A Central Oregon celebration of the harvest season, the Bank of the Cascades Bend Fall Festival presented by The Source Weekly returns to Downtown Bend for its 24th year October 2-4. A much-loved tradition, the festival will bring two stages of free music, family activities, fine art, a conscious living space, food and beverages, fall-themed contests and more.
“The soul of our festivals is bringing the vital spirit of art and artisans, musicians, families, food, and festive fare to the streets of Downtown Bend” says Cameron Clark, owner of C3 Events. “The Bank of the Cascades Bend Fall Festival is our favorite, celebrating the pristine nature of fall, harvest and coming together around warmth, comfort and friendship.”
A more detailed glance at the festival:
Free Music Stages
- Peak 104.1 FM Mainstage (Located on Oregon St)
- 7 KPOV Locals Only Stage (Located in the Wells Fargo Parking Lot)
PEAK 104.1 FM Mainstage Schedule:
Friday, October 2
5pm ShireenAmini Band
ShireenAmini is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose colorful brand of acoustic soul melds multicultural influences with raw, powerful, and humorous expression. The passion and playfulness of her spirit comes through the rich tone of her voice, often compared to that of Tracy Chapman and Gloria Estefan. You can count on infectious grooves and a hint of Latin flavor to be consistently present in the stylistic nuances of her guitar-playing, singing, and occasional percussive breakdowns.
7:30 MoselyWotta Band
“MOsleyWOtta (MOWO) transcends the musician/guest artist, and is a living embodiment of art and creativity. His words, delivery, insight and perspective are potent and alive. Whether teaching a class, working one on one, or performing , MOWO connects… he inspires us to to share our humanness and express ourselves with vitality.”- Brad Tisdel, Americana Project”
9:30 Precious Byrd
Precious Byrd is a 4-piece high energy dance/rock band from here in beautiful Bend, OR. Featuring Corey Parnell on vocals, Casey Parnell on lead guitar, Michael Summers on drums, and grammy award winning artist Lonnie Chapin on bass. Their fantastic renditions of modern and classic hits, along with a number of high-energy originals, are sure to get you on your feet.
Saturday, October 3
11am Sarah Jackson Holman
It is literally from out of the blue that pianist/singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman was launched onto the national music scene. For the then 20 year-old Whitworth University piano and writing student from Bend, Oregon, nothing could have prepared her for the trajectory her life was about to take; propelling her from student life, to recording her first CD, to hearing her sons played in tv shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Pretty Little Liars, Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove, 90210, The Fosters, The Ringer, Chelsea Settles, and more.
1pm Tim Snider
The Tree, the Eagle, the Lion, and the Light. Sounds like the beginning to a good fairytale but in fact it was a series of dreams that Tim’s mom had about his new band which lead to the name the T.E.L.L. which brings a powerful gospel and regal presence to Tim’s world-folk sound. All in all the Tell brings an experience that will lift you up and take you to another place.
3pm Possessed By Paul James
Possessed by Paul James is originally from Florida, and was born into a Mennonite family. He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people’s lives doesn’t. Many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show referring to it as more of a life-altering experience than a simple one-man music show.
5:30pm Roseland Hunters
Hailing from Portland Oregon, the ROSELAND HUNTERS brings a fresh New Orleans Funk Inspired sound to the West Coast. With a lineup of amazing musicians, they are truly a force to be reckoned with.
8:30pm Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth Wind and Fire
Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth Wind and Fire is considered by some as being the best Tribute to Earth Wind and Fire in the country. Kalimba is a 10 piece group with full horn section, performing the hits including but not limited to, Shining Star, That’s the Way of the World, Devotion, Sing a Song, Can’t Hide Love, Getaway, Fantasy, Love’s Holiday, September, Boogie Wonderland”, After the Love Has Gone and Let’s Groove just to name a few. As Sheldon Reynolds, former Earth Wind and Fire guitarist (87-01) puts it “out of 1000 other bands that I have heard play this material, Kalimba is the first band that gets it like it’s supposed to be played”. Kalimba is a treat for the eyes and ears, and has a true passion for the music, and they look forward to spreading the message of Earth Wind and Fire to the masses..
Sunday, October 4
11am Tyler Stenson
Tyler Stenson is an ‘Elegant Folk’ singer/songwriter, drawing comparison to songwriter greats such as Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Ryan Adams. On the national stage, Stenson has received impressive praise from the top tier of the music industry. As a multi-song finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, Stenson has proven he’s not just another ‘guy and his guitar’ — his foundational belief that ‘lyric is king’ sets him apart as a true artist worth getting to know.
1pm Tony Smiley
CORNER, may very well be the epitome of a “working class” band. The group formed when all members found themselves working at the same restaurant in 2012. Their sound swings from eerie folk rock to western pop ballads wrapped in tight punchy melodies. The sisters deliver tongue in cheek lyrics while playing up their sometimes smoky-sometimes sweet harmonies. Influences also include roots rock, blues and Americana.
