Our 2023 Musicians and Bands
Playing June 15
Known around town for playing at fundraisers, festivals, first Fridays, and Farmer’s Markets Jaymi recently has played at the Redmond Music & Arts Festival, Bunk & Brew, Campfire Hotel and last winter she opened for American Idol winner, Maddie Poppe, at her concert at the Tower Theater. She loves to put her mark on covers of well known pop, country and even classic rock hits. She also writes and produces her own music with a style that is influenced by Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift.
Playing June 22
Singer-songwriter bringing you songs you forgot you love & new ones to love too. and away we go….
Playing June 29
Original Western Americana Singer/Songwriter with roots in Outlaw Country, Hip-Hop, Surf Pop and Wheeler Walker Jr.
So Much Closer
Playing July 6
So Much Closer is a songwriting project led by wife/husband duo, Holly Davidson and Jeff Bethke. Their music can best be described as retro pop with folk, blues, and soul influence.
They moved to Bend, Oregon in the summer of 2021 and began collaborating on original music after many years of haphazardly playing guitar and singing covers around the house.
So Much Closer can be seen playing around Central Oregon at local musician nights, wineries, breweries – anywhere with live music.
Playing July 13
A professional musician for nearly 20 years, Dean Mueller has worked as a performer, producer, promoter, recording engineer and teacher. Now he begins a new phase of his career with Sky Fallin’, his solo album debut.
The bassist-turned-singer-songwriter recorded his album of original Americana songs in Nashville with producer-pianist Kevin McKendree and members of John Prine’s band. Mueller recorded the album with the goal of creating “a cross between John Prine and Tom Petty.”
Mueller’s extensive previous performing and recording experience includes the Duffy Bishop Band, Blues Music Awards-nominated Insomniacs and the award-winning Julie Amici Band. As a promoter and producer, he staged more than 400 performances in the past decade, including tributes to Patsy Cline, Nina Simone and his favorite singer-songwriter, the late John Prine.
“Every song on my album has meaning and inspiration behind it,” Mueller says. “It’s all reflective of my life, and it’s real.”
Playing July 20
Bedell Artist and local musician Paul Eddy has been performing solo shows in Bend Oregon for almost two decades in local venues and retirement communities, as well as in popular local bands like Juju Eyeball and Long Tall Eddy.
Playing July 27
Greg Botsford has been performing his solo loop show since the days he lived in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands dating back to 2021. Born in Dillon, MT Botsford has rocked the Central Oregon music scene over the past decade with his full band G Bots & The Journeymen.
Playing August 3
Travis Ehrenstrom was lucky enough to grow up a traditional, small-town American kid in rural Central Oregon. As he reached middle school, music replaced sports as his dreams took on a new tone. At an early age, Travis developed a songwriting style based around songwriters Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and other folk heroes. From there, Travis wasted no time in creating his own sound and developing himself as an artist.
Sugar Sweet String Band
Playing August 10
Sugar Sweet String Band is the American roots influenced, old-time collection with a down home sound that produces spontaneous joy and compulsory foot stomping, their homespun ballads and original fiddle dance tunes are guaranteed to take you back to simpler times.
Playing August 17
‘Third Seven’ consists of Billy Mickelson. He has played music his entire life, but has been performing music professionally full time since 2008. Consistently traveling in and with a number of bands. ‘Mr Potato’, ‘Guardian Of The Underdog’, ‘Larry And His Flask’, and ‘Dela Project’ to name a few.’
As of late, Billy has been focusing his efforts to his solo work, ‘Third Seven’. He has recieved such reviews as: “The world desperately needs the music of ‘Third Seven’ in their lives.” .. and .. “‘Third Seven’ is ‘Tom Waits’ and ‘Zoe Keating’s love child.” .. Performing all around the world (Europe and beyond..), and opening for many acts including TEDx, Murder By Death, The Devil Makes Three, Larry And His Flask, Dirtwire, Beats Antique, and Yard Dogs Road Show to name just a few..
‘Third Seven’ knows no bounds. Performing everything from yoga classes to punk rock shows, and absolutely everything in between. Every venue and genre imaginable. – Below is a decent quality photo of Billy Mickelson, a handful of songs, and a high definition live performance video demonstrating Third Seven’s work. ‘Third Seven’s one man band performance uses looping and layering of cello, rhythm and vocals to fill an entire audience with a unique atmosphere for all demographics to get lost in. It is a very important experience to witness this inspiring and dedicated artist.
Melanie Rose Dyer Duo
Playing August 24
Melanie Rose Dyer moved to Central Oregon 6 years ago after honing her songwriting skills in Nashville for several decades. Her first cut with an artist on a major label was in 1984. After working with several publishing houses in Nashville she started her own publishing company and was able to accrue cuts on major and independent artists. In 2009 she was honored to have one of her songs cut by folk icon Tom Rush who was instrumental in finding songwriters like Jackson Brown and Joni Mitchell early in his career. Melanie’s project “The Long Way Around” when released in 2012 found its way to community radio stations throughout the USA, was played on country, classic rock and blues stations in Europe and Australia and charted in the Americana charts as well as the Roots charts in the US. Melanie is also co-founder and owner of Coopercopia LLC, an international company that manufactures and distributes the line of Cooperstand Pro Instrument Stands along with Daniel Cooper who also plays guitar and sings in the duo. Daniel is also a songwriter and was instrumental in inventing the Cooperstand with his skills and background in sculptural art and woodwork. The duo’s repertoire is composed mostly of Melanie’s original songs with a few of Daniel’s thrown in here and there. They have enjoyed playing extensively throughout the Central Oregon and extended region.
Playing August 31
Guitarist Matthew Gwinup is a lifelong musician who brings together modern and traditional styles into a virtuosic musical experience. From classical guitar works to the Beatles, his repertoire has something for everyone – Classical guitar, modern fingerstyle, rock and roll, folk, blues, and jazz.
Matthew is a regular performer in many of central Oregon’s iconic music venues, including the Tower Theater, where he opened for Grammy-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson, and the Montreal Guitar Trio. He is a seasoned performer, and has played in a variety of settings, including concert halls, theatrical productions, brewpubs, weddings and private parties, and in many outdoor locations such as Crater Lake, Smith Rock, and more! He is also a founding member of Five Pint Mary, the Oregon Guitar Trio, and Toothpick Shaker.
Playing Sept 7
Faisal Abu-Nawwas grew up in the PNW and has been playing shows across the Portland and Washington the last decade as a solo artist and lead vocalist for I Do Declare. Faisal’s deep, rich and powerful vocals is the first thing you notice when he takes the stage.
One Mad Man
Playing Sept 14
Based out of Bend, Oregon, Spencer Snyder sets the bar for creating powerful, original music live. Snyder loops together multiple instruments to create moody, driven backdrops accompanied by smooth vocals. Hip-hop style drums drive funk-inspired bass followed by electrifying sounds from his keyboard and guitar.