Pics from Sunday’s Scott Weiland concert

It was a bit last minute but we got into the Scott Weiland concert at the Century Center Sunday night, the first show of 92.9 FM’s Toyota of Bend Summer Concert Series, and snapped a bunch of pictures (some of which went on the new Instagram feed). Overall it was a great night for a concert, comfortably cool with no rain, and the Century Center venue makes for a good space for music—smaller, more intimate, but the acoustics are good considering three sides around the state are concrete and brick.

Here are the pics posted to Instagram:

Prep for the @scottweiland concert #inbend @929online

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Jones Road is on stage at Century Center #inbend with the Toyota Concert series @929online

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@scottweiland on stage at Century Center #inbend.

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@scottweiland #inbend

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@scottweiland just called #inbend Beer town USA!

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All in all a pretty good show; they covered Stone Temple Pilots songs, of course, but no Velvet Revolver. A few rough moments—let’s face it, Weiland has had more than a few years of hard livin’ and from what I hear his 2008 show with STP was, er, very rough—but they worked it out.

And, the other shows that will be playing for this Summer Concert Series are Ziggy Marley on August 11, and Social Distortion on September 7.

Connecting Point Computer Center is closed

Super surprising news of the day: Connecting Point Computer Center, in downtown Bend, is closed!

Connecting Point is closed

The computer store and Apple dealer has been a mainstay on Franklin Avenue for years, and I hadn’t heard anything about going out of business—there’s nothing as I write this on Twitter, Facebook, or elsewhere, so this seems rather sudden.

A call to their main phone number has the message that the store is closing, and they will not be able to provide service or support anymore. A quick trip to their store confirmed the closure—the sign reads, “Store Closed. Please see our other location in Medford, OR.” (Medford is where they started, way back in 1975.)

Perhaps with Simply Mac in town, there just wasn’t enough Apple business in the area for two stores?

Beer Books signing at Crux Fermentation Project, Saturday 5/30

Do you like beer? What about books about beer and breweries? Even better—regionally relevant books! This Saturday, May 30, Crux Fermentation Project is hosting myself and Portland-based beer writer Brian Yaeger for a dual signing event for our two books, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon and Oregon Breweries, from 2 to 4pm.

Bend Beer/Oregon Breweries dual book signing

If I do say so myself, these two books might be the most regionally-relevant beer books based on Oregon right now, and of course everyone loves Bend Beer, right?

Come down to Crux on Saturday (one of the region’s best breweries, as well!) for a chance to meet and chat with Brian and me, we’ll have books for sale that we would love to sign for you and there will be plenty of Crux beer to drink (of course!). See you there!

(Facebook page event here)

LSA Free Summer Sundays concert schedule

The schedule is set for the Les Schwab Amphitheater‘s BMC Free Summer Sundays Concerts, which kicks off Sunday, June 21 and almost every Sunday through August 2. These concerts are always a great fun, free activity to add to your summer, and they do a good job to put on good shows and provide a family atmosphere.

BMC Free Summer Sundays Concerts

Come on down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of great music and healthy family fun. Delish food vendors, bouncy-houses and other activities will be onsite. Well behaved pets (and their owners) are welcomed. All Bend Memorial Clinic Free Summer Sunday Concerts run from 2:30-4:30pm, and feature local and nationally touring artists who typically require a ticket to see. Bring your dancing feet!

Here’s this year’s lineup:

Calendar updates

You may have noticed that I switched out the calendar and events plugin I used here on the site with a newer one today, that will ideally be better (and easier to use) in the long run. Of course, what that means is the calendar page only shows events that I’d exported since this past Monday—meaning, previous event listings are gone.

Unfortunate, but it’s a trade-off sometimes. This new calendar system makes it easier to manage event listings on the back end, and hopefully the new front end calendar view will work better for everyone—though I’m going to be tweaking the theme and colors to try to make it more at-a-glance user friendly.

In the meantime, let me know what you think, and any suggestions you might have.

Central Oregon Beer Week starts Friday (5/22)

Central Oregon Beer Week 2015The fourth annual Central Oregon Beer Week is kicking off this Friday, May 22, with 10 days of events highlighting once again just how great our local beer scene is. From Friday through Sunday the 31st, there will be something going on every day (usually multiple somethings) for a jam-packed schedule of beer across the region.

Here’s a highlight of some of the featured events, but there are many, many more here that you’re going to want to check out:

  • On Friday the 22nd, the kick-off SMaSH Fest takes places at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (at O’Kane’s Square), featuring beers brewed with only one malt and one hop each (Single Malt and Single Hop). Tickets are $25 which includes admission, commemorative pint glass, and 12 4-ounce tasters (additional can be purchased), available at the door or in advance here. It runs from 1 to 9pm, and I’ll be selling and signing books too for at least the first half.
  • Broken Top Bottle Shop has their “Beer Geek Week” running every night, featuring: “Ten days of live music and beer tastings at Broken Top Bottle Shop. Each night, breweries will offer tastings from 6pm – 8pm and bands will play from 7pm – 9 pm. All tastings and the live music will be free!” Keep track of all the breweries and bands they’ll have on their Facebook events feed.
  • Bend Brewing Company has a “Brewer’s Choice Tap Takeover” running throughout the week, featuring a rotating tap list of some of the favorite beers selected by brewers Ian Larkin and Josh Harned. It’s a great lineup they’ll have on, including some super-limited specialties you are not going to want to miss.
  • On Saturday the 23rd, the Primal Cuts/Growler Phil’s Mini Brewfest returns and is taking place from 3 to 8pm, featuring tastings from a number of breweries as well as some cider and wine. Cost: “$10 to get in, which includes food and tastings.”
  • On Wednesday the 27th, Redmond’s Wild Ride Brewing is having their first Beer Pairing Dinner, a six-course meal featuring three appetizer stations, and salad, entree, and dessert courses—all paired with Wild Ride brews. It costs $55 per person and starts at 6:30pm—you’ll need reservations, of course.
  • Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters is celebrating the grand opening of their new 30-barrel production facility on Friday the 29th: “Stop by for some tastings, brewery tours, lite appetizers, music and more. 265 E Barclay Dr., Sister, Or 97759.” Time is from 5 to 8pm.

This is only scratching the surface, there is a lot more you’ll want to keep track of, plus I’ll try to make sure the calendar page is updated with everything.