LOCALS ONLY STAGE:
Friday, October 2:
5pm Juju Eyeball
Juju Eyeball is a Beatles cover band in beautiful Bend Oregon
6:30pm Dyslexic Prophets
The Dyslexic Prophets were born to preach the gospel of the song. The equal importance placed upon both words and music highlights the desire to bring truth down from the mountain. The Dyslexic Prophets are not a jam band, but rather a band that can jam. The soothsaying foursome are equally at home with acoustic honeydew, thumping soul and penetrating rock n roll. Guitar, keyboard, bass and drum wizardry is the order of the day as they take from the past to shine a light on the future.
8pm Thomas and the Blue Chips
Professional Blues Singer and Bassist with Professional Band based in Bend Oregon
Bend Oregon based Wilderness is a band dancing somewhere between the lines of rock n roll, folk, and experimental-noise-pop… If there is such a thing… Appropriately described by the Bulletin’s music editor, Ben Salmon, as a “..north-of-the-border version of Southwestern roots act Calexico, or an earthbound take on Explosions in the Sky’s celestial jams, …or Wilco indulging their ragged edge. With an experimental streak that occasionally runs the stop sign.” Band members Bradley David Parsons (drums), Nick “Sassy” Graham (bass), Nora K.W. Smith (keys, vocals, noise makers) and Jared Nelson Smith (guitars, vocals, buttons) together create a wholly unique sound that not only invites but challenges and inspires. An energetic, and sometimes chaotic live show that’s as dynamic as it is engaging, Wilderness is just as the name implies, not only a quiet place to reflect, but the unknown, the edge, the other side of the line.
Saturday, October 3:
11am Honey Don’t
Honey Don’t is the musical union of Bill Powers and Shelley Gray, perhaps better known as one-half of the Paonia, Colorado based old-time bluegrass band,Sweet Sunny South.
When Lino isn’t working on music, you’ll find him on a local lake or river – his love for fishing is primarily what brought him to Central Oregon. Writing is another outlet for his creativity and what led him to complete a manuscript for a Sci-Fi thriller called “Terminus”. Linoplans to release his fourth CD in the Spring of 2014. Keep checking back for pre-release samplings! Lino currently resides in Bend, Oregon.
3pm Miguel de Alonso
Miguel de Alonso who performs instrumental guitar Latin Jazz. His music is characterized by the use of rumba flamenco rhythms and powerful guitar strumming.
Popcorn plays the covers you do, and don’t want to hear.
6pm The Silver Hammers
Bend Rock and Roll
8pm Five Pint Mary
Upbeat, loud, & rollicking, the long-running Bend, Oregon based band, Five Pint Mary, plays a unique blend of Irish and American folk rock with an edge of punk. Five Pint Mary is lead by it’s original band members, Michael Holmes (guitar / accordion /vocals) & Sarah Pollock-Holmes (vocals / guitar/ Irish tin-whistles), and are graced by the monster talents of members Rick Havern (banjo / vocals), Matt Gwinup (mandolin / cajon / vocals), Tyler Cranor (bass), & 16 year-old Evan Holmes (violin). Collectively, this multi-generational group of seasoned musicians dish out a well-honed brew of spirited music, both traditional and original. Finished off with layers of tightly woven harmony vocals, the band creates a sound that is infectious and fun. Bordering on the boisterious, their sound hearkens back to the old-world pubs of Europe. Influenced by the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, a bit of the Eastern block, and infused with a ripple of American Bluegrass, Five Pint Mary delivers a fresh and lively world sound that gets people into a rambunctious groove of dancing & reveling!
From busking the streets of the NW, to main stages all across America.Meekoh, is an Artists on the RISE. His unique blend of genres, smooth pop melodies, and soulful instrumentation will have you dancing and singing all night long!
Sunday, October 4:
11am Sweet Whiskey Lips
12:30 Organic Music Farm
2pm Coyote Willow
Coyote Willow’s unique sound hails from a blend of diverse musical backgrounds. Kat Hilst started playing piano at 5 and graduated from Oberlin Conservatory. She grew up playing the violin and later switched to the cello. Tim Coffey hit the road at 19, spending 20 years as a professional touring backup guitarist. Today his voice and songwriting is front and center, attracting the attention of Breedlove Guitars, who invited him to join their stable of artists.
3:30 Bobby Lindstrom Trio
Born in a small timber town on the Oregon Coast, Bobby’s passion for music began at Christmas at age 10 with his first guitar. Many bands and guitars later, he connected with his treasured 1968 Les Paul in 1970. Now, Bessie Mae (named by Little Milton’s long-time road mgr, Scrap Iron, while on the Blues Cruise Oct 2010) has been his constant companion for 4 decades, bearing witness to this passion which has taken him across the USA sharing his gift.
