Last Pickin’ and Paddlin’: 8/26

The last Pickin’ and Paddlin’ event being put on by Alder Creek Kayak is coming up 8/26 (next Wednesday), and is featuring the Moon Mountain Ramblers. It’s free with donations to Bend Paddle Trail Alliance appreciated.

There are gear demos from Alder Creek from 4 to 7pm, and the music itself starts at 7.

Full press release is below:

Like the last whitewater splash of a day on the river, the Moon Mountain Ramblers crown the first annual Pickin’ & Paddlin’ Music Series with an acoustic American slamgrass hoedown. Celebrate the final days of summer with a soulful bang Wednesday, August 26 on the bank of the Deschutes River.

Local favorites for their energetic performances, the Moon Mountain Rambles describe themselves as "high-desert soulgrass."

"Built on more of a jazz and blues, than bluegrass foundation, the combo likes to embark on polyphonic sprees and improvisational interludes," wrote Joe Ross for Bluegrass Now.

For more about the Moon Mountain Ramblers, visit

Pickin’ & Paddlin’ features live music from 7:00 to 9:00pm, as well as the chance to try kayaks, canoes, paddles and other gear on the Deschutes River. Admission is free, and the whole family is welcome. Donations to the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance are encouraged, and Silver Moon Brewing’s new Epic Trail Ale will be available for adult consumption (proceeds to BPTA).

From 4:00 to 7:00pm, representatives from top paddle sports companies such as Eddyline Kayaks, Esquif Canoes, Swift Paddles, Bending Branches and Aquabound Paddles will will be available for free demos and to answer questions. Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe’s fleet of 50 demo boats will also be available, with staff on hand to help.

The Pickin’ & Paddlin’ Music Series is hosted by Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe, in Bend at 805 SW Industrial Way # 6 (on the Deschutes at the foot of the Colorado Ave. Bridge). Please call 541-317-9407 for details.