellers Open Mic.
Posted by Evan Mullins on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Alejandro Fleites, recorded 5/5Alejandro is serving us up a real treat with his home concert for the Storytellers Open Mic. The combination of Fleites' soothing voice and relaxing strings will take you to better summer days... and maybe even a trip to Cuba!
Posted by Alejandro Fleites on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Pete Kartsounes, recorded 5/5Pete Kartsounes delivers some jams from home as part of the Storytellers Open Mic series.
Pete KartsounesPosted by Pete Kartsounes on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Matthew Victor Puccio Jr., recorded 4/28Matt puts on a show for Storytellers Open Mic.
Posted by Matthew Victor Puccio Jr. on Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Brian Craig, published 4/24Brian played as part of the Storytellers Open Mic this Tuesday.
Evan Mullins, published 4/24Even performed as part of the Storytellers Open Mic Tuesday.
Posted by Evan Mullins on Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Bill Powers, published 4/23Bill Powers, host of the Storytellers Open Mic, played these tunes Tuesday.
Posted by Bill Powers on Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Terence Barham, published 4/23Terence played Tuesday as part of the Storytellers Open Mic
Posted by Terence Neal Barham on Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Melodi Linette and twin daughters Shiloh and Abby, published 4/22Even the kids are getting in on the fun in this family performance that was part of the Storytellers Open Mic on Tuesday!
Posted by Melodi Linette on Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Garrett Miller, published 4/22Garrett was a hit at Tuesday's Storytellers Open Mic.
Posted by Garrett Miller on Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The Bangers, published 4/20
Amy and Austin sent us this video of them rocking out at home. Here's what they said about their home concert: "We are The Bangers, a local two-piece band that live together. We are appreciative that we can be playing together right now, appreciative to our neighbors who are ok with it, and to you all for making this happen so local musicians can stay connected. Thanks so much, Amy and Austin"
Jake Soto, published 4/16
Jake Soto plays a lively mix of American and bluegrass. He performed at this week's Storytellers Open Mic—a partnership between us and Bill Powers to create these Home Concerts.
Posted by Jake Soto on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Alicia Viani, published 4/16Alicia Viani is a familiar face in the music scene of Central Oregon. She released her debut album in February, covering what Source music writer Isaac Biehl described as one, "telling tales of racism, suicide, women's sexual empowerment and more. Being a mental health therapist, Viani is exposed often to those areas of life, and speaks out about them in her songwriting." Here she is performing as part of the Storytellers Open Mic.
Posted by Alicia Viani on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Eric Leadbetter, published 4/15
Eric Leadbetter plays frequently around Central Oregon. A story the Source published in 2018 called him one of the "hardest-working musicians in Central Oregon, performing nearly every day each month." Here is as part of the Storytellers Open Mic, played from his home!
Stoked to play tonight! Thank you Bill Powers for the invite! Tonight's a good warm up for Worthy Brewing presents livestream music with Eric Leadbetter tomorrow night at 6 with my "plugged in" acoustic live looping set! Thanks for tuning in! All tips are greatly appreciated and half of all my live stream tips will go to feeding the st. Charles hospital staff. Cheers! #stcharlesmealmission. Venmo.com/eric-leadbetter-1 PayPal.me/ericleadbettermusicPosted by Eric Leadbetter on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Jaymi Dickinson, published 4/15. Jaymi is 12. Just wow.
Posted by Tracy Dickinson on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Bill Powers/Duck Duck Gray Duck, published 4/13
Bill Powers, who we are partnered with to curate this series of Home Concerts, recorded this one last week with partner Shelley Gray, paying homage to the duo's past band, Sweet Sunny South, an old-time stringband/jugband that specialized in kids music. "Duck Duck Grey Duck" is Sweet Sunny South's alter ego.
Boo Rigney, published 4/13Boo is a regular at the in-person Storytellers Open Mic, and posted this performance as part of the first Storytellers' Facebook Live event.
Posted by Boo Rigney on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Kurt Silva, published 4/12
A past Source show announcement on our site said of Silva: "Kurt's early musical influences were the some of Country Music's pioneers. The Carter Family, Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash all had an influence on his musical path. He picked up his dad's old guitar, which he still plays, when he was 12 and has been hooked ever since." He recorded these tracks to play during the Storytellers Open Mic, now happening on Facebook live Tuesdays.
Cinda and Ron Johnson, published 4/12, playing as part of the Storytellers Open Mic
Steven Hartwell, recorded 4/3, published 4/6
Jeshua Marshall, published 4/6Jeshua Marshall is a member of the venerable Central Oregon band, Larry and His Flask, and the lead singer of Guardian of the Underdog, in addition to taking part in a host of solo and collaborative projects around the region. Source music writer Isaac Biehl wrote in December that Marshall, "breathes life into every lyric." Marshall was gracious enough to record this video over the weekend as part of the series.
Mark Quon, published 4/5Mark is a local musician and one half of the Americana and folk duo, The Quons. The Source has written about Quon and his bands on numerous occasions, covering the release albums for band Parlour, as well as his collaborations for local causes. Mark sent us this video, recorded at his home as part of a local open mic series hosted by Northside Bar & Grill.
Posted by Mark Quon on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Johnny Bourbon of The Roof Rabbits, recorded 4/3
Here's Johnny, in his living room Friday.