Boxcar Stringband is an three man rock and roll blues machine that plays an eclectic mix of old rock and roll, blues, hillbilly rock and rockabilly music. While the band is based out of Bend, Oregon, it’s members bring influence from the greater pacific northwest and far beyond.
With the number of shows that Bend-based dance rockers Precious Byrd plays each summer, it’s good odds you’ve seen them before. Maybe at Ghost Tree or the GoodLife 6th Birthday Party — or at Oregon WinterFest last year. Either way, the funky originals and dance-worthy covers always have concert goers on their feet!
Oregon WinterFest is excited to announce BoDeans will headline the 2019 Oregrown Music Stage lineup! Best known for their 1993 single and “Party of Five” theme song, “Closer To Free,” the Wisconsin group is still rocking audiences 25 years later. Feel-good, synth-laden rock marked by driving rhythm guitar and Kurt Neumann’s iconic vocals will have you inexplicably raising your hands to the sky, singing along like the ’90s never left.
Toast and Jam is a root-sy Bend-based duo featuring Ben Delery and Jeff Miller on acoustic guitar and vocals. Occasionally they’ll shake things up with piano, harmonica, ukulele, djembe, a banjo or the full band — so be sure to check them out for what they have in store. Their acoustic folk rock stylings cover an extensive set list, ranging from the hits of The Eagles and Steve Miller Band to The Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor — to Guns and Roses, Jason Mraz and even some Frank Sinatra.
Victoria musician Syl Thompson and his band have been paying tribute to the musical works of David Bowie for more than three decades. Thompson embodies Bowie’s exquisite style and persona and has been acclaimed as providing the most credible and realistic Bowie experience in North America.
Six highly respected musicians play each song as Bowie and his band performed them live.
The music spans the broad spectrum of Bowie’s hits from 1969’s Space Oddity to 2013’s Where Are We Now? The show is eerily close to hearing and seeing Bowie himself. Thompson’s own musical journey has been chocked full of high points.
In the early 80s, he toured extensively in the South Pacific. Once he returned to Canada’s West Coast, he headlined for various cover bands and played in notable venues in Vancouver, including the Commodore Ballroom. And in 1987, he opened for the Beach Boys at the Pacific Coliseum.
Around this time, a manager of a Richmond nightclub heard him perform and remarked that Thompson had the look, moves and sound of Bowie and suggested he cover a few of Bowie’s songs. Before long, Thompson was dedicating a full set to the music of David Bowie. He renamed the band Major Tom and embarked on a year-long tour throughout North America. They played Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and other major cities before returning to a Canadian tour which started on the East Coast.