To celebrate their upcoming record release, The Weather Machine just unveiled a psychedelic lyric video and song – and the wait seems well worth it. As Long As We Get Along is the first studio performance to encapsulate the band’s wild, tongue-and-cheek, heart-on-your-sleeve attitude.
This is The Weather Machine’s first release since December 2012, when they debuted their b-side Slow Dance Slow in collaboration with Portland label Tender Loving Empire.
Sisters native Slater Smith was instrumental in the group’s formation. Slater attributes his singing and songwriting abilities to the popular and award-winning Americana Project. “I wouldn’t be playing music if it wasn’t for the Americana Project,” he remarked.
The highly successful program was developed to inspire the creativity of Sisters’ youth, and to demonstrate the cultural and historical significance of American roots music and cultural expression. Entering the program as a sophomore, he began playing the guitar and penning songs. Brother Tanner Slater also participated in the Americana Project and was heavily involved in the Sisters jazz program.
The new album, entitled Peach, drops March 24, but will also be available at Mississippi Studios during The Weather Machine’s March 19 release show with local rockers Tango Alpha Tango and Eugene-based wiz kids Human Ottoman.
The Central Oregon Mastersingers will present a Singers’ Choice Retrospective Concert in celebration of their 10th anniversary season. Members of the choir have voted on and selected their favorite works from the past nine years to perform again.
Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, Lauridsen’s Sure On This Shining Night and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes are just some of the pieces the singers have chosen that will be as delightful to hear again as they will be to sing.
Small ensembles from within the Mastersingers will step forward to present chamber works ranging from Renaissance to Barbershop. Contemporary popular music, 1940’s swing standards, magnificent anthems, jubilant spirituals - all will find their place in this choral celebration.
Saturday, February 28 at 7:30pm at Church of the Nazarene, 1270 NE 27th Street in Bend. Tickets: $15. www.co-mastersingers.com, 541-385-7229
True North will be performing at Sunriver Nature Center on Saturday, January 10, 7-9pm. True North features award winning singer/song writers Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel and bluegrass superstars Dale Adkins and Suzanne Pearce Adkins.
Their most recent album, Elsebound, has been in the national charts top 10 for more than 20 weeks after reaching number one back in August when it displaced the great Nickle Creek for the top spot.
Hailing from Oregon’s beautiful Willamette valley, Americana-bluegrass quartet True North combines traditional bluegrass instrumentation with fat harmonies and folk-edged songwriting for a distinctive sound that is fresh, warm and memorable.
True North’s performances exemplify the most compelling aspects of live acoustic roots music: intelligent songwriting, thoughtful arrangements, terrific instrumental interpretations by the band’s highly-skilled pickers and vocals that alternately bring you to tears or raise ecstatic hairs on the back of your neck.
Tickets are $15, and are available at the Nature Center, 541 593-4442 or 541 593-4394. This intimate venue with only 70 seats is expected to sell out so early ticket purchase is advised.