Food Court (Located in the Wells Fargo Parking Lot)
*Open all festival hours
|· Al FornoFerruzza|
|· Barley Beef|
|· Bates Steak house and Catering|
|· Bonta Gelato|
|· Dakine Grinds|
|· Dump City Dumplings|
|· Famous Kettle Corn|
|· Fishermans Grotto|
|· Hawiian shaved ice|
|· Island Noodles|
|· Jumbo Size tamales|
|· Lucy’s Juice|
|· Mountain Coffee|
|· Noi Thai|
|· NY City Subs|
|· Philly style|
|· Pizza Cart|
|· Proletariat Meats|
|· Ricos Tacos|
|· Shred Town|
|· Suzie Q’s sweet things|
|· T-Blues Cajun BBQ|
|· Thai on the Fly|
|· Willamette Valley Cheese|
|· Wok star Food truck|
Saturday, July 11th– Sunday July 12th
Family Fun Street(Located on Oregon St between Bond St and Lava St)
The Family Fun Street is the perfect family fun activity. Main attractions and vendors include:
|· 7 Peaks School|
|· Aria Hartley|
|· Balloon Animals|
|· Bend High School Cheerleaders – cheerleader makeovers (sponsored by Cheri MacDowall at LOOK! Salon)|
|· C.E. Lovejoys FREE Pumpkin Painting|
|· Children’s Museum|
|· DD Ranch Pony Rides and Petting Zoo|
|· Girl Friday Art (Henna and Glitter Tattoos)|
|· High Desert Droids|
|· Interactive Music by Aria|
|· Kumon Tutoring|
|· Leapin’ Lizards Crafts|
|· Mask Making – taught by Debra from 11am-1pm daily!|
|· Maxwell and CJ|
|· Out of Stream|
|· Inflatables and Bouncy Houses!|
|· Performances by String Theory|
Fine Artist Promenade (Located on Wall Street between Franklin Avenue and Oregon Avenue)
The Fine Artist Promenade for 2015 will be a lively mix of curated Art and Craft, showing work of over 112 participants. The promenade is a great place to start early holiday shopping.
Best of Jury: Jae Song strives to create clothing that is not only unique and beautiful, but brings out the happiness within us all. After graduating with a degree in Fashion Design, and moving to the United States, she worked as a dishwasher, bank manager, business broker and restaurant entrepreneur. In retirement she has pursued her dream and passion for creating beautiful clothing. She creates wearable art that anyone can wear, for every season and occasion. All of Jae’s pieces are reversible and made from double woven wools from Tibet, Nepal and India. Jae resides in Benicia, CA.
For more information: http://jsuni.weebly.com
Family Harvest Area
Located on Minnesota Avenue between Wall Street and Lava Road
- CE Lovejoy’s Pumpkin Painting presented by River Song School! Paint a pumpkin to take home and decorate your doorstep. One of the most-loved activities at Bend Fall Festival.
- Discover art at The Creation Station with artist-led, fall-themed art projects.
- Pony Rides and Petting Zoo – DD Ranch in Terrebonne with bring their ponies to downtown Minnesota Avenue for kids to enjoy. After pony rides, cuddle with bunnies, pet chickens, llamas and ducklings!
- Pumpkin baking contest
- Pumpkin carving contest
Conscious Living Showcase presented by Clean Energy Works
Located on Wall Street between Oregon Avenue and Greenwood Avenue
The Conscious Living Showcase on Wall Street between Oregon Avenue and Greenwood Avenue will feature businesses that are dedicated to helping attendees live a healthy, whole, and well lifestyle. More than 40 local businesses and organizations will fill the street with their knowledge and missions
C.E. Lovejoy’s Harvest Market
Located in the parking lot at the corner of Wall Street and Greenwood Avenue
Abundant with the colors, tastes and textures of the most fruitful time of year. Come indulge in the beautiful produce and fine food products grown and home made in our own Oregon community. Sweet corn, crisp apples, juicy pears, heirloom tomatoes, vibrant flower bouquets, knobby gourds and stout pumpkins are just a few of the autumn treasures to be found at the market
Thursday, October 1 @ 10pm – Sunday, October 4 @ 12a
- Oregon St from Bond St to Wall St
- Parking lot on corner of Greenwood Ave/Wall St
Friday, October 2 @ 11p – Sunday, October 4 @ 12a
- Wall St from Franklin Ave to Greenwood Ave
- Minnesota St from Wall St to Lava St
- Oregon St from Bond St to Lava St
ADA Needs and Inquiries:
C3 Events is committed to creating events that serve our entire community. In addition, at each entry/exit point of the event, our security staff will be poised to assist with information and to refer folks on to our ADA Compliance Manager for additional assistance. Please write us and let us know in advance if you have any special needs that we may be able to accommodate, (listening devices, on site assistance, etc) or write her after the event with any helpful feedback or appreciations. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 541-389-0995.
2015 Bend Fall Festival Sponsors:
- Bank of the Cascades
- Hayden Homes
- The Source Weekly
- The Peak 104.1
- Fox Central Oregon
- 105.7 KQAK
- 88.9 KPOV
Additionally sponsored by:
- All Star Labor & Staffing
- Deschutes Brewery
- Bend Distillery
- Atlas Cider
- Rely Local
- CHI Restaurant
- Central Oregon Rentals
- CE Lovejoy’s
The festival is produced C3 Events, founder of Bend Summer Festival, Bend Fall Festival, Munch & Music, Munch & Movies and Peak Summer Nights at the Athletic Club of Bend. www.c3events.com