Update: More details on this story unfolding, see below.
I’m really sorry to see this news break today: the Bend Roots Revival, basically Central Oregon’s largest (and free) music festival which would have taken place in only a month, has been canceled. Apparently there has been a dispute with Nosler, which the Source first reported today on their Facebook page, and then a few hours ago the official statement from the Bend Roots committee was posted as well. Here’s what they posted:
Friends we are saddened to announce that this years Bend Roots Revival has been postponed until further notice.
Due to some land-use disputes between Nosler Corporation (a bullet manufacturer neighboring GoodLife Brewery and the Century Center Complex), Century Center is unable to host the 2012 Bend Roots Revival.
Given such short notice, the magnitude of what has been scheduled for this year’s event (over 100 acts and workshops), our symbiotic relationship with the Century Center and GoodLife Brewing (two of our most life-giving sponsors), Bend Roots and it’s 501c(3) partner, Rise Up International, have concluded that it will be impossible to have Bend Roots this year at an alternative location. Our apologies to all the bands, sponsors, & crew for this bummer of an announcement.
Please give us time to answer any questions that you have. For all questions related to the Century Center we ask that you direct those to the Century fb or website.
For seven years Roots has been a vital community event – a huge celebration of our local music scene. ROOTS WILL BE BACK IN 2013!!!!
Since the Century Center can be accessed via the driveway in the back (east of the Center), which is shared/next to Nosler, it appears to be an easement/use issue (also mentioned in this comment on the Source post). It will be interesting to see if that driveway (which I’ve used numerous times to get to GoodLife Brewing) is closed off as a result.
Update 8/28: It has nothing to do with Nosler directly, which is how the original post (and subsequent Facebook comments) initially sounded; Bend Roots posted on Facebook today just the opposite:
Friends… We just got off the phone with Nosler and they are 100% supportive of Bend Roots and want to see the festival happen this year. The next step for us is to ask Century to reconsider having Roots. There has been an amazing response by everyone and the bottom line is the community wants the festival to go on!
And Nosler on their Facebook page issued a similar statement. So it’s unclear exactly what went on, but I’ll keep an eye on the story and update as needed.
Update 8/29: There’s a really good article in the Bulletin which gets right down to the heart of it all, and sorts out what’s really going on. If you’re vested/interested in the story thus far, go read it!